The Inn at Gothic Eves
Innkeeper(s): Rose Hilbert
Discover the Rich Canal History of Nearby Seneca Falls, NY 3 Dec 2013, 5:00 amDo you find yourself fascinated with "olde tyme" transportation? Why not visit the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry in the Seneca Falls Visitor Center, which celebrates the rich canal history of the area? Just 31 miles north of the Inn at Gothic Eves, the town and museum offers a perfect historic day-trip during your Finger Lakes bed and breakfast getaway.
In the early 1800's, a series of canals through the state of New York made it possible to transport goods both eastward and westward. The Cayuga-Seneca Canal provided a waterway between these two great Finger Lakes, and made it possible for this area to join that vast network of waterways. It also provided water power to mills and industrial factories along its length. The Museum goes into detail about the Canal's history, and the various industries and successful businesses which owed their existence to the Canal.
Located in downtown Seneca Falls at 89 Fall Street, the Museum overlooks the Canal itself where the old Knitting Mill and a foundry can be seen across the water. The Museum is open from 10am-4pm, Monday through Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sundays during the months of April-December. From January through March, hours are reduced to just 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Saturday only. There is no admission to tour the museum, and guided tours are available for a small fee.
If you happen to visit in mid-December you can enjoy, and vote for the Museum's Gingerbread House Contest entries on the weekend of December 13, 14, 15, 2013! This particular weekend also happens to be the It's A Wonderful Life Weekend in all of Seneca Falls where you can enjoy Holiday shows, receive special postmarks on letters, shop for crafts and locally-made goods, participate in raffles, enjoy Christmas music by Marcy Neumire and Jennifer Gray at the Waterways and Industry Museum, and so much more!
Also, don't forget to bring your National Parks Passport Book when you visit the Museum for a stamp. And the George Baily Bridge is just a short walk from the Museum - a popular place for photos!
Whether you enjoy a holiday visit or a general historical discovery visit, the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry is a great place to experience the thrill of industry and grown of the northern Finger Lakes region. Both the Museum and the Inn at Gothic Eves look forward to your visit!
Cinemapolis: Ithaca, NY's Independent Movie Theater 19 Nov 2013, 7:14 pmAre you a die-hard movie lover? Do you appreciate films that make you think, or that might change your outlook? If so, then a visit to Cinemapolis in Ithaca is a must during your stay at The Inn at Gothic Eves!
Cinemapolis is a non-Profit theater that plays first-run films, specializing in locally-produced, independent, and foreign films. Their goal is to be a place where movie-goers will be enriched through their movie-going experience. The theater hopes to not only entertain, but to make guests aware of contemporary issues as well; all in the name of celebrating life and all it entails.
Operated by Seventh Art, an organization dedicated to using film to educate, entertain, and promote social awareness. Besides their featured films at Cinemapolis, Seventh Art also offers educational programs through film for audiences of all ages, sponsors public film forums, and film-related classes and discussions. Seventh Art also offers both the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival each fall, showing some of the best Sci-Fi selections each year; and is also home to the film portion of the multi-arts Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival each spring which concentrates sustainability issues.
More than 150 films are shown each year on five screens with spacious stadium seating, not including those films featured at the special events.
The theater's downtown Ithaca location at 120 East Green Street not only provides easy access for visitors from surrounding communities, but it also supports local businesses including restaurants and stores which may be stops before or after the films. All in all, Cinemapolis is an integral part of local community and economy.
Current features through November 21, 2013 include:
- Diana - Concentrating on events from the last two years of her life
- 12 Years A Slave - The story of a free man who becomes a slave in early American times
- All Is Lost - A sailors quest to save himself after an accident at sea
- Lee Daniels' The Butler - The story of the man behind eight American presidents during controversial times
- Wadjda - One young girl uses her own resources to reach her goal
- Enough Said - A woman's quest for happiness while navigating life's complications
- Blue is the Warmest Color - A young girl finds herself after meeting a young woman with blue hair - starts on November 22, 2013.
