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June ’24 @ Grayhaven

It’s June, Motel Lovers!

June kicks off summer time here in Ithaca, and summer in the Finger Lakes is a BIG deal. We’ve put out the patio furniture, our gardens are in full bloom, and the town collectively squeezes as much fun as possible into these long sunny days: Ithaca Festival, Pride, Reggae Fest, lake side drives to wineries, hiking and swimming under waterfalls at state parks, sunset boat rides, and BBQs on our lovely grounds. Joy bubbles up inside of me just thinking about how much fun and beauty this season brings.
We have three great art / live music events coming up here at Grayhaven, can’t wait to see you soon!
♡ – Alexis + Mark


Ithaca Fest! 
This year’s theme is “Let the Sunshine In!” Starting with famous parade (Volvo Ballet, anyone?) on Thursday and continuing through Sunday, June 2nd. Ithaca’s annual free kickoff to the season is always a ton of fun, with amazing food, vendors and music up and down the streets!


Swimming is Open at the State Parks
The official start to Summer is here!  Take on the mighty diving board at Robert Treman State Park, or explore other options at Taughannock Falls and Watkins Glen. Our Motel is nestled between Lucifer Falls and Buttermilk Falls, and is the perfect launching pad for fun in the sun!! 


JP Payton MTN Blue Album Release
On Wednesday June 12th, JP Payton releases his new album “MTN Blue” live at the Grayhaven. Support from Nick Dittmeier (who has his own new EP out with the Sawdusters) and Somer White. $20 includes admission and a copy of the awesome new album!


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

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


Upcoming Events at + Near the Grayhaven Motel 

June 1st local heroes the X-Ambassadors grace the stage at the historic State Theatre for a rare return home to kick off the month! Let off some steam after a day at the Ithaca Fest filled with fun (and funnel cakes).June 7th, join us in our lounge for First Friday Gallery Night. This month features 123 Tiny Paintings by Billy Cote. 4-8pm in our gallery! There are really 123 paintings filling up our walls!

June 11th at 7pm the Twilight 5K is a fun, family-friendly event on an early summer evening. Whether you run or walk, you’ll finish in daylight because it’s held on one of the longest days of the year. With a flat course, relatively few road crossings, and pizza for all afterward, it’s a perfect first 5K for all ages!Sunday June 16th is Father’s Day, and it’s so fun to celebrate in the Finger Lakes.  Vast opportunities of hiking or fishing with dad awaits, or a pancake breakfast and scenic flight at East Hill Flying Club, or plenty of Flea Markets to celebrate the day.  The possibilities are endless! 

June 25th the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band comes to the Center for the Arts in Homer.  Always an energetic and transcendent live show. As animal lovers here at the Motel, we’re always on the lookout for fun things to do with your pup. The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have delivered! Woof!
June 27th bring your four-legged friend to the ballpark for a night of DOGtastic fun! All dogs get in FREE when their owner purchases a ticket to the game.

Here are our recommended June itineraries:

June 7th thru 9th:

June 14th thru 16th:

  • FRIDAY: Enjoy some food at the Ithaca Beer Company before heading to Owego for the 42nd Annual Strawberry Festival with fireworks at 9:30pm.
  • SATURDAY: The short drive to Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake is always fun, and the cardboard boat regatta looks like a hoot! It’s part of their annual waterfront festival, taking place today. 
  • SUNDAY: Enjoy complimentary coffee and a light breakfast at Grayhaven before you head out to the first annual Fermentation Festival & Market hosted by South Hill Cider! Embark on a day filled with delicious fermented foods, from makers of cider, kimchi, pickles, and yogurt, to brewers, winemakers, distillers, and bakers.

June 21st thru 23rd:

  • FRIDAY: Check in and catch another chance to see Billy Cote’s artwork, along with a performance from Billy and Mary Lorson from Madder Rose.  If you’re feeling young and spry, head to Cass Park for Family Roller Skating Night!
  • SATURDAY: Reggae Fest at Stewart Park has been a great addition to Ithaca’s vibrant festival scene, drawing a solid group of performers each year with a beautiful spot overlooking Cayuga Lake.  It’s a family friendly event, with fun things to take in and do for all ages.
  • SUNDAY: A nice day to explore the Finger Lakes a bit, ending up in Hammondsport for a visit to our friends at Steuben Brewing and to see  Ben Folds rock out on the ivories in an early show (3:30pm!!) at Point of the Bluff. 

June 28th thru 30th:

  • FRIDAY: After checking in at the Grayhaven, head downtown and enjoy a meal at Le Cafe Cent-Dix. This elegant eatery features modern French cuisine is continually getting rave reviews around town. 
  • SATURDAY: Hopshire Brewing is celebrating its 11th anniversary with lots of music, food, beers and fun! 3 Stone Fire, Singe Trece and Stone Cold Miracle are providing the tunes.  If you need more music fill, Jason Isbell is playing at Beak and Skiff.
  • SUNDAY: After a light breakfast at the Motel, it’s a great day to explore the Cornell Botanic Gardens. Don’t sleep on the Zucker Shrub Garden!

Excited for the June swoon at Grayhaven.
Can’t wait to see you!

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