Rufus Tanner House Bed and Breakfast

Corner of Sagetown and Bartholomew Rd , Pine City, NY 14871 USA (Show map)


Located in the Finger Lakes region between Elmira and Corning, New York. 1864 Greek Revival farmhouse sheltered by century old Sugar Maple trees. Experience classy comfort in relaxing surroundings.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Hospitality and Ambience - a Hidden Treasure in the Country

5 on October 06, 2015

Donna and Rick are hospitable but calm and inobtrusive. The Sleigh Room was comfortable and clean, with a fireplace and modern walk-in shower and jacuzzi tub. Donna is a wonderful baker, and the breakfast presentation was artistic as well as delicious. We were looking for a place in Corning on a busy weekend, and found this place instead! So glad we did. You need to drive back to Elmira for dinner, but it isn't that far. The B&B has a notebook of restaurant menus so you can make your decision before you go.

just like home...

5 on July 02, 2013

Donna & Rick, we can't say enough, we tell everyone we can about the wonderful stay at the B.&B. Breakfast, AMAZING.. Thank You. Lisa really feels at home at your place, and the robe to put on after a shower is a great added comfort.

Home away from home.

5 on June 06, 2013

My daughter graduated from Elmira College this past weekend. I shed a few tears at the Candlelight Ceremony and at the graduation itself. I also had to fight back tears as said goodby to my friend, Donna and Rick, for (hopefully not) the last time. I have frequented the Rufus Tanner House many times since our first visit 5 1/2 years ago during my daughter's college search. I've stayed in every room, and have relished each 3-course breakfast, ever grateful for the respite afforded by this comfortable, peaceful, home away from home. I've met marathoners, wine tasters, and passers-by. The Rufus Tanner House was my sanctuary when visiting my college coed. Now, it is my destination location, and I look forward to my return!

Convenient stay to visit Corning and Soaring Museum

4.0 on November 03, 2011

We had a two night stay that was a great value and very convenient for visiting Corning and the Soaring Museum. Anyone staying at the Rufus Tanner House B&B can expect spacious comfortable rooms and an exceptional breakfast. Guest should not be surprised that noise from other guests does travel to other rooms in the house. This is typical in just about any 1860's converted farm house. We will definetly be back.

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5 on October 24, 2011

I have stayed at the Rufus Tanner House many times, and can now say that I have stayed in every room they have available! My most recent visit found me in the Empire Room, a lovely 2nd floor corner room with a gas powered fireplace. It was an unseasonably cold, damp weekend and I was glad for it because my room warmed me, heart and soul!

Rufus Tanner House B&B is a gem in paradise!

5 on October 23, 2011

Donna and Rick make you feel right at home. It is a cozy get away. I'll be back!


4.8 on October 12, 2011

This is the first time we've stayed at Rufus Tanner; one of the best B&B's we've visited! It's well run and all the details are taken care of, and then some. Very conveniently located between Elmira (15 minutes) and Corning (20 minutes). Donna and Rick take care of all the details and make sure their guests have what they need. Lots of places to sit and read or visit. Friendly pets ready to keep you company if you wish! Breakfast is just right; everything is fresh and portions are perfect.

Exceeded All Expectations

5 on October 07, 2011

Really an excellent experience. Food was excellent and rooms were comfortable. The innkeepers know the area well and were always available without being obtrusive. Highly recommend.

Thank you for an Amazing Stay!

4.8 on October 06, 2011

My husband and I had the most amazing visit. We look forward to returning again next year.

lovely stay

4.8 on October 06, 2011

The innkeepers are warm and hospitable and the room suited us perfectly. The breakfast was superb and made to suit my vegetarian needs.

