1922 Starkey House: A Mission-Revival Style Bed & Breakfast
Starkey House is located in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country along Seneca Lake. It is a genuine Mission-Revival-style home, built in 1922. The current owner, Cathy Moskal, has been lovingly restoring the home for the last 14 years.
Upon entering the house I noticed the beautiful hardwood trim (original America Chestnut, now extinct) and vintage stained glass windows in the dining room and living room. Cathy provided us a quick history of the area, and the Starkey House. What immediately impressed us was that this looked like a Roycroft-inspired home, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Period.
The Roycroft Style was a rebellion against the industrial age. It celebrated the craftsman and everything built in the style was designed for function and beauty. It’s creed: “head, heart, hand” is a perfect metaphor for the spirit that lives on at the Starkey House. The house has an enormous wrap-around porch on the first and second floor.
If you stay during the warmer months, you will spend most of your time our on these porches, where breakfast is served al fresco, enjoying the view, and soaking in the quiet of the country. You may see a horse and buggy pass right by, and wonder what century you are in, as the area has a large Amish and Mennonite community.
Within a short drive you can enjoy many wineries: The closest being Fruit Yard, Hickory Hollow, Glenora Starkey’s Lookout, Magnus Ridge and Fulkerson. There are a total of 18 wineries on the west side of Seneca Lake alone!
This would also be a paradise for a landscape painter, a writer looking for inspiration or a couple (like us) wanting to forget about work for a weekend, looking for a slice of unique adventure in the heart of the Finger Lakes.
Within a short drive of the Starkey House we could enjoy The Corning Museum of Glass, hiking Watkins Glen State Park, biking on the Catherine Valley Trail, kayaking on Keuka Lake, and dinner at the Union Block Café in Hammondsport.
From our second-floor bedroom we could enjoy sitting on the spacious wrap-around porch, or snuggling in our brass bed under a fluffy quilt. The rooms are generous in size, each with a brand new bathroom.
I am certain that this home buzzes with activity all summer long, however we enjoyed it even more in the quiet of early spring. There were other adventurous couples like us filling the house that weekend, keeping us lingering at breakfast, as we enjoyed gluten-free blueberry pancakes, and Quiche from free range eggs, and cheese from the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.
If you want an authentic Finger Lakes experience — you can’t get it by staying at a chain hotel. A weekend at the 1922 Starkey House allows you to experience Finger Lakes history in a unique and personal way.
1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast Inn
254 Dundee Starkey Road
Dundee, NY 14837