MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale
MacKenzie Childs is having their yearly Barn Sale July 16-19, 2015. There will be music and food but more importantly practically everything in the store is 80% off. This is a big event in our area. People come from all around to attend and literally camp out in front of the store. Below is the link for more information. We have rooms available for that weekend - so book early. Hope to see you soon.
New Attraction Near the Inn
One of the very new things near the Inn is The Shops at Traders Village and Beer Garden which will be open as of April 18, 2015. It is within 5 mins of the Inn. We are really excited about this opening so close to us. It is considered to be the largest Farm and Craft Market in Seneca County. It will be open every Saturday from April 18th thru December 12th. There will be four large buildings and porches with over 120 individual shop vendors presenting farm fresh local produce, hand crafted items, collectibles, antiques, baked goods, jams, candies and hand made products. The big attraction is the new Boathouse Beer Garden. Sit and enjoy the many choices of craft beers, ciders and wine. Check out their website at www.shopsattradersvillage.com. They will also have events going on during the year. Below is the Event Calendar:
May 9th - Yard & Garden Day
May 30th - Grand Opening of the Boathouse Beer Garden
June 13th - Boat & RV Show
June 27 & 28 - Antique Show
July 11th - BBQ Cook off
August 15th - Classic Car & Boat Show
Sept. 19th - Winery Day - wineries from the area come together.
Oct. 10th - Beer Fest - best craft brewers in the area
Nov 7th - Outdoorsmen Day
Dec. 5th - Christmas Festival
Spring is Here
Spring is in the air. The cows are coming back and Buster and Speck cannot wait to greet you when you arrive. There are so many things happening around the Inn. Whether new or old, we guarantee you will enjoy yourself again and again.
Here are a few guest perks:
We pride ourselves on having the most awesome guests. We are sorry to see them leave and consider them family. We always tell our guests, come back soon and tell your friends/family about us. Refer a friend or family member to stay at the Inn and you will receive $25 off your next night stay. When your referred guest makes a reservation, they should let us know that you referred them. Once they have completed their visit, we will mail you a $25 gift certificate to use off your next night stay (valid only during the months of May through November). Cannot be combined with any other discount.
Reservation Lay Away
Even though a credit card is required to hold your reservation and if you would really prefer not to charge your reservation on your credit card, we can offer you an alternative to pay for your stay here. Reservation Lay Away. Send us an initial $75 deposit. After that send us whatever you like. $25, $50, etc. Everytime you send us a payment, we will email you the payments you have made and what your balance is. If you made your reservation a few months in advance, you could have it paid in full by the time your visit.
Stay at Cayuga Morning Star during 2015 and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a free night during a 2 night stay. Drawing will be held in October, 2015. You will be notified by email if you won.
Ali Newman of Elite Health will come to the Inn to do Massages. Your massage will be done privately in the Dining Room with the view of Cayuga Lake or if you are staying in the Like a Fine Wine or Northwoods rooms, your massage can be done there. After your massage you can relax in the Hot Tub with one of the bottles of wine you bought from a local winery. Contact the Inn when you make your reservation if you are interested in getting a massage during your visit. The rate is $65 per person for 1 hour.
Come for the weekend to rejuvenate and relax. Enjoy an hour Swedish Massage from Ali of Elite Health. Ali has 20 years experience as a personal trainer and massage therapist. She specializes in both holistic health and fitness. After your massage, relax in the Hot Tub and enjoy our spectacular view of Cayuga Lake. At 4:30 Kim will be here from Young Living Essential Oils to demonstrate how precious essential oils can be used for aromatherapy, emotional health, personal care and household solutions. Young Living Essential Oils has an extensive product line that includes more than 300 life-changing products (package pricing does not include any purchase of Living Essentail Oils). After all the relaxing and rejuvenating, join us on the back deck (whether permitting) or in the Dining Room for some local cheeses and crackers. Bring down your own beverage.
Spa Weekends are July 24-26, 2015 and September 18-20, 2015. Package includes 2 nights stay for Friday and Saturday. Full homemade breakfast each morning in the Dining Room overlooking Cayuga Lake. One hour massage for 2. BYOB Cheese and crackers on the back deck. Pricing:
Like a Fine Wine Room: $520
Harvest Moon Room: $495
Spring Meadow: $485
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015 - Get Rid of the Winter Blues
Knapp Winery (which is in walking distance from the Inn) is having great dinners and events:
Everything Bacon Wine Dinner
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm.
