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Bring Your Family to an Ice Cream Shop in Geneva, NY

Geneva, NY, is home to some fabulous ice cream shops - and who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? If you’re out and about fishing, boating, or shopping, ice cream will be the perfect sweet treat for you and your family before heading back to Belhurst Castle, just a few minutes away from all of the best ice cream shops in Geneva, NY.  The 2 Best Ice Cream Shops in Geneva, NY There are several ice cream shops in the Geneva area, but we want to tell you about the two very best ice cream shops around. [...]

Go Fishing in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes are unique and beautiful lakes located in New York. Whether you want to go fishing in the Finger Lakes while your wife is at the spa, or make a whole family day out of it, New York is the perfect place to vacation! A Finger Lakes Fishing Guide The eleven glacially formed Finger Lakes are located in central and western New York are home to some wonderful fishing, with bold cold and warm water fish. Fish from the shore with a bobber or go deep trolling from a boat, we promise that your afternoon of fishing will [...]

Plan the Best Romantic Getaway in Upstate New York

When you think of New York, you may think of the busy hustle and bustle of New York City - the city that never sleeps. Though New York City has one of the most unique atmospheres in the country, you may not get the quiet and quality time with your significant other staying in the city. However, when you plan a romantic getaway in Upstate New York, you’ll find a peaceful, romantic, hushed setting. There is one place in particular that will guarantee the best romantic getaway in Upstate New York - Belhurst Castle. The Best Romantic Getaway in Upstate [...]

A Comprehensive Finger Lakes Hiking Guide

New York’s Finger Lakes span approximately 9,000 square miles, covering nearly six million acres of rolling hills, still lakes, racing creeks, and historic villages. There are many ways to explore this vast, undeniably picturesque landscape, including bicycling, kayaking, boating, birding, or backpacking. However, the preferred method of exploration for guests here at luxurious Belhurst Castle is a good, old-fashioned hiking expedition. It’s no secret that the Finger Lakes hiking scene is dotted with jaw-dropping waterfalls, but don’t overlook this region’s dense forestry, curious wildlife, and long-forgotten railways. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. A 20-Stop Finger [...]

Isabella Spa & Salon: The Best Finger Lakes Spa

Belhurst Castle’s old-world charm, Romanesque Revival architecture, and Medina sandstone make up the history of the three-story marvel. Guests have prompt access to many upscale conveniences, such as gourmet cuisine, a vino tasting room, and, of course, an array of soothing spa services. In fact, the on-site Isabella Spa & Salon has evolved into the premier Finger Lakes spa, thanks to a team of well-traveled, certified massage therapists. The spa is named after a beautiful Italian opera singer and a star-cross lover with ties to the castle, as legend has it. As you can imagine, Isabella Spa & Salon allures [...]

Valentine’s Day Getaway Near Me: Belhurst Castle

We’re less than three weeks away from the most romantic holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day. Every February, the “Month of Love” provides a heartfelt excuse to celebrate your sweetheart via chocolate, wine, fine dining, and an ultra-romantic gesture or two. But nothing says “I love you” more than a romantic getaway into the heart of the Finger Lakes. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day lands on a Friday this year, so we’re expecting a truly special celebration here at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY. With a variety of luxurious packages, specialty spa treatments, and, of course, the best gourmet cuisine in town, [...]

Winter Wedding Venues in Geneva, NY: A Belhurst Fairytale

We’re on the cusp of yet another festive holiday season at Belhurst Castle. Not only is Christmas (and New Year’s Eve, for that matter) a time for celebration and reflection, but it’s also widely referred to as the “most popular day to get engaged.” After all, what’s more romantic than embracing each other underneath falling snowflakes on an early 18th-century estate? Yes, our historic castle and winery is an idyllic destination for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, or engagement, but we’re also proud to be one of the premier winter wedding venues in Geneva, NY. 10 Reasons to Tie the Knot [...]

