This completely restored, century old Queen Anne, Victorian mansion, with wraparound porches, second and third floor watch towers and magnificent views of Seneca Lake, features hand-crafted woodwork, a spacious entry and an elaborate oak staircase leading to five large, airy bedrooms, each with modern private baths. Beautiful in all seasons Watkins Glen offers a wide range of major attractions including the Watkins Glen auto races, area wineries, golf courses and Watkins Glen State Park. The focal point of intimate gatherings and warm weather family reunions, our lighted gazebo overlooking beautiful gardens provides an excellent spot to catch lake breezes in a serene setting. Relax in the comfortable guest living room off the entry, complete with fireplace, TV, VCR and piano. In the adjacent dining room, with stained glass windows, you'll enjoy our gourmet breakfasts at a large table overlooking bird feeder and gardens. Imagine you next getaway at the Seneca Lake Watch Bed & Breakfast.
5 on September 22, 2014
If you are going to Watkins Glen this is the place that you are going to want to stay. The Innkeepers- Julie and George will make you feel right at home, serve fresh delicious feasts for breakfast, and make fabulous suggestions of where to go and what to do- if you wish. Should you prefer to remain solitary you will have that as well. The Inn itself is a large Victorian house filled with charm and clean as a whistle. The rooms are comfy and cozy and the views of the lake are glorious. The wraparound porch is a great place to view the lake or you can sit on the deck in the back. I liked sitting in the gazebo and strumming my guitar- you can do that if you like as well.
5 on August 31, 2014
Stayed July 2014 for two nights while our daughter attended orientation at Ithaca College 30 minutes away. The house itself has a lot of charm and is quiet. Our room and bathroom were very clean. Full Breakfast both mornings was excellent and obvious the innkeepers put thought and effort into it. I would highly recommend it,
5 on August 20, 2014
I HIGHLY recommend Seneca Lake Watch Bed & Breakfast! It was obvious that George and Julie love people and love running their B&B. Everything they do is first class. After they establish the dietary requirements of their guests, a wonderful 3-course breakfast in a beautiful dining room can be expected. The pastry was served warm from the oven as Julie bakes something new every day. George is never without a smile whether he's preparing breakfast, making dinner reservations for guests, talking about the local wines or cleaning the beautiful Victorian house which is meticulously clean. The location is perfect and within walking distance from town. Staying at Seneca Lake Watch B&B felt like being in the home of your favorite relatives!
4.8 on August 16, 2014
The Seneca Lake Watch Bed & Breakfast is exactly what you hope for when you decide you want to stay in a B & B. Large lovely rooms, all with private baths. Wonderful owners who make every effort to make their guests comfortable, including having a guest living area and well equipped guest kitchen And wonderful breakfasts prepared and served by the hosts. My room was the Cayuga. A large room, good closet space, lots of drawers in the chest, two windows with a view of the lake. The private bath was immediately outside of the door of the room. The hosts provide a large comfy terry cloth robe for guests in the two rooms whose private bath is not inside of their room All of the rooms are on the second floor of the house and up stairs typical for these older homes. Parking is on the street. Two of the rooms have large attached decks with views of the lake. Cayuga has a portico right next to the room with a view of the lake. One room does not have a lake view (and has to walk a bit down the hall for their private bath). The 5th room shares the portico with Cayuga but it did have their private bath inside the room. Breakfast is served in two sittings when the property is full– at 8:15 and 9:15. The food was excellent and substantial. 3 courses, usually a fruit followed by a bakery item and then the main course The main courses when I was there were Belgian Waffles with fruit, a baked egg dish and apple pancakes, all served with sausage. As with most bed & breakfasts, the hosts are a large part of what makes or breaks the experience. George & Julie do a wonderful job making you feel as though you are a guest in their home (which technically you are). However the property is for sale so if George and Julie are not still the owners I can’t guarantee that you’ll have the same wonderful experience I did.
5 on July 22, 2014
The Seneca Lake Watch bed and breakfast was our first ever bed and breakfast and no other has compared. My wife and I first stayed back in 2008 and just recently (July 2014) stayed again to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. George and Julie are top notch B&B proprietors. The house and rooms are always impeccably clean. Our favorite room is the Seneca room with its views of Seneca Lake and morning sunrises. This year we brought friends with us who stayed as well (and also loved it). Breakfast is always a multi-course meal and the food is incredible. George and/or Julie personally hit up the local farmers markets to purchase the freshest ingredients for their breakfasts. For this most recent stay, since it was our 10th wedding anniversary, we had ordered a cake at a Wegmans grocery store in Corning, NY. Julie personally went and picked it up for us so that it was at the B&B when we arrived. On our last day there, George and Julie, knowing that we were going to have a small anniversary celebration at the B&B with our friends, provided wine glasses to use for our celebration and gave us a complementary bottle of champagne as an anniversary gift. These guys go out of their way to make their guests feel at home and appreciated. After breakfast each day I sat on many of the outdoor decks taking in the beautiful scenery and even sat in their gazebo out in their backyard. I would HIGHLY recommend staying at the Seneca Lake Watch bed and breakfast to ANYONE who is in the Watkins Glen, NY area. The only thing better than this place in Watkins Glen is the gorge trail at the Watkins Glen State Park nearby (because of its beauty).
