La Tourelle Hotel Bistro & Spa

News and Updates

Our family has continued some long and difficult discussions over the last several days and weeks as Covid-19 spreads and our small community begins to see unprecedented closings. Please see below news for the most up to date information on hours of operation, supporting local business, effected groups, specials, and more.

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Where to See Finger Lakes Fall Foliage in Ithaca

Where to See Finger Lakes Fall Foliage in Ithaca

Now that fall is upon us, New Yorkers are searching for that perfect fall getaway to celebrate the season's magic. Suppose you are looking for an autumn vacation full of nature hikes, cascading waterfalls, apple picking, wine tasting, and farmers' markets. In that case, we have the perfect escape waiting for you at La Tourelle. Our luxury resort is nestled on 70 acres of land just minutes from hiking trails, wineries, and museums. When you stay with La Tourelle, Finger Lakes fall foliage trails are easily accessible right out your back door. Read on to discover the best places to take in the fall colors around Ithaca on land, water, and even in the air!

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Where to Find Gorgeous Ithaca Waterfalls: Summer Edition

Where to Find Gorgeous Ithaca Waterfalls: Summer Edition

In continuation of The 6 Prettiest Finger Lakes Waterfalls: Winter Edition blog, today we will highlight the best Ithaca waterfalls you can see during the summertime. With over 150 picturesque waterfalls within a ten-mile radius, it’s no surprise that our town has gained the moniker “Ithaca is gorges!” Whether you want to hike through glacially carved landscapes or admire waterfalls from easily accessible overlooks, there is a waterfall for everyone in Ithaca!

Stay with us at La Tourelle and start chasing waterfalls from our premier Finger Lakes Hotel. Our Buttermilk Trail connects with the paths at Buttermilk Falls State Park, so you can easily access one of the best local waterfalls right out your back door. 

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Are You Looking for Hotels near Ithaca College & Cornell?

Are You Looking for Hotels near Ithaca College & Cornell?

As summer comes to a close, college students across the country are preparing for the upcoming school year. And Ithaca is no exception, with two universities welcoming new and returning students this August. If you are a parent helping your child move in and are looking for the best place to stay in town, you’ve come to the right place! La Tourelle offers convenient lodging just one mile down the road from Ithaca College and just over three miles from Cornell University. Take advantage of our special discount for College Parents and save money on your hotel stay with La Tourelle. 

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The Complete Guide to Downtown Ithaca

The Complete Guide to Downtown Ithaca

Whether you are visiting Ithaca to drop the kids off at college or to visit the famous waterfalls, you may be wondering where to find the best dining, shopping, and entertainment in town. Downtown Ithaca is your one-stop destination for all these things and the perfect place to take a break and discover everything our Finger Lakes town has to offer. Whether you are looking for souvenirs or nightly entertainment, La Tourelle makes it easy to access all of the attractions downtown with our complimentary shuttle to the famous Ithaca Commons. Read on to discover all the things to do in downtown Ithaca.

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Summer Activities: The Best Finger Lakes Kayaking

Summer Activities: The Best Finger Lakes Kayaking


When summer returns to New York, the Finger Lakes Region attracts adventurer's from all over the country. Nature enthusiasts spend their summers exploring the area's beautiful state parks, cascading waterfalls, deep gorges, and glacial lakes. There are endless ways to get outside and explore the region's beauty, from hiking to biking and kayaking. Ithaca offers a fantastic destination to experience Finger Lakes kayaking just minutes from our luxury hotel La Tourelle.

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Stay at our Hotel Near Cornell University & Ithaca College

Stay at our Hotel Near Cornell University & Ithaca College

Thousands of students call Ithaca home during the school year. But, when summer rolls around, many Cornell and Ithaca College students move out, and new students arrive for college visits. This brings an influx of parents searching for hotels near Cornell University. La Tourelle is just minutes away from the universities and offers the perfect place to stay in Ithaca. We are excited to announce a special rate just for parents of Ithaca College and Cornell University students! Just mention your affiliation with either university at the time of booking and show your student’s current ID at check-in, and we’ll do the rest! We can’t wait to welcome you to our premier Ithaca hotel this year!

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Day Trip Ideas: Ithaca to Syracuse

Day Trip Ideas: Ithaca to Syracuse

The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful slice of New York known for glacial lakes, cascading waterfalls, rolling hills, and charming towns. When you plan a trip to beautiful Ithaca, you will be a short drive away from several Finger Lakes communities. Approximately one hour from La Tourelle, you will arrive in historic Syracuse, NY. Make the most out of your Finger Lakes getaway by planning a day trip from Ithaca to Syracuse. Whether you want to spend the day exploring the museums, learning local history, or hiking scenic trails, Syracuse has something for everyone!

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Check Out the Ithaca Farmer’s Market this Winter

Most farmer’s markets take place during the summer, but in Ithaca, you can also shop for produce and local goods during the winter months. The winter Ithaca farmer’s market takes place annually from early January through the end of March. Visit the market during your Finger Lakes vacation and support our community when you buy local produce, baked goods, or artisan products. Whether you want to take back sweet treats to enjoy in your room at La Tourelle or find the perfect gift to commemorate your vacation, the winter market has something for everyone!

