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Lake Valley Legends Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 17 Watkins Glen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Best BnB I've stayed at in Watkins Glen!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at several Bed and Breakfasts in Watkins Glen, as we make the annual trek there for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. We originally had reservations at a bed and breakfast we had stayed at previously, but after they had to close due to family reasons, we were stuck without a place to stay. I quickly jumped online and found the website for Lake Valley Legends and promptly booked a room for that weekend. I'm really glad that I did!

The house is located off the main drag, which is good for several reasons - it's quiet, and it has a great view of the lake from their multi-tiered deck! Vicki and Lou are exactly what you would want from innkeepers, they are both friendly, inviting, very hospitable, sociable, and they run a clean, beautiful, and delicious bed and breakfast! We stayed in the German room, which is decorated with actual items that Vicki had procured from her visits to Germany! It is in the basement of the house, and it shares a common area with the Paris room and has its own private entrance from the covered patio. Not to worry though, you still have access to the other common areas of the house upstairs. Tasty breakfasts awaited us each morning, and let me mention another thing - homemade baked snacks and coffee/tea are available ALL DAY LONG. You don't get that kind of perk with all BnBs, and our stomachs were all the better for it! Air conditioning throughout the house, and free wi-fi as well.

As mentioned earlier, the deck has three levels, the bottom covered patio, the second level, and the top level, all with plenty of spacious seating and views of Seneca Lake! They have room to have breakfast inside, although we had breakfast on the deck both mornings and it was gorgeous! They also have a firepit area with chairs, should you be inclined to build a campfire, and Lou will provide you with firewood to burn while Vicki can give you ingredients to make S'Mores!

Easy street parking in front of the house, and there is a driveway that leads to the covered patio if you are renting rooms in the basement. Short walk into town, but be prepared, as it is pretty hilly on the way back.

We so loved our stay that we immediately booked a room for the same weekend next year, and so did our friend, who was renting the Paris room. There is even talk of stopping up sometime during the fall or winter to see the sights and sounds of the holidays! If you've never stayed at a BnB, book a room here, it will be a wonderful way to start off your BnB adventures. If you're old hat at BnBs, give them a call and make a reservation, you won't be disappointed!

Thanks so much Vicki and Lou for making our stay so enjoyable, we'll see you next year!

Room Tip: Paris and Germany rooms are in the basement and have both a shared common area as well as private en...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vickie P, Owner at Lake Valley Legends Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Thanks so much for your glowing comments! As I have said before, "great guests make for great visits" and you three were just wonderful!!! Lou and I are SO glad you are coming back, and if we see you before 2014 Wine Fest---fantastic!
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Long Beach, New York
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a very positive but honest review of the Lake Valley Legends B&B.
All the glowing reviews written about this place are true and accurate but there were some disappointments for us we encountered there on our recent 3 night stay.
The main issue we had was that the owners do NOT reside at the inn. When we arrived there midday on Sat. we were greeted NOT by friendly innkeepers but by numerous notes and signs directing us what to do and where to go.
So that's a bit of a turnoff after a 6 hour drive up there.
The second problem was our room. We booked the Parisian Room which features a window facing out to the patio and lake.
To our surprise, the room and adjoining bath are completely windowless and once you close the door it's totally dark and stuffy inside.
The windows and view are in the SHARED sitting and kitchenette area.
We were nonetheless satisfied with our stay here but would recommend all guests to book a different room and call ahead to make sure the owners are present to greet you and make sure all is well upon your arrival.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Vickie P, Owner at Lake Valley Legends Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
I am so glad that these two things were mentioned by these guests--who were wonderful and we so enjoyed their visit! We do not reside at the B&B so that there is more house for our guests to use and enjoy. Because of this the bedrooms are bigger and all the living rooms are for their use. Greeting our guests is important, and that is why we do mention very clearly on their written confirmation and our brochures to let us know their arrival time so we are there to greet them--if at all possible. Our Paris room has never been advertised as having a view, and the one window is sacrificed for the airconditioner in the summer. Most guests find it cozy and it is the quietest room in the Inn, but I can certainly understand some may find it too cozy for their liking--even though it is a good size room--12x13, not counting the large bathroom. I am very pleased they mentioned this so we can alert our other guests who would prefer to have more windows--which our other rooms have. Many thanks for your comments and please come back!
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Glen Aubrey, New York
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This was the 5th B and B I have been to and it was by far the best! The décor is so pretty
and I felt right at home. The rooms were very clean and the view of the lake was beautiful as we
sat on the deck. It is located in a very quiet neighborhood but is close to some great
restaurants, wineries, and shopping. The breakfast was delicious and so much more than I expected . The hospitality was outstanding and Vickie and Lou went out of their way to welcome us. This is a B and B you don't want to miss!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Cabot, Arkansas, United States
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Great place to get away for girl talk. Had a great over night stay. Lou and Vicky are great, and the room was wonderful.Sitting on the balcony drinking coffee and just enjoying the view was wonderful. It was my first stay at a B&B, and I was very impressed with this one. Great people. And oh that Lou!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Vickie P, Owner at Lake Valley Legends Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
As one of the "girls" involved, we did have a wonderful time talking. Lou is always a wonderful and personable host! Great guests make for great visits.
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Spent two nights here based on the reviews from this site. Couldn't be happier with our choice. Vickie and Lou really go out of their way to make sure your stay is perfect. The house was in great shape and very clean. The breakfasts were great and it was nice opportunity to meet the other guests. Stay here if you're in the area!

Room Tip: Room #3 was perfect. Much bigger than any hotel room and had both a double bed and a day bed. It sha...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Had a great experience in the German room downstairs. Everything was very comfortable and clean. As a previous rater stated, light sleepers will notice the footsteps in the morning, but it's very minor. Lou and Vickie take every opportunity to make you feel right at home. Leave all your stress at the door when you check in! Remember to bring your appetite with you - Lou keeps the breakfast coming until you are stuffed!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Israel
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Without repeating all of the glowing comments of the other reviewers (with which I agree wholeheartedly) let me just say that LVL, Vickie and Lou surpassed all of our expectations. Lovely property, comfortable beds, tasty breakfast and warm hospitality combine to make this an excellent property. We were there on Memorial Day weekend, and although other plans prevented us from attending, Lou and Vickie held a cookout for all of the guests which just enhanced the feeling of homeyness.

My brother and sister-in-law, hearing our glowing recommendations, stayed there two weeks later and were also very pleased.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the penthouse suite and the lake view room. Huge comfortable rooms with sitting areas an...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Lake Valley Legends Bed and Breakfast

Property: Lake Valley Legends Bed and Breakfast
Address: 115 N Glen Ave, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1010
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Watkins Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Five rooms, all with private bathrooms. Penthouse, best lake view with a queen. Blue/Yellow is a two room suite with a double, queen and 3 twins--private 1 1/2 bathrooms; Lakeview--has lake view!- with a king. Four with sitting rooms, tv/cable, AC, free wireless,refrigerators,indiv heat, robes, slippers, irons/boards,hairdryers. Paris & German on lower level, with private living room and kitchenette. Breakfast, of course, included--and lots of it! Scenic grounds with two level deck-lake views, covered patio & corner stone patio with lake view & fire pit. Location -- walking distance to lake-harbor-village of Watkins Glen-shopping. Nearby is golf-wineries-Watkins Glen State Park-Corning,Elmira & Ithaca. Friendly hosts make your visit wonderful--and we want you to come back! Fresh baked goodies 24/7, coffee, tea--every day. Guests have full use of the Inn 24/7. Our home is YOUR home away from home!Come see our beautiful and historic area, and see why our guests return year after year! ... more   less 

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