The Finger Lakes are a popular upstate New York leisure destination for my bed and breakfast guests. With their natural beauty, lakeside parks, public beaches IN these parks, and boating potential, these area attractions are a huge draw for locals and visitors alike. But what if you want to experience the lakes without the crowds, and you aren’t traveling with a boat? Maybe you’d like to try a dinner cruise on NY’s deepest waters! There are on-lake dining options for both of the lakes closest to The Inn at Gothic Eves: Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, and any are a perfect choice for an unforgettable sunset dinner experience.
At almost 40 miles long, 3.5 miles at the widest point, and 382 feet deep, Cayuga Lake is the second-largest of the Finger Lakes, and is the closest to Gothic Eve’s inn lodging near Ithaca. It is also arguably the most beautiful of the lakes with it’s pretty hills, amazing gorges. and gorgeous waterfalls.
- Cayuga Lake Cruises has two vessels to offer: the historic Motor Vessel (M/V) Manhattan, and the newer (but still historic) M/V Columbia. The three-hour seasonal dinner cruises feature five types of main dishes, including a vegetarian/Vegan option, with salad, sides, dessert, and after-dinner coffee or tea. Cost is currently $44 for adults, and $32 for children 12 and under. Please note that a 17% gratuity and 8% sales tax are added to each price, which makes total cost approximately $55 for adults and $40 for children – however, the experience is well worth it!
CLC also offers Lunch, Brunch, Cocktail, and Happy Hour cruises for a variety of prices. See their website for details.
Cruises are offered 7 days a week during cruise season, and depart daily from their Columbia Pier at 708 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca.
It’s 38-mile length, 1.9 mile max width, and maximum depth of 838 feet makes Seneca the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes (and of any lake in the state), and is the next-closest lake to my inn. A popular destination for trout-fishers, the lake also has a mysterious phenomenon known as Mistpouffers: cannon-like booms and percussion that are heard and felt through the area! Seneca also boasts some very pretty waterfalls and the Painted Rocks at the south end of the lake.
- Seneca harbor Station and Captain Bill’s is a restored train station that now offers both land-side and on-lake dinners. Captain Bill’s is responsible for the dinner options, and offers a variety of different choices throughout the week:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights are the traditional dinner cruises. Five dinner options (including a vegetarian option) are joined by soup and salad, sides, and New York Cheesecake for dessert. Cost is currently $47.95 for adults, $23.00 for the Kids’ size of the regular menu, and $19.00 for a Kids’ Menu option.
Wednesday brings a a laid-back Burgers and Blues Cruise is offered with burgers (of course), pulled pork, cold summer salads, beer, and live blues music. Cost is $36.95 for adults and $16.00 for children 12 years and younger.
Saturday’s offering is a Margaritaville Dinner Cocktail Cruise, joining the above dinner cruise with a cocktail-cruise. The cost is $49.95 for adults, $23.00 for the Kids’ size of the regular menu, and $19.00 for a Kids’ Menu option.
Sunday’s dinner is a Vintage Rock & Roll and Blues Cruise. The traditional Dinner Cruise menu above is offered with the addition of live music. The cost is $49.95 for adults, $23.00 for the Kids’ size of the regular menu, and $19.00 for a Kids’ Menu option.
While Mondays aren’t exactly a ‘dinner cruise’ per-se, teens are welcomed aboard for an alcohol-free good time featuring pizza, soft drinks, a DJ, and dancing for just $17.00.
Captain Bill’s also offers Wednesday and Saturday Lunch Cruises on the M/V Seneca Legacy, and daily sightseeing cruises on their second boat, the M/V Stroller IV.
Why not consider a Finger Lakes dinner cruise during your Trumansburg bed and breakfast stay? I will be glad to help you make any dinner cruise arrangements, give directions to the docks, and answer any questions you might have about this great upstate New York adventure.
Innkeeper Rose Hilbert
POB 95, 112 E. Main St.
Trumansburg, NY, 14886
1-800-387-7712 | 607-387-6033