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Edwards Waterhouse Inn – Fredonia, New York Full of Antiques, But Modern Living too!

This egg dish was baked and was the best egg dish we had on our trip to New York!
To us, a porch means more than just sitting outside. Its a social area where you can visit on the street with passersby’s
Welcoming all who wished to rest their weary bones-The Edward Waterhouse Inn.
Detail of our stairway to our vintage decor suite room!
The way it used to be. Big homes, bigger families, big charm and now today, a fine Inn!
The Peterson’s in relax mode! But not for long when you own and operate an spectacularly run Inn!
A delightful sitting room, comfy and beautifully appointed!
Detail of a unique bronze statue on the bottom bannister pole!
Enjoying me coffee, thank you!
Fresh sweet fruit always a welcome starter to a fine breakfast!
Three little stacks of the most delightful European style , light and delicious pancakes. They were really something great! – July 3rd, Bob & Barb writing from home at our Goose Holler Farm/Ranch–This home was built in 1853 by Francis Smith Edwards. The property passes through several hands before it was sold to John A. Waterhouse in 1885. He transformed the home from a square Italian villa, into the current Queen Anne style by 1888. John Waterhouse’s wife took on a mortgage and opened the home as a Sanitarium, offering cures for those suffering from alcoholism, tobacco or drug addiction. They sold the home in 1898 to the Steam’s family. The Steams sold the home to the Fredonia Teachers College for student housing. It changed hands again until Jeff Peterson, and Maggie Bryan Peterson purchased the home approximately 14 years ago. They restored the home to it’s original beautiful condition turning it into an Inn. Jeffrey Peterson co-owner with Maggie Bryun Peterson said that “We didn’t so much take possession of the house, in a way, it took possession of us.” The house is really built-14-inches of solid brick, a turret room, porches all the way around most of the first floor, delightful sitting rooms and a library room, very large dining area and the rooms were commodious and  well appointed in a modern touch that blended with the antiques and early furniture. The breakfast meals were amazing! 

First of all, I/we love real coffee that tastes and smells like it. The Inn had it covered! All the morning dishes were tasty and exceptionally well conceived and prepared. Jeff Peterson is a perfectionist and it showed in everything he did. Turning down the beds, creating the meals with Maggie-we were mightily impressed. Nothing was taken for granted. We were in the town of Fredonia and the streets were laced with great stores and several restaurants. Our walk was punctuated by meeting a few of the locals who were all friendly and wanting to tell us tourists all about their lovely town, just up the road from Lake Erie! Go:   This terrific B&B is located at 71 Central Ave. Fredonia, N.Y. 14063 Give a call to (716) 672-6751 or (716) 485-3388








Chautauqua Institution – The Anthenaeum Hotel – A Beautiful Historic Place in New York State


The Front Desk! -June 29th. I had the opportunity to visit the Chautauqua Institution, in Chautauqua, New York prior to the beginning of their summer season.

The Athenaeum Hotel

Touring the beautiful Athenaeum Hotel was a real treat. The hotel was established in 1881. The constant renovations has kept up to the standards to the history and beauty of the past, while having the up-to-date comforts to enjoy on a day to day basis for today. I would have loved to have my wedding in such a historic place. The hotel and Institution are open during the summer months. In the spring and fall months, the Athenaeum Hotel acts as a host to well-organized conferences, beautiful weddings, and special events. A Chautauqua Institution gate pass is not needed during these months. For information call : (716) 357-6250.   

The Institution is home to the entertainment programs offering many events such as concerts, a dance program by the Chautauqua Ballet Company, or a show by a special guest artists and so much that are a range of special courses in music, art, dance, drama and others. There are also scholarship programs offered. Presently the Amphitheater is in the process of a complete renovation and is re-opening within the next couple of weeks. It was at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, where Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a crowd of over 12,000 with his historic “I hate war” speech. The Institution has also been visited by a number of notable historical figures including Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony,  Amelia Earhart ,Thurgood Marshall and many more notable people in America’s past and present. To find out more about what is offered and to make reservations, visit their website:

Located on Lake Chautauqua, we also toured the beautiful homes within the Institution area. 


A wonderful Lunch On The Porch


Very relaxing seating Area


The Historic Miller Bell Tower Dedicated in 1911 In The Background.


The Great Tree Inn – Mayville, N.Y. – A feeling that you have come home – June 24th. When we arrived at The Great Tree Inn, we were welcomed by Innkeepers Mark and Shelia. This Inn is a 1850’s farmhouse and barn on 10 acres, in a beautiful country setting. Very private, yet just a couple of minutes to the town of Mayville. After we settled in to our room, we toured the other rooms and found that they are all furnished attractively and have private bathrooms. If you like farm animals, this is your B&B. From horses to pigs, ducks and chickens {their fresh eggs fed us our omelettes) and all manner of critters in between, this is a real down to earth spot for you.

After settling in, we decided to explore Mayville. It is situated at the northwest end of Chautauqua Lake and is the closest town to the Chautauqua Institution. The steamboat, Chautauqua Bell was parked on the lake which still operates out of Mayville and runs between Point Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution and the vessel’s home port in Mayville.

Mark and Sheila have a large selection of magazines, anytime coffee pot with home made goodies (great cookies) and a very comfortable living room to relax any time of the day. We enjoyed sitting outside in the cool evening chatting with touring couples who biked all over the area.

In the morning, we both were able to enjoy Mark’s creative, very tasty breakfasts that gave us a great headstart for the day ahead. The portions are extra-large, and all left overs are recycled by his many animals. Since Bob was leaving at 6:00 in the morning to go fishing, Mark insisted that he could not leave the Inn without one of his terrific breakfasts.  For more information the web site: or call: (716) 753-7989 or (1800) 421-0082

The Carriage Inn Bed & Breakfast – Charles Town, West Virginia – A Beautiful Place

Donn & Marie Davis, owners of the Carriage Inn  B & B were spectacular hosts. On a scale of 1-10-they were an eleven! They treat their guests as true family! We saw it with other guests, not just ourselves.
The young lady business woman loves to stay at this B&B. She feels safe and happy compared to cold motels and hotels. We love the breakfasts that are made to order, hot and tasty-home-made. Marie truly made us the best breakfast of our trip to W.VA. – June 20 – West, VA. Bob and Barb “Stopping to Smell the Roses” and “On the Road Again.” This time at the Carriage Inn, Historically significant bed & breakfast. We felt the history here in the footsteps of Pres. George Washington’s brother home-a truly historic place to visit. The building is on the Federal Register of Historic Places visited by Southern Generals, Lee, Jackson, Stuart, Ashby and Northern Generals Sheridan and Grant. The rooms are large and comfortable as they were two Centuries ago.  Today, with TV and Internet access, modern electricity and toiletry, so expected and important to us and every visitor as well. Note: they have excellent high speed internet. We enjoyed visiting Harpers Ferry and the Antietam Battlefields. Our visit was too short and we will come back with our bikes, so we can enjoy the countryside. Barb did try her luck at the Charles Town Casino (although we ran out from the smoke smell). The nearby Potomac River is full of small mouth bass. I fly fished a portion of it. 48-catch and release bass.

Delicious asparagus stuffed eggs and real home-made muffins. I still miss her perfectly done bacon!
Our comfy room! It had a fireplace, full bath and great internet and tv.
Washington, General Lee, Sherman were a few of the famous historic figures who sat in this room.
These historic Civil War Generals and officers met at the Historic Carriage Inn in 1860’s.

The Innkeepers Donn and Marie Davis  (304) 728-8003 or (800) 867-9830. They were a delight! We enjoyed their wonderful breakfast in their historic dining room. Check out their website: