The Inn at Gothic Eves
Dinner to Benefit Finger Lakes’ Healthy Food For All Cause. 30 Sep 2014, 12:00 pm
Save the date! Guests at the Inn at Gothic Eves will have a special opportunity to sample a superb meal and help one of our favorite causes too. On October 5, 2014, Remembrance Farm in Trumansburg, New York, is hosting its first-ever Farm-To-Table Benefit Dinner with Agava Restaurant, featuring wines from Damiani Wine Cellars, a premier Finger Lakes winery.
Diners will be treated to an exquisite menu, but even better, they will be contributing to Healthy Food for All. This program, a partnership between local farms and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, makes fresh produce accessible to households with limited income. The program was begun in 2006 with a mission to build a community where every member has access to safe, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food. The collaborative works with local farms and suppliers and has garnered tremendous community support. The dinner will highlight local farms and suppliers, and the cooking of Agava Executive Chef Andre Jacquet.
The menu reflects local seasonal ingredients and Chef Andre’s
passion for Southwestern flavors:
Duck confit with masa and pumpkin escabeche
Ceviche of Hamachi with apple-annato puree and sour orange aioli
Kale Salad with black bean hummus and assorted veggies
Roasted Root Vegetables with buffalo milk yogurt and mole poblano
Pork Carnitas Tamale with salsa verde and chicharron
Seared duck breast with mole amarillo, duck fat-refried beans and pickled fennel
Dark chocolate flan with candied smoked beets and pomegranate syrup
Wine pairings from Damiani Wine
Cellars will accompany all dishes.
Music for the evening will be provided by the viol duo of Zoe Weiss and David Miller.
Dinner tickets are $75/person, all inclusive and 100% of the proceeds will subsidize CSA’s for low income families. Four tickets sold means one family will have access to a season of fresh produce. This is one of the season’s tastiest, and most rewarding, events, so you won’t want to miss it!
Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm Reception, 5:30 pm Dinner
Place: Remembrance Farm, 6294 Searsburg Road, Trumansburg, New York (a 10-minute drive from the Inn at Gothic Eves) Tickets: 607-342-8845 or www.healthyfoodforall.com
Visit the Healthy Food for All website to learn more about this important initiative.
Finger Lakes Wineries Host 2014 October Events 18 Sep 2014, 6:00 am
We’re so lucky to live in this area! Not only is it beautiful, it offers a constant bounty of delicious wines and foods. In the weeks ahead, two of our noted Cayuga Lakes wineries, both just a short drive from the Inn at Gothic Eves, offer visitors wonderful opportunities to enjoy the fruits of the land while taking in the amazing views of the lake as they meander up Hwy 89.
Goose Watch Winery is uniquely nestled among groves of chestnut trees and once a year, the owners celebrate the tasty nut at their annual Chestnut Festival.
Event date this year:
October 18, 2014
12p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Goose Watch Winery
5480 New York 89
Romulus, NY 14541
just 22 minutes North of Inn at Gothic Eves by car
Live music, lawn games, wine slushies and an array of chestnut specialties will be featured. It will also be a great chance for visitors to enjoy a tour of the vineyard and stop in the tasting barn for samples of Goose Watch varietals. The winery take pride in producing wines that feature grapes not often found in our area, such as Viognier and Pinot Grigio. Visit Goose Watch Winery website for additional information.
In the same neighborhood, Knapp Winery and Vineyard is hosting a harvest Farm-to-Table dinner at their own Knapp Restaurant. The chef here works with local suppliers of fresh produce, meats and dairy—some from just across the street—to create a five-course menu that highlights fall flavors. The courses are perfectly paired with wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars.
The event will be held:
October 18, 2014
2770 Ernsberger Rd
Romulus, NY 14541
800-869-9271 for reservations
just 25 minutes North of Inn at Gothic Eves by car
Additional information and directions can be found on the Knapp Winery and Vineyard website.
Come early and take in the vineyard’s beautiful setting, which features rows of vines next to fields of corn and wheat that reach down to the lake.