- Dallas Buyers Club - An HIV-Positive man seeks alternative treatment after doctors and pharmacists complicate his attempt at healing - starts on November 22, 2013.
- Kill Your Darlings - Alan Ginsberg comes of age in this dramatic film - starts on November 27, 2013.
- Philomena - A journalist follows the story of a woman trying to locate her son whom she was forced to give up for adoption - starts on November 27, 2013.
- Let the Fire Burn - A graphic story of prejudice and intolerance in mid-1980 Philadelphia - starts on December 6, 2013.
- The Armstrong Lie - The rise and fall of Lance Armstrong - starts on December 6, 2013.
- Nebraska - an alcoholic father and reluctant son take a road-trip for money - starts on December 20, 2013.
- The Invisible Woman - The story of Charles Dickens' secret lover - starts on January 24, 2014.
- Le Passe (The Past) - Complications arise after a man leaves his family to return to his homeland - starts on February 28, 2014.
Cinemapolis provides a unique theater-going experience during a Finger Lakes getaway to the Inn at Gothic Eves. Just a 20-minute drive from our bed and breakfast, Cinemapolis is a great destination for and afternoon or evening of enjoyment.
The Museum of the Earth: Ithaca's Earth Science Destination 5 Nov 2013, 5:00 amAre you a science-minded individual? Do you love discovering how the earth and its life were formed, and the effects of atmosphere and earth changes to humanity? If so, you'll enjoy a visit to The Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth in Ithaca. Just a 10-minute drive from The Inn at Gothic Eves, this is a great day-trip during your bed and breakfast getaway, no matter what time of year!
The Museum of the Earth is a natural history and science museum, located at 1259 Trumansburg Road in Ithaca, where all can learn more about the earth through both permanent and rotating exhibits, hands-on displays and sci-art. The museum also offers events and programs on specific topics for a more in-depth learning experience.
Permanent exhibits include:
- PRI Fossil Exhibit - samples of our 3-million specimen collection
- NEW Glacier Exhibit - a tour through an ice cave where you will learn about glaciers
- North American Right Whale #2030 - a huge skeletal whale and exhibition of whale species and evolution.
- Coral Reef Exhibit - a Indo-Pacific Reef Aquarium, and a Caribbean Reef Aquarium
- 'A Journey Through Time' - the main part of the museum features this walking tour of life from the Earth's beginning through today, including the Hyde Park Mastodon!
- Rock of Ages, Sands of Time: A Look Back with Barbara Page: Starting November 7, 2013, see an astounding 544 3-dimensional paintings, each representing one million years, by Barbara Page. You can also see her notes, sketches, and more that helped bring this work to light. If you happen to be coming for a long weekend this weekend, you can MEET Ms. Page at the opening reception, starting at 5:30 pm on the 7th.
Current temporary exhibits include:
- Moving Carbon, Changing Earth - the effects of carbon on the earth and our atmosphere
Throughout the year, the Museum offers free courses/presentations. The current complimentary evening course offerings revolve around The History of Life, a set of presentations about life on Earth during its 4 billion years in existence.
There are currently two topics left before the History of Life feature ends on November 18, 2013:
- Arms Race in the Sea on November 4: all about ocean life
- Mammals Rule! A World of Change on November 18: all about... us! (And other mammals as well.)
The upcoming Lecture Series topic is Glaciers, beginning on November 17, 2013. This series is a cooperative between the Museum of the Earth, and Cayuga Nature Center, and does require a $10 admission fee per night.
- November 17, 2pm at the Museum of the Earth: Watching Glacers Change From Space with Dr. Matthew Pritchard of Cornell University.
- January 26, 2pm at the Cayuga Nature Center: The Deglacion of the Ithaca Area with Dr. Daniel King of Cornell University.
- February 23, 2014, 2pm at the Museum of the Earth: Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink' (about the Earth's spring-like motions caused by glaciers), with Dr. Mike Willis of the University of NC - Chapel Hill.
