What We Love
- An upscale hotel and spa in the Finger Lakes, with a cozy fireplace roomHiking through the state parks and to Taughannock Falls – taller than Niagara
- Exploring the property’s 70 picturesque acres
- Receiving a treatment, using a product with top-grade local maple, at the spa
- Dining at the bistro or at John Thomas Steakhouse
What To Know
- The hotel hosts a free wine reception (with cheese plates) each evening
- Beds are extremely comfortable thanks to plush pillow tops
- Free WiFi can be hard to connect to in guestrooms – if you really need it, head to the lobby
Ithaca is gorges, the saying goes. The Ivy League college town has a bounty of dramatic ravines, fed by equally impressive waterfalls. Your time in this Finger Lakes destination will likely center around such attractions, from Cascadilla Gorge, whose lower creek descends 400 feet over its nine cascades, to Taughannock Falls, whose main cataract drops a stunning 215 feet – making it taller than Niagara. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, La Tourelle puts you within easy reach of these, plus Ithaca’s five state parks, wineries and museums.
However, this 70-acre escape in an outdoor lover’s paradise also offers quite a few reasons to stay in. Its 53 accommodations are generously appointed with mini-fridges and pillow-top mattresses, while the lobby holds leather sofas, a wood-burning fireplace and complimentary fresh-baked cookies. At the wellness center, facials, massages and waterfall-inspired therapies are dispensed, using luxurious products that incorporate grapes from local vineyards and top-grade maple. And between the two eateries, comprising the bistro as well as John Thomas Steakhouse, you’ll find breakfasts, lunches and dinners that will have you indulging all your cravings and, ahem, gorging on farm-fresh, seasonal American favorites.
Fall asleep on a pillow-top mattress in your accommodation, one of 53. Other features of your cozy Deluxe Fireplace King room include a mini-fridge, Wi-Fi, a double-headed shower and coffee service; you’ll get a seating area with chairs and an easy chair, too, for catching up on work or the news, as well. Best of all, these abodes, situated on the first and second floors pho the property’s newest wing, also boast a cozy gas fireplace and a bathroom with a jetted tub.
Amenities- Air conditioning- Alarm clock- Bathtub- Complimentary local calls- Telephone- TV with remote control- Iron and ironing board?- Hair dryer
The Bistro at La Tourelle serves breakfast each day, lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, all meals highlighting what’s fresh and local. Expect American favorites, like omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches and pasta dishes. For dinner, John Thomas Steakhouse serves up filet mignon, T-bone and strip steaks and more, in a farmhouse from the 19th century.
August Moon Spa unites the wellness traditions of the East and West, while adding a special Ithaca touch – many spa amenities incorporate grapes from local wineries and top-grade maple from the area. Each day, you can enjoy these, in a massage; a facial; or, in another Ithacan reference, a therapy inspired by a local waterfall or Cayuga Lake. From 4 to 8pm on Tuesday through Thursday, there’s a designated Tranquility Hour, with discounts on treatments.
The Finger Lakes are a famously scenic region in central New York, and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore them, as well as the many dramatic gorges and falls of Ithaca (including Taughannock Falls, taller than those of Niagara). There’s plenty of shopping in the area, too, and winter visitors will enjoy the area skiing terrain. Head to Cornell for a look at Ivy League living; also consider following the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, home to an array of award-winning wineries, breweries and cideries.
How to Get There
When looking for a hotel for Ithaca College’s parents weekend we decided to stay at La Tourelle, where we had our wedding 29 years ago. Still a wonderful family owned and run Inn that has a great homey feel. Very nice lobby with fireplace and bar and Beekman Boys toiletries in the guest rooms. I’m looking forward to staying there again in the spring so we can explore the trails in back that lead to Buttermilk state Park. We were traveling with our 2 dogs and the location of the pet friendly rooms was so convenient. I can’t wait to return!
Everything about our stay was incredible. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. Breakfast at the Bistro was delicious and there was a great selection. Our room was large yet cozy. The bed was so comfortable and we enjoyed the fireplace two of the three nights that we were there. The balcony with a view of the grounds was lovely. The wine hour from 5 - 6 pm was a great way to enjoy area wines while meeting other guests. We also had an outstanding meal at the steakhouse that is on property, probably the best scallops that I have ever had. Everyone could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Finally the spa . . . oh that spa! We had two treatments while we were there, and they were amazing! I could honestly go on and on and on about how wonderful our experience was, but you should probably experience it for yourself. We will DEFINITELY be back!
Always treated like family! Great service from friendly staff. An Inn like experience. Fireplace with a warm fire in the lobby. Terrific wine tasting each evening. The breakfast was out of this world. And you can walk to a beautiful state park with miles of trails right from their back yard. Close to Ithaca College and Cornell and of course all the benefits of the Finger Lakes.