The Inn at Gothic Eves
Ithaca’s Historic Dewitt Mall Great for Holiday Shopping 12 Nov 2015, 5:00 am
Step into the 100-year old Dewitt Mall in downtown Ithaca and you’ll find music, colorful displays, haunting aromas from two wonderful restaurants—and some great gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!
Built in 1915 as a high school, the building underwent major
renovation in the 1970’s to become a multi-use building that houses
apartments, offices, shops and restaurants. Now the mall, located
at the corner or Cayuga and Seneca Streets, is a favorite Ithaca
place to shop for unique gifts and specialty items.
215 Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Several of the stores have been around since the mall first
opened, including Pastimes,
an eclectic shop that features a whopping range of collectibles and
antiques, including furniture, antique buttons and postcards,
glassware and china.
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays, December only, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A book is a classic holiday gift and you’ll have fun poking
around The Bookery, another of
the original stores here. The selection includes more than 35,000
new and used books. In addition to fiction titles, you’ll find rare
books about New York or local history, art, poetry, and even entire
collections purchased from collectors.
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Follow the sound of the music and you’ll end up in one of two
fun shops, one featuring strings, the other drums. At Ithaca Guitar Works you’ll find a
superb selection of guitars (electric and acoustic), basses, banjos
and ukuleles. The shop also has a fun roster of events, so be sure
to check their website for information.
Ithaca Guitar Works
Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Drums are the musical focus of Toko Imports, which is an
unlikely combination drum and hat store. Owner Tom is passionate
about drums, and makes the unique models found here. He also sells
other musical instruments, from a quirky finger piano to exquisite
Native American flutes. After perusing the drums and such, check
out the hat section. It’s a delightful selection of hats for men
and women—bowlers, fedoras, berets and more, all made from quality
wool felt. Just the thing for Ithaca’s wintry days!
Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fibers is a wonderful shop that features the beautiful fiber
works of local weaver, Joan Reuning, plus clothing and jewelry from
designer Connie Shipos. The shop also sells items the duo has found
in their travels throughout the world, as well as a very affordable
line of clothing.
Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Looking for something fun? Head into the Cat’s Pajamas! The
eclectic shop is filled with delights for the young and
young-at-heart. Find all sorts of games and amusements, science
kits for kids, toy trains, and lots more, including clothing for
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Also in the Dewitt Mall is Decorum – Too, a shop selling Oriental rugs and fine home furnishings; and Harold’s Coins, selling coins, stamps, postcards and covers, and philatelic supplies. If you get hungry while shopping, you’ve got two great choices right at the mall: Café Dewitt , which serves brunch and lunch, and the renowned Moosewood Restaurant.
When coming to town, be sure and stay with us at the Inn. You’ll not only have a comfy room to come back to—and a delicious breakfast next morning—but you could treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment too!
Finger Lakes Wide Awake Bakery Local To The Core 29 Oct 2015, 6:00 am
Every loaf of bread baked at Wide Awake Bakery, located in Trumansburg, is one part local wheat and a huge helping of community. If ever a company was a reflection of its area, this gem of a company is it.
And it all started as a hobby, a stress-releaser for owner Stefan Senders, who made his bread with flour from local organic grain growers. (Most of the flour still comes from this source, Farmer Ground Flour in Trumansburg). We’re all thankful he decided to turn his love of baking into a profession we all get to enjoy!
The bakery opened a few years ago using CSA’s as a model for securing local ingredients and distributing product. At the heart of the operation is an impressive oven. Built of brick, steel, stone and insulation and fired by wood, it has the perfect atmosphere for creating the bakery’s great breads, which can be found in stores throughout the area.
The bakery makes up to 50 varieties of bread, including Gary’s Bread, a big, crusty loaf that’s one of the most popular; and Sunflower Farmer’s Bread, a German-style light rye that’s studded with sunflower seeds and covered in poppy and sesame seeds. These are chewy, hearty, delicious breads that are the makings of great toast and wonderful sandwiches. What makes Wide Awake Bakery’s loaves even more satisfying, is knowing how they are made, using organic ingredients, local suppliers and sustainable methods.
For our Inn guests who’d love to learn how to make breads like
these, the bakery offers classes. The next one is coming up on
Saturday, November 21, and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and
lots of hands-on practice.
