The Inn at Gothic Eves
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
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail gets visitors into the spirit with
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
For more scare-worthy events and ideas, check out www.visitithaca.com.
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.