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“A Perfect Place to Stay for our First Visit to the Finger Lakes Region”

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The Savannah House Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Himrod B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We returned yesterday from a 4 night stay at The Savannah House Inn on Seneca Lake. It was our first trip to the Finger Lakes Region and we could not have picked a better place for our 26th wedding anniversary getaway. I did a lot of research of hotels, B&B's, cottages and motels in the area. We chose The Savannah House because of the great reviews, pictures on the website and location.

Our Accommodations: We stayed in the upstairs suite. It was very roomy especially for 2 people. Nice open bedroom with queen sized bed, flat screen tv and a large Jacuzzi tub, living room area with a futon and another large flat screen tv, kitchenette with dining table for 4. A small balcony/deck off the bedroom with an incredible view of the grounds and Seneca Lake. The suite was very clean and nicely decorated. Lots of soft towels and nice bedding. The kitchenette has a toaster, small microwave, small (not mini) refrigerator and a coffee maker. We did bring food from home and ate most of our breakfasts and dinners in the room. There is also an electric skillet but we did not use that. My only suggestion for the kitchenette would be maybe a salad bowl and a larger cutting board. Otherwise it had what we needed.Coffee and tea each morning in the office was nice to have.

The Owners : Pat and Brenda were our gracious hosts and a really nice couple. Very down to earth and full of stories.They offered several great suggestions for things to do and places to see. They did an amazing job renovating the motel and giving it a very warm and cozy feel. We also had our daily visit with Josie the resident cat. She was always happy to see us and the other guests.By the end of our trip, we felt as though we had made new friends.

The Property: The Savannah House In is located on 25 beautiful acres overlooking Seneca Lake. To the side of the motel rooms are several Adirondack chairs overlooking the beautiful view of the lake. Also there is a fire pit with chairs. Candles were lit each night along with the fire pit. It was a great place to unwind after a day of exploring the area and the wineries.

Things we Did : We visited the cute Village of Watkins Glen several times. It is a short 10-15 minute drive south of the Savannah House and located at the base of Seneca Lake. The afternoon we arrived was a balmy 82 degrees in October. We were able to take the 6 pm lake cruise on Captain Bill's boat. Tony and Joe did a great job on our tour of the lower lake. We then were able to sit outside and had a nice dinner at the Harbor Station restaurant. Another day we hiked the gorge trail at Watkins Glen State Park climbing our way past multiple amazing waterfalls. Definitely worth the trip. We followed the hike with a late lunch at The Wildflower Cafe on Main Street.

One day was a little rainy in the morning/ early afternoon so we took a drive to Ithaca Mall to see a movie. It was a scenic 45 minute drive and the Regal Cinema at Ithaca Mall is great. Appears to be fairly new.

Another day we drove to the little village of Skaneateles after a great breakfast at The Dairyman's Diner which is about 10 miles north of the Savannah House at the blinking light in Dresden (a recommendation from Pat). Skaneateles is located about an hour northeast of Seneca Lake. We drove through several other small villages such as Waterloo and Seneca Falls. It was a beautiful drive and a cute village. We shopped and walked the lakefront.

Wineries we visited : On Day 1 Brenda recommended Weimer's Winery across the street as we awaited checking into our room. Great tasting and we purchased our 1st of many bottles of wine. Another winery we visited was Wagner's Winery on the east side of the lake. We stopped there on our way back from Ithaca. Also very good with a beautiful view of the lake. More wine purchased.They also had a brewery and beer tastings but we stuck to the wine. The Miles Winery is in a beautiful location lakefront on Seneca Lake and just north of Savannah House. Here we received free wine glasses with our tastings along with a taste of our first frozen wine slushie and it was very tasty. More wine purchased here. Our last winery visit was probably our favorite at 3 Brothers Winery on the northeast side of Seneca Lake. It was three wineries and a brewery in one location. Our favorite tasting here was the Bagg Dare Winery. It was very creative and fun. You wander down a dirt road to a pond side backwoods bayou tasting room. Needless to say, we purchased more wine here. 3 Brothers winery also gave you a free glass with your tasting and they also had the frozen wine slushies.

All in all our first trip to the Finger Lakes Region was a great success and the Savannah House Inn was a wonderful home base from which to do all our exploring as well as a comfortable place to return to each night. There is definitely a lot more to see ad do and we look forward to a return trip in the future.

