January through March was a blur of roadtrips for my daughter’s college interviews – Ann Arbor, Boston, and Ithaca were all on the itinerary. With that much traveling (and interview nerves), a restful night sleep was essential. Ithaca, NY’s William Henry Miller Inn is an historic and beautiful bed and breakfast in the center of Downtown Ithaca, NY with the smell of fresh baked bread as you walk in the door to welcome you home. The William Henry Miller Inn set just the right tone to prepare my daughter for her full day ahead. Continue reading for more of our visit to the William Henry Miller Inn prior to my daughter’s Ithaca College interview.
We arrived around 7:30pm on a Friday night following the two-hour drive from Rochester to Ithaca at the conclusion of my work day. Owner and innkeeper Lynnette Scofield welcomed us in from the cold, snowy, February night, introduced us to Lucy (their 14 year old dog), and showed us to our room at the “Top of the Stairs.” She gave us a quick tour of the main living areas on the first floor where we could not help notice the bounty of fresh-baked desserts displayed on the sideboard. Ithaca, NY is a foodie town, and Lynnette directed us to a restaurant for dinner (there are nearly 50 within walking distance). She also instructed us to save room for dessert when we returned.
During all our family travels, we’ve stayed in all kinds of hotels, motels, and even an RV on our national park roadtrip, but we’ve never stayed in a bed and breakfast before. Our daughter was instantly smitten with the place saying “everything here is so cute. If I go to Ithaca College, I want to live here instead of the dorm and be put to bed every night with warm marmalade cake.”
Our room at the Top of the Stairs was more like a suite with our own private bath and shower, a queen bed, and a single bed in the corner as well. There were unique touches such as a telescope to enjoy the view from our perch high atop the inn and a fainting couch that my daughter gravitated towards.
We had an early start Saturday morning for the interview, and figured we would just grab coffee and a bagel in town. However, Lynnette Scofield assured us she would wake early to get breakfast on the table and get us ready for the day. It was hard waking up in the morning, but we were so glad to not have to get up even earlier if we were to drive to Ithaca that day. When we headed downstairs, we could smell breakfast, and it was so much more than we expected. [Although the “8 Broads in the Kitchen” cookbook from innkeepers of notable bed & breakfasts in our room should have clued me in to the meal.]
Sunlight streamed through the windows while a fire warmed the dining room, and we were treated to a three course breakfast beginning with fresh baked sweet breads and scones.
Our fruit course was roasted plums with mascarpone cream, followed by a choice of two entrees a crustless quiche or “insane” waffle.
Lucy (the 14 year old dog) wandered around the room in a sweater as we dined on our scrumptious breakfast items. We hated to eat and run, but Lynnette wouldn’t have it any other way. She doted on us like a grandmother, and knew my daughter was visiting for a college interview. Lynnette ensured that we were fed and on our way up the hill with plenty of time to get to Ithaca College. And how did it go? Well, let’s just say that I think we’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit with Lucy and sample fresh marmalade cake at the Willaim Henry Miller Inn in the future.
DISCLOSURE: Dave Parfitt was hosted by the William Henry Miller Inn and received complimentary accommodations and breakfast. However, all opinions expressed are also those of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.