Towns are spread around the Finger Lakes, but unless you want to stay in a roadside motel or a bed-and-breakfast, your lodging options are limited, both geographically and aesthetically. Nonetheless, there are touches of luxury at quaint and charming accommodations scattered about the lakes. The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars is adjacent to a top-flight winery and vineyard on the west shore of Seneca Lake and close to many others. A little farther away is the Vinifera Inn at Belhurst Castle, located in Geneva, on the northern tip of Seneca Lake.
But the best, if not the most centrally located, lodging is the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, near Syracuse. Although it's an hour's drive away from wineries, it offers a spa, fitness center, up-to-date amenities like flat-screen televisions and a restaurant serving delicious French fare.
Please note that prices and other details can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.
Geneva on the Lake
1001 Lochland Road, Route 14
Geneva, NY 14456
Telephone: (315) 789-7190; (800) 343-6382
Fax: (315) 789-0322
Rates: $165 to $795
Services: Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool
This historic inn sits along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, which is lined by more than 31 wineries. Modeled after an Italian villa, Geneva on the Lake was once a monastery. Suites are luxurious, albeit a bit fussy, and are furnished with Stickley furniture. (The Audi family, which owns Stickley, also owns the hotel.) Beyond the wineries, guests can splash around in the 70-foot-long outdoor pool and have dinner at the solid Lancellotti Dining Room.
Glenora's views from the guestrooms are tough to beat.
Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars
5435 State Route 14
Dundee, NY 14837
Telephone: (607) 243-9500; (800) 243-5513
Fax: (607) 243-9595
Rates: $99 to $309
Services: Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
This inn is just down the hill from Glenora Wine Cellars, which produces a variety of wines including Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's only eight miles from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Rooms are comfortable, if not luxurious, with picturesque views of the lake and a private patio or deck. The best rooms also come with fireplaces, king-size beds and Jacuzzi tubs. The adjoining Veraisons Restaurant, named for the French viticultural term for when grapes begin ripening, is ideal for lunch, and the newly-added Harvest Lounge has light bites.
Guestrooms feature fireplaces, claw-footed tubs, and views of the garden.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa
851 West Genesee St.
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Telephone: (315) 685-5006; (877) 647-2328
Fax: (315) 685-5150
Rates: $179 to $510
Services: Breakfast Included, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, Spa
For a taste of France in New York wine country, look no further than Mirbeau Inn & Spa, designed to resemble a Provencal country chateau with a courtyard garden and Monet-inspired lily pond. Though small, the inn offers the service and amenities of a larger hotel, including a spa with a fireplace in nearly every treatment room and a delightful French restaurant. Rooms are done in sumptuous French provincial decor with artistically crafted fireplaces, rich wood furniture and grand bathrooms with large soaking tubs. The rooms also received an amenities upgrade with the addition of flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet and mini bars. The location of the inn is the only minus: The hotel is about 45 minutes away from the top wineries, but it's worth the added mileage.
Guestrooms at the Statler overlook Cornell's campus.
130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853
Telephone: (607) 257-2500; (800) 541-2501
Fax: (607) 257-6432
Rates: $215 to $505
Services: Business Center, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Fitness Center
If you're looking for a full-service business hotel, this is your best option in the region. Up the hill from downtown Ithaca and the lakes, the Statler offers gorgeous views of the Cornell campus, comfortable Four Seasons bed linens and high-speed Internet access. Staff members are thoughtful and friendly (many are students from the renowned Cornell School of Hotel Administration). The Restaurant, Taverna Banfi, is a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner and showcases Banfi Vintners' wines.
Belhurst has a castlelike lobby area, complete with a set of medieval armor.
Vinifera Inn at Belhurst
4069 Route 14 South
Geneva, NY 14456
Telephone: (315) 781-0201
Fax: (315) 781-0201
Rates: $145 to $355
Amenities: Internet Access, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Vinifera Inn, a lovely, old dwelling that's full of character, shares the same building with Belhurst winery. It's just a 15-minute drive from a collection of other wineries, including Glenora Cellars and Torrey Ridge. Rooms have cozy amenities such as fireplaces and Jacuzzis. The inn's restaurant, Edgar's, is a serviceable steak house and seafood restaurant that has a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its wine list. Request a window table to watch the sun set over Seneca Lake as you dine.