- March 16, 2pm at the Cayuga Nature Center: What We're Learning from a 3400-meter, West Antartic Ice Core with John Fegyveresi of Penn State University.
- April 18, 6:30pm at the Museum of the Earth: Climate Change Overload with Laura Faye Tenenbaum of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Earth Science Communications Tea
Other upcoming activities include:
- Thursday, December 5 at 6pm: A reading and book-signing with John Gurche, author of Shaping Humanity. John is our very own resident paleo-artist who, for this work, used forensic reconstruction to create realistic and accurate models of our human ancestors' faces, using skulls (or skull casts) as a base. John is also a paleo-painter, illustrator, and animator - you can see his work in the film Jurassic Park and on the 1989 USPS Dinosaur Stamp series.
Have you ever been wandering and found a rock with puzzling fossils? The museum offers Fossil ID Day, every second Saturday of the month between 10am and noon. Bring that rock along and find out exactly what has been captured in its depths!
There is so much to see and do at the Museum of the Earth that you may have trouble fitting it into just one visit! Current Winter Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Admission is reasonable at $8 per adult, $5 per senior and college student (with ID), $3 for youth, and free for children 3 and under.
December 2013 Holiday Events in Trumansburg and Ithaca 29 Oct 2013, 6:00 amUpstate New York is a great place to spend an early winter. With our picturesque natural surroundings, charming towns, and hometown holiday feel that you just can't get in any city, the Finger Lakes is a perfect area to bring your Holiday Spirit to light, and find your way back to a more relaxed and enjoyable season. With two notable events in 2013, the Tru-Ullysses Winter Fest on Friday December 7-8, and the Downtown Ithaca Winter Festival from November 30 through December 14, you can enjoy all the Holiday fun and frolic when you stay at The Inn at Gothic Eves.
Here in Trumansburg, Main Street will be transformed into a small-town winter street fair on Friday December 6 during the Tru-Ullysses Winter Fest.
- Local entertainment awaits in the form of a juggler, magician, and street performers.
- Local businesses will offer food and arts-and-crafts vendors for your gift-giving needs.
- The evening's highlights include our traditional tree-lighting and arrival of Santa Claus, all before a fireworks display lights the sky at 9pm at the Fairgrounds to close the Opening Night.
- store open houses,
- refreshments at many area businesses,
- music, and
- a model train display. Our official brochure outlines all the weekend's activities.
The town of Ithaca will be alive with activity from the end of November through mid-December! The Downtown Ithaca Festival features a variety of events to keep you in the spirit of the season.
- Restaurant Week - area eateries will offer tastings, classes, specials, and fixed-price menus.
- Gallery Night on the 6th offers fun events and giveaways at the downtown galleries.
- Bools' Flower Shop offers their Holiday Open House.
- Help out Habitat for Humanity by indulging in some delicious treats at their Cookie Sale in Center Ithaca.
- Santa Arrives at noon in an unexpected way, accompanied by games, music, and dancing in Center Ithaca.
- Marvel at the skill of a dozen chainsaw, hammer, and chisel-wielding artists as they turn ice into works of art at the Ice Wars Ice Carving Competition at Ithaca Commons.
- The Fourth Annual Downtown Ithaca Chowder Cook-off at Ithaca Commons: there isn't much that does a better job of warming you than a steaming bowl of chowder. 20 restaurants will compete for the title! Your $10 ticket includes tastings of a wide variety of chowders.
- Fine and crafted arts are perfect answers to your holiday gift list; come to the Holiday Artists Market at the Holiday Inn.
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's Annual Shopping Spree Weekends 2013 22 Oct 2013, 6:00 pmLast week, we brought you news of the upcoming events on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. But The Inn at Gothic Eves does not like to play favorites with nearby Finger Lakes Wine Trails... and it would be remiss of us to overlook the upcoming fun to our east! On the very same weekends of the Deck the Halls Weekends, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is hosting their Annual Shopping Spree on the weekends of November 22-23-24 and December 6-7-8, 2013!
