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!
- 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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