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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 4/02/16), 44% of our reservations are 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 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   Penn Yan Massage.


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 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 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: 

One of the things I have been doing over the winter months is visiting a variety of restaurants that serve breakfast.   It seems important that I know what others are serving, and make comparisons to the breakfasts that I serve.   My main emphasis is on how potatoes are prepared.   So far, my potatoes have beaten out 7 of the restaurants with one close runner up.   I haven’t always served potatoes, since I felt that mine were good but not very good.   However, now I think that they have moved up to the very good category.

After breakfast at The Pearl, many of our guests are too full to eat lunch, and so they just enjoy a very good dinner.   Trying out our many restaurants has also been one of our focuses.   You can check out various restaurants in the area at the bottom of our Attractions Page, using the “Restaurants” button.   They all are good, and many of the chefs are culinary school graduates.   If you are interested in a fancy dinner, you might try Veraisons Restaurant at the Glenora Winery, about 2 miles south of us.   Other fancy restaurants that we particularly like include Ports Cafe and Belhurst Castle, with Edgar’s for more formal dining and Stonecutter’s for more eclectic tavern fare.   Both are just south of Geneva (about 20 miles north of us).   For casual dining, we like The Himrod Eagle, our “local hangout” with reasonable prices and a “help yourself” popcorn machine.   Just down the road from us is the FLX Wienery, known for their wonderful hamburgs, hotdogs, and milkshakes.   In Watkins Glen, the Village Marina Bar and Grill has outside seating on Seneca Harbor with a spectacular view of the lake and the many sailboats.   Also in Watkins Glen is a very good Italian Restaurant, Jerlando’s, with a connected Pizzeria in the back.   The most important thing for you to know is that you cannot go wrong choosing any of our many restaurants.

– Mary