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Benn Conger Inn
Historic Accommodations in Groton, New York

Historic Accommodations and Event Venue near Ithaca, New York

Located on 18 rolling acres in Groton, New York, the Benn Conger Inn offers you 10 rooms and suites in two carefully restored historic homes: the Benn Conger Home and the Dempsey House. You can reserve individual rooms, either of the homes, or the entire inn. We also feature spacious common areas, full food and beverage capabilities making us the perfect venue for weddings, corporate retreats, and family gatherings. If you need more information about staying at our historic inn, give us a call. We look forward to welcoming you!

The Benn Conger Home

The Benn Conger Home was originally built in 1921 as the private residence of Benn Conger, a popular state senator. Later, it became a safe haven for the infamous bootlegger and numbers racketeer Dutch Schultz. The home, an excellent example of Colonial Revival architecture, has four beautifully appointed, oversized rooms and suites. Each room or suite features a private bath, antique furnishings, fine linens, and all the amenities you need for a comfortable, relaxing escape.

The Dempsey House

The Dempsey House is a charming Victorian home situated next to the Benn Conger Home. The house has six spacious luxury rooms and suites. Like the Benn Conger Home, the Dempsey House accommodations feature period and antique furnishings, fine linens, and all essential amenities. Each room also includes a cozy fireplace and a jetted tub or jacuzzi.

A Colorful History

The historic Benn Conger Inn has functioned as the residence of a well-respected state senator and a safe house for the notorious gangster Dutch Schultz. Visit our About Us page to learn more about the inn's colorful past.

A Unique Event Venue

The Benn Conger Inn is the perfect venue for your special event. Depending on the number of guests, you have the option of reserving the Benn Conger Home, the Dempsey House, or both properties. Let our dedicated and experienced staff help you put together the wedding, corporate event, or family gathering of your dreams. For more information, feel free to contact us at your convenience.


Our historic inn is the perfect location for indoor or outdoor weddings, as well as unforgettable bridal showers and baby showers.

Corporate Events

Planning a company retreat? Our inn is conveniently located 20 minutes from Ithaca, an hour from Syracuse, and two hours from Rochester.

Family Gatherings

With plenty of living space and 10 private guest rooms, the Benn Conger Inn can accommodate up to 28 family members or friends in both properties.

Near the Finger Lakes Region's Most Popular Attractions

Located in the heart of Tompkins County, on 18 rolling acres, Benn Conger Inn is close to many of the most popular attractions in the Finger Lakes region. We're just minutes from downtown Ithaca, with its offbeat downtown areas and nearby waterfalls, as well as scenic Cayuga Lake. We're a short drive to Cornell University and its many attractions open to the public. In a region internationally known for its numerous excellent wineries and breweries, Benn Conger Inn is close to some of the best.

Explore Ithaca

When you stay at Benn Conger Inn, you'll definitely want to set aside time to visit Ithaca, New York, one of the country's most interesting small towns. It's filled with historic structures, quaint shops, unique galleries, and excellent restaurants. Downtown's Ithaca Commons area is specifically designed for "pedestrian exploration," so you can enjoy exploring the town at a leisurely pace.

Visit Cornell

At Cornell University, you'll find a number of things to do and places to visit. Hike along scenic trails leading to stunning waterfalls. Wind your way through the 200-acre Cornell Botanic Gardens. Or explore the renowned Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. These, and many other attractions, are open to the public at Cornell. Best of all, the university is just 14 miles from Benn Conger Inn.

Wineries, Breweries, and More

Benn Conger Inn is the perfect location to explore some of the Finger Lakes region's most highly regarded wineries and vineyards, breweries, and other unique attractions. We're just minutes from Long Point Winery, Treleaven Wines, and Ithaca Beer Company. A slightly longer drive will take you to such well-known wineries as Sheldrake Point Winery, American Vineyards Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company. No visit to our area would be complete without a visit to MacKenzie-Childs, less than a half-hour from the Benn Conger Inn. For more information on local attractions, feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Relax at Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake, the second largest of New York's Finger Lakes, is a great place to enjoy a variety of activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, or simply enjoying a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Reviews and Awards

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Shelley and Drew were great!! Drew provided fast responses and helped us to figure out where exactly we were going, even on a holiday! Shelley gave us a warm welcome and served us some delicious breakfast. Highly recommend staying at the Benn Conger Inn when in town. Rooms were spotless and had everything you need!
Rebekah, Google Reviews
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My boyfriend and I just spent a long weekend at The Benn Conger Inn. The room was gorgeous, incredibly clean, and the breakfast was awesome! Such a positive experience, we'll definitely be back!
Abigail, Google Reviews
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This bed and breakfast is located in a quiet, out of the way New York village, but it is 100% worth a little extra driving.
My room was a beautiful blend of carved wood furniture, tray ceilings and chair rails, reminiscent of the past, but the fireplace had been modernized to gas, and turned on with the flip of a switch. The bathroom had a jetted tub and a rain head shower. The mattress was very, very comfortable.
I was relaxed and happy.
Breakfast the next morning was held in the beautiful solarium. A very generous buffet offered coffee, juices, teas, milk, and fruits such as oranges, grapes, and watermelon. (I haven't listed them all.) There was coffeecake (that was absolutely one of the tastiest I've ever eaten), as well as a wide variety of muffins, breads and cold cereals. That was just the start. I was also offered "made to order" eggs, omlettes, pancakes, French toast and hot cereal choices.
I was very happy. I would be delighted to go again and again.
Nancy, Google Reviews