Located in downtown Ithaca in the center of the East Hill Historic District, the William Henry Miller Inn combines a charming 19th century appeal with modern-day amenities, including air conditioning, a fireplace, a Jacuzzi and a private bath. The rooms feature American chestnut wood, stained glass windows and other elegant decor. The inn also has great architectural significance - it was designed by the first architecture student to attend Cornell University. In fact, the beautiful university grounds are only a short walk away. Also within strolling distance are the Ithaca Commons, where you can window shop at boutiques, sit down at some of the area’s best restaurants and be entertained by street performers.
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5 B&Bs for a Tranquil Getaway in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes of upstate New York are a beautiful, shimmering system of lakes speckled with waterfalls, quaint villages and vibrant parks. No wonder it’s such an attractive destination for couples seeking relaxation, water adventures and a peek at the rich Iroquois history of the region. Pack your bags and bring your sweetheart to one of these top bed and breakfasts in the Finger Lakes!
Morgan Samuels Inn was once owned by renowned playwright and actor Judson Morgan, who went head over heels for the stunning 19th century mansion, situated in Canandaigua. Now, it’s a luxurious bed and breakfast run by husband-and-wife duo Brad and Connie Smith. The five-room inn has all the amenities, from in-room Jacuzzis, Internet access and TVs. Guests can choose from differently themed rooms, like a cathedral room and a Victorian porch..
Head to the charming Skaneateles village to stay in this 1850s B&B. The rooms have an impressive array of amenities, but don’t lock yourself up inside the whole time - the expansive grounds spans more than three acres in which you can explore a rustic barn, lay out a blanket for a picnic and engage in some birdwatching. This is also a prime spot for fishing - this side of Finger Lakes is rife with perch, bass, trout and salmon..
Relax in a Turkish spa robe in front of a roaring fireplace at Elmira's Painted Lady, a Victorian mansion located in the Near Westside Historic District. Each morning, you’ll wake to a three-course gourmet breakfast, which you can enjoy by candlelight. Looking for an afternoon on the town? Catch a Broadway show or dance performance at the Clemens Center, then head to the Corning Museum of Glass to learn about the process behind glass blowing.
The Hayward House is a more humble abode, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in charm. In your room, you’ll find handmade quilts, folk art and lovely antiques. The breakfasts are made from fresh ingredients from local growers and Amish farms. This is truly the ideal place to relax with your special someone. Let your tension fall away with an in-house massage, then become one with nature on a hike or horse ride through the gorge trails.
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