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Wellness Travelers: Are you struggling to juggle a life in balance?

The Ellwanger Estate B&B offers a destination for guests who take an active role in seeking wellness, inspiration and self-improvement for a life in balance.

Wellness has become so top of mind. And this is especially true for the traveler. As the owner of the Ellwanger Estate B&B, as well as a nurse, midwife, preservationist, farmer, and environmentalist, we are paying much more attention to wellness as a lifestyle.

As travelers, you don’t have to give up your healthy habits on the road. We have created room environments conducive to sleep, breakfast offerings and grab and go items that are healthier, and offer everything from Yoga on the lawn, mediation in the Ellwanger Gardens, run/walks on the Genesee Riverway Trail, hiking in Highland Park, to allergy-friendly rooms. Health and wellness is built into the Ellwanger Estate B&B—from in-room air purifiers, PRANA mattresses, to the cleaning products that we use. A good part of wellness is connected to creating comfortable and relaxing spaces that rejuvenate. Lighting, sound, color, the extent to which nature is brought indoors, and ergonomics all come into play. In fact, recharge your Tesla batteries while you are out playing.

The Ellwanger Estate B&B wellness lifestyle is light years ahead of the “Hotel industry”, while adding a novel and superior experience, which is good news for everyone.

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Elope in the Vintage Surroundings of the Ellwanger Estate

This is the time of year when the seasons change from the first green suggestions of spring to the warmer weather and blooming gardens of summer. But here, at the Ellwanger, it is Elopement Season, with brides in delicate white lace gliding down the carved oak staircase, to meet their cherished partners in front of gathered friends and family and promise their undying love for each other.

Sometimes the vows are exchanged in front of the period fireplace of the Great Room; sometimes the couple decides to take their ceremony to the fresh air and garden scents of the generous porch, overlooking the beautiful Ellwanger Garden.

Not all the brides are young, not all the gowns are formal, but all the couples have something in common: a love of romance, an appreciation of vintage surroundings and a deep faith and hope in the future together.

Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

The Veranda

The Veranda

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

Sketchy Marriage Proposal Rocked

The perfect marriage proposal with the element of surprise!

Huffington Post featured an article titled: This Disc Jokey’s Sketchy Marriage Proposal Rocked

As a disc jockey, Scotty Brooks is used to playing up the element of surprise.

He perfected it in a marriage proposal for his girlfriend Dianne that can best be described as sketchy.

Brooks, a DJ for 100.5 The Drive in Rochester, had an ingenious idea to propose to Dianne via a caricature artist.

“I was trying to think of something different to do [for a proposal], said Brooks, who has dated Dianne for about three years. “She has a love of pictures and things to hang up on the wall so I asked myself ‘What can I do so she has a physical memory of that day?”

Brooks came up with his caricature idea and then got sneaky.

He found the perfect spot to propose — the gardens of the historic Ellwanger Estate in Rochester — and found a caricature artist who was willing to play along. The caricature artist was Dave Bippy Boyer from Rochester, NY.

But, how could he explain to Dianne that a caricature artist would randomly be waiting for them at the gardens when they arrived for a Sunday stroll?

He couldn’t.

So he told her his radio station was offering free caricatures that day for all Clear Channel Media employees and their families as a promotion. He also told his co-workers his plan so they could play along if she asked them about the caricatures.

Dianne fell for it.

The couple arrived for their “scheduled” sit down with the caricature artist and posed for fifteen minutes as he sketched them — adding a big ring and a “Will you marry me?” bubble.

They were the longest fifteen minutes of Brooks’ life and then, were followed by the longest ten seconds as the artist presented the sketch to them and Dianne looked at it not quite comprehending.

“Are you serious?” she finally asked.

When Brooks answered by getting down on one knee, she knew the answer.

And he already knew hers.

See more photos of the proposal here on Brooks’ blog. The entire process was photographed by the artist’s wife for “promotional purposes.”

Are you Serious? Elopements at the Ellwanger Estate