The Seneca White Deer Experience

The White Deer Experience

The former Seneca Army Depot is home to the world’s largest herd of white, whitetail deer. Often called the ‘ghost deer” this unique color phase of the normal brown whitetails are sure to excite everyone who has the opportunity to see them. When added in with the colorful military and civilian history of the depot, it makes for a rewarding experience found nowhere else on our planet.

Management of the white deer within the former Depot increases the proportion of deer exhibiting the trait.  In an unprotected environment, white deer are usually easy prey for predators or hunters. The limited predators and controlled hunting on the former Depot have allowed the white deer to interbreed and increase in numbers for more than 60 years. Other white deer herds exist in protected environments, including white fallow deer in Ireland, but none of those herds are as large as the white, whitetail deer of the Depot.

To learn more about the Seneca White Deer, to book a tour today or make a donation please visit

Phone: (315) 759-8220

Address: 5479 Route 96A, Romulus, NY 14541

Combine your visit to the White Deer Sanctuary with accommodations at Cayuga Lake Cabins, located a short drive from Seneca Army Depot.  Call 607-738-9288 today to book your stay!

We loved the cabin!

Lori A K
 We loved the cabin!!

Left on Feb 13, 2018 for a stay in Feb 2018

The purpose of our trip was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We’ve been to the Finger Lakes numerous times but always stayed in a hotel near Lake Seneca. This time we decided to pick a cabin and luckily found the Cayuga Cabins. They are impeccably clean and the perfect size for a couple or small family. The modern amenities make you feel right at home. We will most definitely stay at the cabins again. By far the nicest cabins we’ve ever stayed in! Great job Cheryl and Jim!!
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Great Vacation – thank you!

Ed F., 11/27/17
“The stay in Ovid was outstanding. The cabin was perfect with all of the modern amenities. Spotlessly clean, great comfortable beds, and centrally located in the Finger Lakes. We had the perfect Thanksgiving using the well appointed kitchen and the Santos’ were great.”

Advice for Embarking on a Pet-Friendly Vacation with Your Dog

Thanks to blogger Aurora James for creating this post. Aurora believes there are no bad dogs. She created to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere.

When planning vacations, people often want family and friends to tag along, so it comes as no surprise that dog owners want to bring along their dogs too. After all, many people consider their dog to be a part of the family and a best friend. If you’re planning a trip with your dog, there are some important considerations to make and steps to take to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable on vacation.

You should first consider how much traveling your dog can handle. This will help you choose a location. If flying is out of the question, some vacation spots may be eliminated. In order to fly, your dog should be the appropriate age and in good health. Also, certain breeds cannot travel in cargo, such as snub-nosed dogs like pugs. If you’re on a tight budget, consider that there are fees for flying with pets.

Flying can be pricey, but that doesn’t mean all dogs are up for a road trip. Before taking her on a long trip, ensure your dog does well with shorter drives. Are you willing to plan ahead for every stop? You’ll need to locate rest areas for your dog and dog-friendly hotels. Also, consider what you would do with your dog if you need to stop for food.

Once you come up with the distance you can travel with your dog, determine the type of vacation your dog will enjoy. You have to put her interests first. For example, if your dog doesn’t enjoy the great outdoors, a camping trip may not be a good idea. On the flipside, if she loves going for swims and rolling around in the leaves, a stay in a lakeside cabin with an itinerary full of outdoor adventure is a great idea. For example, New York is home to Cayuga Lake Cabins, which is surrounded by vineyards and forests, so you can hike, kayak, fish, take a wine tour, and more. And best of all, it’s dog friendly.

Before any trip, take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup to ensure she’s in good health and up to date on vaccinations. Ensuring you have all of the necessary pet supplies is also essential. Bring all medications, such as flea and tick prevention (especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors), a crate, toys, leash, and more. Have a health certificate and medical records on hand, as well as a record of rabies vaccination and up-to-date ID tags.

Follow the rules of etiquette when traveling with pets. Have your dog groomed right before the trip, and bring along supplies to help her stay clean. For example, pack wipes to clean dirty paws after walks and a spare towel for a wipe down. Don’t forget to bring dog poop bags so that you can properly clean up after your dog.

In addition to distracting the driver, an unrestrained dog that’s freely wandering the vehicle is more likely to be injured in an accident. Keep your dog safe in a car by restraining her in the backseat with a pet harness/safety belt, travel crate, pet vehicle seat, or pet barrier. Don’t allow your dog to stick her head out the window, as this can cause ear damage or lung infections. Stop every two to three hours for her to exercise and use the bathroom.

When leaving for a trip, be sure to double-check your home security to prevent break-ins while you’re away. A security system and wireless cameras prevent break-ins and give you peace of mind. Be wary about how much information you give on social media as well. “There have been documented cases of thieves using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to discover when their victims will be gone,” warns Redfin. Instead of hiding a spare key, give it to a trusted neighbor. Lastly, become knowledgeable on why and how criminals break into homes.

If you consider your dog a member of your family or your best friend, you may want to bring her along to enjoy your vacation with you. However, a vacation isn’t the same as a short trip to the dog park; you’ll need to adequately plan for a pet-friendly vacation. Following some advice on planning and preparing for a trip with your dog ensures that the experience is enjoyable for everyone, including you, your dog, and other travelers.

