The Vagabond Inn: Luxury rooms with a view

Loujane Johns
Rest and relaxation is reflected in the pool and patio area at the Vagabond Inn near Naples.

Seclusion, the scenery and a oneness with nature are some of the reasons guests from around the world have been attracted to the Vagabond Inn at 3300 Sliter Road in Naples.

Perched high on a hill, the sprawling facility overlooks a valley and the rolling hillside of what is often called, “The Switzerland of America.” 

The Inn is open year ‘round,  so guests can enjoy a dip in an in-room hot tub or jacuzzi and their own fireplace in the cool months. 

In the fall, nature turns the valley into a burst of color visible from every room. 

Beautiful landscaping invites guests to stroll the gardens and over 100 acres of mowed  trails. 

A 40 foot lap pool is  inviting on a warm day and is the centerpiece for a Japanese Garden and patio area.

Innkeeper Patti Fitzgerald and her daughter Caitlin Jones have greeted visitors from Korea, Israel, the Isle of Wight, Australia, South Africa and many other countries. 

Fitzgerald says guests from the Northern California vineyard region are amazed by the beauty of the countryside.

At the Vagabond Inn, guests are able to make their own food, if they choose to, in a guest kitchen — a rare treat not found at other facilities. 

Jones is a University of Buffalo graduate and has also taken culinary courses. 

A hearty full breakfast featuring omelets and French toast with baked goods from Naples, is served until 9:30 a.m. for those who want to sleep in.

The setting is the perfect place for a honeymoon or to celebrate an anniversary.  Fitzgerald said they have hosted everything from small weddings to women’s book clubs.

Evidence of Fitzgerald’s other loves are seen throughout the magnificent decor. 

She judges dog shows and specializes in raising and breeding Whippets. 

Presently, she is the owner of the number two whippet in the world.  Blue ribbons are proudly displayed over the ornate reservation desk.  Neatly tucked here and there are whippet statues in porcelain, bronze and wood.

From the front deck guests see the Black Pearl  Stable, home to Fitzgerald’s other love, Friesian horses.  The huge steeds weigh 1,200-1,800 lbs. 

The rare breed comes from the Netherlands.  In the Middle Ages it was known as the “knight’s horse.”

There are only about 4,000 of the completely black horses with long wavy manes. Peppermints and treats are stored in the guest kitchen for those wanting to make friends with the creatures.

After exploring the grounds, guests can retire to their well-appointed rooms.  The Lodge suite is furnished with a masculine flair.  The hand-made log and caribou horn king sized bed was designed by artist William Schlegel.  A large stone fireplace  and cozy hot tub offer a relaxing setting,

The Bristol Suite has been named “The Most Romantic Setting in the Finger Lakes.” 

The king size bed is topped with a hand-tied lace canopy. Besides a sunken marble whirlpool tub for two, the room features treasures from around the world.

The Vineyard Suite also has a Schlegel red cedar log bed and a private garden patio.  A large hot tub spa sits in a cedar - lined bathing chamber. The sitting area is the perfect place to relax on the chaise and read a book.

Asian murals and flowers convey the theme in the Wisteria Room.  Large windows give an outstanding view of the rolling hillside. Guests can sit by the fireplace and sip a glass of Finger Lakes wine from one of the nearby wineries.

Just outside the door of the Fox and Hound Room, guests can take in the sights while enjoying their own private hot tub, only three feet from their door.

The figurative definition of “vagabond” is not subject to control or restraint; roving. This seems to perfectly define the Vagabond Inn.  Guests are free to explore the surroundings or enjoy the private solitude of their rooms, filled with amenities. 

The common rooms, are anything but.  The great room, dining room and sitting room are exquisitely furnished with antiques and novel items. The pieces beg the curious to ask the owner, “Where did you find this?”  In her travels with the dogs and horses, Fitzgerald has gathered an amazing collection of art objects.

For more information or to reserve a luxury suite call 585-554-6271 or visit the inn online at www.thevagabondinn.com.

Rest and relaxation is reflected in the pool and patio area at the Vagabond Inn near Naples.