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 10 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.
Tammy Havens brings 23 years of hospitality management experience to the property. Recently the General Manager at the Esperanza Mansion on Kueka Lake. Tammy was also the owner of Sarrasin’s on the Lake. Tammy has cultivated a variety of serving and operating techniques which will refine Taughannock's operations with the goal of providing first rate service at our restaurant.
“I’m excited to be part of the evolution at the Inn at Taughannock and will deliver a remarkable dining experience for all of our customers”
“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."
"I’m proud to have earned the position of Executive Chef at Inn at Taughannock. I am committed in preparing first rate cuisine and constantly evolving menu for all our guests to enjoy. Growing up in New York City exposed me to so many different types of food and styles of cooking as a young man and inspired me to attend The Culinary Institute of America. Since graduating I’ve worked in some of the most notable kitchens in the area such as Wildflowers at the Lodge in Turning Stone, The Inns of Aurora and Mirbeau Inn, all of them have greatly influenced me. I look forward to taking advantage of the wonderful bounty of ingredients the Finger Lakes region has to offer and serving you a delightful meal as you enjoy the most remarkable view of Cayuga Lake."
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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