Halcyon Place Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome to Halcyon Place Bed and Breakfast. Located in a landmark Steuben County home, our bed and breakfast decorated with period antiques offers peace, tranquility, and gracious hospitality to the discerning traveler. A former home of the Houghton family, founders of Corning Incorporated, this stately house was built in the mid-19th century by the Tolbert family and reflects their wealth and exquisite taste.
Halcyon Place Bed and Breakfast is ideally located between Corning and Hammondsport, New York, with easy access from I-86. Enjoy a day at the Corning Museum of Glass and historic Market Street, and then spend your evening in the country. Hammondsport and the Keuka Lake Wine Trail are but fifteen minutes away. The Seneca Lake Wine trail and Watkins Glen are also an easy jaunt. Sailing, cross-country skiing, antiquing, wine-tasting, outdoor concerts, and relaxing are just across our doorstep in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Surrounded by open fields and beautiful vistas, our circa 1840 Greek Revival is distinguished by graceful columns, six-over-six windows, stunning woodwork, and pristine wide pine floors. You can enjoy breakfast by the fire in autumn and winter, or enjoy your repast while gazing at the herb garden in spring and summer.
Our two-acre property includes a stone smokehouse and a maple syrup house. Halcyon Place is reached by driving along Maple Lane under a canopy of mature maple trees. The former harness shop has been converted into an herb and antique shop. You will find wonderful early furniture, our own dried herb and flower wreaths, herbal products, unique gifts, and a tasteful selection of goods by American craftsmen.
Upon arrival at Halcyon Place Bed and Breakfast , enjoy a cup of tea or a refreshing Finger Lakes beverage. During your stay, relax with a good book in front of the parlor fire or enjoy a quiet summer afternoon on our wicker filled porch. Our greenhouse will also be overflowing with unique herb plants to take home for your own gardens.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Yvonne Allen for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Historic home, beautiful gardens, centrally located for Corning, Watkins Glen and Hammondsport, New York. Delicious, creative food focusing on herbs.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Halcyon Place is a meticulously restored period home furnished with fine antiques. It is surrounded by vistas of cultivated fields and hills. I love the history of my home and sharing it with others.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Corning Museum of Glass is a world-class museum.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"It is absolutely perfect and everything that I had hoped for." "It is even more beautiful than the pictures!" "This inn should be in a magazine!"
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
In a rural setting of beautiful small villages, one can find world-class wine, museums, music, food and beauty.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Day 1-Corning and the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. Stroll historic Market Street. Shop for glass, olive oil, clothes, antiques. Indulge in dinner at The Cellar or Three Birds. Finish the evening at the restored Palace Theatre.
Day 2- Wineries and antiquing in Hammondsport and the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Drive the loop around the lake and smile as you pass the Amish buggies. Go for a swim or rent a boat and marvel at the pristine waters of Keuka Lake.
Day 3- Hike the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and visit the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Drive north on the east side of Seneca Lake to Geneva and visit Rose Hill Mansion. Book a sail on the famous schooner, True Love. Enjoy a splendid dinner of locally sourced ingredients at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine, Stone Cat Cafe, or Red Newt Bistro.
Day 4- Visit the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, New York. Enjoy a fabulous meal or take a class. Drive through Naples, NY, on your way to Canandaigua and stop at Artizans, a gift shop and art gallery featuring the works of Finger Lakes artists. Drive along the lake and stop at Monica's for a grape pie!
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
A classic local dinner, the Cohocton River, a secluded seasonal access road that provides a great place to see deer, turkey, and many birds. Bring your bicycle and ask Yvonne about the many bike routes that she has mapped out.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Corning, NY: The Cellar, Three Birds, Thali Indian Cuisine, Atlas Wood-fired Pizza. Hammondsport: The Pleasant Valley Inn, Union Block Italian Bistro, Bully Hill Vineyards.
Seneca Lake-east side: Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine, Stone Cat Cafe, Dano's on Seneca, Red Newt Bistro.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 4 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets, but boarding available nearby that I highly recommend.
Breakfast and Afternoon Tea
Begin your day with a full gourmet breakfast in the dining room furnished with lovely antiques. Breakfast always includes fresh fruit and baked goods, such as rum sticky buns or pear gingerbread. Seasonal entrees range from Grand Marnier French toast and chocolate waffles with raspberries to dilled crepes with smoked salmon and creme fraiche. Fresh herbs and flowers garnish your plate.
Once again, we will be offering our Wednesday Afternoon Teas throughout the summer. Call us for a list of events. You may also wish to hold your next party at our spacious bed and breakfast. We would be pleased to discuss menu and party ideas.
Things To Do in the Area
Wine Glass Marathon: The course passes directly in front of our B&B.
State forest lands with trails for cross-country skiing and hiking.
Explore historic Market Street and Museum of Glass in Corning.
Enjoy great wine while following the Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake Wine Trails.
Racing at Watkins Glen
Local antique shops and wonderful small restaurants. Ask for our recommendations.
"Halcyon" is from the Greek myths and signifies peace and tranquility. Spend some time with us at Halcyon Place and recapture the past.
How To Find Us
Traveling from the East:
Take I-86 West to Exit 40 (Savona). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Proceed to red light at four corners. Turn right onto Main St. (Rt. 415). Continue through the village past Mom's Diner. Take next right (South St.) Turn left onto Maple Lane. Turn into thir drive (Halcyon Place sign).
Traveling from the West:
Take I-86 East to Exit 40 (Savona). Turn left at the end of the exit ramp. Continue with above directions.