The Rogues Harbor Inn is a national Historic Landmark Inn just 10 minutes from Ithaca & Cornell along the Cayuga Wine Trail. The Inn is one mile from Cayuga Lake and less than 15 minutes from several wineries, craft breweries & waterfalls. Ithaca is filled with world class restaurants, theater, art, a constant influx of students & visitors from around the globe… It is truly the heart of the Finger Lakes.
My mom recently moved to New York, but she hasn’t had a chance to explore much of her new state. So when I started planning a New York state road trip upstate, she was really excited not only to travel but to travel with me, her youngest daughter. Mom has not had the opportunity to explore New York State much so I found her excitement about the trip quite rewarding and I hoped that the experience would not let her down.
I highly recommend road trips as a form of travel with your aging parent. It’s a great way to bond – the travel time is great for story-telling, singing and making memories. I also recommend a road trip through Upstate New York for a dose of the outdoors and relaxation, stopping in the towns of Watkins Glen and 1000 Islands. Each destination is an easy road trip from NYC and both are not terribly far apart from each other, making it easy to do hit both in one weekend. For us, beginning in New York’s famous Finger Lakes area, made for a great stomping ground for people of all ages, with a diverse palette of food, activities, and most importantly, a sense of tranquility. Plus, there’s a beautiful scenic drive between them along part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, one of the first roads in America to be designated as a National Scenic Byway. You’re very likely to return home refreshed and with new memories to share with your loved one.
If there is time for an extra excursion, Chautauqua is a wonderful choice for a final stop on this trip. It’s located near Jamestown, which is past Buffalo, and has a number of special attractions you can’t see anywhere else including the National Comedy Center and the Lucy-Desi Museum. You won’t laugh nearly as hard anywhere else on this trip, or for days after you arrive back home – totally worth the additional driving.
Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast seeks to create the perfect combination of staying at a luxury inn and at your best friend’s home. Truly located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, this fully restored Colonial Revival home was built in 1921 and is privately sited on four acres of land.
Over the last nine years, we have painstakingly restored every inch of Juniper Hill, from the luxury guest rooms and baths to the formal gardens with cast iron fountain. We have tried to bring back all the original charm of the mansion, while also adding all the modern amenities expected from a five star luxury hotel.
There is a three course gourmet breakfast served every morning with early coffee available right outside your door at 8 am. You’ll always find a homemade sweet to indulge in, from brownies, biscotti, or chocolate chip cookies to homemade hand-dipped chocolates.
Personal refrigerators are in every room, along with 32″ flat screen televisions and DVD players, gas or electric fireplaces to take away that winter chill, iPod alarm clocks and sound machines, and free WiFi. Luxury pillow top mattresses are dressed with seven layer bedding and 300 plus thread count sheets.
You will find over 100 American Impressionist paintings throughout the bed and breakfast. This beautiful collection can make a rainy day come to life.
One of our favorite rooms is the library and game room, where you can pick a DVD from a vast selection to enjoy in your room or play one of the many available games and puzzles, from scrabble to backgammon or cribbage. Relax with a game and a glass of wine you picked up on your day’s excursion on the wine trail.
Juniper Hill has easy access to year round activities. Many treats are in the village of Trumansburg, just a short stroll away. From five star dining at Hazelnut Kitchen, as well as other fantastic restaurants, pizza shoppes, Gimme Coffee, Life So Sweet Chocolate Shoppe, and other wonderful eclectic boutiques, and book stores, and more. You can even walk to one of the best 18 hole golf courses in the Finger Lakes.
Once you get into your car, we are 10 minutes to Cayuga Lake and the Cayuga Wine Trail, about 12 minutes to Seneca Lake and the Seneca Lake Wine trail.
Ten miles gets you to Ithaca, home of Cornell University, and Ithaca College and Ithaca Commons, famous for too many wonderful restaurants and shops to even start to mention. Minutes away are award-winning hiking, waterfalls and gorges, swimming, museums, and antiquing. So much to mention, we have a very full activities page on our website.
I tell our guests, you can do as little or as much as you like here in the Finger Lakes. Whether you’re here for the wines, the outdoors, or visiting loved ones, we promise that you will feel right at home at Juniper Hill.
Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:
Coming to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region? Welcome to 1840 Inn on the Main. Also known as the Alfred Morris Gifford House, the Inn has been gingerly renovated and is decorated in many period furnishings, reminiscent of the era and boasts bold, carved fireplaces and doorways in the dining room and parlors. The large foyer features a majestic oak split staircase leading to four guest rooms. An additional guest room is located on the level, which may be suitable for guests with mobility issues.
Upstairs, there is also a guest area, which has filtered water, coffee/tea, as well as sodas in the guest refrigerator.
The spacious side porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture to relax with a good book or chat with friends old and new or just unwind and enjoy the sound of the fountain in the nearby flower garden while sipping a glass of wine.
Just one mile down the road from Canandaigua Lake, the 1840 Inn on the Main is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, and a hiking/biking trail.
Other amenities Include:
- Central A/C
- Wireless Internet
- Private Baths
- Bath Products
- Robes Available Upon Request
- Hair dryers
- Private Parking
- Continental Breakfast Available for Business Travelers
There are many great things to do in the Finger Lakes, including:
- NYS Wine and Culinary Center
- Canandaigua Lady Paddlewheel Steamboat
- Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum – A federal style mansion and impressive antique carriage and sleigh museum.
- Sonnenberg Gardens – A beautiful Victorian mansion estate with over 40 acres of unique gardens
- CMAC – an open performing arts center
- Ontario Mall Antiques: the state’s largest antique mall.
- Canandaigua Country Club
- Bristol Harbour Resort
- Bristol Mountain
- Roseland Water Park
- Ganondagan – a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people.
Come stay with us at 1840 Inn on the Main to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Winery tours are available upon request.
The Finger Lakes Region
Follow in the footsteps of presidents, celebrities, and other American luminaries (think: Humphrey Bogart, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep) and head to the heart of the Finger Lakes region for a getaway that provides opportunities to experience some of New York’s agricultural treasures and learn about the area’s colorful historical past.
Enjoy everything that Geneva has to offer, including farm-to-table restaurants, award-winning wineries, and the radiance of sparkling Seneca Lake.
Fall in love with the old and the new, from the small-town charm of the 19th century Smith Opera House and bright row houses that line Main Street to local eateries that make Geneva’s thriving food and drink scene a destination fit for foodies and oenophiles with the most adventurous of palates.
Finger Lakes Diversions
Geneva is a cozy town nestled along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, where you can enjoy some serious swirling and tastings at nearby wineries, including Billsboro Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, and Herman J. Weimer Vineyard, all of which have been recognized both locally and internationally for their award-winning wines.
We’ll even help you get there – the Bragdon House’s company, the Wine Stopper, offers its own winery tours for up to 6 people. Book your tour with your room: just say red, white, sweet, or dry and sit back for a chauffeured trip to your choice of the local wineries. Guests can also take in the area’s scenic beauty on a boat tour of Seneca Lake with Canal Side Experiences or get to know the town on a stroll past the row houses and mansions along South Main Street.
Where to Stay
Our inn is the perfect place to stay while vacationing or visiting this historic area of the Finger Lakes. 1907 Bragdon House Bed & Breakfast-Wine Tours is a beautifully restored property located in Geneva, set on Seneca Lake and just steps away from a plethora of restaurants and shops.
You’ll stay in a cozy Victorian room equipped with plush linens, antique furnishings, a decorative fireplace, silky sheets, bathrobes, and stunning views of the water.
Each morning, wake up to a full breakfast of fresh-roasted coffee, seasonal fruit, and homemade pastries.
Then, spend a peaceful day curled up with a book in one of the parlor’s overstuffed chairs or head down to a local winery for an unforgettable wine tour experience with us as your tour guide.
Come make Bragdon House B&B-Wine Tours your home-away-from-home while enjoying all that the Finger Lakes has to offer. www.bragdonhousebb.com.
Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: The 1907 Bragdon House is a beautiful B&B centrally located within the Finger Lakes Wine trails and in the heart of Geneva. We are within minutes walk to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, local shops, pubs, wonderful restaurants. The inn is also only a 5 minute drive to Belhurst Castle, Ventosa Winery and Geneva on the Lake