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April ’24 at Grayhaven

April (fools), Motel Lovers!

Hope you are all enjoying the first signs of spring. There’s a lot of activity here at the ‘haven! New birds at the feeders daily, cute little muskrat swimming in the stream, beavers building a new dam – no shortage of entertainment on property. Our team is wrapping up offseason projects and feeling ready to get outside. 

We are excited to share the addition of one of the original boarding rooms back to our room roster. These are some of the oldest accommodations on property and we’re happy to be giving them some attention as part of our ongoing preservation efforts. We’ll be adding photos later this month and look forward to sharing this space with you. Slowly and steadily this sweet old place is starting to take shape! 

As you’ll see below, there’s lots happening this month in our neck of the woods. Look forward to experiencing some of it with you!
 xo – Alexis 

Trout Season
Parking lots at the cemetery next door and across from Buttermilk Falls are bursting at the seams this morning! Its anglers from all over the state celebrating the opening of trout season. The Inlet Valley is home to some of the best fishing around, right in our back yard! 

We are looking forward to hosting all of you coming to town to enjoy our Eclipse Package, and experience this historic event. Our friends at Visit Ithaca have set up a bus tour that help you make the most of the totality, and on the eve of the eclipse, Sasha Sagan is giving a presentation at the Hangar Theatre!

Michael Foster’s “The Ghost” + Free Workshop
We’re excited to host an experimental free Jazz performance from NYC. Michael Foster’s “The Ghost” will fill the lounge with sounds from their latest album. In addition, Michael will be hosting a free workshop before the performance. More info and a link for tickets here!

Growing Our Team
We are officially accepting applications for for a part time Front Desk Host. Love the Grayhaven and what we do here? Join our team! Please feel free to share this info if there’s someone in your life that you think might be a good fit or interested.

Keep your eye on our Instagram account; there are always fun motel happenings that we love to share. 

Below you’ll discover our highlighted April events happening
here + near Grayhaven.

Upcoming Events at + Near the Grayhaven Motel

April 5th join us for First Friday Gallery Night. This month features collage on “Broken Guitars”  by Josh Dolan. 4-8pm in our gallery lounge! 

April is an amazing month to get outside and knock off your Spring Wildflower Checklist.  Nearby Tapan Mitra Preserve is our favorite local spot for wildflowers, but Danby State Forest is the only place we’ve seen Lady Slippers in the wild!

Some great April opportunities to take advantage of our midweek traveler package.  Witness “Stomp” at the Clemens Center on April 9th or 10th, Suzanne Vega at the Hangar Theatre Wednesday April 10th, or on Thursday the 25th there’s a Bee Gees tribute at the State.

Our amazing Finger Lakes wineries have some cool April offerings.Make reservations now for Dr. Frank’s Global Journey through Chocolate and enjoy a multi-course seated lunch featuring savory and sweet inspired culinary creations highlighting regional favorite Hedonist chocolate.

April 12th -14th enjoy Spring Wine & Cheese  on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

April 27th -28th Wine + Herb on the Cayuga Lake Wine trail – Drink. Eat. Garden. Repeat. Jumpstart your herb garden by gathering potted herbs and veggies showcased in our delectable food samples, complete with a matching recipe collection.

Does the idea of watching 3,000 bright yellow rubber ducks tumble over the Cascadilla Creek falls in a frantic and fabulous race excite you? Then you my friend should absolutely join us for the amazing annual 4H Duck Race.

Here are our recommended April itineraries:

April 5th thru 8th:

  • FRIDAY: Check in and enjoy the “Broken Guitars” Josh Dolan’s first Friday opening reception in our guest lounge from 4-8pm. Head to the English language premier of Carbon, at the Cherry Arts Space.
  • SATURDAY: Start the day with fortifying coffee, tea and a light breakfast in Grayhaven’s office. There are a couple of great options depending on your mood…an Ithaca Roller Derby doubleheader starting at 4pm, or Christian McBride at the Center for the Arts in Homer. 
  • SUNDAY: Have brunch at  Dolce Delight (they make our amazing cherry pies) and then  psyched up for the Eclipse by hearing Sasha Sagan speak at the Hangar Theatre.  Sagan is the author of the internationally critically acclaimed book For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World
  • MONDAY:  The wait is finally over!  Hop on the Visit Ithaca bus headed for Fairhaven Beach State Park or make your own itinerary for this once in a lifetime event!!

April 12th thru 14th:

  • FRIDAY: Get settled in at the Grayhaven, and then head up the winding road to South Hill Cider for Raclette Night, cider tastings and great sunset views! 
  • SATURDAY: Our famous Farmer’s Market is back outside at its normal home on the Cayuga waterfront. Arrive hungry! The Klezmatics became world-renowned superstars when they erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 to revitalize klezmer for new generations. They play at Bailey Hall as part of Cornell’s Freedom of Expression Theme Year.
  • SUNDAY: Enjoy complimentary coffee and a light breakfast at Grayhaven before you head out to a Global Journey thru Chocolate  at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s gorgeous Keuka Lake winery. 

April 19th thru 21st:

  • FRIDAY: Check in and head to a fun dinner at Bickering Twins and stroll through the sights and sounds of Downtown Ithaca.  
  • SATURDAY: Head to Angry Mom Records for Record Store Day, and then either catch a Cornell Lacrosse Game or head to Fulkerson’s Winery on scenic Route 14 to have a glass of wine or juice with kangaroos!
  • SUNDAY: Relax with a tasty brunch at Creekside Cafe, check out the mighty Taughannock Falls one more time, and then browse the library book sale for some good reads for your next stay at the Grayhaven.  

April 26th thru 28th:

  • FRIDAY: Check in to the Grayhaven and then put on your dancing shoes to head to Cornell to a free Argentine Tango Class!  All dance levels welcome!!
  • SATURDAY: After a local breakfast at the Grayhaven, head 35 minutes South to Candor for some small town charm.  The annual Daffodil Festival  always welcomes Spring to the Finger Lakes. Found and Early Owego have some great antiquing while you’re in the area.
  • SUNDAY: After a hearty brunch at the Dewitt Cafe, head to Ithaca College for the 47th annual IthacaCon.  This comic convention started all the way back in 1976, and provides lots of family fun.

Happy Spring and Welcome Wildflowers from all of us at Grayhaven.
See you Soon!

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