A family I work for told me about the wine trail in upstate NY, and we decided to plan a last minute weekend getaway with another couple. It was also my friends birthday, so we thought this would be a nice and different way to spend her birthday. After being told by a travel agent that there were no available B&B's I decided to do some research on my own, and I found the Borland House online. My husband called the next day and spoke to Bill, the owner. He said that Bill was so nice and accommodating on the phone, and he even held the room a few minutes while we called our friends to confirm. We booked, and were off, we stayed from Sat to Sun. We are from the city, and are always suspicious of country towns, fortunately, the Borland House will put any suspicions to rest. We were greeted by Bill at the door, (he makes you feel comfortable instantly!) and he gave us a nice tour of the house. The house is beautiful, it has three different parts, all built in different time periods. Everything is immaculate and up to date, i.e. modern appliances in the kitchen. Somehow it still remains quaint and comforable and there is such a calm wonderful feeling throughout the house. We met Carol on our tour and she was fantastic. She made our dinner reservations for us and was so sweet and caring. We stayed in the Artists annex, the 2006 addition.. as Bill likes to call it. It was spotless and tastefully decorated. The beds were so comfortable and they leave cute little after 8 mints at your bedside. The bathroom was immaculate and new, there was not a single speck on the white tile floor, and there were fluffy, clean towels in our rooms. I loved the room but really wanted to find a comforable chair downstairs to curl up and read a book in. We didn't have time to stop and and buy one, but the book I wanted to read was in their house! There are interesting books all over the house, on shelves and in cases tucked here and there. Bill drew us a map of the area and wineries, and reccommended a little coffee shop, the Daily Bean, for lunch. The lunch was delicious, taragon chilcken salad with apples and walnuts and butternut squash soup. We went to the wine and cheese reception at 6:30 and had a chance to meet all the other guests. The snacks were delicious. Bill put out smoked gouda, among other cheeses and some fantastic dips, veggies and crackers. The conversation was great and everything was so nice and stress free. Breakfeast the next day was amazing. The table was set beautifully and coffee and juice were served with bananna cake. We were then served yourgut, with fruit and granola in fluted glasses, followed by an apple french toast with home made whipped cream and cantolupe slices. The breakfeast was finished with a lemon sorbet. Absolutley perfect.
Do not pre-judge the B&B, shops and restaurants by their apperances or small town locations, everything is great inside. I can not reccommend this vacation enough and I can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Borland House is a gracious 18th Century Greek Revival home with a focus on gourmet food. Our accommodations combine comfort, elegance, warmth and something special for the gourmand. Chef Anna, trained in Southern France, has created a special place with a focus on farm-to-table comfort food even creating a backyard farm and orchard. From just enjoying the full sit down breakfast in the Brunch House Restaurant on the Main Floor of the House, to the options of adding on gourmet 3-5 course dinners or cooking classes, the Borland House has a uniqueness you won't find anywhere else. Choose from among our spacious Hanlon and Montgomery rooms with fireplaces and a sitting area to our cozy Isabella Room or newly renovated Artist Wing Rooms (the only rooms that share a bathroom). ... more less
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