The Inn at Gothic Eves

112 East Main Street P.o. Box 95, Trumansburg, New York 14886
Innkeeper(s): Rose Hilbert

Americana Vineyards a Favorite Finger Lakes Wine Stop 19 Feb 2015, 5:00 am

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is a collection of 17 wineries along a beautiful stretch of the Finger Lakes, in the same area where The Inn at Gothic Eves is located. One of the most popular wineries along the route, less than three miles from the Inn, is Americana Vineyards.

Upon arriving don’t be surprised if you’re met by the Vineyard’s official greeters, Max and Rubie, two friendly canines that evoke Americana’s friendly and unpretentious attitude.

The Winery is one of the original members of the Cayuga Trail and one of its most prolific, producing up to 20 different wine varieties. Head to the main building, a lovely restored 1820’s barn that was rescued from demolition, to enjoy a sampling. For $3, you can choose six wines to try, or you can purchase a bottle to pair with cheese and crackers—also available there—and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

Americana Vineyard produces wines that range from dry to sweet. Popular choices include Crystal Lake, a semi-sweet wine made with Niagra grapes that offers a refreshing kick; deep burgundy Baco Noir that has hints of dark cherries and raspberries with a peppery finish; and the award-winning Pinto Gris, with soft notes of apple and pear. The staff is vey knowledgeable and happy to help match their wines to your taste.

Several years ago, the winery opened the Crystal Lake Café which serves dishes created with fresh local meats, cheeses, produce and dairy. Menu items here include soups, sandwiches, burgers and some very yummy desserts made with wine.

Plan to spend a weekend with us at The Inn at Gothic Eves, and you can take in one of Americana Vineyards popular weekend concerts. Check the winery’s website for exact dates and times. Then give us a call; we’ll be happy to help you with a room reservation.

Americana Vineyards and Crystal lake Cafe
4367 E Covert Rd Interlaken, NY 14847
Winery: 888-600-8067; Cafe: 607-387-6804
Winery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Memorial Day through September: Sunday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Café Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Day – September:
Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Concert Series: Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cayuga Lakes Breweries Combine Great Taste, Local Spirit 5 Feb 2015, 5:00 am

The Inn at Gothic Eves gets its share of beer lovers who enjoy nothing better than sampling the local flavors. Fortunately for them, Ithaca is home to three breweries that not only serve up some tasty pours but some savory food too.

The longest running of the trio is 17-year-old Ithaca Beer Co. which currently produces five year-round beers, plus seasonal and specialty beers, such as their new Anniversary 17, a hybrid between wheat ale and India pale ale. Regular brews include Nut Brown with hints of coffee and chocolate and the popular Green Trail, an easy-drinking pale ale that still offers up a hoppy punch. Stop by Ithaca Beer Co. and you can sample their beer with some classic pub food, like cheddar ale soup, made with the Green Trail beer and New York state cheddar. If you like something sweet, there’s an ice cream float made with either root beer or real beer.
Itaca Beer Co.
122 Ithaca Beer Drive
Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; closed Monday – Tuesday
Brewery Tours: Saturday-Sunday afternoons at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Call for a tour reservation.

15 craft beers plus a full-service restaurant have made the Bandwagon Brew Pub a favorite of locals and visitors alike. A great way to try the beers is to order their Bandwagon flight, a sampling of five distinctive brews. Ezra Red Ale, brewed in honor of Cornell University, balances the hop with a sweet maltiness. High Step Weizenboch, a wheat beer with an intense malt character, won the 2012 Best Craft Beer in New York award.

