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Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise

May 4, 2017 by asaransom

Locks in Lockport on a Eire Canal Cruise

Visit the locks of Lockport during your Eire Canal Cruise!

Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise and relive a bit of History. “Low Bridge, Everyone Down!” People all over the world enjoy singing along to the famous “Erie Canal Song”. Sit back and relax on board the Lockview IV or the Lockview V – as Captain Mike and his crew navigate through one of the most spectacular portions of the historic Erie Canal.

During your 2-hour Erie Canal cruise along “life in the fast lane” you’ll marvel as you:

Cruise under the curious “Upside-Down Railroad Bridge”.
Experience ‘Locking Through”- being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 &35.
Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800s “Rock Cut’ and stone towpath blasted of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812.
Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S.

The Grand Old Erie Canal connects the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean at sea level with the Niagara River and the Great Lakes at 570-feet above sea level. This 363-mile engineering feat was dug by hand between 1817 and 1825. More people migrated westward on the Erie Canal than later went through Ellis Island, opening up the American Frontier for development. Originally 83 locks were use to raise and lower boats, but none as dramatically as those in the aptly named Lockport. To overcome the 49-foot tall Niagara Escarpment – the same rock formation that forms Niagara Falls – Lockport was chosen as the location of the famous “Flight of Five”. This twin set of 5-tiered locks allowed boats to travel up in one set and down in the other. After the canal was enlarged in the early 1900s, one set was retained to serve as a spillway. The other was replaced by the current set of Locks 34 and 35, which still serve boat traffic today.

A New York Erie Canal Cruise departs daily May to October, reservations recommended.  1-800-378-0352              210 Market Street, Lockport NY 14094

The New York Erie Canal Cruises are a favorite attraction of guests staying at the 10 room historic (1853)  Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031  1-800-841-2340

The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival

April 30, 2017 by asaransom

The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival 2015The annual Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival in Clarence NY  opens September 16-17  10am to dusk.  Its Western New York’s premier fall family festival and has been designated one of the Top Ten Pumpkin Patches in America. The entire festival runs through October 31, and includes all your favorite special events from the past …including Oinktoberfest BBQ Cook-off weekend, Pie Eating Competition; Pig Races, the World Pumpkin Weigh-off, and  the Trebuchet (catapult) Contest.

The Month-long celebration at the Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival features such activities and attractions as a Corn Maze, Mining for Gems, Hay Rides, Cow Train, Amusement Rides, Face Painting, Magic and Juggling and the “Crackling Hen” Revue and much much more!

Fall Festival Weekend Highlights:  

Weekend of September 16 & 17 – Opening Weekend. All attractions will be running. Sylvia & Magic Trunk Comedy Ventriloquist both days. “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze” Noon to 4pm both days.

Weekend of September 22, 23 & 24 Oinktoberfest  Sep. 22 Friday Night night, open from 5pm to 9pm with live music, great BBQ, beer & wine.  Sept. 23 & 24 10am to dusk, New York State’s official KCBS-sanctioned BBQ Cookoff.

Weekend of September 30 & October 1 – This weekend features the World Pumpkin Weigh Off  (Sunday) begins 12noon.

Weekend of October 7, 8, 9 (Columbus Day) Pumpkin Olympics will run all 3 days with events every hour; Annual Pumpkin Drop (12noon (Monday)

Weekend of October 14 & 15 – This weekend features the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition  and PIG Races.

Weekend of October 21 & 22 – Annual Trebuchet (catapult) contest. local high schools will compete for distance – catapulting pumpkins up to 500 feet! “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze” from noon to 4pm both days.

Weekend of October 28 & 29 – Final weekend; Costume Contest, “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze”, All attractions will  be running.

Festival hours are 10am to Dusk daily. There is no admission on weekdays, except on Columbus Day. For prices on weekend’s consult the Pumpkin Farm’s website:

The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival 2015The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival is located at 11199 Main street in Clarence NY, and online at

The Great Pumpkin Farm is located next to Antique World & Flee Market – NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor Market Flea Market, open 8am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday – just the place for DIY’s to find the perfect gem to finish your project   5 Huge Shops are open 6 days 11am to 5pm (closed Wednesdays). Shops include: Expo Center Co-op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall. For more information on Antique World visit:

