The Inn at Gothic Eves
Top Finger Lakes Artists at 2015 Ithaca Farmers Market 25 Jun 2015, 6:00 am
The Ithaca Artists Market, scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2015, is a great chance for our Inn guests to meet local artists and to check out their works—all in one place during a fun event!
Sponsored by the Community Arts Partnership, a non-profit group that supports and promotes the artists of Tompkins County, this year’s show will be held at the Ithaca Farmers Market on Steamboat Landing.
Plan to spend the afternoon wandering among the booths of more than 70 established regional artists, while you learn about their works and how they create them. This year’s juried show will include paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, functional and fiber arts, stained glass, collage, and digital work. Also included for 2015 will be books, music and videos.
In addition to artists, around a dozen Tompkins County arts organizations will be hosting booths, giving the public a chance to learn a bit about each of their missions and events.
The East Hill Jazz Group, featuring well-known local musicians, will provide a bit of mood music for the day.
Other boots at the event will provide a variety of food, from
nibbles to meals, desserts and, of course, some of our fabulous
Finger Lakes wines.
Ithaca Artists Market
Friday, July 24, 2015 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ithaca Farmers Market, Steamboat Landing
Plan to stay at our Inn for the weekend and you’ll enjoy more local art in our rooms, as well as a relaxing stay and delicious breakfast!
Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Offers a Delicious Tour of Area 11 Jun 2015, 6:00 am
What better way to get the true flavor of the area than to actually go tasting along the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail! 12 working family farms belong to the trail and each one creates its own unique brands of artisanal and farmstead cheeses. To enjoy the full experience, a visit to the individual farms is ideal, but every summer, you can get enjoy a sampling of the local cheeses and learn about the farms at a special weekend fest.
The Finger Lakes Cheese Festival, billed as a “Family and Foodie Day at the Farm,” will be Saturday, July 25, 2015. All the creameries on the Cheese Trail will be in one place to answer questions, convey information and offer samples. Visitors can take a self-guided farm tour, watch a demo on cheesemaking, learn the best cheese and wine or beer pairings, try goat milking and enjoy a cooking-with-cheese seminar. And of course, you can taste the exquisite cheeses produced by the individual farms. A hayride and live music add to the festive family-picnic feeling. For those who would like to take home some of the local products, there’ll also be a cheese and farm market.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunset View Creamery
4970 County Road 141, Odessa
The array and quality of cheeses produced by the local farms is quite extraordinary. A variety of cows, as well as goats, supply milk the farms use to create their own specialty flavors and types of cheeses. Some also produce yogurts, spreads or gelatos. You may want to plan several days for touring and tasting!
11 of the farms on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail are open for tours; six year-round with regular hours, and the others with either irregular or seasonal hours. A visit to the Cheese Trail’s website will provide a listing of specific days and hours tours are available.
If you go touring and purchase cheese along the way, be sure to also stop by one of the Cayuga Lakes’ wineries to pick up a bottle of wine. Then you can head back to the Inn for an impromptu happy hour on the patio, toasting another great day in our beautiful area.
Finger Lakes B&B Unveils New Rooms, Art 28 May 2015, 6:00 am
We not only did a little spring-cleaning at the Inn, we gave some of our rooms a whole new look! And we couldn’t be happier with the results. Come pay us a visit and see for yourself how cozy and comfy these new spaces are.
A soothing rain showerhead was added to the Seneca Suite, as well as new tile, evoking a restful safari sojourn. We continued the feeling with a new décor in the bedroom as well. Warm chocolate walls, animal-print linens and dramatic artwork make this a soothing environment. You may not want to leave!
For the Cayuga Suite’s refresh we looked no further than the beautiful waterfalls around Cayuga Lake. Stunning photos of the falls in different seasons, and serene blue walls seem to bring all the beauty of nature indoors, while large windows let you enjoy the lovely outdoor surroundings.
