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Over the years, I'll bet everyone in the world has heard of or tasted Jello... that colored flavored gelatin jiggly wiggly concoction.
And now you can see where it was invented and manufactured and get some of the product's history from people who have retired from the Jello plant and volunteer at the Jello Museum.
The place is really really really small. The back end of one of the old mansions on the main street just east of downtown LeRoy, NY; right next to the Little League field. Be careful when you drive in to park because the driveway slants up at a sharp angle and low-draft cars WILL scrape bottom.
Inside the building is a small gift shop, a little area where the attendant gives a spiel and a free box of Jello and then leads into the two rooms of Jello memorabilia.
Shopping, listening and looking take about 40 minutes at most.
The day we went, the attendant was not busy at all and let us in for free after we had purchased about $15 worth of souveniers. I think the normal cost for a visit is about $5.
Updated Feb 13, 2007
Address: 23 East Main St.
The motto for this restaurant is " a rare restaurant, well done".
It is fine dining and specializes in beef.
The big items on the menu (and for me the best also) are their Prime Rib and their Lobster - Filet Mignon combo. Both of these cost about $20 per person. Add in coffee and dessert and the tax and tip and you are easily up to $30. It is a little bit expensive but the food is so delicious and the portions require a doggy bag.
The restaurant itself is not very impressive from the outside, situated way out on a country road. But the inside of this renovated stone farmhouse is very nice. Mahogany and dark wood tables and chairs with fine white linen table cloths and napkins.
The staff is great; friendly, knowledgeable about what is on the menu and how it is cooked, happy to have you there. It was crowded on a Friday evening but we were able to get in without reservations within about 15 minutes. The host seated us in a quiet corner of the main dining room (there are several smaller private rooms and a party room). The decor was subdued with low-light level to make it seem more homey. We ordered and had a cocktail and only waited about 15 minutes before the chef wheeled out, right to our table, a portable grill with our steaks cooking on it. The waiter took the meat right from the grill onto the china plates and served it hot and sizzling.
The meal was great; prime rib was medium rare in the center, nice and pink and medium well on the outside with a bit of crispy fat and coating. My wife had the lobster and enjoyed that as well (to me, lobster is too much work for too little food).
The restaurant is only open after 4pm and only 5 days a week. See the website below for the open days and also to see the complete menu.
Updated Sep 23, 2007
Address: 6492 Main Street
They have refurbished an old B&O Railroad Depot into a dining room. They have tried to make the ambience very early 20th century with newspaper and trains decor on the walls, period music in the ceiling, and the old-fashioned attire of the staff.
Their broiled Haddock is very good and is served with choice of vegetables and a basket of rolls. The wife enjoys the Porkchops with applesauce. They have a fine selection of homemade bakery items for dessert (and also you can buy a dozen to take home).
On special holidays, the menus are changed to give their patrons a different flavor experience.
Sunday specials are a good deal of food for a good deal less money.
A typical meal on a regular evening will go about $20 a person including tip and tax.
The staff is very friendly and helpful; attentive to your needs. The cook does a great job and serves food that not only tastes good but looks good on the plate.
On some weekends and holidays, they provide live entertainment which is a nice treat.
When you come to LeRoy, you must try this fime restaurant (shirt and tie for dinner is preferred but not mandatory).
Updated Mar 31, 2007
Address: 63 Lake Street (route 19)
LeRoy, NY is rated in the top 10% of safe cities in New York.
There is one registered sex offender. In the last five years there have been only 1 murder, 2 rapes, 1 robbery. Auto theft is almost non-existent and burglaries occurences are low.
You can feel safe walking around town from dawn to midnight.
Just use common precautions and you should have a safe and happy time in LeRoy.
Remember to lock doors and walk around in groups and keep your valuables in a safe location (money belt or motel lockbox). Keep an eye on the kids and have fun.
Updated Apr 25, 2007
This is a trail-ski (as well as conventional ski) site that is good for beginners.
Over 10 miles of trails (3 of the trails for beginner class) that loop out and back in overlapping circles. The trails are groomed to be at least two-people wide. As you go around the loops there are stations where you can stop to warm yourself and take a deep breath. Some of the better trails are very hilly and meant for intermediate or better cross-country skiers.
They do give lessons on the equipment and the techniques and the ettiquette (passing, following, slow-to-the-right) for trail-skiing.
to get there:
8101 Conlon Road
I-90 exit 47 to route 19 (Lake Road) south. east on route 40 and south on Conlon Road
call the phone number below for latest rates and weather conditions.
Updated Jan 22, 2008
This is an 18-hole course with reasonable prices, a clubhouse, a fine restaurant and a driving range to warmup. The fairways are undulating and the greens are pretty flat. The course is well maintained in the early summer but gets dried out and fast by late summer. It is an old course (70 years) and plays better now than it did 30 years ago due to renovations.
$25 will get you a full round and a cart (you will need one with this up and down course).
Water is a major hazard on five holes so be sure you have plenty of balls. Sand traps and fairway bunkers dot the course and are strategically placed to make you control your shot.
The trees are mature growth and open underneath; the rough is quite long but is playable.
A typical day on the course is 6200 yards and 3 hours (a little longer in time if you are behind a slow group).
Written Jul 7, 2007
Address: 7759 East Main Road