Just 1 mile west from Antique World and the Great Pumpkin Farm is the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a perfect place to relax, choose from 20 entrees for dinner, then retire in one of the Inn’s 10 rooms, some have a Porch or Balcony (book early as they are popular!)  The next morning enjoy a full Country breakfast before starting your exciting day. View accommodations at






How to Have the Best Weekend Getaways for Couples in Upstate NY

April 25, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

weekend getaways for couples in upstate nyWhether you’re looking for a way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or you just want to spend some quality time with your special someone, traveling is always a wonderful idea! Take off with your sweetheart and enjoy some time in upstate New York. Weekend getaways for couples in upstate NY are always a great idea; this area contains some wonderful attractions and activities that the two of you will love. Better yet, Clarence, New York, is also the home of the Asa Ransom House, the ideal bed and breakfast for an intimate trip together. Discover why you need to book a room at the Asa Ransom House during your weekend getaways for couples in upstate NY and start arranging your travel plans today!

Three Great Reasons Why Clarence is One of the Best Weekend Getaways for Couples in Upstate NY

1. Fun Couples’ Activities

Couples will never run out of fun things to do around Clarence, NY! This area is a great destination for couples in love because it contains endless opportunities for amazing activities to enjoy together, such as browsing the many antique stores located all over this destination. Also, another romantic activity to try here is wine tasting. The two of you can also visit some of the many wineries near Niagara Falls, NY! This area also hosts many events and festivals that are a treat to attend as a couple.

2. Delicious and Romantic Dining

It’s always fun trying local cuisine in a new destination! Another way to have the best upstate NY getaways possible is to treat yourselves to some fine dining! Whether the two of you want to dress up for a classy evening out or prefer a cozy, intimate restaurant, you’ll find the ideal place to have a wonderful meal together in Clarence, NY. These restaurants offer a wide variety of different cuisine, so you’ll find exactly what you’re craving here in the beautiful area of upstate New York.

3. Gorgeous Accommodations for Couples

The best way to complete weekend getaways for couples in upstate NY is to stay in some romantic accommodations! Come stay with us at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, NY, to spend time in a comfy, peaceful environment. Our beautiful, historic bed and breakfast is located on scenic grounds, just minutes away from all the attractions of the nearby areas of Buffalo and Niagara. We have numerous rooms that are perfect for sweethearts, such as the Blue Willow, which features a balcony with a view of the gardens, Abigail’s Garden, which includes a whirlpool tub, and the Country Garden Suite, which has French doors that open to our surrounding herb garden. Other wonderful amenities of our rooms include fireplaces, private baths, pet-friendly accommodations, and a full country breakfast in the morning. We can’t wait to have you and your loved one visit our charming property full of historic artifacts and lovely surprises, so don’t hesitate a moment longer! Check our availability and book your stay at the Asa Ransom House today!

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Where to Find the Best Antiques in Clarence NY

April 4, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

antiques clarence nyHunting for antiques is always an exciting experience! You never know what kind of hidden treasure you might uncover in an antiques store or at an auction. If you have a passion for finding ancient artifacts and rare gems, the Western New York region is the ideal vacation destination for you. This portion of New York is overflowing with charming antique stores, perfect for hours of rummaging and exploring! Clarence, New York, is one city in particular that has some especially unique places to find some one-of-a-kind items. Discover some of the best antique stores in Clarence, NY, to help you start planning your trip today.

4 Fantastic Places to Find the Best Antiques in Clarence, NY

1. Antique World and Flea Market in Clarence, NY

You’re bound to find something you love at the Antique World and Flea Market in Clarence, NY! This spacious attraction contains countless items and displays to browse. They both an indoor and outdoor flea market, both open on Saturdays and Sundays only. They also host numerous garage sales throughout the year that you won’t want to miss!

2. Premier Antique Center in Clarence, NY

With treasures from over 70 different vendors, the Premier Antique Center in Clarence, NY, is the place to be! No matter what you’re searching for, you’re guaranteed to find it here. Jewelry, paintings, collectibles, furniture, glassware, and fine china are just a sample of what you can find here. They even offer free appraisals!

3. Clarence Hollow Antiques in Clarence, NY

A wide assortment of antiques are waiting for you in the Clarence Hollow Antiques store in Clarence, NY! It’s 13,000 square feet, perfect for exploring! Also located within this building is the Bonadio Country Store where you can find all kinds of nifty, old-fashioned items.

