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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Geneva
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The William Smith Inn is now under new ownership of James and Maureen Wallace. We welcome you to come and stay in the heart of the wine region in the Finger Lakes. This historical home belonged to William Smith, a philanthropist, astronomer, spiritualist and nurseryman. This Italianate home, built in 1873, features quarter-cut white oak floors with black walnut inlay, monstrous chestnut doors, floor-to-ceiling windows and incredibly detailed molding. The home is situated on 3.2 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes, less than a mile to the heart of Geneva.
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Carol F wrote a review Yesterday
Montgomery NY21 contributions4 helpful votes
We returned to stay at the William Smith Inn in late October and loved it all over again. Maureen and James are wonderful hosts, making us feel welcome and safe during this difficult time. As retired B&B owners ourselves, we always appreciate the details that go into making the Inn special. Breakfast was absolutely the BEST! Hope you get to try James' Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. They are light, zesty, and golden. We look forward to our next stay.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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JHM0788 wrote a review Nov 20
New York City, New York2 contributions1 helpful vote
We rented the entire Inn for a week in June 2020 with our family and some friends -- after approximately three months of a difficult NYC C-19 lockdown. Our family has traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad --- this trip will remain high on our all-time list. We could not endorse this place more. The house is beautiful, impeccably clean, well furnished, comfortable, and fully equipped. The outdoor spaces, particularly the porch, are spectacular. It is located in a beautiful neighborhood and close to everything. A terrific vacation spot. The owners of the Inn let us use everything -- bikes, grill, entire yard, etc. For us, the best part of the experience was getting to know Maureen, James, and Kelsey (and their wonderful canine duo - Walter and Larry). Had we wished, they would have left us entirely alone to enjoy the house by ourselves -- they live in an entirely separate section of the house, so if you would like to rent the entire house, you have 100% privacy, and they will not intrude. However, we quickly got to know them, and our vacation would not have been the same without them. Terrific, warm, friendly, fun, and laid-back people. We will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Michael S wrote a review Oct 2020
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Maureen and James Wallace were excellent hosts. The 1873 house is beautiful, spacious rooms and a nice front porch. The hot breakfast were outstanding. Host were very helpful recommending wineries, restaurants and hiking spots. Would highly recommend and plan on staying there again.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Maureen Wallace, Owner at The William Smith Inn
Responded Oct 17, 2020
Thanks for the kind comments. We welcome you back anytime!
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brenda403 wrote a review Sep 2020
Connecticut3 contributions1 helpful vote
What a beautiful home for a stay in Geneva. Room was very spacious and clean. We enjoyed having the large front porch to sit and relax. Delicious breakfasts and warm hospitality. The Finger Lakes Welcome Center is very close by and worth a stop. Nice place for a walk along the water, lots of outdoor seating and snacks available inside. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Maureen Wallace, Owner at The William Smith Inn
Responded Oct 1, 2020
Thank you for your glowing review. We are glad you both enjoyed your stay with us. We agree the area is beautiful with plenty of places to explore. Hope to see you both again!
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jsmith3701 wrote a review Sep 2020
West Palm Beach, Florida1 contribution
Maureen and James are wonderful hosts. So warm and friendly. The accommodations were excellent. Very comfortable clean. The hot breakfasts were delicious. Much was locally sourced. Great gluten free options. The inn is located close to town, Seneca Lake and numerous wineries and breweries. Also not far from other sites like Seneca Falls where there is a Women’s Rights Museum. We will definitely be going back .
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Maureen Wallace, Owner at The William Smith Inn
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Thank you for your positive review, and we are thrilled you both enjoyed your stay at The William Smith Inn, and the Fingerlakes region. We look forward to your return!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The William Smith Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The William Smith Inn?
Nearby attractions include Seneca Lake State Park (2.0 miles), Rose Hill Mansion (3.4 miles), and Smith Opera House (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The William Smith Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The William Smith Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at The William Smith Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The William Smith Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The William Smith Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ports Cafe, The Red Dove Tavern, and Kindred Fare.
Are there any historical sites close to The William Smith Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rose Hill Mansion (3.4 miles).