During a recent visit to the area to check out some colleges, and drink a little wine, of course, two of us stayed with Jack at his very lovely home. Upon our arrival, Jack was very helpful and gave us a great tour of the inn and the surrounding gardens. The dog, Willy, was an added bonus and a delight to our son who doesn't think a house is a home without a dog! The house is historic and simply lovely. It was exactly what I was hoping it would be when I booked it. I spent quite a bit of time on the back porch reading through many of the area guides, pamphlets, restaurant menus, et cetera that Jack keeps out there for his guests. Additionally, Jack was quick to make great recommendations when asked.
We stayed in the Sunflower Suite, which was quiet, spacious and had 2 rooms. My bed was comfortable and had wonderful linens and my son had a futon-type of sofa that he said was much more comfortable than a regular futon. He enjoyed the cable tv in the room when we would retire in the evenings. (Let me also add that we were extremely grateful to have A/C units in our room as not all the things in the area had A/C. We were there during a heat wave and it would have been quite miserable without the A/C.) Our very spacious and new bathroom that is specifically for our room was directly across the hallway and would easily accommodate two people getting ready in it if time was of the essence. I peeked in a few of the other suites when the housekeeper was cleaning them after the other guests had left and they were also quaint, but my favorite was the Sunflower Suite by far.
We stayed for three nights and each breakfast was delicious and hearty - my favorite being the french toast loaf with pecan strudel topping! A four-cheese, baked something was also quite amazing, along with the fresh fruit and coffee served each morning. Jack's friend, Hilda, was able to help out with a fabulous breakfast one morning when Jack absolutely had to be away and she did an amazing job as well. She was friendly and also helped me find a cheap place to purchase some New York Maple Syrup to take home. I liked that there were three different tables where you could enjoy your breakfast, which allowed you to chat with the other guests if you wanted or you could sit alone at a different table if you were feeling anti-social or just aren't a chatty morning person. ;)
The location is perfect. It is just a few minutes north of the quaint town of Trumansburg (visit the chocolatier and the coffee shop), 30 minutes or so to Watkiins Glen (I recommend the scenic route across to Seneca Lake and driving south along the lake), 15 minutes from Ithaca and Cornell, and 5 SECONDS from the Americana Winery, which has a great afternoon concert on Sundays and fantastic food in their cafe. Also visit the Alpaca shop, which is just 5 minutes away as well - she has lovely sweaters, mittens, gloves and scarves.
We would definitely recommend it to others as both of us just loved the Black Walnut. I thought the rates were very reasonable compared to the surrounding establishments and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Personally I enjoyed the Sunflower Suite, as it was very spacious, but it is closer to the main road...
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