SINCE 1933

Overlooking the Chemung Valley, Hill Top Inn is an Elmira tradition since 1933

Searching Elmira for the most beautiful setting to call their home, John L. and Louise O'Neil Sullivan discovered a site atop Jerusalem Hill, just outside the city limits. Originally the Wyckoff summer home, the Rathbone's Joy-Jack Lodge was purchased by the Sullivans in 1932. The following summer John L. and Lou started a tradition among local folk and visitors of dining on the large flagstone terrace that overlooked the Chemung Valley. This same view is more famous for its connection with Mark Twain. Mark spent 22 summers in Elmira and wrote many of his most famous works from this same East Hill. And thus it is often referred as, “The View that Inspired Mark Twain.”

Hill Top Inn remains a landmark restaurant in the Chemung Valley and the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. The Sullivan Family has continued to enhance the property, which has now become a local favorite for weddings, reunions, and special events.



(607) 732-6728


171 Jerusalem Hill Rd.
Elmira, NY 14901 


March 1-December 31
Monday - Saturday
Open at 5pm

Open Sunday June 2; 2-8pm