Wide Awake Bakery
4361 Buck hill Road South, Trumansburg
Saturday, November 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
If you’d like to take the class—or would just like to hang out in the area, and buy a loaf or two at the store—give us a call. We’d love to have you spend the weekend!
Cayuga Lakes Wineries Host 2015 Holiday Shopping Spree 15 Oct 2015, 6:00 am
Kick off your holiday festivities with a little wining and shopping! The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail hosts the 22nd annual Holiday Shopping Spree for two weekends, November 20-22 and December 4-6, 2015. The popular event is a great chance to visit wineries, taste their wines—and maybe pick up a bottle or several as gifts.
16 wineries are participating this year, and when you purchase a ticket for either weekend (good for Friday through Sunday), you’ll have a chance to visit some of the top wine producers in the area, including Swedish Hill, Treleaven by King Ferry, Americana Vineyards and Six Mile Creek Vineyard.
Each ticketed guest will receive a souvenir wine glass and grapevine wreath, plus a special ornament from each participating winery. At each stop you’ll enjoy tastings of wine, along with a festive dish, and receive a copy of the recipe. You’ll also receive a Shopper’s Discount Card that’s good for a discount at each winery during the event.
Just four wineries will be participating on Fridays (King Ferry,
Long Point, Montezuma and Six Mile creek), but all 16 will take
part on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can start the day’s tour at
any of the participating wineries. Tickets are good for the entire
weekend, and include one visit to each winery. Holiday Shopping Spree
November 20-22, 2015 and December 406, 2015
Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (King Ferry and Long Point have a 9:00 a.m. start.)
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Single tickets include 1 souvenir wine glass, 1 grapevine wreath, 1 recipe collection, 1 shopper’s card, 1 wine and food pairing at each winery, 3 additional wine tastings at each winery.
Couple’s tickets include 2 souvenir wine glass, 1 grapevine wreath, 1 recipe collection, 1 shopper’s card, 1 wine and food pairing at each winery per person, 3 additional wine tastings at each winery per person.
Designated driver tickets: $20/single, $30/couple
Includes same perks as regular tickets minus the wine.
After a day of wine and touring, you can head back to the Inn for a relaxing evening—and maybe a nightcap by the fire. These are always popular weekends, so give us a call soon!
Swedish Hill Makes Some Of Finger Lakes Finest Wines 1 Oct 2015, 6:00 am
It’s been 29 years since Swedish Hill Winery started producing their quality wines, and we’re happy to say, they’re not slowing down. In fact, they keep expanding—the family now also owns the Goose Watch and Penquin Bay Wineries—and the quality is exceptional. Swedish Hill was named the 2015 winery of the Year for the Eastern U.S. at two separate competitions.
Current owners, Dick and Cindy Peterson, built on a business started by Dick’s parents who planted the first vines back in 1969. Today their son Dave and his wife Jean also work at the winery.
Visitors can take a tour during the summer and early fall (Memorial Day through October) to learn about the vineyards, winery history and winemaking techniques, visit the press facility, and of course taste some of the wines. Swedish Hill makes a wide selection of wines including award-winning Gewürztraminers, Chardonnays and Cabernet Francs. Most of their varietals have won awards at either regional or national shows, a testament to the company’s superb winemaking. You can sample the wines in the Tasting Room, which is open year-round.
Guests who will be visiting the Inn on the first weekend of November, can stop by Swedish Hill for its Sparkling Wine & Dessert Festival. The all-day event offers tastings plus a delicious complimentary dessert. While there, you can also check out the Winery’s gift shop—the holidays are just around the corner!
Swedish Hill Winery
4565 State Route 414, Romulus
Tasting Room and Gift Shop Hours
April – December: daily, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
January – March: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Check their Winery’s website for holiday hours
Visiting wineries is always a fun thing for our Inn guests to do, but even more so during the beautiful fall season. We still have some availability, so give us a call!
Frightfully Fun Events at Finger Lakes Halloween 2015 17 Sep 2015, 6:00 am
Tricks, treats, goblins and games—there’ll be something spooky and fun for everyone this Halloween season. So pack your costume and head to Ithaca to enjoy any or all of these fun events. We may even have a few treats of our own at the Inn!
