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.

Finger Lake Chocolate Tours

October 6th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Yes, the Finger Lakes wine tours are both popular and wonderful, but how about a chocolate tour for a change of pace?

There’s still time to experience a chocolate tour at our local chocolatier, Life’s So Sweet. The tours began in May and will continue through the end of October. Offered Thursday through Saturday, at 1 and 3 p.m., the tours of the chocolate factory include samples and a knowledgeable guide sharing information about the facts and history of chocolate.

The inviting smell alone is worth the trip!

History Behind the Artisan Chocolate

The dream made reality by Darlynne Overbaugh, Life’s So Sweet crafts artisan chocolates right here in Trumansburg, NY. Darlynne and her family have been creating candies and chocolate recipes for over 20 years.

Artisan Chocolate Finger Lakes NY

Some of the delicacies at Life’s So Sweet

Stop by the store in Trumansburg Mon-Sat 10 am – 6pm and Sunday 12-5 pm. Classic chocolates are available as well as unique confections such as  balsamic vinegar truffles and chocolate-dipped dried kiwi. There’s a tremendous variety available…you can visit their website at LifesSoSweet.com to get an idea of their offerings. The photos of hand-crafted chocolates and treats will tempt you to go in for a visit. Their chocolates are available throughout the Finger Lakes region. In addition, they look for fairly traded chocolate sources and those which do not use child labor.

Reservations for groups of up to 25 such as schools, clubs, bridal/baby showers and others are welcome. Non-profit and school groups can also tour at a discount. And private/off season tours can also be arranged. For more information, call (607) 387-4477. (LifesSoSweet.com)

$5.00 per adult and $2.50 for children 18 and under.

Finger Lakes Balloon Rides with Liberty Balloon Company

September 16th, 2012 by jenn

New York Finger Lakes hot air balloon ride

See the Finger Lakes region in a whole new way with a balloon ride offered by Liberty Balloon Company! Photo by Renee Zegarelli courtesy of Liberty Balloon Co.

Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region is well-known for its natural beauty. Many people come here to experience the tranquil setting of our countryside and waters. Outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and boating are favorite ways for seeing the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes National Forest, and the many waterfalls which grace this area. If you’ve come to New York’s Finger Lakes before, or you’re thinking about visiting for the first time, we also recommend an entirely different way to see this beautiful place… by hot air balloon!

The Liberty Balloon Company gives you a whole new perspective on the Finger Lakes. Each flight is about an hour and a half depending on location, wind, weather and other factors. Before each flight, passengers are briefed on what to expect. With the briefing, take off, flight, landing, post flight pack up and celebration, plus the drive back, the total experience takes between 3 and 4 hours. And what an experience it is!

Everyone aboard gets fantastic panoramic views. Especially during this time of year, you can see the tree tops in full fall color bordering the deep blue lakes and the curving horizon. Moving at a slow and peaceful pace up to 2,000 or 3,000 feet up, there’s no comparison to the view. As you slowly descend, the basket skims the tree tops — a truly unique way to experience the Finger Lakes autumn colors! Both sunrise and sunset flights are available. The season comes to a close at the end of October and reopens in May.

Although the company is based out of Rochester, NY, they have launch sites throughout Upstate New York including several around the Finger Lakes. In addition to balloon rides for groups, families, weddings and other celebrations, Liberty Balloon also offers gift certificates and services for corporate and educational events.

During your stay at our luxury Finger Lakes B&B, we will be happy to make the arrangements for you to experience a hot air balloon ride with Liberty Balloon. For more information and Frequently Asked Questions about their balloon packages, events, and programs, visit LibertyBalloon.com.

Romantic Getaways at our Finger Lakes B&B

September 2nd, 2012 by jenn

Finger Lakes Romantic Lodging

Our specials and packages add the perfect touch to your romantic Finger Lakes getaway.

Our elegant Upstate New York accommodations are perfect for a romantic getaway in the Finger Lakes.

Couples love our five gorgeous guest rooms. Private baths with walk-in showers, spa tubs for two, gas fireplaces, plush robes and pillow top king or queen beds are just some of the luxuries you can expect during your stay. Free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs with cable and DVD players are a given. And so is our hospitality which will make you feel welcome and cared for while respecting your privacy.

The Cayuga Wine Trail is minutes from the inn. Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a scenic 20-minute drive away, becoming all the more beautiful as fall approaches. The natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region will stir your heart with its waterfalls and pristine lakes. Stroll in autumnal forests, dine in fine local restaurants and take in a show at one of the many local theaters.

We have just the right packages to add a special romantic touch. Fresh flowers, a delicious local wine, sumptuous desserts and romantic games set the mood. In-room massages are also available as well as refreshing spa treatments at Day Spas. Let us know and we’ll be happy to make arrangements for you. See our Specials & Packages page to see more ways to sweeten your stay.