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Rooms & Rates

Sleigh Room

Unwind in this elegantly decorated guestroom on the ground floor. A comfy queen Sleigh bed, seating area and natural gas fireplace complete the romantic décor. The exceptional attached private bath has black marble flooring and a double walk-in shower. Relax and soak in the spacious two-person Jacuzzi spa tub after a day of seeing the sights in the NY Finger Lakes region.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

Empire Room

Views of century old Sugar Maple trees from four large windows set the mood for relaxing with a book or a glass of New York Finger Lakes wine. The Empire Room at Rufus Tanner House is a striking room with wide plank floors, natural gas fireplace, antique queen bed and seating area with two wing back chairs. In the afternoon, sunlight casts a soft glow on brass accents in the room. The attached private bath has a large walk-in shower. Robes, air conditioning, overhead fan, clock radio, hair dryer, cable TV, and WiFi are provided for your convenience.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $140 - $140

Victorian Room

The Victorian Cottage Room is the largest guestroom at Rufus Tanner House bed and breakfast. Two large windows overlook a small fruit orchard and large Maple trees on the front lawn and filtered sunlight fills the room in the late afternoon. This room offers flexibility in sleeping arrangements. There is a queen bed and when needed the Windsor bed can be pulled down for an extra bed. The Windsor bed (a Murphy-type bed) looks like an armoire when it is raised and opens into a ¾ bed. You can use the Victorian Room as a single room, a double room or share with family or friends and split the rate when you travel in the Elmira/Corning, NY area. Robes (2), clock radio, cable TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, overhead fan, air conditioning, WiFi are provided for your convenience.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $140 - $140

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Horseheads, NY (ELM-Elmira-Corning Regional) 18 miles

Directions to property:

From the west:I-86/Rt. 17 take Exit 56 (Note: there is no Exit 55) turn right onto Church St. Continue on Church St. count six lights and turn left onto Clemens Center Parkway/Rt 14S. Continue on Rt. 14S crossing over the river and the Cedar St. intersection and pick up Rt. 328S at the next intersection. Follow Rt. 328 for about five miles going through the flashing yellow light (do not take the Pine City exits). Take the first right (Sagetown/Caton Rd.) after the flashing yellow light and go 2/10 mile to Bartholomew Road. Rufus Tanner House is on the right at the corner of Bartholomew Rd & Sagetown Rd. Look for the driftwood! From East Rt. 17/I-86: I-86/Route 17 to Elmira. Take Exit 56-turn left to Water St. Continue on Water St. take left at first light --Madison Ave. (car dealership on corner) and go over bridge (Madison becomes Pennsylvania Ave.) Continue on Pennsylvania and at third light turn left onto Clemens Center Parkway (Rt. 14S). Continue on Clemens Center Parkway (Rt. 14S) and crossing over Cedar St intersection. Pick up Rt. 328S at next intersection. Stay on Rt. 328S for about five miles. Take the first right after the flashing yellow light (Sagetown/Caton) and go 2/10 mile to Bartholomew Road. Rufus Tanner House is on the right at the corner of Bartholomew Rd. and Sagetown Rd. Look for the driftwood! From PA - Rt. 15 heading north pick up Rt. 328 at Tioga Junction. Follow Rt. 328 (it is approximately a twenty-five minute drive passing through Jackson Summit, Trowbridge, Millerton). You will cross the New York State line and a bridge - look for the green sign for Sagetown-Caton and take a left at the sign. Go 2/10 mile to Bartholomew Road (second right) Rufus Tanner House is on the corner. Look for the driftwood!

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Aviation museums, Corning Museum of Glass, Ice hockey arena, Fishing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fridge, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Off street parking for cars, RV's, cycle trailers, beverages/snacks

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching

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  • Check In:: 3:30-8:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No Victorian Room only-subject to availability
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Victorian Room only-subject to availability
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: 48-hour cancellation notice Monday-Thursday. 7-day notice Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Watkins Glen race dates, Elmira College event dates and holidays require 14 days notice. Credit card number will be charged the equivalent of one nights stay plus $15 handling fee if reservation is canceled without appropriate notification.
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Donna and Rick Powell

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About the innkeepers

Sailing, wooden boat restoration, gardening, reading, camping, canoeing, kayaking, miniture boat making.

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  • Time Served: 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m./at guest req
  • Serving Location: Outdoors on porch-weather permitting, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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