Springside Inn at Owasco Lake
What We Love
- An upstate Finger Lakes retreat with an American gastropub, with breakfast includedThe American restaurant, with a seasonal outdoor patio and fireplace, and complimentary daily breakfast
- The award-winning Cayuga Wine Trail stops within an hour drive
- The Finger Lake across the street, plus the on-site lawns, gazebo and duck pond
What To Know
- Sunday brunch is a favorite among former guests
- Continental breakfast includes a typical array of cereal, yogurt, pastries, and juice
- Free WiFi is strong
Is the way to your heart through your stomach? If so, you’ll love Springside Inn at Owasco Lake, whose modern American gastropub whips up seasonal local veggies and organic pastas from an area producer. This charming eatery holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and one of the top rankings on that website, with options to enjoy a beer flight, dine by the patio or fireplace – including at beer and wine dinners on certain dates – or take your meal to-go, for a picnic on the picturesque grounds. Speaking of which, your eyes are also in for a treat; you’ll love the manicured lawns, duck pond and gazebo outside.
Off the property, which is itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, continue taking in the pretty sights. Across the street is the namesake Finger Lake, and nearby are Cayuga’s history and art museum, the Merry-Go-Round Theater, the Harriet Tubman home, the Tiffany-glass windows of the Willard Memorial Chapel and the impressive William H. Seward mansion. And don’t forget to keep feasting your tastebuds, too. The Finger Lakes region is known not just for its waters, but for its wine. Just a short way southwest is the Cayuga Wine Trail, encompassing an extensive variety of wineries – along with breweries, cideries and distilleries – that have collectively won more than 6,000 national and international medals.
Accommodations are individually designed and decorated, but they have certain comforts and conveniences in common. Among these are a complimentary Wi-Fi connection, phones and private baths.Rooms 21, 22, 32, 33 and 34 will offer either one king or one queen bed, whereas the larger Rooms 23 or 31 are more like suites, with a guaranteed king bed, plus a lounge area and a kitchenette.
Oak & Vine at Springside is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning modern American gastropub. Its menu highlights ingredients that are homegrown or from regional producers and farms, like Bostrom Farms. Look forward to live music on Wednesdays, and special events – cooking demos and wine and beer dinners, for instance – on select dates through the year. If you like, you may also put in an advance request (24 hours or more) for to-go dishes.
The Finger Lakes are a famously scenic region in central New York, and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore them, on Owasco Lake and just minutes from Skaneateles and Aurora. The area boasts shopping, historic sites, seasonal skiing and – in your neck of the woods – a notable museum and theater. Drive to Ithaca for a wander around the Cornell campus or a look at one of the 150 waterfalls. Also consider following the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, home to an array of award-winning wineries, breweries and cideries.
How to Get There
The Springside inn in Auburn NY is an family owned and operated 7 room inn tucked of the Main Street. What a gem! We arrived after driving from Canada and spending the day in the apple orchards. It was raining buckets and we we were snug as two bugs in a rug. Happened upon a wine tasting in the bar and were included in the sampling. The bartender mixed gin and tonics and we settled in for dinner followed by a lovely sleep in our spacious suite. The inn is reminiscent of what one would expect in New England or upstate NY complete with the charm of an era quickly disappearing with the popularity of the minimalist movement. Our suite, tho decorated probably some time ago, was a timeless testament to French toile, florals, and stripes. Tastefully done with attention to detail. Lovely to see the owner’s son working in the business.
From arrival to departure, the staff was fantastic! We started at the bar where the bartender Cheryl couldn’t of made a better cocktail. She was very busy with constant questions from staff and guests at the bar but she still made everyone in the bar feel welcomed and as though we were VIP’s - the second night she had a few specialty cocktails for us to look over and we ordered some just because of how great she was and how much we loved her previous suggestions. My wife got one of the recipes and will be telling everyone back home about the awesome cocktail. We were sat at a table outside with a beautiful view and greeted by our server, Eric. He was so friendly and once again, greeted us as if we were the most important guests on the patio. He was attentive and listened, made sure our requests were not only met, but exceeded. The staff were all helping one another and watering all tables, making the experience all the more wonderful. Then the food!!!!! It was absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation, the chef executed everything to perfection. When we expressed this, Eric couldn’t of spoke higher and later Cheryl confirmed they had found the right chef for their needs. We hope the entire staff sticks around because we plan to visit again next year and we can’t wait to see them all again. Thank you for the wonderful experience, Springside Inn! We will tell everyone we know to visit for the experience of a lifetime.
Checked in for one night last week while touring the Finger Lakes wineries and museums. Our room (#23) was spacious and comfortable, it included a beautiful sitting room with tv, fireplace, sofa & chairs. From there you go down a hall to the nicely furnished bedroom that looks out over the back yard where weddings and other events are held. The queen sized poster bed was very comfortable, there are large dressers and closet for storage, and the jacuzzi in the bathroom made for the perfect ending to our day. In the morning a continental breakfast is included. We look forward to returning.