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2 of the Best Buffalo, NY, Christmas Events

October 6th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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buffalo ny christmas events

The holiday season is always a busy one in upstate New York! With so many great annual events in the area and the beautiful weather that brings blankets of white snow, it’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit. This December, travel to Asa Ransom House for your winter vacation to attend these wonderful Buffalo, NY, Christmas events!

While you’re attending these great Buffalo, NY, Christmas events, take advantage of the great attractions in the area. Download our free Vacation Guide to get local recommendations for theaters, museums, historic sites, and restaurants in the area. There’s plenty to do and see during your visit to upstate New York and it can be a challenge to figure out which attractions to see and which to skip. Our Vacation Guide can help! Get area suggestions from the people who know it best!

Enjoy These Fantastic Buffalo, NY, Christmas Events

Visit Buffalo Botanical Gardens

While most holiday events are geared towards younger audiences, the Buffalo Botanical Gardens features exhibits for the holiday season that are perfect for all ages. The gardens are beautiful to visit no matter what time of year, but their holiday display is especially stunning. Beautiful poinsettias with stunning Christmas decorations line surround you as you tour their indoor garden. Tickets are just $11 for adults and $10 for seniors, ages 62 and up!

Tour Old Fort Niagara by Candlelight

Old Fort Niagara is a fascinating and educational historic site that dates back to over 300 years ago. The structure you see today is often referred to as “The French Castle,” thanks to it having been built by the French is 1726. The British then gained control of the fort in 1759. It was passed between the British and the Americans over the years until it was finally ceded to the United States (for the second time) at the end of the War of 1812.

During The Castle by Candlelight event, the French Castle will be tastefully decorated for the season and lit entirely by candles. You’ll be experiencing the fort just as they would have in 1759! There will also be historic figures wandering the grounds if you have any questions about the site. Make sure you stand for the firing of the grand feu de joie! Admission is $10 per person and you can feel good about attending as this event is a fundraiser to benefit educational programming.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

No matter which of these great Buffalo, NY, Christmas events you choose to attend, be sure to return to Asa Ransom House to spend your night. Our selection of exquisitely decorated guest rooms are the perfect complement to a day celebrating the holiday season.

While you’re here, make sure you take advantage of our incredible onsite restaurant. Of course, there’s the complimentary daily country breakfast served hot each morning. We also serve a delicious dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. From April to December, we also serve a fresh and scrumptious lunch on Wednesdays. No matter when you’re visiting, make sure you take at least one of your meals at our restaurant

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.

Two of the Best Fall Festivals in Buffalo, NY

September 22nd, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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Who doesn’t love a festival? There’s nothing better than a group of people coming together in celebration. Fall brings plenty of great festivals in the area, from Clarence to Buffalo. From events celebrating Buffalo’s most famous food to a festival all about German culture, there’s plenty to do at these great fall festivals in Buffalo, NY!

Looking for more great fall festivals in the Buffalo, NY, region? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed great annual celebrations in the Buffalo and Clarence region, from Christmas tree lightings to pumpkin festivals. You’ll also find suggestions for fun museums, historic sites, and art galleries to visit during your stay at Asa Ransom House. Spend less time researching your trip and more time enjoying it by using our free Vacation Guide!

Our Favorite Fall Festivals in Buffalo, NY

National Buffalo Wing Festival

Celebrate Buffalo’s most famous food at the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Every year in early September, tens of thousands of visitors flock to Buffalo to “wing it!” Since its inception in 2000, this festival has served over four million (yes, that’s right: million) of wings to its many festival-goers. Aside from sampling some truly incredible food, you can participate in a wing eating contest, a sauce cook-off, and a trivia game. You can even try your hand at bobbing for wings! There’s also plenty of live music, vendors, restaurants, and shops to enjoy. So make sure to bring your appetite (and a few napkins) to enjoy the Buffalo Wing Festival!

Buffalo German Fest

While you’re in town for the National Buffalo Wing Festival, stop by Buffalo German Fest! It takes place around the same time every year (the first weekend of September) and celebrates the history of German heritage found in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region. The festival is all about “Gemütlichkeit”, which simply means being in the right place at the right time with the right people. Isn’t that what a festival is all about? Inside the festival, you’ll find a wine bar serving (what else?) German wines, plenty of great restaurants and vendors serving authentic German goods, and awesome dance and musical performances by local groups.

Stay at Asa Ransom House


After you’ve enjoyed these great fall festivals in Buffalo, NY, return to the rustic comfort of Asa Ransom House. Our gorgeous mansion is the perfect place to rest after a busy day. From our comfortable beds to our delicious menu of food, you’ll feel right at home while staying with us. Two of our rooms are even pet-friendly, so you won’t have to leave anyone at home during your vacation. Consider staying in Pine Grove, one of our pet-friendly options. It features antique iron and brass twin beds that can be combined into a king, as well as a corner fireplace and private bath. It’s the only accommodation with a front porch of its own on the main floor. Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

This is Why You’ll Love The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY

September 8th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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Are you looking for that quintessential autumn activity? Visit The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY! This nationally recognized pumpkin farm is just a two-minute drive from Asa Ransom House. For 22 years, this farm has attracted thousands of visitors. Travel Channel and Frequent Flyer Family both named it one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in the United States and Fordor’s Travel has called it one of the best pumpkin festivals. It’s no wonder! From fun events to exciting contests, there’s plenty to do and see. Enjoy seven weekends of fall-themed fun at this great Clarence attraction!

Looking for other great attractions in Clarence? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve made it easy to find the best things to do in the area, just like The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY. From incredible restaurants serving up delicious food to fascinating historic sites educating the public. Make sure to get the best local recommendations from the most trusted source.

Spend a Day at The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY

From contests to activities to entertainment and more, there’s so much to take in when you visit The Great Pumpkin Farm! The festival runs from mid-September to the end of October

Enter A Contest

There are plenty of contests available for entry at The Great Pumpkin Farm! If you have a gift for photography, snap a picture at the farm for a chance to win a cash prize. Feeling hungry? Make sure to stop by the pie-eating contests. There is a division for adults and children so everyone can get in on the fun. One of the most popular contests is the Oinktoberfest BBQ Cookoff. Professional and amateur cooks will compete for big prizes and awards. Visitors will be able to sample some incredible meat and enjoy the onsite Beer & Wine Garden. This is just a small fraction of the contests that will be held at The Great Pumpkin Farm so make sure to check their website for more details.