The Brewery puts just as much care into the food it serves as it does the beer, sourcing over 35% of ingredients from local producers, and only serving beef that is free of hormones and antibiotics, all things we at the Inn at Gothic Eves appreciate. The menu includes a nice selection of appetizers, salads and sandwiches, and a surprising assortment of dinner waffles topped with tasty options, like an Andouille sausage gumbo-like sauce. Diners will also find a dozen varieties of wings, with range of heat. Bandwagon Brew Pub
114 N. Cayuga Street
Monday – Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Late Night Happy Hour, daily 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Tasting with the Brewers, second Tuesday of every month, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Daily and weekly specials keep the fans of Scale House Brewery and Pub coming back. The brewery makes just three beers in house: a pilsner, a red and a dark bock, plus a few seasonal beers, such as the winter wheat. But they carry many more varieties in the pub, as well as a nice selection of locally-produced wines. Visit on Saturday or Sunday and you can sample flights of three or six brews. Scale House offers traditional bar food including ribs and burgers, and calzones with 30 different fillings. A favorite is the daily special of a dozen wings and two pints.
Scale House Brewery & Pub
23 Cinema Drive
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 a.m. 607-257-0107
Happy hours, Monday – Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Plan a stay at The Inn at Gothic Eves: you can do a little a touring, enjoy a local beer, and then relax in comfort at the end of the day.

Explore the Finger Lakes Area on Ithaca’s Discovery Trail 27 Jan 2015, 2:00 pm

A trip to Ithaca never seems long enough! There are so many interesting places to visit, it can be hard for travelers to know where to begin. To help, eight top local sites have organized The Discovery Trail, a compilation of tour options so tourists can take full advantage of the area. The sites range from history to nature, science to art, and provide a delightful journey into the great charms of our region. Plan to stay several days with us at the Inn at Gothic Eves. That way you can head out after breakfast and be able to take in a different tour each day.

To get started, check out the Discovery Trail website and download the tour that best suits your interest. There are six suggested itineraries: History Buff, Ivy League Experience, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Outdoor Winter’s Day, Family Fun and On Cayuga’s Waters. Take one or two and you’ll be able to sample all seven of the participating locations.

 Outdoor Winter’s Day tour is tailor-made for this season with ice skating at Cass Park or cross-country skiing at the Cayuga Nature Center, where you can also visit their live animals in their outdoor environment. Side trips take in the falls at Taughannock Falls State Park and a visit to the Village of Trumansburg.

History Buffs will enjoy the same-named tour, which visits Ithaca Bakery, a local favorite since the 1950’s. At The History Center in Tompkins County, you can enjoy exhibitions and artifacts, including a shop from the 1980’s. Also included is a stop by the Tomkins County Public Library and Cornell Plantations, where a walk through the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum make even a dreary winter day seem delightful.

Parents, would-be students and scholarly types will enjoy the Ivy League Experience which explores the Cornell University campus, including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell Lab of Orinthology and Cornell Plantations.

Not listed here, but also on the Discovery Trail are the Museum of the Earth at PRI, a Paleontological Research Institution where you can explore earth’s prehistoric past, and the always-fun Sciencecenter, a great stop if you have children in tow.

Give us a call at the Inn at Gothic Eves and we’ll be happy to help you with your stay.


Natural Foods Reign at Finger Lakes Moosewood Restaurant. 8 Jan 2015, 5:00 am

Shortly after Moosewood Restaurant opened in 1973, it became a beacon of vegetarian cooking, a no-nonsense restaurant that proved healthy ingredients can be downright delicious. Soon people who would never claim to be vegetarian were happily eating non-meat entrees. 40-plus years later the restaurant continues to be a top choice for locals and guests of the Inn at Gothic Eves.

Run by a collective, the majority of whom have been at Moosewood for over 20 years, the restaurant is still located in the restored brick school building and still keeping patrons happy with soothing dishes, cleverly concocted with the freshest ingredients. A meal here can be like a culinary journey around the world, with an ever-changing menu that incorporates beans and grains, spices and herbs, locally-sourced produce and dairy, wild-caught fish, and more than a sprinkling of inspiration. The cuisine of one particular country, ethnicity, or region is featured on Sundays.
A recent menu selection included a plump and savory black bean sweet potato burrito and a spicy Indonesian concoction called Gado Gado that blended steamed and raw veggies in a punchy peanut sauce. Desserts are all homemade as well, often featuring fresh fruits, such as warm plums with a creamy Marscapone sauce or an apple cake.

