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  The Arbor Inn  

"For those who appreciate the difference"



An inviting Bed & Breakfast 
in Clinton, New York

The Arbor Inn at Griffin House is located less than one half mile from the Hamilton College campus (25 minutes from Colgate University) and just 10 minutes from the Westmoreland exit #32 of the NYS Thruway. Situated in the Mohawk Valley of Central New York, our Bed and Breakfast rests on five peaceful acres and provides a quiet country setting, yet the historic Village of Clinton is just a short drive down “the hill” where you can enjoy our local shops and restaurants or stroll around the “New England style” village green. Our location is also convenient to many area attractions and events including the Turning Stone Casino, the Madison Bouckville Antique Show and the Utica Boilermaker Race. The neighboring towns of Utica, Rome, Vernon, Oneida and New Hartford are all within easy driving distance.

Our Bed and Breakfast provides lodging in five well appointed guest rooms and suites located in both the Main House and the Courtyard Wing. Our 1800's farmhouse has been beautifully renovated and expanded resulting in a wonderful combination of elegance and vintage charm. All accommodations include complimentary wireless internet access, private baths, televisions, 24 hour coffee/tea availability and morning breakfast. The well kept grounds are filled with gardens and the front porch is the perfect spot for enjoying the upstate New York surroundings.

To further accommodate our guests, The Arbor Inn recently opened a second lodging option in the picturesque Village of Clinton.  Our new Williams Street Lodging location is the ideal choice for guests seeking an accommodation that is private but convenient to the bustle and activity of the village with restaurants and shopping just steps away.  The two side by side upscale guest suites at #8 and #12 Williams provide the comfort of king beds, queen sofa-sleepers, sitting areas with electric fireplaces, two large LCD televisions, complimentary wireless internet access and kitchenettes with mini refrigerators, microwaves and single serve coffee brewers.

For whatever reason your travels bring you to Clinton, New York, our goal at both The Arbor Inn and Williams Street Lodging is to make your visit a memorable one.


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The Arbor Inn is a member of the following organizations:

Clinton Historical Society Clinton Chamber of Commerce
Central New York Bed & Breakfast Association


Local Bed and Breakfast Welcomes New Owners
Aspiring Innkeepers Find New Adventure in Historic Setting

CLINTON, NY -- Life can be scripted or unpredictable, and the latter would be true for the new innkeepers of The Arbor Inn on Griffin Road, Dave and Ellen Varecka.

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The former Buffalo-area couple have recently purchased the Inn from Bob and Carol Renauld, which includes the Griffin Road residence, formerly called The Arbor Inn at Griffin House, and the
Williams Street location, collectively now known as “The Arbor Inn of Clinton.”

The Vareckas will tell you, excitedly, that they are brand new to the B&B world. Their road to The Arbor Inn began unexpectedly when they were on a tour of historic homes in Buffalo and stumbled upon one home in particular that just happened to be a B&B.

“It all started as a passing joke,” Ellen recalls. “On our way out of the door I said to Dave, ‘We can do that,’ and it turned out that gorgeous B&B was for sale.”

While they didn’t go on to purchase that B&B, it did spark a new passion for the couple who were looking for an adventure after retiring. Dave was a principal partner of an architectural firm; Ellen
had an extensive career in business operations and human resource management.

“We were ready to leave our corporate lives,” Dave adds. “We just weren’t ready to settle down.”

The couple describes their discovery of The Arbor Inn as rather serendipitous. They arrived in Clinton on a typical snowy, cold upstate New York night. Ellen says when they walked into the warm and inviting Arbor Inn, it felt like home.

They also explain that they were attracted to the Inn because of its unique setting. “We like that it has rural ambience but is still close to urbanlike amenities,” Dave adds.

Returning guests won’t notice any striking differences to The Arbor Inn or William Street Lodging. Dave and Ellen say they don’t plan on making any major changes other than enhancing the common area, and adding their own personal touches.

The couple also sees being new to the area as an advantage. They plan to immerse themselves in the college, village, and business communities.

“We see ourselves as being cheerleaders, advocates for the local colleges. Having grown children and the experience of being a college parent, we understand where they are coming from,” Ellen explains. “We find this thrilling and exciting that we’ll be even closer to our own family near Syracuse.”

On August 1, Dave and Ellen opened the doors of The Arbor Inn on Griffin Road and William Street Lodging as new innkeepers. They plan to continue catering to guests visiting Hamilton College, Colgate University, Utica College, and all upstate New York attractions. They also plan to promote to business travelers with special, corporate and extended rates.

The Renaulds opened The Arbor Inn as a B&B in 2000. The first guest suite at Williams Street Lodging opened in 2009.

The Arbor Inn on Griffin Road has two guest rooms and three suites. For comfort and convenience they offer complimentary high speed wireless and internet access, central air conditioning, ceiling fans in every room, and a full breakfast menu seven days a week.

The luxuriously appointed Williams Street Lodging, #8 and #12, are ideal options for business travelers, extendedstay guests, or families up to four persons. Complimentary wireless internet access is available at both suites.

The Arbor Inn is located less than one half mile from the Hamilton College campus, 25 minutes from Colgate University, and just 10 minutes from the New York State Thruway. Williams Street Lodging is located at 8 & 12 Williams Street, in the heart of the village.

"The world is but a canvas to the imagination." Henry David Thoreau 1871-67


3919 Griffin Road, Clinton, New York 13323 ~ 315.859.1790 ~ 888.424.3074 ~ innkeepers@arborinnatgriffinhouse.com