Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I wanted to share my experience at this great Bed and Breakfast in northern PA which is located just south of Elmira NY. My sisters in law wedding was not too long ago. She got married and then had a her reception at the Bri Maire Inn in Sayre PA. My husband family is from Sayre so I have been going up there for years. It is a small town that use to be a huge railroad hub back in the day. But after the railroad way of life because less important in America, Sayre was left to find a its new place in the world. The towns main business is the Guthrie Hospital. Recently it is has been the site of the latest oil gas rush. But in the center of this quite strong willed town is the a gem the Bri Marie.
It is a great B and B that formally was a run down rooming house turned bar. I was in the inn when it was a bar about 17 years ago. The owner (a women) purchased this much need of love build and renovated the building top to bottom. She gutted the building down to the studs. Then gave it all the modern day conveniences that you don't normally find at a BandB. Like every room has a bath that is new and has water pressure. Geo Thermal Heating and Cooling. The rooms and bedding are top notch complete with comfy blankets and sheets. Also the best free wifi ( I must say a great connection).
Location: is right in the center of the town around the corner from the police station and a block from the movie theater so park your car and walk. The Sayre movie theater has been recently renovated back to its original glory so it is a great place to take in one of the latest movies in a 1930 style.
Food: being that it was my sisters in-law wedding, she did passed hors devours all made by the Bri Maries chef. The food was the best I have every had in the Sayre Valley. The had a bacon wrap shrimp that was to die for. One of the guest said the shrimp was so moist he could sit all night near it. They also had some phenomenal steak pizza with red onion and drizzled on oil… yummy. My sister guest were seated inside and out the staff did an excellent job of insuring every one got to enjoy all the food throughout the entire space. They took excellent care of us. After as the party, the remain guest and party goes retired to the outside seating area and talked into the wee hours of the night. The staff check up making sure we had enough to drink and they brought all remain treats outside fo us all to enjoy as the night of friends and family continued.
The BriMarie Inn / Restaurant is a normally a restaurant/bar so you can eat and stay or just eat. The owner even has a private dining area on the 3rd floor where you can enjoy the view of Sayre and wonderful food. Great for that special romantic nights.
There were about 5 of the couple who stayed in the inn so we got the full BriMarie experience. My husband and I had a room that was fabulous it had a sleeping area and a sitting area with a desk.
My sister in-law asked for a room with the Jacuzzi tub…yes a 2 person Jacuzzi tub in a B&B and a king size bed, with a settee and make up table.
They leave the rooms open when they are unoccupied so you can see them so take a look at the other rooms.
The Prices range from $89-109 a night and includes a continental breakfast. So it is a great deal.
Located near the Finger Lakes Wine Country 40min , Corning Glass Museum 30min, Great antiquing, great scenery. The weekend we were there the Athens Arts Festival was going on (see my next blog post) which was about a mile away.
I really think the Bri Marie Inn would be a great place for a romantic weekend, girls getaway weekend, or even a small corporate retreat.