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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

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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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Lancaster Opera House Theater, Dinner at the Asa Ransom House

March 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.

Godspell  April 21,22,23,  27,28,29,30  May 4,5,6,7,

Run for Your Wife  May 12,13,14,  19,20,21

The Light in the Piazza  June 2,3,4,  8,9,10,11  15,16,17,18

Fall Shows to be announced soon!

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 a few weeks ahead of your selected date.

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.

 

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

Live Music in Buffalo

May 27th, 2016 by asaransom

Buffalo, New York boasts a wide range of music and theater productions and venues: ‘Live Music in Buffalo’ features live music at Canalside, the Buffalo Philharmonic at Kleinhans, operas at Lancaster Opera House and Broadway productions at Shea’s Performing Art’s Center. Many of our music venues are also rich in history.

Shea's
Built in 1926, Shea’s Performing Art’s Center has grown to be a favorite attraction in Buffalo, NY. Shea’s is beautifully designed with architecture from all around the world. It opened just years before the Great Depression and still manages to thrive, ninety years later. This National Historical Site just announced their 2016-2017 season; featuring Finding Neverland which is launching it’s National Tour right here in Buffalo! Be whisked away to France with the music of George and Ira Gershwin in An American in Paris. Join Ralphie in his quest to get a Red Ryder bb gun in A Christmas Story: The Musical. Enjoy the humorous musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Relive the classics The Sound of Music and Cabaret. Plus special engagements include Stomp, 42nd Street, Wicked, and The Little Mermaid.
Another local favorite is the Lancaster Opera House. It opened for the first time in 1897. Through the years it has not only served as a stage for productions, dances, and commencements, but also: a food and clothing distributor during the Great Depression, a sewing room for war supplies during World War II, the Civil Defense Headquarters in the 1950s, and town hall. They re-opeLOHned for productions 35 years ago. Their 2015-2016 season is well under-way. This April experience three time Tony award winning comedy Lend me a Tenor. Be transported to New York City with Bette and Barry: Ya Gotta Have Friends. Join the mystery behind a murder with Night Watch. In May, Get stuck in the middle of two families feuding during a wedding reception with Lovers and Other Strangers. Enjoy a multi-course dinner with Asa Ransom House before heading over to Lancaster with our special Dinner Theater package.
Every Thursday night in the summer hosts free ‘Live Music in Buffalo’ at Canalside. Concerts are rain or shine with the headliner beginning between 8pm and 9pm. Located downtown, you will be able to experience the historic canals as you listen to the music. If you have not visited Canalside in recent years, you are sure to be impressed by the many renovations that have taken place. Enjoy the hisCanalsidetoric Concert listings for Summer 2016 will be released in May.

 

 

Buffalo is proud to have the Buffalo Philharmonic which performs at the National Historic Landmark, Kleinhans Music Hall. The hall has outstanding acoustics and is beautifully designed. The Buffalo Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 season begins this May with Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and A Journey througBPOh the Alps in June. View an entire listing of their events on their website.
Asa Ransom House also hosts concerts on our front lawn throughout the months of June and July. These concerts are sponsored by the Clarence Hollow Association. Last summer featured: Shakespeare in the Hollow, Beatles play the Hollow, Kindred plus Irish Dancers, and Salute to Broadway. The 2016 concerts begin July 14 with Chris Maloney -Pop,Sole & Gospel. July 28 – ‘Magic of course – a unique brand of music and comedy for all ages. August 4 features Flipside – Voted top Classic & Pop Band in Buffalo.
Whichever style of musical arts you prefer, we encourage you to try a venue in Buffalo, NY. Of course, we would love for you to begin and/or end your evening with us, at Asa Ransom House. We are located 18 miles from Shea’s, 9 miles from Lancaster Opera House, and 19 miles from Kleinhans and from Canalside. We would be happy to host you for dinner and overnight in one of our ten beautiful rooms. Call our front desk at 716-759-2315 for details.

Clarence Center NY ‘Gems’ to Visit

March 3rd, 2016 by asaransom

The Perfect Gift in the J. Eshelman bldg in Clarence, NY

The Perfect Gift in Clarence, NY

Clarence Center NY, founded 1829, offers some historic ‘Gems’ to visit, and is only 5 miles from the Asa Ransom House. These gems include: The Perfect Gift & Boutique, Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe, The Hen House ll Le Poulaller, and Gertie’s Restaurant, among others.

