I loved The Lodge from my first impression last year. It's a tidy log cabin, tucked back into the forest with green Algonquin chairs set out on the front and side porches. Rustic and tastefully decorated with quilts, wood furniture and hunting lodge touches, The Lodge features windows with gorgeous vistas of lush greenery and the Genesee River. If you're looking for a peaceful setting, here's a place where you can sit on the porch in the morning to read and listen to the birds. One evening we had pizza and wine on the porch, watching the sunset and the fireflies flickering in the field below.
Innkeepers Joe and Nancy have thought of every comfort to make your stay enjoyable--from aromatic bath salts to a wide array of magazines and tons of books available on every subject. There's even a little gift shop featuring local crafts, a downstairs common sitting/games room, large upstairs living area/breakfast nook/kitchen, which is where the magic happens.
Joe is a Culinary Arts Teacher, so the food is delicious and made fresh just for you, in Joe's "kitchen theatre"--it's a unique set-up where you sit and chat while your food is prepared before your eyes. Nancy is no slouch in the kitchen either--I love her toasted coconut bread, French toast and the freshly-baked cookies she sets out every day. In addition to the cookies, guests can help themselves to cold drinks in a mini-fridge in the common room, a water cooler, and Keurig pods (coffee, decaf, tea, hot chocolate).
During the slower, cooler months, dinners are offered to guests. An extensive menu is sent in advance and for a very reasonable price, you book your tasty, home-cooked, multi-course meal, all for a fraction of a restaurant price. If you're a "foodie", you will be in heaven!
I've stayed in all three rooms over the past year. The Tamarack Room is the nicest, with slightly larger room size, double sinks and separate vanity lights, jets in the deep tub, gas fireplace, desk, chair. There is no air conditioning but the two larger suites on the lower level are naturally cool (there is also a large fan in the closet of the Tamarack Room). I stayed in the White Pine Room on some very hot days last summer and found it warm because it's upstairs and sunny, but there was a window fan so once it started to cool down in the evening, the room temperature levelled off. The bathroom for this room is across the hall but the place is small and quiet so it's not inconvenient.
Joe and Nancy are a fun, interesting, hospitable and entertaining couple. Their tagline is, "Come as a guest, leave as a friend," and we found this is exactly what happened. So much so, in fact, that we chose to get married at The Lodge this summer. Joe, also the Town Justice, married us and Nancy was our witness. We exchanged our vows on the side porch, and went for a boat ride on nearby Rushford Lake following our informal and brief ceremony. As simple as our ceremony was, Joe spent two days crafting our vows as a surprise, and they stained the porch and planted flowers, in case we decided to get married outdoors. Because of such thoughtful and generous touches, The Lodge is no longer just an accommodation for us . . . it's become a destination that we can't wait to get back to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in April of 2008, The Lodge B&B is a long time dream, realized for Innkeepers, Joe and Nancy Fusco. From the moment you walk in, they do their best to make your stay both pleasant and memorable. The Lodge is a beautiful log home nestled in the woods, on a hill overlooking the Genesee River in Caneadea, NY. There are 3 newly remodelled guest rooms, each with private bathrooms. ... more less