May @ Grayhaven Motel ♡

Happy May, motel lovers!
How is your garden growing? How are your summer plans unfolding? We have some exciting events and packages to liven up your summer, so read on…
 

New Vendor Feature: Dolce Delight
Meet Maria Salino of Dolce Delight…
A Finger Lakes native, growing up in an Italian/Greek household ensured that Maria Cacciotti Salino woulddevelop a love & passion for food. The kitchen has always been a comfortingplace where family gathered with great food & conversation. A self-taught cook andbaker, Maria has followed her passion and now owns Dolce Delight withher daughter Christina. Pies are their specialty but you can enjoy many of their pastriesand homemade products, breakfast and lunch.Now available, add a 6″ mini “Our Famous Cherry Pie” from Dolce Delight onto your stay! With artful pastry detailing, and *very* surprisingly vegan ingredients, this pie knocks it outta the park. She may be mini, but she is mighty…This 6″ queen will satisfy 2 – 4 sweet peoples’ sweet teeth.Thank you, Maria!
 
Do you all love Schitt’s Creek as much as we do?
Join us on Saturday, June 18th 
as Grayhaven co-hosts a Schitt’s Creek-themed event! From 11a – 3p our patio + grounds will magically transform into family-friendly pop-up “Moira’s Market”, offering a delightful browsing experience brought to you by local and regional vendors. 
Come for the cinnamon buns, stay for the Parade of Moiras!
Parade will begin at 1pm.

Continue the party at the “Titt’s Creek: A Burlesque, Drag and Comedy Tribute to Our Favorite Show.” at 8pm (21+ only) at the Community School of Music and Arts, one block off The Commons in downtown Ithaca. Tickets can be purchased through the event’s webpage here on Eventbrite. Partial proceeds from the weekend’s events benefit Ithaca College’s Center for LGBTQIA+.
Happy (almost) Pride!

Wow, what a day! Good thing you’ve booked a stay, as we have a very special package for 2 waiting just for you at GHM for that weekend and that weekend only…
 
Moira’s Ooh-La-La! Weekend Discounted tickets to Titt’s Creek Burlesque extravaganza at CSMA (GHM guests receive a special code for this, in a reservation follow-up email)1 bottle of bubbly (or no-alcohol alternative; please specify)1 28oz bottle Saratoga Springs still water (stay hydrated!)Deluxe morning coffee, tea + cocoa kit including a 10oz bag of Maquina coffee + local honey from White Dog ApiaryOur Famous Cherry Pie! (from Dolce Delight)2 Grayhaven Motel souvenir retro key fobs 

This special is for the weekend of June 17 – 19 only (you can come a day early and/or stay an extra night). We will send you a code for tickets (Grayhaven guests only) when we see your reservation book. It can be added to any room reservation. Book your choice of accommodation. Following the booking page you will have the option to add this special to your stay. You may call or email us to add this package to existing reservations. You can also click here to shop our current packages. 

What else is happening around town + at the motel this month? Continue reading to discover. Hope you’re able to join us for one or all!

Upcoming Events at the Grayhaven Motel:
Friday, May 6th: Gallery night. Join us from 4 – 7pm for the opening reception of Connecticut artist Rafæl Lino‘s portraits and abstract paintings, Rafæl Lino: Now and Again. Please wear a mask in accordance with Tompkins County’s current mask advisory.

Thursday, May 5th – Thursday June 9th: Ithaca’s annual Spring Writes Literary Festival. Both Zoom and live events (including workshops) this year. Click event for more info – stay at Grayhaven to be able to attend your favorite events in person! So much offered in this event, including a monthlong zine fest held at The Downstairs all May.

Saturday + Sunday, May 14 +15: Gift yourself a long weekend at Grayhaven, checking out on Monday so you can participate in the Build an Adirondack Chair workshop for women at Hammerstone School of Carpentry! Visit their workshop link for registration and more info. Visit www.grayhavenmotel.com for more information on booking and events!

