I have fond memories of visiting Christmas markets in Germany and Austria bundled up in the crisp air snacking on molasses cookies and sipping Glühwein. It is a popular traditional beverage in German-speaking countries and the region of Alsace in France.
That's why it was loads of fun to go to The Canandaigua Christkindl Market, a European-inspired, juried holiday craft show featuring displays by more than 100 vendors. Although the majority of vendors were under a couple huge tents, there was just enough of the chill in the air to make it authentic.
It continues today, Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua. Admission is $6; free for ages 11 and younger. For more, call (585) 394-1472 or go to grangerhomestead.org or canandaiguachristkindlmarket.com.
While in Canandaigua I stopped at a couple neat stores on Main Street-- F. Oliver's http://www.folivers.com/ and Wickedly Scents http://escentedcandle.com/
to stock up on vinegars/balsamics and hand lotions/soaps at the other.
Dinner was at a favorite Mexican Restaurant, Rio Tomatlan http://www.riotomatlan.com/
at 5 Beeman Street, right off Main Street. It was hopping with diners and those at the bar! The food is consistently good, and I loved my salmon with pico de gallo.