There is nothing better than a great stay at a hotel, inn or bed and breakfast. Some travelers prescribe to the theory of planning their trips around finding a unique or upscale hotel…and then searching out to see what the local area has to offer. The pleasure from staying in marvelous accommodations is derived from the lodging’s location, beautifully designed building and room comforts, and exceptional service. After a stay, visitors take home with them a sense of inspiration, enlightenment, and relaxation. It’s a terrific way to reward the soul.
Luckily for travelers, there are many of those opportunities in Western New York’s rural counties. An inn overlooking a waterfall. Delicious meals served with locally-sourced ingredients. Unique rooms for every taste. Interaction with history. Exploring local shops and restaurants. These experiences all await your arrival.
Below are just a few regional gems to consider for your next overnight getaway.
When there is a 107 foot waterfall just steps away from your hotel, visitors understand that they are in a very special place. The Glen Iris Inn, located inside Letchworth State Park, is a standout place for accommodations, spectacular natural beauty, history, and outdoor fun. Staying consistent to its late 1820 origins, the Inn’s 15 rooms are furnished and decorated to match the charm of the house. Guests can be the king or queen of the park when renting the Cherry Suite, which has a private balcony overlooking the park’s middle waterfalls. The Inn’s restaurant is open to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Letchworth State Park was voted the “Best State Park” in a 2015 USA Today reader’s poll. The park’s 17-mile, 600 foot deep gorge is the main attraction, but it provides numerous opportunities for natural encounters. Scenic overlooks, walking and hiking trails, and whitewater rafting are all experiences to be had in this amazing destination.
Located in the heart of Cuba, NY, visitors can enjoy country luxury at its finest at The Inn at 28. Built in 1852, the Inn features five beautiful and comfortable guest rooms. The Inn has retained all its historical architecture, which is exemplified in the large living area with working fire place and wood detailed dining room. Enjoy some quiet moments sitting on the brick inn’s wraparound porch. The Inn prides itself on top-of-the-line service, which is exemplified in many ways – including leaving out afternoon snacks for guests to enjoy. Each morning a delicious breakfast awaits, which is made with several locally sourced products.
Cuba and the surrounding area has been a producer of cheese since the 1800s and was once considered the “cheese center of the world.” Directly across the street from The Inn at 28 is the locally-iconic Cuba Cheese Shoppe. When in town, also check to see if there is a show at the historic Palmer Opera House.
A visit to Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn located in charming downtown Le Roy, NY is a delightful experience in class, charm and style. The Inn features an award-winning restaurant, which is worth the stop in itself. The tavern and inn overlook the picturesque Oatka Creek spillway and bridge. Built in the 1820s, the Inn’s five rooms are contemporary in nature, but feature several elements, such as shale, brick and original wood beams that reflects the building’s past. Curated artwork and color pallets accentuate the encounter of visiting this dashing location.
In the warm months, the tavern’s creek-side patio is a splendid location for food, spirits and friends. When the chilly season arrives, the restaurant offers the truly unique experience of igloo dining on the patio overlooking the frozen waterway.
Farmer’s is located in the middle of Le Roy’s quintessential Main Street USA locale. Step outside the Inn right onto Main Street and visit the town’s shops, often staffed by the owners themselves. The fun and famous Jell-O Gallery Museum is a two-minute walk down the street from the Inn.
A big reason why many people travel to Mount Morris is that it is located at the northern end of Letchworth State Park. This magnificent park is a beacon for travelers searching for stunning natural settings, scenic drives and outdoor adventures. After enjoying the outdoors, head into the village of Mount Morris, a bustling Main Street filled with shops and restaurants. Make sure to stop at the Boriken Restaurant for authentic Puerto Rican cuisine and snap a picture in front of the New Family, One Nation Mural at the corner of Main Street and Chapel Street, part of the Livingston County Inspirations Trail
When travelers drive down the majestic tree-lined Main Street in Mount Morris, NY, they come upon a fascinating building that looks very similar to The White House in Washington DC. By seeing this somewhat familiar sight, you know you’ve arrived at Allegiance Bed & Breakfast – a historic and comfortable appointed mansion. The Allegiance has eight unique and well-appointed guest rooms that pay homage to the original historic era of the house. Each room is thoughtfully designed, combining antiques with today’s furnishings and amenities. Allegiance also features alluring public rooms, including a library, dining room, and parlor. Every morning a piping hot gourmet breakfast is prepared by using only fresh, locally grown ingredients as well as home grown herbs, tomatoes, and vegetables straight from their garden.
In the Erie Canal town of Medina, NY, an ultra-chic, 10-room boutique hotel is being noted by travelers. The Boutique Hotel at Bent's Opera House is located in a newly renovated 1865 sandstone building that includes a restaurant on the 1st floor and event center on the 3rd floor. Bent’s Opera House has been revived into a destination of luxury, history, beauty, and culinary euphoria. The stunning architecture has been preserved, while at the same time bringing modern elegance and comforts to all our guests. Stay in one of the 10 uniquely themed rooms designed to give you a different experience each stay. Themes include "Purple Hazel" - inspired by Jimi Hendrix, "Isabella’s Parisienne Apartment" with European inspired furnishings, and eccentric "Bohemian Crash Pad" - just to name a few.
Dine in elegance at Harvest Restaurant where Chef Lionel will tantalize your taste buds using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients served in an authentic atmosphere of comfort. Stay during one of their events such as Jazz Night or their special 7 course food & wine pairing dinners.
Medina has a growing reputation for its hospitality scene. Entrepreneurs have returned home to the village to open amazing new restaurants, hotels, and shops. A relaxing afternoon can be spent walking up and down Center Street, with the Erie Canal just a stone’s throw away. Some visitors travel to Medina via boat on the canal or bicycle, traversing the state on the canal’s towpath trail.
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