About our boutique hotel in Watkins Glen


The Colonial Inn was born in 1837 and today the mystique and charm of the Inn has been maintained for nearly two centuries. The Inn is perfectly located in the center of boutique shops, restaurants and is the closest in the village to the magnificent Watkins Glen State Park, just a short walk away, saving you the expense of parking.

Current owner Paul Marcellus purchased the Colonial Inn and Motel in 1997 and added a sunroom in 2014. It’s a wonderful setting to welcome a new day while enjoying complimentary continental breakfast, featuring fresh Witches brew coffee, whole fruits, and Belgian waffles!

In 2013 Paul began making small-batch handcrafted gourmet ice cream right on the premises and the Creamery was born. Today the ice creamery features Watkins Glen's best homemade, handcrafted ice cream with 32 luscious flavors!

A lifelong ambition of Paul was to have a small commercial Apiary. In 2018 he started with 50 nuclei colonies and is now 250 and growing! Paul harvests honey from colonies on the foothills of Seneca Lake and Finger Lakes Region. All of our honeys are raw, leaving their delicate flavor to savor. An amazing live honeybee colony is on display with honey for sale in the gift shop.

Colonial Inn is also home to Watkins Glen's most intimate tavern, serving some of Finger Lakes' favorite wines and craft beers on tap to enjoy while watching the game and enjoying each other’s company.

In addition to charming rooms, gourmet ice cream and local honey, Potter Autumn Hargrave of Earth & Autumn Pottery creates her nature-inspired pottery right on site. Her pottery is on display for purchase in the gift shop.

Wood-fired pizza is the latest addition to the Inn’s various fresh made products. Hand made fresh dough and ingredients are baked in our wood-fired outdoor oven in just minutes. Enjoy a scrumptious Margherita pizza at our seasonal outdoor Colonial Café.