The Finger Lakes in Winter: Beauty, Elegance, and Adventure

We’re on the cusp of yet another snowy holiday season here at Belhurst Castle, the Finger Lakes’ premier romantic lodging option. Belhurst Castle is an idyllic year-round destination for couples searching for an elegant escape and groups of all sizes in need of a sophisticated gathering space alongside peaceful Seneca Lake. Our eye-catching respite, known initially as “Bellehurst,” has played a significant role in Geneva’s history, dating back to the 1730s. It remains today, as it did back then, a genuinely heartwarming, utterly gorgeous winter locale. In fact, visiting the Finger Lakes in winter has become a popular getaway for [...]

A Magical Weekend in Historic Geneva, NY

In the heart of New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region rests a historic, charming, and picturesque city along the northern rim of Seneca Lake: Geneva, NY. Most travelers visit Geneva, NY, to sample award-winning wine, learn about the area’s absorbing history, and bask in Belhurst Castle’s old-world romance. And, while Belhurst Castle has a top-reviewed winery, expanding brewery, dazzling spa, and two casual yet sophisticated restaurants, a brief visit to downtown Geneva, NY, should be your itinerary. 10 Can’t-Miss Stops in Geneva, NY Whether you’re visiting the Finger Lakes for a long-awaited honeymoon, spontaneous romantic getaway, or group retreat, [...]

The Top 3 Finger Lakes Wine Tours

As we approach autumn’s arrival, Belhurst Castle will welcome hundreds of guests to our award-winning Finger Lakes estate who are hoping to visit the top-reviewed Seneca Lake wineries before the temperatures begin to dip. The Seneca Lake wine trail, which features nearly three dozen New York vineyards, is a popular destination for connoisseurs and beginners alike. This awe-inspiring region is known for its spectacular Finger Lakes wine tours, many of which provide tasting flights, history lessons, and a behind-the-scenes look into the vinification process. Best Finger Lakes Wine Tours near Geneva, NY To ensure that your next well-deserved escape [...]

Self-Guided Geneva Brewery Tour

While New York’s Finger Lakes region has become synonymous with “world-class wine country,” the nation’s rising craft beer scene has officially arrived here in beautiful Geneva, NY. In fact, several of the most popular Seneca Lake breweries are just a short jaunt from Belhurst Castle. Despite the fact that we were recently named a “World’s Best Wine Hotel” by Wine Enthusiast, the savvy, ultra-talented staff at Belhurst Castle knew that the recent uptick in brewing popularity is not just a fad—craft beer is here to stay. Thus, we introduced Mabel's Oat Soda Co., the newest Geneva brewery. The Top [...]

The Best Waterfalls in the Finger Lakes

There are dozens of jaw-dropping waterfalls scattered throughout New York’s Finger Lakes. In fact, “waterfalling” is one of the most popular activities in this beautiful region aside from vineyard tours, grape pie tastings, and casual dining. We’ve compiled a handy list of our four favorite waterfalls in the Finger Lakes, based on personal experience and customer feedback. These Western New York waterfalls range in size, quantity, and accessibility. Occasionally, the scenic adventure to the waterfall is just as much fun as the final payoff. The ideal place to start and finish your adventurous day-trip is Belhurst Castle, a one-of-a-kind [...]

Splash into Summer with These Finger Lakes Activities

Summer is finally here to stay at Belhurst Castle, a one-of-a-kind romantic getaway located in New York’s jaw-dropping Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes region is known for its vineyards, waterfalls, hiking trails, and fall foliage, but several water-based adventures will help you beat the heat this summer. Our luxurious waterfront castle is a short drive from all of the top-rated Finger Lakes activities, such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and windsurfing. Whether you’re hoping to board a relaxing cruise ship, paddle along Canandaigua Lake, or splash inside a nearby waterpark, you’ll quickly discover the allure of a midsummer water-filled escape [...]

