Inn at Taughannock
What We Love
- A low-key Select Registry hideout in the Finger Lakes region, including optional wine extrasViewing the lake from your very own room at the Select Registry getaway
- Beholding a taller waterfall than those of Niagara, just minutes from your door
- Having the option to add on a wine tasting and a bottle of wine at Thirsty Owl Wine Company
What To Know
- Located above Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park
- Guestrooms in the Main House have Victorian four-poster beds
- The restaurant is located in the inn so rooms nearby may be a bit noisy
Your eyes are in for a treat at this getaway, which is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. The architecture of all the various buildings references charming traditional Northeastern styles, but the Inn at Taughannock’s 1873 Main Inn shows off elaborate Victorian ornamentation that evokes a real-life dollhouse. Off the grounds, continue to feast your eyes; you’re adjacent to Taughannock Falls State Park’s main cascade, which is taller than any others east of the Rockies, including those of Niagara.
You’re also just a short drive from downtown Ithaca, where 150 more waterfalls, plus Cornell’s stately ivy-draped campus, offer yet more picturesque scenery. But don’t forget to feast your tastebuds, too. Just near the Select Registry inn is the starting point of the Cayuga Wine Trail, encompassing an extensive variety of breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries that have collectively won more than 6,000 national and international medals.
Accommodations are distributed among four different buildings, including the historic Victorian Main Inn, where the restaurant is located. They’re individually designed and decorated, but all feature complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a refrigerator. You’ll be in the Edgewood building, where every room comes with a balcony that overlooks the lake. It also includes a convenient kitchenette.
Amenities- Microwave- Telephone- Coffeemaker?- TV
The Finger Lakes are a famously scenic region in central New York, and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore them. There’s plenty of shopping in the area, and winter visitors will enjoy the area skiing terrain. Drive to Ithaca for a wander around the Cornell campus or a look at one of the 150 waterfalls – though the soaring one at Taughannock Falls State Park (adjacent to the inn), which is the tallest east of the Rockies, upstages them all. Also consider following the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, home to an array of award-winning wineries, breweries and cideries.
How to Get There
The Inn at Taughannock is an eloquent gem nestled within the rustic settings of woodland paths, babbling brooks, high falls and lovely Cayuga Lake. Your private rooms in any of Inn's domiciles give you a warm sense of luxury as you relax in the whirlpool tub, fall into your comfortable bed or sit back on your private porch or balcony to watch the beautiful countryside.
Every detail of your stay is planned out to give you the best possible experience, including ice pre-bagged perfectly with just the right amount of ice for your ice bucket. Your stay won't be complete without a candlelight dinner at the main house. Chef Thomas has an exquisite menu prepared, yet is happy to meet with you to discuss special requests. What makes your stay perfect are the people who work there. From Chef Thomas to Gigi, your Restaurant Manager, and everyone in between, their joy in hospitality is what makes your stay memorable.
Far enough to get away, but close enough to make the drive for a weekend stay, give yourself the vacation you deserve and book your stay at the Inn at Taughannock today.
When we first checked in, we commented to each other that the staff seemed "quirky." I believe the word my husband used was "scatterbrained." There was confusion about charging our credit card, and when we inquired about the walking distance to the waterfall, we couldn't get an answer. The desk clerk was new, so fine, but she was also out of flyers that gave that information. We can live with that, though. The room was gorgeous and had a nice view of the lake. However, just as we were winding down for the evening, ready for some quiet time, a guy downstairs started playing the piano. He was very talented, but one reason we selected this hotel was its emphasis (on its website) on being quiet. We live in the city and came out here to relax and chill. When my husband complained, he could barely hear the staff member over the piano. We asked for a different room, which they provided, but for the same price we were given a room that looked like any sterile basic hotel room (not the charm of the first room). Management didn't seem particularly concerned about making us comfortable, so we checked out before even staying the night.
My fiance and I stayed for the weekend here in February. The resort staff were extremely helpful when I had questions and they are always willing to help make your stay the best it can be! The rooms are really clean and cozy with a gorgeous view of Cayuga Lake.
We stayed in the Falls Suite of the main building and it was beautiful! We were there for the New Year's Eve event which went very well. The buffet dinner was great, as were the appetizers and dessert. The crowd was the just the right size- not too big or too small, with every room full for the evening. The property is really breath taking.
This was our first time at the Inn but it won't be our last! So many positive things to say...the staff was great -- friendly, helpful and accommodating. We stayed in the Edgewood building and the room was very clean, large and nicely decorated. The complimentary continental breakfast offered great variety and was pretty much the best I have had (loved the lox!!!). Also the location is great...the trail to the Falls is right there, Ithaca is close by and many many wineries just a short distance.