The Idlwilde Inn has been home to families and welcoming visitors to the tranquil Finger Lakes region for well over a century. The Inn is located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, just a short walk from downtown Watkins Glen and close to both the Watkins Glen State Park and the Watkins Glen International Raceway. Idlwilde Inn is an 18-room Victorian mansion built in 1892 that sits on two and a half acres in a park-like setting with a great lawn and formal gardens. This charming house has a character given by exquisite craftsmanship of an earlier era, with a meticulously detailed staircase, moldings, ornamental ceilings, slate roof and eight decorative fireplaces. There are several sunrooms, a romantic turret room, a huge breezy wrap-around porch, enclosed gazebo, and carriage house all overlooking the beauty of Seneca Lake. The Inn boasts 15 well-appointed guest rooms. Victorian antiques and comfortable common areas make this Watkins Glen bed and breakfast an unforgettable experience for guests.
Elin spent her childhood summers in the Finger Lakes, on Cayuga Lake, and then spent many more years here with Marcus and their two children. Although the Dowds have spent the last 30 years living and working in California, they never missed a summer vacation on Cayuga Lake. Returning to the Finger Lakes and acquiring the Idlwilde Inn has been their dream come true, and they want you to see it as they do when you come and stay.