The Inn at Gothic Eves
Johnson Museum a Finger Lakes Jewel 19 Mar 2015, 6:00 am
From it’s I.M. Pei-designed exterior to its incredible collection of more than 35,000 works, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art isn’t just a highlight in the Ithaca area, but a national jewel as well. The Museum, named for its benefactor and Cornell graduate, opened in 1973. Renovations and reinstallations followed between 2010 and 2014, making the Museum even more extensive. Today, our guests at the Inn at Gothic Eves can enjoy collections that span six millennia and feature most world cultures.
Five floors in the main building hold the bulk of the Museum’s collections, which include European and American works; Asian art; more than 22,000 prints, drawings and photographs; modern art and sculpture; African sculpture and textiles; and Columbian sculpture and ceramics.
Special exhibits are always a highlight and the Museum has
several stellar ones on display throughout Spring, including:
“This is No Less Curious”: Journeys Through the Collection. A study of the ever-changing elements and functions of a teaching museum.
Through June 7, 2015
Staged, Performed, Manipulated. Vintage and
specially-made prints by photographers, mostly from 1990 to early
Through June 7, 2015
Cast and Present: Representing Antiquity in the Museum and
the Academy. An exhibition that returns to the University’s
roots of teaching from objects.
Through July 19, 2015
An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden
Collection. A show of 17th-century Dutch paintings.
Through June 21, 2015
Leo Villareal: Cosmos. An on-going exhibit, visible day and night, in which 12,000 LED lights transform the ceiling of the Mallin Sculpture Court.
The Herbert. F. Johnson
Museum of Art at Cornell University
114 Central Avenue, Ithaca
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays
Open Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. through April 30, 2015
Admission is free
Also worth a visit is the Museum’s exquisite Morgan Garden designed in Japan’s dry-landscape style using stones, water and moss to create a soothing environment.
The Inn at Gothic Eves makes a great base for visitors to Ithaca and the Museum. You can start your day with a wonderful breakfast, and return home after sightseeing to a relaxing country setting. Why not plan a getaway soon?
Bacon on the Lakin Pairs Pork & Wine for Finger Lakes Event 5 Mar 2015, 5:00 am
Bacon in all its salty, scrumptious glory is celebrated in the Finger Lakes first ever Bacon on the Lakin, March 21-22, 2015, sponsored by WQNY 103.7 . And if the lure of crispy bacon isn’t enough to tempt you, an array of top wines from 17 local wineries makes the fest nearly irresistible. So, while some may write about the orange groves of Florida as the place to be this season, we at the Inn at Gothic Eves say, bring on the bacon and wine!
on the Lakin
Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wineries
Tickets: $30/single, $15/single designated driver
Each participant will receive a souvenir stemless wineglass at the first winery visited, and recipe cards at each of the wineries for the dishes that are sampled. A complimentary wine is paired with each dish, and visitors can also taste up to three more additional wines at each stop.
As part of the festivities, stubs from each winery ticket can be deposited into a Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Piggy Bank for a chance to win a BBQ-themed gift basket, including sauce, utensils and much more. The more wineries you visit, the more changes you’ll have. Visitors who turn in their tickets at the end of the event will be eligible for one of the Grand Prizes, including a BBQ smoker.
Everyone loves bacon, so this fest is getting lots of buzz. Why not plan a stay at The Inn at Gothic Eves so you can savor every tasty bite—and then enjoy for a very comfy night in our special country setting!
Americana Vineyards a Favorite Finger Lakes Wine Stop 19 Feb 2015, 5:00 am
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is a collection of 17 wineries along a beautiful stretch of the Finger Lakes, in the same area where The Inn at Gothic Eves is located. One of the most popular wineries along the route, less than three miles from the Inn, is Americana Vineyards.
Upon arriving don’t be surprised if you’re met by the Vineyard’s official greeters, Max and Rubie, two friendly canines that evoke Americana’s friendly and unpretentious attitude.