Everyone loves a parade, especially when you get to wear
costumes. Ithaca’s annual Downtown Halloween Parade
marches through downtown where kids can trick or treat at local
businesses along the way. You can enjoy free music, hot cider and
chili before or after the parade. Kids will love the bounce house,
face painting, games and other fun.
Downtown Ithaca Halloween
Friday, October 30, 2015
Parade 3:45 p.m.
Cider and chili, 4:00 -6:00 p.m.
Greater Ithaca Activities Center
301 W. Court Street, Ithaca
Cayuga Lake may look calm and beautiful but underneath lurks all
sorts of mysteries and horrors! This Ithaca History Tour will tell
you all the scary details.
Haunted Lake Walk
October 12 and 26, 2015
Adults, $12; students and seniors, $10; children under 18, $5
Ithaca History Tours
If you think sipping wine and hurling pumpkins sounds like fun
(we do!), head to the Varick Winery in Romulus for its Pumpkin Chunkin
Weekend. You can test your aim trying to hit the target, then
watch others try while you enjoy a glass of Cabernet Franc, Dry
Riesling, or one other of the winery’s fine offerings.
Pumpkin Chuckin at Varick Winery
October 10-11, 17-18, 24-14, 2015 5102
State Route 89, Romulus
You may not find ghosts, but you’ll learn about where the dead
are buried on Historic
Ithaca’s Annual Halloween Graveyard Tour. The setting is
Ithaca’s City Cemetery—which offers beautiful views and magnificent
trees—where visitors hear the tales and enjoy cider and
Annual Halloween Graveyard Tour
October 24-25, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
October 31, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
November 1, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Adults (age 12 and older), $8; Friends of Historic Ithaca, $5; children under 12, free
212 Center Street, Ithaca
Vampires come to life on screen at the Willard Straight Theatre
during its showing of What
We Do in the Shadows. This 2012 New Zealand documentary
follows a group of real vampires, in a creepily unflinching look at
what they do and how they do it.
What We Do in the Shadows
Friday, October 30, 2015, 9:20 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Cornell Cinema/Willard Straight Theatre
104 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca
Adults, $8.50; Seniors 62+, $6.50; CU Grad Students, $6; Students, $5.50
After all that drama, a little fun is in order, so don your
favorite costume and head out to Americana Vineyards’ Hallowine
Spooktacular. This festively themed evening includes music by
elephant sound, prizes, food and, of course, some of the winery’s
Saturday, October 31, 2015
8:00 p.m. – Midnight
4367 E. Covert Road, Interlaken
One thing we can guarantee, there will be only treats and sweet dreams when you stay at the Inn! Give us a call soon—and come enjoy the fun and our glorious fall colors.
Apples Reign At Finger Lakes Cider Week, October 2-11, 2015 2 Sep 2015, 6:00 pm
Grapes take a back seat to apples for one week this autumn when the Finger Lakes area celebrates fall’s other favorite fruit. You can get a taste during Cider Week 2015, held this year from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 11.
During this week-long celebration, visitors will have a chance to visit with small-batch artisan cider makers from our area who will be on hand to talk about their particular orchards and businesses.
Cider, which has a rich history in America dating back to early years as a nation, has been having a resurgence in the last few years, and the Finger Lakes has been leading the way. Our countryside is dotted with apple orchards, and our weather offers near ideal growing conditions. Similar to grapes, apples are affected by the terroir, the climate and soils that influence the flavors of ciders, which vary with the apples used and the skilled hands of the makers. The entire process, from orchard through production, is a labor of love for the families and companies involved. We’re fortunate to have several top cideries nearby our Inn.
Good Life Ciders, located in Interlaken, uses traditional bittersweet and acidic heirloom fruits for a range of flavors, including sparkling varieties. During Cider Week our Inn is participating in a special with Good Life Ciders, featuring two rooms at a reduced rate, so be sure to mention it when you call!
Bellwether Hard Cider in Trumansburg, the Finger Lakes first hard cider producer, specializes in artisanal American-style craft ciders. Also in Trumansburg, Redbyrd Orchard Cider makes distinctive hand-crafted ciders from heirloom and European cider apples grown on the family’s sustainably-managed orchard. Black Diamond Farm, located on the west slope of Cayuga Lake, select from more than 100 varieties of apples grown on their property to create their five cider blends, ranging from bone dry to semi-sweet and crisp.Venues throughout Ithaca and our area will also be offering ciders, so be sure to check the Cider Week website for a full listing.
