CANANDAIGUA — The Lake House on Canandaigua received top marks from Travel + Leisure magazine’s 10 Best Resort Hotels in New York State Wednesday. According to a release from the hotel, the resort placed first in the 10 best hotels in New York, and received additional high marks in the magazine’s other notable lists.

The resort also placed second in the Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S. and 30th in the magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in the World.

Each ranking came from the magazine’s World’s Best Awards for 2021, with the winners being determined by reader’s opinions on hotels and resorts. Voters rated hotels on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value.

This isn’t the first time the resort has been honored by Travel + Leisure. The hotel was also featured in the magazine’s 2021 “It List” from earlier this year, an honor General Manager Simon Dewar referred to as being similar to the motion picture industry’s Academy Awards. 

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year across the hospitality industry,” Dewar said, referring to the hotel’s placement on the It List, adding that it was “time for some good news.”

“It’s been a challenging time for all of us, not only from the pandemic itself but from the restrictions on travel during this pandemic,” he said, adding that the Lake House appearing on the list meant “we’re just over the moon. It’s incredible.” 

The Lake House, on the former site of the Inn on the Lake, was developed by the Sands family and includes a 125-guest hotel, timber-frame barn, dock and other amenities. The hotel also contains the Rose Tavern, a restaurant which offers a unique seasonal menu along with specialty drinks.

CANANDAIGUA, NY — The Lake House on Canandaigua received top marks from Travel + Leisure magazine’s 10 Best Resort Hotels in New York State Wednesday.

According to a release from the hotel, the resort placed first in the 10 best hotels in New York, and received additional high marks in the magazine’s other notable lists.

The resort also placed second in the Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S. and 30th in the magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in the World.

Each ranking came from the magazine’s World’s Best Awards for 2021, with the winners being determined by reader’s opinions on hotels and resorts. Voters rated hotels on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value.

This isn’t the first time the resort has been honored by Travel + Leisure.

The Lake House on Canandaigua, as pictured in this rendering, receives the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Champion of the Year Award.

The hotel was also featured in the magazine’s 2021 “It List” from earlier this year, an honor General Manager Simon Dewar referred to as being similar to the motion picture industry’s Academy Awards. 

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year across the hospitality industry,” Dewar said, referring to the hotel’s placement on the It List, adding that it was “time for some good news.”

“It’s been a challenging time for all of us, not only from the pandemic itself but from the restrictions on travel during this pandemic,” he said, adding that the Lake House appearing on the list meant “we’re just over the moon. It’s incredible.” 

File photo: The Lake House on Canandaigua co-developer shows a view from a hotel room during a tour.

The Lake House, on the former site of the Inn on the Lake, was developed by the Sands family and includes a 125-guest hotel, timber-frame barn, dock and other amenities.

The hotel also contains the Rose Tavern, a restaurant which offers a unique seasonal menu along with specialty drinks.

CAMPUS AND FACILITIES:
Lake Ridge Academy’s centrally located campus, set on 93 acres, contains a large pond, woods, gardens, a windmill and a solar panel array, which are used as a living laboratory and classroom in the school’s natural world education.

The Kemper Science and Engineering building includes an engineering fab lab (equipped with 3D printers, a CNC router, and vinyl and laser cutters), a college-level chemistry and research lab, and a greenhouse.  

The campus also includes a 500-seat auditorium, a full-court gym, a fine arts building, science and computer labs, a large library and dedicated Lower, Middle and Upper school facilities.

ACCREDITATION:  
Lake Ridge is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.  

EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS:  
There are over 45 Middle and Upper School athletic teams and student-led clubs, including one of the state’s top Mock Trial teams. 

UNIQUE STUDY OPTIONS/PROGRAMS:  
Lake Ridge’s three Centers of Excellence, the academic pillars of its curriculum, provide enhanced learning opportunities for K-12 students, along with intensive graduate certificate programs for interested Upper School students.

Center for Scientific Research and Exploration: The STEAM science curriculum incorporates science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics to establish a solid foundation in biology, chemistry and physics. Upper School students can be accepted as fellows into the Institute for Scientific Research or as apprentices in the Institute for Engineering and Innovation. In addition, they can conduct an independent, two-year research or engineering project.