If you’re looking for a fun weekend away, any weekend is a good one to visit the Finger Lakes. Here are our May suggestions…

Recommended itinerary for May 6th – 9th:
FRIDAY: Check in and enjoy the first Friday opening reception in our guest lounge. Head to the Ithaca Beer for dinner and maybe cap the night off with a Gallery Night Ithaca walking tour.  
SATURDAY: Start the day at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, then head to one of the parks mentioned in this Lonely Planet article to enjoy peaceful hikes and stunning views. Try dinner at Maxie’s Supper Club before catching a show at The Hangar Theater, or checking out the zine fest at The Downstairs.
SUNDAY: Drink coffee and read the Sunday NYTimes in the lounge by our wood stove. Head to brunch at one of our favorite spots. Catch a matinee at Cinemapolis before or after your spa treatment at Rasa Spa
MONDAY: Check out by 11:00 and hit one of our favorite coffee shops on your way out of town!If you haven’t yet, follow our instagram account for snapshots of life around Grayhaven.
New packages, retail and multi-night discounts are active here on the website
See you soon!

April @ Grayhaven Motel ♡

Happy April, motel lovers!
Hope this spring is treating you well so far.

New Vendor Feature: Oracle Chocolates

Meet Miranda and Brien of Oracle Chocolates

✨ Handmade artisan chocolates inspired by folklore, myth & magic✨
Oracle Chocolates is a small, artisan chocolate company, creating handmade chocolates and pastry in downtown Ithaca, New York. Inspired by faerie tales, folklore, and mythology, Brien & Miranda are the creative force behind Oracle. They enjoy creating unexpected, surprising flavor combinations that bring magical themes and memories to mind. Their chocolates are a unique and delicious multi-sensory experience – chocolate that feels like something you almost remember, and like nothing you’ve ever had before. 

Truffles and bubbly, anyone?
Now live on our booking page, add a bottle of Dr Konstantin Frank’s 2016 Brut + a box of Oracle Chocolate truffles to your stay for an extra special vibe.

Click here to add one to your stay.

Planning your summer getaways?
The lovely Finger Lakes are calling and we hope to see you again here at Grayhaven.

Join us during the dog days of summer! We have partnered with the Seneca Lake Wine Trail to bring you an awesome pup-centered accommodation package complimenting their event, Gone to the Dogs.
For the week of August 22-26, participating pup(s) will enjoy a fun box of doggy-only charcuterie from the amazing Bones Dog Bakery 
Their accompanying humans will enjoy our signature charcuterie kit (made for people) and a wonderful bottle of FLX wine from a participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail winery waiting in your room upon arrival at Grayhaven Motel.

If you don’t have a dog, fear not! Ithaca and Grayhaven are happy to host human-only reservations, too! Check out our yearly arts celebration, the iconic Ithaca Festival.
This year’s theme is “Together Again”; dates are June 2 – 5, with the opening parade on June 2.
We have limited availability that weekend, and advise booking ahead!
 
April Gallery Night, Friday April 1 

The Grayhaven is happy to present the multi-talented Deirdre Prince‘s art for the month of April! Stained glass + paintings on wood will adorn our windows and walls.
Come see for yourselves at…
Ms. Prince’s opening reception of 
Welcome to the Jungle
Friday, April 1 between 4 – 7pm. 


Cider, beer, soft drinks, and Oracle Chocolate’s truffles will be available for purchase.
Keep your eye on our instagram account. We’ve got so much coming this season that we are excited about.  

April events happening here at Grayhaven, as well as our favorite Ithaca happs for the month are below. 
Hope you’re able to join us for one or all. 
Upcoming Events at the Grayhaven Motel and Beyond
Friday, April 1st: Gallery night. Join us from 4 – 7pm for the opening reception of Welcome to the Jungle from Deirdre Prince. 
Sunday, April 3rd: Dakhabrakha at the State Theater! DakhaBrakha is a Ukrainian folk quartet which combines the musical styles of several ethnic groups. It was a winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize in 2009. Click their name to learn more and purchase tickets. 
Sunday, April 24th: Stay through Sunday night and learn to make a spinner ring! Perfect for calming nerves, used as a fidget tool, and a beautiful piece of statement jewelry. Class is from 2-6, held at The Metalsmithery in Artist Alley on South Hill.
Any weekend in April: Check out the current happening at Cherry Art Space! If you’re staying during the week, check out their workshops and classes.Visit www.grayhavenmotel.com for more information on booking and events!
If you’re looking for a fun weekend away, any weekend is a good one to visit the Finger Lakes. Here are our April suggestions.

