A Cayuga Lakefront Country Inn and Vineyard Villas

Eastern Shore of Cayuga Lake Road, Ithaca, 14882 USA (Show map)


Spectacular Country Inn! The architecture and traditions are those of a very Private, Mediterranean Villa Estate. Minutes to waterfalls, hiking, Ithaca Town, Cornell Univ / Ithaca College and a Cayuga LakeFront ShoreLine. We are Central to Ithaca's Art Region and right on The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. This is an Inn`vitation to "Come Play Tuscany" in The FingerLakes. Amenities flow like wishes, Hot Tub, Under Stars' Breakfast ‘n Bed, and simple delights. Casual Elegance is the theme. Room Choices include Terraced Levels and Wings. Cathedral Ceiling Spaciousness is the presentation with lots of airiness to compliment the rich, majestic texturing: Playfulness is an added art. Each Room, Level or Wing adjoins to a Balcony, CourtYard and The Panoramic,Sky Meadow Lake View. Nature Trails and Gardens step to the Cayuga Lake ShoreLine. Spa Features include the wonders of Massage. Thick terry robes are in place for the under stars, Hot Tub. Breakfasts are “Culinary Marvels” “truly a gift.” Select The Morning Cafe or Private Service. Private Dinners are sometimes an option. We now have 2 LakeFront Estates with Earth Friendly Conciousness. Come Enjoy The FingerLakes, Hike, Swim Under Cascading Waterfalls, Visit a Studio Artist, Boat, taste 'the grapes of the wine trails,” then, return to Spectacular, LakeFront Accommodations. Ithaca, New York is known as a small town of Art and Education. Lots of fine dining!!!! A Bumper Sticker Reads: "Ithaca, 10 Square miles surrounded by reality!



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Good energy vibe with spectacular views

5 on May 27, 2015

I'm wrapping up my stay at the Country Inn, still in awe of the spectacular view of the lake, valleys and beyond. Diane is the most special kind of host radiatinh authentic good energy vibes and a love of her extraordinary property. She was meant to share all this with those fortunate enough to land here. There are mystical little treats of reading and inspiration everywhere, very sweet. Come relax and wind down...and take Diane suggestions where to see cool things nearby like Rogues Tavern for dinner or a trip to the falls & parks. I felt like sticking around here makes for a good balance though:)

Home away from home!

4.8 on November 23, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed for the weekend at this beautiful B&B overlooking Cayuga lake. Diane was amazing and very accommodating. She arranged a private tour for wine tasting and tour of the town. It was wonderful! A very unique experience. Staff was friendly and always looking to please. We enjoyed the outdoor hottub which was private with a beautiful view. Breakfast was excellent and they served generous portions. Overall a great experience and looking forward to returning soon!

great lakefront view & stay

5 on October 13, 2014

My wife and I just three nights at the Lakefront Inn 2--had a great time! Really loved the sprawling view of the lake. We hiked the various cascades nearby and spent a lot of time in Ithaca, enjoying the seven mile drive out to the inn every time, along the lake shore and out of town where it was beautiful and quiet. The "suite" was large, with a separate sitting area and full bath, and comfortably and attractively furnished. Everything was VERY clean. Dianne was wonderfully welcoming, warm, and real! The various terraces and balconies were wonderful. Breakfasts were attractive and filling. Wanna go back.

Awesome in Ithaca

4.6 on July 30, 2014

Just spent 2 nights at Cayuga Lakefront Country Inn. We stayed in the 3rd floor room with a spectacular view of Lake Cayuga. Host Diane was not only a great Inn keeper, she gave us great restaurant recos and prepared the most healthy and delicious breakfasts you could ever hope for. The room was very comfortable and the fresh breeze blowing off the lake and up the hillside was exhilarating. Excellent staff. We will be back again soon!


5 on May 06, 2013

My girlfriends and I stayed for two nights at this lovely Bed and Breakfast! We had an amazing time! Our room was absoutely beautiful and Diane, the innkeeper was just a perfect hostess! We definitely want to come again!