Join in on the Fun

As if the dozen or so contests weren’t enough, there are plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained! See if you can solve the mystery of the five-acre corn maze or get a bullseye while riding the Zombie Paintball Train! If you’re feeling nostalgic, visit the Jumping Pillows, huge air-filled pillows that are tons of fun. There’s a pillow specifically for adults so everyone can join in on the fun. Or you can test your aim with the pumpkin slingshots! There are many more activities available at the farm so make sure to check their website for the full details.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

After you’ve enjoyed all there is to offer at The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY, drive back to Asa Ransom House! From our incredible selection of specials and packages to our luxuriously comfortable guest rooms, you’ll find everything you need to have an amazing vacation right here. Take advantage of our delicious country breakfast, served hot and fresh every morning! This is the perfect way to fuel up for an exciting day at the farm. Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.

Your Guide to the Ultimate Niagara Falls Road Trip

August 29th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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Niagara Falls road trip

Is there any better place in the world to take a road trip than upstate New York? From the gorgeous wineries to the incredible Niagara Falls to small, hidden-gem towns like Clarence, NY, there is so much to do and see. Whether you’re spending the summer traveling or simply looking for a romantic getaway, a Niagara Falls road trip makes for the perfect vacation. Find out what you can do along your trip and the best place to stay during your adventure!

Looking for more great things to do during your Niagara Falls road trip? Download our free Vacation Guide! There’s no better resource for local recommendations than a bed and breakfast and we have made sure to compile all of the very best restaurants, historic sites, museums, hiking trails, and shops in one easy guide!

What to do During Your Niagara Falls Road Trip

Tour the Falls!

There are plenty of ways to tour the falls during your Niagara Falls road trip! You can buy a ticket to the famous Maid of the Mist, which has been shepherding visitors since 1846. Grab a bite to eat at the Top of the Falls Restaurant on Goat Island, a small island on the Niagara River. Top of the Falls is aptly named as it overlooks the falls. The menu is composed of modern American cuisine and classic dishes, all served with a stunning view that you can’t get anywhere else. You definitely won’t find a more unique eatery anywhere else.

Sample Wines at Incredible Niagara Falls Wineries

It may surprise visitors to learn that there are many amazing wineries in Niagara Falls, NY. There are over 20 wineries featured on the Niagara Wine Trail. Of course, you’re not expected to visit every single one during your Niagara Falls road trip! Some of the wineries that shouldn’t be missed are Long Cliff Vineyard and Winery, Black Willow Winery, A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard, Arrowhead Spring Vineyard, and Lake Ontario Winery and Vineyards.

Visit Clarence, NY

From our incredible shops to our cute cafe spots, Clarence, NY, is the perfect place to end your Niagara Falls road trip. After you check in at the beautiful Asa Ransom House Inn and Restaurant, explore the town! Clarence Hollow is a shopping district that houses a number of fantastic antique shops, which are perfect for finding that new addition to your home. There’s so much to see among the shelves of Hen House Antiques, 3 Old Dog Antiques, Clarence Antique Mall, or Antique World & Flea Market! If you’re in the mood for a pick-me-up, visit Clarence Center Coffee! This cute restaurant features a great selection of coffee, wine, and beer, as well as delicious sammies and flatbreads.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

During your Niagara Falls road trip, stay at the incomparable Asa Ransom House. Our guest rooms are simply stunning, from the warm country decor to the antique furnishings. You’ll love the peace and quiet found within our walls, giving you the perfect night of sleep. In the morning, enjoy our delicious country breakfast, complimentary to all of our guests. When you take a seat in our beautiful dining room, you’ll be given a choice of entree as well as fresh fruit and assorted pastries. In the evening, treat yourself to a gourmet meal in our incredible restaurant. We are one of the few restaurants in Clarence with farm-to-table cuisine. In fact, we encourage our guests to stroll through our beautiful garden where we grow our herbs. This is much more than just a place to stay the night: Asa Ransom House provides a quiet escape to all of its guests.

So don’t wait! Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

The George Barton House is One of the Best Attractions in the State

August 18th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

George Barton House

Are you looking for a historic site to visit during your stay with Asa Ransom House? Visit the Martin House Complex, located just 30 minutes away from our beautiful Inn. There, you will be able to tour the incredible multi-structure estate once owned by Darwin D. Martin that was originally created by the legendary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside the complex is the George Barton House, a carriage house, a conservatory, and a pergola. This is a remarkable site and one that you definitely won’t want to miss.

Did you know the George Barton House, built in the Martin House Complex, was commissioned as a residence for Darwin Martin’s sister? That’s a pretty incredible gift! If you’re looking for a present or souvenir for relatives back home, download our free Vacation Guide. We’ve listed our favorite stores in the Western New York region, from spice shops to antique stores. Planning your trip has never been easier!

Some History on Martin House Complex

The Martin House Complex features six buildings that were originally built in the early 1900s. Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned by Darwin D. Martin to design it after Martin was introduced to Wright’s work. Wright has been recorded as referring to the Martin House Complex as his opus and the site plans were pinned to his drawing table for close to 50 years.

The George Barton House

To get a feel of Frank Lloyd Wright’s abilities, Martin commissioned him to first design a home for Martin’s sister, Delta, and her husband, George Barton. The George Barton House, sometimes referred to as the George and Delta Barton House, fulfilled Martin’s aspiration to bring his family closer together while getting a livable sample of Wright’s design abilities.

Tour the Facility

Visitors can only explore our the interior of the Martin House Complex on one of the many guided tours offered at the estate. The Martin House+ Tour is the most popular tour available. It lasts two hours and will take you through every building on the complex. Along the way, your guide will expand upon the history of the Martin and Wright story, giving context to the incredible site.

There is a shorter tour available that, unlike the two-hour tour, is wheelchair accessible. This tour lasts only for one hour and leads guests through the primary first-floor rooms of the main house, the pergola, the conservatory, and the carriage house.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

After you’re done exploring the Martin Complex, from the George Barton House to the conservatory, enjoy the comfort and beauty of Asa Ransom House. Choose from our gorgeous selection of guestrooms to find the perfect place to end your day. All of our rooms are furnished with antiques and period reproductions, giving the rooms a distinct character.

