The best New York State B&Bs

By: Giverny Tattersfield

April 21, 2015

The Best New York State B&Bs

From city-centre boutiques to chic rural getaways, our favourite New York State B&Bs are wonderfully varied. Whether you’re flying into Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse or New York City, a relaxed all-American bolthole is well within reach. Take a look at our top bed and breakfasts in New York State for everything from urban estates to wild Finger Lakes retreats and active trips in the Catskills and Hudson Valley.


The Ellwanger Estate, Rochester

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Settle in for the evening at the Ellwanger Estate © Antonino Barbagallo/Foto-AB Inc.

Lovingly restored to its original glory, the historic Ellwanger Estate offers its own spa, gourmet breakfasts, and an enviable location in the heart of Rochester’s Mount Hope Cultural District. Sit on the wraparound veranda at this urban retreat and gaze out at the gardens, or grab one of the DVDs from the extensive library and get cosy in your beautifully decorated room.


Red Coach Inn, Niagara

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Red Coach Inn is mere minutes from Niagara Falls © Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation

The proximity to Niagara Falls would be reason enough to stay at the Red Coach Inn (it overlooks the Upper Rapids, so you can hear the roar of the water, and is just 25 minutes from Buffalo city centre), but this historic B&B is warm, welcoming, and well appointed – and it has the awards and stars to prove it. Slip on your comfy robe and put your feet up after a busy day exploring the local scenery. You could even splurge and treat yourself to a suite with a Jacuzzi tub.


The Black Sheep Inn and Spa, Finger Lakes

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The Black Sheep Inn is located in the picturesque Finger Lakes region © Black Sheep Inn

Co-owners of the Black Sheep Inn and Spa (just an hour and a half outside of Rochester and an hour and 45 minutes from Syracuse), Debbie and Marc, are firm believers in fresh, organic, local produce and the incredible breakfasts at this B&B will make believers of you too. From the thoughtful, attentive service to the beautiful surrounds and the proximity to many award-winning microbreweries and wineries, the Black Sheep ticks all the B&B boxes.


Chalet of Canandaigua, Finger Lakes

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Chalet of Canandaigua features a small selection of rustic luxury suites © Visit Finger Lakes/Flickr

Just 40 minutes from Rochester, the rustic Chalet of Canandaigua is one of our favourite New York State B&Bs. Aside from having a great name, this boutique, hillside B&B has sumptuous furnishings, beautiful grounds and is mere minutes from the nearest town, despite its private and tranquil location. The suites here offer the perfect romantic getaway for two.


Spruceton Inn, Catskills

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Spruceton Inn is a minimalist, chic retreat in the Catskills © Sarah Jayne Ellis

For those looking to travel a little further afield, the Catskills offer the ideal rural getaway. Set in the Schwarzenegger family’s former summer home, head to the stylish Spruceton Inn for laid-back luxury and spectacular scenery. Although stretching the traditional definition of a B&B, this Catskills “Bed & Bar” (they serve a wonderful selection of craft brews) is chic, minimalist and incredibly inviting. Unplug from city life and enjoy a BBQs under the stars (feel free to use their classic Weber grills and s’mores supplies), stroll in the meadow, paddle in the creek, and just enjoy the wilderness of the Catskills Mountains all around you.


Old Drovers Inn, Hudson River

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Old Drovers Inn is a historic property located in the Hudson River area © Dutchess Tourism/Old Drivers Inn

This classic American inn is a must if you find yourself in the Hudson River area – just 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of New York City, this is a great option for those looking to escape city life for a day or two. Built in 1750, the Old Drovers Inn is replete with old-world charm and new-world amenities, thanks to a recent renovation. One of our best New York State B&Bs, Drovers Inn has everything from Frette linens and high-speed broadband to farm-to-table food, much of which is grown on the premises. And to top it all off, they actively encourage guests to rediscover the “lost art of lounging around”. Well, you don’t have to tell us twice.


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Written by Giverny Tattersfield

Giverny Tattersfield

A lover of food, fun, and following her feet, Giv is a travel and food writer currently living and working in London. More than likely to be found planning her next trip/meal or with her nose in a book… You can follow her on Twitter @GivernyT.