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The Best Hikes in Ithaca for a Winter Getaway

The Best Hikes in Ithaca for a Winter Getaway

Winter is an incredibly divisive season- while some of us are excitedly embracing the cold, others are well into our winter hibernation. But, whether you are a fan of winter or not, there’s no denying the beauty of snow-covered landscapes. Ithaca, in particular, transforms into a wonderland of frozen waterfalls that beckons you to get outside and explore the outdoors in the dead of winter. La Tourelle is centrally located near three state parks where you can experience some of the best hikes in Ithaca year-round. So, get out of the house, and spend a weekend exploring the scenic trails in the Finger Lakes.

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Ithaca Wedding Venue: Say I Do in the Finger Lakes

La Tourelle has been an idyllic setting for weddings in the Finger Lakes for over 30 years. With our beautiful grounds, ponds, and gazebos, you are sure to find the perfect backdrop to tie the knot in Ithaca. We also have a multi-level banquet room for your reception and a wedding concierge to help you plan your wedding every step of the way. Our Ithaca wedding venue has everything you need to host the special day of your dreams. So read on to discover why you should say “I do” in the Finger Lakes with La Tourelle.

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A Revitalizing Ithaca Spa Retreat at La Tourelle

A Revitalizing Ithaca Spa Retreat at La Tourelle

It seems like the constant demands of everyday life cause us to put our health and well-being on the back burner. We are constantly running from one task to the next, never taking time to slow down and just relax. A spa retreat at La Tourelle is an excellent place to take some much-needed away time in Ithaca, NY. Our premier Ithaca spa offers massage therapy, custom facials, body treatments, and unique waterfall treatments. All of our treatments mirror the natural environment of Ithaca to create a one-of-a-kind spa retreat you can’t find anywhere else. We invite you to join us for a revitalizing spa getaway that will re-energize your mind, body, and spirit. 

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Ithaca Activities: Watch Live Theatre and Musicals

Ithaca Activities: Watch Live Theatre and Musicals

When you think of New York theatre, you probably think of Broadway performances in New York City. But, you don’t have to visit the Big Apple to experience Broadway-caliber performances in New York. The Finger Lakes may be known for its waterfalls, but Ithaca has several theatres that offer quality live entertainment. Ithaca activities genuinely have something for everyone, from exploring the great outdoors to discovering the local arts scene. 

La Tourelle is less than ten minutes away from the theatres in downtown Ithaca, providing convenient access to everything Ithaca has to offer with our complimentary shuttle. Spend your days exploring Ithaca activities and end the day with an inspiring performance at one of the local theatres. 

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Finger Lakes Apple Picking near Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Apple Picking near Ithaca, NY

Fall in Ithaca is the most magical time of the year, with vibrant colors of changing leaves and the crisp autumn breeze. From scenic vista hikes to world-class cider, there are many ways to celebrate the season in the Finger Lakes. One of our favorite classic fall activities is Finger Lakes apple picking. Apple picking is an excellent way to enjoy the fall foliage, get outside, and bring home juicy apples for homemade treats. And La Tourelle is the perfect place to call home during your Finger Lakes vacation. Spending time on our expansive property and relaxing in our cozy accommodations is an excellent way to unwind after a day of activities. So why not visit Ithaca for Finger Lakes apple picking? After all, you know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. 

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Best Restaurants in Ithaca on Restaurant Row

Best Restaurants in Ithaca on Restaurant Row

Ithaca is one of those unique vacation spots where you can spend the day at awe-inspiring waterfalls and the night watching Broadway-caliber live theater. Ithaca has something for everyone with the perfect blend of the natural environment and exciting attractions. The diversity of Ithaca extends to its dining scene, where you can get a cheeseburger on one corner and a unique vegetarian meal across the street. And since we have more restaurants per capita than New York City, it’s essential to eat local while you’re here. You can find some of the best restaurants in town on one city block known as restaurant row. However, you want to explore Ithaca, our hotel at La Tourelle is the perfect place to access the area’s attractions and unwind on our expansive property. Without further ado, here are some of the best restaurants in Ithaca that can be found on restaurant row. 

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A Quick Update...and a Beautiful Summer

With growing concern around the nation we would like to reassure our guests that we are continuing to employ the best practices as recommended by the CDC and New York State. We will continue to use high quality cleaning products, H13, UV, and Ionizer air filters in key public areas, keep windows and doors open whenever possible for fresh air, and request that all guests and staff who are not vaccinated to wear a face covering in public areas. At this time we do not require or request that guests provide proof of vaccine. Please visit New York State and Tompkins Department of Health websites for the most up to date numbers and requirements. 

Now that business is out of the way....

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Explore the Art & Science Museums in Ithaca

The Finger Lakes region in New York is known for its wide-open spaces and 11 captivating lakes. But, The Finger Lakes offers an abundance of opportunities to explore this region in different ways. There are so many things to do in Ithaca, NY you are guaranteed to find the perfect vacation spot here. Ithaca is home to several museums to explore and learn about art and science. La Tourelle hotel is conveniently located next to museums, restaurants, and hiking trails in Ithaca. Immerse yourself in nature on our 70 acres of private land and join us at your home away from home.

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The Ultimate Finger Lakes Fishing Guide

There is no better place to enjoy the summer than in the wide-open spaces of Ithaca, NY. Every summer, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area for hiking trails, waterfalls, and boating. Most importantly, the Finger Lakes region is an oasis for anglers. Embark on the best Finger Lakes fishing when you visit Ithaca. Stay with us at La Tourelle, and you’ll be a short hike away from the fishing at Buttermilk Falls. Visit Ithaca during your next vacation and unwind at our premier hotel and bistro after a long day of fishing.