Kicking off the entire week will be the Apple Harvest Festival, a
three-day celebration of food, fun and apples in downtown
Apple Harvest Festival
October 2-4, 2015
Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cider Fest events are scheduled throughout the week. Here are a
few of the highlights:
Friday, October 2, 2015
Meet the Cidermakers
5:00 p.m. – 8;00 p.m.
The Cellar D’Or
136 E. State Street, Ithaca
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Coltivare Cider Diner
Details still to come
235 S. Cayuga St, Ithaca
Monday, October 5, 2015
Call to the Barrel Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Finger Lakes Cider House
4017 Hickok Road #1, Interlaken
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Redbyrd’s Cidermakers Dinner with Hazelnut Kitchen
53 East Main Street, Trumansburg
The science behind the perfect pairing of cider and cheese
7 -8:30 p.m.
The Space @Greenstar
700 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca
As you can see, we love our apples! And we’d love to have you come enjoy all the fun of Cider Week. Give us a call!
Ports of New York Brings Old-World Wines to Finger Lakes 20 Aug 2015, 6:00 am
Frédéric R. Bouché was born to be a winemaker. After all, he comes from a long line of winemakers, going back to his great, great grandfather in Bordeaux, France. Fortunately for all of us wine lovers, Frédéric moved to Ithaca, and established his Ports of New York urban winery here.
Port-style wine is ideal for an area such as ours, where cool weather makes you want to cozy up by the fire with a warming drink. Port is a fortified wine, and like with most wines, there is an art in how it’s made. At Ports of New York, the method begins with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Muscat Ottonel grapes, most of which are grown on Seneca Lake. During fermentation a grape spirit—something such as brandy—is added, which stops the process. The wines are then aged; Bouché ages his for at least four years to develop the distinct flavors. Mostly 17 percent alcohol with 8 percent residual sugar, Ports of New York varieties are neither sweet nor dry.
Red Meleau is a velvety and bold sip. It’s a great aperitif with strong cheeses and charcouterie or post dinner with chocolates and dried fruits. White Meleau, which was a 2015 medal winner at the San Francisco Wine competition, has an elegant taste with a full body. Sipped with pate or fresh fruit and cheese, it’s a delight. And of course both would make a perfect nightcap back at the Inn!
You can take a tour of Ports of New York winery and enjoy tastings as well as visit its Museum which has a wonderful collection of photographs dating back to 1920’s France. Images before and after D-Day, tools of the trade and distilling and smuggling artifacts are also on display.
Ports of New
815 Taber Street, Ithaca
Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Winery tours and tastings, $5/person
Sipping port under the stars is a near perfect way to end a day, and we can’t think of a better place to do that than on the patio at the Inn. Why not give us a call and plan a visit soon!
Ice Cream Delights All Ages At Cayuga Lakes Creamery 6 Aug 2015, 6:00 am
Is there anything better on a hot summer day than ice cream? We think not! That’s why we often suggest our Inn guests pay a visit to Cayuga Lakes Creamery in Interlaken. It’s a perfect stop when you’re out touring the area—and trust us, you will be happy you did!
Cayuga Lakes Creamery creates all their own ice creams and sorbets on the premises, mixing them in small batches so they can control the quality. The key is using choice ingredients, such as a 14% butterfat mix from the Upstate Farms dairy. As with the milk, many ingredients are sourced from local Finger Lakes’ suppliers.
The results are yummy, but also mind-boggling. It you have trouble deciding among flavors, you’ll be in for a challenge here—the Creamery has a dizzying number of choices. Along with the traditional flavors, you’ll find delicious options such as Banana Nut Fudge and Black Raspberry. But what’s really fun are all the unexpected and clever combinations, incorporating flavors such as lavender, maple bacon and Seneca sea salt. Summer choices might include Cantaloupe and Grape, both made with locally-grown produce. Maple Bacon mixes New York State maple syrup with caramelized bacon for a sinful delight. Fluffer Nutter combines creamy peanut butter ice cream with marshmallow swirl, and Jalapeno Popper adds a kick of pureed jalapeno peppers to cream cheese flavored ice cream, then finishes it with a raspberry habanero pepper sauce swirl. Wow! Not all flavors are available all the time, but there’s always a bountiful selection.