Bellwether Hard Cider is a gem on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail 4 Sep 2014, 6:00 am
When Cheryl and Bill Barton began Bellwether Hard Cider in 1999, they had no idea they were on the cusp of a booming industry. Today hard cider is hot, and Bellwether is flourishing with about 10 cider varieties, ranging from very dry to semi-sweet.
Hard cider, which is fermented apple juice, was all the rage back in the early days of the Republic−John Adams is said to have downed a tankard daily with his breakfast! Now thanks to companies like Bellwether, it’s back in popularity.
A visit to Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars (the name changed when they started making wines in 2013) is an ideal outing on an autumn day in the Finger Lakes. Settle in on their patio for a picnic or sample ciders in the company’s tasting room. Selections to try include traditional still ciders such as Liberty Spy, a nice balance of semi sweet and semi dry as well as sparkling ciders such as the Lord Scudmore, a brut champagne-style drink. Bellwether also offers sparklers blended with cherries and black currants too. Delicious!
Bellwether wines are a relatively new addition to the lineup. Tastings of these wines made from grapes known to thrive on the glacial slopes of the Finger Lakes, three Rieslings and a Pinot Noir, are also available.
Be sure to check out the label, sporting a cute sheep, a tribute to the company name. In the sheep world, Bellwether is what the leader of the flock is called. Seems a perfect name for a leader of the New York cider world!
Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars is located just north of Trumansburg on the west side of Cayuga Lake, two miles from the Inn at Gothic Eves. Tours, tasting room and gift shop are open year-round.
November –March: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-6:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm
April – October: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-5:00pm Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
July and August: open till 7:00 p.m.
Visit Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars website or call 607-387-9464 or 888-862-4337 for more information.
Raspberry Season in the Finger Lakes Region 1 Aug 2014, 2:06 pm
New York’s Finger Lakes Region is an area of the country with a temperate environment in the summer and rich, fertile soil. These conditions are not only perfect for our iconic vineyards, but also for many fruit-bearing plants, both in the wild and on often-organic farms.
No that August has arrived, you’ll find a variety of colored highlights during hikes, and on organized farms. It’s raspberry season here in New York!
If you’re interested in taking some of our natural bounty home with you after a bed and breakfast getaway here at the Inn at Gothic Eves, we have two nearby “U-Pick” farms that offer raspberries. If you don’t intend to eat them all while here, get them late in your trip so they don’t spoil before you get home!
1408 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
This charming farm is open “sunrise to sunset” every day, offering true flexibility for planning purposes. They offer picking supplies at the farm stand (boxes, trays, etc. for raspberries… other supplies for different fruits). There are farm dogs on the premesis… two of the five are friendly – the friendly pup will likely approach you for attention! While the farm does have raspberries, they have an ABUNDANCE of other crops ripening at many times throughout the year! So if you want apples and vegetables in the fall or Strawberries in early summer, this is a great place to visit.
3581 Yost Road
Waterloo, NY 13165
This family-operated business is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays during the growing and harvesting seasons. Although their website touts strawberries, raspberries are available here as well. Their gift shop offers baked goods, crafts, and handcrafts from area artisans.
Hosmer Winery in Ovid NY Receives Reisling Honors 14 Jul 2014, 9:09 pm
Just this week, Finger Lakes vintner Hosmer Winery announced that their 2012 Single Wheel Riesling has received yet another win: the 2014 International East Meets West Wine Challenge Double Gold award!
While Hosmer has been growing grapes since 1970 for sale to other wineries, it wasn’t until 1985 that Cameron and Maren Hosmer decided to begin producing their own wines. Since then the winery has enjoyed growing recognition for its products, with the Double Gold being the latest in a long line of honors.
Held this past February 19-20, the International East Meets West Wine Challenge was held in Sonoma County, CA, the event pits the winners from both the West Coast Wine Competition and the East Coast Wine Competition against each other until winners are found. This year’s competition awarded 25 Double Gold awards, with Hosmer’s Riesling entrant taking one of these coveted honors.
