The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
First off, I’m going to start this three-part blog post by THANKING the American Dairy Association for the most amazing trip I took to the Finger Lakes this past weekend. I not only learned about dairy farms but how they’re transformed in factories up to great things to make in the kitchen using those delicious ingredients.
As I mentioned, this is going to be a three-part blog post which seems right since it was a three-day trip so I thought I’d break it up as such. Friday was my first day out there and after a 2 hr and 45 min drive from Schenectady, we made it to our hotel Geneva on the Lake (1001 Lochland Rd, Rt 14. Geneva). Each Friday night, they have a cocktail hour featuring cheeses and delicious local Finger Lakes wine so that was our first stop. Hosted in the parlor, a smaller room filled with books, fancy chairs and games like chess and checkers (all of which with permission you can bring back to you room) we were welcomed by four delicious choices for wine and left to mingle. After the long drive and a glass of wine though, I was ready to explore the room.
The hotel was incredible. The bellhop brought us into our room and had to give us a tour! We stayed in the “Landmark Two Bedroom Suite.” We walked in to a bathroom, two bedrooms, a full kitchen (with complimentary water and bottle of wine) and living room with flat screen TV. Our only complaint was that the Wi-Fi wasn’t as easy to connect to as they said it was but to the hotel’s credit, we didn’t make an attempt to contact anyone to remedy the situation.
While relaxing and reading the Dairy Association and Hotel information we learned about a huge amount of amenities the hotel offers that made me wish I could stay longer than just two nights! To start, our tub was a Jacuzzi but we didn’t really have the right amount of time to use it. It’s just down the street from the beautiful Hobart & William Smith College so the area is beautiful and it’s right on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail (but we’ll get to that with post #3).
For dinner we were offered a $25 meal voucher for the candlelight dinner with live music at the hotel restaurant so we took advantage of it. To start, for an appetizer ($14), we had crab and spinach dip over toast points. It was a perfect serving for two and goodness gracious was it delicious. I would honestly put that on everything I ever ate if I could. It wasn’t an obnoxious crab flavor but just perfect to enhance the texture and taste.
For dinner ($38), my friend Kellie ordered Australian Rack of Lamb (grilled and roasted and served with perfectly balanced mint and basil pesto) and I ordered sea bass (Fresh Chilean sea bass wrapped with zucchini, summer squash and carrot ribbons, roasted and served with a house tomato sauce). Those two dinners (we shared a taste with each other) were probably some of the best I’ve had out in a long while. The sea bass was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I love sea bass but I’ve never had it cooked so perfectly, so delicate, that I didn’t want it to end. It was paired with a cooked spinach, cauliflower and wild rice from the heavens. I have no idea what magic they put in that dish but if I went back, I would order it again. Worth every penny!
I slept like a rock, I ate like a queen. I would love to go back and if you find yourself looking for a place to stay on Seneca Lake, give this hotel a look. The view was beautiful but I can’t imagine what it would be like on a bright summer day. The property made me feel like Great Gatsby a couple of times and made for an unforgettable experience.