Echoes of the Glen Bed & Breakfast

300 South Franklin Street , Watkins Glen, NY 14891 USA (Show map)


Guests of Echoes of the Glen are thrilled with its location and homey atmosphere. Awaken to the aroma of coffee & Barb's homemade muffins, scones or kuchen. Then sit down to a delicious, homemade breakfast of freshly ground coffee, teas, hot cocoa, freshly baked pastries, juice, fruit and a hot entrée each morning. Our breakfasts include fresh, local in-season products. Our in-season fruits are mostly picked by the innkeepers and made into jams or frozen to serve out of season. It's just a short walk to the Main Entrance of the Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park voted #3 in the country! Echoes is located on the "flats" in Watkins, convenient to walk to restaurants, bars, shops & ice cream parlors, stroll out along the Seneca Lake Pier and through the Village Marina. You can sit on a bench and enjoy the sunset or boats sailing on beautiful Seneca Lake. If you are a racing buff, you can walk to the International Motor Racing Research Center where you will find the largest collection of racing films in the world. Just a short drive up the hill you can visit WGI race track, watch driving schools run their laps around the track in their high performance sports cars or purchase a ticket to drive your own car 3 laps around the track behind the pace car. More waterfalls, award winning wineries, the Curtiss Museum, Corning Glass Museum, Rockwell or Mark Twain Museums are a short drive away. Your room will be touched up daily during your stay (unless you ask for us not to).



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Pleasant and Clean!

5 on May 15, 2018

Room was fresh and clean - rest of the house was clean, warm and inviting. Property owners are very pleasant, as were the other guests. Coffee in the morning was delicious; couldn't stay for breakfast. Got a good night's sleep. Recommend this to all visiting this beautiful area!

I love this place!

5 on May 14, 2018

Echoes of the Glen is a great place to stay for several reasons. First, it is located very conveniently including parking. Second, it is immaculate. The decor is the usual Victorian B&B style but it is perfectly maintained. The rooms are spacious with satellite HDTV's and private bathrooms. The bed sheets are amazing. But best of all, the proprietors, Barbara and Tom are friendly, accommodating and create a relaxing atmosphere. Barbara also whips up some mean breakfasts.

Wonderful Stay!

5 on March 29, 2018

We really enjoyed our stay with Barbara and Tom at Echoes of the Glen. The place is cozy and charming with antique furniture and comfortable common area with Direct TV. They have three cats. Two of them are very friendly and will let you pet them at length. We stayed in the Park room, which has a nice bathroom with a skylight, where you get sunlight in the morning and can see stars at night. The feather bed is very comfy. Our hosts prepared a different breakfast every day, which included juice, fruit, pastry or muffins, and main dish of pancakes, omelet, French toast, or egg casserole. They used ingredients picked from their own garden or from local farms, as well as homemade jams and syrups. Breakfast was always very good. Tom and Barbara were very knowledgeable about local history and attractions. They were gracious to provide us lots of advice, and most of what we saw was based on their recommendations.

Wonderful B&B

5 on March 07, 2018

Had a very pleasant stay at this wonderful B&B. Barb and Tom were excellent hosts the room was clean, very neat loved the sheets and the food was delicious couldn’t ask for a better B&B in a wonderful location Angela and Bill Robert

Wonderful Stay!

5 on October 19, 2017

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights after our wedding, and we couldn't have been happier. Barbara and Tom are so warm and friendly, they made us feel right at home. They were a great source of information and recommendations for the area, and all the attractions and restaurants they suggested were great! The B&B itself is clean and cozy, and the breakfasts were spectacular, made with local ingredients and love. Great location too with many things in walking distance, including Watkins Glenn State Park and Seneca Lake. Looking forward to staying here again next time we visit the Finger Lakes! Thanks for a great stay! -Rebecca and John

Perfect Weekend Getawy

5 on October 02, 2017

Went to Watkins Glen for a weekend getaway with friends. We decided to try a B&B for the first time. Echoes of the Glen was a wonderful place to stay. It is within walking distance to the gorge. Barbara ad Tom are amazing hosts. They are full of knowledge of the sites and even gave us a few tips on additional things to see in the area. The breakfasts exceeded our expectations. My husband and I stayed in the Concord room. The sheets were so soft and room itself was perfectly cozy and more roomy than expected. Thank you Barbara and Tom see you again!

