It's hard not to fall in love with this amazing Bed and Breakfast - and it's obviously a labor of love for the owners as well, with an amazing attention to detail in both the décor and service. The town of Elmira (famed as the birthplace of Mark Twain, as well as Tommy Hilfiger) has probably seen better days, but this is a great place to stay if you're in the area (we were visiting the Corning Museum of Glass, about 20 minutes away, on our way to Niagara Falls).
The pictures online really don't do this place justice - it's the kind of place were you need to slowly wander around to be able to appreciate everything. Everywhere you look there something else to admire: paintings, statues, dolls, architectural details, and more. The B&B is as authentic as possible while still being comfortable - the only things that looked out of place were modern comforts - an A/C, flat panel TV, and jetted whirlpool tub.
The highlight of our stay was breakfast, which was simply over the top amazing. It was prepared fresh by our host, Shane (from what I can tell not the regular host but he was definitely friendly and helpful and an awesome chef). Our meal started with elegant tea service (in fine china) as well as orange juice (in crystal glasses), as well as two types of home made bread (both of which were really good and still warm). This was already more food that I've gotten with many hotel breakfasts but was just the beginning here. The first course was a yogurt, granola, and fruit parfait with fresh blackberries and raspberries. The second course was a gigantic vegetable omelet (too big to finish), with sides of hash browns and bacon (really good, thick cut and smoked bacon). For dessert Shane brought out blueberry and peach cobbler. Put simply it was one of the best (and by far the largest) breakfast I've ever had anywhere.
Although we came in the usually busy summer season, we were the only guests on the Sunday night we stayed - it's a shame to think that such an amazing place might go empty on some nights. A selection of brochures listed some fun things to do in the area (sailplane and hot air balloon rides, historical sites, and wineries) but it's clear that Elmira is no longer a major tourist destination. Still, it's worth going out of your way to visit this charming establishment.
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