The Inn at Gothic Eves
Ports of New York Brings Old-World Wines to Finger Lakes 20 Aug 2015, 6:00 am
Frédéric R. Bouché was born to be a winemaker. After all, he comes from a long line of winemakers, going back to his great, great grandfather in Bordeaux, France. Fortunately for all of us wine lovers, Frédéric moved to Ithaca, and established his Ports of New York urban winery here.
Port-style wine is ideal for an area such as ours, where cool weather makes you want to cozy up by the fire with a warming drink. Port is a fortified wine, and like with most wines, there is an art in how it’s made. At Ports of New York, the method begins with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Muscat Ottonel grapes, most of which are grown on Seneca Lake. During fermentation a grape spirit—something such as brandy—is added, which stops the process. The wines are then aged; Bouché ages his for at least four years to develop the distinct flavors. Mostly 17 percent alcohol with 8 percent residual sugar, Ports of New York varieties are neither sweet nor dry.
Red Meleau is a velvety and bold sip. It’s a great aperitif with strong cheeses and charcouterie or post dinner with chocolates and dried fruits. White Meleau, which was a 2015 medal winner at the San Francisco Wine competition, has an elegant taste with a full body. Sipped with pate or fresh fruit and cheese, it’s a delight. And of course both would make a perfect nightcap back at the Inn!
You can take a tour of Ports of New York winery and enjoy tastings as well as visit its Museum which has a wonderful collection of photographs dating back to 1920’s France. Images before and after D-Day, tools of the trade and distilling and smuggling artifacts are also on display.
Ports of New
815 Taber Street, Ithaca
Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Winery tours and tastings, $5/person
Sipping port under the stars is a near perfect way to end a day, and we can’t think of a better place to do that than on the patio at the Inn. Why not give us a call and plan a visit soon!
Ice Cream Delights All Ages At Cayuga Lakes Creamery 6 Aug 2015, 6:00 am
Is there anything better on a hot summer day than ice cream? We think not! That’s why we often suggest our Inn guests pay a visit to Cayuga Lakes Creamery in Interlaken. It’s a perfect stop when you’re out touring the area—and trust us, you will be happy you did!
Cayuga Lakes Creamery creates all their own ice creams and sorbets on the premises, mixing them in small batches so they can control the quality. The key is using choice ingredients, such as a 14% butterfat mix from the Upstate Farms dairy. As with the milk, many ingredients are sourced from local Finger Lakes’ suppliers.
The results are yummy, but also mind-boggling. It you have trouble deciding among flavors, you’ll be in for a challenge here—the Creamery has a dizzying number of choices. Along with the traditional flavors, you’ll find delicious options such as Banana Nut Fudge and Black Raspberry. But what’s really fun are all the unexpected and clever combinations, incorporating flavors such as lavender, maple bacon and Seneca sea salt. Summer choices might include Cantaloupe and Grape, both made with locally-grown produce. Maple Bacon mixes New York State maple syrup with caramelized bacon for a sinful delight. Fluffer Nutter combines creamy peanut butter ice cream with marshmallow swirl, and Jalapeno Popper adds a kick of pureed jalapeno peppers to cream cheese flavored ice cream, then finishes it with a raspberry habanero pepper sauce swirl. Wow! Not all flavors are available all the time, but there’s always a bountiful selection.
With a setting in wine country, one of Cayuga Lakes Creamery specialties is its wine sorbets. These luscious dips feature grapes from eight local wineries and each is distinctive and super-tasty. Choices include Cobblestone Farm Winery Merlot Dark Cherry Sorbet, Goose Watch Winery Melody Lemon Sorbet and Buttonwood Grove Winery Reisling Orange Sorbet. Delicious!
If you need a birthday or special occasion cake, you’ll find them here too, in six, eight and 10-inch sizes.
In addition to sweet treats, the Creamery has a café where you can order lunch from a menu that includes standard burgers, hot dogs, chicken and pork sandwiches, grilled cheese and the like. The café stresses that food is made to order, but if you’re in a hurry, you can call ahead to place your order.
Cayuga Lakes Creamery
8421 Route 89, Interlaken
Summer Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Spring and Fall Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: Thursday – Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cayuga Lakes Creamery is just a 10-minute drive from the Inn (we’ve tested it many times!). Come stay with us for a visit, and we’ll point out all the other wonderful not-to-miss stops in the area too!
Trumansburg Fair An August Finger Lakes Favorite 23 Jul 2015, 6:00 am
Year after year, the Trumansburg Fair pulls out all the stops for a fabulous event that draws thousands to the county. And this year’s fair, held August 25-30, 2015, is looking to be another great one. The six-day fair is always a fun outing for our Inn guests, with nightly shows in the grandstand and days filled with activities for all ages. Highlights include agriculture exhibits, a petting zoo, pull horse shows and races, carnival rides and games, a monster truck show, and the ever-popular Demolition Derby. To top things off, there’ll be a fireworks show Saturday night.
