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Welcome to The Pearl of Seneca Lake Bed and Breakfast!

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One of our recent guests, Angus Davidson (pictured below), brought his personal drone, and launched it on an early spring morning from our front porch to take the two photos shown above. .


The Pearl of Seneca Lake Bed and Breakfast is located on the west side of Seneca Lake in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes region.   It was purpose-built in 2005 as a bed and breakfast.   It has four guest rooms, each with lake view, a private bath, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a refrigerator stocked with water and soda, and a microwave with popcorn.   Three of the rooms have private entrances from our lakeside decks, and the Southview Room has a private covered balcony.   A spacious living room with a gas fireplace is provided for guest use, where guests often gather for socializing, watching TV and playing card and board games.   The property is comprised of 13.7 acres, with 385-foot lake frontage.   It includes an 80-foot dock with a canoe and rowboat for guest use.   Overlooking the lake is a pavilion with a large picnic table, and nearby is a fire pit with wood provided for our guests.   The property is secluded, and includes a 3000-foot nature trail to enjoy the birds, wildlife and natural surroundings.

We are in the middle of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and a short distance from the Keuka, Cayuga and Canandaigua wine trails.   The Watkins Glen International Race Track is 15 miles to the south. It includes NASCAR and other major and minor races, as well as the opportunity for guests to drive their own cars around the track on weekdays.   Many hiking and biking opportunities abound in the area.


Last year (2015), 38% of our reservations were from returning guests.
So far this year (as of 7/24/16), 33% of our reservations are again from returning guests.


We are located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine and Beer Region.
Check our Attractions Page
for links to 73 wineries around Seneca Lake,
as well as 139 wineries and 52 breweries in the Finger Lakes area.


We also now have in-house massages and reflexology available for our guests

For massages, contact Persephone Boyd of Penn Yan at 1-315-536-4040,
or check out her website at   Penn Yan Massage.

For reflexology, contact Janet Powers at 1-585-905-4230.


Why You Need a Vacation at The Pearl of Seneca Lake: . (ideas presented by Elizabeth Scott – Stress Management Expert)

– Vacations promote creativity (by reconnecting with ourselves)
– Vacations keep us healthy (by recharging our batteries)
– Vacations promote overall wellbeing (even 5 weeks later)
– Vacations can strengthen bonds (and make marriages stronger)
– Vacations can help with job performance (quality of life enhances quality of work)
– The Pearl of Seneca Lake B & B is the perfect place to make it all happen!


In addition to our new stairs to the lake, we made a major upgrade to the road down to our house last summer.   It is now much smoother and stronger, and can now more easily accommodate sport cars and even motorcycles.   Heavy rains had caused a lot of damage to our old road, but the new road should hold up well for years to come.


We accept all major credit cards, as well as cash, personal checks, traveler’s checks and
Finger Lakes B & B Association gift cards.

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We were surprised and honored to be featured in Frommer’s New York State Guide, which has given us an “exceptional” (3-star) rating, and has designated us as a “special find”, which means those places only insiders know about.

Another surprise was being featured in The Finger Lakes Explorer’s Guide as “one of the best places to stay in and around west side Seneca Lake”.

Another honor we received was to be featured as a chapter in Candy Harrington’s book: Resting Easy in the US / Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, in which she provides a wonderful description of our handicap-accessible (ADA compliant) Merlot Room (which is also available to all guests). Click here to see a description of the book or to place an order.   Candy also recently published a great article about The Pearl of Seneca Lake, which you can read here.   Then there is Candy’s new book: Barrier Free Travel; A Nuts And Bolts Guide For Wheelers And Slow Walkers, which you can examine and order here.   Please share this information with anyone you know who may have a need for handicap-accessible accommodations.

Check to the upper right for 73 unsolicited reviews from our guests.   Although we welcome and appreciate Internet reviews, we never ask our guests to write a review.   We know they had a great time, and they share their experience with their family and friends.   We could not ask for more!

Notes Box: 
Summertime … and the living is easy.   The wineries are operating in full capacity, and everyone is enjoying their favorite wine.   It is a fun time in the Finger Lakes with water activities, boat rides, hiking, museums and wineries at their busiest.   People who do not enjoy wine, beer, etc., have no problem keeping busy.   One of my favorite pastimes is having a book in my hand, sometimes reading but usually falling asleep.

We have a fire pit that is now being used on a regular basis.   Because of the ash borer insect, guests are not allowed to bring firewood across county lines, and so each year we get a truckload of wood.   We strive to keep sufficient wood by the fire pit, and often when the wood supply is depleted, guests walk up the driveway to replenish their own supply.   We often keep some wood in the garage to ensure that guests have dry wood after a rain.   The fire is complemented with marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers located in the foyer.   An option for many of our guests is to use the open fire to cook hot dogs, steak and a variety of vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, corn, etc.).

One of the nicest compliments that we get from our guests is that they feel right at home.   Napkins and paper plates are available in each room, and utensils are located in the kitchen if needed.   Each room has a small refrigerator to store food and drinks, as well as a microwave to warm coffee or make popcorn.   Each room has stemmed and stemless wine glasses, along with a corkscrew.   Available anytime in the kitchen is a Flavia Coffee Maker, similar to the Keurig, which makes individual cups of coffee.   We also have both loose teas and tea bags.   And making it all homelike is our bottomless (oatmeal/chocolate chip) cookie jar, available day and night.   So … relax, feel at home and enjoy!

– Mary