Recommended itinerary for April 1 – 3rd:

FRIDAY: Check in and enjoy the first Friday opening reception in our guest lounge. Head to the Ithaca Beer for dinner and maybe cap the night off with a Gallery Night Ithaca walking tour.  

SATURDAY: Start the day at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, then head to our neighbor Buttermilk Falls State Park, for inspiring views and nature therapy. After a farm-to-market dinner at Coltivare, head up to South Hill Cider for Comedy on the Commons  from 7:30 – 9:30 with touring comedians paired with our local delicious cider! 

SUNDAY: Drink coffee and read the Sunday NYTimes. Head to brunch at one of our favorite spots. Stay Sunday night so you can catch Dakhabrakha at The State Theater!
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March at Grayhaven Motel ♡ 

Mid-century room at Grayhaven Motel with vaulted ceilings, hard wood floors, picture window, period lighting and furniture.

Happy March, Motel Lovers!
As we continue rolling with the waves of the greater collective, we tentatively step one toe at a time back into more public offerings at Grayhaven…

Gallery Night is BACK!

The Grayhaven is sparkling with excitement this month to host the transcendent art of local-by-way-of-Colombia gem, Yen Ospina. 

Join us for Ms. Ospina’s opening reception of Unicus during Gallery Night on
Friday, March 4 between 4 – 7pm. 
Cider, beer, soft drinks, and Oracle Chocolate’s truffles will be available for purchase.

Beginning March 2nd our office will open 3pm to 7pm for daily art-viewing visits in the gallery-lounge. 


New Vendor Feature: Emoticakes

We have several new local vendors that we are thrilled to be working with! We’ll be highlighting each of them + their offerings here at Grayhaven over the next few months. Look out for new items on our menu, thanks to our new friends!

For our first this month, meet Amy Dawson of Emoticakes in Trumansburg…
Amy combined her passions for art and baking to create Emoticakes. She loves to bring joy to celebrations by providing delicious and beautiful custom baked cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
Enjoy a small 6” celebration cake from Emoticakes as part of your time with us! 


Oh! It’s almost spring, you say? We’ve created a new special package for the lovebirds out there. Just in time for spring + summer vacation planning…

The Elopement Special

Are you ready to say “I do”, but prefer to keep it a very private event…Perhaps as a Finger Lakes getaway for two? Congratulations! Look no further than lovely Ithaca, NY and our sweet Grayhaven Motel. Included in this package, you’ll receive:

  • Box of locally-crafted artisan chocolate truffles from Oracle Chocolates (including grayhaven’s signature flavor!)
  • Bottle of Finger Lakes bubbly, cider or fancy non-alcoholic beverage
  • Charcuterie “kit” featuring regional goodies from: 5 Spoke CreameryBrooklyn CuredBarrel + Brine, and Stony Brook.
  • Deluxe morning coffee, tea, + cocoa set up, featuring a bag of freshly ground Maquina Roaster’s coffee and honey from White Dog Apiary.
  • 2 retro-style, USA made, Grayhaven Motel + Fiesta Ware mugs (wedding souvenir!)
  • Grayhaven Motel’s classic “DIY Breakfast” featuring organic instant oats, Once Again almond butter, and an 8oz bottle of locally-tapped, Russ’s Liquid Gold maple syrup.
  • $250 gift card to Rasa Spa (we strongly advise making appointments in advance to guarantee the experience you prefer)
  • Small celebration cake from Emoticakes’ Amy Dawson (March’s featured vendor)!

Guidance on ceremonial accompaniments can be found on Sweet Bough Collective’s website. Top notch local officiants, photography/videography, florists, etc can be found there. We are honored to be listed with these folks under “Lodging”!

The Elopement Special can be added to any room reservation, as with any package.
Book your choice of accommodation.
Following the booking page you will have the option to add this special to your stay. 
You may call or email us to add this package to existing reservations. 

Be sure to indicate whether you prefer bubbly, cider or a non-alcoholic alternative.

Click here to shop our current packages.


Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region get a mention in this Lonely Planet travel blog! Grayhaven’s neighboring state parks get their own links.