One not-to-miss event at the fair is the Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic show. The show stars a family of five (parents and three young girls) who delight crowds with amazing juggling, roller-skating, trampoline and cloudswing acts.
And of course, there’ll be all the delicious and delightful fair foods. For a complete listing of fair activities, dates and times, visit the Trumansburg Fair website.
Tuesday – Sunday, August 25-30, 2015
2150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg
Free parking available on the Fair grounds
$5/ages 13 and older; Children 12 years and under, free
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., $2/person
Tuesday and Friday, $5/person
Wednesday and Thursday, free
Saturday – Sunday, $7
Children under 2, free every day
Free admissions for Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatics, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo and Ag Awareness Daily Activities.
The Trumansburg Fair really is a highlight of our summer, so if you’re planning on coming be sure to call the Inn soon to book your stay.
Garden-Fresh Recipe For A Great Summer Breakfast 9 Jul 2015, 6:00 am
Oh the joy of summer cooking! This is especially true when you are blessed to live in an area rich with farms and dairies, such as we have here in the Finger Lakes.
For breakfast at the Inn, we create dishes based on the fresh ingredients we find, so the end result is often a surprise even to us! The entrée shown here is a favorite “recipe” made with organic eggs from Silver Fox Farm, feta from Lively Run Farm, sugar snap peas from our CSA, feta cheese from Pully Hill, and garlic scapes from the Inn’s garden. (Garlic scapes are the tender curly stems of hard-necked garlic, found in late spring-early summer.) The eggs are served over a cheddar polenta and topped with Hollandaise sauce. We accompany the dish with a refreshing salad of watermelon, mint and feta, sprinkled with a bit of olive oil, and a tasty whole wheat bread with oatmeal crust from Ithaca Bakery.
Check out your own garden, Farmers markets and local farms, then adapt this recipe to what you find. Whatever the ingredients are, when they’re fresh, you know it’ll be delicious!
To make Fresh Garden Eggs:
Sugar snap peas, sliced diagonally
Garlic scapes, chopped
Cooked and chopped bacon
Cheddar polenta (recipe follows)
Hollandaise sauce (recipe of your choice)
Place a portion of polenta on each serving plate. Top with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with peas, garlic scapes and bacon.
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 bay leaves
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
2 Tbsps garlic scapes, minced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup polenta or grits
4 Tbsps butter, cut into cubes
½ – ¾ cup cheddar cheese
Place first six ingredients in medium saucepan
and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in grits. When soft, add butter and cheese and stir till combined. If you prefer a thinner polenta, add a little milk or water.
Top Finger Lakes Artists at 2015 Ithaca Farmers Market 25 Jun 2015, 6:00 am
The Ithaca Artists Market, scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2015, is a great chance for our Inn guests to meet local artists and to check out their works—all in one place during a fun event!
Sponsored by the Community Arts Partnership, a non-profit group that supports and promotes the artists of Tompkins County, this year’s show will be held at the Ithaca Farmers Market on Steamboat Landing.
Plan to spend the afternoon wandering among the booths of more than 70 established regional artists, while you learn about their works and how they create them. This year’s juried show will include paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, functional and fiber arts, stained glass, collage, and digital work. Also included for 2015 will be books, music and videos.
In addition to artists, around a dozen Tompkins County arts organizations will be hosting booths, giving the public a chance to learn a bit about each of their missions and events.
The East Hill Jazz Group, featuring well-known local musicians, will provide a bit of mood music for the day.
Other boots at the event will provide a variety of food, from
nibbles to meals, desserts and, of course, some of our fabulous
Finger Lakes wines.
Ithaca Artists Market
Friday, July 24, 2015 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ithaca Farmers Market, Steamboat Landing
Plan to stay at our Inn for the weekend and you’ll enjoy more local art in our rooms, as well as a relaxing stay and delicious breakfast!
Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Offers a Delicious Tour of Area 11 Jun 2015, 6:00 am
What better way to get the true flavor of the area than to actually go tasting along the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail! 12 working family farms belong to the trail and each one creates its own unique brands of artisanal and farmstead cheeses. To enjoy the full experience, a visit to the individual farms is ideal, but every summer, you can get enjoy a sampling of the local cheeses and learn about the farms at a special weekend fest.