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A Grand Summer is on the Horizon

It seems like it has been so long since we have seen smiling faces, instead we have become accustom to smiling eyes and straining our ears to hear through each others face coverings. But our region and New York as a whole has made tremendous progress and we at La Tourelle are very excited to see business as usual returning to the Finger Lakes, Ithaca, and La Tourelle!

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Top 3 Finger Lakes Coffee Shops

The Finger Lakes region is known for its waterfalls, gorges, and beautiful scenery. While you are enjoying all these outside activities, you will undoubtedly need a caffeinated pick-me-up. Luckily, the region is full of unique coffee shops to explore. Take your coffee to go and enjoy it on the 70 acres of lawns, ponds, and gardens at La Tourelle. These are three of the best Ithaca coffee shops. 

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5 Unique & Socially-Distanced Finger Lake Activities

As the spring slowly fades into summer, there is no shortage of endeavors to behold in the Finger Lakes region. We here at La Tourelle, for example, have more than 70 acres available to explore on top of an onsite spa and nightly wine tastings. However, during a pandemic, participating in everyday activities can get tricky. If you are worried about your safety yet don’t want that to get in the way of a little fun, then you’ve come to the right place. There are plenty of things to safely enjoy here at La Tourelle, Ithaca, and the Finger Lakes. Here are five Finger Lakes activities that are perfectly set up for social distancing! 

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It's Time for a Visit

Everyone at La Tourelle is so excited to see Spring has arrived and Summer is just around the corner. Our team has been focusing on preparing all of our outdoor spaces for your enjoyment!. We have been gardening, planting beautiful spring flowers, and creating some wonderful outdoor spaces to enjoy the 70 acres of South Hill we call La Tourelle. We'll be add several firepits for rent this summer, several freestanding patio swings, lounge areas around our several ponds, and more places to relax and soak up the New York summer. 

And....get ready for it.....the return of the infamous La Tourelle Wine Hour! Our amazing team will be bringing back Wine Hour beginning May 1st. Drinks will be served at the lobby bar (along with individual snacks) and can be enjoyed in the café right off the lobby or on the café terrace. We will continue to feature all local wine complimentary for hotel guests from 5-6pm nightly and have specials on local beers and spirits! Stay tuned for more info in our newsletter coming out in 2 weeks!

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Spring has returned to the Finger Lakes

With temperatures in the 60s, sunshine in the sky, and hints of new growth breaking through the dirt...its official, Spring has arrived in the Finger Lakes. 

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Top 3 Breweries in Ithaca

Top 3 Breweries in Ithaca, NY

Beer lovers from New York are well-acquainted with the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, a sweeping directory to breweries in the area. The trail extends across the Finger Lakes regions and even includes breweries in Ithaca, NY. If your quest takes you here, who better to serve as your guide than us at La Tourelle. Our conveniently-located hotel places you among some of the best breweries in New York near our Finger Lakes resort.  

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Got the Winter Blues? Warm Up Safely at La Tourelle!

We are hearing about northeastern winters being felt all across the winter this week! The good news is, we've done this before and we have down to a science! The lobby fire is going, we have 17 rooms with in-room fireplaces, the coffee is always hot, and the Bistro meals are hearty and made to order! Combine all that goodness with the beautiful landscape of La Tourelle and a team dedicated to your safety and providing a memorable experience and it's a wonder you aren't here already!

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It's A New Year!

We wished 2020 farewell and welcomed 2021 with open arms 3 weeks ago already! It seems this rollercoaster has an end in sight and we are grateful you have found us, trusted us, stayed with us, and shared this experience in some part at La Tourelle Hotel and August Moon Spa. We look forward to an amazing year ahead of us and seeing all of your smiling faces (even if its still behind a mask)!

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Embark on a Self-Guided Wintertime Ithaca Wine Tour

When Ithaca hurriedly transforms from a kaleidoscope of autumnal color to a wintry wonderland, many travelers assume that the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail also “goes cold.” It’s certainly true that most tourists disperse once the vines freeze, but the wintertime is actually the best opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal Ithaca wine tour at some of the region’s finest vineyards. La Tourelle, a 70-acre, French Chateau-style estate that hugs Ithaca’s Buttermilk Falls State Park, is minutes away from over a dozen wineries near serene Cayuga Lake. The aforementioned Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest of its kind here in the U.S., so there’s also a healthy dose of historical significance that further enhances the experience.

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Winter has found us but the lobby fire is blazing!

Well folks, the inevitable has happened...winter has descended upon Ithaca. But don't worry, we are still here! Our doors our open, our lobby fire is blazing, and our Fireplace King rooms are the perfect way to disconnect from the daily grind, put your feet up, and let our family take care of you and yours. 

Now, let's take a quick moment to address the elephant in the room..we are OPEN! La Tourelle remains committed to providing a safe and enjoyable stay.

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Plan a Winter Escape to Ithaca

New York’s sprawling, rolling Finger Lakes region is as naturally beautiful as it is historically absorbing. And no city wholly encapsulates the area quite like Ithaca, the crown jewel of Cayuga Lake. Ithaca is home to prestigious Cornell University, jaw-dropping Taughannock Falls, and the award-winning La Tourelle, one of the region’s only French château-style hotels. This trifecta is just the tip of the iceberg, as Ithaca is home to countless other mid-winter pursuits and attractions, including year-round wineries, state parks, and engaging museums. And there’s never been a more alluring time to plan a winter escape into the heart of the Finger Lakes.

