18 Vine Inn and Carriage House, Bed and Breakfast, Hammondsport, NY

18 Vine Inn

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS!

All Newly Renovated & Ensuite Bathrooms Just For You!

Relax and enjoy your next vacation at the 18 Vine Inn Carriage House Bed & Breakfast. The Inn has Available Rooms for Rent near Hammondsport, NY, so you can take in the beautiful sights of the Finger Lakes region.

Each room is uniquely decorated and has its own relaxing atmosphere. There are king, queen, and twin beds available to accommodate one to two guests. Two of the rooms can also be combined to create a suite, which will accommodate a larger party of four people. Whether you are looking for a romantic place to spend your honeymoon or simply a place to rest and relax, there is a perfect room for you!

Contact the 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House today to reserve a room for your next getaway. The Inn staff is happy to discuss which room would be best for the size of your party.


18 Vine & Carriage House » Accommodations

Charles Peltz Room, 18 Vine Inn

Charlie Peltz Room

Charlie Peltz, 18 Vine’s, youngest person of fame, is the conductor of New England Conservatory, he has played to standing ovations audiences around the world. Conductor Peltz, currently has 7 albums out on Moda records. Ironically, Jules Masson daughter also attended the New England Conservatory. The light and airy, original Music Room is located on the first floor off the living room, with two double beds, decorated with vibrant music motif theme & ensuite bathroom, overlooking the elegant larch tree and fountain garden tranquil landscape.

» (First Floor) $225.00


Alexander Graham Bell Room, 18 Vine Inn

Alexander Graham Bell Room

Named after one of the greatest inventors in history who came to Hammondsport to meet with Glenn Curtis. They were both group leaders of AEA (Aerial Experiment Association). They built several planes; “Red Wing”, “White Wing”, and “June Bug”. Their inaugural flights where in Hammondsport.

Alexander Graham Bell’s wife Mable financed the whole AEA project. The rest is history from his invention of the telephone, to how we communicate in our world today. While you are here visit Corning Museum of Glass to see Cornings development of fiber optics cables that has connected the world, TV Tubes, Flat Glass, also Gorilla Glass used in our cell phones (20 miles). Watson Homestead is Thomas Watsons birth place the founder of IBM (13 miles).

This room is the original Master Suite with soft colors and a telephone theme. Large King Bed, sitting area, and ensuite bath overlooking Vine St. and Fountain Garden.

» (Second Floor)  $245.00


Charles Chaplain Suite, 18 Vine Inn

Charles Champlin Suite

The Grandson of Jules Masson, Charles graduated from Harvard, went to work for Time Life Magazines; published books, and he became a highly acclaimed movie critic for the LA Times. In 1992 Charles became an Honorary Life Member of “The Directors Guild of America”. In 1996 Charles Champlin garnered a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His brother Monsignor Joseph Champlin became a famous writer for the Syracuse Press of religious books for the Catholic Dioceses, and books on counseling and inspiration that can be purchased through Amazon.

This is the original Library of the home. “Charles stated, from his book, “Back There Where the Past Was“,” To this day, if I were to design a home office from scratch, I would make it as much like Uncle Victor’s study as I could”.

This adorable movie critic and writer themed suite is the original library reading area with fireplace, cozy bedroom with TV, large ensuite bathroom , overlooking formal gardens, landscaped grounds, and gorgeous century old Gingko tree.

» (Second Floor) $255.00


Henry Ford Room, 18 Vine Inn

Henry Ford Room

Henry Ford came to Hammondsport to give Glenn Curtiss advice on a patent lawsuit battle with Orville Wright of the Wright Brothers. Ford had gone through a similar battle with George Selden, who tried to control the automotive business. Ford was entertained during his stay at 18 Vine.

The original large Guest Room is decorated in Henry Ford theme, looking out a large picture window at an elegant, stately Larch tree, and lush landscape below, with a King Bed, TV, ensuite bathroom. This room can be combined with the Glenn Curtis room to become a suite.

» (Second Floor) $235.00


Glenn Curtis Room, 18 Vine Inn

Glenn Curtiss Room

Curtiss began his career as a bicycle racer and builder, moved on to motorcycles and in 1907 he earned the title “Fastest man alive” in Ormond Beach Florida, setting a land speed record on his V8 motorcycle. He then began to manufacture airplanes and engines. Curtis received the first pilot’s license in the U.S.

Curtiss made the first officially witnessed flight in North America; won a race at the world’s first international air meet in France, and made the first long-distance flight in the United States. His contributions in designing and building aircraft led to the formation of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, now part of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. His company built aircraft for the U.S. Army and Navy and during the years leading up to World War I, his experiments with seaplanes led to advances in naval aviation. Curtiss civil and military aircraft were predominant in the inter-war and World War II eras.

One of the unique features of the Glenn Curtiss Room is you can see the original site of his factory and offices located at the old school (SW Lake St.), and the house (brown) he was born in, adjacent to the property (which use to set on Vine St. and was moved by the Masson family to the back of the property on Orchard St.)

We chose a black and white French Toile fabric to represent Curtis’s famous flight in Rheims France. This room overlooks the expansive lawn, gardens, and unique Tulip tree. Has a wrought iron four poster Queen bed, ensuite bathroom. This room can be combined with the Henry Ford Room to become a suite.