Here’s what some of our guests have had to say about their romantic anniversaries, honeymoons and getaways at our Finger Lakes Wine country inn:

My husband and I recently stayed at this fabulous B and B, for a 29th anniversary celebration! What a fabulous spot!! We loved our room, Serenity, and the entire property was above expectations! The house is so beautiful, with a wonderful dining room set for a fantastic breakfast! Very relaxing and special! The outdoor area, with Adirondack rockers set next to a pretty waterfall feature within a garden, was a great place to enjoy a glass of Red before dinner! …The bed was extremely comfortable, and the pillows and linens are super!! I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a bit of “special” in the midst of the everyday!!

~ TripAdvisor.com Reviewer from Cortland, NY


My husband and I stayed here for our first year anniversary and it was amazing. The place looks exactly like the pictures on the website. We had breakfast delivered to our room and that was also incredible. The food was very good, Orange Cream French Toast, with fruit parfait beforehand. Excellent. Couldn’t have asked for more…

~ TripAdvisor.com Reviewer from Lewisburg, PA

Whether it’s a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday celebration or a vacation from your day-to-day life, our Cayuga Wine Trail lodging is ready to be your romantic getaway.

September 14-15, 2012 Finger Lakes Cork & Fork

August 16th, 2012 by jenn

Celebrate the agriculture, viticulture and culinary riches of the Finger Lakes region at the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork. This is a great opportunity to sample and buy fine locally produced food and wine. There will also be cooking demonstrations and educational seminars including expert food and wine pairing advice. As an added bonus, one lucky event goer will have a chance to win the Epicurean Experience Giveaway, a prize package worth over $1,000!

Seneca Falls

Experience Great Food, Wine and Friends during your stay in Trumansburg.

Held at 2973 Route 414 in Seneca Falls, New York, attendance is limited. To ensure your place at the table, buy your tickets in advance at any Wegmans grocery store or online at FingerLakesCorkandFork.com. You’ll also be supporting a good cause. Proceeds from the event will go to these area food pantries: the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Seneca County House of Concern. Below is the current Finger Lakes Cork & Fork event schedule:

Friday, September 14

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm ~ Dishing with the Chefs: Tapas made with local ingredients will be paired with a great Finger Lakes wine. Chefs will work with a local vintner and food producer and attendees will get to taste and talk with the chefs and wine/food partners.

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – After Dinner Dance: Dance and network while enjoying live music.

Saturday, September 15

11:00am to 5:00pm ~ Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Exhibition: Come to the Main Exhibition Hall and meet area food producers, restauranteurs and local winemakers. This is a great opportunity to taste and buy exhibitors’ wares.

11:30 am to 4:30 pm ~ Cooking Demos/Seminars: Watch and learn how to make a dish using fine local foods at the Cooking Demonstrations. The chefs preparing the dishes will also be available to take your questions. Educational Seminars will cover wine tasting, food preservation and gardening topics.

5:00 pm ~ Closing: The 2012 Cork & Fork ends with the announcement of the Epicurean Experience Giveaway winner.

If you love good food and wine, you won’t want to miss the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork in Seneca Falls. There’s still plenty of time to buy your tickets and book your luxury Finger Lakes lodging at the Halsey House.

2012 Summer Concert Series at Taughannock Falls State Park

August 2nd, 2012 by jenn

During your stay at our Finger Lakes B&B, the area’s natural beauty and cultural events give you so much to see and do. All summer long, there’s been an ongoing event that takes advantage of both. Locals and visitors alike have been enjoying the live summer concerts at Taughannock Falls State Park. There are still a few concerts left. If you love live music and dancing in a lovely outdoor setting, then this is just the thing for you.

Taughannock Falls

Take in all the beauty of Taughannock Falls

Go to Taughannock Falls State Park’s south lawn, spread out a blanket on the grass or bring a lawn chair and listen to live local musicians. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket of refreshments! The wineries of the Cayuga Wine Trail also makes their Finger Lakes wines available during the concerts. Sip your wine and enjoy the music and a view of Cayuga Lake. The weather is balmy and it’s a friendly and fun-loving crowd. These are not concerts to just sit and listen. Bring your dancing shoes and comfortable clothes–you’ll want to dance!

Here are the details:

Concerts are every Saturday, 7-9pm. The only fee is $5.00 per car parking. Drive to Taughannock Falls State Park off of NYS Route 89. The address is 2221 Taughannock Road in Trumansburg, NY, 14886. Take your blankets/chairs/picnic basket to the south lawn and settle down or get up on your feet for a night of fun. For more information, call (607) 387-6739 or visit TBurgEvents.com.

Saturday, August 4, 2012: The Purple Valley
You won’t be able to stay sitting when this Blues and Swing starts playing.

Saturday, August 11, 2012: Jorge T. Cuervas and The Caribe Jazz Allstars
Playing a variety of Latin Jazz styles, the band will make you get up and dance.

Saturday, August 18, 2012: Sim Redmond Band
This roots rock band will give you a reason to dance the night away.

After an evening of music and dancing, you’ll be happy to come back to our Finger Lakes inn to rest your feet and settle down in your luxurious room. Ah…