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
This place really has it all - spa (the staff and treatments are top notch), bonfire (at firelight camps right behind the inn), spacious and clean rooms, delicious breakfast options, attentive and patient staff, prime location to trails and downtown Ithaca and wine happy hour on top of it all? What a treat!
Our weekend was pure perfection, we got to experience everything we love in nearby Ithaca and get the cozy comforts of the inn.
Cameron, the spa staff and the front desk all get 5 stars too. They provide an excellent customer experience in a very authentic way. They do everything they can to make your experience a positive one.
Thank you La Tourelle, I can’t wait to visit again!
Fantastic Hotel with the greatest , friendliest staff we’ve encountered.
Great food and wine. The amenities were well cared for, clean and comfortable.
Beautiful grounds and hiking. Easy travel into Ithaca and wine country. A really great location for a relaxing time and fun activities.
My wife and I just spent 2 nights here. We love the package deal with the hotel, Spa, breakfast at the Bistro and dinner at John Thomas Steakhouse. All components are first class, the people are terrific, the massages are next level, the food is great and the daily happy hour sets a nice tone. Cameron is a great host and you always meet interesting folks at the hotel bar. I recommend the package as it’s a perfect getaway and makes a nice gift for an anniversary for example. This was our 5th visit and we will definitely be back.