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Arbor Inn at Griffin House
Ranked #1 of 7 Clinton B&B and Inns
Falls Church, Virginia
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“Best B & B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

This was our second stay at this beautiful and well-managed Inn. The first was in mid-September, 2013 for a long weekend. Most recent visit was Jan 10-23. On both visits, Pru was consulting (leadership training) with Hamilton College. In September we stayed in the lovely Vineyard room (Pru's favorite) and in January the Berkshire spacious suite was ideal for our lengthy visit - because of its separate sitting room, table, small fridge and large comfortable bed.
The three skylights and windows provided excellent views even during snow showers.

The real joy of Arbor Inn is breakfast when Ellen serves her delicious hot dish (such as spinach-cheese omelet, apple pancakes, and eggs Benedict) preceded by fruit, as well as homemade breads and muffins. The meal is enhanced by the friendly conversation of both Ellen and Dave and since both tables can seat at least six persons, Ellen or Dave produce stimulating conversations by introducing guests to each other.

We have enjoyed some good dinners in Clinton at Across the Row Bistro and Nola's. For lunch, go to Cosmos Café or Alteri's. There are a number of good restaurants within five miles of the Inn. We especially liked the food and ambiance of Carmella's Café on Route 5.

We feel like we are "at home" during our stay at the Arbor Inn. Pru has an on-going working relationship with Hamilton College and we plan to continue staying at the Arbor Inn -- the best B & B in the area.

Richard Buckley & Prudence Bushnell

Room Tip: Each room has its own special charm; the corner suites in the Courtyard Wing provide large separate...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

I recently stayed at the Arbor Inn for 8 nights while leading a seminar at Hamilton. This was my third visit to the B&B. it is under new ownership and still equally delightful and charming. Ellen prepared a delicious hot breakfast every morning with fresh fruit, homemade breads and muffins, juice, and homemade granola. My favorite was eggs Benedict with smoked salmon rather then Canadian bacon. Other mornings included a spinach and cheese omelet, apple pancakes, a breakfast bread pudding just to mention a few. David was an excellent host even brushing the snow off my car on a January morning. The rooms are spotless and beautifully decorated. I had a suite on the first floor . There were homemade cookies, a keurig, bottled water, and a small refrigerator just outside of my door. It is hard to feel at home for eight days on the road, but not with Ellen and David. Book early for big event weekends at Hamilton or during the antique shows in the area. Try Nola's or Across the Square for a nice dinner in Clinton.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Arbor Inn for a weekend when we visited our son at Colgate. The Inn is lovely and comfortable. We stayed in the Nantucket Room, which was immaculate, cozy, and very pretty. Innkeepers Ellen and Dave are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious and it is very pleasant to eat with fellow guests. Ellen is a truly talented baker. Her breakfast quiche is delicious! She leaves freshly baked cookies on the foyer table for the guests. I think I ate one each time I walked in and out of the Inn, which was more than 10 times over the weekend! Ellen and Dave offered terrific restaurant recommendations for dinner and we loved both of the meals we had in Clinton. I recommend Arbor Inn to anyone who is looking for a B & B in the Clinton/Hamilton area!

Room Tip: Nantucket Room has three beds and is large enough for a small family to stay in for a few days.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

We had a great weekend at the Arbor inn. The new owners had only been there a few weeks, but they clearly know what they are doing. They create a warm and welcoming environment for your visit, with a delicious breakfast and very comfortable rooms. Very convenient to Hamilton College. When we are in the area we will definitely return.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ellen V, Owner at Arbor Inn at Griffin House, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
We appreciate your kind words! We hope you will stay with us when you come to visit in Clinton again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed at the Arbor Inn for 4 days while visiting Hamilton College and Colgate University. The Inn was very nicely appointed and very clean, and the breakfast was excellent. Proprietors Dave and Ellen are very friendly and personable. It was an all-around great experience and I highly recommend the Arbor Inn.

Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Ellen V, Owner at Arbor Inn at Griffin House, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Thank you for your kind words! We enjoyed having you stay with us and getting to visit with you. We hope you will be back many times if your daughter chooses Hamilton or Colgate as her college choice.
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Sutton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

Hosts Dave and Ellen truly understand the meaning of hospitality and service.

The accommodations are near perfect, great value and the breakfasts are perfect.

The setting of this property is perfect for relaxing or connecting with friends.

Highly recommend this B & B

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Ellen V, Owner at Arbor Inn at Griffin House, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
We really enjoyed having you and your Buffalo friends stay with us! You kept smiles on our faces the whole time. We look forward to your visit to the "laffin place" again next fall.
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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

My son and I stayed with new owners Ellen and Dave while visiting Hamilton. Our room was very comfortable, clean and spacious. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and enjoyed getting to know Dave and Ellen who made us feel very welcome.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ellen V, Owner at Arbor Inn at Griffin House, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Thank you for staying with us during our first week as innkeepers! We hope you will return again and again if your son chooses Hamilton as his college choice.
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Property: Arbor Inn at Griffin House
Address: 3919 Griffin Rd, Clinton, NY 13323-4923
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Region: United States > New York > Clinton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Clinton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exceptional lodging choice in the midst of Oneida County’s "Getaway Region" offering five guest rooms and suites in a picturesque upstate New York country setting. The Arbor Inn at Griffin House is located just 10 minutes and four turns away from exit #32 (Westmoreland) off the NYS Thruway) and on this short drive to the inn you will pass through the beautiful Hamilton College campus (chartered in 1812). Our ideal location makes us a popular choice for overnight lodging when traveling across the state or as a base when planning your upstate New York vacation. Guests enjoy our quiet setting on five peaceful acres but appreciate our close proximity to the picturesque Village of Clinton where they may stroll back in time to a village filled with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and cafes. During the summer months, you might be lucky enough to take in a Tuesday night concert on our "New England-style" village green or shop at the weekly Farmer’s Market held Thursdays throughout the summer.Bed & Breakfast accommodations are offered in five well appointed guest rooms and suites located in both the Main House and the Courtyard Wing. Our 1800’s property has been beautifully renovated and expanded resulting in a wonderful combination of elegance and vintage charm. Amenities for the most discerning of travelers include complimentary wireless internet access, private baths, televisions, 24 hour coffee/tea availability and breakfast served each morning. The well kept grounds are filled with gardens and the front porch is the perfect spot for enjoying the upstate New York surroundings. ... more   less 

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