The Perfect Gift, located in the most impressive 1872 Eshelman Building, is listed on the National Historic Register, and was once considered the tallest building of its kind outside of the city of Buffalo. The building at three stories high, has always been a general store in some capacity, and today is home to a unique gift shop and boutique, the Perfect Gift. Some historic factors of interest is the flooring and much of the woodwork in the building is original from 1872, and the push latter system is a replica of what once existed here. The building bricks were made by the Eshelman family – burnt in their own brick oven kiln. Deborah, the Perfect Gifts proprietor, offers a vast variety of items and unique gifts, which can be viewed at www.theperfectgiftbuffalo.com

The Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe, kiddie corner across the street from the Eshelman building, features fresh-baked goods, locally crafted beers, fine wine selection, and a menu including vegan and gluten-free food. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, with dinner offered Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesday features an open mike night, Friday and Saturday featuring live music from 8 to 11, often with some talented local artists.  Multi award winner of the Taste of Buffalo, winner of the Clarence “Silver Spoon” award and best entrée award. We have enjoyed their good food and very relaxing atmosphere and personable staff. For hours and menu visit: www.clarencecentercoffee.com

An unusual storage chest at Hen House Antiques in Clarence, NY

Hen House Antiques

The Hen House ll Le Poulailler at 5961 Goodrich road, just a few steps done the street, features unique gifts, antiques, art and furniture. Linda (a Gem herself) offers different vintage items that will match with any decor. Some of our treasures here at Asa Ransom House and at home have come from Linda’s unique shop. Be sure to ask if you can’t find that perfect match, she may have it hidden at her other location on Salt Road in Clarence. For a good idea of Linda’s treasures see the multiple pictures at HenHouseAntiques Clarence NY

Gertie’s restaurant is next to the Perfect Gift, and offers modern comfort food from her fine scratch kitchen with dining  offered both inside and on the patio. Gertie’s has an impressive menu that can be viewed at www.GertiesRestaurant.com  This restaurant is very popular, so reservations are recommended.

Guests here at the 1853 historic Asa Ransom House, after visiting shops here in Clarence Hollow, often enjoy a second afternoon visiting the Clarence Center NY ‘Gems’, all are within a block of each other. Upon leaving Clarence Center, we recommend stopping at the Clarence Arboretum with its 57 variety of native trees, a lake and many benches. Upon returning to the Asa Ransom House, one enjoys dinner and a relaxing evening and rest-bit from the days adventures. We love helping guests in their search for interesting adventures here in Western New York.  Visit us at www.asaransom.com  for menu, rooms and frequent specials. Hope you all have a special day!

Sincerely, Innkeeper Bob

 

 

 

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

November 23rd, 2015 by asaransom

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

Part of the Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit at
the Clarence Historical Museum

The original Holland Land purchase from Robert Morris was 3,250,000 acres including the area west of the Genesse River, north to Lake Ontario, West to Lake Erie, and south to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before Robert Morris, a Philadelphia Banker and signer of the Declaration of Independence, could give Holland Land Co. title to their purchase, it was necessary to first obtain title from the Indians. At the Treaty of Big Tree in 1791, the Indian exchanged their rights to the land in return for $100,000 and 200,000 acres to be retained and used for reservations.

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Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10

August 19th, 2015 by asaransom

Vidler's 5 & Dime

“I can’t believe how big this store is!” We hear this every day from happily surprised customers about Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10. A great place for the entire family with 2 levels occupying 4 connected 19th century buildings. From nostalgic candy, novelty toys and kitchen gadgets to the newest items for the recreational shopper. Distinctive shops feature crafts, jewelry, candles and seasonal décor.

Take a trip down memory lane as you walk on original wooden floors, eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Hear the delighted laughter of kids taking a 10 cent ride on Sandy, the mechanical horse.

