Skaneateles, Skaneateles Lake & Sherwood Inn

Friday night my older brother, my niece, my Mom and I went to Skaneateles to eat at the Sherwood Inn. I drove separately leaving right from work, which gave me time to look around Skaneateles. My Aunt Ruth and I used to hang out here quite a bit when she was alive, as did my parents and I, so being here by myself for a while made me miss her and my Dad. My Aunt and I used to go the Old Stone Mill Restaurant which is in definite need of major repairs and looks like it is getting some (even though the guy working on it was just sitting around).

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Here’s the front of the Mill (I opted for this view with the garbage thing as opposed to the guy lounging on the front stoop):

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Dad, Mom, Aunt Ruth and I took a dinner cruise around the lake on the Judge Ben Wiles. Here it is backing out for another dinner cruise:

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Even though the town I grew up in had a public pool which was full of natural, non-chlorinated water (can you imagine) which my Mom dropped us off at quite often (for lessons and free swimming), she would also bring us to Skaneateles Lake to swim here:

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This is a wonderful lake to swim in because the water is so clear, you can see the bottom with no trouble (well, at least in the shallow part)!

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This lake is the water source for the City of Syracuse, and my Dad used to tell me the route in which the water took to get uphill to Syracuse. I lent my brother the pamphlet I have on the subject since I didn’t memorize what my Dad told me (hey, he was always supposed to be around to tell me again and again, which he loved to do), so I can’t expound on it here (aren’t you glad)?

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Orchestras and bands play at this gazebo (in fact they did at 7:30 on Friday night and we heard it while eating). I remember my parents bringing us for the concerts when I was quite young:

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I walked down a side street to get to the The Creamery, now home of the Skaneateles Historical Society, but it was closed:

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Shotwell Park is a memorial park located on the lake to remember the veterans of Skaneateles, and there are plaques with the names of the people who served in the various wars:

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Here’s one of the plaques:

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There were lots of ducks on the water, but people aren’t supposed to feed the ducks here (I apologize for these photos, I didn’t want to lug around my Canon, so it was tough to get good photos since the ducks were out pretty far). Here’s a momma duck and her ducklings, oh my, such fluffy sweetness there:

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And a bunch of ducks hanging out together:

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And the reason why we came here, Sherwood Inn, celebrating its bicentennial this year:

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It’s hard to get a full photo of the Sherwood Inn without cars in front of it, because, well, there’s always cars in front of it.

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We ate on one of the porches, with a beautiful view of the lake. After dinner we went down to the water again, to see the lake at dusk:

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And I looked into the lake:

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I love Skaneateles. New and wonderful memories made at Skaneateles with my family.  Ah, life is good, but that’s a subject for another post!