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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.

 

 

 

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

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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.

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…

Groovy New Finger Lakes Vacation Rental

April 21st, 2012 by Gail

We are pleased to announce that there will soon be a groovy new Vacation Rental in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. We’re calling it “Good Vibrations”.

Finger Lakes Vacation Home on Cayuga Wine Trail.

Good Vibrations... a new Finger Lakes Vacation Home available this summer.

This 3,300 square feet 1970s ranch-style house is set on 4-aces of manicured lawn. It’s located on a quiet street, right on the Cayuga Wine Trail. Walk 3/4 of a mile to Taughannock State Park and Cayuga Lake, drive 10 minutes to the bustling community of Ithaca, or simply stretch out and relax in Good Vibrations, admiring the lovely views of Cayuga Lake.

The house has 5 bedrooms, all with King beds; no other vacation rental in the Finger Lakes has so many spacious sleeping arrangements. It has 3 full bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, and a roomy family room with a pool table and bar. It is decorated in the very best of ’70′s style.

Mock the ’70s if you will, but you can’t deny that the decade had flair. Think wide lapels and bellbottoms. Think sexy muscle cars, colorful oil lamps, and feathered hair. Think fondue. Think music.

The Rolling Stones skyrocketed to fame in the 1970s, as did Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, and The Eagles. The ’70s saw the rise of Funk as well as Disco, and Rock found a harder edge. Imagine a time when you could see Parliament Funkadelic, ABBA, and Led Zeppelin in one week. Who says the 70′s gave us nothing but Leisure suits and Platform shoes?

Good Vibrations Finger Lake Vacation Rental will be ready to rent this summer. Give your grooviest friends a call.

Additional information will be available soon.

 

Don’t Stay Home for the Holidays

November 29th, 2011 by Gail

The holidays are approaching, and across the nation people are making plans. They’re contacting family and friends and discussing options. Some people will travel to see family in distant places. Others will welcome family from distant places into their homes. And still others need a different option.

Treat yourself to Christmas or New Year's at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

Our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast is a great “meet in the middle” spot for folks coming from points north, south, east and west. In the past, families and friends from Canada, New York State, and Pennsylvania have met here. No one is the host – everyone just relaxes and enjoys the good company.

Still, sometimes it’s just not possible to see family during the holidays. Much as we may wish to spend Christmas with parents, children, and grandchildren in distant locales, schedules and wallets sometimes trump that desire. Yet still, we want the holidays to be special. We want them to stand out from our daily lives.

Spend the holidays at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

Guests are invited to make themselves at home at Halsey House, both in their rooms and in the inn’s common areas. Curl up with a new book by the fireplace in the Parlor, or play an engrossing game of chess with your partner. Enjoy a game on the leather-topped table in the library – the perfect spot for cards and puzzles. Luxuriate in your own room, lounging in bed, watching the HDTV, or soaking in the two-person whirlpool tub. If you’re interested in birds, ask us (Mitch and KC) about our aviary. We love to introduce guests to our flock.

Numerous activities await beyond the inn’s walls. Walk down the street to Taughannock State Park and gaze in wonder at Taughannock Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains. Nearby Finger Lakes National Forest has more than 30 miles of trails that lead to lovely gorges, woods, and pasture. If there is snow on the ground, bring your cross-country skis. Or explore the shops, art galleries, museums, and eateries of nearby Ithaca.

Then, of course, there are the wineries. The Finger Lakes Region is known for its wine, and wine tasting is a fantastic holiday treat. Our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast, located between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, is the perfect home base for folks interested in tasting wines along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Travel them on your own, or ask us about a Wine Tasting Tour.

Our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast is twenty minutes from both Cornell University and Ithaca College. We’re two hours from Scranton, Pennsylvania, an hour and a half from Rochester, New York, and an hour and ten minutes from Syracuse, New York. Our inn is nestled in an idyllic region replete with impressive waterfalls, deep gorges, and wonderful wineries. If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate the holidays this year – either Christmas or New Year’s Eve – spend them at Halsey House.

Finger Lakes Wine Tasting Tours along the Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca Lake Wine Trails

June 26th, 2011 by KC Christopher

wine tasting along the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes area in New York state is a world-class wine producing region, attracting many visitors who wish to go wine tasting along the Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca Lake Wine Trails.

A convenient and safe way to do this is by arranging a wine tour with a local transportation company so that you can enjoy a worry-free experience without the need for a designated driver.  An added bonus is having your own tour guide along, with a driver who is capable of tailoring your tour to fit your preferences and desires.

The Halsey House’s close proximity to these wine trails brings us many customers eager to experience wine tasting in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere the Finger Lakes wineries are known for.  We recommend a few local transportation companies that always treat our customers with great service and knowledgeable winery and restaurant suggestions.  Two of our favorites are Guilt Free Touring and Quality Wine Tours.  Whether you are looking for an intimate tour for two or you bring friends along to share the fun and the costs, these companies always delight our guests.  Pricing begins at around $250 for car and driver for a party of two.

Experience! The Finger Lakes touring van

Another exciting option is to join a tour designed to show you just what is so special in this magical place of ours.  Experience! The Finger Lakes offers daily guided tours for up to twelve people.  This tour company isn’t just about wine tasting.  Mitch and I recently had the opportunity to accompany our fellow innkeepers on the Wine, Cheese & “Moo” tour.   We had the pleasure of visiting Keely’s Cheese Co. and Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, local artisan cheese-makers, and learned about the cheese-making process while sampling their cheese.  Then we moved on to King Ferry and Long Point wineries where we had the chance to pair the cheese with local wines.  This was a wonderful chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at great local businesses.

