Best American Road Trips: Cayuga Scenic Byway

May 5th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Yahoo! Travel named the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway one of ‘Ten Great All-American Road Trips’ in May of last year. This is quite an honor for our region, as we join the ranks of famous American routes like the Pacific Coast Highway in California and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

The  87- mile Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway circles Cayuga Lake and runs through Cayuga, Tompkins and Seneca Counties.  The byway offers beautiful vistas of natural formations, wineries, historic sites, and practically endless recreational opportunities in, on and around the water.

Yahoo! Travel is the second most popular travel website (after TripAdvisor) with over 26 million estimated unique monthly visitors.

The Cayuga Scenic Byway

The Cayuga Scenic Byway. Click image for a PDF.

Make Halsey House A Stop on Your Road Trip

If you decide to come upstate and tour the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, we hope you will stay at our bed and breakfast along the way. We are directly adjacent to the Byway, about 2 miles off the highway.

Other Sites on the Byway

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. In Seneca Falls in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (a Seneca Falls resident), Lucretia Mott and 300 other women and men held the first Women’s Rights Convention.  The struggle for women’s rights in America had begun.

It took seventy-two years before women were granted the right to vote and more than 100 until the Hall of Fame was built. In 1969, Seneca Falls created the National Women’s Hall of Fame, believing that the contributions of American women deserved a permanent home in the small village where the fight for women’s rights began.  The Hall is currently housed in the Helen Mosher Barben Building, in the heart of the downtown Historic District.

The Cayuga Wine Trail. The Finger Lakes region is the largest wine producing region East of California. Along the byway, there are a large number of beautiful vineyards with wineries offering delicious tastings. See our Cayuga Wine Trail map.

 

 

 

Outdoor Magazine Awards Ithaca

April 28th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Last post, we shared that Ithaca was voted the number one college town in America for 2012. This post will share more great acknowledgements Ithaca has received for the city’s lovely natural surroundings. With spring right around the corner, we hope you will schedule a trip to the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York soon!

Ithaca a Top River Town in America

Outside Magazine named Ithaca as one of the best river towns in America in 2012. Ithaca isn’t your classic river town, since its situated on the shores of the 40-mile-long, 400-foot-deep Cayuga Lake. But the lake is fed by nine creeks, which create hundreds of waterfalls and geologically stunning gorges along the city and nearby our bed and breakfast in Trumansburg.

Hop on your bike and explore the beauty surrounding Ithaca and the Finger Lakes!

Hop on your bike and explore the beauty surrounding Ithaca and the Finger Lakes!

There’s also readily accessible kiteboarding, fishing, cliff jumping, road cycling, backpacking, and cross-country skiing in our area. This year there are plans for a Black Diamond bicycle trail to open between Ithaca and Taughannock Falls park, 10 miles outside of town.

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Ithaca Counted Among Best College Towns

April 6th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Did you know Ithaca ranked as the number one college town in America from Business Insider for 2012? We are so proud to call Ithaca home, as downtown is less than 10 miles from our bed and breakfast.

According to the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), college towns with populations under 250,000 are relatively recession-proof, since they are home to a high proportion of students who are always spending. As a result, their economies tend to be more stable than those of larger cities.

Ithiaca scored particularly well in three categories: arts and leisure, entrepreneurial activity and (a lack of) unemployment. According to the AIER, these categories paint a good picture of an area’s economic health.

Stay with us when visiting your student at Cornell or Ithaca College.

Stay with us when visiting your student at Cornell or Ithaca College.

Ithaca, N.Y. once again took the top spot on the list!

Meanwhile, major metropolitan areas like Boston, New York, Washington, and San Francisco were knocked off this year’s top 10 list; Ann Arbor was the only city with a population of more than 250,000 that made the top 10.

Other Accolades for Ithaca

Most Secure Place to Live

The city of Ithaca was named by Farmers Insurance as “the Most Secure Place to Live” in the United States for municipalities under 150,000 in population in 2012. Every year, Farmers ranks nearly 400 U.S. communities based on safety and security.

