The Brewster Inn
What We Love
- A peaceful lakefront 19th-century mansion, with an award-winning restaurant, including breakfastDining at the restaurant, one of the few in New York with a Distinguished Restaurants of North America award
- Taking a stroll around 18th-century Cazenovia Village
- Learning about inn founder Benjamin Brewster, John D. Rockefeller’s business partner
Walk in the footsteps of American royalty at The Brewster Inn. This grand 1890 mansion was the home of Benjamin B. Brewster, the grandson of a head Pilgrim and the financier of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company. You’ll find a market where you can shop for fish and shellfish, and a selection of house-made ice-cream flavors that change each month (think chocolate Oreo, maple walnut or Meyer-lemon swirl). Rooms reside in both the Main House and the Carriage House, and while they have certain comforts in common – HDTVs, for instance – each is unique in its design and décor.
The setting is also lovely, on Cazenovia Lake near Chittenango Falls and within walking distance of the local 18th-century village. If you like, you can tour a cidery and brewery, a vineyard or Lorenzo Historic Site, the estate of another local legend: Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen. But if you want to truly experience the American-royal treatment, make it back home for dinner. Sourcing ingredients from across the globe, like tuna from Hawai’i and lamb from Colorado, the restaurant holds its own TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and has been gifted a Wine Spectator Best Of Award of Excellence every year since 2009 and membership in the elite Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA).
Your room is individually decorated, with an HDTV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgrade from one of the Standard Queen to one of the Queen Jacuzzi or King Lakeview rooms, the latter of which may have a Jacuzzi, fireplace or sun porch.
The restaurant has been a Wine Spectator Best Of Award of Excellence winner since 2009 and is a TripAdvisor favorite and Certificate of Excellence winner, plus one of New York’s few members of Distinguished Restaurants of North America. Come here to sample dishes made from scratch, with ingredients like tuna from Hawai’i, lamb from Colorado and local produce (but only when it’s the best). The dining room opens for seasonal Sunday brunches and year-round dinners, with a special burger menu on Monday nights. Reservations are highly recommended – tables fill up fast.
Cazenovia resides in New York’s Madison County and dates back to the late 18th century, a period that you can learn about on a tour of the founder’s estate. It’s near Chittenango Falls State Park and is home to a charming Main Street, an art park and sculpture garden, a cidery and brewery and a lake – set right in front of the inn. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to spend the day exploring the peaceful waters.
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We stayed one night and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The staff was engaging and helpful to a person. The room was large and very comfortable as well as the bathroom. The shower was amazing and we had everything we needed to refresh ourselves after a long trip to NY. The room offered a wonderful view of the lake and the dining area was beautiful and well situated at the back of the hotel with a view to the lake. Most of all, our dining experience was exceptional. We have already decided to return and enjoy this establishment again soon.
Just got home from a wonderful three days in Cazenovia and The Brewster Inn (July 7-9). It was exactly what I was hoping it would be. I stayed in Room #24 which was a good size room and very comfortable. This room is located at the back of the Carriage House, so there was no noise from the Inn itself. The room faces the road, which it isn't heavily traveled, esp. at night, so I slept well and didn't notice traffic sounds. As some have mentioned, The Brewster doesn't have individual toiletry items, but rather shampoo, conditioner and soap in a dispenser in the shower. I appreciated this as it's more environmentally friendly, not to mention that the individual bottles often don't have enough particularly when there are two people using them. They do provide a bar of soap, make removal towelettes and lotion by the sink. I also found the room prices to be extremely reasonable.
Here are the things I loved about the inn. First, of course, is it's lakeside location. The restaurant and tavern face the lake which offers a beautiful setting for drinks and dining. The bartenders at the gazebo bar couldn't have been nicer. And you can't beat sitting in a rocking chair by the fire pit with a drink in hand. I dined there one night and enjoyed some of the best gazpacho I've had in ages. The location is also ideal for reading in the afternoon. It's so peaceful.
Several reviewers have commented on the continental breakfast. I think those with complaints may not know what a continental breakfast is, as it was exactly as advertised. It reminded me of most breakfasts we've enjoyed in Europe with meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, fruit and a selection of breads and cereals. There is also a waffle maker for those who want to make waffles. Coffee, tea and juices are available, as well.
If you stay at the Brewster, make sure to go to the market for homemade pie. The slice of blueberry I had was delicious. I also stopped in on Friday night for the fish fry where you can get takeout fried or broiled haddock along with a nice selection of side dishes. I highly recommend this.
The Brewster Inn was built in 1890 and offers all of the charm of a by-gone era. I can't wait to return!
My husband and I stayed here for one overnight and found this place to be exactly what we were looking for! I arrived several hours before check in time, while my husband was away at a business meeting, and they were so kind to quickly make up my room and let me use it. The inn is a well kept up old historic building, very clean and beautifully decorated. The grounds are beautifully kept and the setting on the lake is amazing.
We stayed in Room #3 which has a comfy king bed and a view of the lake. It is located on the second floor and there is a flight of stairs to go up and down. The room isn't huge but more than adequate. The bed is so soft and comfortable. Air conditioning works great! I didn't use the TV but the wifi was great.
We had dinner at the Inn. Food and service were both excellent.
Great atmosphere. Quaint setting. Lovely place!
We stayed here for a wedding in early June. The hotel is supposed to be the best for the area, but we found it overpriced. To start, our waterfront room was strangely decorated and the so-called lake view was over a blacktop overhang that was the roof of the restaurant. The side screened in porch looks out over a busy parking lot. The wifi was unusable, unless one used their office line, and the AC really did not work; it turned itself off in the middle of the night, which would have been fine had we been able to open the windows to sleep, but the blinds kept banging on the windows. That said, it was a not bad walk to town and the people at the hotel were very nice. The restaurant is excellent but very pricey. And the breakfast was more or less what you get at a Hampton inn.
And though the room was clean, the hallways are really dirty with dust accumulated in corners and on the stairs. I'd stay at the Lincklaen instead, if you can get in.
Had dinner on a beautiful late spring evening with my niece. Outside table overlooking the lake. Very good food. Ample portions. Raspberry pie was terrific. Server was pleasant but she did seem to rush us a bit and needed to be reminded to bring silverware for desert and coffee.