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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We stayed at the Halsey House over President's Day Weekend, and we could not have been happier with our choice. From the time we booked our hotel, the Davids were reaching out to us to provide helpful tips about the area, local activities and our stay. When we arrived there were home baked cookies waiting to welcome us.

We did not have a car while we were there, but the Halsey House is well located just outside the main area of Trumansburg and about 20 minutes to Ithaca downtown. Uber is available, but our wonderful hosts even offered to give us a ride into the local village if we couldn't find one!

From start to finish, everything was perfect. The room was extremely comfortable, clean and well decorated. There was a cozy fireplace and robes in the bathroom for us to lounge in. The breakfasts though... let me tell you about the breakfasts. You would suspect a professional chef was back in the kitchen working from dawn. Each morning we started with a first course (creme bruleed yogurt one day, candied fruit salad the next), and then an artisanal main entree that was really a few dishes on one plate (the pesto ham eggs benedict was fantastic).

I urge you to bask in the hospitality of the Davids if you have an opportunity to visit Trumansburg!

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Janna M
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David ., Owner at Halsey House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Hello neighbors to be...we so enjoyed having you both stay here with us while you acquainted yourselves with Ithaca and the surrounding towns. We love Trumansburg and think it is a very special place to live and work and it is most convenient to Ithaca , the gorges, vineyards, etc . and outside the hustle and bustle that can be Ithaca especially when the students are in residence. Thank you for your kind words about our home, our hospitality and our breakfasts, we do want all of our guests to feel "at home" in comfortable and cozy surroundings. If we can be of any help to you in your house hunting, move and any questions once settled, we are here and would welcome your call or email.

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

My advice is to look at the website. I think it's an honest one and gives you a good idea of what to expect. We were very happy with our stay. The hosts were superb, warm, and welcoming. Their advice on restaurants and things to do was right on the spot. The location is good for many things, especially the gorge, falls, and vineyards. The breakfasts were very, very good. I'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that could duplicate them.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Robert C
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David ., Owner at Halsey House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you Robert, we loved having you stay with us and so glad that you found your time here to be relaxing and enjoyable. You were in the Serenity room, as I recall, with its large king bed and comfortable sitting area. We love what we do and love this area as well and thus, we enjoy sharing our knowledge with guests so as to enhance their visit to this part of the Finger Lakes Region. As the cook, I appreciate your comments on our breakfasts as we do our best to offer up locally sourced, fresh produce and dairy as much as possible while still presenting some unexpected but tasty spins on traditional recipes. Most of all thank you for finding our website to be an accurate one as respects photos and information, that is paramount for potential guests. Hope to see you again when the weather is warmer.

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

We stayed in "Margaret's Retreat" and the ambiance was lovely! The Davids are the perfect hosts and made us feel like we were someone special! The breakfasts each day were scrumptious and we met the most interesting people from all over the US! The wineries and the local parks added to the overall experience! By the time we departed, we felt like we had made new friends and would highly recommend that you escape to Halsey House! Thank you David and David for a perfect getaway!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Magi D
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David ., Owner at Halsey House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Thank you Magi D, it sounds like we met our goals with you: to make a guest feel special, arriving as a guest but departing as a new friend. We are sol glad that you enjoyed your whole experience here in the Finger Lakes Region that we now call home. Taughannock Falls State Park is right down the road from Halsey House and the Cayuga Wine Trail starts nearby as well. Margaret's Retreat is one of our most asked for rooms with it lovely wooden canopy queen bed with comfy pillow topped mattress, whirlpool tub and cozy sitting area, it makes relaxing a mandate not a choice. Hope we will see you again.

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Halsey House is a beautifully restored and furnished historic home with great attention to detail in their service. Pre-trip communications were frequent and very helpful. The breakfasts are fantastic and the hosts,"the Davids" are friendly, helpful, and accommodating. One of the best B&B experiences we've had.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jeff A
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David ., Owner at Halsey House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

We are pleased that you found our pre arrival communications to be helpful. We believe that they assist travelers in making their plans and enjoying our home to the fullest. That information is then supplemented with more upon arrival specifically indicating many of the events/attractions taking place during the stay. As the cook, I appreciate your comments about our breakfasts; we do our best to present delicious breakfast fare that is different from what one might normally expect at a B&B and this weekend we will be offering some chocolate chip and cream cheese schnecken for the first time . Thank you for the review and we do hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

My husband and I have stayed here with friends in the past and this time it was just the 2 of us. Both visits were lovely and relaxing. David and David are wonderful with communication before your stay and they accommodated my gluten free dietary requests with aplomb. They even went above and beyond when we locked our keys in our car! We enjoyed great conversation with them following breakfast (the creme brulee yogurt is AMAZING!!) and overall, we just simply can't recommend Halsey House enough. It is a refreshing home away from home.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank laurengarges
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David ., Owner at Halsey House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

We love returning guests as they are proof that we did our job quite well previously and we appreciate that affirmation..it is one of the factors that makes this job so rewarding. Gluten Free requests are easy to meet when we are told well in advance so thank you for recognizing that fact; happy that you enjoyed the creme brulee yogurt parfait...it has been a guest favorite. Happy that we could assist with your getting to dinner at Hazelnut Kitchen...just all part of what we do to meet the needs of our guests. Hope we will see you again.

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