Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. “ When you visit the Finger Lakes and stay with us at Tillinghast Manor, you have so very many things you can do. You can sail away aboard the True Love or explore the beautiful gorges at Watkins Glen and Ithaca’s Taughannock Falls. You can kayak the Erie Canal, swim at Lodi Point State Park or bird watch at the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. You can experience history at the Women’s Rights National Park, the Memorial Day Museum, and International Motor Racing Research Center.
The Finger Lakes wine region is host to more than 120 wineries. Tillinghast Manor is located between the two most popular wine trails: the East shore of Seneca Lake along route 414 and the West side of Cayuga Lake. The “Wine Down” experience is especially important to us. We partner with our favorite Wineries to provide you with tasting coupons and we can help you select wineries for a personalized tour. We have our favorite Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Rose waiting for you when you walk through the doors of Tillinghast Manor. Our goal is for you leave your cares behind and “chill-lax”. You can sit on our patio around the fire enjoying your favorite “adult beverage” and watch the Amish Buggies clatter down Main Street.
Mike and Jean purchased the Manor in 2017 and updated the 6,000 sq ft Italianate. Mike is a cabinet maker and his craftsmanship is demonstrated throughout the Manor. As a business traveler, Jean stayed in hotels and BNBs across the country. With the vacation traveler in mind, we created the property as a Bed & Brunch, a unique concept. Many BNBs serve breakfast during a regimented time to allow for quick turnover of rooms. Our philosophy is when you are on vacation, sleeping in with sweet dreams is s a much-needed pleasure. Our four course Brunch is served at your convenience. You have your choice of dining either in your room, in one of our two dining areas or on our patio. We truly serve an abundance of fresh seasonal ingredients as Jean is a Master Gardener, and we have our own gardens. We also source Amish and Mennonite products. We love to have guests enjoy the special cultural experience of coming with us to the weekly Amish Produce Auction and Sauder’s Mennonite Market.
We love to hear from our guests what wines they have discovered and the places they have explored. Our goal is that you have enjoyed your stay so much that you want to return again and again.