Center for Fine Arts: Lake Ridge’s arts education encourages students to develop skills and cultivate an appreciation in music, voice, dance, theater and visual arts. Its Lower School utilizes the Orff-Schulwerk approach of incorporating music and movement to build early music appreciation. Meanwhile, the School of Fine Arts accepts Upper School students who are seeking a greater emphasis and training to develop their artistic talents.

Leisure and hospitality across the state added back jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic as Louisiana hit 1,849,200 jobs in July. 

The state is still 117,300 jobs short of the economy in July 2019 but nearly all metro areas have been recovering with the exception of Lake Charles. 

In the Baton Rouge metro area leisure and hospitality accounted for the biggest gains in the region, adding 6,200 jobs over the year. Construction added 4,000 jobs while education and health services added 2,700 jobs. Financial activities lost 400 jobs, government 300 jobs and mining and logging lost 100 jobs. 

Across the Lafayette metro area education and health services added back the most jobs, 2,800 jobs followed by leisure and hospitality 1,800 jobs and professional and business services 1,500 jobs. Government lost 500 jobs, manufacturing lost 400 jobs and financial activities lost 300 jobs. 

In the New Orleans metro area leisure and hospitality added 13,100 jobs, education and health services 4,800 jobs while professional and business services 3,800 jobs. Construction lost 1,300 jobs, financial activities and government both lost 1,100 jobs while mining and logging lost 300 jobs. 

One year after Hurricane Laura hit the Lake Charles region, the metro area was still down 1,900 jobs over the year. Trade, transportation and utilities was still down 1,400 jobs for 15,300 overall. 

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The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.7% in July compared to 10.5% in July 2020. Statewide unemployment rate was 6.3% in July, down from 10% last year. 

Baton Rouge area unemployment hit 5.8% in July, an improvement from 9.2% in July 2020. New Orleans metro area unemployment was 7.6% in July down from 11.9%. Lafayette metro area unemployment was 5.6% in July, down from 9.2%. The Lake Charles metro area unemployment was 6.3% in July, down from 10%.

My Time Kids Academy will celebrate five years in business this fall. (Courtesy My Time Kids Academy)

Here is the most recent business news from the Lake Travis-Westlake area.

Lake Travis Aesthetics opened in May to offer anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, natural weight loss injections, vitamin IV therapy and more. The business is run by Marla Barczewski, a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience, under the supervision of a medical director. Lake Travis Aesthetics is located inside Hope Organic Spa and Salon at 22106 W. Hwy 71, Spicewood. 512-435-9140. www.laketravisaesthetics.com

My Time Kids Academy will celebrate its five-year anniversary in September at 3698 S. RM 620, Ste. 102-104, Bee Cave. My Time Kids Academy offers year-round preschool for ages 2 1/2 through 6, licensed kindergarten for ages 5 through 7, and summer camp for ages 2 1/2 through 8. The curriculum includes Spanish, music, gymnastics, early literacy and more. 512-291-7730. www.mytimekids.com

Westlake Wine Bar is coming soon to Davenport Village in September at 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills. The menu will include a broad selection of wines and gourmet food in an elegant full-service restaurant setting, according to owner Pierre Leitgib. www.westlakewinebar.com

Five area baseball and softball teams remain in the running for Final Four berths, heading into this week’s Florida High School Athletic Association regional semifinals.

Eustis, Mount Dora Christian Academy and East Ride represent Lake County on the softball field in Tuesday’s games, while MDCA and Eustis are preparing for second-round baseball games.

Of the five games across two sports involving teams from Lake County, East Ridge’s softball team has the only home game. The Knights, with a 20-7 record, will welcome Winter Garden West Orange (16-12 record) to the Dungeon.

A victory against the Warriors, which won back-to-back Class 9A state titles in 2016 and 2017, would propel the Knights into Friday’s regional championship game against Lakewood Ranch or Newsome. The location for that game will be decided following Tuesday’s contests.

Also on the softball field, MDCA will hit the road to face Orlando Christian Prep in a Class 2A-Region 2 contest. The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. at the Azalea Park Little League complex in Orlando — 1 Carol Avenue.

The Bulldogs, 18-8 on the season, have won four straight games and 11 of their last 12. 

Bulldogs win regional opener:MDCA blanks Trinity Christian in Class 2A-2 softball quarterfinals

Game time and location for the game had not been decided as of Monday morning, according to OCP officials.

A win against the Warriors and MDCA would play in Friday’s regional championship against Melbourne Holy Trinity Episcopal or Seffner Christian. 