In the morning, enjoy the complimentary full country breakfast! You’ll be provided a choice of entree, such a quiche, apple oat cakes, egg and cheese souffle, or mixed-berry crepes. You can also indulge in fresh fruit and an assorted selection of muffins and pastries.

Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.

Everything You Need to Know About Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

August 4th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

Are you looking for a family friendly attraction that’s full of Autumn fun? Visit Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm during your stay at Asa Ransom House this fall! Ride the haunted hayride, explore the corn maze, visit the petting zoo, and pick out your favorite pumpkin. This great attraction is located in Wheatfield, NY, just a 40-minute drive from Asa Ransom House.

Looking for more family friendly attractions, just like Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm? Download our free Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find our recommendations for fun annual events, great restaurants, and (of course) plenty of wholesome fun! Planning your trip to upstate New York is easy with our Vacation Guide.

Explore Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm is open from late September through October from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On the nights that feature the Haunted Hayride, the hours are extended.

Visit the Petting Zoo

Goats, cows, and horses, oh my! During your visit to Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm, you’ll definitely want to stop by the petting zoo. There are plenty of barnyard animals just waiting for your visit! Make sure to take some hand sanitizer or wipes with you, just in case.

Take a Haunted Hayride

The bravest among us will love the Haunted Hayride! Check the schedule before you embark if you plan on taking the hayride as it only runs once or twice a week. The hayrides begin at dusk and run every 15 minutes. Anyone aged 16 or younger must be accompanied by at least one adult to ride the hayride. Tickets for the hayride are $8 for adults and $6 for children 13 or younger. Remember to bring cash with you! Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm does not accept debit or credit cards or checks.

If you’d rather not take the haunted route, Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm also offers daily daytime hayrides. It’s a great way to get a tour of the farm!

Family Fun is Waiting For You

As if a hayride and petting zoo weren’t enough, Wheatfield also offers a dedicated play area for the little ones and a mini corn maze along with the pumpkin, gourds, and squash fields. Make sure you try some of the delicious apple cider! Wheatfield also hosts birthday parties. It’s sure to make for an unforgettable time!

Stay at Asa Ransom House

After you’re done exploring Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm, return to the calm, cozy surroundings of Asa Ransom House. Our charming Clarence, NY bed and breakfast is only 15 minutes from Buffalo and 28 miles from Niagara Falls. Aside from our beautiful accommodations, amazing specials and packages, and friendly staff, we feature an in-house restaurant that serves up delicious food. Enjoy the guest breakfast, which features three courses of freshly made treats. You’ll be given a choice of entree, such a quiche, apple oat cake, or egg and cheese souffle, as well as fresh fruit and assorted muffins and pastries.

For dinner, return to Asa Ransom House for a delicious meal. The evening meal is offered every Sunday and Tuesday through Friday. Choose from our seasonal menu, which features classic French and American cuisine. From our soup of the day to our homemade desserts, dinner at Asa Ransom House is always a treat.

Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.

Lancaster Opera House Theater, Dinner at the Asa Ransom House

July 28th, 2017 by asaransom

Lancaster Opera HouseDinner at the Asa Ransom House and Theater at the Lancaster Opera House, a winning combination. The Lancaster Opera House Theater is a reminder of an early American tradition, unusual to combine a music hall with a town’s main governmental building. Designed by George J. Metzger in 1897, renovated in 1981, the Lancaster Opera House is one of only a few such Town Halls still open.

9 to 5 The Musical Sept.8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24

Dracula  October 6,7,8,13,14,15

South Pacific November 10,11,12,17,18,19

It’s A Wounder Life December 1,2,3,8,9,10

The Night Before Christmas December 15,16,17

The Diary of Anne Frank  February 9,10,11,16,17,18

We Gotta BINGO  March 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18

The Poar of the Greasepaint  April 6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22

Rounding Third May 11,12,13,18,19,20

Annie  June 8,9,10,15,16

To review the performances, visit www.LancOpera.org The Lancaster Opera House is located 9 miles from Asa Ransom with convenient and free parking.

To receive good seating and avoid sell outs, we suggest reserving early.

Thursday, Friday, Sunday nights are $49 per person and include a four course dinner and Theater ticket. Saturdays include a five-course dinner, $59 per person. *Musicals and Concerts are an additional $5 or $10 for increased ticket price. Tax and Gratuity not included.

The Asa Ransom House Dinner Theater menu on Thursday Friday and Sunday includes Soup of the Day, Salad, Homemade Muffins & Rolls, with a Choice of Entrees. Entrees including Raspberry Chicken, Stuffed Sole, Roast Turkey, Jefferson Beef, Boneless Breast of Duck, Classic German Sauerbraten Roast, Prime Rib. Dinner is topped off with a Dessert Sampler and Beverage.  Dinner and Theater, a great combination, hope to see you soon!

Directions: Right turn out of Asa Ransom for 1/4 mile to Right turn on Ransom Road, travel approximately  3 miles to Walden Ave.  Right turn on to Walden for approximately 4 miles to Central Ave., left on Central Ave. 1 mile to Theater. Parking on left just before Theater. Travel time about 15 -20 minutes.

 

Find out the Best Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Couples

July 21st, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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Everyone needs a romantic getaway! Whether you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, or simply having a quiet weekend away, Niagara Falls is the perfect area. There are plenty of romantic excursions to go on during your stay at Asa Ransom House. From hiking to boating, discover the best things to do in Niagara Falls for couples!

Do you want more suggestions for things to do in Niagara Falls for couples? Download our free Vacation Guide. We’d compiled the best restaurants, museums, and attractions in the area. It’s never been easier to plan your trip to Clarence, NY!

Things to do in Niagara Falls for Couples

Maid of the Mist

There’s a reason Maid of the Mist is such a famous Niagara Falls attraction! Since its maiden voyage in 1846, Maid of the Mist has been shepherding locals and visitors alike to spectacular views of the falls. You’ll be able to get close to the base of the falls, a view that only a fraction of visitors get to see! Ticket prices are only $18.25 per person. Make sure to wear your rain jacket because you will get soaked!