Big thanks to Pat and Brenda for their hospitality!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

This is the most comprehensive review of all. We appreciate very much that you took so much time and effort to provide so many details about the area and your experiences with each. Your review will be a huge help to anyone new to the area, which most visitors are. We so enjoyed your extended visit. What wonderful people. We really missed you after you departed, and we look forward to your next visit. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We just got back from visiting the Finger Lakes and stayed at The Savannah House Inn. I can't say enough about the wonderful time we had and the enjoyable stay. Pat and Brenda were so very gracious and accommodating and the rooms were one of the cleanest we've stayed in. So tastefully decorated and just wonderful! We are hopefully going to plan another trip next year and we will definitely be going back to The Savannah House. Thanks again Pat and Brenda,

Chris and Lynne Moore

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

We appreciate your comments and it was wonderful visiting with everyone in your group. Many times we have 2 or more couples come together, and they seem to enjoy their stay even more as they share everything with friends. Thank you very much for sharing your experience, and for the friendship and good times you brought to our other guests.

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

I recently spent two wonderful evenings with three friends at the Savanna House. Sight unseen, our choice was made as a result of the wonderful reviews, pictures, and its location midway on the west shore of Seneca Lake. Prior to our weekend, I had some very friendly and humorous phone conversations with Pat. When we arrived the evening of October 4th, our expectations were exceeded! Brenda greeted us with such a warm welcome, we felt as if we were seeing an old friend after years of being apart. That bond continued to grow throughout the weekend. Our rooms were just as described. They had a southern warmth about them, were tastefully decorated, and homey. Everything was immaculate. The bed was very comfortable, and the towels were sooo soft! Part of it's charm is in it's simplicity. If you forget your hairdryer or shampoo, all you need to do is ask. We borrowed some wine glasses and eating utensils and promptly settled in for an evening happy hour. Saturday ended with sitting by the fire pit and having a wonderful conversation with Brenda. What more can you ask for? When we left on Sunday, there were hugs all around. I truly felt as if we had new friends in Brenda and Pat. As a matter fact, I'm already in conversation with Pat to book another weekend. And if he has the time, I get to benefit from his great sense of humor. Can't wait to go back! Thanks for everything. Peggy

Room Tip: Though we didn't stay in the suite, we had an opportunity to view it. It was lovely. We were in...
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

We often get womens groups because the motel seems a good fit for them for many reasons. Your group was one of the nicest and friendliest of all. Brenda often commented on her gettogethers with all of you, and in fact still talks about it. You all were a joy to get to know, and we're delighted to be seeing you again very soon. Thanks for sharing your experience and your good humor. See you soon.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed here two nights in October 2013 and our experience was absolutely amazing! Pat and Brenda have an excellent place here-- Brenda is the sweetest woman and made us feel right at home! They were very friendly and easy to work with. Our room was cute, comfortable and clean, and everything we needed was provided. They even had a bonfire at night, with chairs looking out over the lake. The location is great, right along the main road and close to lots of wineries. We will definitely be back again and will recommend The Savannah House Inn to everyone!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you for your very, very nice comments and your visit. You're such a pleasure to have stay with us, and you bring out the best in us. We hope you visit often.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

5 Stars is not high enough. We were a group of 16 family members (ages 11 to 80 years old) divided into 7 units. Our rooms were exceptional. They were immaculately clean and decorated like I have never seen before, including a neat little simulated fireplace. We have never seen motels/hotels decorated so really homey, even 5 star places. The owners/managers (Pat and Brenda) really made us feel welcome and at home. They provided us with a place on the lawn for a 27 foot travel trailer that we use as a "chuck wagon" to cook and serve family breakfasts and dinners, which are a highlight of our time together as a family. Brenda had several tables for us already decorated with candles and table cloths, close to a large fire pit and charcoal grill for our use.(I might add that they also provided the wood and charcoal). The view from this setting was beautiful which included lake Seneca and the surrounding country side. Do we collectively recommend Savannah House.......ABSOLUTELY. Will we come back.......my group are already asking me what is the date for next year, they can't wait.
Jimmy Harding (the old man)

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

This was one of the most wonderful groups to ever stay with us. Everyone was great to deal with, and very appreciative of whatever we could do for them. They also contributed to the enjoyment of our other guests each evening. There stay was longer than most, which gave us the opportunity to get to know them much better. When they departed, they left quite a void - much like seeing family leave. We are looking forward to their return next fall. Thank you for a wonderful review.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed in early September. The published photos of the refurbished rooms do them justice. It's an old property that Pat and Brenda have worked hard to update. There are windows at the front (toward the main road) and back toward Seneca Lake. There are lots of comfy chairs in which to relax and enjoy the view and the wine purchased that day. There was a small fridge and a microwave in the room.

The owners were, as other reviewers mention, very helpful. We arrived with our bicycles and Pat recommended a route around Lake Keuka, starting in Hammondsport, rather than the very busy US 14, even though it's advertised as a cycling route. He even printed a downloaded map for us He steered us to the two wineries near his property; they were the last wineries we visited in the area, and we enjoyed our tastings there far more than any of the others on Lake Seneca. . Brenda was equally friendly and helpful, loaning us a couple of wine glasses. Even though the inn is on the main route between Watkins Glen and Geneva, it was quite quiet through the night; only the odd truck making its way up the grade. The bed was comfortable, and we were very glad that the cooling unit had not yet been replaced with the heater, as th e daytime temperature exceeded 90 degrees F.

