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, Watkins Glen, Corning and Ithaca. Winner 2009 VegNews Award as Favorite Veg B&B. Pet and Family-friendly (children 4 and up welcome).



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

Always a very pleasant stay.

4.6 on October 11, 2017

Gita is a great host and a great vegan chef. The location is peaceful and pleasant. The cats are wonderful.

Geta and her friendly felines are awesome

5 on September 08, 2017

Beautiful, comfortable, and quiet. Geta and her friendly felines are amazing. Geta is so knowledge about the area and recommendations were spot on. Would definitely recommend the Ginger Cat B&B for your next stay. Just wish we had more time.

A peaceful retreat! And it's vegan!

5 on September 04, 2017

My 2 dogs and I were welcomed with open arms to this beautiful vegan oasis! The room was cozy, the bed was comfortable and the food was outstanding! We also enjoyed spending time in the beautiful garden. I highly recommend a visit to Farm Sanctuary, only minutes away, where you will meet all kinds of animals rescued from this animal agriculture industry. I will be back!

Innkeeper Response
It was a pleasure to meet you and the dogs. Give them both a hug from me. I hope you'll be back, for a longer stay. And I hope you had a great time at the walk in NYC. Looking at online photos, it seemed as though it was a huge success.

- Gita (innkeeper)

Very cozy place!

5 on August 29, 2017

This was a cute place and exactly what I'd imagine a b&b to be like. You are a guest in someone's home, so the charms of the home come through during your stay. I got my 'cat fix' in as well and was able to pet the three kitties that live there before I left. There was a hot, full breakfast served right on time, and the room was comfortable to sleep in. The bathroom included shampoo/conditioner/soap, which was great!

Exactly what a B&B should be!

5 on August 24, 2017

Our stay at Ginger Cat was perfect. Gita struck the perfect balance between being welcoming and friendly, and giving us space to ourselves. It was great to get to know her, to meet her cats, and to get her advice about everything from local wineries to vegan winter clothing! The bed was very comfortable, everything was immaculately clean. There are two rooms available, one shared bathroom, and a shared breakfast/common room. We were also welcome to sit out on the porch. It was a perfect spot to enjoy our wine and watch the stars come out. On weekends (including Monday morning) Gita puts on an amazing spread for breakfast. We feasted on fresh local fruits, granola, perfectly ripe avocado, vegan "omelette", vegan sausage and peppers - everything delicious. Can't wait to stay here again!

Innkeeper Response
Wow! It was a pleasure to have you both stay here and I'm so glad that you had a good time. I look forward to your next stay, hopefully for a longer time so you can explore all that this area has to offer.

- Gita (innkeeper)

Great Option for Watkins Glen (June 2017)

5 on July 10, 2017

Gita is a welcoming host and great cook. The breakfast both mornings were delicious for both vegans and non-vegans. The location of the house is perfect, as it is a short drive to the main Watkins Glen attractions, and just far enough away to be peaceful and for the dark skies to allow you to see an incredible night sky.

Perfect vegan haven

5 on June 13, 2017

I highly recommend staying here wether you are vegan or not. The food is delicious, the area is quiet and beautiful, and the rooms are cute and clean. Gita and the cats are wonderful and make you feel right at home. Love this place and will definitely be back.

One night stay at the Ginger Cat

5 on May 30, 2017

We stayed for one night at the Ginger Cat short notice. Although we were only there for one night our host, Gita, was wonderful. She was able to give us great dining suggestions throughout the area which made our stay very easy. She also suggested a few vegan cookbooks that she used in preparing her DELICIOUS brunch, and we've been cooking from that book ever since. The location is awesome, 10-15 minutes max away from anything you could want to do in the Watkins Glen area. It's peaceful and the nice reprieve we needed from the day to day grind. I will certainly be back to spend time at the Ginger Cat! I will never use a hotel in that area again, as Gita's service and location are superior to most hotel experiences I've had. THANK YOU!

Innkeeper Response
I am so happy that you had such a good time and I do hope you'll be able to come back again and stay longer. There's so much to do and see in this area.

- Gita (innkeeper)

Terrific for vegans and cat lovers

5 on April 06, 2017

Gita was outstanding in all respects. Comfortable room, well-equipped bathroom, outstanding breakfasts, great tips for vegan dining in the area, very enjoyable conversations, and lots of time hanging out with her superb cats.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great review. It was wonderful to meet you both and I also enjoyed our conversations. Hope to see you again soon. The cats send their best!

- Gita (innkeeper)

Wonderful stay.

5 on December 25, 2016

The Ginger Cat B&B is my favorite place to stay in Watkins Glen. The rooms are cozy and comfortable and Gita is the most wonderful host. The breakfasts are amazing and the atmosphere (inside and outside) is serene and peaceful.

Innkeeper Response
What can I say except Thank You so much! 'Till the next visit.

- Gita (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates


Ariel's Room is a warm blue and faces east so you can watch the sunrise. Queen-size bed, ceiling fan, central air, high-quality linens and bedding. Family-friendly

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150


Zachary's Room is painted in soothing earth tones, faces southwest so it catches the beautiful warm glow of the afternoon sunlight. Queen bed, high-quality linens and bedding, pet-friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Wine country


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, Art Galleries, Beach, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, 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, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Sight-seeing

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  • 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.
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Gita Devi

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

vegan cooking/baking, gardening, animal rights, environmental issues, cat rescue

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  • Time Served: 8 a.m. T-Fri - 8:30 a.m. S,S,M
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian 100% Vegan. Can prepare foods that are Gluten-free, Nut-free, Sugar-free


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