La Tourelle Resort and Spa
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La Tourelle Resort and Spa

Whether you have a week to explore, or only a day, you will always find something to do in Ithaca. Contact our front desk if you have any questions on hours or for directions to any of the following activities.

Please note that these are not specific packages, just a sampling of what you can do during your stay. For specific packages that we are offering, please visit our Packages page.

Ithaca Shamrock Motorcycle Tour
A multiple day motorcycle tour based in Ithaca that takes you on over 650 miles of scenery in and around Finger Lakes wine country. Read more about this tour by RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine (PDF).

The Grape Adventure
Spend a day on the Cayuga Wine Trail. Stop at Taughannock Falls for a great photo from the falls overlook, sample wines and hard cider along the wine trail. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants along the lake, and stop for ice cream at the Cayuga Creamery on your way home. You can drive yourself (with a designated driver - please), or use one of our favorite wine tour transportation companies - Experience! The Finger Lakes or Euro Sedans.

High Above Cayuga's Waters
What a wonderful resource we have in Cornell University. Our favorite day at Cornell includes a visit to the Johnson Museum of Art and its stunning view from the top floor, lunch at Taverna Banfi at the Statler Hotel, and an afternoon exploring Cornell's Plantations. It's a beautiful campus to explore, and you can get "lost" wandering the Plantations for hours.

Get Out on the Lake
With Cayuga Lake at our front door, we encourage all of our guests to get out on the lake for a couple of hours. Regretfully, this is not the easiest thing to do. Our favorite ways are:
Cruise on board the MV Colombia - enjoy a relaxing lake cruise on board the MV Colombia. Cayuga Lake cruises offers dinner, cocktail or brunch cruises.
Educational Lake Cruise with Tiohero Tours - learn all about the geology, history and lore of Cayuga Lake on board Tiohero Tours.
Rent a Kayak - Rent a kayak for a half day from Puddledockers and enjoy the Farmer's Market by Kayak, and exploring the inlet and southern shore of Cayuga Lake.

A Gorges Walk
The glaciers were very kind to us, and we are constantly amazed by the natural beauty found in our gorges and waterfalls. We recommend two hikes:
La Tourelle to Lower Buttermilk Falls - walk out the resort's front door and follow our Buck Trail into Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park. The trail will lead you through Upper Buttermilk and all the way down to Lower Buttermilk on the Gorge Trail. It takes a little over an hour and the hike is all downhill...and yes, we'll pick up our guests and bring them back to the resort if they don't want to do the uphill return hike.
Robert H Treman State Park - we LOVE walking the trail from Lower Treman to Upper Treman. The rain forest feel of Upper Treman always makes us feel as though we have entered another world.

The Discovery Trail
We always have trouble deciding which Discovery Trail member to choose to visit for a half day. For kids - the ScienCenter and Cayuga Nature Center are top choices. Without kids - The Museum of the Earth and the Johnson Art Museum are our favorites. Don't forget the Cornell Plantations.

Waterfront Walk
We can't wait for the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to be completed, which will extend from Cass Park to the Farmer's Market and on through Stewart Park. We like to park at Cass Park, walk to the Farmer's Market which is always an experience, buy provisions for a picnic lunch, and then walk to Stewart Park for a lake picnic. On the way back to our car we stop at Purity for a classic Ithaca ice cream treat.

Horseback Riding Through the Finger Lakes National Forest
Our favorite place to go horseback riding is Painted Bar stables in Burdett, halfway between Ithaca and Watkins Glen. Erica and her team of gentle horses are a delightful way to spend a half day riding through the Finger Lakes National Forest. Before or after your ride, visit Watkins Glen and walk the gorge trail at Watkins Glen State Park.

Finding Cool Old Stuff
With so many great antique shops in our area - we never know which one to recommend. We like the Antiques Mall on Route 79 just past the hospital, and City Lights B&B and Hubs Place are always fun to visit.

Doing Downtown
One of our favorite afternoon/evening adventures is exploring the shops on the downtown Commons in the afternoon, having dinner at one of Ithaca's many superb restaurants, and then escaping at a performance at the Kitchen Theatre, State Theatre or Hangar Theatre.

A Relaxing Day at the Spa
OK, we had to get one plug in for our businesses, but we highly recommend a day of stress release and pampering. Start with a 50 minute Swedish or deep tissue massage. Then relax in our Tranquility Rooms where you can order, and enjoy lunch from The Bistro. After a steam or sauna - enjoy an Oxygen Therapy Facial, and then a manicure and/or pedicure. End you day with a rejuvenating walk on one of our trails.

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