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A Complete Visitor's Guide to Ithaca

There’s certainly no shortage of natural wonders, picturesque vineyards, and historical landmarks in beautiful Ithaca, NY, home to La Tourelle, a French-style chateau that stands on a sprawling, 70-acre estate. As we subtly shift from autumn’s peak to the holiday season, it’s critical to note that Ithaca is a beloved four-season haven.

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With Winter Approaching....

Even though it was 72° in Ithaca today, we must eventually admit that winter is coming soon! But don't worry, La Tourelle will continue to be your safe haven for your staycation, family visiting for the holidays, as well as birthday and anniversary celebrations!

Our spa is open, the wineries are open, the restaurants are still open AND delivering. So skip the crowds this winter and don't forget to visit the serene local waterfalls on your visit to La Tourelle in Ithaca.

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The Bistro at La Tourelle

The Bistro at La Tourelle remains a culinary jewel, “hidden” on a rolling, 70-acre farmstead approximately 3.5 miles south of Ithaca’s Cornell University. Ithaca, New York, Cayuga Lake’s southern temple, is a historic, undeniably scenic slice of the Finger Lakes, where old-world charm and natural beauty flawlessly meld. The region is known for its world-class vineyards, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and prestigious Ivy League universities. However, Ithaca itself, namely The Bistro at La Tourelle, attracts foodies from all across The Empire State (and far beyond). As one of the top-rated restaurants in Ithaca, The Bistro is continuously enhancing the menu and overall guest experience, thanks in large part to Executive Chef Anne Miller.

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Romantic Getaway in the Finger Lakes

The coziest season of the year rapidly approaches here in historic Ithaca, New York, home to sumptuous La Tourelle, a 54-room hotel with an on-site bistro and spa. When the temperatures subtly dip here in the Finger Lakes, couples tend to snuggle close and partake in the finer things in life, such as award-winning vino, massage therapy, and gourmet cuisine. La Tourelle’s unique blend of historical significance, sprawling acreage, and sophisticated amenities makes it one of the most beloved romantic getaways in the Finger Lakes, especially those who value French Chateau-style architecture.

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Ready for Fall?

It is amazing to think the summer has flown by so quickly! If you've visited us over the summer - thank you for supporting our family in this most unique and challenging of times! If you are planning your upcoming visit - we can't wait to see you smiling faces (behind your mask) walk through our front door. 

With the weather starting to turn towards fall - we promise - the lobby fireplace will be going! But also, don't forget that we have 18 rooms with their own gas fireplace and 1 very special Woodburning Fireplace King room that includes a real fireplace and french doors leading to a private balcony. 

Just a couple of reminders for our returning and first time visitors: At this time, masks are required at all times inside La Tourelle. The only exceptions to this requirement is inside your own hotel room or once you are seated at our Bistro. Also, to respect everyones space, our housekeepers are only going into your room upon request. We are more than happy to offer turndown service, all you have to do is put the "a little tlc please" sign on your door!

Updated hours of operation: The Bistro at La Tourelle is now open 7 days a week from 8am until noon on the weekdays and 1pm on the weekend. August Moon Spa is open 7 days a week for massage and facials! We have limited availability so make sure call ahead! Our front desk/reception continues to be available 7 days a week for anything you may need!

And now, with much anticipation, we are excited to announce that our 2020 room renovations are complete! We have given 5 rooms a face lift including new wood flooring and fresh paint and our banquet hall has been updated from top to bottom with a gorgeous new tile flooring and light fixtures. We are SO proud of how this space has turned out that we are currently serving breakfast and lunch in the banquet hall to ensure safe social distancing for everyone! Check out our events and wedding pages for new pictures soon.

We also brought an absolutely gorgeous new suite online this month that is great for families, couples, and girlfriend getaways. For those that have stayed in or dreamt of staying in our Yellow Barn Suite, we now have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath version available! We have taken our 2-bedroom apartment and created a lovely and relaxing space that is both rustic and comfortable with modern amenities. This new suite includes 1 king bedroom, 1 double-twin bedroom, a living room with a queen bed pull-out, dining table with seating for 6, a double vanity bathroom with huge walk-in shower, wifi, full size fridge, microwave, toaster, and private entrance to your very own hideaway. Keep an eye out for photos online and in our eblast, it is.....stunning! 


As safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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Ithaca Summer is Gorges

Ithaca has seen some of the best summer weather that we can recall in recent history, warm days and cool nights with just the right amount of sunshine to soak up and rain to keep the waterfalls flowing! We are open, we are focused on health and safety, and we can't wait for your next chance to visit!

New York has shown incredible strength and resiliance through this pandemic. Our residents and visitors have been sincerely respectful of local and state mandates; as a result our community is open, thriving, and ready for your visit! Our parks are open. Our restaurants are open (and we've even closed a section of Aurora Street for outdoor dining in the street!). Our wineries are open. And yes, August Moon Spa is OPEN!!

Please note that masks or face coverings are required inside all public building in New York right now. Patrons and guests may remove their mask when seated at a restaurant. And of course, you may remove your mask in your hotel room! Please help us keep our guests and community safe by observing these regulations and consider postponing your trip if you feel unwell. 

In order to respect our guests personal space, our housekeeping department is only offering turn down service to rooms that request it by hanging our "A Little TLC Requested" sign on their door. 