Keep our Instagram account in your feed; we continue to post updates of our unique (and many new!) offerings, as well as glimpses into life at our motel.


Last but not least, here’s the list of March events at Grayhaven, as well as interesting Ithaca-area happenings for the month. Hope you’re able to join us for one or all…

Upcoming Events at the Grayhaven Motel


Friday March 4:Gallery night! From 4 – 7pm, the opening reception of ____ from local art treasure, Yen Ospina, will be hopping in our lounge gallery. 


Saturday, March 5: Downtown Ithaca’s yearly chili cook-off! 11:30 – 4:30 on The Commons. Celebrate the 24th year of chili in person, with our community.


Daily beginning March 2: Our art gallery-lounge will now be open for art-viewing joy, from 3-7pm daily.


Visit www.grayhavenmotel.com for more information on booking and events!

If you’re looking for a fun weekend away, any weekend is a good one to visit the Finger Lakes. Here are our between-season, March suggestions.

Recommended itinerary for March  4 – 6

More to do in March… 

  • Enjoy a complimentary early check in and chill out for a bit before your Downtown Ithaca Craft Beverage Tour. After the tour, stay downtown for dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants on the Ithaca Commons.
  • There are too many awesome events happening for us to list here. Visit Ithaca’s Events page has the best / most comprehensive list of things going on. Close your eyes and pick a few, you can’t go wrong! 

Winter rates and multi night discounts are active on the website.  See you soon!

February at Grayhaven Motel ♡ 

Stacked firewood, and front steps of Grayhaven Motel covered in snow during Winter Storm Izzy, January 2022

Happy February, motel lovers!
Hope 2022 is treating you well so far.

We’ve created a new package for you,
just in time for Pal / Gal / Valentine’s Day! 

Sweethearts’ Retreat: Looking for a getaway for two with minimal planning? Let Grayhaven support you in your romantic (or BFF!) adventure! Check in early and settle into a glass of bubbly and a fun array of local snacks. Head down the road to Rasa Spa and enjoy one of their many relaxing treatments or maybe a couples’ massage using the gift card we’ve purchased for you. Mosey on over to dinner at one of our many fantastic local restaurants.  

Included in this stay with us, you’ll receive:

  • Box of locally-made artisan chocolates from Oracle Chocolates (including Grayhaven’s new signature flavor!)
  • Bottle of Finger Lakes bubbly or fancy non-alcoholic beverage
  • Charcuterie “kit” featuring regional goodies from: 5 Spoke Creamery, Brooklyn Cured, Barrel + Brine, and Stony Brook.
  • Deluxe morning coffee, tea, + cocoa set up, featuring a bag of freshly ground Maquina Roaster’s coffee and honey from White Dog Apiary.
  • $250 gift card to Rasa Spa (we strongly advise making appointments in advance to guarantee the experience you prefer)

Sweetheart’s Retreat can be added to any room reservation.
Book your choice of accommodation,
and following the booking page you will have the option to add this special to your stay. 
Call or email us to add this package to existing reservations!
 
Keep your eye on our Instagram account, there are some other fun motel additions coming this month that we can’t wait to share.


Last but not least, here’s the list of February happenings here at Grayhaven, as well as our favorite Ithaca goings-on for the month. 
Hope you’re able to join us for one or all. 

Upcoming Events at + near the Grayhaven Motel


From February 11 – 28: Ithaca Loves Teacher’s annual celebration! Educators from NYS are celebrated with discounts to favorite Ithaca establishments, including a stay here with us at Grayhaven Motel! Your pets and families are welcome. Click here for more info on how to register, and to see specials from fellow Ithaca businesses.


Sunday, February 13: Pop over to Ithaca’s historic State Theater for an eclectic theater experience: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater! Jugglers, comedy and performing pets offer an afternoon to remember.  


Friday, February 18: Try a Winter Raclette Night at South Hill Cider! From their website, “Raclette has more than one definition. Raclette is a Swiss cheese dish, a cultural landmark, the name of a cheese, a table top appliance, a dining experience, a great time!” Served paired with their fantastic cider. 4-7pm, call South Hill Cider at 607-792-1097 for reservations.


Friday, February 18: Kick off winter recess with a complimentary early check in! Then Pop over to your reservation at S Hill Cider Friday between 4-7 for an evening of Raclette.