Everything Bacon Wine Dinner- Bacon Lovers, welcome to hog heaven. This is your party! Bacon rules at this event! How many ways can our chef cook bacon? Think pork bellies, apple wood smoked bacon, pancetta, maybe even bacon peanut butter semi-freddo. Each course will be wrapped in a form of bacon that will fulfill the addiction. This five course dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Chateau LaFayetter Reneau Wine Cellars, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please purchase your tickets on line to reserve your spot.
Between the Lakes
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Zig-zag between the east side of Seneca Lake and the west side of Cayuga Lake never thinking you might need a ferry to carry you across a lake. Instead have fun visiting the participating wineries that will either provide food and or entertainment to help you get rid of the winter blues. This is not an official wine trail event for either lakes so it’s free, just let us know you are participating.
Starry Night Valentine Wine Dinner
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm.
Twinkle lights and flickering candles- just a couple of nuances to set the tone for a very special Valentine Dinner for your Valentine. Our chef promises to create a special dinner made for family, friends or your special someone in mind and he guarantees a better idea than roses and chocolate.This five course dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Chateau LaFayetter Reneau Wine Cellars, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please purchase your tickets on line to reserve your spot.
Wine Trail Events:
February 7-8, 2015 - 13th Annual Mardi Gras on Cayuga Lake
January 10-19, 2015 - Bargain Bash
January 16-18, 2015 - Pasta & Wine Weekend
February 20-22, 2015 - Chocolates & Wine Weekend
Love to horseback ride - D&K Ranch is now doing Winter Trail Rides. Call the Inn to find out more.
Fall Foliage Reports
Fall Foliage Report for September 25, 2014.
We are starting to see some color around the Inn including right in our own backyard. They say because its been so cool here, the colors are really going to be beautiful this year.
Events at Wineries near the Inn
Events at Wineries near the Inn
In addition to the Deck the Halls weekends on Seneca Lake and the Cayuga Lake Holiday Shopping Spree weekends, below are a few other events going on at Wineries near the Inn.
Goose Watch Winery - Chestnut Festival
October 18, 2014 - 12pm - 5pm. Each Fall they harvest the chestnuts grown at Goose Watch Winery. Come enjoy live music while you sample a variety of foods made from our own chestnuts and enjoy lawn games while overlooking the beautiful fall foliage on Cayuga Lake.
Knapp Winery & Vineyard
November 15, 2014 - 6:30-10:00 pm. Prohibition 2014 Wine Dinner
There is no tolerance for the temperance movement at this wine dinner and no need to turn their Vineyard Restaurant into a speakeasy. Chef John will cook up a menu based on the life styles of Al Capone and Bugsy Siegal such as Clams casino and other gourmet delights because they lived the style of the rich and famous. For this dinner consider yourself rich and famous. This five course dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery and wines from their friends at Zugibe Vineyards and sister wineries Chateau LaFayette Reneau and Glenora Wine Cellars. Price: $63.50 per person.
December 13, 2014 - 6:30-10:00 pm. A Christmas Carol Wine Dinner
If you are a fan of Charles Dicken’s Christmas story you are well aware that Scrooge’s nephew invited him to a family holiday dinner complete with turkey, sugar plums and all the wonderful trimmings of a holiday meal. Expect nothing less at Knapp’s holiday feast serving premium Knapp wines and wines from their friends at Zugibe Vineyards and sister wineries Glenora Wine Cellars & Chateau LaFayette Reneau. Price: $63.50 per person.
2015 Cayuga Wine Trail Events
Call the Inn for Details or go to cayugawinetrail.com under Events for more info and to purchase tickets
February 7-8, 2015 - 13th Annual Mardi Gras
Beads plus Prizes along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. You will receive a wine glass at your starting point winery, and at each winery you'll receive wine and food pairings, recipe cards plus those incredible beads. Back by popular demand the Mardi Gras attendee will be able to pick the lucky coin for some prizes and giveaways at each winery. Also, there will be a 17 clue Scavenger Hunt so check the clues as you visit each winery. Figure out the clues or riddles to win a sampler case of fine wines from the trail. Advance Tickets: $30 each, DD Tickets: $25 each, Price at the Door: $35 each.
March 21- 22, 2015 - Bacon on the Lakein
10 am - 5 pm. Bacon, Bacon, Bacon, you gotta love Bacon. Join us to experience the first and original Finger Lakes Bacon event on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. It’s all about the Bacon and you’ll find that’s the main ingredient in our bacon lover’s event. You’ll receive a wineglass at your starting point winery and recipe cards at each winery as you savor all that delectable bacon.
Besides eating all that lovely, bacon make sure to visit each winery to be eligible to win some of the best prizes ever such as a BBQ Smoker, BBQ sauces, BBQ utensils and more. You will just pop off a stub from your ticket at each winery and deposit it into a Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Piggy Bank. This way the more wineries you visit the more chances you’ll have to win. Advance Tickets $30 each, DD Tickets $25 each.