Lake County’s third softball representative — Eustis — will made a trek to Rockledge for its Class 4A-Region 2 semifinal contest. The Panthers,  23-1 on the season, advanced to the regional semifinals with an 11-0 win against Merritt Island in the quarterfinals. 

A victory against Rockledge would give the Panthers home-field advantage for Friday’s regional championship game against Belleview or Inverness Citrus.

The winners in Friday’s regional finals will advance to the FHSAA championships. The state semifinals and finals will be held May 18-22 at Legends Way Ball Fields in Clermont.

On the baseball diamond, MDCA will travel to Maitland for a Class 2A-Region 2 semifinal clash Wednesday against Orangewood Christian. The Bulldogs advanced with a 15-0 shellacking in four innings of Winter Park Geneva in Friday’s regional quarterfinals.

Bulldogs cruise in regional quarters:MDCA overpowers Geneva in 2A-2 quarterfinals

MDCA — 20-6 on the season — has won 12 straight games; it’s last loss was a 9-1 road decision on March 30 against Orangewood Christian. 

If victorious, the Bulldogs will play Saturday for the regional championship against Seffner Christian or Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy. The site of that game will be decided after Wednesday’s games.

In Class 4A-Region 2, Eustis takes a 12-17 record into Wednesday’s game at Orlando Bishop Moore. The Panthers knocked off Inverness Citrus 4-3 Thursday in its regional quarterfinal game. 

Bishop Moore, winners of Class 4A-District 6, blanked Tavares 8-0 in the regional quarterfinals. 

A win against the Hornets — the teams’ split two previous matchups this season — and

CANANDAIGUA, NY — The Lake House on Canandaigua has hit the big time.

In Travel + Leisure magazine’s It List for 2021, the hotel was one of the 73 properties cited as “essential” to visit, even if each of the resorts and hotels had opened amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Describing it as “within striking distance” of touring a vineyard or hiking, the magazine said the hotel was “pilgrimage-worthy.”

“In many ways, the Lake House feels like a super-sized vacation home, with an enviable location at the northern tip of the lake, with a swimming pool, a dock (boat rentals are available), a sprawling yard with fire pits and lawn games,” the piece continues. The excerpt also suggested the best reason to visit was to “wake up with a view of the lake and to wander down, bare foot, for a swim.” 

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With the list highlighting locations across 29 countries, including Asia, Africa and Europe, having the former motor lodge included among these other international venues was “incredibly humbling,” according to General Manager Simon Dewar.

“This is so exciting for us and for the area,” Dewar said in a phone interview, adding, “we’re in incredibly good company.”

The Lake House, on the former site of the Inn on the Lake, was developed by the Sands family and includes a 125-guest hotel, timber-frame barn, dock and other amenities. The hotel also contains the Rose Tavern, a restaurant which offers a unique seasonal menu along with specialty drinks.

According to Dewar, Travel + Leisure’s It List is the hospitality industry’s equivalent to the Academy Awards for the entertainment industry, which makes the placement of the Lake House a notable achievement.

A view of the Sand Bar at The Lake House on Canandaigua where guests attended a preview event Tuesday before Wednesday's public opening.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year across the hospitality industry,” Dewar said, adding that with the release of the list, it was “time for some good news.”

“It’s been a challenging time for all of us, not only from the pandemic itself but from the restrictions on travel during this pandemic,” he said, adding that the Lake House appearing on the list meant “we’re just over the moon. It’s incredible.” 

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WHITMORE LAKE—

Hillsdale Academy Track Results

    The Academy Colts got the track and field season off to a running start this weekend when they travelled to Whitmore Lake High School to take on a myriad number of schools. It was the first meet the Colts had participated in since their 2019 Spring sports season. The other teams that participated in the invitational include Ann Arbor Greenhills, Charyl Stockwell Academy, Huron Valley Lutheran, Lutheran HS Westland, Marine City Cardinal Mooney, Novi Christian Academy, Plymouth Christian Academy, Southfield Christian, and hosts Whitmore Lake. 

At the end of the meet, it would be the Academy Colts that would come out on top in both the boys and girls team results. They placed first in overall points for both teams on Saturday, scoring a total of 152 points for the boys and 205 for the girls team. The girls team final results included second place Huron Valley Lutheran with 75 points, and third place Lutheran Westland with 64 points. The boys final results include Lutheran Westland in second place with 131 points, and third place Whitmore Lake with 83 points. 

