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Spring Break in the Finger Lakes

February 26th, 2012 by Gail

Spend Spring Break in the Finger Lakes.

Spring Break is on the horizon, and all across the country, people are making travel plans. You could travel to Mexico or Colorado or France, but such trips require flying, and we all know what airlines do to plane fares at this time of year. We have a better idea. We suggest a trip to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast.

Spring should come early to the Finger Lakes Region this year, since we’ve seen very little winter weather. Conditions should be ideal for outdoor recreation such as hiking, horseback riding, and golfing. On fair days, guests may even enjoy boating on the Finger Lakes; most scenic cruises start in early to mid April, but paddling along the shore is fun any time of year. If it snows, bring snowshoes and skis!

The 150+ waterfalls scattered throughout the Finger Lakes Region are amazing winter, spring, summer, and fall. Some are still encrusted in ice at this time of year, while others maintain a steady roar. There are generally fewer people hiking to waterfalls in the spring, which makes it an ideal time for our guests to explore them. Two of our favorites are nearby Taughannock Falls and the magical, mystical Watkins Glen Falls.

Finger Lakes Winery

Explore the Finger Lakes Wine Country during Spring Break.

Wine tasting is another favorite activity around the Finger Lakes, and it is well-suited for cold or rainy days. Both the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail are home to more than a dozen wineries, many of which are quite close to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. A bit farther west, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail features eight wineries. Sip and spit, designate a driver, or consider a wine tour that will safely shuttle you from one winery to the next. One of the perks of wine tasting is that it allows you to try many wines, so that you know you like the bottles you purchase.

Enjoy a Romantic Spring Break with your sweetie at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast, or gather together a group of friends and rent our Finger Lakes Guest Cottage. Either way, you are sure to have a good time.

 

 

The Gift That Makes Memories

October 25th, 2011 by Gail

With the holidays on the horizon, many of us are beginning to ponder gift options for our friends and family.

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A weekend at our Finger Lake Bed and Breakfast will leave parents refreshed and happy..

We want to give the people we love something special. We want them to have something that will be appreciated and remembered, and something that won’t eventually end up in a landfill. It’s a tall order, but we have an idea.

Give a night or two at our Finger Lakes Region Bed and Breakfast.

This is a gift anyone will appreciate, no matter their age or situation. Yet we have found it to be particularly cherished by parents of young children. For these couples, a weekend at our Finger Lakes Region Bed and Breakfast without their children is a slice of heaven. They just need someone to think of it for them – and someone to watch their kids.

For parents of young children, a romantic weekend is a rare event. Let’s face it, a date is a rare event; 24 – 48 hours away from the kids is unthinkable. Yet a night or two away can do wonders for the self and for the relationship.

Children are a gift. They are delightful and cuddly and funny and fascinating and sweet. Parents enjoy being with their children, and in truth, many parents never think of leaving their kids for any stretch of time.

Yet children are also demanding, as they should be. Young children need constant vigil, constant supervision, constant interaction. Add work and housework, and it’s easy to see why so many parents suffer from exhaustion. An evening out may be fun, but it often seems more trouble than it’s worth. A weekend away holds the promise of long, deep sleep, uninterrupted conversations, the chance to read a book…

A weekend away is also a wonderful opportunity for grandparents, aunts and uncles, and close friends to bond with children. There is nothing like an early morning snuggle, a long afternoon building castles out of boxes, or a bedtime story. The children will remember this special time, and they will cherish it.

Our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast offers a Romantic Nights Package, a Celebration Package, and Wine Tasting Tours; any of these would be delightful additions to a weekend without the children. Yet even without add-ons, a night or two away with one’s spouse – and without the kids – is a gift that will be appreciated and remembered for years to come.

 

 

Fall Hikes in the Finger Lakes Region

October 9th, 2011 by Gail

Fall is being a bit elusive this year. Leaves have started to change, but only just. Normally trees have exchanged their green for lovely shades of red, orange and yellow by this time of year. The good news is that if you’ve been too busy to schedule a getaway to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast until now, you’ll be able to enjoy the upcoming fall colors.

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls

Autumn is an ideal time to hike in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Summer heat has abated, winter snows have not yet arrived, and the air is generally crisp and cool. This year temperatures have been a bit warmer than usual, but not so warm as to be uncomfortable. It will simply feel good to splash cool water on your face during a hike to nearby waterfalls.

Taughannock Falls State Park is just 2 miles from our Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes Region. Intrepid hikers may want to start their hike here, at the inn, for the Gorge Trail at Taughannock Falls is less than one mile long and is wide and flat. It ends near the falls – a perfect picnic spot if you don’t mind getting a bit damp from the mist. More challenging is the Rim Trail, but it also boasts more stunning views. As fall colors arrive in the coming weeks, the Rim Trail is sure to be popular.

Enfield Gorge at Robert Treman State Park, Ithaca NY 2574

Enfield Gorge at Roert Treman State Park.

Stunning Robert H. Treman State Park, just 15 minutes from Halsey House, is a hiker’s dream. It boasts nearly 10 miles of hiking trails. Follow Enfield Creek along the Gorge Trail, enjoy expansive views from the Rim Trail, and explore the entire length of the park on the Finger Lakes/North Country Trail. Admire 115 – foot tall Lucifer Falls (and 11 other waterfalls), and pause at the overlooks off the Cliff Staircase. In warmer weather, the stream-fed pool at the base of a wide waterfall is deliciously cooling.

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park

Guests who don’t mind driving a bit farther for good hiking will enjoy exploring Watkins Glen State Park, which is approximately 30 minutes from our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. It is absolutely worth the drive.

Watkins Glen is considered the most spellbinding of the Finger Lakes State Parks, and it is certainly the most famous. Visitors stand in awe in face of the nearly 20 waterfalls that descend some 400 feet past high, layered cliffs. Trails lead happy hikers under waterfalls, over bridges, and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. A two mile hike will reveal breathtaking scenery. If nothing else, bring a picnic and enjoy it in splendor.

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