La Tourelle continues to follow all New York State mandates and CDC recommondations. Including but not limited to requiring all staff to wear masks indoors, housekeepers also wear gloves while in hotel rooms and following a strict sanitizing protocol, we have stationed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel including the entryway, lobby, bistro, hallways, and spa. We have also installed HEPA filters in the lobby, spa reception, and spa service rooms for added peace of mind. 

August Moon Spa is open 7 days a week and we just added Hot Stones back into the mix - check out the September Special. 

The Bistro is open 7 days a week for sit-down, indoor or outdoor, room service, and take-out from 8am-12pm Monday-Friday and 8am - 1pm Saturday and Sunday.

John Thomas has close permanently - we will miss the delicious fare very much but are also very excited for the next chapter of our little farmhouse restaurant!

As safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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Ithaca is Open

Ithaca and the Fingerlakes are OPEN!

Pop-up drive-in movie theater, we got it. Waterfalls and State Parks, gorgeous, nearby, and plentiful. A wonderful selection of locally owned restaurants taking over the streets for outdoor dining....definitely! This town we call home has rallied to the cause to continue to provide a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience when visiting our little corner of New York. Local businesses are adhering to and exceeding the guidelines that New York State has mandated included but not limited to wearing masks indoors, positioning sanitizing stations, and social distancing,. Our community is small, our communiy is strong, our community supports one another and is taking great care to keep us all safe. Join us!

La Tourelle, August Moon Spa, and The Bistro are OPEN!

Massage services....we got it! 70 acres of fresh air to explore....oh yeah! Adjacent to Buttermilk Falls State Park....yep, you could hike their from our backyard! Check out our Keep it Local Dinner Package featuring a choice of 5 delectable dinner partners to complete your stay. Or check out our Relax and Rejuvenate Package that includes a visit to our August Moon Spa and breakfast for two at The Bistro! We are continuing to expand our hours and offerings as the state permits and demand increases. Feel free to call us direct to find out the most up to date information!

We are all in this together!

Our family and team members are working around the clock to ensure your experience with us is the best it can possibly be. We are asking all guests to don their masks and observe social distancing when in public areas in consideration of other guests, our team members, and our family. We are also asking that if you do not feel well, please call us to reschedule your visit. 

As safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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Moving Forward, New York

The La Tourelle family is so impressed with the support from our local community, so proud of amazing team members stepping up to the challenge, and endlessly appreciative of each and every one of our guests and clients for choosing La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro, & Spa. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being apart of our family.

And on to the latest developments at La Tourelle:

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to John Thomas Steakhouse. Our business partner of many years, Mike Kelly, has chosen not to re-open the doors to this beloved restaurant. We were honored to have such a wonderful steakhouse right outside our front door and we also look forward to the next chapter for our little farmhouse. John Thomas is selling much of their meat and wine inventory to the public, if you are interested please visit

We are both surprised and delighted with two successful weekends of re-opening at August Moon Spa. Our team has gone above and beyond to provide safety, relaxation, and peace of mind in this current setting through increased sanitation protocols, increased time between appointments, health screenings for staff and clients, HEPA air filters in treatment rooms, and of course...personal hygiene, masks, and face shields. It is in this light that we will be expanding the number of days and hours that we are offering begin July 10th. Don't forget to Request An Appointment if you are ready for a massage! And stay tuned to or email with any questions or concerns. 

And last but not least, The Bistro at La Tourelle. We are continuing to offer 50% capacity indoors, socially distanced outdoor dining on the terrace, room service, and to-go orders. Due to an increase in demand we have re-opened The Bistro 7 days a week! Monday through Friday we will serve breakfast 8am - 11am.  Saturday and Sunday we will serve brunch 8am - 12pm. We highly recommend making a reservation by calling us directly or visiting The Bistro page directly. 

As safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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We're All In This Together

The La Tourelle family is honored and incredibly thankful to all of our guests, clients, team members and local citizens for their support and patronage through this most challenging of circumstances. From Scott, Kash, Phoenix, Jessica, Moorea, and Cameron...Thank you for choosing our family business. 


On to the news: We have continued our phased reopening strategies here at La Tourelle with wonderful outcomes. Our team members are working together to provide a safe and relaxing environment through expanding our offerings and utilizing PPE throughout our businesses. We believe strongly that as a community we can overcome this challenge. And we ask that our guests, clients, and team members continue to work together in observance of the state and local mandates so everyone can escape to La Tourelle with peace of mind. 

The August Moon Spa had a successful and very busy re-opening weekend! We will continue to offer massage in our converted hotel rooms AND starting on Friday July 10th we will also be opening 3 treatment rooms in the physical spa! Guests and clients will now be able to have a massage in their own hotel room, in hotel room we've converted into a spa room, or in the spa itself! Just a reminder, we are still asking everyone to Request An Appointment via at this time. You can always email us for the most up-to-date information as well!

The Bistro at La Tourelle will be open 7 days a week starting Monday June 29th! We will be serving breakfast Monday - Friday 8am until 11am and Brunch Saturday - Sunday 8am until 12pm. That's your Bed and Breakfast special any day and we'll package our full American style breakfast for each guest in your reservation! I can almost smell the Oatmeal Encrusted French Toast now! 


As safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you again soon

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Who Needs a Massage? Me Too!!