4. East Aurora Auction and Expo Center in Aurora, NY

Just outside Clarence is the East Aurora Auction and Expo Center in Aurora, NY! Open all year long, this is a must-see attraction in Western New York. You’ll get to see countless booths selling all kinds of goods, everything from antiques to homemade baked goods. You will love this spot, so be sure to add it to your vacation itinerary!

Where to Stay During Your Trip to Clarence, NY

After an exciting day of sifting through the many antique stores in Clarence, NY, settle down in luxurious accommodations right in town. Come stay with us at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, NY, to spend time in a comfy, peaceful environment. Our beautiful, historic bed and breakfast is located on scenic grounds, just minutes away from all the attractions of the nearby areas of Buffalo and Niagara. In addition to our comfortable rooms, you’ll also love our outstanding amenities, which include fireplaces, private baths, pet-friendly accommodations, and a full country breakfast in the morning. We can’t wait to have you visit our charming property full of historic artifacts and lovely surprises, so don’t hesitate a moment longer! Check our availability and book your stay at the Asa Ransom House today!

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Will You Be Our Valentine? Specials, Events, and Free Gifts for February, March, and April

February 13, 2017 by asaransom


We love our guests at Asa Ransom House and in honor of Valentine’s Day we are giving you a present. We also recognize that Valentine’s Day is only one day yet friends, family, and lovebirds share their fondness for each other every day. So, we have decided to present special treats to you, our guests and friends, from now until April.

Valentine’s Day Special

  • We are sharing our love with a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and late check-out. Simply stay with us between Sunday, February 12 and Thursday, February 16 and mention the code LOVENEST when you call.

Free Dessert

  • Everyone likes something sweet at the end of their meal. We are making that something even sweeter by offering a complimentary dessert to share to couples who order two entrees at our restaurant. Offer valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from February 21 until March 2.

Second Night Free

  • Stay at Asa Ransom House any night in March or April and we’ll pay for your second night. Advance reservations and dinner in the restaurant one evening required.

There is always so much to do in the Clarence and Buffalo area. Check out these events and activities while staying with us:

  • Winter Blues Ice Crawl – Think bicycles are just for summer months? Think again. Enjoy drink specials at six different establishments accessible via bike (or walk or take the shuttle). The February 18 event will conclude with live music from 8-11pm. Tickets available online: Fat Tire Bike rentals are available through Tom’s Pro Bikes.
  • Moon Over Buffalo – This hilarious play is being performed at the Lancaster Opera House the last two weekends in February. A Few Good Men, the Broadway hit popularized by the film, will be arriving the first two weekends in March.
  • The Ice at Canalside – There is something for everyone here. Rent ice skates or ice bikes, try your hand at curling, sample mulled cider and wine, witness public art installations, or go shopping across the street at the Shops at Harborcenter. Most of our rooms have fireplaces; curl up together after being out in the cold.
  • Tea at Asa Ransom House – Sip tea and nibble on scones, sandwiches, and sweets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon at the inn. Be sure to make a reservation when you book your room.
  • Live Music – Follow Discover Main Street Clarence ( to see where the bands are playing each week.
  • Buffalo Sabres – It’s hockey season. Plan a visit for one of the multiple dates that the Sabres are in town.
  • Buffalo Zoo – Tickets to the zoo are only $5 in February. Avoid the crowds and watch the animals play in the snow.
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens – The gardens are transformed with light during Lumagination (presented until February 21). Visit the Orchid Show February 25-26. Plus, the Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest just reopened after being closed for renovation.

Clarence New York Hiking and Biking Trails

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

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Whether you walk, ski or ride, three accessible trails take you through farms, forests, fields, and wetlands between Clarence Hollow, Akron, and Clarence Center. Take a look at the map to the right for a full layout of these three great trails.

  • The West Shore Trail East begins at Main & Salt Roads in the Hollow and continues 5 1/4 miles into the heart of Akron.
  • The second section of West Shore Trail is 3 miles in length from the Clarence Town Park west to Wehrle Dr.
  • The third trail, Peanut Line, begins at Meadow Lakes in Clarence Center and continues 9 miles in an easterly direction to Akron Junction, where it connects to the Clarence – Akron trail.

From wildlife watching to fishing, wildflower viewing to berry picking, you’re invited to actively use the trails resources from within the boundaries of its right of way. Please respect the privacy and property of the trails neighbors and help keep the trails free of trash and debris.