All 16 member wineries along the shores of Cayuga Lake will be participating in this holiday event - you choose your Starting Point Winery and proceed from there! Each participant will be provided a souvenir wineglass, a grapevine wreath, cookie-cutter ornaments from each winery visited, a shopper's card ($5 off a purchase of at least $35, good at any and all wineries), and holiday recipes! Member wineries will feature complimentary tastings and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Participants must begin at their designated starting point to receive their passes, wineglass and goodies before proceeding to other member wineries. Select wineries will be open for the event on each Friday: King Ferry and Long Point on the east side of the lake, Montezuma on the north shores, and Six Mile Creek on the south in Ithaca (all of these wineries are starting points on Friday). On Saturday and Sunday, all wineries are open, but King Ferry and Long Point on the east are the only options for starting points for the event on these days.
Advance Tickets are $40 for a single-taster ticket, and $60 for a couples-taster ticket. If you wait until you arrive, tickets will be $45 for a single and $65 for a couple. In either case, designated drivers are offered a $5 ticket discount.
Wine Trail events are the perfect way to find your new favorite wines, and take care of some holiday shopping! Tickets are now available for either weekend (follow links for specific weekend dates above). Now is also a great time to reserve your favorite bed and breakfast room here at the Inn at Gothic Eves for the events. We'll keep the inn (and a hot tub, if you wish) nice and toasty for you!
The Inn at Gothic Eves asks that you consider a designated driver during this event. While samples are small, they can add up quickly... and we'd rather see you back at the Inn safely!
Seneca Lake Wine Trail's Deck the Halls Weekends 2013 15 Oct 2013, 6:00 pm
We know it's only October, but it's never too soon to plan for a Finger Lakes wine weekend during one of Seneca Lake Wine Trail's Deck the Halls Weekends! Choose from November 22-24, 2013 or December 6-8, 2013 and get yourself into the Holiday Spirit!
For just $53 per person ($43 if you're a designated driver), or $75 per couple ($65 if one of you is a non-tasting DD), you will receive a grapevine wreath, a recipe book, an ornament from each winery visited, and all the fun activities offered at 30 wineries on the trail.
And what goes on at the wineries? Food and wine pairings (check your recipe book to learn how to make many of the dishes served), music, tours, and more might just be available at each location.
As for the food... you can surely look forward to some fall/winter favorites to warm your belly and keep you full! Smoked ham, roasted turkey, pork, delicious soups (featuring the seasonal flavors of pumpkin, butternut squash, potato & leek, and many more), all manner of seasonal sweets, and so much more.
Like other wine trail events, you'll report to your selected winery to receive your wreath and recipe book, and then it's completely up to you which wineries you visit. Make a complete, linear loop, or hop and skip as you see fit.
Tickets are available online. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours quickly. As luck would have it, there are currently plenty of tickets starting at wineries close to Trumansburg!
Hours of the event are from 1pm -5pm on Fridays, and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Your weekend ticket will work for all three days, meaning that you can easily plan a long-weekend visit for the Deck The Halls event.
With 30 wineries to potentially visit, you may just want to plan for BOTH weekends! Rooms are still available at The Inn at Gothic Eves - let us host you during this fun annual event. And don't forget our hot tub option before bed: the perfect way to relax after a day of driving/sightseeing. We'll keep your room warm and the porch light on for you!
The Inn at Gothic Eves asks that you consider a designated driver during this event. While samples are small, they can add up quickly... and we'd rather see you back at the Inn safely!
November Big-Screen: Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival 8 Oct 2013, 5:00 amAliens. Things that go bump in the night. Kung-Fu. Creatures and characters of your nightmares. Those things that are so bad you can't help but laugh. All of these and more are ingredients of the movie genre Fantastic Films, where science fiction, horror, thriller, dark comedy, parody, and the absurd meet and meld. The Finger Lakes Region is happy to celebrate this popular form of entertainment during the annual Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, being held this year on November 13-17, 2013!
