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  • 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
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The former home of a Standard Oil financier, with a Wine Spectator- and DiRoNA-approved restaurant

The Lowdown

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.

How to Get There

The Brewster Inn
6 Ledyard Ave
Cazenovia, NY United States



Spectacular wine-cellar with spectacular wines ... a rare treasure! As well as a spectacular cuisine - a grand Chef with experience from Burgundy. All this in the countryside of upstate New York - it‘s a romantic Villa from 150 years ago. Thanks for filling this location with excellency in wine and food!

Lake life for a day...
Larry T

This is a lovely property that takes you back to a bygone era. Rooms are large (get one with a lake view), beds are comfortable. Dinner at the restaurant was top notch with a large , but affordable wine list. Downsides like a spartan continental breakfast and only a single sink in the bathroom were not enough to drop my eating to a 4.

Totally outstanding ...A Must..

Great restaurant with outstanding view.
Beautiful sunset
Lake view
Reservations is a must
Weather you sit inside (ask for window sitting)or outside you will have a great and relaxing evening.
Our server Kelly 5 Star
Food and drinks fantastic will surely be back.
A must for anyone in the area