On a search to figure out, what's next, Jen moved to Ithaca in 2017 to learn all about winemaking. After two harvest seasons and a winter in the vineyard, it was official: the Finger Lakes had stollen her heart and she wanted to stay. Then, in the autumn of 2019, Jen found this charming old farmhouse Inn, immediately fell in love with its history and potential, and decided this was her home. She brought along her furry little co-host, Rufio, who begrudgingly accepts his Inn duties in exchange for sunroom naps and bacon treats.
Nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region, the Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast is a 200-year-old farmhouse on an acre of land in the historic hamlet of Covert. The four cozy guest rooms on the second floor (each with private bath), were given a complete makeover to include many comforts and conveniences designed for the modern traveler, while keeping timeless traditions in mind. In every room, crisp, soft linens cover new Tuft and Needle mattresses, streaming Roku services and bluetooth speaker/USB docking clocks are available for use, and sustainable bathroom products are stocked. Many rooms feature restored and up-cycled antiques - some from my grandmother’s original bedroom collection - and the sloping ceilings and wide plank floors are included at no extra charge.
The farmhouse charm extends to the renovated common areas where comfy chairs invite you to cozy up with a good book, and the beautiful oak table (Mennonite-made in Penn Yann NY) is ready for card games and puzzles. An enclosed sunroom is the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, and the gardens and grounds deserve an exploration to find a secluded spot to relax. The inn is proud to support local farms and businesses to source the finest ingredients for a delicious and filling breakfast, and is happy to accommodate all allergies and dietary needs.
The Black Walnut is centrally located between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, near the quaint town of Trumansburg and less than 10 minutes from Taughannock Falls State Park. Explore the wine trails, hike through the beautiful gorges, feed the goats and alpacas at neighboring farms, and swim, kayak, boat, or just enjoy the lake waterfronts. We are a very easy drive to Cornell University, Ithaca College, Buttermilk Falls, Robert Treman, and Watkins Glen State Parks, and Geneva.
A friend and I spent three nights at Jen's wonderful B&B. Jen is a perfect host who makes an amazing breakfast every day and is extremely knowledgeable about the local area. The inn is well located, near lots of wineries and breweries, and 30 minutes from Ithaca. We enjoyed a picnic at Cayuga Lake and an easy hike at Taughannock Falls, only a few minutes away. My only caution is that this would not be a great place for someone with mobility issues, but we loved our stay and would highly recommend it!
- Alyssa (Google Review)
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