The rankings take into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy, mortality rates from cancer and motor vehicle accidents, and job loss numbers.

Come See What Ithaca is About

Whether you are visiting a child at school or considering a move to Ithaca, please come up the road to Trumansburg for your lodging at Halsey house Bed and Breakfast. We have clean, tasteful guestrooms and a home made breakfast ready for you each morning. Let us host your stay while visiting Ithaca!

Upstate New York Midweek Getaway: Winemaker Wednesdays

February 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Food service is one of the largest employers in the nation and New York is no exception. That’s why we think Winemaker Wednesdays are great for servers, bartenders, sommeliers and restaurant managers to attend. Many people working in restaurants have to work on the weekends. Winemaker Wednesdays along the Seneca wine trail is a great way for you and your friends in food service to have your own Upstate NY getaway – midweek.

Take an Upstate Getaway in Style!

Take an Upstate Getaway in Style!

Winemaker Wednesdays are for the type of person that not only loves to drink wine, but adores learning about it, talking to people about it and experiencing it. Every Winemaker Wednesday takes place on the second Wednesday of the given month. This is a limited series of unique, custom winery experiences conceived for passionate, curious fans of wine, winemaking and all that goes into that.

Each winery has crafted some kind of unique event or activity for these days. Programs may change from one Wednesday to the next. It is necessary for you to call the winery and make an appointment for these, and at that time you can confirm their offering. Many wineries commit one or two members of their senior leadership (owner and/or winemaker or vineyard manager, oftentimes) to conduct the program, and typically those individuals have  a slew of other tasks and chores they should be doing, and appointments enable them to manage their time. Some of these offerings have fees associated with them, most do not. Most have limited time constraints, some do not. Check the Seneca Wine trail website for more information, or call 877-536-2717 during regular business hours.

Let our Bed and Breakfast be your Base Camp for an Upstate Getaway

Our bed and breakfast is located 20 minutes from the Seneca Wine Trail. We can arrange a wine tour so you can wine taste safely with a designated driver. We look forward to being your hosts!

Cayuga Wine Trail Mardi Gras Celebration

January 30th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Lift yourself out of the winter blues with a celebration from the south – Mardi Gras!

Experience the frivolity of Fat Tuesday as you travel from winery to winery receiving Mardi Gras Beads. Test your luck as you try to pick the lucky coin for instant prizes; participate in a scavenger hunt for a sampler case of fine wines from the trail! Just laissez les bons temps rouler – let the good times roll, as they say in New Orleans! The fun takes place Saturday and Sunday, February 9 & 10th.

At your starting winery, you’ll receive a wine glass to use at all the Cayuga wineries.

Come visit the Cayuga wine trail for a Mardi Gras celebration!

Come visit the Cayuga wine trail for a Mardi Gras celebration!

At each winery you visit, pick up wine and food pairings and recipe cards, plus those incredible beads! Make sure to hand in your admission ticket to be eligible to win one of the Grand Prizes from the Discovery Trail, Schaefer Yarn, Water to Wine Tours and more! Tickets are $25.00 per person plus sales tax & handling. You can purchase your tickets online, by calling 1-800-684-5217 or purchase at any area Wegmans.

Luxury Lodging Along the Cayuga Wine Trail

The Halsey House Bed and Breakfast is located in the quaint town of Trumansburg, right along the Cayuga Wine trail. We have five unique guestrooms that are designed to provide you with the utmost comfort, privacy and enjoyment.

Along with designer toiletry products and pillowtop mattresses, we also provide home made breakfasts every morning. These hearty breakfast entrees are essential for anyone planning to spend a whole day on the wine trail.

We can also arrange for a driver to ensure a safe day of wine tasting. This is an especially affordable option if you have a group – even two couples traveling together. Just give innkeeper KC a call (1-800-387-5590) to get more information and arrange the details.