Goat Island

Goat Island is a small island on the Niagara River that is a popular sightseeing spot. The island houses Niagara Falls State Park, which includes great hiking spots, a scenic trolley, an aquarium, a theater, and Caves of the Falls, which allows visitors to explore under the falls. You’re not going to want to miss Top of the Falls Restaurant, which serves up amazing views and food. You’ll enjoy classic and modern American cuisine at this one-of-a-kind restaurant.

Whirlpool State Park

Whirlpool State Park has two levels. The bottom level offers hiking and fishing. You’ll be able to hike upstream along the Whirlpool Rapids or downstream to the Devil’s Hole Trail. The upper part of the park is the scenic level, with beautiful views of the Whirlpools and rapids. Make sure to bring your camera and take plenty of snapshots of these amazing sights!

Whirlpool Jet Boat

If you’re looking for a little more adventure, check out Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours! These tours take you along the rapids of the Niagara River. There’s nothing more romantic than an adrenaline rush and beating hearts! Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours also offer great packages, including the Water to Wine Tour. You’ll start your adventure on the river, going through the class-5 rapids of Devil’s Hole. Then, you’ll go to Pillitteri for a tour of the estate. Finally, you’ll be brought back to one of the tasting bars to experience a tutored wine tasting paired with chocolate truffles. What could be more romantic than that?

Return to Asa Ransom House

Once you’ve finished exploring these great things to do in Niagara Falls for couples, return to Asa Ransom House for a romantic evening. Book our Romantic Getaway lodging special to enjoy a romantic room, a four-course dinner for two, and a full country breakfast in the morning. The rooms come with fantastic views of the gardens and the pond with a fountain. They also feature a fireplace for those cool evenings and a whirlpool tub. Browse our list of guest rooms and book your stay with us today! We look forward to having you.

Letchworth State Park Trails are the Best in the State

July 7th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

Just an hour away from Asa Ransom House is the incredible Letchworth State Park. This park, called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” features a wide variety of hiking trails, scenic views, a bird conservatory, and many educational events and lectures throughout the year. No wonder this park was given the “Reader’s Choice Award” by USA Today in 2015! The best way to explore this gorgeous park is to hike any of the many trails available to visitors. Explore the beauty of Letchworth State Park trails!

Are you looking for more great places to hike like the Letchworth State Park Trails? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite outdoor activities. Our Vacation Guide has made it easy to plan your stay with Asa Ransom House.

Explore the Letchworth State Park Trails

The Letchworth State Park trails total to about 66-miles. No matter your skill level or preference, you’ll find a trail perfect for you here. Choose from any of the 22 trails available, like the Gorge Trail. This is the longest path in the park and follows the famous gorge formed by The Genesee River that cuts through the park. This path is seven miles long, so make sure to bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes if you attempt to hike it. The reward for exploring this path, though, it worth every step. You’ll get a view of one of the beautiful waterfalls that have made this park a popular destination. There are plenty of shorter trails that are just as scenic, though. Traverse through the Dam Overlook Trail, which is a little less than three miles long and suitable for all skill levels. You’ll also get a view of one of the three waterfalls in the park.

Attend One of the Letchworth State Park Events

Before you stop in to Letchworth State Park, check to see if there are any events happening during your stay with us. The park frequently holds group hikes, lectures, and conventions during the year. Learn about the beautiful birds that live in the bird conservation areas in the park or the potentially harmful alien species that endanger the trees within the New York area. The park hosts events frequently so you’re sure to find something interesting to fit into your schedule!

Return to Asa Ransom House

After your day exploring Letchworth State Park trails, return to the peace and serenity of Asa Ransom House. Our popular restaurant is serving delicious, gourmet meals from Tuesday to Sunday. We use herbs and produce from our own gardens and all of our meals are made from scratch. Be sure to save room for dessert! Our homemade desserts include a housemade ice cream, pies, cobblers, cheesecakes, and much more! In the morning, you’ll be treated to a complimentary three-course breakfast which includes fresh fruit, assorted muffins and pastries, and a hot entree. There’s no better way to start the day than at our beautiful inn! Browse through our elegantly decorated guest rooms and book today! We look forward to having you.

You’ll Love These Romantic Things to do in Buffalo, NY

June 23rd, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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It’s always a great time to take a romantic vacation! Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, a honeymoon, or simply want a weekend getaway, we’re happy to help you plan the perfect trip. And with our quiet, peaceful location, just 15 minutes away from Buffalo, Asa Ransom House is the perfect place to start. Let us suggest some more great trip ideas with these romantic things to do in Buffalo, NY!

Whether you’re looking for romantic things to do in Buffalo, NY or the perfect trip to Niagara Falls, we can help plan your trip! Request your free Vacation Guide to get started. It’s full of the best attractions, shops, and restaurants in Clarence, Buffalo, and the Western New York area.

Our Favorite Romantic Things to do in Buffalo, NY

Explore Canalside

From concerts to fitness to ice skating to games, Canalside has it all! Located in the Buffalo’s downtown corridor, Canalside is a combination of a waterfront park and arena. This popular Buffalo attraction hosts a ton of great events all year round, ranging from family fun to fitness and everything in between. There is no admission fee to get into Canalside, just tickets to attend specific events. Check out all the things to do to get a full list of what’s happening during your visit! We suggest attending one of the fantastic concerts or taking a stroll through the boardwalk area. No need to worry about going hungry! There are a ton of really great restaurants in the area, from quick-service places to more upscale options.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

What’s more romantic than flowers? How about over a dozen beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens featuring trees, ponds, succulents, as well as some incredible flowers? Visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for a day unlike any other. This amazing attraction houses 12 greenhouses, each with a theme, as well as outdoor gardens. Admission is just $11 for adults, and the garden is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also great events at the Gardens, including concerts, yoga, special exhibits, and tasting events serving up delicious, fresh food. During Tasting Tuesdays, guests are encouraged to grab a glass of wine or beer and take a self-guided tour of the garden while the sun sets. What could be more romantic than that?