History – It all started in 1939. Today the third generation of the Vidler family manages the store which has become a local landmark and destination point for shoppers near and far. The 5 & 10 is easily recognized by the red and white awning, gingerbread trim, hand painted, gold leaf sign, and the colossal “Vidler on the Roof”. Inside you see the original wooden floors, big open counters (the same ones that Grandma… and Great Grandma browsed) and a store chock full of every kind of merchandise imaginable from lace doilies to music cd’s.

Half the Fun of Vidler’s is just wandering around and discovering all the nooks and crannies. Candy – See the incredible selection of old-time favorites such as Necco wafers, Sky Bars, Mallo Cups, Super Daddies, Satellite Wafers, Crystal Beach Suckers, French Chew, wax bottles , rock candy and a variety of chocolates.

Gifts & Jewelry – 3 enticing rooms that flow into each other with a wounderful selection of jewelry, distinctive gifts and home accents. Party novelties for all occasions with paper products, streamers and table displays. Bows, ribbon, greeting cards, wrapping paper… unique women’s clothing, handbags and scarves… wine and cocktail accessories… bridal and baby… you can browse till you find that perfect gift!

Toys – For kids from ages 8 to 80. Experience shopping the way it use to be in a good ole’ five and dime! Select from traditional, ageless toys that children have always loved: yo-yo’s, slide whistles, wooden pop guns, kazoos and other musical instruments; puzzles, rubber bugs and plush animals of every kind; paper dolls, models, coloring books and a large selection of board games, kaleidoscopes, marbles and balsawood gliders. Both kids and kids-at-heart love our toy section.

Housewares – Too much to list! This fabulous department is well-known for the endless collection of gadgets, gee-gaws, widgets and thing-a-ma jigs! Cookie cutters in every shape you can think of, and some you haven’t. From toaster tongs & strawberry hullers to wooden spatulas and cake decorating supplies.

Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10, is located at 676-697 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 716-652-0481  Web: vidlers5and10.com Open 7 days a week.

Vidler’s is a 30 minute drive directly south of the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a good central location for visiting the Niagara Wine Trail, Erie Canal Cruses, Antique World, Niagara Falls among many other popular attractions.  The Asa Ransom House is a 10 room historic village Inn built in 1853, with 1975 and 1993 additions. Most rooms have a fireplace, some with porch or balcony, serving a full country breakfast. Dinner is available daily except Monday, Tea available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Rooms can be viewed at asaransom.com . We look forward to your visit!

Vidler’s and Asa Ransom, two gems not to miss!

 

Visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

July 27th, 2015 by asaransom

Visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage VillageWhen you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you’ll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on the beautiful 35-acre grounds. Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will graciously welcome you to our quaint Village and show you what life was like in the 19th century. Visit our working blacksmith shop and watch in amazement as members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths perform daily demonstrations.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village was originally established in 1972 as Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage VillageIn order to engage a broader audience and highlight the rich heritage of the entire region, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village became a fully independent 501c3 non-profit organization on January 1, 2011, widening its focus to help visitors of all ages live the history of our region.

The 20,000 square foot Shaw Exhibit Building is open year round – ‘From Forest to Front Lawn’ and features exhibits as:   Suiting Up : American Uniforms, uniforms from 1898 to present day. Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, explore how the 18th Amendment sought to bring on a age of temperance and virtue, which instead resulted in an increase in excess, indulgence, and vice.  Pioneer Kitchen, visit a replica of a pioneer kitchen offering hands-on learning experiences for children. Erie Canal Exhibit. Street of Shops, this re-creation off a Main Street.including a General Store, Watchmaker, Barbershop and Pharmacist. Martha C. Schmidt Decorative Arts Gallery, collection of 19th and 20th century glassware and pottery. Tuning In and Reaching Out: A Story of Radio & Television, a newly updated exhibit of television, radio, and communication equipment from 1920-1950. Others areas include: 9/11 Remembered, Niederlander Research Library, How they Moved Here and museum Store.

