My wife and I, along with our infant son drove to Ithaca this past weekend to celebrate, among other things, our wedding anniversary. We wanted it to be special, serene, sparsely populated, and unique. With the three nights we spent at Private Hotel + Pure Food outside of Ithaca, we got all that in spades.
From the whimsical memorabilia on the walls of the Barn House documenting the creative footprints of proprietor, chef, dealer of the absurd, Michael Casper, to the quaint layouts of the lodging rooms themselves. It's a spot of paradise within the vast confines of the gorges of the Finger Lakes themselves, something not to be missed .
I won't go into detailed repetition of the very superb reviews that have come before this. What I will say is that the only thing that would have made me even second guess writing a review of Private Hotel + Pure Food is that my wife and I wanted to keep this as a special place to ourselves, private. . . and 'pure'. A true speak easy to keep as sacred as Mike keeps his sprawling property and lodge.
But that wouldn't be good for business, so I'm putting it all out there. If you're out to find some extra magic out of your excursion to Ithaca, or just trying to put down on paper the great American novel, I couldn't recommend a better place than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Michael Casper, an entrepreneurial hotelier and restaurateur, recently opened Private Hotel and Pure Food. This unique, small boutique hotel, with chef's private kitchen, is tucked away in the countryside just outside downtown Ithaca. Fusing post, beam, pole, log and contemporary architecture, the newly opened hotel has received rave reviews for its sensitive and sophisticated style. The common areas are comfortable and homey, accented by Michael’s sense of whimsy. A chef in his own right, Michael creates and prepares a unique menu comprised of organic and vegan ingredients that are primarily locally grown and harvested. An ecclectic combination of rustic and refined, sophisticated and casual, modern yet remote, Private Hotel and Pure Food appeals to the discerning individual who desires high end appointments, the finest in bedding and linen, and the world’s freshest and healthiest food ... all provided in a serene, tranquil environment. ... more less