The Inn at Gothic Eves

112 East Main Street P.o. Box 95, Trumansburg, New York 14886
Innkeeper(s): Rose Hilbert

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!

Photo courtesy of Purity Ice Cream Company

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, visit Not My Dad’s Ice Cream, a favorite hangout in Trumansburg since 1991.
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 too!
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 sorbets. 
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.

Danby State Forest
Directions from Ithaca: SR 96B south 5 miles to either Bald Hill Road, Michigan Hollow Road or South Danby Road.

Plan a stay at the Inn at Gothic Eves and after a day of hiking, you can enjoy a relaxing massage at our on-site Spa. It’s a great way to rejuvenate!






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.
Closed Mondays

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!

2015 Finger Lakes Wine & Herb Fest 2 Apr 2015, 6:00 am

Gardeners, foodies, and everyone who loves wine will enjoy the 2015 Cayuga Lakes Wine & Herb Fest, April 24-26. This is the 23rd year of the event and it’s more popular than ever, so be sure to get your tickets early. Plan to spend the weekend with us at the Inn at Gothic Eves, and you’ll be well-situated—and well taken care of.

Each participant will receive a wine glass, garden plant and plant carrier at the starting point winery. At every participating winery, you’ll receive an additional herb or garden plant, a sampling of an herb-prepared dish and a wine that compliments it. Guests will also be offered up to three additional tastings at each winery. And, there’ll be recipes available so you can recreate the dishes at home.

Four wineries are participating on Friday, 17 wineries will be on the tour both Saturday and Sunday. Ticket holders who turn in their tickets at the end of their tour will be eligible to win one of the Grand Prizes, a gorgeous vase from Corning Museum of Glass.

Wine & Herb Fest
April 24-26, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Starting point: Six Mile Creek Vineyard
1551 Slaterville Road (State Route 79E)

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Special 9:00 a.m. start at King Ferry or Long Point only
Advanced tickets: $40/single, $60/couple
Designated driver: $20/single, $30/couple
Price at door: $45/single, $65/couple

Tickets are limited, so early purchase is suggested. Tickets purchased after April 20, 2015 will not be mailed.

The Inn at Gothic Eves is a big supporter of the area’s wineries, and loves this springtime event. We grow many of our own herbs too, which you’ll get to enjoy when you stay with us!

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 2010’s.
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!

Bacon 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 Sundays.
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!
Moosewood Restaurant
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



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