Things to Do in the Finger Lakes This Summer

There is a seemingly never-ending amount of memorable things to do in the Finger Lakes, including adventurous outdoor activities, eclectic shopping, and breathtaking vineyards, near Belhurst Castle, a one-of-a-kind luxury getaway located in Geneva, NY. Spend your afternoons paddling on pristine lakes, relaxing at wineries, and picking berries at countryside farms. You can also swim, fish, and sail in one of our most serene bodies of water as well as hike amid jaw-dropping gorges and waterfalls at a nearby state park such as Watkins Glen, where events range from wine and cheese festivals to NASCAR races. Keep reading to [...]

A Spring Wedding at Belhurst Castle

When it comes to Finger Lakes Weddings, nothing compares to our historic Belhurst Castle; it’s the perfect spot for a fairytale wedding on Seneca Lake. We’ll make this a memorable wedding in a cozy atmosphere with no venue fee, delightful food, and distinguished service. Between our three hotels, two restaurants, winery, as well as our full-service Spa and Salon, to ensure you have the wedding of your dream in the Finger Lakes. Belhurst Castle offers more than just Finger Lakes lodging, and we also provide the magical setting of a Castle on the lake and all the amenities you’ll [...]

All Aboard! 3 Unique Seneca Lake Boat Tours

With summer rapidly approaching, it’s finally time to turn our attention to summer’s splendor. As the temperatures continue to rise and the Finger Lake wilderness jolts back to life, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers set their sights on Seneca Lake. On the north end of Seneca Lake lies Geneva, NY, a quintessential harbor town filled with ice cream shops, local wineries, and the prettiest castle in the state. On the lake’s southern reach rests Watkins Glen State Park, a spellbinding natural wonder. We like to think that Geneva (and beautiful Belhurst Castle, for that matter) offers an idyllic blend [...]

Spring into Relaxation

Whether you're looking for pleasant things to do in Geneva NY or a relaxing trip, our beautiful Belhurst Castle is a relaxing place to unwind and the perfect spot to celebrate any occasion in Finger Lakes Wine Country.  Unique Accommodations Choose from one of our three unique properties, our Castle Chambers Hotel, Vinifera Inn, or our White Springs Manor. When you stay in our Castle Chambers Hotel, select one of our 11 historical rooms, or one of three private cottages. For a touch of modern stay in one of our 20 Vinifera Inn guestrooms with stunning views of Seneca [...]

The Story of Castle Belhurst

Standing proudly on the shores of Seneca Lake in Geneva New York, Belhurst Castle boasts the beauty of the original designs of architects Fuller & Wheeler. We invite you to take a step back in time to learn about this legendary castle and how it became the beautiful hotel we know today. Once a private home, Belhurst Castle is now a wonderful property that features three hotels, two restaurants, a Spa & Salon, as well as our prestigious Belhurst Estate Winery. For more information about the history of our town visit the Geneva History Museum. History of the Belhurst [...]

A Romantic Escape to Geneva NY

Valentine's Day is almost here, so if you're still looking to impress your sweetheart with a unique gift,  book a trip to Belhurst. Every girl dreams of a romantic getaway in a castle with their prince charming. We can help you make this romantic getaway to the shore of Seneca Lake. Private Accommodations Overlooking Seneca Lake At Belhurst, we have three unique hotels to accommodate all your needs. Choose to stay in our Castle Chambers or one of our three private cottages. You could also book Vinifera Inn, our modern hotel which offers stunning views of Seneca Lake. If [...]

Christmas and New Year’s at Belhurst Castle

If you’re looking for a spontaneous Christmas getaway to celebrate the holidays, Belhurst Castle is the spot for you. We offer a historical haven for you to experience a magical Christmas in Geneva New York. Throughout your stay, you’ll get a chance to see winter in Geneva, enjoy delicious dining, and visit our Winery & Gift Shop all in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Holidays in Geneva New York Experience the magic of Christmas and create lifelong memories with loved ones as you travel to Geneva NY. From quaint shops, like Geneva Antique Co-op, to great restaurants, [...]