The Arbor Inn of Clinton

3919 Griffin Road , Clinton, NY 13323 USA (Show map)


The Arbor Inn at Griffin House is located less than one half mile from the Hamilton College campus (25 minutes from Colgate University) and just 10 minutes from the Westmoreland exit #32 of the NYS Thruway. The Main Inn is situated on five picturesque acres and offers five well-appointed guest rooms, including two suites, with a long list of amenities that is sure to please the most discriminating of travelers. For those guests who might prefer the New England style ambiance of the nearby Village of Clinton; The Arbor Inn operates two additional independent guest suites at #8 and #12 Williams Street. These stand alone luxurious suites occupy space in one of Clinton’s most historical buildings where you may walk to shops and restaurants. Whether you choose to stay in the country or in the village, each of our locations is convenient to many area attractions and events including the Turning Stone Casino, the Madison Bouckville Antique Show and the Utica Boilermaker Race. The neighboring towns of Utica, Rome, Oneida and New Hartford are all within easy driving distance.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

The best Bed and Breakfast

5 on May 29, 2017

My wife and I stayed here last week. Again this Bed and Breakfast is the best! Every service is perfect. Your treated like a VIP! Will be back next trip to Utica, N.Y. area. Eric and Sue Lippman

Home Away from Home

5 on January 12, 2015

Our son is a sophomore at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. We live 6 ½ hours away but we still take every opportunity to visit him that the college provides. It’s a long, tedious drive but other than seeing him, we are comforted by the thought that we will be staying at the Arbor Inn of Clinton. Just arriving at the Inn is relaxing. Its bucolic setting is charming and absolutely welcoming. You’ll be smiling before you get out of the car. The inside the house welcome is pretty good too! A sincere greeting awaits you from either Ellen or Dave, the Innkeepers. They are really good people. Warm, very thoughtful and kind. That alone is worth the price of the room. You won’t find this at any hotel. You will be escorted to your room. Each is well-appointed and is the epitome of what you would hope for in a B&B. Quiet and comfortable. Extraordinarily well kept. Cleanliness is obviously important as is the desire to create an experience that’s homey and elegant. Homemade chocolate-chip cookies don’t hurt either! There is free Wi-fi and also a television in each room, movies/DVD’s, and books. All of that said, probably our favorite experience is coming down to one of Ellen’s breakfasts and sitting with other patrons of the Inn. You end up sharing stories over a wide assortment of breakfast options. We have had some incredible conversations and made several small world connections. We’ve also gotten to know Dave and Ellen better too. And when we have to leave, we feel very well cared for. So, this is a very five star review. If you’re traveling to Clinton, NY, this is where you should stay.

One of the best B&B's

5 on June 07, 2012

We stayed at the Arbor Inn for one night while visiting family & friends in the area. It was a lovely B&B - in fact, one of the best we have visited. Our room was the Chesapeake Room and it had all the amenities one could want...right down to make-up remover cloths and air freshener spray in the bathroom! Coffee/Tea/Water are all available immediately outside the room, along with delicious chocolate chip/macadamia nut/pretzel cookies. There was both a DVD player in the room and a CD player and a selection of entertainment could be found in the hallway, along with a binder of menus from local restaurants, and directions from the B&B to nearby areas. A laptop computer was also available for our use (which came in handy when we decided to map our route to several spots where we were heading). We took a beautiful 1 mile walk down the road and it was a peaceful, serene, area. The grounds of the B&B were immaculately maintained, both inside and out. Bob & Carol are friendly, thoughtful, intelligent, business people and did everything right from cooking the perfect breakfast to designing the B&B with roomy, airy, uplifting decor. Carol's recommendation to stop by North Star Orchards to purchase a plant for the family we were visiting was an excellent recommendation. If we are back in the area, we would definitely stay at the Arbor Inn at Griffin House again.

Beautiful Home away from Home

4.8 on June 06, 2011

Stayed 2 nights last week in Vineyard Room. Innkeepers were extremely nice and helpful/Breakfasts were great/Keurig coffee/teamaker available to guests was a nice touch. Beautiful and extremely clean home/Reading and sipping coffee on the front porch was lovely.Carol and Bob were true hosts! Bev and Don Ontario Canada

Absolutely THE BEST!!

5 on June 05, 2011

My husband and I have stayed with Bob and Carol multiple times this past Hamilton school year. We never have stayed at B & Bs before, but this far exceeded anything we could have hoped for! The rooms are clean, the beds are wonderful, the friendliness and service are outstanding and Carol is an unbelieveable cook! We wish they were closer to home, so we could have weekend getaways. Bob and Carol are wonderful people and take their customers' experience seriously. They are always helpful, friendly and just wonderful people. If you are looking for a wonderful B & B - this is IT! 5 stars!

One of the best B&Bs we've ever stayed

4.8 on October 12, 2010

A very, very nice B&B, in a beautiful location near Clinton. Just far enough from town that you feel you're in the country, but it's only 5 minutes to downtown. The B&B is immaculate, the hosts are friendly and very helpful, and our room was comfortable, quiet, and just as pictured. Excellent hospitality.

A Home Away From Home

5 on August 11, 2010

I love this place! This is my 5th year. Comfortable, beautiful, private. Did I say good food? It's best B&B ever!

First visit to a B&B

4.6 on March 13, 2010

I never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast before and was a little unsure as to what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The house is beautiful. The room I stayed in was perfect in size. The bedding was extremely comfortable and very warm in the cold weather. Everything was spotless. There was every amenity you could think of, coffee, cookies, water cooler, in hall, the room had a TV, DVD, CD player, hair dryer, iron, toiletries, extra pillows, blankets, access to several DVD's, books, local menu's, etc.. It felt like home. I did not stay for breakfast so I cannot comment on the food. For one person it was more than I was hoping to spend, otherwise I would have extended my stay, but the comfort was worth it.

Awesome B&B

5 on October 31, 2009

This is the most comfortable and beautiful B&B we've ever stayed at. Everything was outstanding!

A wonderful place

5 on October 25, 2009

This was one of the best places that I have stayed in a long time! Clean, very nicely decorated, awesome hosts, delicious breakfast, internet available...cookies and coffee always available...I can't say enough. I wouldn't stay anywhere else when visiting my daughter at Hamilton.

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Location Type

One half mile from Hamilton College, Just "Down the hill" to village of Clinton, Countryside


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Traveling from the east or west via the New York state thruway - exit the thruway at #32 (Westmoreland). After going through the tollbooth make a right turn at the light and shortly after a left turn at the second light on to Route 233 South. Continue for 5 miles to the blinking light at the intersection of 233 and Route 412 (College Hill Road). Turn right and proceed up the hill through the Hamilton College campus for about one mile. Turn right on to Griffin Road and continue for 0.7 mile. Griffin House is #3919 on the left side of the road.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Turning Stone Casino, Baseball Hall of Fame, Bouckville Antique Festival, Hamilton College, Adirondack Mountain Region, Colgate University, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Telephone, Videos , Green Mountain coffee available 24/7, Herbal tea, Freshly baked cookies.

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, walking/jogging, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some weekends or special events may have a minimum stay
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservation guaranteed by credit card - Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Personal checks and travelers checks are also accepted.
  • Cancellations: Varies according to time of year and for prime events.
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Ellen and David Varecka

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Full hot breakfast daily

  • Time Served: 8 - 9 (M-F), 8:30-9:30 Wknds.
  • Serving Location: Summer Porch, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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