A visit to enchanting Naples, New York

Last week I was lucky enough to make an early morning trek to the beautiful town of Naples, NY (Finger Lakes Region/Ontario County). WENY-TV from Elmira was in town filming a story on the Haunted History Trail of New York State and The Naples Hotel. Innkeeper Dominick Gallo and myself were interviewed for the story by host Henry Dormann. It was a very fun morning. During filming the camera person from the TV station swears he saw his electric cables slide along the floor, despite no one standing close to them.

An added bonus during this journey was discovering the charming town of Naples. After driving through some spectacular countryside, you enter Naples and can pretty immediately see that it’s a neat place. The center of town is tucked in a valley between some high hills, giving the town some seclusion. The tree-lined streets and the businesses that fill Main Street produce a cozy and quaint atmosphere. If you find yourself near the Finger Lakes, check out this picturesque village.


WENY-TV's show "Around Town" interviews Dominick Gallo of The Naples Hotel.

WENY-TV’s show “Around Town” interviews Dominick Gallo innkeeper of The Naples Hotel.


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The charming town of Naples has a population of 2,500 and resides an hour southeast of Rochester.


Fishing enthusiasts come from near and far to purchase gear at Sutton Spoons. People love their hand-made spoons that help them reel in the big ones!

Fishing enthusiasts come from near and far to purchase gear at Sutton Company. People love their hand-made spoons that help them reel in the big ones!


The beloved Sutton Spoons!

The beloved Sutton Spoons!


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The Naples Hotel is a neat place to stay, dine or enjoy a cocktail. It’s such an inviting place, no wonder why the spirits don’t want to leave. Both the innkeeper and a former employee told us many ghost stories. Apparently, if you work(ed) at The Naples Hotel it was highly likely that you had a run-in with a spirit.


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Naples is on the western side of the famous Finger Lakes Wine Country. The town is known for their annual grape festival and their yummy grape pies. Haunted History Trail director Kelly Rapone was appalled that I went to Naples and didn’t have a slice of grape pie.


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Small town charm. The Naples Hotel plays a prominent role on Main Street.


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Early morning on Main Street. A nice setting to start the day.


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Discovered this little piece of street art on Main Street in Naples.

6 comments on “A visit to enchanting Naples, New York”

  1. Naples Hotel is an amazing place, from the rooms to stay in to the excellent Italian food. My wife and I have stayed there many times, and we have done many paranormal investigations there and got a lot of awesome evidence.!!

  2. Just got back from there about a month ago and did stay at the naples hotel and ate the history is so intresting and Dom Gallo makes a great meal,a must stay and eat if you go to that neck of the woods! We were visting family as my husband is from there,he resides in the California high desert now!! We we have a few haunting ‘s ourselves !

  3. I live in this beautiful little place full of spirit activity. We were also an area of activity for the underground railroad…..too bad you didn’t check this out since it was practically across the street. There is a lot of history & mystery in Naples NY. Visit our town again…….

  4. We are so glad you desire to return to New York State. The Finger lakes region is so beautiful and there are so many interesting places to explore. Thinking of you as you enjoy!

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