Ginger Cat Bed & Breakfast

2475 Altay Road , Rock Stream, NY 14878 USA (Show map)

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Peaceful country location, Eco-friendly, vegan. Minutes from Farm Sanctuary, the Finger Lakes Wineries, Corning and Ithaca. Winner 2009 VegNews Award as Favorite Veg B&B. Pet-friendly.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Highly recommend this B&B

5 on May 25, 2016

If you are visiting the Watkins Glen area, this B&B is very convenient to town, wineries, and to the Farm Sanctuary. The vegan food is delicious and plentiful, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the B&B owner is very gracious. Highly recommend this B&B.


A Friendly (and Delicious!) B&B

5 on May 18, 2016

The Ginger Cat was the perfect place to stay, close to Watkins Glen, and situated on a lovely and very peaceful parcel of land. Gita, our hostess, was wonderful and made us the most gorgeous vegan breakfasts. The B&B itself was very nice and absolutely immaculate. We would certainly seek out this B&B again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for this great review. I hope to see you again.


Purrfect

5 on April 25, 2016

An excellent stay. We really enjoyed our time and will be coming back!


A simply lovely stay

5 on April 07, 2016

Gita was a very gracious host, the food was DELICIOUS, the room was clean and comfortable, the area is GORGEOUS, the bed and breakfast is out in the country and VERY peaceful, and of course the cats were darling. Our dogs came with us and were welcomed warmly and also had a fabulous time. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast whether you are vegan/vegetarian or not!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great review. It was so nice to meet you AND the dogs. I saw that you viewed their photos on my Facebook page. It's a good thing you left when you did because we got another 4 inches of snow on Sunday night into Monday. Crazy weather. Hope you are all able to come back again this year.


Lovely getaway for Valentine's Day

5 on February 21, 2016

My partner and I absolutely loved our one-night stay at Ginger Cat this past Valentine's Day. When we arrived, Gita surprised us with two delicious heart-shaped chocolate desserts in our room. The breakfast that we were treated to the next morning was just as delicious! Ginger Cat is really close to wine country, and we got to visit one for a tasting and another for dinner. Gita was a perfect host -- we loved talking with her over breakfast and afterwards -- and her cats are extremely sweet (but kept in a separate area if you're allergic or just not a fan). We could have hung out with the cats all day and stayed another night quite easily. :) If you're looking to do the wine trails nearby or want to visit Farm Sanctuary in nearby Watkins Glen, you'll love staying at Ginger Cat!

Innkeeper Response
It was a pleasure to be your hostess. The cats miss all the extra attention and hope you'll be back soon!


Peaceful & Perfect

5 on January 21, 2016

My girlfriend & I stayed here for a cold birthday weekend in January - we wanted to get out of the city, try wines (many vineyards close by!), hike the beautiful Watkins Glen Park (right down the road!) & Taughannock Falls (30min), and try Gita's renowned vegan cooking. I'm vegetarian, and my girlfriend is vegan. Breakfasts were amazing! Lots of food, lots of local variety, and absolutely delicious - from home-made scones, sweet fruits, waffles, and vegan yogurt to savory frittatas, sautéed kale with cashews, tempeh bacon and local squash. Gita was a great host and gave us expert advice on everything we wanted to do in the surrounding area. Rooms were clean and cozy, beds are comfortable and nights are quiet. ...And we loved her cats! She keeps them in a totally separate part of the house, so no worries about allergies or stow aways in your bed, but if you like cats like we do, you're sure to meet Indi, Wally, and Sebastian. The Ginger Cat is perched just over Watkins Glen making it easy to roll into town every morning. We found it easy to get to surrounding vineyards, the Corning Glass Museum, and Taughannock Falls from this location as well. We also really enjoyed just talking with Gita, who is a compassionate animal advocate and knows lots of folks in Watkins Glen & the surrounding area. On her advice we found delicious vegan eats all over town, and had an elegant birthday dinner at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars (they actually offer a vegan cheese plate to pair with wines!). And if you ever want to visit Farm Sanctuary, I can't think of a better place to call home while you're in the area. I highly recommend staying with Gita at the Ginger Cat, and we will definitely be returning. Thank you Gita!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for such kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to celebrate your birthday in style. Hope to see you again.


Wonderful visit and stay.

5 on November 15, 2015

My favorite place to stay in the Finger Lakes area! Such a cozy atmosphere. Gita is a wonderful host and the weekend breakfast is SO delicious.


A Perfect Weekend, Thanks Gita.

5 on November 08, 2015

We had a wonderful weekend in the Watkins Glen area with an important visit to the Farm Sanctuary. ¿However, t¿he highlight for us during this ideal get-away was our time with Gita and our stay in her lovely Bed and Breakfast home. Gita was warmly welcoming being available for delightful conversation and information as she also let us enjoy our own discoveries. The actual Ginger Cat is also known as Wally and is an exceptional host of his side of the house, introducing us to the rest of the soft, good-looking, furry, and friendly family. The breakfasts prepared by Gita were perfectly exquisite - elaborate, delicious and nutritious. We hope our new friendship with Gita is long-lived. We miss you, Gita!

Innkeeper Response
Aahhhh. Now Wally and I are blushing, if a ginger cat can actually blush! We all hope you'll be back again next year for a longer stay.


Fantastic stay at Ginger Cat!

5 on September 24, 2015

My fiance and I stayed at Ginger Cat for three nights. We absolutely loved the home and its atmosphere, and we were so happy to find a vegan B&B innkeeper who cares about animals and is such a champion for them. Our beds were always made when we returned in the afternoon or evening, and breakfast every morning was filling and delicious. We look forward to our next trip to Watkins Glen. Thank you Gita for such a lovely time!


Lovely B&B in a rural area

5 on August 24, 2015

I would definitely like to stay here again. Very clean and comfortable; the rooms are even nicer than they appear in the photographs. The real stand-out is the delicious vegan breakfast - coffee, fresh fruit, frittata (yes, it's vegan), granola, muffins, waffles, yogurt and fresh vegetables.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much.


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Rooms & Rates

Ariel

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $110

Zachary

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $110

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Horseheads, NY (ELM-Elmira-Corning Regional) 25 miles

Directions to property:

From Watkins Glen: Route 14N to 14AN (Penn Yan/Dundee) Go through Reading Center, past the big white church Take your next LEFT onto Altay Road and we're the 3rd house on the RIGHT.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Farm Sanctuary, Corning Museum of Glass, Ithaca Farmers Market, Windmill Crafts Market, Watkins Glen International Raceway, Watkins Glen State Park/Gorge, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, DVD Player, Fireplace, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3-6 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No We are a smoke-free environment
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes well-behaved dogs are allowed in the Zachary Room only.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night weekend stay during Holiday and race weekends and June - August
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a personal check or online Payment in full(including all taxes). Deposit must be made within 4 days of booking.
  • Cancellations: Refunds will be made only if we are notified 14 days prior to your arrival date and we will deduct a $30 service charge. A change of your date is considered a cancellation.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Gita Devi

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

Cats

About the innkeepers

vegan cooking/baking gardening animal rights environmental issues cat rescue

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-free, Vegan


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