Raphael and Sundine Specchio (left) began renting rooms at this location in 1947 … 6 rooms on the second floor of their home, each with a personal sink and access to 2 community bathrooms. High-end, really, for those times.
The Specchios built the Gorgeous View Motel next to their house in 1959. Each of the 8 motel units featured wall-to-wall carpet, televisions, and individual baths. From the beginning, the Gorgeous View Motel has offered an extra touch. Sundine operated the motel alone from 1980 until 2003. With her passing in 2003, her youngest son purchased the motel.
Today, the Gorgeous View Motel is owned by one of Raphael and Sundine's youngest grandsons and his wife. Someday, we hope that our son will own and operate the Gorgeous View Motel, too. Until then, we look forward to sharing Watkins Glen and the Finger Lakes with you and hope that you enjoy our newly renovated, comfortable and relaxing rooms.