Greetings from Los Gatos Bed &
We've all heard the saying "April
showers bring May flowers" so it's safe to say that we are expecting a more
bountiful crop of Spring flowers this year than ever before! And actually, our
daffodils and tulips are up and blooming now, right along with the magnolias
and forsythias. New green leaves are appearing all around us and the birds are
back too. We've been feeding the gold finches, cardinals, sparrows and
woodpeckers a steady diet of sunflower seeds, and they seem to have decided
that Los Gatos Bed & Breakfast is indeed the place to go for breakfast,
lunch and dinner! As we wait for the ground to dry out a bit so we can get our
new gardens planted we find ourselves looking forward to the upcoming visitors
season and hopeful that we will be seeing many of you again this year!
a freshly remodeled kitchen in which to prepare some new breakfast creations as
well as the old favorites. The new look is exciting with freshly painted
cabinets, granite counter tops, tiled back splashes and new stainless steel
appliances. We're calling it a "country/modern" look - a little French Country
combined with a bit of glass and steel - Nice!
Hot Air Balloon
This year we have paired up with a hot air balloon company to
be able to offer our guests a very exciting package including two nights in the
room of your choice along with a hot air balloon ride that will lift off from
our back lawns here at the Bed & Breakfast. This package can be arranged
for one or two couples at a time, and can include either an evening or morning
ride - check out the details here........
Finger Lakes Escapes
Our most popular package is back! Here is a great chance
for a relaxing getaway: 2 nights lodging, our full country breakfast each
morning, a $40 gift certificate, and the VIP card for free tastings and
discounts at select wineries on Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The Escapes are
available Sunday through Wednesday, starting at $299 plus tax. Call us or
book on-line to reserve a package!
Wine Tour Packages
Visit your favorite wineries in the comfort of a private limousine!
Our Wine Tour Packages feature two nights lodging, our award-winning breakfast
each morning, and a 6 hour private tour of the local wineries in a luxury
sedan. Your knowledgeable and courteous driver will help you find the wineries
that best suit your tastes, and safely drive you around the lakes. The Summer
Wine & Dine Package is available through October 31, 2011. Prices start at
$675, and include lodging and tour taxes.
On-line Gift Shop
you are running out of your favorite Los Gatos B&B jams, jellies, coffee,
or Apple Cider Syrup, check out our on-line gift store at
One-price US Postal shipping boxes have made delivery an economical choice
anywhere in the country- and our locally made products are always a much
The strawberry season is
just a few weeks away. The berry season is not very long, so we enjoy them in
as many ways as we can with our breakfasts in the B&B- strawberries and
cream make a good start to the day, and berries are great on waffles or Dutch
Babies. As we start getting warmer weather, guests enjoy getting a strawberry
sorbet for their first course.
Our favorite strawberry sorbet is very
simple, and highlights the fresh ripe berries. We use a self freezing ice cream
freezer- no ice or rock salt, and it has about a quart capacity.
(Makes about 1 quart)
1 1/2 pound (3 cups) fresh strawberries,
rinsed and quartered
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Slice the strawberries and toss them in
a medium bowl with the sugar, stirring until the sugar is moistened. Cover and
let stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Puree the strawberries and their liquid
with the lemon juice and salt until smooth. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then
freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers
instructions. The sorbet can also be partially frozen in a shallow pan and
stirred with a fork to break up the ice crystals. Refreeze for an hour and stir
again. Either technique you use- transfer the sorbet to an airtight container
and place in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is
open on Saturdays through December 11.
Museum of Glass turns 60! May 19, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (free
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Smokin' Summer Kickoff - June 10-12
Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Keuka In Bloom - May 14-15
Barbecue At The Wineries - June 11-12, 25-26
We hope to see you soon!
& Susan Baron
Los Gatos Bed & Breakfast