The Victorian home that is now Taughannock Farms Inn was built in 1873 by Philadelphian John Jones as his personal country estate. During the 1930's Mr. Jones deeded the farm and most of his 600 acres to New York State for the creation of Taughannock Falls State Park (located across the street and surrounding the Inn). In the late 1930's, Molly, his widow, permitted rooms in the mansion to be rented out and a foodservice operation established. During the summers of 1940 and 1941, Mr. George Freeman oversaw the room and foodservice operations, but this was suspended during World War II. In 1945 Molly sold the mansion to Merrit and Maude Agard who began operating it as Taughannock Farms Inn. It has been in continuous operation as an inn since that time. In the fall of 1974, the Inn was purchased by the Agard's granddaughter Nancy (Agard) le Grand, who with her husband Keith, operated the Inn until 1996 when 1997 Susan and Tom Sheridan, purchased the Inn.
Most recently, in the Spring of 2016, the inn was again purchased and will undergo many wonderful changes and updates as the new owners work to create a destination resort in the Finger Lakes, offering the best food and overnight experience in the region.
Our New York inn is nestled on approximately 12 acres of land overlooking Cayuga Lake and Taughannock Falls State Park. Mr. Jones had a keen interest in horses and the current great oval lawn in the state park was the former site of his race track. An old map of his estate, that shows the track, hangs on the upper porch of the dining room. Additionally, much of his personal furniture is still a part of the Inn today.
The Inn has five guest rooms and a parlor on the second floor. All of these rooms have private baths and are furnished with antiques. The Parkview Guesthouse is next to the Inn and it has 3 well-appointed guest rooms. It is right next to the Upper Gorge hiking trail, that leads back towards the gorge. The Lakeview Guesthouse, directly across from the Inn on Gorge Road, can be rented out as either a one bedroom or two bedroom suite or as the whole house. The Hillside guest house which is located just above the Lakeview Guesthouse is the owner's residence but has a separate guest wing with a private entrance that houses 2 guest rooms that all have private baths. In 2004, the 10 room Edgewood Guesthouse was built featuring beautiful views of Cayuga Lake with 4 king units with jacuzzis and private balconies or patios.
The Inn is also available for special occasions such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, banquets, business meetings, and luncheons.
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- Pet Friendly: Limited
- Smoking Policy: Smoke-Free
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Inn Amenities Refine Search: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Wine/Spirits available
Food & Wine
The view alone would be reason to enjoy an evening at the Inn for dinner, but when you add in the friendly service, incredible value and don't forget the amazing food, you will have an eveining to remember.
Before dinner our guests can relax under the shade of our Catalpa tree or 135 year old Gingko tree while enjoying a cocktail or a glass of wine from the bar in our upper garden.
The enclosed tiered porch offers an exceptional view of the lake while the crisp linens and silver add to the romance.
Our four course dinner menu is a delight in American cuisine and offers plenty of choices to please anyone's palate. To complement dinner, the Inn offers an excellent wine list featuring many selections from the wineries of the Finger Lakes Region.
Breakfast for our houseguests is also served with a view!
Enjoy a wide variety of items such as fresh fruit, fresh baked pastries, homemade granola, and we always have a hot entree item that is sure to please.
Reservations are recommended. Other details:
June - November 2016, seatings are Monday - Thursday, 4p - 9p | Friday - Saturday, 4p - 10p | Sunday, 11 AM - 3 PM Brunch, 4 PM - 9 PM Dinner June - Novermber 2016, Happy Hour is offered Monday - Friday, 4p - 6p In December, the dining room is open only for private holiday parties. On New Year's Eve, the Inn is open to the public. The Inn is seasonal and therefore closed in January, February and March Breakfast is served between 8 AM - 9:30 AM.
- Meals Offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Breakfast: Available for additional charge
- Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables
- Breakfast Service: Full
- Alcohol Permits: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Special Diets Accommodated: Yes
- Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public
Rooms & Suites
The Inn at Taughannock has a total of 22 guest rooms on the grounds to meet a variety of needs.
Take a stroll back in time with the five guest rooms in the Main Inn. These rooms are all decorated with beautiful antiques and have no televisions so there are no distractions on your special night.
If your idea of romance includes more ammenities you might enjoy a room in one of our four guesthouses.
For many people a king/jacuzzi room in the Edgewood Guesthouse is just what they are looking for. With a beautiful view of the lake and either a private patio or balcony, a king size bed, TV, coffee maker, refridgerator, microwave and a jacuzzi with a view. No matter which room you chose you will always have the most important basic ammenities such as a private bath, telephone, and most importantly a plush pillow top mattress for the perfect nights sleep.
- Accommodations: Cottages, Efficiency, Suites
- # Rooms: 23
- Beds: Twin, Double, Queen, King
- Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Antique Furnishings, Hair dryers, Private Deck, Refrigerators, Rollaway Available, Telephones, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi, Alarm Clocks, Ironing Boards, Microwaves
- Entertainment: Cable TV , CD Players, DVD/Blu-Ray Players
- Safes: In-Room, Front Desk
- Handicap Accessible: Limited
- Internet Services: Wired, Wireless, Complimentary
- Corporate Rates: No
- Front Desk/Security: Onsite
- Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Laundry Facility, GLBT Friendly, Green/Enviromentally Friendly, Wine/Spirits available
- Location Type: Waterfront, Waterview, Small Town/Village
Weddings & Events
The beautiful surroundings of the Inn make any occasion special, but when you add in a wedding dress, magic happens!
Let our lush gardens and greenery or the Taughannock Falls (just a short drive) be the perfect backdrop for your wedding pictures.
Each wedding at Taughannock Farms Inn is as unique as the couple celebrating.
Whether you are looking for a casual gathering or an elegant affair we will make your day special. We are available to take parties of 20 to 150 which makes us the perfect spot for rehearsal dinners too.
- Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor
Business Travel & Events
Banquets, Special Occasion Gatherings and Meetings.
Location! Location! Location! With only a short drive out of Ithaca you will feel like you are in a different world. With the surroundings and relaxed atmosphere your business guests will feel pampered, allowing their creativity to flow. We offer a variety of different meal and snack options we can customize the day to meet your needs.
- Meeting Types: Retreats