Disclosure: My stay was comped for review purposes only. All opinions in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it.

My Stay at the Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast

Tucked away on a back road (off of 14A) just 15 miles from Watkins Glen, NY, the Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast is a breath of fresh air!

It’s a quaint little spot that fills a very unique niche….it’s a VEGAN ESTABLISHMENT. The home (with it’s 15 acres of land) is owned and operated by Gita Devi (and her 5 kitties). There are 2 guest bedrooms with a shared bath and delightful back deck. A large 4 season closed in porch acts as a common/breakfast room.  There you will find a small fridge, a toaster, instant hot water tap, and microwave for your use at any time. During my stay there were well stocked shelves with instant oatmeal, coffees, and tea, along with a large bowl of oranges for snacking.

I arrived on a Friday afternoon around 4:30 and was warmly greeted by Gita. Once I was settled into my room, I got a chance to talk cats, and meet some of the other members of the household…Wally, Indiana Jones, Sebastian, and Hannah.

The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast
Wally “The infamous Ginger Cat – He loves everyone and is the peace-maker of the crew.”
The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast
Indiana Jones, “aka The Panther
The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast
Gita holding Sebastian “The most recent addition to the feline family. Showed up as a stray during the winter of 2012 and is in love with all of his new kitty friends, giving them kisses every chance he gets.”
The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast
Hannah – who is almost 22 years old, spent most of her time sleeping while I was on site, but I did catch a glimpse of her!

Just minutes into our conversation, I felt a deep kinship with Gita. We both share a love of animals, have taken in many a rescue, and had to deal with many of the same kitty issues…distrust of humans, diabetes, and obesity! She shared information on local sites and attractions, and made me feel instantly “At Home Away from Home”.

Each room is cozy and, of course, cat themed. This is not a grand multi-story home decked out in fine antiques and other expensive furnishings.  It is a bright and whimsical home where you can feel comfortable walking around in bare feet.

One of my dearest friends, Becky,  showed up on Friday evening to spend a few days with me. We took a short ride around the area and then retreated to our room (that by-the-way, does not have TV, but does have wi-fi) and settled in for some work on our computers, chatting and a little Netflix on our laptops (and eating the home made fudge that was left in our room for us).  We slept soundly on the comfy mattress and super soft sheets, snuggled under a quilt. Ours was the Zachary Room, which is dog friendly.

Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast NY
Left: Zachary Room / Right: Ariel Room

If you feel like watching TV, just check in with Gita. Chances are you’ll be able to crash on her sofa for a while to watch a show or two (and you’re sure to be joined by Wally, Indiana Jones and maybe even Sebastian…you may even get a little cuddle from one or all three)!

Breakfast was delicious and Gita made sure to label all dishes so that I knew what each was. She made sure to find out if there were any dietary restrictions when we booked our stay. I like to tell innkeepers not to worry about cooking anything special for me (since I have so many food allergies). I usually have enough snacks on hand to tide me over, but she insisted that she would have plenty that I could  eat…and put on a spread she did.  Her whole wheat waffles were absolutely wonderful!

The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast
There will be a snack waiting for you upon your arrival and you can always make yourself a cup of tea as we have an instant hot water faucet at your disposal. You also will have use of a microwave, small fridge and toaster available at all times.”

Lot of info on area attractions and books on Vegan Living are available for all to read. As I mentioned earlier, the Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast is a vegan establishment. All meals and snacks provided are vegan and she asks that all foodstuffs brought in are vegan also, Please plan to bring no meat or dairy products with you.

The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast: Address 475 Altay Road, Rock Stream, NY 14878 / Phone  607.535.9627 / Email [email protected]

Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast Rock Stream, NY

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