Not to be upstaged, the Potter House, just across the slate patio from the Inn, has undergone a bit of refurbishing too, making it an ideal setting for a family or friends, offering wonderful space for entertaining. The house has two generous-sized bedrooms, each with fireplaces, sitting rooms, wet bars and private baths. A special new touch throughout the Potter House is the striking art work created by Anna, the owner’s daughter, and a recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
A stay in any of our rooms provides the chance to pamper yourself with a soak in one of our private outdoor Jacuzzi tubs, or a visit to our on-site spa for a rejuvenating massage. And of course, every stay at the Inn includes our special breakfasts, featuring locally grown organic produce and herbs from our garden.
Summer is a wonderful time to visit this area. We’d love to have you for a stay!
Ithaca: Home of the Ice Cream Sundae 14 May 2015, 6:00 am
If you are anything like the staff at the Inn at Gothic Eves, you love an ice cream sundae! So how perfect to come visit the city where it was born.
Though its lineage has been disputed, Ithaca has long claimed the ice cream sundae, and it all dates back to a Sunday in 1892, when the Reverend John M. Scott headed over to the local Platt & Colt Pharmacy for a little refreshment. After getting two bowls of vanilla ice cream from his fountain clerk, Chester C. Platt, the shop owner and church treasurer, doctored them up with cherry syrup and a candied cherry. Voila! The “Cherry Sunday” was born.
Over the years “Sunday” became “sundae” and the variations available seem almost endless. But one thing has never changed: our enduring love of eating it!
To get your ice cream fix while in Ithaca, head over to Purity Ice Cream Company.
Known as “The Ice Cream of the Finger Lakes,” Purity has been
making small batch ice cream since 1935—and it’s definitely got
scrumptious down to a science. The company produces ice cream using
a base that is made without corn syrup, and with only top-quality
ingredients, such as dutched 22% fat Cocoa powder and pure vanilla.
Though vanilla is still a top choice, it has plenty of competition
from Mint Chocolate Chip, Bulldog Crunch, Chocolate Raspberry
Truffle, Sea Salt Caramel. Customers can make their own sundaes, or
choose from some of the shop’s specialty combos. Apple Crisp Sundae
tops vanilla ice cream with homemade warm apple crisp, caramel
topping, whipped cream and a cherry. Mad Mint Sundae starts with a
hot homemade brownie, then gets Madigan Mint ice cream, Oreos and
hot fudge. Oh my!
Purity Ice Cream Company, Inc.
700 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For a taste of Purity Ice Cream’s soft serve,
My Dad’s Ice Cream, a favorite hangout in Trumansburg since
Not My Dad’s Ice Cream
203 East Main Street, Trumansburg
Call ahead to check hours.
You’ll find deliciously creative ice cream flavors at Sweet
Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop downtown. Black sesame is a favorite,
and some of the newer scoops include Key Lime Pie and Strawberry
Basil. The shop serves a luscious brownie sundae too (rich homemade
brownie topped with ice cream and hot fudge sauce). Sweet Melissa’s
also makes Vegan ice creams that even non-vegans would enjoy, such
as salted caramel, cinnamon, and thyme lime.
Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop
200 W. Seneca St., Ithaca
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ice cream is taken seriously over at Cornell University, where
it’s made in the school’s very own dairy processing plant. (The
school also produces milk, yogurt, pudding and Big Red Cheddar.)
Pay a visit to the
Dairy Bar, located in Stocking Hall, for a sample scoop or two
of flavors such as Bavarian Raspberry Fudge, Ezra’s Morning Cup,
Caramel Cubed, and a specialty—CORNell ice cream. You can also
purchase pints to go and create your own sundaes at home. The Dairy
Bar takes orders for ice cream cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches
Dairy Bar Stocking Hall, Cornell University
Judd Falls Road, Ithaca
Hours vary, so call ahead.
