Romantic Inn / B&B & Couples Getaway in Rochester
Kiss & Tell
This is the time of year when the seasons change from the first green suggestions of spring to the warmer weather and blooming gardens of summer. But here, at the Ellwanger, it is Elopement Season, with brides in delicate white lace gliding down the carved oak staircase, to meet their cherished partners in front of gathered friends and family and promise their undying love for each other.
Sometimes the vows are exchanged in front of the period fireplace of the Great Room; sometimes the couple decides to take their ceremony to the fresh air and garden scents of the generous porch, overlooking the beautiful Ellwanger Garden.
Not all the brides are young, not all the gowns are formal, but all the couples have something in common: a love of romance, an appreciation of vintage surroundings and a deep faith and hope in the future together.
Along with all the other amenities that the Ellwanger Estate B&B offers, you can also awaken your inner artist. One of our frequent return guests, Anya Orzechowska, usually manages to depict a local scene or a figure in a painting during her stays.
Recently Anya has been focusing on portraits of pets and says that it is inspiring to capture the love of people she has met for the pet that shares their home. This last weekend, she finished a portrait of Piggy, a Boston terrier with an attitude and Fox, a gentle pit bull.
Although she often works from photographs, Anya says the only problem with painting these tail-wagging pets is that she always wants to take them home with her afterwards!
(Let her know if you would like to have a portrait of your four-legged family member. Contact her at email@example.com)
And to whom do I owe my debit of gratitude for nominating the Ellwanger Estate B&B as the Best Valentine Getaway? So you can imagine my surprise when Channel 10 called to report that the Ellwanger Estate had been nominated and was now in the top five! That was a shot in the arm. The competition was stiff and my hat goes off to the winner: Woodcliff Hotel.
So what would I change for the 2017 competition ? Not a thing other than category.
I love the intimacy of a FOUR room Bed and Breakfast, vs a 236 room hotel, with a golf course, spa, restaurant, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Oops, I’m forgetting who I am promoting! However we are two different entities. If you are looking for peace, quiet, serenity, romance, charm, in a Downton Abby way with lush gardens, wildlife, and all walking distance to the U or R, College Town, Highland Park and downtown, then I’m your retreat.
Andrew writes: “They take such good care of you and the atmosphere is so perfectly rochester.” As a frequent flyer to the Ellwanger, Andrew knows best!
Safely past Thanksgiving, the talk now turns to Christmas and the winter season. Most people will think warmly of Christmas festivities and hot toddies by the fire but I think of JAZZ. Our B&B guests are in for a treat this Saturday, December 4th, from 2-4 PM as we usher in the winter holidays with JAZZ! While the Ellwanger Estate B&B knows how to jazz things up a bit, we also have a little help from our friends. The 14 foot Fraser Fir is in place, the great hall is decked, and jazz will be in the air this Saturday to hark in the holidays. All our B&B guests are in for a special stay this weekend.