My girlfriend and I just enjoyed our first trip to the Finger Lakes. We had the good fortune and judgement to have stayed at La Belle Vie. It was, in short, the best B&B experience either of us has ever had.
The Property: It's a marvelous manor. Large and perfectly preserved in its antiquity, this home is overwhelming in its charming detail. The room we stayed in (The Ridley Room) was the largest in the house. Beyond spacious, the Ridley room was very well appointed and incredibly clean and comfortable. It came complete with a huge terrace with comfy patio furniture to enjoy the warm morning sun and the calming glow of a full moon on a crisp spring night.
The Food: I cannot give high enough marks to the breakfasts we enjoyed during our stay at La Belle Vie. The first morning we relished a spectacular egg and mushroom dish, accompanied by pancetta wrapped asparagus, complete with a divine fruit salad with mint-sugar sauce and absolutely perfect ginger scones. The second morning of our stay we devoured unique and scrumptious lemon-ricotta pancakes with succulent eggs and baby spinach, paired with honeydew melon and tart raspberry sauce and fresh blueberry muffins.
The coffee was lovely; the juice fresh. This is what I call a breakfast. (P.S.- our hosts packed up extra muffins for our drive home. Nice touch.)
The Owners: By far the best feature of the inn is the owners, Laurel and Llewellen. Charming, kind, attentive yet not overbearing, these two have this thing down to a tee. Laurel works her magic in the kitchen while Llewellen plays the role of Rick in Casablanca and hosts and serves at meal time. These two are too sweet for words. They are interesting to talk to, clearly love their jobs, and bring their affectionate care and attention to detail to every aspect of one's stay. (PS: the inn's walls are dotted with rather impressive photography by the master of the house.)
Above all, it's the value of this b&b that distinguishes it from the rest. For only about 150 dollars, one may avail themselves of La Belle Vie's luxurious rooms and breakfast. The meal alone would call for a charge of $30 a person at any respectable Manhattan brunch spot. This place is, in short, a steal.
I can't recommend this place highly enough. If you're going to the Finger Lakes, don't gamble. Stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Belle Vie B&B. Vintage 1865 Victorian in Historic District of village. All rooms feature period decor, antiques, queen bed, desk, and comfortable chairs. Also A/C, cable TV/DVD/CD player and Wi-Fi in every room. En suite bathrooms newly renovated. Beautiful private grounds with croquet and badminton available. Plenty of off-street parking. Five-minute walk along Main Street to village center including museums, shops, bookstores, restaurants, churches, and the Keuka Outlet Trail. Many wineries, antique shops, farms and lakes within a short, pleasant drive from this heart of the Finger Lakes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Belle Vie Bed & Breakfast Penn Yan, Finger Lakes, NY