Peppermint Cottage Bed and Breakfast
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Nestled in a peaceful valley between the Finger Lakes and Great Lake Ontario and right in the heart of the Erie Canal is the Historical Jackson School House B&B and the Peppermint Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Lyons, NY. We are a Finger Lakes bed and breakfast that offers Erie Canal lodging at our beautiful bed and breakfast for your Upstate New York Vacation.
The Jackson School Cobblestone House (circa 1831) was started by Cyrus Jackson, a relative of President Andrew Jackson. The Historical Cobblestone Jackson School served as a school until 1947. On the premises of the Jackson School House is our Finger Lakes B&B, which served as Judson Rice's Colonial Tin Lighting Workshop. Judson purchased the school house in 1962 and lived with his wife Isabel until his death in 1980. Judson was known throughout the Finger Lakes for sitting in front of the colonial beehive fireplace and working on his early American Tin Lighting. Isabel was famous for her hooked rugs and wildflower gardens.
The Peppermint Cottage is a completely furnished, two-story, two bedroom bungalow. On the first floor you'll find a fully equipped kitchen, a living room/dining area, a bathroom and a beautiful fireplace. Upstairs you'll find the newly remodeled master and second bedrooms featuring a skylight and wall-to-wall carpeting.
The downstairs living area has a cozy Adirondack charm with a colonial beehive fireplace as the centerpiece. The living area also features cherry paneling that dates back nearly 200 years. The walls are decorated with a variety of musical instruments that are available for our guests to play.
"The acoustics are incredible... violins and guitars never sounded better," says owner Mark De Cracker, who has written numerous songs within those inspirational walls. The Peppermint Cottage, with its touch of the Adirondacks, is not only a great romantic getaway, it is also a very inspiring one.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mark De Cracker for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most guests come to Peppermint Cottage as a retreat from their busy lives and reconnect with loved ones. Peppermint Cottage is a private cottage which is great for honeymoons, anniversaries, Christmas celebrations, Girls' Night Inn, and Bicycling from Inn to Inn - just to name a few.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Peppermint Cottage is best known for its peaceful, private guest house, country setting surrounded by flower gardens, colonial beehive fireplace, hot tub, sauna, and breakfast served by the fireplace.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The number one reason to visit this area is for the history of Peppermint Industry and the Erie Canal.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
One of the best compliments to receive at Peppermint Cottage is to have guests refer family and friends to our B&B for a memorable experience!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
One of the best kept secrets is the abundance of wildflowers both at Peppermint Cottage and the woods nearby.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
While at Peppermint Cottage B&B, tour the H.G. Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum. Take a hike at Chimney Bluffs State Park. Walk, bike or tour the Erie Canal by boat. Enjoy the wineries of the Finger Lakes Region and the Great Lake Ontario. Visit our Farm Markets for local produce.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Peppermint Cottage is a country setting. Enjoy a walk, bike ride or X-Country ski. Short drive into the Village of Lyons for dinner and a movie at The Ohmann Theatre.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Favorite Restaurants - Torrey Grill Park, Growlers Grill and Pub, Skipper's Landing Restaurant and Marina.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Peppermint Cottage has 2 rooms upstairs, and a queen sleeper sofa downstairs by fireplace.
We also have 1 guest room in the main house with a private bath ensuite - The Jackson School House
Do you accept pets?
No pets Please. Lyons Veterinary Clinic will board your pets during your stay.
History of the Inn
In 1982 Mark and Diane De Cracker fell in love with the early American charm and Adirondack feel of the property. In 1998 the Peppermint Cottage B&B was opened for guests to "step back in time" and experience the simple pleasures of life including a warm fire, a romantic candle-light breakfast, relaxing under the stars in a hot tub, or strolling through the Victorian and wildflower gardens of the Peppermint Cottage Bed and Breakfast . In 2001, the Jackson School House was remodeled and the Jackson School Bed and Breakfast was opened adjacent to the Peppermint Cottage B&B. The Peppermint Cottage B&B represents three R's: relaxation, rejuvenation, and a romantic get away that you will never forget! This unique bed and breakfast experience is waiting for you in nature's Pleasant Valley at the Peppermint Cottage Bed and Breakfast between the Great Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes Wine Country.
Jackson Schoolhouse B&B
Jackson School House B&B offers
- Private room with private bath
- Outdoor Hot tub
- Wedding and Wedding Receptions
- Breakfast served in Cobblestone schoolhouse built in 1831
- English Rumford fireplace in Schoolhouse for your enjoyment
- Seven different hardwood floors throughout the B&B
- Digital cable with HBO and music channels
- Herb and Victorian gardens
- Courtyard with waterfalls
- Vaulted ceilings
- Candlelight Breakfast
- Cobblestone wall with gardens
The living room is adjacent to the Jackson School House. The exterior wall of the Jackson School House is exposed in the living room. The living room has a vaulted ceiling and delightful view a cobblestone garden wall.
The School House now serves as the dining room for the Jackson School House B&B.Here you will enjoy a delicious candlelight breakfast. The dining room features the warmth of an English Rumford fireplace and a bread oven. The School House dining room is furnished with the original blackboard and School House desks. Guests will enjoy learning about the school days through a collection of stories and photos. The Jackson School House is rich in history and tradition.