Cinemapolis and Cornell Cinema) will present a total of a dozen different full-length feature choices: six favorites from the US and abroad, and a six-film retrospective of screenwriter/director Dan O'Bannon's work. Meanwhile, a film competition, concerts, and parties will also be offered.
Domestic and International film titles include:
- Cheap Thrills (USA - 2013), directed by E.L. Katz - a dark comedy about how far a man will go for money.
- LFO: The Movie (Sweden/Denmark - 2013), directed by Antonio Tublen - This film explores the pull of power when a man discovers that he can hypnotize people using sound.
- Confession of Murder (South Korea - 2012), directed by Byeong-gil Jeong - What happens when a convicted murderer tells all after his statute of limitations expires?
- Demon's Rook (USA - 2013), Directed by James Sizemore - A boy is raised in magic by a demon... and his wrath is unleashed when he learns a long-kept secret?
- Bushido Man (Japan - 2013), directed by Takanori Tsujimoto - One man takes on a martial arts mission to earn knowledge of martial secrets.
- I am Divine (USA - 2013), directed by Jeffrey Schwarz - Discover how Harris Glenn Milstead's alter ego, Divine, became the drag icon and muse of Actor/Writer/Director John Waters.
Dan O'Bannon Retrospective movies include:
- Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott - A US space team unwittingly brings back dangerous alien life after responding to an alien distress call.
- Dead and Buried (1981), directed by Gary Sherman - A small town in Rhode Island is plagued by a killing spree by the locals... but the dead won't stay dead!
- Invaders from Mars (1986), directed by Tobe Hooper - One boy tries to stop aliens who are taking over the minds of those close to him.
- Heavy Metal (1981), directed by Gerald Potterton - A series of animated shorts based on the science-fiction and fantasy stories in 'Heavy Metal' magazine.
- Lifeforce (1985), directed by Tobe Hooper - Vampires arrive from outer space to take over the world... starting with London!
- The Return of the Living Dead (1985), directed by Dan O'Bannon himself - Two bumbling warehouse workers release a gas into the air which reanimates the dead in Louisville, KY.
Just 20 minutes from the Inn at Gothic Eves here in Upstate New York, you can take in some quirky movie fun during your bed and breakfast getaway during the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival!
Natural Beauty at NY's Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve 1 Oct 2013, 5:00 amSeneca Meadows - it sounds romantic, right? Well you may be surprised to learn that Seneca Meadows is actually a major waste management and recycling facility located just northeast of Waterloo, NY. But what makes Seneca Meadows so unique (and such a draw for both locals and visitors) is the more than 1100 acres of Wetland Preserve that Seneca Meadows created and propagated. Located just 34 miles north of Trumansburg, the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during your Inn at Gothic Eves getaway, no matter what the season!
|All photos from Seneca Meadows|
In 2007, Seneca Meadows found it necessary to expand operations into existing wetlands at their treatment facilities just northeast of Waterloo, NY. Of course, the US Federal Government requires that when a company or organization destroys a natural watershed (wetlands or streams), the organization must "mitigate" the loss of natural resources, either through monetary compensation, or the creation of new natural watershed areas. The industry standard for this mitigation is 3:1 (three acres created for every one acre destroyed).
Seneca Meadows went way above and beyond what is required by the industry, sponsoring a total of over 1100 acres of both preserved and created wetland area as a home for countless birds, amphibians, and other animals - more than an 8:1 ratio of what they had taken! Of course, this fits right into our state's philosophy of eco-friendliness and preservation.
