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Clarke’s Cottage on Hidden Pond, Our Finger Lakes Vacation Rental

June 6th, 2011 by KC Christopher

view from the north lawn of Clarke's Cottage


In 2010 we proudly added our vacation rental house, Clarke’s Cottage on Hidden Pond, as a sister property to the Halsey House for folks traveling to the Finger Lakes.  This five bedroom country home sits on almost seven acres of rolling lawns and fields and features a very large and private swimming pond.



Stunning vistas of the upstate NY countryside can be seen from every window in the house.  When we completely gutted and rebuilt the interior of this house, we added large windows to take advantage of these views.

the sun rises over Hidden Pond on a clear day in June

picture window in the kitchen of Clarke's Cottage

The gourmet kitchen offers beautiful professional stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, a picture window with a view of the red barn and a wide open design to accommodate several cooks.  The island allows observers to sit and chat with the cooks during meal prep.  This kitchen is fully furnished with all the cookware, appliances and serving dishes you will need, and of course wine glasses and corkscrew!  You can also take the cooking outside with a gas grill and picnic tables within view of the pond and lawn.


whirlpool bath for two in master bedroom


The plush comfort of the furnishings and high-end amenities such as the master bathroom’s whirlpool tub, luxury pillow-top beds and reclining couches and chairs, have guests wondering if there is any reason to leave the property during their relaxing stay.


Did we mention outdoor fun?  We have added a six person hot tub and fire pit, located between the house and the pond.

the hot tub and firepit with view of the pond

Imagine sipping on your first cup of coffee while sitting in the hot tub and watching the sun rise over Hidden Pond, with the breeze cooling you face.  And we can think of no better way to spend an evening then enjoying a bottle (or two, or three) of Finger Lakes wine with family or friends, watching a crackling fire and a million sparkling stars in the nighttime sky.  Make a meal roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on a stick over the open fire.


Peacefulness, privacy, relaxation.  You will be planning your next visit to Clarke’s Cottage before you even leave here.

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!

The Halsey House Goes Locavore in 2011 with a CSA Membership

April 6th, 2011 by KC Christopher

organic local vegetables

a sample of NY farm fresh local organic vegetables at the farmer's market

Last year the Halsey House went locavore with our first on-site organic vegetable garden, made entirely possible by the efforts of our gardener extraordinaire, Erica Ungleich.  It is common knowledge that I (KC) have a brown thumb.  Okay, maybe more like a black thumb.  If I touch plants, they are destined for the compost pile within a very short time.  Under Erica’s hand, the gardens are filling in and becoming more beautiful at both the Halsey House and Clarke’s Cottage on Hidden Pond.  We are anxious to get started this year with expanded plantings and some new designs.

In 2010, our new crop of herbs and vegetables became wonderful savory breakfast dishes for our customers to enjoy, such as KC’s Garden Frittata.  I may not be handy in the dirt, but I am at home in the kitchen!  This year we will adjust our own garden by adding berries, continuing the luscious tomatoes, cutting back on the zucchinis and green peppers (these multiplied like rabbits!) and nixing the cantaloupe and carrots.

field of cauliflower

a field of organic cauliflower

And for a source of other local organic produce, we are proud to announce our new membership in a fine Trumansburg CSA, Sweetland Farm.  What is a CSA you ask?  Here is the explanation from Sweetland’s own website:

“Community Supported Agriculture evolved to bring farmers, farmland, and a community of members together into a meaningful relationship that equitably meets the needs of all three parties. Farmers need a place to farm and make a viable living. Farmland needs to be enriched and nurtured so that it can yield bountiful harvests year after year. Members need a dependable source of vibrant, richly grown food. All of these needs must be kept in balance. Sweet Land Farm is a CSA-only farm, so everything that we grow is for you, the shareholders. This makes the above-mentioned balance nicely transparent. All of the money that we receive from members is either put into the farm, or paid to the farmers and farm workers. All of the produce that the farmers, farm workers, and farmland produces is distributed to the members. As a member you are truly ensuring this farm’s existence and a small farm family’s livelihood.”

A special thank you goes out to Rose at the Inn at Gothic Eves for her gentle persuasion in getting us on board with Sweetland Farm.  Rose has been at the forefront of the locavore movement long before it was popular.

fresh strawberries

juicy fresh-picked strawberries

Look for our new dishes featuring farm-to-table freshness on the Halsey House breakfast table this year.  If you have a great breakfast recipe you’d like to share, we’d be happy to give it a try.  Let’s here it for local, fresh, healthy and yummy!