And for those heading out on the Cayuga Wine Trail, one
must-stop is the Cayuga
Lake Creamery. Ingredients such as lavender, maple bacon
and seneca salt caramel flavor its exceptional small batch ice
creams. The Creamery also produces tasty wine
Cayuga Lake Creamery
8421 Route 89, Interlaken
Spring and Fall hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8;00 p.m.
Summer hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
After all this sweet talk, you just might want to call the Inn at Gothic Eves right now to book your stay! We’ll make sure to give you a great night’s sleep and a savory breakfast before sending you off for a day of play and ice cream.
Hiking Finger Lakes’ Danby State Forest 30 Apr 2015, 6:00 am
Danby State Forest, 15 minutes south of the Inn at Gothic Eves, is a natural playground comprising 7,337 acres that were once private homesteads and farms. Visitors can still find old wells and stone foundations on their wanderings, a reference to that by-gone time.
Because of its proximity to town, the Forest is a favorite warm-weather escape for bird watchers, day-hikers and backpackers, as it offers two lean-tos for overnight trips. Easy access via several main roads and plentiful parking add to its attractiveness.
One of the most popular hikes is the 8-mile Abbott Loop. This well-marked, somewhat rugged path crosses a creek, then winds up and down and back up 500 feet to Thatchers Pinnacles, where visitors are rewarded with stunning views of the Inlet Valley. If eight miles and a1500-foot elevation gain is more than you bargained for, there is a shorter loop option at the 1.3 mile mark.
The forest offers 15 miles of trails and a variety of landscapes including streams, forests, ravines as well as diverse plants and wildlife. A stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail also runs through the forest (Abbott Trail follows it for a ways), merging with the North Country National Scenic Trail on its way. Many visitors hike sections of the 549-mile Finger Lakes Trail each summer, hoping some day to complete New York’s longest continuous trail.
Directions from Ithaca: SR 96B south 5 miles to either Bald Hill Road, Michigan Hollow Road or South Danby Road.
Coltivare: Ithaca’s Farm-to-Fork Star 16 Apr 2015, 6:00 am
What started as an innovative program at Tomkins Cortland Community College (TC3) has blossomed into a top-dining destination in the Cayuga Lake’s area. A marvel of freshness and creativity, Coltivare restaurant is a favorite of guests (and the owner!) of The Inn at Gothic Eves, and for more than just its incredible flavors.
Through TC3’s Farm to Bistro program, students at the College get hands-on experience growing organic produce that supplies the kitchens of Coltivare, the school’s on-site restaurant. In addition to the full-service restaurant, the savvy facility at TC3 also includes culinary labs, an amphitheater, a wine cellar and special event space.
An impressive curriculum teaches students sustainable farming and food systems, emphasizing the skills required for managing small, diverse farms, as well as the ecological importance of sustainable farming. TC3’s wine marketing program taps into the local Finger Lakes industry, and a hotel/restaurant management program prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry.
But it is TC3’s restaurant Culinare that rightly gets a bulk of the attention. The bistro’s name means cultivate in Italian, and the restaurant lives up to this with its farm-fresh dishes and creative professional staff. In doing so, it is also cultivating quite a following with its inviting setting and innovative flavors. Signature flatbreads use wild yeast and local ingredients such as Northland Sheep Dairy blue cheese. The sustainable fish of the day is served with fresh-grown veggies like celery root puree and crispy leeks. And vegan dishes make eating this way tempting with entrees such as eggplant-porcini meatballs. Desserts are equally delectable, with a nice mix of fresh fruits and home-baked goodness.
235 South Cayuga Street
Lunch, Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brunch, Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner, Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Late night, Friday – Saturday, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Tomkins Cortland Community College is not only teaching students the importance of sustainable farming, it is also teaching diners. How wonderful that such a vital mission can also be such a delicious one!
This is a mission we share at The Inn at Gothic Eves, from our solar panels to the locally-sourced products we use in our delicious breakfasts. With warm weather upon us, this is a grand time to come visit!
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
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.