Wine tasting is an option when you visit the Wine Shop at Belhurst Castle. The shop itself is interesting in the items that are for sale there that are not wines. Lawn flags, wine racks, wine glasses, wine glass identity rings, wine bottle openers, candies (wine filled), cheeses (wine flavored); all this and more.
The wine tasting is by appointment only (call number below). You are allowed to sample five wines and rate them (and of course buy bottles of them). The host/hostess shows you the proper techniques for evaluating wine stock. Water, cheese and crackers are provided to cleanse your palate between samplings.
It's free and fun, so give them a call. And if you drink to much and need a place to sleep it off, they have a fabulous hotel.
550 Hamilton Street, Geneva, New York, 14456, United States
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4069 Route 14 South, PO Box 609, Geneva, New York, 14456, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
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Meals by the numbers; they have a fixed menu with each meal numbered. You can add a few minor changes but you basically get what is pictured on the menu-board. You place your order and get a ticket that records what you want. You sit down and give the ticket to your server who then gets the information to the kitchen personnel.
They serve you phenomenally fast considering the crowd of people in the extra-large dining area. The servers help you with any extras you need and get your drinks for you and plates for the salad bar. Everything was effecient but somewhat impersonal.
The food was delicious and cooked just as we asked and the portions were generous.
I got the Chicken Dinner and the wife got the Sirloin and Shrimp. We both got the mini-salad-bar which meant we could go to the buffet and get anything from the first serving area (fruits, buns, salads, vegetables) but not from the second buffet (soups, shrimp, jellos, meat slices).
The price was a little bit high but reasonable considering the quantity of food. ($20 per person).
The biggest drawback was the noise.
The decor is ranch-house; wood and benches/booths and wide-open. There are very few obstructions to keep voices from several tables away from getting to you.
Every once in a while we get crazy and do something way out of character.
Our visit to Geneva on the Lake was one of those experiences.
We are pretty much just plain ole folks.
This restaurant was classed so much above our standard that we really felt out of place.
My brown corduroy suit and red tie just didn't fit well with the black-tie and suit atmosphere in the dining area. To say that it was elegant is an understatement. There were so many forks on the table and I had no idea which one went with what part of the meal.
We started with a thin soup that was the special for the day, then a nice plate (not bowl) of salad that looked like they do in the ladies' magazines. The main part of the meal was Beef Wellington and that was delicious (a bit over-filling but good). We had a piece of some chocolate cake with cherry sauce elaborately decorated for our pleasure. Finished off with a little wine.
To say the least, the service was fabulous (but I felt like they were taking score on how many faux pas I was making) and the headwaiter was dressed better than I was. The food was delicious and they served it at just the right moment when we had finished the previous part of the meal.
Besides the main dining area, there was a smaller private room and a veranda if you rather eat outdoors.
We ate well that evening but had to take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for it (at least that is what it seemed like).
Belhurst Castle is a beautiful mansion situated on Seneca Lake which was built in the late 1800's. Over the years, this impressive building has been a private home, a casino, a speakeasy and finally a restaurant and inn. There is quite a bit of history to Belhurst Castle and there are even rumors that it is haunted by a female ghost.
It is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary, a birthday or just for a romantic meal. Many weddings take place on its beautifully landscaped lawn in the summer months. In my opinion, it is one of the nicest and most elegant places to dine in the Fingerlakes region.
Favorite Dish: The Sunday Brunch is spectacular. In addition to the typical breakfast foods such as eggs, roasted potatoes , made-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles, etc ,there is a salad bar and a decadent dessert room which has a large variety of cheeses tortes, pies, pastries, fruits etc. Too tempting! The minature cream puffs are the best! :-)
The brunch is from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on Sundays and is reasonably priced at $15 per person. Included in the price is a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary,if you wish.
Geneva ranks in the "low crime risk" category for all crimes except larceny(theft) where the town ranks in higher than average risk. There are only 10 sex offenders registered for the whole area around Geneva.
So, if you will just make sure that you keep car doors locked and your valuables in the motel safe or some other secure spot out of sight, then you should have a safe visit to Geneva.
Right on the northern tip of Seneca Lake, accessed by route 5/20.
The park's best features are its beach, its playgrounds, its marina and its water-spray area.
The less favorite attributes of the park are its picnicking facilities.
The beach is sandy and the water is shallow enough for wading. The playgrounds have slides and swings and jungle gyms and are good for pre-teens. The spray park area is a favorite for young teens and a great way to cool off. The marina service small boats (canoes and kayaks) and also has electric slips for larger motorboats. Using the clear blue water of this part of Seneca Lake for water skiing and fishing is a popular pastime.
There are a few walking trails that are also used by trail-skiers in the winter.
Near the parking area are the picnic tables and grills and pavilion and restrooms.
There are some excellent lake views from the picnic area but it is all down hill slopes.
Address: 1 Lakefront Road
Blue skies over Seneca Lake are a pretty sight. You can now check to see if that is what is happening right now. The link below gives you access to a live webcam that allows you to check out the current weather conditions or review the weather pattern for the last month.
the camera is located at the Ramada Inn on the lakefront
Geneva is a village, a town and a city and incorporates several communities under each of those governing bodies.
The communities associated with the various aspects of Geneva are:
Billsboro... on route 14 on Seneca Lake, south of Geneva
Billsboro Corners... on route 6, west of Billsboro
most of Border City... hamlet east of town
Clark Point... just north of Billsboro on the lake front
most of East Geneva... eastof the city on route 5/20
Lenox Park... hamlet west of town on route 20
Pre-Emption... northwest of Geneva on route 4
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