Unique Bed and Breakfast at a Cooperative Ecological Community in Ithaca, New YorkIthaca, New York (United States)
Unique Bed and Breakfast at a Cooperative Ecological Community in Ithaca, New York
"Fantastic stay. The hospitality provided was great. Elan made sure we were comfortable and we had everything we needed. The bagels stood out for me; …"
This unique bed and breakfast accommodation is located in Ithaca, New York, and can provide two or three guests with a one-of-a-kind getaway to the cooperative ecological community of EcoVillage at Ithaca. Here, guests can experience a different way of life and feel a sense of harmony with their natural surroundings, while at the same time enjoying the comforts and conveniences of modern living.
The accommodation consists of one bedroom, which shares a bathroom and a kitchen/living room with the bed and breakfast's other bedroom. In the bedroom, guests will find a queen-size bed topped with a handmade quilt and flanked by nightstands with bedside lamps, a dresser/desk, a rocking chair, a spacious closet, bundles of lavender collected from the community's land, and enough space for an additional mattress, which can be provided upon request. The bathroom is fitted with a toilet, a sink, and a combination bathtub/shower. Linens, towels, and organic soaps, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner are provided.
In the living room, guests will find a futon couch, a dining table, board games, books, magazines, a DVD player, and yoga mats. The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator stocked with complimentary breakfast food, another refrigerator for guests' personal use during their stay, a stove, a microwave, a toaster, a coffeemaker, a tea maker, and utensils for cooking and eating. The breakfast items are either home-grown, locally sourced, or fair trade-certified, and nearly all of them are organic.
Other amenities include high-speed internet access and a resource library with maps, guides, and brochures providing information about Ithaca, the Finger Lakes, and EcoVillage at Ithaca, as well as information on how to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Outside, guests will find a backyard and a variety of amenities and facilities, such as hammock, picnic tables, playgrounds, a library, game rooms, multi-use trails, two swimmable ponds, and a hot tub.
Inside the bed and breakfast accommodation, guests will enjoy amenities such as high-speed internet access, homemade quilts, a desk/dresser, and a resource library with maps, guides, and brochures providing information about Ithaca, the Finger Lakes, and EcoVillage at Ithaca, as well as information on how to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Guests will also enjoy shared access to a common space with a kitchenette, a living area, and a dining area. The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator stocked with complimentary breakfast food, another refrigerator for guests' personal use during their stay, a stove, a microwave, a toaster, a coffeemaker, a tea maker, and utensils for cooking and eating.
The breakfast items are either home-grown, locally sourced, or fair trade-certified, and nearly all of them are organic. They include white and whole wheat bagels, cold cereals (including homemade granola), oatmeal, homemade yogurt, low-fat cream cheese, butter, healthy margarine, homemade jams, milk, juices, fruits, fresh-ground coffees, and a wide variety of teas. Home-baked breads and pastries may also be provided.
In the living area, guests will find a futon, board games, books, magazines, a DVD player, and yoga maps. The futon can be converted into a bed to provide additional sleeping arrangement options.
Outside, guests will find a backyard and a variety of communal amenities and facilities, such as picnic tables, playgrounds, a library, game rooms, multi-use trails, a swimmable pond, and a hot tub.
The bed and breakfast is environmentally friendly, featuring nine types of local wood in its construction, well-insulated walls, double-pane south-facing windows that provide maximal solar heating and lighting, and decor utilizing non-toxic stains and paints. Heating is provided by energy-efficient natural gas boilers that send hot water through the bed and breakfast's radiant heated floors. Electricity is mostly generated by solar panels, and energy use is regulated by programmable thermostats. The hosts practice recycling and composting, and they provide non-toxic soaps, shampoos, cleaning supplies, tissues, and toilet paper.
- 1 Queen-size bed
- 1 Air mattress
- Shared Jacuzzi/Hot tub
- Washing machine
- Response rate: 70%
- Response time: Within 1 day
- New accommodation
3 accommodations in Glamping Hub
Check-in: 03:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Infants allowed Under 2 years old
Children allowed 2-12 years old
No Pets allowed
Some spaces are shared
Be kind to the environment and take care of the surroundings.
Location & Surroundings
Ithaca, New York (United States)
Detailed location provided after booking
- Winter sports
- Water sports
- Horseback riding
- Stand-up paddleboarding
- Wine tasting
- Wildlife watching
On the 240 acres of land on which the bed and breakfast and EcoVillage at Ithaca are set, guests can go hiking, running, and cross-country skiing on miles of trails. They can also take advantage of the bed and breakfast's board games, DVD player, and yoga mats, as well as the community's swimmable pond, hot tub, picnic tables, playgrounds, library, and game rooms. Guests can also go on tours of EcoVillage at Ithaca, attend community meals and events, and participate in community life by helping with cooking, harvesting, and meal cleanup.
For more hiking and cross-country skiing, guests will find a variety of trails at Finger Lakes National Forest, Robert H. Treman State Park, the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the Ithaca Falls Natural Area, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, and Watkins Glen State Park. The last four of these parks also provide opportunities to see the incredible waterfalls for which Ithaca and neighboring Watkins Glens are famous.
At Taughannock Falls State Park, guests can also go swimming at a lifeguarded beach and go kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding on Cayuga Lake. Watersport rentals are available right at the park. Another option for swimming is the public outdoor pool at Cass Park, where guests can also go skating at an ice rink, play tennis on four courts, and work out on an exercise trail.
Wine lovers could hardly pick a better getaway spot in the Eastern United States; the surrounding Finger Lakes region is renowned for its many vineyards and wineries, such as the nearby Ports of New York Winery, Frontenac Point Vineyard, and Americana Vineyards Winery. Heading northward, guests will find dozens of other wineries along the shores of Cayuga Lake and neighboring Seneca Lake.
For dining and shopping, guests will find a variety of fine-dining restaurants, farm and craft markets, antique stores, and one-of-a-kind boutiques in and around Ithaca and the neighboring towns of Hector, Watkins Glen, and Trumansburg. For cultural enrichment, educational experiences, and entertainment, guests will find a number of museums, art galleries, and concert venues right in Ithaca, such as the Museum of the Earth, the Sciencenter children's museum, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the Carl Sagan Planetwalk, and the State Theater.
Guests can also attend concerts, open-to-the-public lectures, and other special events at Ithaca College and Cornell University, the latter of which also hosts the Cornell Botanic Gardens. Here, guests can take a peaceful stroll through the 100-acre F.R. Newman Arboretum, where they will find a wide variety of labeled tree and shrub species, as well as breathtaking views of the rolling hills and valleys that define the arboretum's bucolic landscape.