When it comes to New York vacations, most people think about visiting the city with its endless skyscrapers and bright lights. They plan catching a show on Broadway, stopping by the Empire State Building, or taking the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty. While all that is fun and exciting, there’s so much more to the grand state of New York than popular Manhattan. As you travel up north, out of the crowds and the busy streets, you discover a part of New York that’s more laid-back, more natural. Here awaits the Finger Lakes region of New York, a 9,000-square mile area that includes all eleven of the beautiful Finger Lakes that are a part of Lake Ontario and the Erie Canal.
Resting in the heart of this beautiful location is the charming town of Ithaca, a prime destination just ten minutes from Cayuga Lake. This is where you will find La Tourelle, a warm, inviting inn that features 54 quaint rooms, a luxury spa, incredible food, and fantastic wine.
And wine is part of what the Finger Lakes is all about. As New York's wine capitol, the Finger Lakes is home to over 100 beautiful vineyards and wineries, many of which are open to the public for you to visit and explore. Although the first record of wine-making in the region dates back to 1829, it wasn’t until 1962 when Dr. Konstantin Frank grew the first vinifera grapes that truly put Finger Lakes on the worldwide map for wine creation. Today, the Finger Lakes specializes in vinifera grapes and produces some of the best Rieslings in the world!
When you’re not taste-testing the fantastic local wines in the area, you will love visiting the four state parks in Ithaca. The inn itself has direct access to one of them: Buttermilk State Park. Straight from the property you can trek to the Lower Buttermilk Falls and take in the truly gorgeous views of the natural surroundings and the sparkling waterfall. The Robert H Treman State Park is another option for outdoor adventure; the park’s unique rainforest atmosphere gives you a different experience on your trip!
Return to the inn for a soothing massage at their onsite August Moon Spa, or settle down at The Bistro for a delicious meal that is directly farm to table. La Tourelle’s charming rooms are readily equipped with soft, pillow-top mattresses, jetted tubs, and free wireless internet. For extra comfort, stay in one of the King Rooms that includes all the above along with a gas fireplace and private balcony! To top it all off, the resort offers free parking to make planning your trip even easier. No matter how exactly you choose to spend your time here, La Tourelle ensures that your Finger Lakes vacation is one you will always remember.