What makes this just an "average" in our estimation? 1. Location. We had a significant drive to anywhere. If you don't want to drive 10 minutes for breakfast, you might want to bring along some muffins and fruit. 2. Price. I would not have wanted to pay full price for this; the "third night free" on a mid-week special made it acceptable. The area, generally seems to be over-priced. 3. It's still an inn, not a B&B, even though the description and some reviews refer to the feel of a B&B.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

This is an honest review despite the lower rating. We enjoyed having these guests stay with us. They were very enthused about the area and actively sought to enjoy what it has to offer. Judging from their final comments, cost was a major concern. Our rates happen to be somewhere in the middle for the area, which is reasonable, and many guests take advantage of our midweek special as these guests did - the end result being that for 3 days, the rate is substantially lower than the competition. Midweek is also a great time to visit because there are fewer people on the Wine Trail, and guests get a lot more attention at the places they visit. We explain to people that this is a motel with rooms that are designed and 'feel' like B&B type rooms - not the normal motel linens and decorations. At the same time they offer privacy with private entrances and private baths - the best of both worlds. We provide complementary fresh ground gourmet coffee and tea each morning, and many who want breakfast go to a nearby [8 minutes] diner, where cost is about $6 or $7 a person. Our guests rave about this diner - probably the best in the Finger Lakes. One of the attractions to this area is that it is a low cost of living area. There are a few places that are "expensive", but they are a small minority. As for traveling distances, one of the most common comments by our guests is that they chose us because we are so centrally located to the wineries, especially the best wineries, and the various towns and attractions they wish to explore. In order to help our guests save money, we provide a complementary Wine Trail Card - good for free wine tastings and discounts on wine and other purchases. On average, our guests save about $50 - $100/day. We appreciate this guest's comments.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We booked the wildflower ,but not anything that we expected! The TRAILER, was clean well equipped kitchen. That was about it, they didn't say it sits behind a 200 yr old abandoned home with broken windows. The trailer had over grown brushes , rotted railing , the sun porch light disconnected ,so no light to see to get into Trailer. Which by the way has a lean to it ! The kitchen had burned out lights and ants in the sink. The main bedroom was decorated nicely ,but the mattress was old and sunk in the middle. The dehumidifier was vented out the wall ,which you could see outside thru the cut out. The bedroom door did not close because it was split. The second bedroom had a double bed that was a mattress on a spring that fell in the center . Only way to get in was climb on bed . Not suitable for even kids. The bathroom was clean but old. The shower head had rust on it , and someone's used shower gel hanging , the shower door had rust on it and could use some clean caulk. The exterior doors are not secure, one push and you could easily push in. So after a sleepless night we packed up and found somewhere else to stay. When calling the owner they said sorry, but NEVER offered to refund any part of our $520. Think twice if you want to stay here !

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

This guest's comments came as a bit of a surprise. To begin with, at the time of reservation he was advised that the cottage shared a large property with our 200 yr old historic mansion, which is also on the National Historic Register, and a home we plan to restore and live in. Recently a tornado touched down about 100yds from this home and caused a couple of windows to break. Of 52 windows, 2 had a few panes broken. People routinely ask if we will sell the house, or they assk for tours. The cottage sits on a magnificent property overlooking the lake, with much privacy and beauty. It was completely redone and updated 2 years ago. It has a modern eat in kitchen with new appliances - and a modern full bath. All the doors lock and have new door locks. When they are closed and locked, they do not open. There are quite a few photos of the cottage, in and out, including the master bedroom and the bathroom. This cottage has rented nearly every week the past 2 years, and rountinely receives rave reviews - written and oral. A couple of guests have felt otherwise, and it was obvious that this was not their type of place. If there are some concerns in the bath, we will gladly address them. We agree that one large shrub by the sun porch needs to be trimmed a bit. It has been allowed to grow to a point that it provides shade from the sun on the south side in summer, and privacy year around.

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Address: 3927 State Rd 14, Himrod, NY 14842
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Himrod
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Himrod
Price Range: $113 - $620 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Savannah House Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Savannah House Inn on Seneca Lake opened in July 2008, and is uniquely decorated in a southern cottage style décor. Our rooms are private, exceptionally clean, and our guests have commented that the rooms feel like oxygen, fresh air, and like home. They often say that their sleep was the best they had experienced in a long time. More than a bed and breakfast or the average hotel or motel, The Savannah House Inn offers the ambiance of a bed and breakfast with the privacy and amenities of a romantic hotel. ... more   less 
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