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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.

This year (2015), 40% of our reservations are from returning guests.


We now have online gift certificates!   Click the sample image below to bring up the form.


We now have in-house massages available for our guests by Persephone Boyd of Penn Yan.   You can contact her directly at 1-315-536-4040, or check out her website at


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!

We’ve just installed a new set of stairs down to the lake. It is much stronger and safer than our old stairs, and includes a 12′ x 12′ deck about 9 feet above the dock, making another scenic spot to sit and enjoy the lake. To the right is a photo of the new stairs. >

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

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We were surprised and honored to be included in the fall issue of Focus Magazine, published by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association.   It includes a recipe for our signature Raspberry and Chocloate Chip Scones.   Here is a link to our page: Focus Magazine Link (The “Zoom In” tab at the bottom of the screen expands the page to make it more readable.)

We are also 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 recently received was to be featured as a chapter in Candy Harrington’s new 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. Click here to see a description of the book or to place an order. Please share this information with anyone you know who may have a need for handicap-accessible accommodations.

Check to the upper right for 68 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: 

Over the past 12 months, we have experienced some significant upgrades to The Pearl of Seneca Lake B & B.   Last November, our stairs going down to the lake were completely rebuilt.   The stair foundation had been compromised by high spring water.   The new stairs have cement-encased supports and beautifully crafted steps   They are a work of art, and we are continually complimented on the stairs by our guests.

Another major investment was the road leading down to The Pearl.   In early spring, we had heavy storms (“gulley washers”) that created ruts in the road that were difficult to avoid and made it almost impossible for cars with a low undercarriage.   So now we have a beautiful new road with drainage tiles to direct rain water out into the fields.   As cars continue to use the road and light rains keep coming, the small stones will be packed down to make the surface more permanent.

We are delighted with our new improvements and the ease of use they will provide for our guests.   It is definitely true that life cannot become stagnant and that constant improvement is vital.