The Inn at Taughannock, formerly Taughannock Farms Inn, is part of the historic fabric of the Finger Lakes.
The main building was erected in 1873 as a private, summer residence for John Jones of Philadelphia. Many of the lavish furnishings he brought with him are still in use today, some pieces imported from England and Italy. The chandeliers, thick carpets, lace curtains, and richly textured wallpapers are all faithful to the era in which the mansion was built. The Jones family lived on the estate for 72 years. Their 600-acre holdings stretched down to the edge of Cayuga Lake and they even had a private horse-racing track on the property! You can see the oval shape on the lawn as you look toward the entrance to Taughannock Falls State Park across from the Inn.
On April 10, 1925 Mr. Jones sold most of his estate to New York so the State Park could be created. At about this time, rooms in the mansion were rented out and food service added. Merrit and Maude Agard bought the estate in 1945 with plans of opening a tea room. It was then on May 16, 1946, Maude's 40th birthday they opened and began operating as an Inn. Taughannock Farms remained in the Agard family until 1997, when it was purchased by Susan and Tom Sheridan, who ran the Inn until it's purchase February 12, 2016.
Currently under new ownership, the inn will be undergoing some incredible renovations over the next year. With only four owners over the course of nearly 150 years, the character of the space has been preserved for a lodging and dining experience unlike any other in the Finger Lakes.
The Inn at Taughannock, which consists of 5 charming houses, is adjacent to Taughannock Fall State Park. Situated less than 7 miles from downtown Ithaca, Ithaca College, and Cornell University and at the beginning of the Cayuga wine trail, the inn is a perfect location for your next getaway.
The Inn at Taughannock is located at:
2030 Gorge Road
Trumansburg, NY, 14886
ALL GUESTS SHOULD CHECK IN AT THE MAIN INN. IT IS THE LARGE YELLOW VICTORIAN MANSION ON THE RIGHT AFTER TURNING ON GORGE ROAD FROM ROUTE 89.
PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT EACH OF THE GUEST HOUSES.
Reservations Questions: Reservation Specialist, Deborah Yeager, Deborah@innattaughannock.com
Hotel Questions: Manger, Hotel Services, Dan Yeager, Dan@innattaughannock.com
Event and Catering Questions: Events Manager, Damita Chamberlain, Damita@innattaughannock.com
Dining or Menu Questions: Executive Chef, Thomas Leonard, Tom@innattaughannock.com
“My name is Damita Chamberlain, and I’m thrilled to be managing catering and events at The Inn at Taughannock.
After graduating from the Center For Media Arts in NYC for Radio/TV Broadcast Announcing, I discovered my real calling in hospitality. I earned my skills working at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel as Head Concierge, Hotel Ithaca (formerly Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown) as Hotel Sales Manager and more recently at Tioga Downs Casino as Catering Sales Manager.
We are in the process of expanding our event capabilities at the Inn at Taughannock, but in the meantime, we can offer a beautiful 90 seat dining room with spectacular views of Cayuga Lake. Looking for something more intimate, dine like royalty at the Jones room. The refreshed decor is as delectable as our cuisine. Transcend time as our history becomes part of yours.
“I look forward towards helping your special occasion exceed your expectations."
Deborah has just relocated from Los Angeles with her husband Dan to join the staff at the Inn at Taughannock. Originally from York, England, Deborah brings a refreshing refinement to all her duties and a cheerful welcome to all those who walk through our front door.
"I've enjoyed this position immensely and look forward to making every guest feel welcome and their stay memorable. Please feel free to contact me with any special request, I'd be delighted to assist you in any way I can."
Dan has just relocated from Los Angeles with his wife Deborah to join the staff at the Inn at Taughannock. With a background in architectural design and more recently as a working actor in Hollywood, Dan has the perfect unique background to oversee the evolution of this property into a romantic destination location.
"I'm beyond excited to be a part of the metamorphasis of this estate and look forward to the magic that enters everyone's life as they celebrate their milestone events at the Inn at Taughannock."
Thomas F. Leonard III
Thomas Leonard is an award-winning Certified Executive Chef with over 30 years of experience. As Executive Chef, Thomas will oversee all culinary operations at the Inn. His core responsibilities include developing locally-inspired recipes, menu development and hands-on production. Additionally, Thomas manages food safety and sanitation, vendor relations, inventory controls and training. He has previously held executive chef positions at American Cruise Lines, Corning, Inc., Cornell University and The Elmira City Club. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., Thomas holds an associate degree in culinary arts and business management. Thomas is married with two children and resides in Montour Falls, New York.
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"Forgive the pun, but there is plenty cooking at the Inn at Taughannock. Tom Leonard has been hired as the new executive chef just ahead of an Easter Sunday, April 1st opening day..."
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"Love has flourished at the Inn at Taughannock since it opened its doors in 1946. Set in a picturesque hillside overlooking Cayuga Lake near Trumansburg, and nestled beside majestic Taughannock Falls, the 150-year-old mansion and its four surrounding buildings beckon couples from near and far..."
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"New York’s small towns always make for great day trip destinations, but sometimes our towns are even more appealing to visit because many of them happen to be filled with tons of great tasting restaurants..."
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"Many of us have warm memories of Easters, Mother’s Days, birthdays or rehearsal dinners celebrated overlooking the park and lake from the Taughannock Farms Inn’s glassed-in porch, with warm sweet breads on the tables and veteran waitresses who could ramble through their long list of desserts without taking a breath...."
Inn at Taughannock
"The Victorian home that is now Taughannock Farms Inn was built in 1873 by Philadelphian John Jones as his personal country estate. During the 1930's Mr. Jones deeded the farm and most of his 600 acres to New York State for the creation of Taughannock Falls State Park..."
Something wonderful is happening at Taughannock. After 70 years, the inn is under new ownership. The new owners plan to retain the warmth and charm of the place while updating and expanding the facility.
We're on the lookout for enthusiastic associates to join our team. We are seeking people who genuinely love serving other people and being an important part of a team that excels at it.
Feel like you're a good fit? Explore available employment opportunities here and apply. Even if you don’t see any positions posted, please consider submitting an application.
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