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
We spent the night at the Taughannock Inn located right next to the Taughannock state park. We stayed in South Lake room and it was so beautiful, nice panoramic views of Cayuga lake , the bed was very comfortable and the shower had a nice water flow, there is a small bar downstairs, and a delicious continental breakfast served in the AM porch room. We also had dinner and dessert in the restaurant , it’s a little pricey but the food was good, small selection on the menu. We would definitely stay there again!
Beautiful Inn overlooking Lake Cayuga. We stayed in the hillside house and the views were amazing. Breakfast was a great buffet with everything you would possibly want on it for breakfast. We ate dinner there also and it was delicious. We walked the trails and saw the waterfalls so location was perfect to do hiking but close to all the wineries in the finger lakes. We would stay here again in the future.
I cannot say enough great things about this place! If you're planning a trip to the Finger Lakes you must stay here. We were pleasantly surprised upon checking in to realize that our room had been upgraded for our anniversary stay. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and even gave us great recommendations on where to go for dinner. Our room was beautiful with nice furniture and extremely clean. The breakfast the next morning was the best of any place we stayed. Bagels & lox, yogurt, fruit, granola, quiches, etc.
As far as things to do, you're right across the street from the lake and a quick walk away from Taugannock Falls. There's quite a few great wineries around that are a pretty quick drive away.
My only regret with staying here was that this was our first night and we had to spend our second night in a different inn on another lake and all I could do the entire time was compare how sub-par it was to Taughannock.
I will DEFINITELY be returning.