Sunday, July 4, 2010

When it's time for a getaway weekend

Los Gatos Bed and Breakfast, Penn Yan, NY  (photo provided)
We were celebrating our anniversary, and following our normal custom, we took out the map and picked a place within driving range. It came out that we were to visit Penn Yan. Normally we take a stab at getting the right accommodations based on reviews etc., but this time it would be  a little different. You see, a month ago while doing a wine tasting at Hunt Country in Branchport, we also did a jam tasting where we met Susan Baron, co- owner with her husband, Burney, of Los Gatos Bed and Breakfast in Penn Yan.  We had picked up their brochure and looked over their website. There's where we headed.

Going to a bed and breakfast is always an adventure because no two are alike. On top of that, good hosts can really make a visit memorable.  The surprise element is one part of traveling that we look forward to every time. Hosts are helpful in giving advise on places to dine and things to do when asked. Often the other guests have much to contribute to our stay as well.

 Los Gatos is in a location set back from busy highway 14 A with lush gardens accentuating its beauty. Once we  unpacked in our  spacious room  on the first floor, we headed outside to examine the gardens followed along by our two tour guides, the b&b cats. Burney and Susan have some interesting experiments in progress for growing, and the next morning we did get to talk a little about gardening over breakfast. We picked fresh peas and strawberries to eat while wandering around without a care in the world thanks to the peacefulness of the setting.

After a leisurely meal at ports cafe on West Lake Road, Geneva, recommended to us by our hosts, we spent a little time in the community area of the b&b conversing with another couple from out of the area. In the afternoon we had  been to a couple of the many wineries on the two nearby lakes (Seneca and Keuka ), and we compared notes.

The next morning we were delighted with a delicious breakfast from fresh natural products in the region along with the signature jams and jellies homemade, marketed and sold by Los Gatos. We started with a strawberry sorbet freshly made from fruit of the garden, and were treated to  Apple Dutch Babies (photo above), bacon and homemade English muffins. A picture would not do the meal justice!

The most unique thing that we will remember is the pleasant, relaxed atmosphere at Los Gatos, and the welcoming of our hosts. We will return, and in the meantime, suggest it to our friends and family traveling to the Finger Lakes.

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