This was no small task! Existing wetland areas needed upgrades
and improvements to provide the best diversity of plant life and animal species in the form of additional plants added to the existing acreage. New wetland areas were a whole other beast, as six specific ecosystem types are needed to support a healthy overall wetland area. Each type has its own plant, sunlight, landscape, soil, and moisture requirements. And any invasive plants had to be cleared from the acreage to assure a healthy ecosystem. This means that the land had to be re-shaped for each ecosystem, methods for natural water aeration and cleansing had to be added, over 10,000 trees and shrubs were planted, and more than 450 acres of wetland and prairie were seeded. Upkeep of the area continues to this day, thanks to the National Audubon Society.
What does this mean to our visitors?
- Seven miles of hiking trails, open all year
- A Nature Center that offers information and education
- A large number of bird species for discovery, including the threatened and rare Least Bittern
- Animal habitats that you may not see in a non-wetland environment
- Gorgeous vistas, no matter what the season
Upstate New York is arguably one of the best places for outdoor activities and appreciation in the country. Yes, we have lakes. Yes, we have waterfalls in our many area parks. And yes, we have wetlands and savannah at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve! Whether you're a bird-watcher, animal-lover, or just appreciate natural surroundings, consider a visit during your bed and breakfast stay!
2013 Ithaca Oktoberfest Celebrates Finger Lakes' German Roots 24 Sep 2013, 5:00 amFall is the perfect time for festivals. And October is the perfect time for GERMAN festivals! The Finger Lakes region would like to invite everyone to the Ithaca Oktoberfest on Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Downtown Ithaca Commons from noon until 6pm! Just 11 miles from the Inn at Gothic Eves, this is a great fall festival to enjoy during your Upstate New York getaway here at the bed and breakfast!
The event is hosted by both Downtown Ithaca and Kilpatrick's Publick House. And like so many area events, you can be sure that area breweries will be prominently featured! In fact, local microbreweries will try their hand at winning the event championship for best beer!
Sauerkraut, kielbasa, pretzels, and possibly schnitzel and spatzle noodles will surely be featured foods, along with local favorites (using local ingredients whenever possible). Wineries will also put in an appearance, offering tastings of their best fall flavors.
Of course, music will be prominently featured at the event as well. While the 2013 lineup has not yet been announced, last year's performers included local bands Mike Brindisi and the New York Rock, Erik Caron Connection (hailing from Ithaca College), and The Notorious String Busters.
Tickets are available now through the Downtown Ithaca Alliance by calling 607-277-8679. Two levels of tickets are currently available: the 20 drink tickets and 10 food sample package is $30, and the 10 drink tickets and 5 food sampling package is $17. Drink samples are either two ounces of beer or one ounce of wine... and please either bring a designated driver, or plan to stay until closing! Food tickets can be purchased separately for the designated drivers and non-drinkers, and of course you can purchase larger portions from many of the vendors! Tickets will also be available for purchase on-site.
Of course, your cozy room at the Inn at Gothic Eves will be ready for you when you return to the bed and breakfast. And maybe an evening dip in one of our Jaccuzzi tubs would be the perfect way to round out a wonderful day!
Even if you aren't of German heritage, there is so much to appreciate about Germany's food, music, dance, and dress. Why not come experience it all right here in the Finger Lakes?
Halloween 2013 Thrills and Chills in the Finger Lakes 17 Sep 2013, 7:31 pmSchool has started, the weather has begun to cool down, and the first touch of color kisses the
leaves... at this point, those in Upstate New York (and anywhere else with four distinct seasons) are starting to look toward fall! And what is every child's favorite fall holiday? Why Halloween of course! But it isn't just for the kids... adults also like to experience the thrill of a good scare...
If you are one of these people, why not consider a visit to one of the area's haunted attraction, whether man-made or of another dimension?
Here in Trumansburg, many of our area homes dating back to the 1800s have plenty of legend and lore surrounding them... including sightings that have been claimed over the years! Sadly for the more sporting guests the Inn at Gothic Eves does not have such stories to boast. Personally, I am rather happy about this, as I much prefer to take care of expected guests with reservations, and not surprise-appearance guests from the far, far past! Having said that, I AM a fan of Halloween and highly recommend Americana Winery's epic Halloween Party, located just 5 minutes from the Inn!