Return to the Beautiful Asa Ransom House

After you’ve enjoyed these romantic things to do in Buffalo, NY, escape the hustle and bustle of the city for quaint Clarence, NY. Enjoy a quiet, romantic getaway with Asa Ransom House’s cozy rooms, incredible restaurant, and our fantastic “Romantic Getaway” package. Book one of our guest rooms and add this package to your reservation to enjoy a four-course dinner and full country breakfast. Millstream is a fantastic choice for a guest room. It comes with a dark oak king-sized bed which faces the usable fireplace, and its own balcony with a view of the south gardens and pond. Book your room today to start planning your romantic vacation!

This is Why You’ll Love Clarence Center Coffee!

June 9th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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Don’t let the name fool you! Clarence Center Coffee is way more than just a place to get a great cup of coffee. The restaurant has been created a great atmosphere for its patrons and serving up delicious food since it opened. It’s located just under ten minutes away from Asa Ransom House. Stop in during the open mic nights to get a taste of Clarence’s local talent or pop by during happy hour on Friday and Saturday to enjoy $3 beer. Whenever you visit, you’re sure to enjoy your time at Clarence Center Coffee!

What You’ll Find at Clarence Center Coffee!

The Drinks

Here at Asa Ransom House, we believe that coffee is good anytime of the day. After you’re done enjoying a mug of our freshly brewed coffee with your complimentary breakfast, stop by Clarence Center Coffee to try any of their caffeinated concoctions. Don’t miss Koso, the house blend medium-bodied coffee that is roasted locally. There are also a variety of flavored coffees available, as well as full-bodied dark roasts that are sure to delight. The staff at Clarence Center Coffee are knowledgeable and always ready to suggest a blend or brew for you.

If you’re looking for wine or beer, Clarence Center Coffee can help with that too! They have an extensive wine and beer list that are sure to pair well with their delicious menu of food items. Stop by during happy hour on Friday and Saturday to get a deal on beer!

The Food

If you’re looking for some unique flatbreads or sammies, stop by Clarence Center Coffee! The menu of naan flatbread pizza is impressive. Try the Mediterranean grilled eggplant flatbread, which has a base of sundried tomato pesto and feta cheese with grilled eggplant, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives on top. Or try the apple and brie crostini if you’re in a snacking mood, which is sliced focaccia bread baked with brie cheese and apple slices that have been lightly drizzled with a balsamic glaze. For a delicious sammie, try the avocado hummus sandwich. It features roasted garlic hummus, avocado slices, greens, tomatoes, red onions, and cucumbers, all drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

The Events

For a taste of the local talent, stop by Clarence Center Coffee on Tuesday evenings for the open mic nights. It starts at 7:30 p.m and runs for three hours. Everyone is invited to participate, from beginners to seasoned performers. The open mic isn’t just for musicians. Poets will often perform their latest works in front of this captive audience.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

While you’re exploring all that our beautiful town has to offer, including Clarence Center Coffee, stay at Asa Ransom House. Our beautiful rooms are warm and inviting, impeccably decorated and incredibly comfortable. Whether you’re a family taking a summer vacation or you’re a couple looking for a weekend getaway, we are dedicated to giving you the best experience possible. Don’t miss our delicious complimentary breakfast! It’s the best way to start your day in Clarence.

For more great suggestions of restaurants, request our free Vacation Guide. We have compiled a list of incredible restaurants, just like Clarence Center Coffee.

Find the Best Day Trips Near Rochester, NY

May 18th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

day trips near Rochester NY

If you want to escape from the busy streets of Rochester, NY, to the serenity and peace of a small town, take an overnight trip to Clarence. Just 60 miles from Rochester, Clarence, NY, is the perfect getaway destination. Whether you live in or are visiting Rochester, everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle. Discover the quiet charm of Clarence and let us help you plan your day trips near Rochester, NY!

For more great suggestions for things to do in Clarence, request our free Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find the best restaurants, shops, attractions, and historical sites that Clarence has to offer! It’s perfect for planning day trips near Rochester, NY.

What To Do During Your Day Trips Near Rochester, NY

Shop in the Hollow

Clarence Hollow has incredible antique shops, perfect for finding souvenirs or that perfect addition to your home. Find hidden treasures among the shelves of Hen House Antiques, 3 Old Dogs Antiques, Clarence Antique Mall, or Antique World & Flea Market. There’s enough antiquing to fill an entire day here!

For local goods, visit the Farmer’s Market. It’s open every Saturday morning from June through October. The Market features everything from produce from local farms to organic skincare. Visit the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm to learn about the full lifecycle of the butterfly and how to grow your own butterfly garden. For homemade

goods, visit Colorful Crafting or Buffalosmark, Carol Conwall Card Design.

Explore the Trails

Clarence is home to three fantastic trails that will take visitors through farms, forests, fields, and wetlands. There’s no better way to explore the area than on foot, and our trails give great opportunity to wildlife watching, fishing, and berrypicking.

Dinner and a Show

At Asa Ransom House, you can combine two of life’s great loves: theater and fine dining. We offer Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Dinner Theater Nights, a package that includes a multi-course dinner and a theater ticket. Browse the shows at the nearby Lancaster Opera House, only fifteen minutes away from Asa Ransom House. Then simply add your package to your booking and you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious in-house and an outstanding theatrical production.

If you’re only interested in the dinner portion of the evening, we encourage you to have dinner with us during your stay. Our gourmet menu features fresh farm-to-table ingredients, with gluten-free and vegan options available. Save room for dessert! Our homemade desserts include an apple, strawberry, and rhubarb pie with a wholegrain crust and streusel topping, classic creme brulee, and a housemade ice cream selection of the month.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

Aside from the fine dining and prime location, Asa Ransom House offers the cozy accommodations with an antique charm. Each room has its own personality, so browse our selection to find the one that fits your style. Every booking includes a full country breakfast, which comes with a selection of hot entrees, assorted muffins and pastries, and fresh fruit. Check availability and book your day trips near Rochester, NY today!

Garden Walk Buffalo

May 4th, 2017 by asaransom

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24th Garden Walk Buffalo features over 350 gardens July 29  – 30 (rain or shine)  If you enjoy visiting other people’s garden, revel in whimsical and creative ideas, want to learn more about flowers, water gardens, rock gardens, espaliers, native plans and more – then the free, self-guided annual Garden Walk Buffalo is for you.