This Double Gold is just the latest in a growing list of awards given to the 2012 Single Wheel Riesling. Since its release in December, the vintage has already won including a score of 87 from Wine Spectacular, Silver in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, and Silver in the New York State Fair Wine Competition! We imagine that this is just the beginning…
The young Reisling has been described as having a “razor sharp” aroma and lively and refreshing taste profile. And if you know Reislings, these are words that every winery tries to earn for theirs!
Interested in trying Hosmer Winery’s Single Wheel Riesling (or any of their other award-winning wines) for yourself during your bed and breakfast stay here in Trumansburg? Hosmer Winery is located less than 16 miles north of The Inn at Gothic Eves on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Ovid, NY. Hosmer Winery is open for sales and tastings 7 days a week except on major holidays.
July Event: 2014 International Dragon Boat Festival 20 Jun 2014, 1:44 pm
When you stay at the Inn at Gothic Eves, you expect to see the nearby lakes, you expect to see beautiful landscape, and you expect to see wineries nearby. But here’s something you may have thought you’d never see in the NY Finger Lakes Region: Dragon Boat racing! But on July 12, you can witness the celebration for yourself at the 2014 International Dragon Boat Festival (IDBF) at Cass Park in Ithaca!
This Qin and Han Dynasty tradition from more than 2000 years ago has been revived locally by the Ithaca Asian American Association as both a celebration of culture, and as a sporting competition for all. There will also be food, performances, goods for sale, and lots of fun for the whole family!
Dragon Boating is a cross between canoeing and competitive rowing. Each 40-foot boat traditionally holds a crew of 22 team members; 20 paddlers, a caller and a steerer. The paddles are similar to traditional canoe paddles, but otherwise the race is very similar to a competitive rowing event.
The IDBF will feature 200, 500 and 2000 meter races with heats in Mixed, Open racing, Women, Breast Cancer Survivor, and youth teams. There will also be Corporate teams and novice teams.
But most of all, there will be a wonderful day of spectacle, excitement and fun at the southern end of beautiful Cayuga Lake and Inlet. And if you’re looking for a different way to spend a day, you can’t beat this iconic local event. So plan a weekend at The Inn at Gothic Eves and experience this unique glimpse of exciting regional life here in the Finger Lakes!
The Inn at Gothic Eves Room & Spa Transformations 26 May 2014, 4:04 am
It has been a busy year here in Trumansburg NY at the Inn at Gothic Eves. Not only have we updated several of our rooms and bathrooms, but we have also added a spa as an additional offering to our guests!
The goal was to not only update the bed and breakfast, but to offer a better overall bed and breakfast experience with a serene and relaxing environment for all who visit:
- Some smaller rooms were opened up for more “living” space during your stay.
- In many rooms, busy wall coverings were replaced with clean palettes.
- Some rooms have increased surface space for morning routine use, computer use, and overall functionality.
- Additional outlets were added in rooms to accommodate your electronic devices.
- Large showers with high ceilings, and beds without footboards provide a more comfortable stay for tall guests.
- Furniture and fixtures were replaced to complement the new decor.
- Our old (and dare we say beautiful) windows with bubble glass were replaced so that windows can be easily opened and closed.
- Many bathrooms now feel like mini-spa spaces.
In the end, our modern updates made the home more efficient and quiet thanks to added interior and exterior spray insulation. New room-darkening drapes provide more privacy and allow for a deeper and longer sleep.
Let us show you a little of what has changed.
This room underwent a cheerful update. While red highlights remain, staying true to the Bordeaux name, the room now has cleaner lines and a more modern feel. The Bordeaux Suite bathroom features an artistically tiles shower and updated fixtures.
From dark and confined to light and airy, the Merlot Suite is now a welcoming retreat with much lighter decor and updated furniture. The Merlot Suite Bathroom now has a spa-like feel with a spacious, tiled, walk-in shower with body sprays.