La Tourelle is excited to announce that we are now accepting appointment requests for Classic Services at August Moon Spa beginning THIS Friday the 19th of June. We have converted a select few hotel rooms into massage rooms to maintain the safest environment so each client will have there own private changing room and massage room. Staying the night? You can get a massage in your own room too!

Spots are filling up quick so click this Request an Appointment link to get yours! 

At August Moon Spa we believe that peace of mind and relaxation of the body are essential services. We are proud to offer these services with the upmost respect to current mandates and consideration to both our employees and our clients. In that light, we are taking extra pecautions including but not limited to: in-hotel room massages, installing HEPA air filters in each room, increasing time between appointments to fully sanitize the room, performing health checks on both employees and clients, requiring face masks, and retraining our staff on best practices for sanitizing. 

It is our goal to continue to provide the excellent service with a renewed focus on your well being. If you are as excited as we are, request your appointment here. If you have any questions, drop us an email and we'll get right back to you!

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Is It Phase 3 YET?! What about August Moon Spa!?

We know, we know! The August Moon Spa and The Bistro are soooo ready to open! Our team has devoted countless hours to increasing our cleaning protocols and creating new procedures to ensure the health and safety of our staff, guests, and clients. Both of these wonderful amenities are listed in Phase 3, which is slated for re-opening on Friday June 12th and here is the best info we have as of today, June 11th:

The Bistro at La Tourelle We have been happily offering outdoor dining, take-out, and room service in recent weeks and are very excited to offer indoor dining for breakfast and lunch VERY SOON! New York State has issued detailed guidance on re-opening restaurants. Our team will continue to provide the highest level of safety within these standards including masks, gloves, increased hygiene and social distancing for indoor and outdoor dining Friday - Monday 8am-1pm.

August Moon Spa - And now....what we've all been waiting for....massage! How have we survived 3 whole months without August Moon Spa?! We're honestly not sure, but we are SO proud of our spa team for helping us delevelop and implement the standards and protocols. These efforts will ensure the we meet and exceed health and safety guidelines and to provide peace of mind and body on your next visit.

August Moon Spa is planning to re-open to hotel guests on Friday August 19th for classic services in your hotel room or in one of three hotel rooms we have designated for massage only. Enjoying your massage in one of our hotel room offers youo the privacy of your own changing room and peace of mind that the room is diligently prepared and sanitized just for them! To make your appointment please call our hotel front desk or email our Spa. Days and times are limited, grab your spot today to start your rejuvenation! 

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Bistro Dining and August Moon Spa

As the world, country, state, and region continue their return to normalcy, La Tourelle is doing everything within our power to expand, adapt, and re-open your favorite amenities with the guidance of our State and County. 

The Bistro at La Tourelle is proud to continue to offer limited services during this ever-changing world health situation. Currently, we are open Friday - Monday for Breakfast and Lunch from 8am - 1pm for take-out, room service, and outdoor dining on the Bistro Terrace. La Tourelle has always provided top notch health and safety for all of our hotel guests and local residents. We have stepped up our game above and beyond the New York State guidelines to provide additional safety measures including a pre-order station, social distancing, hygiene stations, and directed foot traffic. In addition, all kitchen and service staff are required to wear masks and gloves while preparing and serving your delicious breakfast and lunch items.

Dine outside, order to-go, or enjoy the luxury of room service delivered to your door with complete peace of mind knowing that we think of all of our guests and patrons as family.

August Moon Spa is eagerly awaiting detailed guidance on re-opening and it is our hope that Spa's will be permitted to open under NY Phase III in the coming weeks. Our family and staff have been hard at work creating new protocols to further increase our sanitizing practices, taking steps to ensure the safety of our clients and employees, increasing time between appointments, and giving special attention to every detail so your next massage is as peaceful and rejuvenating as you've come to expect from La Tourelle and August Moon Spa. 

Stay tuned to La Tourelle News and for the latest information....we'll be taking appointment requests very soon! 

As safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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La Tourelle Misses You!

La Tourelle is a family or kin, friends, team members, and guests....and our family is excited to see your family back to Ithaca! Memorial Day weekend was a lovely experience to see folks at La Tourelle, masks and sanitizer in hand, making the most of a long weekend in this very unique state of the world. It brings joy to all of our hearts that our guests are supporting local by visiting us, doing curbside pickup at wineries and restaurants, and experience the vast outdoor experiences Ithaca and the Finger Lakes have to offer. 


At La Tourelle, we have always held the highest standards for safety and cleanliness. In response to Covid-19 we have tripled our efforts and adapted to the current situation by going above and beyond the recommended protocols. Our kin, friends, team, and guests mean the world to us, in consideration and appreciation for all of you we have:

*Installed a touch-free coffee station in the lobby

*Installed a touch-free water dispenser in the lobby

*Installed touch-free ice machine

*Ensured that a room is vacant for as long as possible between guests

*Increased the time a housekeeper spends cleaning and sanitizing each room

*Sanitized all public area touch points throughout each day and night

*Stationed hand sanitizer dispensers in all public areas including several in our lobby and in every hallway corridor

*Required housekeepers are wearing gloves and masks whenever entering a room whether or not a guest is present

*Built and installed clear shielding at our front desk and bistro service station

*Established a pre-order station for The Bistro in addition to providing new laminated Bistro menus in every room for Take-Out and Room Service orders.


Nothing is more important to us than the guest experience - we know cleanliness and attention to detail are of the upmost importance to you. We will continue to do the best we can every day to continue to adapt, improve, and provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience while staying at La Tourelle.

