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, Rachel Shorts, Rachel@innattaughannock.com
Hotel Questions: Manger, Hotel Services, Gigi MacTaggart, Gigi@innattaughannock.com
Event and Catering Questions: Events Manager, Heather Silver, Heather@innattaughannock.com
Dining or Menu Questions: Executive Chef, Thomas Leonard, Tom@innattaughannock.com
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.
Born and raised in NJ, Chris is a familialr face in this area, having bartended at Parkers in Seneca Falls and O’Malleys in Interlaken. A diehard Red Sox fan and lover of all things lovely. Chris can't stand country music and deathly afraid of ladders.
Inn at Taughannock had the pleasure of his bartending services last season and now he is climbing the ladder and overseeing more manager duties.
"I’m the luckiest man to work with such a great staff and to be surrounded with such beauty everyday."
A native New Yorker, Gigi MacTaggart attended Ithaca College prior to relocating to Palm Springs California in the late eighties. Working at the prestigious private golf club, BIGHORN, Gigi became the coveted food and beverage manager for many years.
Last year, while attending a reunion at the Inn at Taughannock, Gigi was recruited by the hotel's owner, (also an Ithaca College graduate) to evolve the restaurant experience.
“I’m already so impressed with the cuisine and professionalism of this kitchen, Chef Tom is amazing! My wonderful waitstaff, has already delivered some very memorable evenings for our dinner guests”
Heather K Silver, a native to the Southern Tier and has worked in the hospitality industry for approximately nine years. Employed by Palm Beach State College, Panera Bread, and Corning Incorporated Heather has planned and executed numerous events of all varieties.
“I'm beyond excited to have joined the team at the Inn at Taughannock, and make each and every event a unique and memorable occasion!"
Emily Lewis walked through the front door at the Inn at Taughannock last May, nervous about her summer internship, today she is one of five front desk manager, specializing in reservations.
Entering her senior year at Grand Valley State University hospitality school in Michigan, Emily has already exceeded her own expectations, "I have learned so much working here and have met the most amazing people, I look forward to returning after I graduate and picking up where I left off.”
Rachel L. Shorts
FRONT DESK MANAGER
Rachel is our resident expert. Born in Cortland, raised in Interlaken and educated at TC3, Rachel worked at Day Care center in Trumansburg for many years. We are privileged to have such knowledgeable and kind soul greeting our guests.
“It’s so much fun to be a part of peoples lives, every time someone gets married, we are the magic makers behind the scenes."
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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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