With a setting in wine country, one of Cayuga Lakes Creamery specialties is its wine sorbets. These luscious dips feature grapes from eight local wineries and each is distinctive and super-tasty. Choices include Cobblestone Farm Winery Merlot Dark Cherry Sorbet, Goose Watch Winery Melody Lemon Sorbet and Buttonwood Grove Winery Reisling Orange Sorbet. Delicious!
If you need a birthday or special occasion cake, you’ll find them here too, in six, eight and 10-inch sizes.
In addition to sweet treats, the Creamery has a café where you can order lunch from a menu that includes standard burgers, hot dogs, chicken and pork sandwiches, grilled cheese and the like. The café stresses that food is made to order, but if you’re in a hurry, you can call ahead to place your order.
Cayuga Lakes Creamery
8421 Route 89, Interlaken
Summer Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Spring and Fall Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: Thursday – Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cayuga Lakes Creamery is just a 10-minute drive from the Inn (we’ve tested it many times!). Come stay with us for a visit, and we’ll point out all the other wonderful not-to-miss stops in the area too!
Trumansburg Fair An August Finger Lakes Favorite 23 Jul 2015, 6:00 am
Year after year, the Trumansburg Fair pulls out all the stops for a fabulous event that draws thousands to the county. And this year’s fair, held August 25-30, 2015, is looking to be another great one. The six-day fair is always a fun outing for our Inn guests, with nightly shows in the grandstand and days filled with activities for all ages. Highlights include agriculture exhibits, a petting zoo, pull horse shows and races, carnival rides and games, a monster truck show, and the ever-popular Demolition Derby. To top things off, there’ll be a fireworks show Saturday night.
One not-to-miss event at the fair is the Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic show. The show stars a family of five (parents and three young girls) who delight crowds with amazing juggling, roller-skating, trampoline and cloudswing acts.
And of course, there’ll be all the delicious and delightful fair foods. For a complete listing of fair activities, dates and times, visit the Trumansburg Fair website.
Tuesday – Sunday, August 25-30, 2015
2150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg
Free parking available on the Fair grounds
$5/ages 13 and older; Children 12 years and under, free
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., $2/person
Tuesday and Friday, $5/person
Wednesday and Thursday, free
Saturday – Sunday, $7
Children under 2, free every day
Free admissions for Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatics, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo and Ag Awareness Daily Activities.
The Trumansburg Fair really is a highlight of our summer, so if you’re planning on coming be sure to call the Inn soon to book your stay.
Garden-Fresh Recipe For A Great Summer Breakfast 9 Jul 2015, 6:00 am
Oh the joy of summer cooking! This is especially true when you are blessed to live in an area rich with farms and dairies, such as we have here in the Finger Lakes.
For breakfast at the Inn, we create dishes based on the fresh ingredients we find, so the end result is often a surprise even to us! The entrée shown here is a favorite “recipe” made with organic eggs from Silver Fox Farm, feta from Lively Run Farm, sugar snap peas from our CSA, feta cheese from Pully Hill, and garlic scapes from the Inn’s garden. (Garlic scapes are the tender curly stems of hard-necked garlic, found in late spring-early summer.) The eggs are served over a cheddar polenta and topped with Hollandaise sauce. We accompany the dish with a refreshing salad of watermelon, mint and feta, sprinkled with a bit of olive oil, and a tasty whole wheat bread with oatmeal crust from Ithaca Bakery.
Check out your own garden, Farmers markets and local farms, then adapt this recipe to what you find. Whatever the ingredients are, when they’re fresh, you know it’ll be delicious!
To make Fresh Garden Eggs:
Sugar snap peas, sliced diagonally
Garlic scapes, chopped
Cooked and chopped bacon
Cheddar polenta (recipe follows)
Hollandaise sauce (recipe of your choice)
Place a portion of polenta on each serving plate. Top with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with peas, garlic scapes and bacon.
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 bay leaves
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
2 Tbsps garlic scapes, minced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup polenta or grits
4 Tbsps butter, cut into cubes
½ – ¾ cup cheddar cheese
Place first six ingredients in medium saucepan
and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in grits. When soft, add butter and cheese and stir till combined. If you prefer a thinner polenta, add a little milk or water.