Travel Blogger “Mardi” writes a blog on Food Buzz under the nomen, “eatlivetravelwrite.” The blogger recently toured the Finger Lakes from Ithaca to Seneca Falls and writes about a visit to the Hotel Clarence and Knapp Vineyards, among other things.
Of the Clarence, the author writes, “We headed on to Seneca Falls, where I’ll admit I stumbled upon the recently renovated Hotel Clarence purely by chance. Realizing that we might want to spend one of our three nights at the northern end of one of the lakes, Seneca Falls seemed like a logical choice. I immediately fell in love with the idea of the Clarence, originally constructed in 1919 and named The Gould Hotel after its main financier, Gould Manufacturing Company.
Acquired in 2007 by J&J Hospitality, whose intention was to revitalize the hotel and once again make it a centerpiece of the Finger Lakes region, the Hotel Clarence was born. As The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce puts it: “The theme of the beloved movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ permeates every aspect of the hotel and reminds the traveler of times gone by. This gem should not be missed by those planning a trip to upstate New York. It is a pretty “wonderful place.”
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