Americana Vineyards' 11th Annual "Hallowine Spooktacular": October 26, 2013 from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. They do it right with one very large and outrageous party, complete with tents, an open (and decorated) barn, with the wine-tasting room and restaurant open for business. Attendees are encouraged to dress to the nines in costumes to support each year's theme! This year's theme is Gatsby (as in "The Great Gatsby")... so you'll probably see a lot of suits, tuxedos, and dresses in Roaring 20's style! Of course, you MAY also see zombie Myrtle, Gatsbys, and Nicks; yellow car costumes; and green lights.... or maybe not. You never know WHAT guests will come up with for costumes!
The Hallowine Spooktacular is a highly-popular event, and attendance is limited to 400 people. If you are interested in attending, call the winery at 1-888-600-8067 to RSVP! Please note that there is a $15 cover charge to help allay the costs of the party itself.
Area Haunted Locations
- So you've probably heard of Nessie, or the Loch Ness Monster, in Scotland. But did you know that Cayuga Lake is said to have its own "monsters"? Supposedly, TWO serpentine creatures have been seen over the years/decades. Both possess serpentine bodies that are 12-35 feet in length, . Both Cayuga Katie (last reported to be seen more than 30 years ago) and Old Greeny (last reported sighting in 2009) have been seen in these waters. With a depth of over 400 feet, it's no wonder that researchers have found it difficult to prove that these creatures exist. Could they be one and the same? Only time will tell. Why not bring your binoculars and see if you can spot them for yourself?
- Once a private residence, the Seneca Falls Historical Society is the site of three separate hauntings. Edward Mynderse built the house and is said to have started haunting the location when the next owner made significant changes to the exterior. Crying on the home's back staircase is said to be that of an Irish girl who died while staying with the third family on the premises - the Beckers. Also related to the Beckers is the third ghost - their nanny, who is said to still haunt the third floor where her rooms once were.
- Fatzinger Hall in Waterloo, NY is home to cold spots throughout the building, claims of unseen hands touching guests, and objects mysteriously moving without human intervention!
- In nearby Geneva, you'll find the Belhurt Haunted Castle. Another haunted castle? Why yes. This one happens to reside on land with Native American history: always a red flag! Now home to a winery and spa, guests sometimes see the ghost of an Italian Opera singer on the front lawn, having died with her lover in tunnels beneath the building while trying to escape her husband, who had tracked her there.
- Wells College in Aurora is one of the country's most-haunted campuses! You may see shadows moving about the third floor of Morgan Hall at night after it has been closed. The Main Building is said to be haunted by nurses who once served on the fourth floor during a flu outbreak.
If you are less of a 'believer' but enjoy the atmosphere of spooky surroundings, take a drive up to Willard and visit the old Willard Psychiatric Center. With a history of questionable treatments and studies on their mentally ill patients, the entire location oozes creepiness! While visitors are not allowed in the building itself for safety purposes, the site is creepy enough when you simply look from afar!
Now then, if October simply brings the want for a thrilling tour, holiday gathering, or traditional haunted house attraction, check out these options!
- Nearby Ovid offers the Terror at Toro Run haunted attraction during weekends in October and Halloween night. Held at Toro Winery, a haunted wine trail, haunted adult village, and a hay ride provide plenty of fun for guests 18 years of age and up.
- Ithaca offers Haunted History Tours & Ghostwalks. The walk through downtown and nearby neighborhoods features a tour guide who will take you to a number of sites, where costumed actors will regale you with spooky tales of the location. Find out who is buried under the State Theater, why a murderer still haunts Lake Cayuga's shores, what happened on Buffalo Street that will not let the area rest, and more!
- Also in Ithaca, the Kingsbury Cemetery offers both the Kingsbury Manor - Phantom Opus, and The Cabinet of Curiosities. A freaky cast of characters and plenty of special effects are on-hand to thrill you on weekends in October and into November!