Book your Next Finger Lakes Trip at Cayuga Lake Cabins!

This is the best HomeAway place we have stayed by a mile! The cabins are fantastic, and fully stocked with anything you could possibly need (there is even fire wood for the fire pit for you to use). All furniture is new and comfortable. The location is unbeatable (right on the wine trail). And the owners are so nice and welcoming (they leave a binder with all suggestion, coupons, contact info, etc., that you could ever need in the area). We will never stay anywhere else in this area!

Of note, the cabins are right next to one another in a private area, so if both are available you can stay here with bigger groups too! There is even a common area fire pit with tons of seating inbetween the two cabins!

In summary: the owners are amazing, the cabins are luxurious and comfortable, and the location is unbeatable!

Fall into the Finger Lakes 2017

Cayuga Lake Cabins is the perfect home base for exploring the Finger Lakes this fall.

Here are our top 10 recommendations to make your visit memorable!
  1. Leaf Peeping – Go Anywhere! You’ll be surround by brilliant foliage everywhere you turn.  While each year is different peak fall foliage season is usually late September to mid-October.

    Leaf Peepers Delight!
  2. Wine Tasting – harvest is in full swing & this is the busiest time of year at the wineries. All 16 wineries on the Cayuga Wine Trail are open for tasting and are dog friendly too!
  3. Hiking – Taughannock Falls State Park has the tallest freestanding waterfall on the eastern seaboard & hiking trails.                                                       Ithaca truly is “Gorges” – there are over 100 waterfalls within 10 sq. miles of Ithaca (
  4. Don’t miss the 35th downtown Ithaca Apple Fest (9/29-10/1) and Cider Week Finger Lakes (9/29-10/8) celebrating the current cider revival in the USA, events happening throughout the Finger Lakes.
  5. Visit Lively Run Goat Farm & Creamery in Interlaken, one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country offering tastings, tours & a gift shop.
  6. Check out Iron Kettle Farm located in Candor, about 1 hour south of the cabin.  With pumpkin displays, hayrides, corn maze, and more it’s fall fun for all ages.
  7. Visit a local U-Pick Apple farm – Indian Creek Farm (Ithaca) & Kingtown Orchard (Trumansburg) offer picking through Nov.
  8. Experience farm-fresh local food prepared by a Finger Lakes chef paired with premium wines at the Knapp Winery Restaurant’s monthly Harvest Dinners.
  9. It’s a stone’s throw to the Boathouse Beer Garden, 1 mile no. of the cabin, with 24 on-tap brews and ciders and wine by the glass. Live music every Friday and Saturday with food for sale.  The BBG’s 3rd annual Beer Fest happens 10/7.
  10. Wind down your fun-filled day with a relaxing campfire at the Cayuga Lake Cabins firepit.

Labor Day Week Special

Cayuga Lake Cabins Labor Day Vacation Rental Special – 25% off!

Stay September 4-8, 2017, pay for 3 nights, get 1 night free! Contact us to book your stay in our log cabin vacation rental! Bring your dog – the cabin is pet friendly. Celebrate Labor Day with a relaxing Finger Lakes Getaway. Call 607-738-9288 to book your stay!

Enjoy a memorable stay…

Cayuga Lake Cabins is  a great place to start your wine trail or craft beer trail tour, close to hiking and gorges, fabulous dining (or save money by cooking meals in the fully equipped kitchen), museums, shopping, live local bands, and antiquing.  Located in a private and peaceful wooded setting, the cabin is centrally located on the Cayuga Wine Trail.  Read our reviews & full cabin description and view our photo gallery at

Cabin amenities designed to offer you all the comforts of home:

  • 2 Queen sized bedrooms with dresser, amoire, room darkening shades and ceiling fan.  Accommodates up to 6 with the pull-out sofa sleeper in the living room.
  • Fully equipped kitchen stocked with dishes, serveware, bakeware, utensils, microwave, electric range & oven, full sized refrigerator, toaster, mixer & coffeemaker
  • Bathroom with shower stall and hair dryer
  • For your comfort the cabin is air-conditioned and has ceiling fans
  • Satellite TV service, flat screen TV (one in the living room, the other in one of the bedrooms), DVD player & movies, board games and books, internet access
  • Picnic table and charcoal grill.  Large outdoor firepit (we provide firewood)
  • We provide kitchen, bed and bath linens
  • Dogs are welcome for a small additional fee
  • Lake access through the back yard of our home (located across the street from the cabin)

Call to book your stay, made even better with a 25% Labor Day discount!  607-738-9288



Comfortable, Safe and Enjoyable Day

ALL 8 of us had a fantastic time on our wine tour.  Jim was friendly, helpful, courteous, patient and a great guy to spend the day with.  At the end of the day there was a mix up with some wine and Jim took care of picking it up and delivering it back to us as well as everything we had forgotten in the bus – all with a smile.  The bus made for a comfortable, safe and enjoyable day.  I greatly appreciate you accommodating us and working with me to put this together within just a few days from the tour.  I would definitely use your services again and will be letting others know that you are the one to call.  Thanks again!  Tricia (tour date 5/6/17)