Until we meet safe, be well, love your loved ones, and we look forward to your next opportunity to visit! 

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The Bistro Returns...Grab N Go, Take Out, & Room Service!

The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter as we approach a phased end to NY On Pause and we are excited to announce that we will be re-opening our Bistro services in the form of Grab N Go, Take-Out, and Room Service!

Chef Anne has developed two new menus for Grab N Go which is available everyday starting immediately! Our Take-Out and Room Service which will be available starting Friday May 22nd for Breakfast and Lunch Friday-Monday 8am-1pm. We will expand these offerings in the comings weeks! 

While our dining room remains closed, our guests are welcome to enjoy their meals on our terraces, gazebos, balcony's and rooms! Enjoy the fresh air of a New York summer, grab a blanket and have a picnic on our expansive and well-manicured lawns or pack a bag and hike to Upper Buttermilk for lunch at the picnic tables next to the waterfall. 

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Online Booking Now Available

La Tourelle is happy to report that we have re-opened online booking! Our team has been working diligently to deep clean and sanitize every room as well as develop and train our staff on new protocols to increase guest safety and peace of mind. If you've been itching to get out of the house we have the perfect place to land...with 70 acres of open lawns, gazebos, ponds, and hiking trails leading to Buttermilk Falls State Park, there is no better place to visit in Central New York. 

The Bistro is resetting tables to ensure social distancing, developing a new Bistro Room Service Menu, and creating a Grab N Go breakfast area that will be available at the lobby bar!

August Moon Spa is eager to re-open and awaits guidance from New York on protocols, we promise...we want to open the spa as much as you want to visit!

John Thomas Steakhouse remains closed. We look forward to providing top-notch dining services as soon as they are able!

Our guests and staff are like family at La Tourelle. If there is anything we can do to accomodate, clarify, or make available for you...just ask!

Be well, stay healthy, love your loved ones...and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

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NY On Pause Continues

April 20th 2020 - 4:19PM

It's been a long few weeks and we hope that everyone is healthy and delving into projects, family life, and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. 

New York State has extended its non-essential business closures in an effort to slow the spread and keep us all healthy.

La Tourelle remains on the essential businesses list. Our hotel reservation desk is open 9-5pm daily or email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.  

We have ramped up our cleaning and disinfecting efforts including but not limited too ensuring each room is vacant for atleast 36 hours before renting to a new guest, ensuring only the best products are used, and we've ordered touch-free hand sanitizing station to install around the hotel for everyones peace of mind. 


Are you going a little stir crazy and just want to get away for the night? Give us a call for a last minute special rate.

Working from home....or trying to work from home but can't quite finish that project? Our property is peaceful and inspiring, call for our day rate and wrap up that project up in a spacious king room and still make it home for dinner with the family!


Thank you for reading, be well, stay healthy, and love your loved ones. We will see you again soon!

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15% off Gift Certificates

First and foremost, we hope that all of you and your families are safe and healthy and making the most of the challenging circumstances. We understand that many are unable or unwilling to travel right now and please know that we respect the decision to adhere to social distancing for the benefit of the whole world.

La Tourelle is still open and we are only accepting new reservations by call-in only under management discretion. This is to enable us to keep an empty room between you and the next guest, each room is aired out for 24 hours after occupancy, cleaned, and then sanitized with the highest standards. We believe this is the best way to offer respite to those able to take a night away while ensuring the health and safety of our guests and staff. 

If you cannot or choose not to travel right now, please consider giving us a call and purchasing a Gift Certificate at 15% off! This will be available throughout the month of April and Gift Certificates are valid for 5 years from the purchase date.

Our Bistro and August Moon Spa remain closed at the agreeable direction of our state government. 

Our phone lines are open and available every day 8am - 8pm. If you do not reach us please feel free to leave a voicemail or send an email to or

Be well, stay healthy, and love on your loved ones. We look forward to seeing all of you soon!

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Happy Monday!

March 23rd, 2020 - 6:36pm

Good Evening from La Tourelle,

We hope everyone is healthy and making the best of a challenging situation! La Tourelle is continuing to strive forward and ensure that we are available for our guests whether it be for a new reservation call or an upcoming stay already on the books. Our reception desk is available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week, and our housekeeping team is doubling their efforts to ensure your stay is safe and comfortable. We are also continuing to renovate our Banquet Hall - and folks - it's going to be something quite special. Please keep tuned on our social media pages for updates and photos on that process. For the moment, our hotel is quiet but in good spirits, our family is healthy and making the most of it, and we were blessed with some wonderful snowman-making-snow today! 

Don't forget, 15% off all gift certificates purchased before April 20th. These are good for up to 5 years from the date of purchase! 

Gift certificates for August Moon Spa can be purchased online here.

From our family to yours, be well, be kind, and we looking forward to speaking with and seeing you all soon!

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Essential Businesses in New York State

March 21, 2020 - 9:46am

Good Morning from La Tourelle,

We are excited to note that hotels and accomodations have been added to the list of essential businesses in New York State. You can view the Empire State Development post on Executive Order 202.6 here.

