Big Tree Inn

46 Main Street
Geneseo, NY 14454


Built in 1833 The Big Tree Inn is one of the most familiar landmarks in the historic community of Geneseo, NY. Renovated and revitalized in 1999 we offer overnight stays, dining, and an event center in a beautiful haunted inn.

A prominent man in the community, Allen Ayrault and his wife Bethia built their home on the site of Chief Goondahgowah’s (Big Tree) log cabin, which burned down almost 40 years before. They named it Big Tree Lodge to honor the Chief, and opened their home to all aspects of the Geneseo community.

A year after Bethia’s death in 1886 the home became the Big Tree Inn and throughout the years, in the spirit of the Ayraults, the doors have remained opened to guests, gatherings and social functions. Some of these restless souls are still seen from time to time. An old groundskeeper walking around with a lantern, a young girl in a green victorian dress and a young man in a dark suit and tophat are just a few of the travelers still around. Or maybe you’ll see Bethia herself sitting in a chair in her old room.
Come and experience our hospitality and history. Join us for a fine meal by our award-winning chef, a celebration in our Event Center or a stay in one of our luxurious suites. Each guest room is unique, full of historic charm and offers a distinct personality along with modern conveniences. Discover why the Big Tree Inn truly is where memories are made.

Opportunities for visitors:

Stay the night, hold your event or dine in a haunted inn, restaurant and event center.

Days/times of operation:

Lunch- Monday–Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner- Monday–Saturday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. & Sunday 12 – 8 p.m.

Big Tree Inn Tavern
Monday – Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 12 noon – 10 p.m.


Lunch $8-$16. Dinner $10-$35.
Rooms and Suites $125-$200 per night.

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Hotel deals or packages:

See package information here.

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