Just like at the Inn at Gothic Eves, coffee at Moosewood Restaurant is Fair-Trade. There’s also a good selection of wines and beers from the surrounding area. In keeping with Moosewood’s open and friendly attitude, recipes for many of the standout dishes are available for no charge on the restaurant’s website and, of course, in its 13 cookbooks. Ah, so many reasons to love Moosewood!
Moosewood Restaurant
215 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Lunch: Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The restaurant does not take reservations
10% discount for Seniors



Finger Lakes Area Provides a Winter Wonderland for Hiking. 25 Dec 2014, 5:00 am

Fresh new snow is all the excuse you need to strap on the snowshoes or pull out your cross-country skis and head to the woods. Guests at the Inn at Gothic Eves can just head out the door and have a lot of fun. But there are several other choice locations close by that you will want to check out too.

Just six miles south in Hector is the Finger Lakes National Forest, which offers numerous options. A favorite route is the moderate Burnt Hill Loop that combines the Burnt Hill Trail and Iterlochen Trail into a 3.8 mile path, taking you through trees and across pasture.

Hammond Hill State Forest, about a 45-drive southeast from the Inn at Gothic Eves via NY-96 and NY-79, is another great option, with a 16-mile trail system rated by difficulty and length. For shorter routes, from .2 to 1.9 miles, look for trails with blue or green signs. Longer trails have yellow or orange signs. The setup of trails here makes it easy to start short and slow and add trails and distance on as you wish.

Located almost entirely in the town of Danby in Tompkins County, the 7337-acre Danby State Forest is home to popular summer hiking trails that become quiet escapes in winter. Bisecting the forest is The Finger Lakes Trail that meets up with the North Country Scenic Trail. Enjoy a leisurely trek, keeping an eye out for deer and other winter critters. If you want more of a workout, you can follow the Abbot Loop as it winds its way through the forest up to Thatchers Pinnacles. Your rewards will be beautiful vistas. The forest is a 35-minute drive south of the Inn at Gothic Eves, off NY 96B on Michigan Hollow Road, is

Sitting on one of the highest points in the region, Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area—located in Newfield, 30 minutes south of the Inn at Gothic Eves—offers wonderful panoramas and options for winter hikes. The varied habitat of the land also means a wide variety of wildlife, and skiers often have to give the right-of-way to four-legged friends.

Flora, not fauna is the highlight of a winter walk at Cornell Plantations. Visitors can choose to snowshoe or cross-country ski in one of the natural areas, or enjoy a more sedentary stroll through one of the facility’s special gardens. There, instead of bright flowers and green shrubs, you’ll find colorful berries and interesting bark. A highlight is the Mullestein Winter Garden, where snow-dappled plants create their own winter sculptures. The gardens and natural areas are open free of charge, seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. Before starting your hike, be sure to stop by the Nevin Welcome Center to get oriented and learn what to look for along the way.
124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca
Nevin Welcome Center hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10a.m.-4p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

And of course, once local golf courses are under cover of snow they become a lovely place for snowshoeing and cross-country outings.

Plan a weekend stay at the Inn at Gothic Eves to take advantage of all these great winter activities—and of course, the cozy accommodations!

Cayuga Lakes Inn Celebrates 20 Yrs with New Spa, $20 Deals. 11 Dec 2014, 5:00 am

 What a success! The Inn at Gothic Eves celebrated the grand opening of its new Spa in November and we were thrilled with the turnout. Not just for those checking out our fabulous new digs, but for all those who brought warm hats and gloves for the Christmas Bureau to share with those in need this winter. Donations were also taken to help make the holidays a bit merrier for those less fortunate.

