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March ’24 at Grayhaven ♡

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It’s March, Motel Lovers!

Spring is chomping at the bit and we’re feeling like Punxsutawney Phil might be right. Early Spring? Too early to tell though, right friends What ever the season, we are always grateful for sunshine and all of the beautiful changes each season brings to the Finger Lakes landscape we are lucky to call home. If you’re considering a trip to the area, March, April and May bring spring magic to our parks, lakes and towns, without the crowds that can often come with summer + early fall. Make a reservation and reach out for one of the fun area itineraries we’ve been developing just for you!Hope you’re enjoying the longer days as much as we are – 
xoxo – Alexis  

International Women’s Month
Celebrate International Women’s Month in the Finger Lakes! Take a day trip to Auburn and tour the Harriett Tubman house, and visit her grave in the historic Fort Hill Cemetery. Cheer on the Cornell Women’s Hockey Team as they fight to bring home another ECAC championship. Check out the BEING FEMALE: CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH! events at the Center for Arts in Homer. Visit the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls. All of these landmarks make for a great day trip, just a short drive from Grayhaven Motel.

Poetry Reading
March 16th, enjoy a free poetry reading in our lounge alongside Brooke Lange’s solo exhibit “Herstory and Theirstory, as Told Through Sports”. Joining Brooke will be Ana Carpenter, Candy Moore and others exploring gender freedom, pervasive themes in women’s lives, and all-around perceptions and experiences of women and non-binary individuals. Comfortable seating, light refreshments, candlelight, and good company. Drinks available at our reception / bar. Eclipse! 
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. 

Congrats Grad!
Celebrate your graduate! This package is available year-round and can be added to any stay! It includes a locally-made Celebration Cake from the talented Emoticakes and one bottle of Dr Konstantin Frank’s sparkling Celebre. Specify your school colors and we will do our best to accommodate matching cake decoration ;)Keep your eye on our Instagram account; there are always fun motel happenings that we love to share. 

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

Upcoming Events at + Near the Grayhaven Motel

March 1st join us in our lounge for First Friday Gallery Night.  “Herstory and Theirstory, as Told Through Sports”, a solo show by Brooke Lange, takes the viewer on a journey to different places and times in human history, guided by mixed media collage pieces made of and installed on found items. 4-8pm in our gallery lounge! 

Start whittling your spoon and book a room for the 26th annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off is back! Indulge in mouthwatering chili offerings from over 40 restaurants, complimented by an array of delightful drinks and chili-inspired snacks all on the Ithaca Commons.

Enjoy an action packed weekend of shows at the historic State Theatre March 9th and 10th. First, Cirque International brings their high flying acrobatics to the stage and then follow it up with a Sunday matinee showing of The Wiz as part of Black Consciousness Films At The State Theatre, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson!

The Fairy Fest floats into Ithaca Saturday March 23rd from 9am-2pm. Dress as your favorite fairy, elf, imp or magical creature and come enjoy a day of crafts and family fun inside your favorite downtown businesses. All ages welcome! 

Our recommended March itineraries:

March 1st thru 3rd:
FRIDAY: Check in and enjoy the first Friday opening reception in our guest lounge from 4-8pm. Head to see Live unplugged at the State Theatre after enjoying fabulous, upscale  pizza from Thompson and Bleeker.SATURDAY: Start the day with fortifying coffee, tea and a light breakfast in Grayhaven’s office. Head downtown for the Chili Cook Off, and explore the Cayuga Waterfront Trail as the weather begins to warm a bit. SUNDAY: Have brunch at Stonebend Farm before heading out to explore some local Waterfalls.  Lucifer Falls is just 5 minutes away and always delivers! 

March 8th thru 10th:FRIDAY: Enjoy a delightful dinner at the Rook before heading to the State Theatre for Cirque Internationale. Created by an award-winning production team, this wonderful show features an international line-up of some of the world’s finest acrobats, gymnasts and contortionists in an enchanting and mesmerizing spectacle of entertainment.SATURDAY: Head to historic Auburn for the Fire and Ice Festival, with all proceeds going to benefit local and global women’s charities.  Live music, food trucks and fun ice games!  Head back through the picturesque town of Aurora and enjoy a great meal on the way back  SUNDAY: After a light breakfast and some tasty Maquina coffee in our office, enjoy a townies day in Ithaca, exploring some local haunts including shuffleboard at Personal Best while you enjoy some delicious Fittnell BBQ

March 15th thru 17th:FRIDAY:  Head into Ithaca early to catch Nabokov, Naturally at Cornell from 1-4pm. Besides writing “Lolita” while living in Ithaca, Nabokov was quite a lepidopterist, and his butterfly collection will be on display.SATURDAY: After a fortifying lunch at the Moosewood, celebrate St. Patrick’s day at the Hangar Theatre with a rare show from Arise & Go, an exciting Celtic trio based in NY & Nova Scotia.SUNDAY: Get up early to hike to waterfall at nearby Tapan Mitra preserve, before heading up south hill for a hearty breakfast at the Sunset Grill as you plan your next trip to the Finger Lakes at our classic diner with Cayuga Lake views.March 22nd thru 24th:FRIDAY: Check into the Grayhaven, explore the property and Brooke Lange’s art show in the lounge, before heading to Ithaca’s modern French eatery, Le Cafe Cent Dix

SATURDAY: Depending on your preference, heading downtown for the Ithaca Fairy Fest, or head to Boynton Middle School for Ithaca’s free fishing and conservation day.  Find out why the Inlet Valley behind us is packed to the gills with fishermen in early April for trout season.
SUNDAY: After filling up on some coffee and Wide Awake Bakery granola in the office, make time for one more excursion whichever way you’re headed!
Welcome Spring from all of us at Grayhaven.
See you Soon!
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