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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. .


Another recent guest, Angus Rayner from Australia, captured the panoramic sunrise below from our second-floor deck. .


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 (2016), 30% of our reservations were 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.


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!


A couple of years ago, we installed a very sturdy new set of stairs down to the lake (right-hand photo at the top of this page), and the following summer we made a major upgrade to our driveway (photo to the right).   It is now much smoother and stronger, and can 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 81 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!

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What First-Timers Can Expect at The Pearl of Seneca Lake

Recently I heard some concerns from people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before.   I can certainly understand, since we had shared the same feelings before staying in our first B & B.   I think I can honestly say that as innkeepers, we all strive to make our guests feel at ease and at home.   It’s easy to speak of the culture that we maintain at The Pearl of Seneca Lake.

We welcome you as friends with our goal of achieving a balance of guidance and privacy.   We have our own private innkeepers’ area, which frees up the common living area for our guests.   Our guests have gathered by the gas fireplace to laugh and talk and watch TV. They also play cards and board games on the kitchen and living room tables.

Upon arrival, you will usually be greeted by Peter, who will show you around the kitchen area as well as the common living room.   He will explain how our Flavia individual-cup coffee pot works, and show you our bottomless cookie jar.   We hope you will feel free to help yourself to the coffee and cookies any time, day or night.   You can come for breakfast any time between 8:30 and 10:00.   It is best if you inform us of any dietary restrictions when you make the reservation or when you arrive, as this would be a perfect time to let us know of any changes to be made.

Peter will take you to your room, and give you a key which operates both doors.   You will have an inside door giving you access to the house, and an outside door with access to the lakeside decks.   Each room has an individual refrigerator and a microwave (with popcorn).   He will point out our firepit (a great gathering place in the evenings) and the stairs leading down to our dock and the lake.   The canoe, rowboat, paddles, oars and life jackets will be available on the beach.
Each room has a welcoming packet with detailed information on The Pearl, as well as a list of local restaurants, things to do in the area, and local TV stations.   Although our water (from the lake) tastes very good, we have included complimentary bottled water and soda in each refrigerator.

Staying at a bed and breakfast is an experience, but staying at The Pearl of Seneca Lake is a hidden treasure.

– Mary