Thornton Wilder said “When you are safe at home you wish you were having an adventure. When you are having an adventure, you wish you were safe at home.” No matter where you are from, when you spend a few relaxing days with us in the Finger Lakes you feel like you are safe at home with a little adventure. Nestled between the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails, Ovid is within 20 minutes of adventures like hiking in beautiful gorges at Watkins Glen, Hector and Ithaca’s Taughannock Falls. You can kayak the Erie Canal, Lodi Point State Park or 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. The “Wine Down” experience is especially important to us. We partner with our favorites to provide you with tasting coupons and personalized tours. 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. 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 is a much-needed pleasure. Prior to the pandemic, to accommodate late risers we served Brunch on your schedule with late check out for additional fee. We are waving the additional fee and serving a four course Brunch at your convenience either in your room, in one of our two dining areas or on our patio. We truly serve 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 experience of coming with us to the weekly Amish Produce Auction and Sauder’s Mennonite Market.
Having a wonderful vacation and adventures is not our only concern. As it has been for the past two years, your health and safety are our priority. At the start of the pandemic, we developed our “promise to you” a plan for ensuring our rooms are clean and disinfected. We will continue this promise and additionally provide masks and hand sanitizers in each room. We continue to follow the development of variants and what is required of us by New York State COVID guidelines and any updates in 2022.