Grand Colonial News

Is the Herkimer Home Haunted?

What is the General Herkimer Home? Situated overlooking the Mohawk River, Revolutionary War hero General Nicholas Herkimer finished the construction of his Georgian-style mansion in 1764.  General Herkimer's place in history was assured in 1777 when he assembled 800 militiamen at Fort Dayton, supported by 60 allied Oneida warriors, and marched to defend Fort StanwixRead More

It’s Time to Take a Fall Foliage Tour this Autumn

Fall is our favorite time of year at Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.  With fall temperatures transforming the local landscape into a natural blanket of colorful brilliance, our first instinct is to get in our cars and survey the beauty.  Central New York is synonymous with fall foliage. Although “leaf peeping” might be one ofRead More

Carol Dunn’s Flaky Pie Crust

This month’s recipe is a very special and delicious one.  It was passed down from Mike’s grandmother Carol Dunn to his mother Carol Martin.  Mike has refined the recipe over the years and the result is a light and flaky pie crust that’s sure to be a family favorite.   This recipe makes 2 pie crusts.Read More

Why Baking Makes Us Feel So Good Right Now

The Coronavirus pandemic will be remembered for many things including endless virtual live-streams, Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin, two months of bad hair days, and an out-of-nowhere sourdough bread baking craze. Yes, COVID-19 has caused many to discover the joys of baking sourdough bread, complete with its hard crust, soft insides, and tangy flavor. Bread

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A Mother’s Day Guide to Gift Giving

Boxes of candy and flowers are predictable gifts on Mother’s Day.  And in keeping with the theme of everything about the year 2020 being completely different than what we’re used to—why not step outside the box and surprise mom with something unique at home?  We’ve put together this Mother's Day guide to give you someRead More

Stay Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite the closure of local gyms across the country, it’s now easier than ever to stay active and healthy at home.  A number of national chains have opened their online platforms to non-members, or are posting suggested workouts on their websites.  We’ve put together a list of our favorites here: Anytime Fitness Anytime Fitness isRead More

Things to Do this Week During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the widespread closures of stores and venues, the postponement of larger events, and the temporary halt of dining in at restaurants due to Covid-19 safety restrictions, we've put together this list of things you can do from home.  During challenging times, activities such as these are good for our mind and body and areRead More

Curtain Call: The Glimmerglass Festival is Set to Wow with Boutique Productions and Powerful Classics

We think you’ll agree that The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination. Blending world-class opera and musical theater with renowned personalities and artists the festival offers a relaxed, casual atmosphere in the heart of Central New York.  That’s why we couldn’t have been more excited when we saw the recently announced lineup for the

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Our Commitment to Health and Safety

To Our Guests and Local Community: In these uncertain times, we wanted to reaffirm our appreciation for the trust you place in us every time you stay as our guest or recommend Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast to friends and family. We know that many of you are likely making unplanned travel arrangements to returnRead More

The Herkimer Diamond Mines Open in April for the 2020 Season and We Couldn’t Be More Excited!

Mark your calendars because mining season at the World-Famous Herkimer Diamond Mines open on April 10, 2020.  It’s been a long winter in Central New York, so we’re very excited about the opportunity to prospect for Herkimer Diamonds again in just a few weeks when the Herkimer Diamond Mines open.  This season gives us so

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