4.4 on April 18, 2013

There is no receptionist behind a desk 24 hrs. a day (although help is only moments away). There are no vending/ice machines on each floor (although the very helpful, friendly staff serves a gourmet breakfast to you daily, in your room should you wish, or in the sun-splashed dining room with floor to ceiling glass doors overlooking the gentle slope of a verdant hill which unfolds before you to a beautiful lake, across which, at night, the lights of Ithaca, New York, twinkle). There is no uniformed staff which looks like they were belched from some national management training center. It feels more like you are house-guests (if you are fortunate enough to have friends with a weekend home with a half-billion dollar view which can be experienced from the hot tub). My wife and I luckily chose to spend our 29th wedding anniversary weekend here (April, 2013). How can you estimate the value of an inn-keeper so generous as to arrange for a bouquet of roses when she heard of our occasion; so thoughtful as to leave the flowers just outside the door of our room, least we be allergic? A wonderful experience in a wonderful part of New York State.

A very memorable experience

5 on September 05, 2012

We were looking for a last second, weekend getaway and stumbled across this hidden gem. The facilities were gorgeous, intimate and tastefully put together. The service was second to none and the staff were so warm and welcoming. We were able to enjoy everything this place has to offer and also had the added luxury of doing so privately. The pictures don't do it any justice, this place truly is magnificent. We are looking forward to our next visit and being served a gourmet breakfast on the balcony with a beautiful view. Thanks again Dianne!


2.0 on July 15, 2012

While this is a nice spot, the breakfast service was ad hoc and left much to be desired. Run like a commune-with a different cook each morning-there was no cereal, no fruit, no yoguart and no breakfast service to speak of for the first two days. The cooked breakfast was minimalist and not sustaining. I put in a request and the cook on the third day provided fruit salad - still "out of cereal"!. I have stayed in B&B's at half the cost and had substantial., quality meals. This B&B needs to get more professional.

Time to relax

5 on May 29, 2012

We just returned from a wonderful night at this B&B. Today is my birthday and our wedding anniversary (May 29th). We had the top room. I just relaxed during this stay and read many of the books here and there at the Inn. My husband loved showing me his old college town (Cornell). As recommended, there were so many nice places to pick up a deli style “picnic” to eat on our balcony (best view in town). Thank you for making such a creative and relaxing place.

An absolute must visit

3.8 on May 22, 2012

We stayed here last night and it was the most amazing experience! We had a fantastic time and the view is like nothing I have seen in the U.S.! Diane, the owner, could not have been more sweet and helpful! The breakfast was very good as well and we had dinner in town at the Boat Yard, which was AMAZING! The only thing I would say could use some work would be the hot tub. It was really dirty and needed about another 5 inches of water in it. I can honestly say I have not been so relaxed since I don't know when! This is definitely a must visit and we fully intend to go back soon!

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Location Type

Water Falls, Lakefront, Wine country

Area Attractions

Lake, Live Music, Nature area, The FingerLakes, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca~, Cayuga Lake is Central FingerLakes Wine Country~, Heart to The Ithaca Art Region~, Cornell/ Ithaca College/Ithaca Town,,,Minutes!, LakeFront Accommodations: The Cayuga Wine Trail", FingerLakes Wine Country `Central~, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Parking, Spa, Wedding Facilities , high speed internet Breakfast of Amazing 'under the stars' Hot Tub~

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Cayuga Lake Accommodations/NY Finger Lakes Central, Cayuga Lake Accommodations/NY Finger Lakes Central, Cayuga Lake Accommodations/NY Finger Lakes Central, Cayuga Lake Accommodations/NY Finger Lakes Central, Cayuga Lake Accommodations/NY Finger Lakes Central, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No restricted to areas away from Inn
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Designated, De Lightfull Level
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Please Telephone for Additional Info
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Dianne rutherford

Languages spoken

lightning bug...

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About the innkeepers

Impacted by my belief in total comfort,and my love of rich, majestic textiles , I am currently designing and crafting Indoor Hammocks. A Jacquard-Brocaded beauty swings on each Level. And if the weather be inviting,the hammock adapts to columns on your private, garden-veranda...

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"Culinary Marvels"

  • Time Served: fresh, nutritous and yummy
  • Serving Location: Fresh Air Cafe', Optional In-Room/Private Overlook Delivery, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian by request

Signature Dish

French Fruited Suffle'/Freshed Squeezed Juices
way yummy!