Finger Lakes in west-central New York is all about gorgeous lakes, rolling vineyards and farms, towering, imposing hills, and charming villages and settlements. The region attracts everyone from thrill-seekers to bird-watchers to hikers to people simply looking for a laidback place to enjoy a quiet getaway. To this end, Finger Lakes and its many towns are full of numerous inns and bed and breakfasts, each of which possesses a character and persona that is as distinct as it is charming. Whether one is seeking a romantic weekend sojourn or a place to kick back and enjoy the wine region, Finger Lakes has a bed and breakfast for everyone. Check out the best bed and breakfasts in Finger Lakes, New York.
Hudson Manor Bed & Breakfast is a powder-blue-coloured gem set amidst acres of verdant, lush green grounds located in the cosy Watkins Glen that lies at the southern end of Seneca Lake. The gorgeous, three-storey house boasts a wraparound porch, watchtower, and a wonderful, garden-view deck to enjoy the surroundings. There’s even a pretty little gazebo on the grounds. The property boasts equally charming interiors in the form of an exposed brick fireplace, original light fixtures, comfy bedrooms, and lovely sitting areas. A fresh, home-cooked, farm-to-table breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room every morning. What’s more, the dining and shopping areas lie a short walk away.
For those who love their getaways to have an interesting bit of history to them, they will definitely love Barrister’s Bed & Breakfast. Located in the heart of the historic Seneca Falls near Cayuga Lake in the northern region of Finger Lakes, Barrister’s is the ideal base for excellent day trips to explore the Finger Lakes region. Five of the former owners were attorneys, thus leading to the unique name of this 1860-built bed and breakfast. Guests will love the finer details like its fabulous porches, stained glass windows, and carved oak mantels. Apart from the comfy old-world stay, it’s the magnificent three-course breakfast put out by the hosts every morning that alone makes Barrister’s a must stay-at.
How’d you like to stay at a cosy bed and breakfast that’s played host to the liked of Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford? Welcome to the historic 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House which is located right at the entrance of Watkins Glen State Park. Plus, it’s close to Lake Seneca and lots of downtown attractions at Watkins Glen too. The 1860s-built house is a hideaway of comfort and is designed in Colonial Revival style complete with an orchard and formal gardens. The quaint wine-country bed and breakfast boasts elegant rooms with hardwood floors, outside seating areas, ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and even fully equipped kitchenettes. In addition to the tranquil setting, the guests can also look forward to a lavish buffet/American breakfast served every day on the terrace overlooking the pool and the lush, landscaped grounds.
One of the best ways to enjoy a laidback Finger Lakes getaway is by staying at this gorgeous 19th-century country estate-turned-bed and breakfast. The lovely, spacious home is nestled among the rolling greens and vineyards of Interlaken, a quaint community near Cayuga Lake. Whether you’re itching to discover the wine trail region of the Finger Lakes or want to enjoy a day out on the lake, the Glass Magnolia country estate is perfect. Guests have the choice between the grand Lady Jayne bedroom with a king bed and a deck or the utterly charming Magnolia Garden with a private patio and a queen bed. Plus, morning coffee with gourmet breakfast on the porch while enjoying the beautiful Finger Lake vistas is a great way to kick off the day’s adventures.
Guests looking for a central place to stay to explore the Finger Lakes region won’t find a better place to stay at than Gridley Inn, a charming, seven-bedroom Victorian bed and breakfast in Waterloo, a mere 10-minute drive from both Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Guests can choose from five stately yet cosy rooms - Garden, Harmony, Statesman, Academy, and Lincoln rooms. Apart from Victorian touches like four-poster beds, the rooms also have the comfort of ensuite modern bathrooms. The hosts are known to serve the most perfect coffee out there, along with complimentary cookies and chocolates too. The icing on the cake is the succulent three-course breakfast laid out to perfection every morning.
There’s nothing like living lakeside during your vacation, and there’s no better a location in Finger Lakes than at 2W Lake in the heart of Skaneateles. The bed and breakfast offers its guests sweeping views of Lake Skaneateles while being hardly a block away from the best dining and shopping pockets. 2W Lake has three rooms on the offer - the Stella, DeEtta, and the Mary rooms - all of which are tastefully furnished with modern furniture while staying true to the overall Victorian theme. To top it all, breakfast is the highlight, which is served on the wraparound porch in summers. From seasonal fruits to frittatas, guests can expect it all.
Stay at the homey Lake Valley Legends B&B in a leafy neighbourhood in Watkins Glen, which lies just two streets away from the Seneca Lake pier. Apart from cosy, updated bedrooms, the charming bed and breakfast also features a cosy lounge as well as a sprawling patio with a fire pit for a perfect time during colder Watkins Glen evenings. Perhaps the best part about this lovely rental is that each room has separate breakfast areas. However, you don’t want to miss the sprawling Lake Seneca views while breakfasting on the deck, which is the perfect way to begin a day in Finger Lakes. What’s more, they even have complimentary wine socials and snacks served 24/7.
Step back in time at Cook Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a wonderful, 19th-century Italianate-style villa right next to Shequaga Falls in the quaint community of Montour Falls. Featured on the National Register of Historic Places, the stately house wows guests with its formal dining rooms, old-style fireplaces, and soaring windows and ceilings. The property even has a pergola and tower which lie right next to the Shequaga Falls. This is also where renters host spectacular outdoor weddings, with the wedding ceremony set up right next to the falls. Check out the seven different and spacious rooms for guests to choose from, complete with comfy beds and private bathrooms. The cherry on top is the delicious American-style breakfast that is served every day.
There’s no better a way to enjoy a sojourn in Finger Lakes than to stay at the historic and utterly gorgeous Idlwilde Inn, a 19th-century, 18-room Victorian mansion. Set amidst sprawling greens with gardens and lawns, the charming home makes for an utterly romantic getaway. It boasts decorative fireplaces, romantic turret and sunrooms, a massive, breezy wraparound patio, and even an enclosed gazebo on the grounds, all of which have views of Seneca Lake. Guests at Idlwilde get to choose between 15 guest rooms and begin their day with an absolutely lip-smacking seasonal breakfast, which even includes the chef’s renowned breakfast casserole of eggs, cheese, and sausage over a crispy crust. Yum!
Address: 1 Lakeview Avenue
Free WiFi Shared lounge/TV area Library Non-smoking throughout Parking Games room WiFi available in all areas On-site parking
Stunning views of Lake Seneca greet guests at this wonderful 170-year-old farmhouse-turned-modern inn in Watkins Glen. The contemporary bed and breakfast boasts wonderfully updated bedrooms with comfy beds, recliners for curling up with a book, flat-screen TVs, and ensuite, beautifully done up bathrooms. The surroundings are equally breath-taking, with a lovely red-crimson maple tree right out in the yard. Start off your day with a delicious, hot breakfast served in the breakfast room with stunning views of Finger Lakes and Lake Seneca. If that wasn’t enough, there’s even complimentary cookies, chocolates, bottles of water, and fruit all day long to keep you energized.
Apex Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 3051 County Rd 16
Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Breakfast in the room Free parking Internet services Express check-in/check-out Heating
Finger Lakes - a fantasy right out of a fable
Finger Lakes is dreamy to boot - blue mirror lakes, green mountains and hills, and spectacular views at every turn. Exploring this fable of a region is made all the better with the perfect place to stay in the form of 19th-century bed and breakfasts that are modern while staying true to the glorious era they were built in. Check out these beautiful bed and breakfasts while planning your perfect Finger Lakes getaway.
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