The Academy Colts boys track team took first place at the Whitmore Lake invitational on Saturday.

The Academy boys team had several athletes place first in several events throughout the meet. Colt Junior Bennett Fast finished with a 2:14.17 time in the 800 meter event; good enough for first place. In the 1600 meter dash, Colt Junior Emil Schlueter took first place with a time of 5:06.33. In the 3200 meter individual, Emil Schlueter and Thomas Holm finished first and second respectively. Colts Junior David Richards placed first in both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdle events. Colts Seniors Jacob Neukom and Jon Strack took first and second in the shotput event; throwing 35 feet and 34 feet. Jacob Neukom took second place in discus with a 98 foot throw. David Richards took second in the High Jump with a 5’08 jump. Freshman Jay Jenkins finished third in the high jump event. 

The Colts girls team also had several athletes place first in their respective events. Colts Freshman Haven Socha finished first in the 200 meter sprint with a time of 28.34. Sophmore Megan Roberts had a time of 1:01.20 in the 400 meter dash that was good enough for first place. Junior Anna Roberts took first place in the 800 meter event with a time of 2:30.36. For the Colts, Senior Isabella Socha took first place in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. The Hillsdale Academy 4×400 meter relay team consisting of Anna Roberts, Haven Socha, Caroline Roberts, and Megan Roberts took first place. The 4×800 meter relay team consisting of Caroline Roberts, Ella Walton, Whitney Wilkinson, and Megan Roberts took first place. Senior Kiera Welden took second place in shotput with a 26’4.24 foot throw. Welden also had a 86’09.5 foot throw in discus which was good enough for second place. Isabella Socha and Anna Roberts had jumps of 4’10 and 4’08 respectively to give Socha first and Roberts second place in the high jump event.

MINNEOLA — Daniel Marinacci and Keegan Jay Zinn had two hits apiece and combined for three RBIs Thursday to back the three-hit pitching of Parker Fenton in Lake Minneola’s 4-2 win against Real Life Christian Academy. 

The win — the Hawks’ ninth in their last 10 games — was the 500th career victory for Lake Minneola coach Kerry Whetro.

Marinacci broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to right that scored Jo Jo Smiley and Zinn, who had singled to open the inning against Real Life southpaw Max Kurtz. Lake Minneola — which improved to 15-6 — added an insurance run in the fifth when Hunter French on a single to left by Zinn. 

That was more than enough run support for Fenton. The senior lefthander limited the Raptors to only one hit through the first five innings while striking out 10 in that span. 

Lake Minneola pitcher Parker Fenton (39) works during Thursday's game against Real Life Christian Academy in Minneola. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

Real Life (11-5) scratched out a run in the sixth with Noah Clymer ripped a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch. The Raptors added their final run in the seventh when Gavin Hawkins scored on a ground out to second.

Lake Minneola pounded out 13 hits against Kurtz, who fell to 5-2 on the season. The Raptors’ senior started strong, limiting the Hawks to two singles through two innings, but the Hawks began to figure him out as the game wore on. 

Fenton, however, was dominant from the start. Despite tiring in the final two innings, Fenton retired 12 in a row, including third out of the second inning and through the first two outs of the sixth.

With the win, Fenton improved to 4-3.

In addition to Marinacci and Zinn, Jesse Johnson and French also had two hits for the Hawks. Each starter in the Lake Minneola offensive lineup — Marinacci was the designated hitter for Fenton — had at least one hit.

For Real Life, freshman Walker Gibson had the Raptors only other hit.

After the game, Whetro was honored for his career accomplishment. He is just the second coach in Lake County history — Leesburg’s legendary coach Buddy Lowe was the first — to achieve his 500th win at one of the county’s public schools.

He was presented with a jersey with the number 500, along with a banner, acknowledging the landmark. 

Whetro accomplished his 500th win in his 30th season as a head coach and 39th as either an assistant or head coach. He is in his third season at Lake Minneola, where has compiled a 39-19 record. 

Next up for Real Life is a road game Tuesday against Winter Park Geneva. The Raptors will then wrap up the regular season Thursday against Leesburg at BIshop Field in Clermont.

Thursday’s win was Lake Minneola’s final home game of the regular season. The Hawks will travel to Orlando Thursday to face First Academy before wrapping up the regular April 23rd at Ocoee.