Located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road Amherst NY 14228. For additional information, www.bnhv.org or call 716-689-1440

Many of our overnight guests here at Asa Ransom House Country Inn include the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village on their list of ‘things to do’ while visiting Western New York. Asa Ransom House, a member of Select Registry, “Distinguished Inns of North America” for 40 years. Voted #1 B&B in Buffalo News Readers Survey.  www.asaransom.com

Hull House (Hull Family Home & Farmstead)

July 2nd, 2015 by asaransom

The House

The Hull House is the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County, New York. Built c.1810 by Warren Hull for his wife, Polly, and their children, the federal style dwelling was built into a hill so that, from the street, two stories are apparent. From the back, however, the basement level is accessible. Throughout the house, one can find the original woodwork in flooring, doorways, some original windows, window seats, stairways, banisters and fireplace mantels and jambs.

 The main floor of the house consists of an entrance hallway with a common room (kitchen), pantry and back hallway on the right (east) and the parlor and sitting room on the left (west). The original fireplaces in the parlor and the sitting room are still in place, while the larger common room fireplace had at one time been removed but is now fully restored.
The second story includes the Hulls’ master bedchamber and the boys’ bedchamber on the left (west) and the girls’ bedroom, the north bedchamber, on the right. The original fireplaces in all these rooms are still intact. A small room at the top of the staircase may have been an office for Mr. Hull or a bedchamber for hired help.

In the attic, one can see the 40-foot hand-hewn timber that serves as the main beam under the gabled roof. The four chimneys have been restored along with the oval windows facing east and west.

 In the basement of the Hull House stands the foundation of the large kitchen hearth which has been rebuilt. The original cistern lies beneath the basement floor. It was used to collect rainwater for household use. The most unique feature, however, is the original beehive oven which is in such good condition that it will be used for cooking demonstrations in the near future.
The Hull Home & Farmstead, a rare surviving example of early Federal style architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently undergoing extensive restoration, the house is open throughout much of the year for tours, seasonal events and educational experiences for students of all ages. Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors bring history to life, and an Ice Cream Musicale and “Sheep-to-Shawl” event take visitors back in time. In addition, Sunday restoration tours are held June through September.
More further information on events, tours, membership, and volunteer opportunities, check www.hullfamilyhome.org!
The Historic Asa Ransom House Country Inn provides accommodations and dinner, is just 5 miles from The Hull Family Home and Farmstead. With its 10 rooms from 1853, 1975 and 1993 give guests a wide variety from which to choose. Rooms,  menus and other area attractions can be viewed at www.asaransom.com

Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara

June 16th, 2015 by asaransom

Edgar_W._Howell_House_Dec_09When an area includes attractions like Lake Erie and the Niagara Falls, like the Buffalo Niagara area does, you know there’s a lot to see – and miss, if you’re not acreful! Buffalo Tours will help you see it all.

Buffalo Tours is an education program of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Its mission is to provide leadership in identifying and protecting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York Communities. Preservation Buffalo Niagara are official partners of the Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Some of the many tours available include:

“Inside the West Side” Tour of Homes – Enjoy interior home visits and hidden gardens, and glimpsethe unsurpassed view at Front Park in Buffalo’s only historic lakefront community.

The Whole Grain Tour – Explore “Concrete Atlantis” in and around the famous grain elevators of the Buffalo River on this family-friendly walk.

Millionaire’s Row – In Buffalo’s glory days the mansions of Millionaire’s Row constituted a tightly knit neighborhood where every one knew each other and many were related. Now a National Historic District, we’ll discuss these architectural treasures and business barons who built them.

The Larkin District – Explore the legacy of soap entrepreneur John D. Larkin and architect Frank Loyd Wright with a tour of the Larkin Exchange Building.

Queen City Downtown – Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories. These including the Erie Canal, several Presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green, and the “Best Designed City” designation by Frederick Law Olmsted. See these stories come alive on this two hour walk. The Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s, and Ellicott Square are as magnificent on the inside as on the outside.

Queen Annes of Elmwood Village – Find works by renowned architects such as E.B. Green and Louise Blanchard Bethune.  These include a colorful array of architecture styles, and excellent examples of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.

Allentown Historic Walking Tours – Allentown Central, a two-hour tour of Allentown’s most picturesque and best-preserved street: Delaware Avenue, Irving Place, and Park Street. Victorian homes and lovingly-tended gardens, Irving was the birthplace of Allentown’s renaissance in the 1050’s, when the beat generation rediscovered Allentown’s marvelous architecture and nurtured its reputation for the arts.

