Gell Center Residencies

The Gell Center

The Gell Center of the Finger Lakes is a writing retreat and conference center owned and operated by Writers & Books. It is located on a 23-acre plot in the Bristol Hills, just 50 minutes away from Rochester, NY. It is a perfect location for individuals and groups seeking a unique and refreshing place of escape surrounded by a landscaped yard and acres of woodlands.

The Gleason Lodge, which can accommodate up to 74 people, had its groundbreaking ceremony in June 1992 and was completed in the spring of 1993. This facility captures the essence of the Bristol Hills and provides an inspiring meeting place for day-long meetings, seminars, or workshops. The Gleason Lodge is completely handicapped-accessible. A new residential wing, housing up to 20 people, will soon be added.

At the Gell Center, we offer you several kinds of outdoor activities, such as hiking, herb and berry walks, mushroom observation walks and team building exercises.

For more information, visit our Gell Center Facilities page or contact Kathy Pottetti at 585-473-2590 x103. For a residency application, click here!

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