An interesting and informative article by Nancy Cardillo in The Buffalo News DISCOVER magazine, provides all what you need to know. The Route: Nearly three square miles, from Buffalo History Museum to Canalside and from the Peace Bridge to Main Street, with 400+ private and public gardens.

Get a Map: Send a $10 donation before June 15, and Great Walk Buffalo will mail you a comprehensive map. Or, pick one up for free at sponsor locations beginning in early July or at headquarters during GWB weekend. Every garden is listed, along with location, highlights, restrictions and more. The three GWB headquarters are marked, as are the shuttle bus routes and stops. Watch the website (Gardenwalkbuffalo.com) for map availability, as well.

 Where to Start: There is no set router – where you choose to start depends on what you want to see, how much time you have and how much walking you want to do.

Where to Park: There are designated GWB parking areas (labeled on the map) plus on-street parking and five free shuttle buses that operate between the three GWB headquarters.

Highlights: The gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo include everything from outdoor kitchens to koi ponds to waterfalls to murals and sculptures, hellstrips and espaliers – even one urban putting green – all of which are indicated on the map. Participating gardens are clearly marked with a Garden Walk sign at the home.

Rest Stops: Three official Garden Walk headquarters: Buffalo seminary (205 Bidwell Pkwy); Evergreen Health Services (206 South Elmwood) and the Richmond-Summer Senior Center (337 Summer St., corner of Richmond), provide rest, bathrooms, water and Garden Walk gift items. Still have questions? Visit www.Gardenwalkbuffalo.com

Making a beautiful impact  Garden Walk has become a signature summer event in Buffalo the last weekend of July every summer, many of whom are from out of town, “said Ed Healy, vice president of marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara. “Garden Walk has played a significant role in helping remake Buffalo’s image. With its gorgeous gardens, distinctive homes, tree-lined streets and warm and welcoming homeowners, Garden Walk embodies everything that is special and distinctive about our city.”   

A welcoming start and finish to your day is the relaxing Asa Ransom House Country Inn. With ten rooms and dining facilities (and a flower and herb garden), book a room with a porch or balcony to relax after a busy day viewing dozens of Buffalo great gardens. View the Inn at www.asaransom.com    

       

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Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise

May 4th, 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. www.Lockportlocks.com  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  www.asaransom.com  1-800-841-2340

Clarence Summer Concerts in the Park

May 2nd, 2017 by asaransom

Join us for the 2017 season of free Symphony Concerts in the Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main Street, just a short walk from the Asa Ransom House. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Join us for dinner at Asa Ransom, then just a short stroll to the concert.

American Salute featuring Buffalo Master Chorale Sunday July 9                           Clarence Summer Band  Thursday July 13                                                                        Magic of Harry Potter  Sunday July 16                                                            Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Clarence Town Park  Wednesday July 19        Fiddler in the Park  Featuring Ilya Kakler, violin    Sunday July 23                              Viva la Espana   Featuring Marco Sartor, guitar   Sunday July 30                          Dancing Under the Stars  Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band  Sunday August 6

 

 

Magic of Harry Potter  Clarence Summer Orchestra

 

The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival

April 30th, 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: www.greatpumpkinfarm.com.

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

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: www.antiqueworldmarket.com

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 www.asaransom.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

April 25th, 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 4th, 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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You Will Fall in Love with These Amazing Clarence, NY, Restaurants

March 9th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

clarence ny restaurantsIf you’re craving a vacation filled with exciting outdoor activities, fascinating attractions, and excellent dining, New York is the ideal destination for you! Head to the Western region of this marvelous state for some of the most intriguing and sensational activities, like visiting Niagara Falls, attending area festivals, and enjoying wine tasting at local vineyards. Clarence, NY, one of the many wonderful cities in this area, is home to some truly delectable dining, so make sure you stop through for a bite to eat! From classy to casual, the many Clarence, NY, restaurants are bound to please visitors of all ages and preferences. Check out our ultimate Clarence, NY, restaurants guide to help you decide where to eat first!

6 of the Best Clarence, NY, Restaurants

1. Asa Ransom House Dining Room

Made with the finest, freshest local ingredients, the meals prepared at the Asa Ransom House are truly unique and delicious! Each and every plate prepared here is heavenly. With a varied menu that contains steak, seafood, pasta, salads, small plates, and decadent desserts, you will love your dining experience here!

2. Kennedy’s Cove

Craving a steak dinner? If so, you need to head to Kennedy’s Cove in Clarence, NY. They also serve some delicious seafood dishes that you can pair with a cocktail! You are guaranteed to leave this restaurant with a full, satisfied stomach.

3. Penny Lane Cafe

You will immediately fall in love with the bright, cozy environment of the Penny Lane Cafe in Clarence, NY. You’ll find fresh, healthy treats here that are bound to make your day better. They have a wide selection of coffees, teas, pastries, bagels, parfaits, and much more for a tasty, satisfying breakfast. If you’re stopping by for lunch, enjoy a salad, sandwich, panini, or wrap, paired with a shake or smoothie! Dinner includes a range of specialty pizzas and gelato for dessert.

4. The Hollow Bistro and Brew

For an elegant night out, the Hollow Bistro and Brew in Clarence, NY, is the ideal place for you. They offer all kinds of exquisite entrees representing a variety of different places and cultures. You can dine here for lunch, dinner, or brunch! On the first Saturday of every month, they host a jazz brunch that features mimosas, relaxing music, and extraordinary food.

5. Clarence Grille

Find your favorite comfort food at the Clarence Grille in Clarence, NY! They offer all kinds of incredible entrees as well as wings, soups, burgers, salads, and much more. They even offer fantastic catering services!

6. The Cornerstone Bar and Grill

Chow down on your favorite pub food at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill! This fun, laidback restaurant prepares some of the most mouthwatering burgers, pizzas, French fries, tater tots, and beverages around town. You’ll never want to leave this local hotspot!