 

Take a Romantic Getaway for Valentine’s Day

January 15th, 2013 by Katie Pate

That most important of holidays for couples all over America is fast approaching. Have you made plans for something special with your partner? If not, we still have rooms available at our upstate NY bed and breakfast for Valentine’s day weekend. In fact, all of our rooms are open for a Friday night arrival – make the most of the holiday and book two nights with us!

Stay in the Elegance Room, with a roaring fireplace, 40″ HDTV and luxuriant queen-size bed. The bathroom has a multi-head spa shower. We offer in-room breakfast as well, which you can enjoy in front of the  windows in plush bathrobes.

Finger Lakes romantic getaway

Share a romantic and delicious in-room breakfast in the Elegance Suite

Or, the Serenity suite is also available. Instead of a fireplace, we have a built-in waterfall apparatus, which is where this room gets it’s name. A king-size bed does not feel over-sized in this spacious room, which provides plenty of privacy.

Lastly, the Chamber Suite is also available. This room has a lovely queen size bed with wrought iron frame and a marble shower. At 12′ by 17′, it is just the right size for a couple to cozy up together!

Romantic Spaces at the Inn

We have a lovely courtyard where, should the weather allow, we  will stoke the outdoor fire pit so you can cuddle together and meditate on the dancing flames while enjoying some wine or a hot beverage. Too cold to be outside? We have a large parlor with a fireplace that you can appreciate.

Interested in New York Wine?

We are open year-round and close to the Finger Lakes Seneca and Cayuga. These lakes are very active during the summertime, but even in the winter, their beauty is mesmerizing. In addition, the many wineries in this area make it a great place to visit, even when its chilly. We can recommend a wine tasting tour with your own designated driver. Just call us for the details.

We hope to see you soon!

 

Taughannock Falls in the Winter

January 3rd, 2013 by Katie Pate

A popular park nearby our Upstate NY bed and breakfast is Taughannock falls. This is still an amazing place to visit during the winter months. The waterfall is slightly taller than Niagara Falls. Visitors can reach an excellent view of the waterfall via a short 3/4-mile-long trail, which is open all year long.

Along with viewing the icy, frozen waterfall, enjoy some winter sports at Taughannock park, including sledding, ice-skating and cross country skiing. Plus, there are no parking or entry fees!

Majestic Taughannock Falls during the Winter

Majestic Taughannock Falls during the Winter

The most popular winter activity in the park is probably viewing the main falls. You can do this from the Falls Overlook parking lot on Park Road. Or, enjoy a brisk walk on the Gorge Trail from the parking lot on State Route 89 along Taughannock Creek to the bridge over the creek. The bridge is always closed in the winter, but there is a good view of the falls just before the bridge.

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Finger Lakes Winter Wine Tour

November 30th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Visit the Seneca Wine Trail during Off Season

Some say the off season is the best time of year. While many people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, winter is the best time to find owners, winemakers and vineyard managers in the tasting room. At only $12 plus tax, the Polar Passport gives residents and visitors alike a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Did you say Free Wine Flights?

Visit any of the 20+ participating wineries listed on the Polar Passport and receive a free flight of wines at each winery. The Polar Passport is valid only at the participating wineries. This is a terrific, affordable product for visitors and residents alike, since tasting fees generally run from $2-4 per winery. The Passport is valid from Dec. 6 to March 31, 2013.

finger lakes winter wine tours

Enjoy free flights of wine at over 20 wineries for only $12!

Wait, My Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast can provide a Designated Driver?

That’s right! The Halsey House provides Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Tours. We’ve teamed up with local limousine and touring companies to offer you tours tailored to fit your needs. Go wine tasting on the Cayuga Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail and the Keuka Lake Wine Trail with your own personal designated driver! Bring friends or take a family trip along on a wine tasting weekend and share the costs as well as the fun. Call us at 607-387-5428 for more details.

What Else is Going On?

How about some art and culture along with your wine? Bounce over to Cayuga Lake and the Sheldrake Point Vineyard, where work from artists Emily Gibbons & David Beale will be on display. The reception is December 1st from 3-6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until January 15th.  Then, take in the still and quiet scenery of the Finger Lakes at winter as you head back to your cozy bed and breakfast for a good night’s sleep.

