Mirbeau Inn & Spa
Mirbeau Inn & Spa
Address: 851 West Genessee St.
Web Address: http://mirbeau.com
The Mirbeau Inn was just the type of place we envisioned when we created our Quick Escape section; easy to get to, great accommodations, terrific food and wine and enough to do to keep anyone satisfied for a 36 hour getaway, including a world class spa. I must warn you though, one night will not be enough at Mirbeau.
The name “Mirbeau”, which may be loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired, in part, by the soft light and warm colors of Monet’s paintings. Set on 12 acres just blocks from the lake, Mirbeau was designed to evoke the warmth and comfort of a French wine country estate. The chateau-like Inn and Spa building and four freestanding cottages curve gracefully around the beautiful French impressionist gardens and ponds creating a Monet landscape. In fact, the gardens are patterned after Monet’s own famous gardens at Savor, near Paris.
It is a glorious and tranquil setting that can be enjoyed both from your room and from the dining room and outside terrace.
There are 18 rooms in the main building and the remaining 16 are housed in four cottages. These are wonderful accommodations…so comfortable and cozy. All rooms have fireplaces surrounded by club chairs, ideal for curling up with a book. Decorated in soothing golds and blues, the rooms are generous in size and equipped with super luxurious beds, made especially for Mirbeau….you’ll feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. Bathrooms are huge with a tiled walk-in shower (and great water pressure), claw foot soaking tubs (anything better?) and double sinks.There’s a flat screen TV, DVD player, Bose stereo system and complimentary Internet connection and coffee service.
Be sure to get a room overlooking the pond but don’t bother with the extra charge for a first floor with a patio. They are not private patios.
You can’t talk about the restaurant without first discussing The Wine Bar. It’s a wonderfully cozy spot that includes its own fireplace and surrounding seating and a wonderful selection of wines, many from the Finger Lakes region. The Wine Bar offers an array of small plates to pair with the wines including assorted cheeses from around the world, Mirbeau’s in-house dry-aged beef, risotto fritters and Maine lobster tail.
The very unique Wine Station allows guests to browse and sample a variety of wines from around the world in three different pours – taste, half, or full – allowing patrons to samples wines from all price points from $2.50 per taste to $70.00 per glass. Selections may include top local Finger Lakes Wines, Opus One and Caymus from California, along with a wide variety of European Wines.
The elegant country dining room with its crisp linens, gleaming tableware, fresh flowers and stunning artwork is the perfect setting for Mirbeau’s recently unveiled “The French Steakhouse” For a particularly intimate and romantic evening, ask to sit outside on the terrace overlooking the pond. The restaurant showcases local Finger Lakes produce, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh products and offers in-house dry-aged beef, fresh seafood flown in daily and house-made breads and desserts from Mirbeau’s own bakery.
The Tuna Poke appetizer,Hawaiian inspired tuna tartar with ginger, red onion, sweet soy marinade, wasabi cream was amazing. My dry aged NY strip was cooked to perfection and deliciously flavorful. I chose one of six sauces available, a Olio Santo Aioli, a rosemary-lemon-olive oil 'mayo' which was wonderful. I paired the steak with Grand Mere’s baked creamed spinach, topped with panko crumbs and hand cut pommes frites topped with garlic and herbs. A delightful Pinot Noir made this a truly memorable dinner.
Excellent wine list, fairly priced. Appetizers: $8-$15, entrees: $17-$40, desserts: $9
From reception to dining staff to spa staff, everyone was pleasant and friendly and it felt genuine, not “forced” as it is in some places. Everyone seemed well-trained and appeared to truly enjoy their jobs. The bartender was particularly knowledgeable about their wine selection and guided me through a number of tastings that were outstanding.
From $250 off-season to $350 in-season and includes a European style Continental breakfast.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
AAA Four Diamond Award
Forbes 4 Star Award
Condé Nast Traveler- Top 100 Spas in North America
“Quelle surprise to find this “Monet inspired” “bit of French countryside in upstate NY” near the “beautiful” Skaneateles Lake; love birds chirp the “charming rooms with fireplaces”, “a staff that can’t do enough for you” and “excellent food” at the restaurant are perfect for a “cozy, romantic getaway”, and pamper-holics praise the on-site spa – “one of the best in the country.” ZAGAT 2011
WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
First and foremost is the Mirbeau Spa, a nationally acclaimed 14,000 marvel of serenity and tranquility that includes the Aqua Terrace with 15 person Jacuzzi, a Spa Resting Area with heated foot pool; changing rooms with herbal infused steam rooms and dry saunas; cardio/strength training room and a motion studio for professionally led exercise classes. The Spa offers a full range of treatments in 18 treatment rooms, most featuring fireplaces and private sound systems.
There’s something to do year round here including downhill and cross country skiing and ice skating in winter; sailing, fishing, golf and water skiing in the warm months and Vineyard and wine tasting tours, biking, hiking and horseback riding year round.
Syracuse, NY 32 minutes
Rochester, NY 1 hour 25 minutes
Albany: 2 hour 55 minutes
New York City: 4 hours 32minutes
Philadelphia: 4hours 23 minutes