The Winery is one of the original members of the Cayuga Trail and one of its most prolific, producing up to 20 different wine varieties. Head to the main building, a lovely restored 1820’s barn that was rescued from demolition, to enjoy a sampling. For $3, you can choose six wines to try, or you can purchase a bottle to pair with cheese and crackers—also available there—and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.
Americana Vineyard produces wines that range from dry to sweet. Popular choices include Crystal Lake, a semi-sweet wine made with Niagra grapes that offers a refreshing kick; deep burgundy Baco Noir that has hints of dark cherries and raspberries with a peppery finish; and the award-winning Pinto Gris, with soft notes of apple and pear. The staff is vey knowledgeable and happy to help match their wines to your taste.
Several years ago, the winery opened the Crystal Lake Café which serves dishes created with fresh local meats, cheeses, produce and dairy. Menu items here include soups, sandwiches, burgers and some very yummy desserts made with wine.
Plan to spend a weekend with us at The Inn at Gothic Eves, and you can take in one of Americana Vineyards popular weekend concerts. Check the winery’s website for exact dates and times. Then give us a call; we’ll be happy to help you with a room reservation.
Americana Vineyards and Crystal lake Cafe
4367 E Covert Rd Interlaken, NY 14847
Winery: 888-600-8067; Cafe: 607-387-6804
Winery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Memorial Day through September: Sunday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Café Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Day – September:
Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Concert Series: Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sundays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cayuga Lakes Breweries Combine Great Taste, Local Spirit 5 Feb 2015, 5:00 am
The Inn at Gothic Eves gets its share of beer lovers who enjoy nothing better than sampling the local flavors. Fortunately for them, Ithaca is home to three breweries that not only serve up some tasty pours but some savory food too.
The longest running of the trio is 17-year-old Ithaca Beer Co. which currently
produces five year-round beers, plus seasonal and specialty beers,
such as their new Anniversary 17, a hybrid between wheat ale and
India pale ale. Regular brews include Nut Brown with hints of
coffee and chocolate and the popular Green Trail, an easy-drinking
pale ale that still offers up a hoppy punch. Stop by Ithaca Beer
Co. and you can sample their beer with some classic pub food, like
cheddar ale soup, made with the Green Trail beer and New York state
cheddar. If you like something sweet, there’s an ice cream float
made with either root beer or real beer.
Itaca Beer Co.
122 Ithaca Beer Drive
Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; closed Monday – Tuesday
Brewery Tours: Saturday-Sunday afternoons at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Call for a tour reservation.
15 craft beers plus a full-service restaurant have made the Bandwagon Brew Pub a favorite of locals and visitors alike. A great way to try the beers is to order their Bandwagon flight, a sampling of five distinctive brews. Ezra Red Ale, brewed in honor of Cornell University, balances the hop with a sweet maltiness. High Step Weizenboch, a wheat beer with an intense malt character, won the 2012 Best Craft Beer in New York award.
The Brewery puts just as much care into the food it serves as it
does the beer, sourcing over 35% of ingredients from local
producers, and only serving beef that is free of hormones and
antibiotics, all things we at the Inn at Gothic Eves appreciate.
The menu includes a nice selection of appetizers, salads and
sandwiches, and a surprising assortment of dinner waffles topped
with tasty options, like an Andouille sausage gumbo-like sauce.
Diners will also find a dozen varieties of wings, with range of
heat. Bandwagon Brew Pub
114 N. Cayuga Street
Monday – Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Late Night Happy Hour, daily 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Tasting with the Brewers, second Tuesday of every month, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Daily and weekly specials keep the fans of Scale House Brewery and Pub
coming back. The brewery makes just three beers in house: a
pilsner, a red and a dark bock, plus a few seasonal beers, such as
the winter wheat. But they carry many more varieties in the pub, as
well as a nice selection of locally-produced wines. Visit on
Saturday or Sunday and you can sample flights of three or six
brews. Scale House offers traditional bar food including ribs and
burgers, and calzones with 30 different fillings. A favorite is the
daily special of a dozen wings and two pints.
