Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

Gell Cottage
Our renovated Gell Retreat site reopened in July 2023. To inquire about year-round Gleason Lodge rental opportunities and Gell Cottage residencies, email Chris Fanning, Deputy Director:

Nestled among the Bristol Hills of New York’s famed Finger Lakes region, Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat offers visitors a unique opportunity for reflection, creative solitude, and personal growth. With a spring-fed stream, sloping meadows, and dense woodlands, Gell’s pristine environment is an ideal setting for emerging and established writers to create new work, watercolorists to paint en plein air, and groups to gather. Our extensively renovated Gell Cottage and Gleason Lodge are inspirational venues for writing residences, intimate readings, and corporate retreats.

Tree House
Gleason Lodge

For more information about Gell or to book your rental, email Chris Fanning at
"The Gleason lodge is an attractive place to hold a group meeting. The setting and surroundings are beautiful and inspiring, and the lodge itself supports authentic and deep interpersonal work. I recommend it without reservation.”

~ Dr. Mick Krasner - Mindful Practice Programs - URMC, April 27th, 2019