Elmira's Painted Lady

520 West Water Street, Elmira, New York 14905
Innkeeper(s): Butch & Marilyn Monroe
  • Introduction

    Located on Elmira's W. Water Street (Exit 56) off Interstate 86, in the near Westside Historic District, Elmira's Painted Lady is blessed with the location for exploring the Finger Lakes region and local culture.

    Located in Elmira, New York, 6 blocks from the Inn, "The Clemens Center" is the region's premier performing arts center featuring blockbuster Broadway shows, dazzling dance programs, rock 'n' roll concerts and feel good family entertainment. The Finger Lakes region of New York boasts the largest concentration of wineries outside of California's Napa Valley wine country.

    This area offers you over 100 wineries along Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua lakes. From the crystal blue lakes, to the beautiful rolling vineyards, bring your camera and plan on taking lots of pictures.

    There are few places left in the United States that have the pure, unspoiled beauty of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Parks, hiking trails through gorges and waterfalls, The Finger Lakes is rich in history, such as, aviation, Mark Twain, wine, and the Civil War. The Corning Museum of Glass is an absolute must visit with centuries of glass history and glass blowing workshops, the experience is unrivaled. The LPGA Corning Classic golf tournament in May is televised nationally and draws spectator crowds in the thousands. and major auto racing events like IRL and NASCAR auto racing at Watkins Glen International Race Track take place throughout the summer and fall.

    Step out of our Inn and into the fun and excitement. Let us share with you the luxurious and romantic ambiance of our remarkable Victorian mansion along with the convenience of a 20 - 30 minute drive to these great attractions and memories of one of the best getaways you will ever experience.

    You deserve a level of quality, comfort and service that can only be experienced at those inns who have distinguished themselves by offering their guests refined elegance, luxurious surroundings and pampered relaxation. We are proud to be counted among such inns here in New York's famed Finger Lakes Region. The beauty and romance of the Finger Lakes await your arrival! We look forward to the joy of having you as our guests.

    • Voted one of the "Ten Best Inns/B&B's in North America" by Arrington's Inn Traveler Magazine Guest poll
    • Best Breakfast in Northeast
    • Best in North
    • Frommers "Best Place to Stay"

    Elmira’s Painted Lady is the gateway to a world of excitement, culture and adventure. The Clemens Center, The Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Watkins Glen State Park, The Corning Museum of Glass, Seneca Lake Boating and Tours, Watkins Glen International Speedway, Corning’s Historic Market Street, Elmira’s Historical Center, and much, much more. Our location, just off interstate 86 in The Near Westside Historic District, means we are easy
    to find and your gateway to the entire area.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Butch & Marilyn Monroe for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at our B&B because we have great reviews.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We have a great Victorian house and our guests love the size of our rooms.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    That's the great thing -- there is no number 1. We have the National Soaring Museum, wine tasting, glider rides, hot air balloon rides, Watkins Glen races, Corning Glass Museum, Civil War history, Revolutionary War history and the list goes on.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We have the cleanest B&B they have stayed in. Our B&B looks better here than it did on the internet.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Mark Twain is still here.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
    • Wine tasting
    • Corning glass
    • Rockwell Museum
    • National Soaring Museum
    • Watkins Glen State Park
    • Wine Tasting
    • Waterfalls
    • Hiking
    • Mark Twain
    • Eldridge Park
    • Antiques
    • Wings of Eagles(Warplane Museum)
    • Hot air ballon rides
    • Historic walking tour (Elmira)
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There is hockey, the river, Mark Twain's study, and a historic walking tour. 

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Charlies Cafe (1 block away)

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?




    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, but we have a kennel which will pick them up and deliver them back to the guest.


  • Activities

    While a large number of our guests come to the area specifically to visit the many wineries along The Finger Lakes, there is an extraordinary variety of activities awaiting you - all convenient to Elmira's Painted Lady. The city of Elmira is large enough to be active and progressive, yet not so big that it is overwhelming. Located in the Near Westside Historic District, we are close to shops and restaurants and less than 5 minutes from the highway.

    There are many fine restaurants, movie theatres, community libraries, performing arts, a community civic arena, and several museums all within just a few blocks! The Finger Lakes region itself is a land of striking beauty with rolling hills, six glacier formed lakes, gorges and waterfalls and a host of outdoor activities that allow you to enjoy all this
    beauty to its fullest!

    Visit your choice of more than 100 wineries along the Finger Lakes Wine Trail or spend an afternoon exploring the many shops and brew pubs on historic Market Street. Enjoy fine dining at any number of local restaurants or take in spectacular scenery while you dine, as you experience the natural beauty of Seneca Lake on a sunset dinner cruise or from the patio of a winery. If you enjoy golf, you will want to take advantage of the Donald Ross designed - Mark Twain Golf Course located less than 3 miles from our door. Perhaps you are a bit adventurous and would enjoy a hike through the many gorges and waterfalls in the area.

    Did you know that we are the Soaring Capital of the U.S.? We can arrange a glider flight for you that will leave you with a lifetime memory that can't be matched. Want to just kick back and relax? Let us arrange a massage or spa treatments for you. Follow that up with the comfort of our antique wicker rockers and a bottle of that wonderful Finger Lakes wine you purchased at the wineries, and you have the makings of a perfect day. No matter what your pleasure, you'll be only minutes from all this - and more!

  • How To Find Us

    From New York Interstate 86 (sections Route 17):

    • Take exit 56 (Church/Water Streets) and continue West on Water Street approximately 1.8 miles through downtown
    • We are the fourth building on the right after Walnut Street, with the wrought iron fence in front
    • We encourage you to park on the street, directly in front of the inn for check-in
    • Parking is in our lighted lot behind the house
    • We would be happy to valet your car, or direct you to the parking lot once you are settled in

    Directions to Off-Street Parking:

    • Off-street parking is available behind the property
    • From the front of the inn, continue west on West Water Street
    • Take your first right onto Grove Street
    • We are the second driveway on the right
    • Follow the alley until it curves to the left
    • Turn right into our lot - you will see a double-door garage painted the same blue as the inn
    • The parking area is along the stockade fence, with one space reserved for each guest room
    • The guest entrance is in the front of the house (follow signs to the left of the house)