The Finger Lakes Cheese Festival, billed as a “Family and Foodie Day at the Farm,” will be Saturday, July 25, 2015. All the creameries on the Cheese Trail will be in one place to answer questions, convey information and offer samples. Visitors can take a self-guided farm tour, watch a demo on cheesemaking, learn the best cheese and wine or beer pairings, try goat milking and enjoy a cooking-with-cheese seminar. And of course, you can taste the exquisite cheeses produced by the individual farms. A hayride and live music add to the festive family-picnic feeling. For those who would like to take home some of the local products, there’ll also be a cheese and farm market.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunset View Creamery
4970 County Road 141, Odessa
The array and quality of cheeses produced by the local farms is quite extraordinary. A variety of cows, as well as goats, supply milk the farms use to create their own specialty flavors and types of cheeses. Some also produce yogurts, spreads or gelatos. You may want to plan several days for touring and tasting!
11 of the farms on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail are open for tours; six year-round with regular hours, and the others with either irregular or seasonal hours. A visit to the Cheese Trail’s website will provide a listing of specific days and hours tours are available.
If you go touring and purchase cheese along the way, be sure to also stop by one of the Cayuga Lakes’ wineries to pick up a bottle of wine. Then you can head back to the Inn for an impromptu happy hour on the patio, toasting another great day in our beautiful area.
Finger Lakes B&B Unveils New Rooms, Art 28 May 2015, 6:00 am
We not only did a little spring-cleaning at the Inn, we gave some of our rooms a whole new look! And we couldn’t be happier with the results. Come pay us a visit and see for yourself how cozy and comfy these new spaces are.
A soothing rain showerhead was added to the Seneca Suite, as well as new tile, evoking a restful safari sojourn. We continued the feeling with a new décor in the bedroom as well. Warm chocolate walls, animal-print linens and dramatic artwork make this a soothing environment. You may not want to leave!
For the Cayuga Suite’s refresh we looked no further than the beautiful waterfalls around Cayuga Lake. Stunning photos of the falls in different seasons, and serene blue walls seem to bring all the beauty of nature indoors, while large windows let you enjoy the lovely outdoor surroundings.
Not to be upstaged, the Potter House, just across the slate patio from the Inn, has undergone a bit of refurbishing too, making it an ideal setting for a family or friends, offering wonderful space for entertaining. The house has two generous-sized bedrooms, each with fireplaces, sitting rooms, wet bars and private baths. A special new touch throughout the Potter House is the striking art work created by Anna, the owner’s daughter, and a recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
A stay in any of our rooms provides the chance to pamper yourself with a soak in one of our private outdoor Jacuzzi tubs, or a visit to our on-site spa for a rejuvenating massage. And of course, every stay at the Inn includes our special breakfasts, featuring locally grown organic produce and herbs from our garden.
Summer is a wonderful time to visit this area. We’d love to have you for a stay!
Ithaca: Home of the Ice Cream Sundae 14 May 2015, 6:00 am
If you are anything like the staff at the Inn at Gothic Eves, you love an ice cream sundae! So how perfect to come visit the city where it was born.
Though its lineage has been disputed, Ithaca has long claimed the ice cream sundae, and it all dates back to a Sunday in 1892, when the Reverend John M. Scott headed over to the local Platt & Colt Pharmacy for a little refreshment. After getting two bowls of vanilla ice cream from his fountain clerk, Chester C. Platt, the shop owner and church treasurer, doctored them up with cherry syrup and a candied cherry. Voila! The “Cherry Sunday” was born.
Over the years “Sunday” became “sundae” and the variations available seem almost endless. But one thing has never changed: our enduring love of eating it!
To get your ice cream fix while in Ithaca, head over to Purity Ice Cream Company.
Known as “The Ice Cream of the Finger Lakes,” Purity has been
making small batch ice cream since 1935—and it’s definitely got
scrumptious down to a science. The company produces ice cream using
a base that is made without corn syrup, and with only top-quality
ingredients, such as dutched 22% fat Cocoa powder and pure vanilla.
Though vanilla is still a top choice, it has plenty of competition
from Mint Chocolate Chip, Bulldog Crunch, Chocolate Raspberry
Truffle, Sea Salt Caramel. Customers can make their own sundaes, or
choose from some of the shop’s specialty combos. Apple Crisp Sundae
tops vanilla ice cream with homemade warm apple crisp, caramel
topping, whipped cream and a cherry. Mad Mint Sundae starts with a
hot homemade brownie, then gets Madigan Mint ice cream, Oreos and
hot fudge. Oh my!
Purity Ice Cream Company, Inc.
700 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For a taste of Purity Ice Cream’s soft serve,
My Dad’s Ice Cream, a favorite hangout in Trumansburg since
Not My Dad’s Ice Cream
203 East Main Street, Trumansburg
Call ahead to check hours.
You’ll find deliciously creative ice cream flavors at Sweet
Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop downtown. Black sesame is a favorite,
and some of the newer scoops include Key Lime Pie and Strawberry
Basil. The shop serves a luscious brownie sundae too (rich homemade
brownie topped with ice cream and hot fudge sauce). Sweet Melissa’s
also makes Vegan ice creams that even non-vegans would enjoy, such
as salted caramel, cinnamon, and thyme lime.
Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop
200 W. Seneca St., Ithaca
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ice cream is taken seriously over at Cornell University, where
it’s made in the school’s very own dairy processing plant. (The
school also produces milk, yogurt, pudding and Big Red Cheddar.)
Pay a visit to the
Dairy Bar, located in Stocking Hall, for a sample scoop or two
of flavors such as Bavarian Raspberry Fudge, Ezra’s Morning Cup,
Caramel Cubed, and a specialty—CORNell ice cream. You can also
purchase pints to go and create your own sundaes at home. The Dairy
Bar takes orders for ice cream cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches
Dairy Bar Stocking Hall, Cornell University
Judd Falls Road, Ithaca
Hours vary, so call ahead.
And for those heading out on the Cayuga Wine Trail, one
must-stop is the Cayuga
Lake Creamery. Ingredients such as lavender, maple bacon
and seneca salt caramel flavor its exceptional small batch ice
creams. The Creamery also produces tasty wine
Cayuga Lake Creamery
8421 Route 89, Interlaken
Spring and Fall hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8;00 p.m.
Summer hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
After all this sweet talk, you just might want to call the Inn at Gothic Eves right now to book your stay! We’ll make sure to give you a great night’s sleep and a savory breakfast before sending you off for a day of play and ice cream.
Hiking Finger Lakes’ Danby State Forest 30 Apr 2015, 6:00 am
Danby State Forest, 15 minutes south of the Inn at Gothic Eves, is a natural playground comprising 7,337 acres that were once private homesteads and farms. Visitors can still find old wells and stone foundations on their wanderings, a reference to that by-gone time.
Because of its proximity to town, the Forest is a favorite warm-weather escape for bird watchers, day-hikers and backpackers, as it offers two lean-tos for overnight trips. Easy access via several main roads and plentiful parking add to its attractiveness.
One of the most popular hikes is the 8-mile Abbott Loop. This well-marked, somewhat rugged path crosses a creek, then winds up and down and back up 500 feet to Thatchers Pinnacles, where visitors are rewarded with stunning views of the Inlet Valley. If eight miles and a1500-foot elevation gain is more than you bargained for, there is a shorter loop option at the 1.3 mile mark.
The forest offers 15 miles of trails and a variety of landscapes including streams, forests, ravines as well as diverse plants and wildlife. A stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail also runs through the forest (Abbott Trail follows it for a ways), merging with the North Country National Scenic Trail on its way. Many visitors hike sections of the 549-mile Finger Lakes Trail each summer, hoping some day to complete New York’s longest continuous trail.
Directions from Ithaca: SR 96B south 5 miles to either Bald Hill Road, Michigan Hollow Road or South Danby Road.
Coltivare: Ithaca’s Farm-to-Fork Star 16 Apr 2015, 6:00 am
What started as an innovative program at Tomkins Cortland Community College (TC3) has blossomed into a top-dining destination in the Cayuga Lake’s area. A marvel of freshness and creativity, Coltivare restaurant is a favorite of guests (and the owner!) of The Inn at Gothic Eves, and for more than just its incredible flavors.
Through TC3’s Farm to Bistro program, students at the College get hands-on experience growing organic produce that supplies the kitchens of Coltivare, the school’s on-site restaurant. In addition to the full-service restaurant, the savvy facility at TC3 also includes culinary labs, an amphitheater, a wine cellar and special event space.
An impressive curriculum teaches students sustainable farming and food systems, emphasizing the skills required for managing small, diverse farms, as well as the ecological importance of sustainable farming. TC3’s wine marketing program taps into the local Finger Lakes industry, and a hotel/restaurant management program prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry.
But it is TC3’s restaurant Culinare that rightly gets a bulk of the attention. The bistro’s name means cultivate in Italian, and the restaurant lives up to this with its farm-fresh dishes and creative professional staff. In doing so, it is also cultivating quite a following with its inviting setting and innovative flavors. Signature flatbreads use wild yeast and local ingredients such as Northland Sheep Dairy blue cheese. The sustainable fish of the day is served with fresh-grown veggies like celery root puree and crispy leeks. And vegan dishes make eating this way tempting with entrees such as eggplant-porcini meatballs. Desserts are equally delectable, with a nice mix of fresh fruits and home-baked goodness.
235 South Cayuga Street
Lunch, Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brunch, Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner, Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Late night, Friday – Saturday, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Tomkins Cortland Community College is not only teaching students the importance of sustainable farming, it is also teaching diners. How wonderful that such a vital mission can also be such a delicious one!
This is a mission we share at The Inn at Gothic Eves, from our solar panels to the locally-sourced products we use in our delicious breakfasts. With warm weather upon us, this is a grand time to come visit!