First off, read the other reviews, because they also say a lot of what I would like to say about The Herb Cottage and it's wonderful owner, Carolsue. It is a place of complete comfort, good food, and contentment.
This may sound crazy, but this California girl looked for 3 days for a place to stay in the Finger Lakes area, and even reached out to other Tripadvisor members. Then when I happened upon The Herb Cottage website, I just knew right away that it was the right place for us! Carolsue is such a wonderful host. She makes her home feel just like your home, if your home was warm, inviting, tidy and smelled like a little slice a heaven. Carolsue makes the most wonderful, artisan, aromatherapy soaps. They scent the house in a light and lovely way, and as they are for sale, they give me joy everyday, and make me yearn for The Herb Cottage...
The high points(they were all high)-Well, Carolsue is the highest point. She makes a yummy breakfast and the most scrumptious, free-trade, freshly roasted and ground coffee(snob), and I so miss the much looked forward to popcorn at night. The Sage Room-spacious, airy, clean and comfortable. The other rooms were also beyond charming, and so much bigger than I expected. Yes, you share a bathroom, and no, you do not mind. The grounds-beautiful and I only wish my Husband didn't have to see everything in the area, as I'd liked to have relaxed out on the hammock and soaked up the peace and green of Carolsue's great backyard. Next time... Check the yard at night if you're not from the East Coast-Fireflies! And last but not least, Carolsue even packed us a lunch for our long ride back to Manhattan for our East Coast family get together. She is an angel!
As we were visiting the area on the way down from Niagara, I was surprised to find a plethora of magical, and captivating waterfalls(this is not just a wine area). Carolsue will point them all out to you if you ask, and tell you of one that not many people see. Be sure to go to Watkins Glen State Park, it's 2 minutes away. While Niagara is impressive, I found the ethereal quality, and the surprising quantity of the falls in Montour Falls, and Watkins Glen not to be rivaled. Who knew? Well, now we do, and we'll be back-to see Carolsue and the falls, but mostly Carolsue... (-;