April 24-26 and May 1-3, 2015 - 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival
If you have a green thumb and even if you don't you'll definitely not want to miss the 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Build your garden full of fragrant herbs and veggies. You will receive a wine glass, a garden plan and a plant carrier at your starting point winery plus potted herb or veggie plants from each winery. As you savor herb-prepared cuisine, sip our fine wines and make sure to take home the recipes so that you can be the highlight at your next get together with these great recipes. Advance Tickets: Single $40 Couple $60, DD Tickets: Single $35 Couple $55, Price at Door: Single $45 Couple $65.
Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015 - We will be sending you information in the next few months on our special Valentine’s Weekend we are planning, February 13-15, 2015. We are not sure of the specific details yet, but we can tell you it will include Wine Tastings, Dining Out and Chocolate.
Great Weekends Coming Up in the Finger Lakes
Deck the Halls on Seneca Lake
Deck the Halls weekends are very big events in the Finger Lakes and are held November 21-23, 2014 and December 5-7, 2014. This year is the 23rd annual Deck the Halls in the Finger Lakes. Over 30 wineries on Seneca Lake are participating.
When you purchase your ticket, you will be assigned a winery to begin your weekend of fun and festivities to sample holiday wines and food tastings. At your beginning winery, you will receive a Grapevine Wreath and Recipe Book. You can decorate your Grapevine Wreath with unique ornaments from each winery you visit. Each winery will be serving food and you will enjoy a complimentary sample of the dish served by the winery, paired with about 3 different modest samples of wine that will complement the dish served.
Ticket Prices are $75 per couple (2 people tasting wine) and $65 per couple designated driver ticket (one person tasting wine/one non-taster). Tickets are purchased through Eventbrite.
If you are interested in the Deck The Halls Weekends, give us a call and we can help you plan your weekend including scheduling a Town Car to take you around.
Cayuga Lake Annual Holiday Shopping Spree
The 21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree on Cayuga Lake is another very big event in the Finger Lakes and is held November 21-23, 2014 and December 5-7, 2014. You will receive a logo wine glass, a wreath and a Shopper’s Discount Card at your beginning winery. You will also take home a unique ornament and recipe card from each winery as you enjoy holiday-inspired dishes while sipping fine wines.
Lets not forget the best time to be in the Finger Lakes is during Fall Foliage.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon of water
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon Hersey’s Cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
7 ounces semisweet mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, water and fresh ginger. Combine flour, cocoa, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls, roll in 1/4 sugar. Place 1 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until tops begin to crack. Cool for 2 mins on pan and transfer to cooling racks.
Events going on with our Wineries
July 26, 2014
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival is coming the weekend of July 11-13, 2014. It is one of the one of the biggest events in the area and it is held at Watkins Glen Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY. There are 90 wineries and restaurants that will be there for you to sample their wine and food. There are Culinary classes and Outdoor Cooking Demonstrations. Wine Seminars. Music with over 25 bands performing. Definitely a must see. Cayuga Morning Star has 2 rooms available that weekend. If you book a room, let us know if you need tickets or a car to drive you to the Festival. ...more>>
Shopping in our Area
MacKenzie-Childs is a must see when you visit our area. You might not buy anything - cause everything is very expensive - but still a must see. The have all types of ceramic, glassware and enamelware pieces which are hand painted and furniture, rugs, lighting and holiday pieces. There is even a person in the shop painting pieces or you can go to the back of the shop and watch a video on how they make and paint their pieces. I am thinking Alice in Wonderland would have loved this place.
Cool Things To Do in the Finger Lakes
The Inn - The Journey to our Dream
We wanted to open a Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes for a few years. We bought this awesome house in August of 2013 with 4 fireplaces, 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and a breathtaking view of Cayuga Lake. Living in the city (Staten Island) most of our lives, we never imagined that we would live in a place where we could look out of our backyard and have an awesome view of one of the major Lakes in Central New York in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Our house was built in 1819. We have 7 1/2 acres of land with 2 barns and a Carriage House. With all this land, we hope someday to have a huge vegetable and fruit garden. It would be great to grow our own veggies and fruits to serve in our Inn. Since the house is old, the rooms needed a lot of TLC. Cleaning, painting and decorating. We wanted to paint and decorate them according to the theme we chose for our rooms. We have 4 rooms in the Inn. Spring Meadow, Like A Fine Wine, Harvest Moon and Northwoods. Northwoods is currently under construction. When completed it will be a 2 room suite and done in a cabin/woodsy theme. The other 3 rooms will be open soon. Pictures are posted below of our house and one with the view of the Lake.