This two room B&B is a converted basement in the "Song" Eco-village just outside Ithaca, run by the family that lives upstairs. Both cozy rooms have a great view and get lots of sun. Breakfast was yummy, but self serve (we had the house granola, home-made yogurt, tea, coffee and a local apple juice). The main complaint is that it's a little too cozy. The two rooms share a wall, a smallish bathroom and the tight breakfast nook (situated in the entrance hallway). You wash your dishes in the small sink in the (shared) bathroom. Wooden stairs to basement are treacherous when there's ice. Price is reasonable for the location (end price $98/night/room in Jan 2012).
The EcoVillage is an exerience all on its own (the Rachel Carson Way address pretty much says it all)- stroll the (beautiful) grounds, visit the common houses, talk to the citizens, browse the books in your room. We stumbled in on a big weekend for the Village- the annual talent show and a meeting about the planning of a third Eco-Village on the site. Elan Shapiro (your host) is knowledgable and friendly. Notebooks in the rooms are excellent sources of ideas (in case you haven't done any advance scouting) and Elan keeps at least one up to date local events paper in each room.
If you need locks, privacy or romance, this isn't for you, but if you want quiet, clean, affordable digs that's truly part of the Ithaca experience, consider Frog's Way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our bright, peaceful, "green" inn has spectacular views, miles of trails, a clear swimmable pond, children’s playgrounds, and hot tub, on 175 acres, 2 miles from downtown Ithaca. It’s part of an inspiring co-housing neighborhood, with a car-free commons, at Ecovillage at Ithaca. Our kitchen is stocked with a healthful breakfast of local, seasonal, homemade organic foods. You can bring and prepare food as well. Our whole house (6 bdr) or parts is available for special occasions. You will come away nurtured and inspired. ... more less