The idea for Nightshade Inn & Gardens was born on a road trip through the pacific northwest: Motel in the front, farm in the back.

Mark and Makia met on a small family vineyard in Northern California. We continued on together traveling the world in pursuit of new experiences and volunteering at various projects and organic farms. In April of 2017, at a design course held in the Kaski, Myagdi, and Mustang districts of Nepal, we both became certified in permaculture design.

Most recently living in The Flathead Valley in Montana, we moved to Camillus New York to start working in February 2018. Mark, born and raised here, acquired the motel from his father and continues with the renovations.

Having stayed in all different types of accommodations at home and abroad, we were able to use these experiences when designing the rooms. We aimed to keep a vintage feel to the property, while also updating all the rooms.

We strive to support local businesses and are hoping to contribute to the local food movement with our small farm. With a focus on clean, healthy soil, we strive to grow the highest quality vegetables, sold fresh right from our backyard.

Keep an eye out for our farm stand, where we take pride in our favorite “nightshade”, the tomato.