Fall swept us off our feet with increasingly dark morning commutes, followed by busy days and longer nights. The upside, when you catch it, is the seductive sunsets on warmer than usual fall nights.
We had tickets to see alt-country artist Sturgill Simpson. I found a hotel, LaTourelle, online. It was unknown to us as was the State Theatre where we were going to see the show. It felt like the right choice and I promptly made the reservation. Summer has ended and school has begun. The days have become a blur. We were excited to head west to see the show.
Two days before the show, we took another look at our destination. I learned it was family owned and seeing all it had to offer confirmed that we made the perfect choice. We wanted a place to relax after a drive and unwind before our show.
The day arrived. Time to pack and hit the road. We were ready. The foliage was in full peak but was not to be cast aside by the the light rain that started as we drove. Nothing would hold them back as they gleamed through the gray clouds as we neared Ithaca through rolling farm country. Spectacular views charmed us all the way.
Pulling in it was unassuming and quiet. The tasteful signage and understated grounds as you approach the main hotel entrance are inviting. You park in the circular drive and begin to notice delicate details.
After entering under the arch, you arrive in the lobby. You feel a part of the theatre experience already as you look up and see all around the State Theatre performance framed signed posters. You feel a part of the scene as you search them all to find your particular favorites. It is in this moment, my musically inclined fiancé fully appreciated our lodging choice. As he scanned the room for musicians. I found my favorite. Although not a musician, writer and humorist Mr. David Sedaris photo adorned the wall. He had just appeared that week.
We were there celebrating many things and planning our wedding for next fall. Our planning was not really meant for this particular trip. But we then fell in love again as we sat on our deck overlooking an outdoor chessboard, queens and knights included. Castle elements were prominent among a beautifully painted yellow barn on one side and a camp with upscale tents on the other. “Where are we?,” I asked myself.
We were compelled to take a hike after settling in. We headed out through the hotel back door and took a short walk to the Firelight Camps area of the property. An oasis appeared among the trees with these cool, chic tented camps on large deck like platforms. Every grown ups inner child dream realized.
When we saw the tree house style tents we knew this was our honeymoon spot. The way they hug the trails to Buttermilk Falls State Park is so peaceful. This was only our arrival and the experience just kept delivering. A spa, the dining, the wine tasting, and s’mores by the fire with cozy blankets.
Check it out for yourself to fall in love in any season, for any reason, it’s not that far and offers the complete Ithaca experience. Take the time to unplug, unwind and enjoy all LaTourelle has to offer. Your stay will be unforgettable.
We are counting the days to our return as Mr. and Mrs. Over, Under and Through.
Thank you LaTourelle and the Wiggins family for creating such a find and reminding us all to take time to live simple and well. It was a pleasure.