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The Fox and the Grapes Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Fox and the Grapes. Clean, charming and comfortable accommodation with excellent breakfasts on the veranda overlooking the lake. Superbly situated between two of the larger lakes, with easy access to some excellent wineries nearby. Golf also nearby and some lovely walks along the river and down to the nearby excellent Austrian restaurant. Other restaurants are a little drive away. Jim, the innkeeper, and staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely return next time we visit Finger Lakes.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Schnoogs
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

We rented out the Fox and the Grapes Bed and Breakfast for our wedding, which we had on the premises. First, I should mention that the inn-keeper, James Pellegrini, was wonderful to work with. He was always easy to get in contact with and made setting up there ceremony very easy. We reserved all 6 bedrooms, which each have their own charm and character. One bedroom has a balcony that looks out over the front of the property (which includes beautiful landscaping and a coy pond) and is the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. The downstairs bedroom has a porch and an adjoining suite separate from the bedroom that was perfect for the bridal party to use as a dressing area for the wedding. The other rooms were very nicely decorated, each had their own bathroom and everyone enjoyed their stay. The downstairs of the inn has a massive parlor room which was able to accommodate nearly 100 guests which gathered in there before and after the wedding ceremony. There is also wireless internet available as well as satellite TV, which we found entirely unnecessary since the Fox and the Grapes is located in the heart of Finger Lakes wine-country and near many local attractions. All in all, the inn is beautiful, wonderfully maintained and cared for, and is an ideal bed and breakfast for a quiet vacation to the Finger Lakes. I should also add that the food Jim prepares for breakfast is delicious! The fruit was from local farmers, and Jim is very catering to people with allergies or special diet needs. I cannot speak highly enough for our stay at the Fox and the Grapes and the wonderful hospitality we received. Absolutely delightful!

  • Stayed: June 2009
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1  Thank TLTownie
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Reviewed April 21, 2009

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at the Fox & the Grapes. The Inn was beautiful with well appointed rooms and tastefully decorated. The outdoor deck and porches lend to the beautiful surroundings. It was breathtaking to stand outside looking out over the fields and lake.
We stayed in the "Watson", which was named after the innkeeper's late dog. It was a beautiful, clean room with period pieces of furniture and a very comfortable bed.
The Inn is located close to wineries and good restaurants, a plus for my husband and me.
Jim, the innkeeper, was friendly and very attentive to our needs. My husband and I really appreciated the fresh fruit and homemade breads as well as the delicious breakfasts prepared by Jim each morning.
Overall, our experience was wonderful and we are already planning a return trip to the Inn. I would recommend this Inn to anyone who is looking for a great getaway to the Finger Lakes.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2009

We stayed at this inn as one couple in a group of five couples (who have for 18 years done a 5-couple, 4-night, at inns all over the northeast). We also travel separately from time to time and so have a lot of experience with inns of various sorts in the northeast. We search for an inn with 5 or 6 rooms and hope to take over the inn entirely for our group. This is what we did at the Fox and Grapes. The Fox and Grapes is owned and managed by "Jim" a very friendly host who knows the area and is very helpful in making local arrangements for wine tours, restaurant reservations and the like. His advice on local restaurants was right on the money in terms of the consistency between what he advised and what we found at the restaurants.
The inn is a Victorian, with an addition, and the main part of the house has its original aspects. The rooms are comfortable for the most part, some smaller than others. We had the smallest room - it was our turn for the last choice among the five couples. The room had one window with an air conditioner, but could not be opened. The bed had a very noisy mainspring. Other rooms did not have these problems. It was generally clean, but the Victorian drapes, and generally "heavy style" tended to make it feel a bit stuffy for our taste. The main meeting room, in the addition, is adjacent to a fine porch with tables and umbrellas - with a fine view of the lake - a nice place for a bit of wine and snacks before heading out to dinner. The room has a large number of oriental style rugs, some of which overlap. This makes for protection of the floor, but from our perspective adds to the feelinig of "heavy".
Jim was not always present. Breakfasts were typically served by some of his staff. Breakfast was at a set time, with coffee available a bit earlier. The breakfasts were quite adequate, with good variety from day to day, and interesting. Typically there was some fresh-cooked bread, like banana bread or muffins, in advance of the served breakfast. The breakfast itself typically included fruit, and some cooked portion - eggs and bacon, or something more complicated. Perfectly adequate and like one might find in a good inn. I never found breakfast to be exceptional, but it was always good.
Guests are on their own at the end of the day, and there is no staff in the inn at night. Jim was sometimes present in the morning at breakfast time, but not always. There are no phones in the rooms. There is a TV in the main meeting room (a big screen), but the reception, which comes via satellite, was spotty in periods of significant rain. We were not there to watch TV, but since the political season was in full swing, we missed parts of some things we had hoped to see. If you like a quiet room, be sure to ask for one that does not face the road - big trucks move swiftly along the road and this starts early in the morning. The road the inn is on is the main north-south road on the east side of the lake.
All in all, a pleasant experience, and a nice inn. If you like Victorian style, this may appeal to you a great deal.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank BobHLeverett
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Reviewed March 21, 2009

We have been to The Fox and the Grapes twice...the first time was just my husband and myself and the second time we rented out almost the entire house with a group of friends. Both visits were absolutely wonderful. The fact that we felt comfortable asking 10 of our nearest and dearest to spend a long weekend at the inn says a lot!! We all had a fantastic time and plan to do it again very soon

Jim and his staff make you feel very much at home. The rooms are comfortable, clean and welcoming and the breakfasts are homemade and delicious!! Although we enjoyed watching Jim run around and try to do everything by himself (very well, I might add!!) on our first visit, I was pleased that he hired a wonderful staff to help him by our second visit.

We hope to return to The Fox and the Grapes time and time again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank yankeegirlart
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