Where to Stay During Your Amazing New York Getaway

Not only does the Asa Ransom House offer an incredible dining experience, but we also provide some of the finest accommodations in the state. 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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Here Are Some of the Best Wineries in Niagara Falls, NY

February 21st, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

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The amazing Western New York region is a destination filled with surprises around every corner! If you’re vacationing in the peace and serenity of this scenic area, you’ll probably be impressed by the vast amount of amazing attractions and activities found here. One quality that makes Western New York so special is its abundance of incredible vineyards. If you love wine tasting, then exploring the Niagara Falls area and its many wineries is the perfect activity for you. Learn everything you need to know about visiting the numerous wineries in Niagara Falls, NY, and add them to your vacation itinerary today.

5 of the Best Wineries in Niagara Falls, NY, to Visit During Your New York Getaway

1. Long Cliff Winery

Located in the picturesque setting of Sanborn, NY, the Long Cliff Vineyard and Winery offers tastings, tours, and a variety of other events like dinners, book club meetings, and trivia nights. You will love spending time in this gorgeous environment, sipping wines and enjoying fantastic entertainment!

2. Black Willow Winery

The beautiful Black Willow Winery in Burt, NY, is favorite spot on the Niagara Falls wineries map for many reasons! In addition to their deluxe wines, they also create delicious mead and artisan oils and vinegars here.

3. A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard

With two tasting rooms in Spencerport and Ransomville, NY, A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard is a must-see attraction! Both of their locations provide magnificent grounds where you can take a stroll or have a picnic while you enjoy their wine.

4. Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

A hidden gem on the Niagara Falls wineries map, the Arrowhead Spring Vineyards is a wonderful place to visit. They use effective and sustainable techniques to create some of the finest wine you’ve ever tasted. Come out to their scenic spot in Lockport, NY, to spend an afternoon sampling wines in their delightful tasting room!

5. Lake Ontario Winery and Vineyards

Found in Hilton, NY, this attraction has so much to offer! In addition to their tasting room and vineyards, the Lake Ontario Winery and Vineyards also contains a cider mill, brewery, distillery, and much more. You can shop their products or even take a wine or beer making class!

If you’re interested in taking a deluxe wine tour of this area, be sure to check out the Niagara Wine Trail events that are coming up!

Stay in the Finest Accommodations While You’re Visiting the Wineries in Niagara Falls, NY!
You’ll want to come back to some comfy accommodations after you’ve spent a wonderful day enjoying the many things to do in Western NY. Treat yourself to a stay in a cozy and peaceful environment when you book with us at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, NY. 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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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Annual Events in Western NY

February 16th, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

Events in Western NY

It’s no secret that the great state of New York is home to some of the best annual events; they draw countless visitors and locals alike every year to participate in the wonderful festivities. These events are all unique and one-of-a-kind, each offering something special to the local community. Some of the best celebrations around are the annual events in Western NY. These festivities celebrate everything from local cuisine to joyous holidays! Discover some of the best events in Western NY happening this year and start making your travel plans to the Northeast today.

6 of the Best Annual Events in Western NY

1. Western NY Winter Train and Toy Show: February

All train enthusiasts need to hop aboard this amazing annual event! Held in the fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY, the Western NY Winter Train and Toy Show features train-related activities and entertainment for all ages.

2. Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March

One of the longest running parades in the entire country, Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one not to be missed! For over 75 years, this annual parade has been delighting the local community with their festive floats, fun music, and many other activities.

3. Buffalo Wine Festival: April

Wine tasting, shopping, and good food are just a few things you can enjoy at the annual Buffalo Wine Festival held every spring! There will be all kinds of entertainment held here, so get your tickets as soon as possible- they sell out fast.

4. Cherry Blossom Festival: April-May

For those of you who love the spring season, the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is the one for you! This fun, week-long festival celebrates the arrival of spring through music, cocktail parties, walking garden tours, and much more.

5. Taste of Buffalo: July

This is the largest two-day food festival in the entire country, so you know it’s bound to be a good time! Wander through the many vendor booths of the Taste of Buffalo to try samples from over 6 wineries and 55 restaurants- your taste buds will thank you.

6. Niagara County Peach Festival: September

For almost 60 years, this fantastic festival has drawn countless visitors of all ages to participate in the fun. The Niagara County Peach Festival includes carnival rides, delicious food, countless vendors, entertaining shows, a parade, and much more. Make your travel plans to NY today!

Come Stay in the Finest Accommodations in Western NY!

No vacation is complete without booking a room in some wonderful accommodations. Immerse yourself in a cozy and peaceful environment when you stay with us at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, NY. 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 13th, 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: discovermainstreet.org/2017/01/21/winter-blues-ice-crawl-latest-in-bike-friendly-pub-crawl-series/ 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. www.lancopera.org/
  • 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. www.canalsidebuffalo.com/visit-canalside/
  • 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 (discovermainstreet.org/) 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. www.nhl.com/sabres/schedule/2016/ET/fullseason
  • Buffalo Zoo – Tickets to the zoo are only $5 in February. Avoid the crowds and watch the animals play in the snow. buffalozoo.org/
  • 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. www.buffalogardens.com/

Attractions and Special Events

January 16th, 2017 by asaransom

Enjoy Western New York any season of the year. You can easily fill up a week or more with all there is to see and do around the inns central location. From special exhibits at art galleries to riding a bicycle on the ice, there is something for everyone in the Clarence and Buffalo area.

The Arts:

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Now through February 19, 2017, visitors can explore Picasso: The Artist and His Models. The second installment of the “Transformations in Modern Art” exhibition series features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from the gallery as well as select pieces from European and other American museums. http://www.albrightknox.org/
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center: Boasting the largest collection of works by watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, the center also features more than 800 artists linked to Western New York. Docent-led tours are available every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm; tours are free with museum admission. https://www.burchfieldpenney.org/
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center: Get your tickets now for upcoming performances including Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (winner of the 2014 Tony!). http://www.sheas.org/

History:

  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site: Roosevelt took the oath of office in Ansley Wilcox’s home in Buffalo after the assassination of President William McKinley. Step back to 1901 and learn how it all happened on a guided tour of the home. http://www.trsite.org/
  • Old Fort Niagara: What was life really like for soldiers? Visit during the winter months to truly understand some of the hardships of these brave men. Open year-round, visitors can explore original buildings and view musket demonstrations. Make special plans to visit on February 4 to witness a battle in the woods; snowshoes are available on a first-come first-served basis. https://www.oldfortniagara.org/

Architecture:

  • Buffalo City Hall: One of the largest city halls in the country, the imposing structure features murals depicting the history and industry of the area. Venture up to the Observation Tour for spectacular views of the waterfront.