While this room update was featured in a post last year, it is worth again showing the differences in this collective post. The Pinot Suite benefited from an addition that was added to the inn, creating vaulted ceilings and a much more spacious room. The updated bath is now a place of relaxation with a soaking tub for two and walk-in shower.
This serene room also benefited from our addition, creating a much larger guestroom with vaulted ceilings and additional space for a beautifully luxurious bathroom.
While this room’s changes aren’t as extreme as the rest, we have updated the decor for a wonderfully serene feel.
Possibly our favorite update is a place for guests and patrons to relax and be pampered: our beautiful new spa in the Potter House! Offering 60- and 90-minute massages for one person (from one or two therapists) and couples in our a naturally relaxing space, our spa may become your new favorite place at The Inn at Gothic Eves!
Our goal is, and has always been, to offer relaxing and enjoyable bed and breakfast accommodations in one of the most beautiful areas in the entire United States. The Finger Lakes Region is truly a gorgeous area, and we’re working hard to make The Inn at Gothic Eves as beautiful as our surroundings so that our guests not only look forward to visiting the area, but to our inn in particular!
A Taste of Greece in Ithaca NY: Mediterranean Flavors 4 May 2014, 6:38 pm
The Finger Lakes Region boasts a wide variety of cuisine. However it’s always a treat when you can find something so authentic, it practically comes from the very country it represents. This is exactly what you’ll get when the St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Ithaca offers a Taste of Greece this May 11, 2014. All your favorite Greek foods will be there!
If you were to visit Greece, you would find a vast variety of Mediterranean flavors: everything from traditional Greek salads to Spanakopita (a spinach and cheese pie made with phyllo dough), Gyros, Moussaka (like a Greek casserole), Souvlaki (grilled meat on skewers), Baklava (nuts and honey in phyllo dough), and many, many more you may not have heard of. Any and all of these dishes are likely to be found at the Taste of Greece event.
An added benefit of a visit to Greece would be the chance to visit Ithaca’s sister city Ithaka! Actually a small island off Greece’s western coast, Ithaka was first honored by its namesake back in 1976 when a key to Ithaca, NY was presented to a Greek delegation. The island itself was home to Homer’s hero Odysseus in the ‘Odyssey’, even though its description in the poem is vastly different than reality. The island’s “sister city” status was established in October, 2007.
Ithaka itself is as gorgeous as any Greek island could possibly be with charming stacked buildings, plenty of docking spots, beautiful beaches, and clear blue water off the shores. Ithacan residents in the U.S. envy the island’s beauty, but at the same time those from Ithaka who have visited Upstate NY say much the same thing about our own scenery!
But we digress.
Because it isn’t practical for most people to visit Greece, we invite you to enjoy a Finger Lakes getaway at the Inn at Gothic Eves during the Taste of Greece event where you can enjoy authentic Greek flavors right here in Tompkins County at 120 West Seneca Street in Ithaca!
Taste Finger Lakes Cheese at Lively Run Goat Dairy 4 May 2014, 6:29 pm
Besides wineries, the Finger Lakes Region is home to many dairies (whether they are home to cows, goats, or sheep), where milk is taken directly from the source and often made into regional artisanal cheese: much of which can be found at farm markets, area restaurants, wineries, supermarkets, and health food stores. Of course, it can also be found at most of the respective dairies on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. One of those Cheese Trail members, Lively Run Goat Dairy, is located just six miles from the Inn at Gothic Eves at 8978 Country Road 142 in Interlaken NY, and is a great place to visit during your bed and breakfast stay.
Lively Run has been in operation for 32 years, making it one of the country’s longest operating commercial goat dairies. The current owners, Steve and Susanne Messmer, bought the dairy in 1995. Their family has kept the tradition and quality alive since. In fact, Lively Run won the 2013 Foodie Award for the Best Artisanal Finger Lakes Cheese, and the 2014 Edible Finger Lakes Food Heroes Award. They are featured in Laura Werlin’s The All American Cheese and Wine Book, and were featured in the August 2013 issue of Woman Magazine, among others!
