I am going to say a lot of nice things about the Fox & Grapes B & B, such that you might wonder why not a five star rating. It's all a matter of room choice (i.e. mattress), because everything else about the place was wonderful. Our room, the Watson, was nicely appointed and clean; but the mattress was a little less than pleasant. Other mattresses in the B & B suggest a better level of comfort is to be had (e.g. the king in the Ophelia actually was tried for future possibilities, and I suspect the same could be said for the Thaddeus, as it also has a king brass bed with mattress). Now that I have dispensed with my objection, I will turn to the reasons why people come back to this place and first timers enjoy it. First of all, I cannot complain about the overall deal. Being a supporter of a central NY public classical FM station, I found that my membership included all kinds of deals for restaurants, lodgings, entertainments, & museums. The Fox & Grapes was in for this year. They were already on reduced rates for January, and the deal included the second night free. Given the general airiness of the B & B and some nice antiquities, you would have to be a condescending fool not to appreciate the appointments and value the rooms represent. Opulent no, nice yes! The help staff is two, an outgoing "Friday" with general chores and Blanche, a great cook whose knowledge about food, particularly her recipes for people with allergies and intestinal disorders that are just fine for people who do not have these problems. I can see a scenario where a condiment-addicted foodie might call some of her cooking under-seasoned (for these people I recommend an adroit use of the hand and wrist with salt and pepper shakers). Her Saturday breakfast featured a delicious corn bread with her own home-grown raspberries, frozen fruit from her garden that tasted better than what passes for fresh today and is unsprayed (Jim: I hope you read what I just wrote). The quiche main course for Saturday breakfast was great. Sunday was an unusual and deliciously satisfying take on french toast. Overall, portions were decent, and I cannot imagine any person walking away from the table with an under-exercised stomach, this from a man with a pretty hefty appetite. On Saturday morning, we woke up to about 5-6 inches of snow. Our house gal, without being asked, went out with broom to knock the snow off all the vehicles of the guests. Nice! With its central location just south of Lodi, it is minutes away from decent wineries like Lamoreaux and Red Newt and a cutoff road that takes you over to the west side of Cayuga Lake. With a better mattress, I would have rated it 5 stars. I think that other rooms have them, so we would want to return here, if only to upgrade the rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fox and Grapes,where 1885 Victorian charm combines with Lake Country Cottage. We provide an adults only atmosphere, an amazing view of Seneca Lake, warm hospitality and good things to eat. Minutes from wineries and restaurants like Silver Thread Vineyards and Wagner's, Dano's, Suzanne's and the Stonecat Cafe. 1/2 Hour to Ithaca, 15 minutes to Watkins Glen and 1/2 hour from Geneva. Whether you want a romantic get-a-away or a place to simply "get away", the Fox and Grapes is the perfect place to begin and end your day. ... more less
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