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October ’23 @ Grayhaven ♡

Whatever it is that floats your fall boat, read on for where it might pop up this October at Grayhaven during your Ithaca visit.

Join us for our 5th annual Jack-O-Lantern Night!  Enjoy pumpkin carving, chucking, bowling and more! $10 buys you the full shebang: all of the above + apple cider, s’mores, a fire with s’mores and the opportunity to watch a movie projected onto the side of our building at nightfall. Bundle up and huddle around the fire. Bring your friends and your cameras because this event is always chock-full of memorable moments to document!

One of our favorite seasonal pastimes? Ghost and cemetery tours!
Register for one of the Tompkins County Haunted History Tours and delve into Ithaca’s spooky past. An autumnal Ithaca must-do.

Lake and sky are two great ways to see the fall foliage is on the lake! Explore Discover Cayuga Lake Boat Tours for a tour that peaks your interest and fits your schedule. Autumn hot air balloon rides with Southern Tier Balloon Tours are a bucket list must!

The season typically ends at the end of October, so grab your binoculars and cozy blankets and reserve your spot (and your Grayhaven room)!

If you are lucky enough to travel through the Finger Lakes in the fall, take your time to notice the trees changing. Bring your camera October will be stunning! Walks on our trails here at Grayhaven offer an opportunity to absorb the full fall bounty up close; a stunning season to witness in the northeast, any way you can.

Some of our favorite local farms that offer u-pick and/or just darn good seasonal produce / artisanal items:

Upcoming Events at + Near the Grayhaven Motel

Thursday, Oct 5th: Join us in our lounge for Gallery Night. This month is super exciting – a collaborative show with local treasures Yen Ospina + Laura Rowley! Always a free event open to the public. 4-7pm in our gallery lounge. Click the link for more details. 

Mon – Fri, Oct 2nd – 6th: Hammerstone Carpentry School for Women presents Cabinet Making Basics! 9-5 each day. What a great way to spend the first week of October.

Friday, Oct 6th: First Friday Gallery Night all over Ithaca! 

Thurs – Sun, Oct 5 – 8th: Silent City Film Festival at Ithaca’s Deep Dive. “A four day festival dedicated to the virtual and visual relationship of music and film”. Tickets sold as day passes or for the full 4-day fest.

Saturday, Oct 14th: Explore a family-friendly art experience at the Johnson Museum with Family Workshop: Picture Yourself. From 10am – noon.

Saturday, Oct 14th: Ithaca’s annual Latinx Heritage Fiesta returns to Press Bay Alley! Enjoy fantastic art, food + performances from 11a – 6p.

Saturday, Oct 14th: Jack-O-Lantern Night at Grayhaven! From 5pm – roughly 8:30 (or whenever the movie is over), join us for the annual fall fun on our patio – including pumpkin trebuchet chucking!!

Sunday, Oct 15th: Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts‘ last open house of the season. See and hear what their residents have been up to! Accessible and free; 4-6pm.

Thursday, Oct 19th – Sun, Oct 29th: Ready for a 1-woman show about Amelia Earhart? get your tix for Air Heart @ The Cherry!  

Saturday, Oct 21st: Mary Chapin Carpenter + Shawn Colvin play at The State Theater! Doors @7, show @8pm.Thursday,

Oct 26th: The Indigo Girls are back in Ithaca at The State Theater! Doors @6:30, show @7:30pm.

Friday, Oct 27th: FREE poetry reading at Grayhaven! Details TBD, stay tuned to our social media and website Events page.Visit for more information on booking and events!
If you’re looking for a fun weekend away, any weekend is a good one to visit the Finger Lakes. Here are our October suggestions.

Recommended itinerary for October 5-9th:

THURSDAY: Check in and enjoy Yen Ospina + Laura Rowley’s exciting collaborative first Friday opening reception in our guest lounge from 4-7pm. Afterwards, head up the hill to South Hill Cider for a wonderful farm-to-table dinner accompanied by live music from multi-culturally-inspired FLX musicians.

FRIDAY: Start the day with fortifying coffee, tea and a light breakfast in Grayhaven’s office before you head off to the Silent City Film Festival! Take a break from film and visit galleries around Ithaca for First Friday Gallery Night, being sure to hit up the Hispanic + Lantino/X Exhibition at CSMA from 5-8pm. Round out your day with dinner at The Rook, located on W State St, at the edge of downtown. 

SATURDAY: Start the day with fortifying coffee, tea and a light breakfast in Grayhaven’s office before you head back to the film fest or visit local farms like Indian Creek Farm + Market for u-pick seasonal produce, cider donuts, and enjoying the autumnal air. If it’s an indoorsy-type of day, check out the happenings at the Sciencecenter or the October art exhibitions in galleries around town.

SUNDAY: Grab a hearty brunch at Milkstand Ithaca before hiking around Beebe Lake, ending up at the Cornell Arboretum for their “Trees of the Arboretum” tour from 2-3:30. Of course, this is also the last day of Silent City Film Fest, so get it in while you can! 

MONDAY: Enjoy coffee and a light breakfast in the Grayhaven gallery lounge (or on the patio if its comfortable weather!) before you check out and are on your way.   

Recommended itinerary for October 13th – 15th:

FRIDAY: Check in and enjoy a delightful dinner at Thai Basil before crossing the street to the State Theater for Hasan Minaj: Off with His Head  tour. Doors @6p, show @7p.

SATURDAY: Enjoy amazing food, culture and folx at the 2nd annual Latinx Heritage Fiesta before joining us on our Grayhaven patio for Jack-O-Lantern Night from 5-8:30p / whenever the movie is over! 

SUNDAY: Grab coffee from the office and head to the Ithaca Farmer’s Market to enjoy crisp fall weather while perusing local vendors’ goods. Bring your appetite for the food stalls! Come back to your room and relax before heading to Saltonstall‘s last open house of the season between 4-6pm. Later on, happily discover more of Ithaca’s fantastic restaurants.

MONDAY: Pick up a bag of Maquina Coffee to take home as a delicious Grayhaven souvenir! Enjoy a light complimentary breakfast from the office during coffee hours (8-10:30 every morning) before you check out by 11am. Safe travels + see you next time!

See you soon!
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