5 on July 08, 2014
George and Julie are just terrific, they really make this place great. It's a wonderful location, just a short walk from town. We've stayed there twice and have been very pleased. The rooms are large and clean and the breakfast is delicious. I highly recommend this B&B to anyone, even those like me who are always wary of the B&B experience.
5 on February 13, 2013
We have gone to the Seneca Lake Watch B&B every August since 1997 (or sooner, not sure) and we LOVE it there. It is our one, annual, getaway. George and Julie (Conway) have become family to us so it's like going "home" but to a much more relaxing pace! Their breakfasts are second to none and rooms are exquisitely furnished and clean. The central air is also welcome in the sometimes hot August days/nights. We especially love sitting on the beautiful large front porch and looking out onto Seneca Lake. There are not enough "stars" to rate this B&B what it deserves!
5 on July 20, 2012
My boyfriend and I recently visited Watkins Glen and stayed with the Conways in the Cayuga Room. It was my boyfriend's birthday weekend and with the wonderful help and amazing service, George was able to prepare a surprise birthday package including a birthday cake, a bottle of Cabernet (from one of the local wineries) and some balloons in the room before our arrival. It definitely made our stay extra special. Location: The location of the B&B is very convenient. A less than 10 minute drive to Watkins Glen State Park and local restaurants and eateries. Another plus was the short driving distances to the wineries along Seneca Lake (we were able to make it to 5 wineries in one day coming back to the B&B in between one of the times to drop off some wine in our room). Parking was very convenient and was always available right in front of the B&B. Room: The Cayuga room was a good size room overlooking the Seneca Lake. It was very well-kept, clean and comfortable. Breakfast: The 3 course breakfast was amazing!!! I am a foodie and loved the different creations Julie came up with. She is a wonderful cook and baker. The baked eggs with bacon was definitely my favorite. Innkeepers: George and Julie were very friendly and accommodating. George was able to give us wonderful recommendations on where to eat and even offered to help us make reservations. Overall I would definitely recommend this B&B if you are visting Watkins Glen!! Everything was amazing. Thank you George and Julie! --mabel & jeff
5 on September 12, 2011
We recently spent 3 nights mid August with the Conways in Watkins Glen. There were 4 couples, each with our own bath which was one of our prerequisites (you do need to bring a hairdryer). We took over the entire second floor which also consisted of a small kitchen with a refrigerator - bonus! Breakfast each morning was delicious and the hospitality was fun-loving and gracious. We had two guests one who is wheat-free and the other gluten-free. George and Julie were extremely accommodating and altered recipes to fit each of their diets accordingly. The location was awesome as it sits up on a hill with some views of the lake, and just a short walk into town (with sidewalks). We enjoyed relaxing on the front porch, the back deck and the gazebo. We felt right at home. I would highly recommend the Seneca Lake Watch B&B. When back in the Watkins Glen area, you can be sure we will be giving George and Julie a call.
5 on August 01, 2011
If you are visiting Watkins Glen, NY, and enjoy B&B accommodations, this B&B is excellent. George and Julie are fabulous hosts, the accommodations are immaculate and beautiful, the location is perfect, and the views from the home are stunning. Breakfasts are wonderfully prepared and ample, and they have the best coffee ever. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Thank you George and Julie for a great weekend. Dianne and Bill
Decorated in rose, tan and blue tones, this charming, carpeted room with lake views from windows and an adjacent private deck, is furnished with a brass bed, platform rocker, ceiling fan, paintings and various antiques.
Nightly Rate: $150 - $170
Stunning lake views are visible from 3 windows of this carpeted, powder blue and tan room with brass bed. Furnishings include, ceiling fan, wicker chair, some antiques, mirrors, paintings and framed prints. Updated bathroom has lead glass windows.
Nightly Rate: $140 - $160
The Cayuga Room has a tan and rose color scheme, pineapple motif wallpaper and a pineapple headboard. A wicker rocker and chair, ceiling fan and framed prints round out the furnishings. The updated bath features a french window balcony.
Nightly Rate: $130 - $150
A queen-size brass bed in white and Dresden blue setting is the focal point of this floral decor. The room, overlooking gardens, is furnished with a white wicker chair, ceiling fan, paintings, framed prints and mirror.
Nightly Rate: $110 - $130
Perfect for couples alone or for adults with older child, this beige and blue room has a king-size bed, twin bed, and sitting area, a private deck overlooking gardens with a lake view, and is decorated with paintings, framed prints and mirror.
Nightly Rate: $150 - $170
Countryside, Lakeside, Small town, Wine country
Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.)
Antique Shopping, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, National Forest, Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen Theatre, Watkins Glen Race Track, Corning Glass Center, Seneca Lake, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery
Other, Bed and Breakfast
Board games, DVD Player, Fireplace, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR , Guest kitchen for snacks
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, lunch & dinner cruises, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts
George and Julie Conway
Prior to owning Seneca Lake Watch B&B, George and Julie lived in the metropolitan New York area and worked in Manhattan. George was in marketing at American Express and AT&T and Julie was a freelance editor. George and Julie spent 5 years in the Navy, living in locations from Kittery, Maine to Jacksonville, Florida. They have always enjoyed staying in B&Bs and chose the Finger Lakes because they enjoy wine and wine making, skiing, skating, and just spending time outdoors.