Scale House Brewery & Pub
23 Cinema Drive
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 a.m. 607-257-0107
Happy hours, Monday – Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Plan a stay at The Inn at Gothic Eves: you can do a little a touring, enjoy a local beer, and then relax in comfort at the end of the day.
Explore the Finger Lakes Area on Ithaca’s Discovery Trail 27 Jan 2015, 2:00 pm
A trip to Ithaca never seems long enough! There are so many interesting places to visit, it can be hard for travelers to know where to begin. To help, eight top local sites have organized The Discovery Trail, a compilation of tour options so tourists can take full advantage of the area. The sites range from history to nature, science to art, and provide a delightful journey into the great charms of our region. Plan to stay several days with us at the Inn at Gothic Eves. That way you can head out after breakfast and be able to take in a different tour each day.
To get started, check out the Discovery Trail website and download the tour that best suits your interest. There are six suggested itineraries: History Buff, Ivy League Experience, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Outdoor Winter’s Day, Family Fun and On Cayuga’s Waters. Take one or two and you’ll be able to sample all seven of the participating locations.
Outdoor Winter’s Day tour is tailor-made for this season with ice skating at Cass Park or cross-country skiing at the Cayuga Nature Center, where you can also visit their live animals in their outdoor environment. Side trips take in the falls at Taughannock Falls State Park and a visit to the Village of Trumansburg.
History Buffs will enjoy the same-named tour, which visits Ithaca Bakery, a local favorite since the 1950’s. At The History Center in Tompkins County, you can enjoy exhibitions and artifacts, including a shop from the 1980’s. Also included is a stop by the Tomkins County Public Library and Cornell Plantations, where a walk through the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum make even a dreary winter day seem delightful.
Parents, would-be students and scholarly types will enjoy the Ivy League Experience which explores the Cornell University campus, including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell Lab of Orinthology and Cornell Plantations.
Not listed here, but also on the Discovery Trail are the Museum of the Earth at PRI, a Paleontological Research Institution where you can explore earth’s prehistoric past, and the always-fun Sciencecenter, a great stop if you have children in tow.
Give us a call at the Inn at Gothic Eves and we’ll be happy to help you with your stay.
Natural Foods Reign at Finger Lakes Moosewood Restaurant. 8 Jan 2015, 5:00 am
Shortly after Moosewood Restaurant opened in 1973, it became a beacon of vegetarian cooking, a no-nonsense restaurant that proved healthy ingredients can be downright delicious. Soon people who would never claim to be vegetarian were happily eating non-meat entrees. 40-plus years later the restaurant continues to be a top choice for locals and guests of the Inn at Gothic Eves.
Run by a collective, the majority of whom have been at Moosewood
for over 20 years, the restaurant is still located in the restored
brick school building and still keeping patrons happy with soothing
dishes, cleverly concocted with the freshest ingredients. A meal
here can be like a culinary journey around the world, with an
ever-changing menu that incorporates beans and grains, spices and
herbs, locally-sourced produce and dairy, wild-caught fish, and
more than a sprinkling of inspiration. The cuisine of one
particular country, ethnicity, or region is featured on
A recent menu selection included a plump and savory black bean sweet potato burrito and a spicy Indonesian concoction called Gado Gado that blended steamed and raw veggies in a punchy peanut sauce. Desserts are all homemade as well, often featuring fresh fruits, such as warm plums with a creamy Marscapone sauce or an apple cake.
Just like at the Inn at Gothic Eves, coffee at Moosewood Restaurant is
Fair-Trade. There’s also a good selection of wines and beers from
the surrounding area. In keeping with Moosewood’s open and friendly
attitude, recipes for many of the standout dishes are available for
no charge on the restaurant’s website and, of course, in its 13
cookbooks. Ah, so many reasons to love Moosewood!
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!