Wineries:

  • Niagara Wine Trail: Avoid the summer crowds by visiting one of the 21 nearby wineries during the winter months. Fewer people means more attention to your questions and thoughts. Sample up to three wines paired with chocolate at your choice of 10 wineries during the two Be Mine with Wine February weekends. Your sweetheart will thank you for the thoughtful gift of this experience. https://niagarawinetrail.org/

Outdoor Activities:

  • Ice Bikes of Buffalo: Forget trying to balance on ice skates. Instead explore the ice with ease (and stability) as you pedal along on a bicycle made for the ice. Be the first of your friends to try this new experience. http://www.waterbikesofbuffalo.com/ice-bikes/

 

A Western New York Inn’s Holiday Season

December 16th, 2016 by asaransom

Asa Ransom House’s Holiday suggestions:

There’s nothing quite like a winter bed and breakfast getaway to spark a sense of nostalgia and overwhelming joy. Waking up to a warm breakfast waiting for you can make you feel like you are visiting grandma’s house again. The holiday lights in the small town of Clarence, NY, will bring a smile to your face as you remember the magic of Christmas. Make the Asa Ransom House your winter holiday headquarters and explore all that the region has to offer.

Start or finish your holiday shopping in the “Hollow.” Stuff stocking with fresh fudge from the Clarence Country Store. Purchase a gift for a friend (or perhaps for yourself) at Hen House Antiques or Antique World & 3 Old Dogs. Since many shops are within walking distance of the inn, guests that want to experience a true winter wonderland can zip up their coats and pull on their boots for a shopping adventure. (Driving is also an option.)

Antique World & Flea Market, Clarence NY

  

3 Old Dogs Antiques, Clarence NY

Hen House Antiques, Clarence NY

December 1-December 18, 2016 – Shows at the Lancaster Opera House. Tickle your funny bone with the irreverent Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical or join in the interactive fun of The Night Before Christmas. Check the website for show dates and pricing: http://www.lancopera.org/

November 25, 2016-January 8, 2017 – Holiday Displays at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY. Explore the vibrant colors and playful arrangements of Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected. Appease your inner child at the Garden Railway Exhibit designed by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society. http://www.buffalogardens.com/

December 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve is an evening for indulgence (resolution diets don’t start until January 1). The inn features 5 course dinners on Saturdays. The holiday happens to fall on a Saturday this year; don’t miss out on this special, celebratory event.

November 19, 2016-January 31, 2017 – Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. It’s easy to see why 1.5 million people venture to this Canadian event each year. Walk or drive along the eight-kilometer stretch of dazzling light displays. If you would rather avoid the crowds, you can always stay on the Niagara Falls, NY, side and enjoy the natural beauty of the falls. http://www.wfol.com/the-lights/

The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, NY, is open year-round. Truly imagine life during winter in the 19th century while touring historical homes, a blacksmith shop, a barbershop, and a Lutheran church. Just picture how beautiful your photographs will look with a snowy background. http://bnhv.org/

With all the excitement in December, it can be easy to forget that the biggest holiday for lovebirds is right around the corner. Book a special Valentine’s retreat. The inn’s onsite restaurant boasts a romantic fireplace and a seasonal menu featuring organic herbs right from the garden.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

June 17th, 2016 by asaransom

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

Summer is full of cook-outs, enjoying the beautiful weather with friends and family, vacationing, and celebrating the multitude of freedoms that we are blessed with here in the United States of America. It is also a great time to celebrate and remember those who brought us these great freedoms. There were many sacrifices and major historical events that occurred to bring us to this beautiful summer.

I encourage you to to remember these sacrifices by visiting the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park located in the marina at the Waterfront at Canalside. The park is open every day from 10 am-5 pm April until October. It proudly boasts being ranked #4 on Trip Advisor’s list of ‘Best Things to do in Buffalo.

The Park features three different naval vessels: USS The Sullivans Destroyer, USS Croaker Submarine, and the USS Little Rock, guided missile cruiser. The Destroyer is named after five heroic siblings: George, Francis (‘Frank’), Joseph (‘Joe’), Madison (‘Matt’), and Albert (‘Al’) Sullivan from Waterloo, Iowa, who served on the USS Junea (CL-52) during World War II. The siblings agreed to serve for the US Navy on the promise that they would all serve together. In fact their family motto was: “We stick Together”. On November 13, 1942 the USS Junea was sunk. Thus in the Battle of Solomon Islands all five brothers lost their lives. The Solomon brothers are the first group to ever have a US Naval Vessel named after them.

USS The Sullivans 537 displayed at the Park is the second of the two ships named after them and exemplifies the largest and significant class of U.S. destroyers utilized in World War II. This particular vessel earned nine battle stars for service, rescued many a survivor from planes and ships that went down during war. She served in: Philippines, Carolines, Marshalls, Mariannas, Korean War, and the Cuban Blockade.

The second vessel is a submarine that is identified in the National Registry of Historic Places. The USS Croaker is 311 feet long and weighs 1,525 tons. She launched on December 19, 1943 to fight against the Japanese in World War II and was not decommissioned until December 20, 1971. During her service she earned 3 battle stars and claimed eleven enemy vessels.

  The third vessel at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is the USS Little Rock. This cruiser is well worth the tour. She is the only guided missile cruiser on display in the United States. She is also the sole survivor of the Cleveland class. The USS Little Rock was the first ship to bare the name of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is an impressive 610 feet long and weighs 10,670 tons.

 Along with these three vessels, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park also displays military aircrafts, tanks, and World War II artifacts in their history exhibits. Admission is only $10 for adults (17 years of age and older), $6 for seniors and children (5 years and younger). Please visit: www.BuffaloNavalPark.org for more details.

The Naval Park is located about thirty minutes from the Asa Ransom House, a 10-room Country Inn in Clarence. Some rooms have porch or balcony, all have private baths, most with fireplace. Dinner is served daily except Monday’s. Please view the rooms, menu and Inn at www.asaransom.com

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