Hull House – Built around 1810 by Warren Hull, the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County is now a rare piece of early American architecture. Visit the home undergoing restoration and see how historical exhibits on display, including an archeological dig for Native American artifacts.

Lockport: Stories in Stone – “Step Back in Time” in Lockport on two historic tours. During “Explore Main Street”, visit architectural interiors of several 19th century buildings along the famous Flight of Five locks. On “Cemetery Tales”, meet several costumed “residents” of the Glenwood Cemetery, est.1863.

For additional Information about Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara – www.P-B-N.org  716-853-3300

The Asa Ransom House Country Inn is centrally located for the Preservation Buffalo Niagara tours. Located in Clarence, just 18 miles from downtown Buffalo, the historic Asa Ransom House (1853, 1975, 1993) is located on the site of the first grist mill in Erie County. Rooms have a fireplace, and many a porch or balcony for viewing the grounds. View rooms at www.asaransom.com Book early for your first choice!

Buffalo’s Top Attractions

April 29th, 2015 by asaransom

Buffalo's Canalside District

Buffalo’s Canalside District

Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the new Canalside District – the perfect balance of history and family fun. In the 19thy and early 20thy centuries, Buffalo’s position as the western terminus of the Erie Canal made it one of the country’s most important transportation and industrial centers. Today, Canalside, Buffalo’s $295 million waterfront redevelopment, offers some 750 events, ranging from outdoor yoga to crafts for kids to free Thursday at Canalside concerts by national rock acts.

You can walk through WWII warships at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park (America’s largest inland naval park). One can set sail on an excursion with the Queen City Ferry, Spirit of Buffalo, Buffalo Harbor Cruises or Seven Sees Sailing Center. Prefer to make your own waves? Explore Lake Erie and the Buffalo River (home to the mammoth grain elevators) with a canoe, kayak or SUP (stand-up-paddle board) rental from BFLO Harbor Kayak. Pedal your way down the river with Water Bikes of Buffalo, or a guided paddle tour with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site with State-of-the-art exhibits and a guided tour of the Ansley Wilcox home. It takes you inside the moment when “Teddy” Roosevelt became the nation’s youngest president ever due to the shocking assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 150 years old in 2012. Albright-Know has amassed an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art, which shares through a constantly changing program of exhibits, classes and special events.

Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, built for a wealthy Buffalo businessman between 1903-1905, stands as one of the architect’s masterpieces and also as a pinnacle of his Prairie School era. For examples of his later work, head to nearby Derby to see Graycliff Estate, three buildings set amid 8.5 acres of rolling lawns and gardens.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory. Lackawanna’s basilica is a stunning early 20th-century church built almost entirely of white marble. Guided tours highlight the shrine’s hundreds of paintings, sculptures and mosaics. A museum describes the multiple charitable works of its founder, Father Nelson Baker. Ourladyofvictory.org

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum  Take a ride on the 1961 #1 Special carousel, listen to the Wurlitzer band organ, see how music rolls are produced and view our exhibits and vintage ride collection. www.carrouselmuseum.org

The Medina Railroad Museum. A collection of artifacts, memorabilia and one of the largest HO scale layouts in the nation. Enjoy a leisurely 34-mile, two-hour round-trip ride through the scenic Erie Canal Heritage Corridor aboard a vintage 1947 passenger coach. The museum is the largest freight depot museum in the country. www.Railroadmuseum.net

The Roycroft Campus. The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora was in the vanguard of American Arts and Crafts style in the early 1900’s. Today the Roycroft standard of clean lines and simplicity of design can be explored in the classes and demonstrations. Visitors may shop the gallery and tour nine original structures, such as the inn, the chapel, the print shop, the furniture shop and the copper shop.

A centrally located, convenient and comfortable Inn to rest and dine is the historic ten-room Asa Ransom House, just north-east of Buffalo in Clarence. A full country breakfast is included,  some rooms offer a porch or balcony, and most feature a fireplace. Near the NY&WS  hiking/biking trail, Antique World and interesting village shops. View rooms & menu at asaransom.com  Call 1-800-841-2340 for last minute specials and events.  We look forward to serving you! Bob Lenz – Innkeeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

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