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Merle Exit Relaxes At The Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast While Touring Newark

On this tour of the Eric Canal we check into the Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Newark where we met owners Kimberlee and Michael Meeks. Gorgeous vintage Tudor home built in 1844 on 2 plus acres with grass and forest in the back and gardens in the front. That is, whatever is left in the gardens after the cute and adorable deer use it as their dining room. At least they can't drink up the water in the fountain.

I stayed in the Asian Lily Suite that overlooked the forest. Queen sized cushy canopy bed with a pillow top mattress, luxury robes, cabinet with refrigerator and television that doubled as DVD player (free DVDs to use are located in the library), claw foot tub and separate shower in a large bathroom, and amenities to include a special package of "all you need in case you forgot to bring" items. Kimberlee is so great that she'll even do your laundry if you need those clean clothes for the rest of your trip. Cookies are placed on your pillow...well, that is, on a plate, near your pillow and you are welcome to have a pot of tea to accompany it.

The downstairs area has a sun room, library, living room, gift shop area and dining room. That is where I had the totally delicious breakfast of whole wheat waffles with fresh peaches topped with home made whipped cream and nuts, along with a large breakfast sausage made with cranberries and orange. Kimberlee makes her own sausage, too.

Being in Wayne County we went from the village of Newark to Lyons, another destination along the Erie Canal. It was there that I met Lyons Main Street Program Manager, Jerry M. Ashley. He and his partner moved from California having spotted a fabulous old home and friendly town.

We took a walk on Williams Street to see the Ohmann Theatre, which was originally built in 1915 by Burt Ohmann. After going through renovations the theatre still keeps its old time charm. The theatre is primarily used as a movie venue, but you can find live entertainment every so often.

With the mural sensation going on along the canal, Lyons decided to have theirs in the village itself on sides and fronts of buildings.

Two of Lyons´ major events are Peppermint Days and Pumpkin Palooza. The peppermint thing is related to the H.G. Hotchkiss Factory. As for Pumpkin Palooza, how far can a pumpkin be tossed from a cherry picker?

Along the canal, there is always someone to greet the boaters. Hook ups are free of charge and the Fire Department, situated at the canal, provides Dockers with restrooms and showers. And, there's always something to experience and festivals to join along the Erie Canal.

 By Merle Exit

Getting There:

For current packages available and to plan your escape to the Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Newark visit www.strathallen.com or call 1-877-331-6045.

To learn more about events and shows at the Ohmann Theatre visit http://ohmanntheatre.com.

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