The Messmer’s herd includes French (Alpine) and Swiss (Sanaan) goats, which they feed a healthy diet of local plants and feed. They mix their goat milk with milk from five other herds (both cow and goat) in the area to produce and astounding 40,000 pounds of Chevre, Blue, Feta, Cheddar, and hard “Gold” cheeses. Over a dozen variations on these cheeses are currently produced. In the future, they hope to add a Dutch Gouda to their line. All of their cheeses are handmade in small batches with natural ingredients and no high-temperature pasteurization. Only the best goes into their cheese!
The dairy is open for cheese tasting and tours; dates and times vary. Currently, they are in their off-season schedule, open M-F from 10am to 4pm with $3 cheese tastings. Starting May 26 (Memorial Day), they begin their Regular Season schedule, open M-Sat from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Tours (which include cheese tastings) are $5 during the week, and $7.50 on Saturdays.
Lively Run also hosts and participates in a number of events throughout the year including the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Wine and Herb Festival in late April and early May, and their annual Just KIDding celebration of the baby goats on May 10 right there at the Dairy. Additional events can be found on their website.
If you’ve ever wanted to meet a goat, see how a goat dairy farm works, or taste a variety of goat cheese, then you should plan a visit to Lively Run Goat Dairy during your Finger Lakes getaway!
Awaiting the Migratory Birds in Upstate New York 4 May 2014, 6:20 pm
This post was originally posted in March, when a migration of our website and blog account was happening, causing it to not go to our website… sorry for the delay!
The long winter is finally showing signs of giving the Finger Lakes Region a break. Of course, as soon as that happens, our thoughts begin to drift to spring. And believe it or not, spring is just around the corner!
For some, spring isn’t spring until they hear the calls of the migratory birds that return to the area. Their colors and their songs are a sure sign that warm weather is quickly approaching. Depending on where you live, there are certain species that, when seen, give you comfort in knowing that the last grips of winter are almost gone. Why not come witness the return of our spring sentinels here in Trumansburg during a bed and breakfast getaway?
In the end of April, you’ll start seeing the Sparrows return to the Trumansburg area: in particular the Grasshopper Sparrow and Henslow’s Sparrow. These little brown birds with black specs may be a challenge to see in trees which have yet to get their leaves, so keep a sharp eye!
If you happen to be down in Ithaca, you’ll also see Waterthrush near the lake, with their brown plumage over light underside with dark stripes. Both the Louisiana Waterthrush and the Northern Waterthrush are known for their constant tail-bobbing, and they both have sharp, ringing calls.
During the first half of may, the Warblers begin to return. The Cerulean Warbler with its bright blue (males) to greenish blue (females) plumage over a light-colored underside, the Tennessee Warbler with a yellow-green color over gray, and the Yellow-rumped Warbler with striking yellow streaks among a striking black/white/gray plumage. Warblers are known for their cheerful songs that welcome the warmth and make you think of summer days ahead.
May down in Ithaca sees the return of two additional warblers and one other notable songbird. The Bay-breasted Warbler has strikingly colored males with a dark face, chestnut head and throat, cream on the neck, and dark wings with two noticeable white stripes on the breeders, with the non-breeders boasting a light olive green coloring. The American Redstart warbler is coal-black on top with bright yellow-orange stripe on the wings and tail, and striking orange just under the wings. The Yellow-breasted Chat has dark plumage on top with a bright yellow chest and throat, and is sometimes difficult to spot as it likes to hide deep in brush.
And of course there are the Canada Geese making their trip back north from the North Carolina/Virginia area where they spend their winter. Ideally, they will fly deep into Canada, but you’ll often see them in the area from early spring until late autumn with their belligerent stares and raspy honks.
No matter what the species, these are the birds that let us know the season is finally changing here in Upstate New York. So bring your binoculars with you to The Inn at Gothic Eves, and enjoy looking for them during a walk around town, or perhaps at nearby Taughannock Falls State Park.