Wonderful stay with friends!!

5 on August 05, 2017

Met friends there for a 3 night stay. Enjoyed everything about this Inn. Felt right at home with Barb and Tom immediately. They were very helpful with information about the wineries and restaurants. The Inn is very clean and convenient to downtown and the Glen.... Breakfast was awesome and served at 9 instead of the crack of dawn like others...(the reason we don't stay at B&Bs more). We had he best time and would not hesitate to stay fact we plan on it....

You'll feel at home right away.

5 on July 30, 2017

Barbara and Tom are perfect hosts. They go out of their way to make their guests feel at home. Coffee is always ready in the morning. Breakfasts are great with plenty of variety.if you have special dietary restrictions they make every effort to accommodate. Rooms are clean and nicely decorated. I have stayed twice and am booked for two more visits. I'm not interested in anywhere else.

5 Star Experience

5 on July 30, 2017

We were lucky enough to choose Tom and Barbara Merrill's "Echoes of the Glen" as the place to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. The rooms are immaculate, beautifully decorated with antiques, roomy and spotless. Located in the heart of Watkins Glen, you are perfectly situated halfway between Seneca Lake and the rest of town (a short walk to The Great Escape Ice Cream, thank you Barbara for the recommendation!). Wonderful home-cooked breakfasts, many ingredients taken right from the garden, with fresh cut flowers. Barb and Tom made us feel like family. The 3 cat Ambassadors, Teddy, Miss Rita and little Echo are the perfect final touch to make you feel welcome. I look forward to my next stay

Perfect for all travelers

5 on July 06, 2017

Echoes of the Glen has an incredibly warm atmosphere with beyond welcoming hosts. The breakfasts were delicious! Their three resident cats make any homesick person feel right at home. Barb and Tom were accommodating and gave great recommendations.

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Rooms & Rates

Park Room

The Park Room is located on the second floor and has a brass queen sized bed, bedside table, bedside reading lamps, small chest, chair, closet, window air conditioner (seasonal) and a large private bathroom with a stand up shower and a skylight. The room’s windows overlook the backyard patio area. The Park Room displays watercolors of the Watkins Glen State Park by local artist, Linda McIntyre and photographer, the late Bill Bauman. Artwork items are for sale.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Seneca Paradise Room

The Seneca Paradise Room is located on the first floor, just inside the front foyer of the house and overlooks the front porch and gardens. It is decorated with a mixture of tropical prints and watercolor artwork of Seneca Lake. The room has a queen sized bed, rattan and iron furniture, family antiques, satellite TV, window air conditioner (seasonal), closet and a private bathroom with an extra large stand up shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $140

Chardonnay Room

The Chardonnay Room is located on the second floor and is a large bright room with a four poster queen sized bed dressed in floral prints and stripes. The room is decorated with antique furniture and accessories. Artwork is on display from local artists. There is a fireplace, TV/DVD, dresser, wicker love seat, beautiful oak floors, window air conditioner (seasonal), closet and a private bathroom with a stand up shower and skylight.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

Concord Room

The Concord room is on the second floor in a large room with beautiful oak floors, a queen size maple bed, cherry and pine antique dressers and full size sofa. The room is dressed in floral prints and has an electric fireplace, window air conditioner (seasonal), TV/DVD, large closet and a private bathroom with stand up shower and skylight.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

Rose Room

The Rose Room is located on the first floor level on the northeast corner of the house so it gets lots of morning sun. It is decorated with a mixture of floral prints. The room has a queen sized oak sleigh bed, antique oak furniture, oak floors, window air conditioner (seasonal), closet and a private bathroom with full sized bathtub and shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $140