The new Spa at Gothic Eves is open to the public, as well as guests, and offers therapeutic spa treatments plus a soothing outdoor hot tub.

Now we’d like to say “thank you” to all the guests of the Inn at Gothic Eves and to those in the community who have supported us for these past 20 years with soothing savings, just in time for the holidays.
Buy a gift certificate for a Swedish massage, regularly $95, for just $75, a $20 savings, one dollar for each year of our Inn’s business.

Or buy a gift certificate for a stay at the Inn at Gothic Eves and receive $20 off for each $100 spent.

Note to all Santa’s: these would make cheery holiday gifts for anyone you want to pamper!

Purchases for both offers must be made by December 31, 2014 and can be used in 2015. If you have questions or to purchase your gift certificates, call Rose at 800-387-7712 or 607-387-6033. Be sure to mention the 20-year birthday to receive your discount.

Finger Lakes Inn Puts Environment in Focus. 27 Nov 2014, 5:00 am

At the Inn at Gothic Eves, we not only strive to give our guests a comfortable environment, we work to help the environment too. Every little bit makes a big difference.

That delicious cup of coffee you enjoy each morning comes from Gimme! Coffee, roasters who
also have three stores in Ithaca. Winner of Roast Magazine’s 2013 Roaster of the Year Award, Gimme! is well-known for its quality, innovation and sustainable business practices.

What we love about the company is that it seeks out suppliers throughout the world, paying better than fair-trade prices so the farmers can sustain a good living. Many of the beans come from farmers who have kept the mature forests in place, making the beans better tasting and preserving the trees. In addition, Gimme! Coffee follows a composting program in their cafes and works to maintain sustainability practices throughout the company.

And they also make delicious coffees. Inspired by craft beers, fine wines or the beans themselves, the roasters fine-tune and blend coffees for balanced and rich flavor. The blend we use at the Inn at Gothic Eves is called Fractivist. It not only makes a delicious cup of coffee, it also supports a worthy cause. (Guests can order the coffee through the Gimme! Coffee company’s website).

With the drilling method called fracking, precious water needed for farms, families—and coffee—is at risk. The process uses a mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack rock and release natural gas. When accidents and leaks occur, rivers, streams and drinking water become polluted. Gimme! aims to help by contributing a portion of proceeds from every bag of Fractivist blend to support the anti-fracking movement in the region. So do we, with every cup of coffee we serve.

At the Inn at Gothic Eves, we’re making a difference by saying no to fracking, and yes to solar!  Look around outside the Inn a and you’ll see we now have 99 solar panels to supply electricity. It’s all part of a movement by local residents and a not-for-profit group to solarize Tompkins county. Because our apples trees gave their life for the panels, we have renamed our last batch of delicious homemade apple butter, “solar butter.”

Do come visit and get a first hand taste, and view, of how we’re helping make our world a little better.

Festive events make holidays in the Finger Lakes very merry. 13 Nov 2014, 5:00 am

The holidays bring lots of merry events to the winter beauty of the Cayuga Lakes area. The Inn at Gothic Eves makes an ideal base for enjoying activities that offer a little something for everyone.

Kick off the festive season with Small Business Saturday. Shop in Ithaca’s many quaint stores and show support for local businesses. Then later in the day, enjoy Light Up the Holidays, a professional lighting display that puts the city all a-twinkle.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Downtown Ithaca

The Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail gets visitors into the spirit with the Annual Holiday Shopping Spree, a two-weekend event including 17 local wineries with tastings of holiday-inspired dishes and fine wines. Each ticket holder receives a wine glass, grapevine wreath and ornament from each participating winery, as well as a Shopper’s Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery.
Friday – Sunday, November 21-23, 2014, December 5-7, 2014
Advance Tickets: $40 Single, $60 Couple
Designated Driver Tickets: $35 Single, $55 Couple
Price at the Door: $45 single, $65 Couple

Foodies will want to make note of Restaurant Week in Ithaca, December 6-14, 2014. This tasty event offers diners restaurant and bar specialties, special prices, tastings and cooking classes.