What this means for La Tourelle: While we are grateful for the opportunity that NYS is providing businesses we are proceeding with the plan we posted yesterday - all online reservations will be closed but we are honoring existing reservations and offering case by case exceptions for new reservations by direct call-in only. Our reception desk will be available from 8am-8pm everyday or you can email us at

We are proceeding with this for two reasons: One, we acknowledge and recognize that La Tourelle is a place of respite for many of our guests. And two, this will allow us to engage each guest in the most up-to-date news and availability and this will allow us to maintain above and beyond social distancing protocol and enhanced cleaning measures.

From all of us at La Tourelle, stay healthy, be kind, and we will see you soon!

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Call to Reserve

March 20, 2020 - 7:34am

Good Morning Everyone! We hope everyone is happy, healthy, and spending lots of time with their loved ones whether in person or video chatting across state lines. In an effort to ensure the most up to date availability, La Tourelle has decided to be proactive and temporarily closed our online reservation systems in order to provide the most current information on our available amenities as the world develops. This restriction is only in effect until Sunday April 19th, 2020. If you are healthy and comfortable and looking to travel for work or pleasure during this time, please call us directly for availability. If you are making your late spring and summer travel plans you can book through any avenue you prefer, but we'd still love to talk to you if you want to call us directly! Our reception desk is available from 8am-8pm, everyday.

Thank you everyone for staying tuned, supporting our and your local communities, and being a part of the La Tourelle family! 

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Hours of Operation

March 18th 2020 - 2:11pm

La Tourelle Hotel, Spa, & Bistro remains open for business with limited hours

In order to continue to provide top-notch service and respite for those who choose to travel we will remain available with limited hours while simultaneously increasing our health and safety protocol to exceed the standards set forth by local and national agencies. 

As of March 18th 2020:

La Tourelle Reception is open 8am - 8pm daily. Guests checking in or out may dial 0 from any hotel phone for our on-site staff assistance. Online reservations will continue to reflect current availability.

August Moon Spa is open 11am - 6pm daily. We have increased time between appointments to sanitize rooms before and after services, close our Sauna and Steam rooms, and limited the occupancy in our Tranquility Rooms. 

The Bistro at La Tourelle is closed for sit-down dining but room service for breakfast remains available everyday 730am-11am. Advanced order is available at our reception desk.

We thank all of our guests, friends, and family for understanding and supporting us through this difficult time and we will continue to update as the situation evolves. 

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Spring and Staycation Specials

March 18th 2020 - 1:54PM

In uncertain times La Tourelle is proud to be in a supportive community and to offer respite for those who need a break. In that light we have created a couple of Specials available today through April 26th, 2020. Check out our Staycation Special for Tompkins and surrounding county residents. Our Early Spring Special for all the weekenders out there. 

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Supporting Local Community

March 17th 2020

Our family believes that supporting your community is an essential life practice. So, whether you are from Ithaca, your kiddos attended school here, you attended school here, or you just love to visit this Gorges region of the country, we encourage our guests to reach out to your favorite restaurants, wineries, and other tourism focused businesses to purchase gift certificates online or over the phone. This small effort could make the difference for your favorite spot and the local staff that they employ. 

La Tourelle and August Moon Spa are offering 15% off any gift certificate purchased on or after March 18th until the restrictions have been lifted. Please consider us amongst your other favorite local eateries and wineries as we weather this storm together. 

Thank you, be well, and we all look forward to hosting you again soon!

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October Specials

This October La Tourelle is offering 10% off any 2-night stay! That's any night, any room! Check out the details here. And in November we invite you to slow down and stay a while with our 4th night free special for any 4 night stay in November!

Don't forget about August Moon Spa - celebrating their 15 year anniversary with specials for all returning clients. Check out and get ready to be pampered!

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The 6 Prettiest Finger Lakes Waterfalls: Winter Edition

New York’s Finger Lakes emanate natural beauty, from the lakes themselves to the rolling hillocks and the densely-thicketed forestry. And, of course, one of the region’s main attractions is the vast array of picturesque, head-turning Finger Lakes waterfalls. The sprawling forestry that surrounds Ithaca, in particular, is home to over a dozen waterfalls, some hidden, some vastly popular. Our team here at La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro, and Spa has visited just about every waterfall within a 120-mile radius. We’re happy to report that winter just might be the most spellbinding of them all. There’s just something genuinely magical about capturing a crystal-clear creek that remains frozen in time, mid-spill.

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Top 5 Cayuga Lake Wineries

The Top 5 Cayuga Lake Wineries

By now, it's no secret that New York's picturesque Finger Lakes region is home to one of North America’s premier wine trails. Cayuga Lake, home to historic Ithaca, is not only a sublimely beautiful, 38-mile-long body of water, but its hillsides are dotted with world-class vineyards and urban wineries. With nearly two dozen Cayuga Lake wineries within a short distance from La Tourelle, your group is in for quite a week of flavorful refinement, sophistication, and natural beauty.

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Top 3 Finger Lakes Hiking Trails

Though you’ll have over 70 acres to explore at La Tourelle, our region of New York has even more to offer than meets the eye. Featuring vast forests, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and uplifting meadows, the nearby Finger Lakes hiking trails provide just what you need to appreciate the region we call home. As a visitor, finding the trail near our Ithaca resort that is right for you may be a tall task, but luckily we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the top three Finger Lakes hiking trails! 

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Ithaca Strong

Fall has arrived quite quickly here in the Finger Lakes and we are all enjoying an extra layer and some extra snuggles this time of year. Just a friendly reminder that our lobby fire will be blazing every day and especially during our complimentary wine reception held nightly at our lobby bar.

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