I know, I know. When you head to The Finger Lakes, New York, you’re headed there for the stunning scenery, fun outdoor activities, and maybe (alright, probably) the adult beverages. You’re also visiting for its amazingly delicious restaurants and quaint small towns. But you’ve gotta sleep, right? And you need a restful sleep so you’re raring to go for every day of your visit. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Finger Lakes region and rested my head on comfy pillows, enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast, and spied breathtaking views from the windows and porches of my guest room. If you’re looking for lodging options in the Finger Lakes, here’s my top three.
Gorgeous Views: The Lodge at Grist Iron
The Lodge at Grist Iron in Watking Glen is my choice for folks that want to walk out of their guest room door and smile at the view of Seneca Lake. Built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad bed, the cedar, stone, and hemlock gives the lodge a super rustic feel- until you walk through your guest room door and realize it’s filled with all of the creature comforts you need to make your visit super pleasurable.
My guest room on the lower level had a super comfy king bed, electric fireplace with a timer, large flat screen tele, and climate control (i.e. air conditioning and heat). The massive bathroom offers a whirlpool tub and shower combo, large vanity area with tons of great lighting (think make-up!), and plenty of room to move about even if I wasn’t staying solo.
Bonus feature if you want to save some cash on dining: There’s a kitchenette with a microwave, larger-size mini fridge, coffee maker with plenty of coffee provided, and even a toaster. Grab some supplies from the local grocery store and dine in if you like.
Breakfast is included with your stay, so I headed down to the Inn at Grist Iron (yep, they have three lodging choices depending on how you like to travel), sat around the table with other writers and guests, and enjoyed a home cooked breakfast including breakfast meats and even a little something sweet.
Location, Location: Radisson Hotel Corning
If you want to spend your time in Corning, New York, checking out the museums, mom and pop stores along Main Street, or going on a foodie adventure with its fab restaurants, my choice to rest your head is the Radisson Hotel Corning. It’s not a massive property (three stories tall) but it certainly is a good one. The city of Corning is not massive so it’s easy to park your car and walk to popular areas, dining, and outdoor activities. There’s free wifi and parking as well so you definitely get your money’s worth.
The recent room renovations gave my king room a chic, fun look and there’s even a pull out sofa for the kiddos. The bathroom had plenty of space and the vanity did as well.
Here’s what I really loved: the art on the walls weren’t your typical hotel paintings of pics- they were glass vessels and vases. Corning, New York is famous for the Corning Museum of Glass (can’t wait to tell you about it!) so the art ties in the city’s love of all things glass with a touch of history. The hotel itself is actually quite close to the Corning Museum of Glass – only about a 15-minute walk.
Quaint City Feel: Best Western Plus Hammondsport
Hammondsport, New York looks like a quintessential town from one of those movies where families happily raise their children in a lake community, the kids grow up and raise their kids, and the circle of life continues for generations compliments of the likability of the area. I spent some time in the city’s town square and it was a pleasure to watch the happy folks walk through the streets, check out the shops, and head to its restaurants. The Best Western Plus Hammondsport is a chain, sure, but sometimes you want that feeling of familiarity when you travel. The hotel is new-ish and still looks and smells that way.
Super clean lines and muted colors made me happy in my king room and the bed? Again, super comfy.
A pull out sofa and chair for the kiddos or extra family members, a good bath area, and a clean vibe were exactly what I needed to get some rest.
Bonus: free breakfast every morning is included with stay. There’s also free wifi and free parking- my hotel trinity of freebies that I LOVE seeing!
Have you ever visited the Finger Lakes region? What was your favorite spot to rest your head? Please let me know in the comment section below!
Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by the folks at the Watkins Glen, Corning, and Finger Lakes CVBs to give you fine folks the scoop on top notch lodging choices in the Finger Lakes region. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own!