If you’re looking for a fun weekend away, any weekend is a good one to visit the Finger Lakes. Here are our February suggestions.

Recommended itinerary for February 18th – 21st / Winter Recess kick off:

  • FRIDAY: Enjoy a complimentary early check in and chill out for a bit before your South Hill Cider Raclette Night
  • SATURDAY + SUNDAY: There are too many awesome events happening for us to list here. Visit Ithaca’s Events page has the best / most comprehensive list of things going on. Close your eyes and pick a few, you can’t go wrong! 

2022 rates and multi night discounts are active on the website
See you soon!

What’s Going On With Your Lawn?

This question has been asked more and more these last few weeks as the first 15 feet or so of road frontage have continued to grow, uncut since last fall. As the grass reaches up to a couple of feet in height, we thought we’d offer you the story, a bit of an explanation of sorts.

Last fall we enlisted the help of Whitham Planning & Design in developing a master plan for Grayhaven. We needed a plan that would help us develop the landscape into a fun, family friendly space where we could host events, entertain guests, and that highlighted the beauty of our unique natural location in the Inlet Valley.

The plan they created is beyond awesome! They incorporated all of the things we were hoping for and intuitively saw things about the property that we never would have imagined, but are so happy they did. In addition to the thoughtful and beautiful design, the Whitham folks created something that we could achieve in stages, over a period of a time. Being a small, mom and pop shop, we are doing a lot of the work in stages, and a lot of the work ourselves.

Where to start?

Excited to get the ball rolling, one of the first questions we asked ourselves is “what will this all look like?”. Something simple, that we could easily do ourselves, was to continue mowing the areas that would remain lawn, and allow the areas that would be future berm, wall, hedgerow, plantings, mulch, trees, and garden – to grow. Enabling us to interact with the physical space the way it is envisioned, rather than in the abstract (as on the paper plan), intricately mowing the Whitham Design patterns became our new obsession, and the lawn our new medium.

As the lawn began to grow longer in these areas we continued to ask ourselves, “should we mow?”, “let it grow?”, “what to do?”. A few weeks back, a friend texted us after driving by, “lawn mower broken?”, “Ha! No… Avant-gardening!” we replied. They shot back with an article on NOT mowing the lawn. And soon we discovered that he, along with many others, were actually really into it! “You know”, another friend casually states, “Cornell doesn’t mow in front of the Johnson Museum“…

Soon guests are commenting on it. “We stopped mowing our front lawn too.”, says one guest, “The neighbors don’t like it, but we thought what’s the point of using all that time and gas to mow. Now we have good pollenating insects, birds, beautiful wild flowers and a whole new ecosystem to enjoy. We love it.” A few days later another guest comments on how they desperately want to let their side yard grow, “but what would the neighbors think?”.

Sure, some don’t like it. That’s fine. And for those solely interested in a singular type of road appeal, well they are welcome to keep mowing. For us, letting the grass and wild flowers grow helps to drown out some of the visuals of the highway and traffic. It also helps us turn away from the road and turn toward our beautiful back yard of 11 acres, where we continue to work on our awesome landscape plan and find a peaceful place to enjoy nature, watch the birds, have a barbecue, play bocce or molkky, have a fire, watch an outdoor movie, relax in a hammock and most of all, have fun.

If you have any questions about our developing landscape, feel free to stop by anytime during office hours to walk around the property and check out a large print out of our master plan. Or just shoot us a message 😉

July at the Grayhaven

We’re settled well into summer and are happy to ring in the first weekend of July with another awesome art opening, food from the Good Truck and a late night movie screening. Open to all Friday July 6th 5pm – 9pm. This month’s artist is Joshua Swartwood. Movie screens at 9pm.

Guests have been enjoying walking the property trails, fire pits, games of bocce in the front yard and swimming at our neighbor parks Robert H. Treman and Buttermilk Falls.

On July 20th we’ll be celebrating with FBM bike company with a cookout and screening of BMX bandits as part of their 25 year anniversary weekend of fun. Open to all Friday July 20th 7pm – 10pm. Movie screens at 8:45pm.

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer, look forward to seeing you soon!

xox Grayhaven Motel