Whether you are booking a romantic getaway or are going away for business, a small inn is often the best answer, as it provides an alluring sense of containment, peace, and luxury. We have decided to focus on just one bed & breakfast located in Rochester, New York. As our featured establishment in this article, we feel it represents what you can find in some of the great small boutique hotels in New York.
The Edward Harris House B&B Inn
This elegant 1896 home was lovingly restored using the original architect’s plans found in the archives of the University of Rochester. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the former home of the Harris/Sloan family has always been considered a landmark in the community with its original leaded glass, hand carved woodwork, fine antiques, and exceptional art collection.
A Unique Look and Feel
Every guest room at the Inn has been designed to create a unique look and feel. With the finest amenities possible, the sensation one has in this luxury boutique bed & breakfast is that you have landed in a sanctuary where you can truly relax and be catered to by the finest and most attentive staff.
A Place to Unwind
The common areas of the Inn include a spacious living room that is just perfect for intimate gatherings. With its original antique periwinkle blue walls and china white wainscoting and wall moldings, the living room is where you can unwind listening to music, playing the piano, or reading a book in front of a roaring fire.
Like a True Gentleman’s Club
The Inn’s library is a wonderful area to relax with friends or hold an informal business meeting, or simply wile away the hours reading from one of the many books in the floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Created in the manner of a true Gentleman’s club, you will feel like a millionaire scion in the overstuffed leather chairs and sofas as you sit before the carved mantle and fireplace. A cozy getaway, this is the ideal place for working on a business brief or using the complimentary wireless Internet service to connect with friends and family back home.
One of the elements we find so appealing about this inn is their dedication to eco-friendly practices, which are geared toward reducing their carbon footprint. The mission here is to conserve resources in service to a better environment for both the planet and the Inn’s clientele. In this regard, all linens are made of 100% cotton. Non-toxic, natural cleaners are used for all aspects of housekeeping, and guests are asked to reuse their towels and bed linens as much as possible during their stay. Guests and housekeeping are also encouraged to recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers, as well as to turn off lights, TVs, air conditioners and fans when they are not in use. Compact florescent light bulbs have replaced conventional bulbs, generating 75% less energy, yet always providing ample light.
Cottages on the Water
In addition to the main house, the Edward Harris House B&B Inn also provides a different kind of getaway, should you require even more privacy. Available are the truly unique cottages on the water. Gorgeously restored, each one has its own personality, starting with the vintage 1940’s “Fireman’s Cottage” on the banks of Genesee River in Scottsville and the River Cottage in Mile Wood. You can also chose the Pond Cottage on Lake Ontario in Rochester. A 1928 prohibition vintage cottage, the structure retains much of its original hand-hewn woodwork and floors and is filled with history from the period.
An Amazing Kitchen
Back at the Inn, we can’t forget to talk about the amazing kitchen, with its floor-to-ceiling cherry cupboards and vintage tile center island and floor. This is the stage for lots of great culinary events, including cooking classes that bring the staff and guests together in a most engaging way.
Organic and Natural
In keeping with its Green ethic, the Inn serves organic and natural foods, with all fresh ingredients obtained from local farmers. Everything served is homemade and filled with the healthiest ingredients, which is what makes the sumptuous breakfasts well worth your stay. Starting off with organic coffee and teas, you can enjoy your morning meal in the formal dining room or in the cottage gardens if the weather permits. Stroll through the organic herb and flower gardens to see what it in season, and you will have an idea of some of the delicious elements that go into the lovingly cooked foods offered at this gracious bed & breakfast.
The Proposal Package
Because of the romantic nature of the Edward Harris House B&B Inn, it makes the ideal location for marriage proposals. Order the Proposal Package to help make the occasion even more special. Included is a two-night stay in one of the exquisite King Suites complete with fireplace, a dozen red roses, a special Romance basket replete with surprises, handmade chocolate truffles, candles, the bed strewn with silk rose petals, and a full breakfast in the dining room or ensuite.
The Elopement Package
An Elopement Package is also available at the Inn, with your ceremony presided over by a fully licensed non-denominational officiate. Just bring your NYS matrimony license and a ring and you’re all set. You can also have your own officiate handle the ceremony. A sumptuous Italian wedding cake will be provided, along with a fresh bridal bouquet and a choice of non-alcoholic Champagne, cider, or sparkling juice, or you can bring your own alcoholic beverage to be chilled and served. Though you are welcome to book a room for one night or several, this package does not require an overnight stay.
For the Business Traveler
For business travelers, the Inn is known as one of the premier accommodations for those on the road. With its six fireplaces, large plush guestrooms, amenities that are found in the finest hotels, and flexible check-in and breakfast times to accommodate your working schedule, the Inn is the ultimate haven. Host a breakfast meeting with your clients, use the Inn’s health club day pass, and enjoy special corporate guest rates for your stay. In proximity to the Rochester International Airport, the hotel can arrange for an easy airport pickup and delivery to fit your transport needs.
The Best of All Worlds
Designated one of the “10 Most Romantic Inns of North America,” and an “Inn of Distinction” by TripAdvisor, the Edward Harris House B&B Inn is located in the heart of Rochester’s Arts and Cultural district. Book a stay and attend some of the many concerts, theatre productions, dances, festivals, and art shows, along with the famed International Jazz Festival in June. With the downtown business area so close by, you are also very near to exceptional cafes, restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries without having to be exposed to the hustle and bustle until you are ready. Tucked away on a quiet city street, the Inn gives you the best of several worlds, including one in the beautiful nearby Fingerlakes where you can enjoy wine tours, beaches, biking and other outdoor activities.