Romantic Getaway in the Finger Lakes


Ithaca’s La Tourelle

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.

10 Romantic Things to Do in Ithaca, NY: Winter Edition

While winter’s arrival does drive folks indoors, don’t be afraid to bundle up and explore the Finger Lakes’ rolling natural beauty. That being said, there are several ways to stay warm here in Ithaca, including inside La Tourelle’s rejuvenating spa, a nearby brewery, or a local landmark. Romantic getaways in the Finger Lakes vary, depending on the couple. Thus, we’ve pieced together 10 distinct pursuits to ensure an unforgettable, already-stellar La Tourelle experience.

Please note that some of these activities may be affected by COVID-19. Click the links below to learn more.

  1. Stroll, hand-in-hand, to Buttermilk Falls State Park (located on-site).

  2. Embark on a frozen waterfall tour.

  3. Enroll in an indoor wine tasting at a nearby winery.

  4. Peruse through thousands of artworks and relics at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art.

  5. Watch a live performance at The State Theatre of Ithaca, Hangar Theatre, or Kitchen Theatre Company.

  6. Head to Downtown Ithaca for an eclectic shopping experience.

  7. Indulge in spa treatments at the on-site August Moon Spa.

  8. Savor a flight of award-winning craft beer at Lucky Hare Brewing Company.

  9. Ice skate at Lynah Rink, home to the Cornell Big Red.

  10. Visit Ithaca Coffee Company for a latte, a gift, and a quick bite. It’s worth noting that La Tourelle proudly serves complimentary Ithaca Coffee.

The Bistro at La Tourelle

Dining is integral to the overall guest experience here at La Tourelle, a 70 acre respite approximately three miles south of Downtown. The Bistro at La Tourelle prides itself on offering innovative cuisines that satisfy every customer, from well-traveled foodies to casual diners and those with firm dietary restrictions. Couples marvel at the interior’s old-world charm, the charismatic waitstaff, and the artistic plate presentation. However, the “main event” is the flavor combinations, meticulously crafted in the kitchen by our culinary team. Chef Anne Miller and company utilize locally-sourced ingredients, including produce from our on-site garden and meats from nearby farmsteads. Currently, The Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Delicious culinary delights include eggs florentine, lox sandwiches, and fresh blueberry pancakes.

The Ultimate Romantic Getaway in the Finger Lakes

What sets La Tourelle apart from most romantic getaways in the Finger Lakes is its French Chateau-style guest rooms, overlooking the sprawling, 70-acre estate. During winter’s hearth, the landscape is swept by fresh powder, crystalizing the tree branches and ushering in holiday cheer. Each guest room features distinct decor, local artwork, and unique, comfortable furnishings. Guests are free to utilize August Moon Spa’s sauna and steam room; we couldn’t think of a better way to defrost after a snow-packed adventure to and from Buttermilk Falls. Some rooms feature fireplaces, while others allow pets. However, most couples gravitate toward the Yellow Barn Suite, the Upper Tower Room, and the Executive King Rooms.


To a book a well-deserved wintertime couples’ retreat to New York’s Finger Lakes, please check availability online (or call 800-765-1492).