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January ’24 @ Grayhaven ♡ 

Happy New Year, Motel Lovers! 

After a long wait, snow has finally arrived at Grayhaven. The winter here has been great so far, and we hope yours has too! Our team all enjoyed some time off, we hosted some awesome first time and return guests over the holidays, and we’ve gotten right into our long list of off-season projects and repairs. Oh, and our first wedding guests of the year arrived this weekend! There is certainly always something to do, and never a quiet or dull moment running and restoring an old hotel. We wouldn’t have it any other way!  

Below you’ll discover some of our highlighted January + early 2024 events happening here and near Grayhaven. Hope you’re able to join us for one or all.

The Finger Lakes are beautiful in the winter! Explore our surrounding winter woods through the lens of a different season. Buttermilk Falls, Robert H Treman and Taughannock Falls State Parks have lovely winter landscapes. Perfect for a hike and an icy waterfall view. Hammond Hill and Lime Hollow are a few of our favorites for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking.

Don’t have your own gear? Fret not! Lime Hollow has a great Nordic rental program, or head over to Eastern Mountain Sports in Ithaca to rent. Call ahead to secure your preferences.

“Pick it up, I’m going alone” to the inaugural Euchre Night at the Grayhaven. A few of us here at the Grayhaven grew up playing Michigan’s favorite card game. Join us in the lounge for a fun, friendly evening of Euchre. Email to sign up. Starts at 5pm, January 20th

As Valentines Day, quickly approaches, take advantage of our mid-week traveller’s special for a retro getaway with your love. Cayuga and Seneca lake wine trails have some amazing winter happenings, all worth including in your winter trip itinerary. 

In February, over mid-winter break, 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! We have a special package for you.

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 our handy Grayhaven guides lead you to an adventure in totality!

Upcoming Events at + Near the Grayhaven Motel

Sharpen up your blades for ice skating at Cass Park. Cass Park Rink is a standard size, enclosed ice rink that has been serving the greater Ithaca community since November 1972.

Grab a hot chocolate after skating and explore the amazing water front trailPink Elephant Riders, an exhibition by Rebecca Aloisio and Sarah Kinard, opens at the Corners Gallery from January 13 – February 24, 2024. Enjoy new work from these artists.

Make a point to take part in a townie tradition and catch a nationally ranked Cornell hockey game this month.  The men host Princeton and Quinnipiac on Jan 19th and 20th, and the women host 5 home games in January as well.  Make sure to brush up on your hockey chants and watch these fast skating future olympians and nhl’ers!

Did you know that each flower nectar that the bees collect produces a unique honey, each with a totally different flavor profile? Honeybee Embassy is a local gem, and you can explore the world of raw varietal honey with them at a tasting on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11-5.

Always something great happening at the State Theater:BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS Jan. 25th BAND OF HORSES 

Feb. 3rdWiner Dinner at Knapp Winery: Executive Chef Benjamin Bird explores his culinary talents with this special ‘test kitchen’ wine dinner. Enjoy five courses of beautifully paired culinary delights and distinct Knapp wines 

Jan 20thWinter Wonders: A Mindful Botany Walk – Join Cornell Botanic Gardens staff to observe the beauty and peacefulness of the season on this special winter version of our popular “Mindful Botany” series Jan. 26th
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