My husband and I spent one night in the charming Log Country Inn B&B and can't say enough about it. We live only 30-40 minutes away in similarly rural surroundings, but I had arranged this as a surprise Valentine's Day getaway after reading fun things about it on the inn's Web site. I knew, for example, that Wanda the owner was a former biologist from Poland who loved animals and had a great reputation for her Eastern European breakfasts; I knew that there were animals on the grounds that I could interact with--and that it was a pet-friendly B&B; and I had enjoyed looking at Web photos of the different rooms and suites that were decorated according to international themes (Polish, Russian, Persian, Tibetan, Japanese, etc.).
When we arrived, Wanda came out on the porch with a warm greeting before we were up to the steps and then gave us a tour of the room we had booked as well as one that happened to be free and included a TV (O.K., so we have a bit of a "Lost" habit and needed to know the identity of the Oceanic 6).
We ended up sticking with my original choice, the Polish Jacuzzi room, because it was so cozy and magical (see photos) that we felt like a couple of very happy hobbits while inhabiting that space. And, of course, we still got our "Lost" fix that evening in the living room sitting next to a wood stove and Wanda's friendly cats Imo and Peachy. Somehow we coped.
This was all after Wanda had given us our welcome Russian tea-- served with raspberry sauce, some ridiculously delicious Polish chocolate wafer dessert, and relaxed conversation--and then introduced us to Nasza the St. Bernard per my request. Nasza is the kind of love muffin dog who kisses your face and rolls over so you can never stop rubbing her tummy. We could have gone on a hike with her on the very extensive grounds but opted to visit the barn instead. Wanda came along to keep an eye on Cici the Goose, who is in love with Fluffy the Chicken and tends to be protective. We had no problems from Cici (just honks) and a delightful time feeding a carrot to Junior the Miniature Horse and petting Fluffy and Robot the Rooster. A handy thing to know about all this is that if you are not an animal lover, you need never be troubled by them while staying here, but if you DO go nuts for them, you will be in heaven.
I could go on, but I'll just finish with the great breakfast of Russian pancakes and scrambled eggs we had: soooo delicious and soooo much food (heaping portions that don't end until you cry uncle). The other couple at the table was also local and had been coming to the inn for five years. Turns out Wanda has had a very loyal following for twenty years, and we now know why firsthand. No question: we'll be coming back and recommending this place to anyone we know looking for somewhere to stay in the Ithaca/Owego/Spencer area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come spend a few relaxing nights at our Bed and Breakfast, Log Country Inn Bed and Breakfast of Ithaca. Established in 1987, we are located right on the edge of state forest and only 11 miles South of Ithaca College and Cornell University. Our Inn is a perfect "getaway" spot, where you can hike, walk, grill and even swim in the summer. Our location is great for reunions, family gatherings or solo relaxation.During your stay in Ithaca, you can of course explore the finger lakes region, take a tour of the amazing wineries, and hike Ithaca's beautiful gorges, which are all just a 10-15 minute ride away.We are very pet and child friendly, so please do not hesitate to bring all members of your family along. Come make yourself at home and enjoy traditional European breakfasts made by your host, Wanda. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Spencer
- Spencer Country Inn