The Inn

Come on Inn

The Belva Lockwood Inn is a charming adults-only historic hotel located in the heart of the picturesque Village of Owego, New York. We offer our guests a unique and unforgettable experience, steeped in history and luxury.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be transported back in time to the Gilded Age.  You’ll be greeted by your Innekeepers and shown to your beautifully appointed room, each of which is uniquely decorated and features modern amenities.

In the morning, wake up to the delicious aroma of your private picnic basket breakfast, delivered to your door. After breakfast, take some time to explore the hotel’s grounds or the charming Village of Owego. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and historical attractions to keep you entertained.

If you ever wanted to live in a real life hallmark movie, this is your place! To describe every highlight of our visit at this beautifully renovated historic home would fill a novel. The place is a perfect blend of old history and fresh updates. 

Anne S.


The Inn

Come on Inn

The Belva Lockwood Inn’s charm is steeped in history, complimented by comfortable luxury in 5 fully remodeled adult guest suites. Steps from the Village of Owego, it gives new meaning to “Let’s Stay Inn”.

A preservation in progress

The Belva Lockwood Inn

Our grand inn boasts a rich history that stretches back to 1815. Imagine top hats and horse-drawn carriages – that’s when Charles Pumpelly first built a home on this very spot. After a comfortable stay (we like to think so!), he eventually moved on, paving the way for a more scholarly chapter. In 1863, the building transformed into The Owego Female Seminary, a prestigious boarding and day school for young women.

Enter Belva Lockwood, a woman who would shatter glass ceilings. She purchased the property in 1863 and served as the Seminary’s principal until 1865. Belva’s ambitions soared far beyond the classroom. She went on to become the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar and even dared to challenge the status quo by running for President of the United States – twice!

After Belva’s pioneering spirit moved on to Washington D.C., the original structure was partially relocated within Owego. The land where you stand today witnessed the construction of a magnificent new residence in 1878 by Jefferson Dwelle. This architectural gem, considered one of the finest examples of High Victorian style in the region, became the permanent home of our grand inn.

The building’s story continues to unfold. It served as a gathering place for the Fraternal Order of Eagles and later became a private residence. Finally, in a full-circle moment, it was transformed back into a haven for travelers, welcoming guests like yourself to experience its unique charm and rich history.

Each room at the Belva Lockwood Inn has been carefully designed to reflect the rich history of the property.  All suites are located on the second floor of the hotel and have a private en suite.  

Tour Our Rooms




Located at the front of the home with three large windows and River views, this room is perfect for the History enthusiast. This room houses the only soap stone fireplace on the second floor….while the fireplace no longer burns coal, it’s still gorgeous to look at!!




With a quaint Country Cottage feel, this room is full of natural light and plenty of space. Tuck your personal items away in the original built in drawers underneath the three large windows.


Eagles Club


Once home to the Eagles Club Office, this room pays respect to the Eagle’s Club history. You’ll enjoy the built in dresser that still are labeled “treasurers reports” from back in the day!




Inspired by the funky local artist, Chris Knickerbocker, this room will dazzle you with the glitter glass sculptured wall! The separate toilet room was once a janitors closet and still houses the original built-in storage cupboards!




Located at the back of the house, this room once served as the Servant Quarters…but don’t let that fool you! This elegant room has the largest bathroom of all of the suites and includes an original claw foot tub! Adjoining the bedroom, step down to a large sitting area with comfortable seating and a place to relax during your travels.

The Experience

Have a drink with us

Unwind with a complimentary welcome cocktail at our charming piano bar, then wake up to a picnic breakfast basket delivered straight to your room. Every stay at Belva Lockwood Inn is a delightful treat.

New York Wine Country

The unforgettable finger lakes

Get ready to be blown away by the beautiful New York State Finger Lakes region. Owego, New York is the perfect home-base to explore the region, with many premier attractions just a short drive away.