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Location Type

Within .7 mile to Seneca Lake Pier and waterfront, Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Horseheads, NY (ELM-Elmira-Corning Regional) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From the south-take Rt. 14 or Rt. 414 north into Watkins Glen. Turn right on 12th Street and an immediate right into driveway. From the north-Take Rt. 14 south through Watkins Glen, turn left on 12th Street and an immediate right into driveway. We are on the corner of Franklin Street and 12th Street. Plenty of parking in our driveway, which is off 12th Street (not Franklin St).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen International Raceway, International Motor Racing Research Ctr, Cornell University, Elmira College, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Telephone, VCR, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Watkins Glen State Park Gorge - Hiking, Catherine Valley Hiking/Biking/Skiing Trail, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00 p.m
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Ashtray stand available outdoors
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over age 15 welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No No child care provided.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We have 2 cats of our own
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum on weekends; 3-4 night minimum on event weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Room only - One night's room rate, plus tax with credit card to hold reservation. Groups and Packages - 50% deposit of total.
  • Cancellations: 14 days in advance except for event weekends and groups which may require 30 - 60 days in advance for event weekends and groups.
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Barbara & Tom Merrill

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Barbara and Tom both grew up in the area. After spending 34 years away from the area raising their family and working in different parts of the country, they came back to their roots in 2005 to open Echoes of the Glen Bed & Breakfast, which reflects the history of American sports car racing, FL award winning wines and the infamous Watkins Glen Gorge. Their own collection of racing posters and photographs make the stairway and upstairs hallway a gallery dedicated to the racing history of the

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Sunroom, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free, Vegan, early meal requests and breakfast to go as long as we know ahead of time.

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast with Fruit Topping
Fresh local French Bread made especially for Echoes of the Glen at the Glen Mountain Market is stuffed with a special surprise and grilled with coconut oil to a golden brown with an egg wash made of farm fresh local eggs, cream and vanilla flavoring. Topped with a delicious, warm fruit sauce and served with whipped cream. Yummmm....

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Special Package

Wine Getaway/reunion

Get a group of your family or friends together for a wine getaway! Enjoy our village location where you can walk to eateries, bars, the Watkins Glen Gorge and Seneca Lake Pier. Wake to the smell of freshly ground coffee and homemade pastries and then enjoy a delicious, hot farm to table breakfast before heading out on the wine trail for the day. You will enjoy yourself so much that you will be ready to come back for a return visit! For an additional fee, we can arrange transportation for your group to the wineries for the day. Minimum stay of 3 nights. Subject to availability. Mention WINE GETAWAY REUNION 2018.

Kayak, Hike & Bike This Summer!

Come visit our B&B for a 2 night stay, enjoy a hearty homemade breakfast each morning to get you prepared for a day of kayaking along the canal or in Seneca Lake (kayaks available through Summit to Stream Adventures for an additional fee). Enjoy a day's worth of excersize and bird watching (you may have your private guide for an extra fee). Also during your stay, take a short walk to the beautiful Watkins Glen Gorge where you will see the infamous waterfalls. Bring your mountain bikes along to bike along the Catherine Valley Trail or your touring bike for a ride through the Finger Lakes. This package also includes a gift certificate to Jerlando's Italian Restaurant. Package rates range from $155/night to $175/night (plus tax) double occupancy. Rate depends on your room choice.

Fall Foliage

Fall Special, Sunday through Thursday - Stay 3 nights at our regular room rate at our B&B in one of our cozy guest rooms and enjoy hearty breakfasts each morning and get your 4th night FREE! Watkins Glen is a central location to travel around the Finger Lakes in any direction to view the beautiful lakes and vineyards, hike the many trails, visit one of the many museums in the area, shop the area's village streets or make your own glass item at Corning Museum of Glass. Regular room rates range from $135/night to $155/night (plus tax) double occupancy. Homemade treats served daily. Please mention the “BED AND BREAKFAST.COM/ECHOES OF THE GLEN B&B STAY 3 NIGHTS, GET 4th NIGHT FREE” special when you make your reservation. Offer good Sunday - Thursday nights only. Not available Friday/Saturday nights or Columbus Day weekend.

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