Experience! also offers an amazing collection of tours including Culinary & Wine, History of the Area, Gorges and Waterfalls, Hiking or custom tours personalized for you.  We highly recommend that you add one of their tours to your itinerary while you are visiting the Finger Lakes.

Spring 2011 Events on the Cayuga Wine Trail and Seneca Lake Wine Trail

April 17th, 2011 by KC Christopher

blooming spring flowers

beautiful yellow flowers blooming

Spring time gives us plenty of good reasons to getaway for a weekend and attend an event at either Cayuga Wine Trail’s Wine & Herb Festival or Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend.  The waterfalls are flowing and the trees are beginning to bud.  The landscape is coming alive after a long winter.   Enjoy a leisurely drive up the lakes as you take in the beautiful scenery between vineyards.  With the variety of wines available and numerous wineries to choose from, discovering your favorite wine is like going on a treasure hunt.  Bring friends along and share the fun or make some new friends along the wine trail.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend is being held from Friday, April 29th, at 1:00pm - Sunday, May 1st, 5:00pm.  This popular event, sponsored by Cabot Cheese and Macadam Cheese, pairs Finger Lakes wines with a taste of delightful treats prepared using a variety of cheese.  This is your chance to visit over 30 wineries and take home a recipe book featuring those tasty treats.  Visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail website for ticket information.

glass of riesling

Reisling, the star of the Finger Lakes wine

It’s time for the Cayuga Wine Trail’s 19th Annual Wine & Herb Festival, running two weekends; April 29th-May 1st and again on May 6th -8th.  What a great way to kick-start your gardens and restock your wine cellars.  Participants will sample wines along with herb-infused cuisine at 16 wineries and take home an herb or veggie plant from each winery along with recipes and a plant carrier.  Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance at the Cayuga Wine Trail website or any Wegman’s store.

Be sure to check out The Halsey House Bed and Breakfast’s availability calendar for your upcoming stay during these Finger Lakes wine tasting events.  And, if you are traveling with friends or family, our vacation rental Clarke’s Cottage on Hidden Pond has a great location right between the two lakes and can accommodate up to ten people in plush comfort.  Enjoy your stay and the Vino!

Spring in the Finger Lakes, NY with Spectacular Waterfalls and Locavore Dining

March 18th, 2011 by KC Christopher

Spring is literally just around the corner, and in good old New York style, the weather here in the Finger Lakes, NY is changing exactly on cue.  Mitch and I joke that the seasons were created by observing NY’s climate.

winter waterfall scene in Finger Lakes, NY

Trumansburg's Taughannock Falls in winter

The snow melt has produced magnificent rushing waterfalls throughout our region.  With over 150 waterfalls to view, you could spend a week in the Finger Lakes and still not see them all.  Taughannock Falls State Park begins across the street from our bed and breakfast and the falls overlook is a peaceful two mile walk down country roads and hiking paths.

When it comes time for your dinner plans, we love to recommend restaurants that specialize in locavore practices.  Hazelnut Kitchen always pleases guests staying at the Halsey House, and their location is just three minutes up the road in Trumansburg on Main St.   This fine dining restaurant is set in a casual bistro atmosphere and the menu changes each month in order to feature local, seasonal ingredients.

Also this Saturday, March 19th, 2011 Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant on the Cayuga Wine Trail will feature their Tour of Europe Wine Dinner which features five delicious courses paired with wines and presented by Executive Chef John McNabb.

Yesterday delighted us with 60 degrees and sunshine, a great way for Mother Nature to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and it put us in the mood for some fun.  Today the forecast is for mid 60′s and just a slight chance of rain.  This should be just enough to melt the last remaining spots of snow and already the grass is turning green.

If you have never experienced the countryside of upstate New York, Spring is an excellent time to shake off the winter doldrums and come breathe the fresh air.  And, a bottle or two of some fine Finger Lakes wine will certainly enhance the mood.

Spring Events on the Finger Lakes Wine Trails

April 20th, 2010 by KC Christopher

Spring has come to Upstate NY and the Finger Lakes wine trails are grooming their vineyards for another great year.  To set this season off, the Cayuga Wine Trail is offering their 18th Annual Wine & Herb Festival on the weekends of April 23rd – 25th and April 30th – May 2nd, 2010.  Sample herb prepared foods along side fine wines, and take home wine glasses, recipes and herbs or vegetable plants from each winery. 

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend is also on April 23rd-25th, 2010.  This self-guided tour pairs the flavors of local cheese makers with wonderful Finger Lakes wines.  You will take home a gift item and recipe book, along with beautiful memories of the scenery along Seneca Lake.  Tickets are available at the door at certain wineries.  Click here for more information.

Check out the Halsey House B&B availablity calendar for your getaway weekend.  Come stay in ultimate comfort, taste great wines and take home herbs and vegetables for your garden or recipes for your kitchen.

Wine Tasting Tours

March 22nd, 2010 by KC Christopher

The Halsey House has 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 along on a wine tasting weekend and share the costs as well as the fun. Prices are based on number of participants and duration. Call KC for more details.

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