Register of Historic Places
Fare, Strong Spirits & Elegant Lodging Since 1830.
~ Just 5 Miles Nort of Ithaca.
East Shore Drive - PO Box 97
invited to enjoy the old world charm of our 19th century Inn located just
5 miles North of Ithaca along the Cayuga Wine Trail and only 10 minutes
from the Cornell University Campus. Our landmark Inn has 9 overnight guest
rooms and a restaurant which serves dinner and cocktails nightly featuring
fresh regional entrees complimented by Finger Lakes wine and local craft
Inn was built in 1830 by Major General Daniel Minier and has recently been
added to the National Register of Historic Places. The inn was originally
named the Central Exchange Hotel and was a stage coach hotel between Elmira
& Auburn. The inn hosted many prestigious guests including NY Governor
William Henry Seward (Lincoln's Secretary of State), and author Grace
Miller White who used the inn as a setting for her novel, "Judy of Rogues'
Harbor." Local lore also credits the inn with being a station on the underground
railroad. In later years the inn fell into disrepair and became a hang
out for boot leggers and horse thieves- including members of the infamous
Loomis gang. It was during this time that the inn received it's current
name. It is said that a patron in high spirits climbed to the roof
of a nearby building and hurled a bottle of whiskey at the brick and proposed
a toast, "Here's to a harbor of rogues."
Rogues' Harbor Inn has recently been restored to it's original grandeur
by it's current inn keeper, caretaker and owner, Eileen Stout. Eileen the
inn keeper graduated from Cornell's school of Landscape Architecture &
decided to stay in the Ithaca area as do many Cornell graduates. Much of
the inn's original woodwork, wains coated walls and pressed tin ceilings
are intact and have been preserved along with the addition of modern conveniences
like private bathrooms, king size beds, WiFi, flat screen TVs, .... a lot
of conveniences and comforts have become necessities since 1830.
Us - Stay the weekend in an old inn and try something new - go wine tasting
at world class vineyards, shop for antiques, enjoy a boat tour or dinner
cruise on Cayuga Lake, take a hike in a gorge or along a waterfall... or
maybe just relax with a good book and a glass of wine. It's all right here.