The Lamplighter

   Bed & Breakfast   


Located in downtown Watkins Glen, you will be a block away from the historic street of shops, within walking distance to the Gorge, and situated across the street from LaFayette Park.  A short walk will also get you to the Marina to enjoy the harbor at the base of Seneca Lake.


Henry E. Streck was a physician who built the house in the 1850's so he could live and work in the same building.  The sitting room was the doctor's waiting room and the downstairs bedroom was the exam room,  The rest of the downstairs was living space for the family.

Venico Fraboni purchased the house in 1937 and added all of the porches on the house today.  He used the downstairs as an upholstery shop, and made the upstairs  family living quarters .

Gilbert and Edith Lodge acquired the property in 1945.  Mr. Lodge was the Mayor of Watkins Glen  at some point when he lived in the house.  The Lodges four children grew up in this house.  I've been told that when they were young, they would line up along the railing, sitting with their legs between the spindles, to wait for their father to get home.  As each of the Lodge children grew up and were married, they would stay in the upstairs apartment for a year, or so, to save money.  Granny Lodge had the Granny Room, the newlyweds were usually in the St. Agnes Room, the nursery was where the sewing room is now, and the kitchen was in the room that I now occupy.  After  Mrs. Lodge passed away in 1998, the Ledge children sold the place to my parents on a handshake.

My parents. Rev. Keith and Jane Kissel purchased the property in 1999.  At this time, the house was in desperate need of some love.  It has great bones for a Grand Old Dame.  She creaks and croaks, settles and squeaks, but our family loves this about her!  Renovations took about 8 months to complete.  Besides a new roof, electrical, plumbing, and floors, there was only the kitchen and a couple of bathrooms to update.  Most of the rooms only needed cosmetic changes.  My mother is a wallpaper aficionado, and the house decor shows off her love of a bygone art.  She also quilts, cans, and hangs her laundry on a clothesline.  While not all the quilts on the beds were made by her, some are.  As each of us kids gets married, has a baby, etc., my mother makes a quilt to commemorate.  They are truly works of art, and are not for sale.  The Lamplighter opened its doors on NASCAR weekend in 1999.  The first guests still have a standing reservation for that weekend to this day!

We love our home and welcome you.



Traditionally decorated, our rooms are not fancy, just comfortable.  Each room has its own television, air conditioner, ceiling fan and USB charging stations.





Full breakfast is included with the price of the room.

Free Wifi


Free WiFi is included with the price of the room

Daily Housekeeping


Beds are made daily unless otherwise requested.







The Finger Lakes host a plethora of wineries, craft breweries, cider mills and craft cheeses.  You  can tour by car or schedule a tour by boat!

For a map, you can check out or or pick up a copy of the Finger Lakes Business Directory.

Leisure Activities


Swimming, hiking, biking, and sailing are all within walking distance.  So is shopping and dining.  Watkins Glen has a lot to offer!

Information regarding Watkins Glen State Park here:

Watkins Glen has a top ranked race track.  Voted the best NASCAR track by readers of USA Today, this little town swells from 1,800 to 300,000 people!  It's little crowded, but LOTS of fun! We are spoiled by all the luxurious cars that grace our rural roads.  Our front porch has a great view of these visiting beauties as  they parade through the streets.
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Tel: 607/535-0031


200 East 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY  14891

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