Accommodations and Food
For dockside dining, try Crow’s Nest on Seneca Lake (415 Boody’s Hill Rd., off Rte. 96A near Rose Hill Mansion, 315/781-0600, $14). On the menu are sandwiches and salads, seafood and beef.
The extravagant, Romanesque Belhurst Castle (4069 Rte. 14 S., 315/781-0201, www.belhurst.com, $110–325 d, with breakfast) took 50 workers toiling six days a week four years to complete. Finished in 1889, it features everything from turrets to stained-glass windows. Inside is an upscale restaurant (average lunch entrée $9, average dinner entrée $24) serving continental fare for both lunch and dinner, and about a dozen modernized guest rooms that vary greatly in size and price. Out front are formal gardens and a lakefront beach. Also operated by Belhurst Castle is the lovely Georgian Whitesprings Manor and the brand new Vinifera Inn; the same contact information and rates apply.
The luxurious, all-suite Geneva-on-the-Lake (1001 Lochland Rd., 315/789-7190 or 800/343-6382, www.genevaonthelake.com, $210–550 d, with continental breakfast) is especially popular among honeymooners. The property centers on a 1911 mansion built in the style of a 16th-century Italian villa. Each suite differs from the next, and outside extend 10 acres of formal gardens. The dining room (average dinner entrée $25), open to the public for lunch and dinner, serves continental fare using fresh local produce.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition