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February ’24 at Grayhaven ♡

Laika in the woods

Happy February Motel Lovers! 

The shortest month of the year has a bonus day! We hope you make the most of the additional day and spend it doing something that brings you happiness. 

Things at Grayhaven are well! We just wrapped up annual paint touch ups in all of the rooms, some tile re-grouting on the original room vanities (dating back to 1958) and some plaster repairs in the original boarding rooms (dating back to 1900). It feels really good to continue restoring, repairing and preserving these incredible spaces. 

The list of little things to clean, repair, install, and develop remains and evolves. We continue to check things off the list and move on to the next item. Holding tight to our mission to make the best possible space for all of you, our friends and guests!

A big shout out to our amazing team – it takes a lot of hard work to keep this amazing space looking and feeling amazing: Gretchen, Audrey, JT, MaryLouise and Mark Z are absolute rock stars! Thanks for believing in the vision and keeping the wheels moving forward ♡ 

Sending love to all of you reading this newsletter.
Hope our paths cross in 2024, 
xoxo – Alexis 

First Friday @ Grayhaven
You’re invited… to a birthday party! Friday – February 2nd!!
Improvised visuals! Improvised sounds! See new artwork from Kota Bear and Zinc Curriculum and celebrate’s first birthday with an improvised score by a handful of experimental musicians and chaotic video. 

Euchre Night Returns!
Our first Euchre Night was so much fun we’re doing it again! Join us Saturday Feb. 17th in our cozy lounge for some Euchre! Drop us an email at: grayhavenmotel (at) to sign up for the February session or get on our Euchre mailing list!  

Stay at the Grayhaven for the Total Eclipse on April 8th! The direct path of the eclipse passes along the north end of the Finger Lakes, making Grayhaven Motel an excellent home base for a weekend of events celebrating this celestial phenomenon. Book our eclipse package for this once in a lifetime event, secure a limited edition print and let one of our handy Grayhaven guides lead you to an adventure in totality!

Growing Our Team
Love the Grayhaven and what we do here? We’re excited to say that soon there will be opportunities to join the team! We are announcing positions to our newsletter and instagram friends + followers first. Hospitality is fun and the upkeep of this special mid-century gem is rewarding. Please feel free to share this info if there’s someone in your life that you think might be a good fit or interested

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

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

Upcoming Events at + Near the Grayhaven Motel

  • February 2nd join us in our lounge for First Friday Gallery Night. This month features artwork from Kota Bear and Zinc Curriculum. 4-8pm in our gallery lounge! 
  • On February 10th, see the National Symphony of Ukraine live at Cornell’s Bailey Hall.  Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Achieving worldwide recognition,  they have been praised for “thrilling performance… every note crisp and exact”  
  • As Valentines Day, quickly approaches, take advantage of a mid-week stay for a retro getaway with your love. Enjoy some Laughing Gull chocolate and bubbly in your room or adventure out and see Ithaca legend Johnny Dowd perform his unique brand of lovers rock. Our team would be happy to help you plan something special.
  • From February 21st through March 3rd, catch Sanctuary City at the Kitchen Theatre.In post-9/11 Newark, NJ, two teenagers who were brought to America as children find solace in each other as they navigate harsh circumstances.
  • Book a stay at the Grayhaven for Ithaca Loves Teachers. In February, over mid-winter break, the Ithaca area businesses & attractions unite to host a community-wide celebration honoring preK-12 educators with over 150 activities, discounts, and events throughout Tompkins County. It’s our way of saying thanks to educators everywhere for all of your hard work and dedication!
  • Plan ahead for THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN TOTAL ECLIPSE!!! On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America. Book the eclipse package at Grayhaven Motel and see 100% totality here in the Finger Lakes. Read more about our eclipse package here.
Here are our recommended February itineraries:

Feb 2nd thru 4th:FRIDAY: Check in and enjoy the first Friday opening reception in our guest lounge from 4-8pm. Head to the History Center to check out their exhibit “A Sporting Chance” and learn about Ithaca’s very own Rutabaga Curl. Enjoy an amazing meal on Aurora Street – the Ithaca Common’s restaurant row.SATURDAY: Start the day with fortifying coffee, tea and a light breakfast in Grayhaven’s office. Great weather for the Ithaca Children’s Garden Fire and Ice Festival. This free event transforms the Garden into a winter wonderland, offering a variety of activities for families to enjoy the season’s beauty and magic. Sign up ahead of time for an ice skating session at Cass Park….only minutes away!SUNDAY: Have brunch at Allechant before you get your shopping fix on at the Nice Racks Vintage Popup at Liquid State Brewery.  Dj Dijon spins vinyl while you can browse thru a locally-made marketplace of art, goods and clothing. Early Bird Ticket-holders at 2 PM, free after 3 PM. 

February 16th thru 18th:FRIDAY: A perfect chance to catch the Analogue Sons during their residency at the Downstairs.  Enjoy dinner beforehand at the newly renovated Moosewood …one of our local landmarks!SATURDAY: Stop at the indoor Ithaca Farmers Market and check out a raging Ithaca Falls before heading back to the Grayhaven for Euchre night at 5pm. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you….and the cozy fire in the lounge always warms the soul on a cold February evening. SUNDAY: Enjoy complimentary coffee and a light breakfast at Grayhaven before you head out to Ithaca’s own arthouse movie theatre Cinemapolis to check out an Oscar contender. We’ve heard great feedback about Poor Things!

February 23rd thru 25th:FRIDAY: Check in and head to Thompson and Bleeker for dinner before catching Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Hangar Theatre. SATURDAY: Explore the Ithaca commons, making sure to grab a record or two at Angry Mom, a book from PM press, and some local wares from Handwork Co-op.  Ithaca has tons of great coffee shops to keep you warm while you shop and a fun dinner at Viva Taqueria is always top notch. SUNDAY: Enjoy complimentary coffee and a light breakfast at Grayhaven before doing some hiking or snowshoeing around the area. St Paul and the Broken Bones are at the State Theatre, and always put on a great show!

Here’s to squeezing every last drop from Winter, from all of us at Grayhaven.
See you Soon!
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