 

 

 

Seneca Lake Wine Events: Deck the Halls Weekend

November 10th, 2012 by Katie Pate

This year, the Deck the Halls Weekend event is finally old enough to buy a bottle of Merlot. That’s right, 2012 marks the 21st annual Deck the Halls Weekend! Two days of food, fun, wine (of course!) and shopping, all with the holiday season in mind.The second weekend of Deck the Halls takes place from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012.

Each participant is assigned a ‘starting winery,’ where you receive a grapevine wreath and a recipe book. As you travel from winery to winery along the lovely Seneca Lake wine trail, you will collect an ornament from each winery you visit with which to decorate your wreath.

Sample wine and food tastings while the wineries are fully decorated for the holiday season. Participating wineries look forward to Deck the Halls as a weekend of fun during the quiet winter months.

Everyone receives a food and wine pairing at each participating winery. With the recipe book, you can repeat the wine and food deck-the-halls-seneca-lakecombinations you tried at the Finger Lakes wineries in your own home, introducing your friends and family to the pairings you enjoyed the most!

Tickets range in price from $38 for a single designated driver ticket (no tastings) to $70 for a couple’s ticket.

Sponsor: The Christmas House, Elmira NY

Our co-sponsor for both Deck the Halls Weekend events (for the fifth consecutive year) is Elmira’s very own Christmas House! The Christmas House, located about 40 minutes from the southern tip of Seneca Lake, is a truly unique destination unto itself for the avid holiday shopper or Christmas decor aficionado. Located in a beautifully restored 1894 home, The Christmas House carries an enormous variety of holiday-themed products, including Annalee Mobilitee Dolls, Jillian’s Clay Collectibles, Vaillancourt folk art and dozens of other brands and items.

Are you attending one of the Deck the Halls weekend events?

If so, are you still looking for luxury upstate New York lodging? We would love to host you at our Ithaca-area bed and breakfast, located 20 minutes from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Finger Lake Wine Festivals and Events, November 2012

October 20th, 2012 by Katie Pate

While the warmest days in upstate New York may be over for 2012, that is no reason to stay away from our beautiful corner of the nation! Fall means less people on the road, in the restaurants and in the wineries. More attention and space for you to enjoy autumn splendor! Plus, you might find just the right wines for your Thanksgiving dinner!

FInger Lake wine events November 2012

The beauty of the Finger Lakes region lingers into the fall.

Sparkling and Dessert Wine Festival at Swedish Hill Winery (4565 Rt 414, Romulus) Nov 3. Sparkling and dessert wines will be featured with complimentary desserts. It’s a great weekend to start your holiday shopping! Time yet to be determined; for more information you can contact Lindsay Case at (607) 403-0029.

Nouveau Celebration 2012 at Glenora Wine Cellars (5435 State Route 14, Dundee) Nov. 3, 1 – 4 p.m. Join Glenora Wine Cellars to celebrate their first wine of 2012! $15 per person; advanced online tickets only $12! Enjoy a glass of Nouveau Wine, live entertainment, hearty seasonal hors d’oeuvres and 30% discount on wine!

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Holiay Shopping Spree (Participating wineries surrounding Keuka Lake) Nov. 16-18. Ring in the season with an off-the-beaten-path Holiday Shopping Spree…a frequent sell-out! Each of the 16 wineries on the trail offers tastes of their finest wines and amazing deals on purchases.

Ticket holders receive a handmade grapevine wreath and collect an ornament from each winery visited! The wineries will be decorated for the holidays and full of cheer, the gift shops stocked with unique and locally crafted items, perfect for holiday gift-giving. As a participant, you will also receive a souvenir wineglass and a discount card for $5 off each $35 spent. This card can be used at every winery you visit.

Weekend ticket: $35 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office at 1-800-684-5217, online at the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail website or stopping by Wegmans Food Market.

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