"What a beautiful place. We loved it here! The food was spectacular! Everything was perfect. We were so lucky to find a place that welcomed kids--you were so wonderful to us. I know we will be back someday--hopefully soon! My mom and sister loved it too. I’m so happy we were able to spend two glorious days here. You made this an amazing vacation for us. Thank you so much!"
"A fairy-tail ambiance... We half expected to see Goldilocks asleep upstairs. Thank you for sharing this most memorable cottage. It made our 22nd wedding anniversary that much more special. A truly beautiful and unique setting, combined with friendly host and excellent food... A treat for the soul!"
"What a great place to end our week of vacation! Excellent food, atmosphere and hospitality. A nice change from other B&B’s. We will definitely recommend to friends and family. Hope to return!"
"Your Peppermint Cottage is a treat for the soul and a feast for the eyes! The warm ambiance created a very special, relaxing time for our family. We were transported into a completely different lifestyle…and we loved it. All the lovely, thoughtful touches and the many intriguing items to look at made for a wonderful stay. Thank you for sharing this special little corner of the world!!" -- Robin & Ellen List
"A wonderful relaxing weekend for a college reunion. Thank you for the gracious hospitality. We will all remember this time."
"Thank you very much for a relaxing and wonderful week. We greatly enjoyed the addition of the hot tub. Dean is jumping in now for one last dip. We’ve stayed at several inns, cabins & B&B’s over the last few years and Mark’s personal attention as host stands above the rest. We enjoyed the 'Markshaw' and will enjoy the new CD’s. We look forward to returning."
"Turning 50 and celebrating it with high school friends here at the Peppermint Cottage was absolutely wonderful! We’re planning a return get-together here next year. We loved it here! All your special touches were really appreciated." P.S. " I felt like we were hours away from home! This surely is a slice of heaven--God’s place! Thank you."
"Simply unforgettable! So happy to have stayed here... So sad to have to go. Our stay at the Peppermint Cottage was incredibly relaxing. Our gracious hosts, Diane and Mark, catered to our every need and want. We will be back again... soon!"
Things To Do
This is no ordinary Bed & Breakfast. In fact, you'd better start planning your activities and what you want to bring, now! What do you enjoy doing?
- Leisure reading
- Musical interlude
- Mountain biking
- Flowers on the wall
- Leisurely Breakfast
- X-Country Skiing
- The Greenhouse
- Summer Flowers
- Hike scenic trails
- Eating in
Essential Oil infused Sauna
- College tours
- Finger Lakes Wine Tour
- Hit the jacuzzi
- Walking, jogging or running
- Mountain biking
- Roller blading
- Dining out
- Watching cable TV or a video
- Cross country skiing (seasonal)
- Boating (if heading to the lake)
- Snowmobiling (seasonal)
- Singing &/or music making
- etc., etc.
Remember to bring
- Swimming suit
- Walking shoes, or
- Running shoes, or
- Hiking boots
- Mountain bikes
- Roller blades
- Favorite snacks
- Favorite beverages
- Favorite video movie
- Microwave popcorn
- Cross country skis
- Boat (if heading to the lake)
- Fishing pole & tackle
- Map of Western N. Y.
- Laptop (if feeling creative)
- Favorite instrument
- etc., etc.
The Peppermint Cottage B&B is ideal for small meetings, private cocktail parties, networking, and team building. The Peppermint Cottage B&B is also a fantastic place to unwind and enjoy your time away from work.
- Corporate meeting room
- Special functions
- Private meeting room
- Social gatherings
While you are at the Peppermint Cottage enjoy our beautiful gardens!
The Jackson School House B&B and Peppermint Cottage make for a great place for a romantic Victorian Wedding or Reception Site
- 20 minutes from Finger Lakes Wine Country, enjoy Arbor Hill Winery, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hunt Country Vineyards, Widmer Vineyards, Arcadian Wine Estate
- 20 minutes from Lake Ontario, enjoy excellent boating, fishing and sailing
- 15 minutes from Hill Cumorah Historic Sites
- Hill Cumorah Pageant (Home of the Hill Cumorah Pageant)
- Nine Pines Country Gift Store only a mile away
- 10 minutes from the Zurich Bog
- Wildflowers and Orchids
- Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario
- Ontario Pathways
- 2 miles from the Historical Erie Canal, see the canal locks, go boating
- Take a stoll, rollerblade or cycle along the tow path
- 20 Minutes from Montezuma National Wildlife refuge
- Water activities on the Finger Lakes or Lake Ontario
- 10 minutes from the Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall. One of North America's largest!
For more information and links, please visit our web site Local Attractions page.
Geographically, the Peppermint Cottage B&B is located in beautiful Upstate New York between Rochester and Syracuse, and between the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario.
- Take Exit 42 off the New York State Thruway
- Go north on Route 14 to the Hamlet of Alloway
- In Alloway, take a left turn onto Alloway Road
- Follow Alloway Rd. to the stop sign
- Proceed through the stop sign to Jackson School Road
- Follow Jackson School Rd. for less than a mile until it intersects with Pleasant Valley Rd
- Turn left on Pleasant Valley Road
You'll find the Peppermint Cottage B&B located 100 feet up the road on your left adjacent to the Jackson School at 336 Pleasant Valley Road, Lyons, New York 14489