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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 5/25/16), 38% 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 70 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: 
Spring has sprung!   It is my favorite time of the year with the grass coming back to life, the buds coming out on the trees and the daffodils in bloom.   (We are not able to plant tulips since they are a favorite of the deer who eat everything, even the bulbs.)
An Amish buggy sits beside a white sign with green trim for The Windmill Farm & Craft Market
One of the first signs of spring is the opening of the Windmill Farm and Craft Market.   It is only open on Saturdays, Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day from 8AM – 4:30PM.   It will close on the second Saturday in December.   The Windmill is approximately 8 miles from the Pearl on Route 14A between Dundee and Penn Yan.   It is a farm and craft market and, as one of our guests says “very similar to the state fair”.   It was opened in 1989 by a group of local businessmen who, along with local Mennonites, decided that it was necessary in order to boost the economy and bring people into the area.   It now hosts over 200 shops and attracts 8,000-10,000 people weekly.   All the vendors are very unique, and juried to retain the quality of the items sold.   They currently have 4 enclosed buildings and a Street of Outdoor Shops on both the north and south sides.

One of our favorite things to buy at the Windmill is produce.   You can easily find local produce – lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, corn, squash, as well as strawberries, apples, grapes and melons when in season.   Reasonably priced flowers and plants are abundant.   And we never forget to buy the large pretzels, Mennonite and Amish breads, pies and cookies.   We have bought sneakers, Birkenstock’s and Keen sandals, as well as cotton shirts and shorts, clothes for infants, towels and wash cloths.   Also featured are Mennonite-crafted outdoor furniture, baskets and Corning replacement dishes.

I don’t think you will be disappointed in stopping at the Windmill.   Just going and enjoying the different food vendors is a treat.   For more information you can visit their website at the

– Mary