» (Second Floor) $175.00


Jules Masson Retreat, 18 Vine Inn
Jules Masson Retreat, 18 Vine Inn

Jules Masson Retreat

Jules Masson came to Hammondsport from Europe in 1860 and became the first Winemaker at the #1 Bonded Winery and Champagne producer in the United States “Pleasant Valley Wine Company”. His Great Western Champagne won 8 Gold Medals in France. In 1879 Jules Masson is credited with hewing out wine cellars in the shale hillside with horses and men to make natural refrigeration to store champagne, as in Europe. The cellars are still used today and are on the NYS Historical Records. The area the winery is in was named after Rheims, France and even had a US Post Office.

The Masson retreat makes a great bridal, anniversary or any occasion rooms to celebrate with your special someone.

This bright airy, romantic Retreat (previously) was the co-owners quarters. The Masson Retreat bedroom is decorated in tones of ivory and white with small touches of ribbon stitching, white doves, florals; Queen Bed; full wall mirror with green grape leaves. Sitting room with daybed that converts into two twin beds is decorated in deep burgundy and rose’ with TV. It’s your night grab your monogramed cotton bathrobes and Champagne glasses enter the Elegant master bath, turn on the music, turn down the crystal lights, turn on the fireplace and crystal candles, so they illuminate and sparkle off the oversize vanity mirror, step into the large garden/soaking tub with shower wand for two, add some luxurious beaded bath salts, pop the Champagne that the estate owner produced just for you and this moment!!!!! Relax and enjoy.

(Second Floor) $275.00 2-People

A charge for each additional person.


18 Vine & Carriage House » History

The History of 18 Vine Inn and Carriage House starts in 1860 with Jules and Catherine Mason, along with their eight children building the estate house and Carriage House. Jules mason was the first champagne producer in the U.S. for the Pleasant Valley Wine Company (the No. 1 bonded wine company in the U.S.) He is credited with producing Great Western Champagne and many other fine wines. Jules mason also dug out the shale in the hillside on Rt. 88 with his horses (housed in the Carriage House at 18 Vine) and the men working for him to form “natural cooling/refrigeration” similar to the original caverns in Europe. This site is the only one in existence in NY State. It is a national Landmark and a historical site is site used and functioning today.

18 Vine Inn and Carriage, Jules Masom

The Mason family lived in the 18 Vine Street home for over 100 years. Everything is basically as it was “as if time stood still” the Carriage House was built for storage and shelter of horses and equipment for grape production. The original workbench area that was used for many U.S. patents, by Jules and his son, Victor, is still intact.

The Carriage House was built of a stone foundation and with a small stone cellar under the coachman’s home. The coachman and his family lived their in four rooms which still has the original dry sink in the kitchen area. The Carriage house was built with huge raw wood beams. The flooring consists of large raw deck boards. The second floor has huge ceiling beams and the roof is aluminum. The doors are made f plank wood and frame. The windows are large dormer windows, as the main house, except where the horse stalls were and they are the square windows used for light and horses of the day. The same stones used in the foundation and cellar are the same ones used for the original water pump, hitching post, and the two portcullis suspending the white wooden gateway to the back of the property. The same stone was used in the house for the cellar, foundation, and cisterns.

The original hitching post is at the rear (NE side of the Carriage House) where the horses were groomed and hitched to the carriage. The water pump is on the west side of the Carriage House. It provided water for the kitchen of the home (located in back) for the coachman’s house, located to the east side of the Carriage House and for the horses, etc. The original of the 1860 brick lining the path for the horses – both for the home and the Carriage House in the back are the same. These same bricks are used in the coachman’s house for his chimney and fireplaces; the four supporting the veranda and widow’s walk of the main house, and used for the borders of the formal gardens off the veranda and the main street.

18 Vine Inn and Carriage, Glenn Curtis

Catherine Mason (Jules’ daughter) christened the “June Bug” on Keuka Lake for its first flight by Glenn Curtis when he was 16 years old. Catherine married and had a son, Charles Champlain. Charles became a famous author and wrote for the L.A Times, several articles, publications and books. He penned the book, Boy in a Small Town, about growing up in Hammondsport, N.Y. and all the great times he had staying as a small boy and visiting 18 Vine. Charles states “his dream was to have a library /study like his uncle Victor did at 18 Vine!” Charles’s book and the Curtiss museum archives go into great historical detail about 18 Vine, the Carriage House, and the Mason Family with Photos, etc.

Glenn Curtiss’, (NO. 1 licensed pilot in the U.S. and famous inventor of the airplane and motorcycle engines birthplace and home sits NW adjacent to the Carriage House. Henry Ford came to Hammondsport and frequented the property, among other famous dignitaries of the time.

18 Vine Inn and Carriage, Jules Masom

In 1960, the home was purchased by the Ernest Pletz family. Ernest was a lawyer and became the County Judge. His wife was the head of Steuben Mental Health. Mrs. Peltz loved the gardens and grounds and they worked in then for pleasure, while maintaining a full time gardener. They have two children Cindy and Charlie. They built an in ground swimming pool for then and the children of Hammondsport to enjoy. It was the first pool in the area. Many a party, memories, and even engagements proposals were celebrated there. The Peltz family made the second floor of the Carriage House into a basketball court for the children to enjoy in the inclement and cooler weather.

After Mrs. Peltz passed away in the 1990’s, and the children were grown up and moved away’ Ernest Peltz sold the home to George Powell Jr. in December of 2001. George remodeled the home and returned to the grounds to its original splendor. He made it a Bed ad Breakfast in June 2002 for the public to enjoy.