Correction: This article has been updated to properly reflect Cayuga Shoreline’s ownership structure.

INTERLAKEN, N.Y.—Cayuga Shoreline is the newest event venue to grace Cayuga Lake, complete with farmhouse-style lodging, firepits, docks and lake access.

Joe Sliker, president and CEO of Renovus Solar, was inspired to jump into another industry and open a venue when the property, which was previously the Busy Bee Market, came on the market for sale. His partner, Adrianne Torea, is managing the venue and has held that role since around the beginning of the year.

The main house on the shoreline property was built in the early 1800s, Sliker said, and the extensive history was part of the draw.

“It’s housed all kinds of different businesses over the years, including a ferry boat, a hotel, a bunch of different restaurants and an ice cream store,” he said.

The Busy Bee Market was actually named after one of the licensed ferry boats that transported people around the lake until 1914, when the Busy Bee boat sank, according to an Aug. 1994 Crooked Lake Review article.

The Busy Bee ferry now sits at the bottom of the lake at the end of the dock at Cayuga Shoreline; Sliker said that one of the boat’s large gears was pulled out of the water where it had been submerged for more than 100 years now sits on the property.

As mentioned earlier, the venue also accommodates onsite lodging for private events. In the spring, summer and fall, up to 30 guests can stay in the recently renovated farmhouse and the four lakeside cottages, which are situated across the road from the farmhouse, and are designed to maximize space and comfort.

In the winter, up to 18 guests can stay in the historic farmhouse, which includes a large living area and kitchen and wraparound porch.

With large docks available for boating customers, Cayuga Shoreline is located near O’Malley’s, one of the few restaurants nearby on the water accessible by boat.

The lake-facing side of Cayuga Shoreline during a grand opening event.

“This is the only place on Cayuga Lake that you can go by boat and get to two establishments — boats are a big part of what we’re trying to embrace here and make this a boating destination,” Sliker said.

Almost two years in the making, Sliker said he wanted to create an “awesome place to hang out,” and that the most fun part has been getting to create a space that pulls people in for a good time.

Torea said that she enjoys making friends with guests and getting to be a part of the process leading up to weddings and other events.

“I love the fact that with what we do here, we get to share those fun moments with people,” she said. “It’s a total blast.”

The Cayuga Shoreline venue is located at 7930 County Road 153 in Interlaken, New York.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...