On December 13, 2014 more than 20 restaurants will compete during the Annual Downtown Chowder Cook-Off & Wine and Cheese Expo. Visitors get to sample the chowders, along with Finger Lakes wines and cheeses.
12-5 p.m.
Ithaca Commons
202 E State Street, Ithaca

You can belly up to an ice bar during the Ithaca Ice War Competition, a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event that has sixteen acclaimed ice carvers competing in three competitions over two days. Bundle up for the Aprés Ski Party and watch the carving while sipping wine or beer at the outdoor bar.

If you prefer a more genteel activity, Cornell Plantations offers a Winter Garden Tour. The guided walk takes visitors through the Mullestein Winter Garden, a showcase for plants with intriguing winter characteristics. The walk takes approximately one-hour and guests are advised to dress for the weather.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Cornell Plantations
1 Plantations Road, Ithaca

And, of course, there’s holiday music! The Burns Sisters Holiday Concert highlights the talented duo and their lilting Celtic harmonies in a song-filled evening of original songs and seasonal selections from cultures around the world.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Hangar Theater
801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca

‘Tis the season to plan a stay The Inn at Gothic Eves. We’ll be all decked out for the holidays just for you!

Finger Lakes B&B touts new spa & look. 24 Oct 2014, 1:38 pm

Saturday, November 15th, 1–4pm

Tour the Inn and Spa

Complimentary Chair Massages

Discounted Massages and Packages

Spa Membership Opportunities

Donate hats, mittens, and gloves or suggested donation of $5.
Benefitting the Ulysses Christmas Bureau

One of the Finger Lakes most delightful bed and breakfasts is now even more inviting! Come take a peek at the all-new Inn at Gothic Eves during our Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Tour the beautiful and spacious rooms with updated furnishings, cathedral ceilings and custom-tiled baths. Then, relax with a chair massage in our luxurious new Spa. The Spa, which has been offering services to guests since 2006, is now open to the Public as well, and offers deep-tissue massage, couples massage and two private outdoor hot tubs. Your body never had it so good!

During the event, we’ll be offering specials for future services, as well as gift certificates for the Spa and Inn.


In the spirit of the holidays, Ulysses Christmas Bureau will be taking mittens, gloves and hats or $5 donations at the door as an entrance fee to the event.

Boos, Wine, Spooky Fun Highlight October in Finger Lakes. 15 Oct 2014, 6:00 am

Here at the Inn at Gothic Eves we’re getting into the spooky spirit of Halloween, but we’re not the only ones. Come to the Cayuga Lake area during this eeriest of 2014 seasons and from the littlest monsters to grandparents, there’s an event that will trick or treat you.

Downtown Ithaca hosts its 2014 Halloween Parade on October 30 and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Walk the route and trick-or-treat in businesses along the way. Live music, hot cider and chili all add to the festiveness.
October 30, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.

If you enjoy events that make your hair stand on end, sign up for the Haunted Ithaca Tour. Haunted spaces, sordid characters and ghosts that still roam the town are all part of Ithaca’s paranormal past. Learn about the chilling 1890 bobsled accident, the monster of Cayuga Lake, the oh-so creepy double grave and other stories, all of which can make for a wonderfully eerie evening.

If you prefer a sip-and-savor night to a haunting one, don your best  scare clothes and head out to the country and Americana Vineyards Winery for their 12th annual Hallo-wine Spooktacular. You might just win the costume contest! A night of dancing, made-from-scratch treats from the winery’s own Crystal Lake Café, and a tasting of Americana’s new Lemberger wine are included in the evening, which costs just $15/person.
October 25, 2014
8:00 p.m. to Midnight
4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken, NY 14847
Just a five-minute drive from the Inn at Gothic Eves.

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