Magical place for kids!
Submitted: September 10, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
My sister and I planned a family adventure to Ithaca, descending on Michelle, George, Elsa, and Frankie's friendly hospitality and their magical yurt with three adults and three children (ages 3 to 7). The kids were instantly enchanted, claiming the loft as their "fort" and running rampant through the garden and play area. Michelle and her kids generously shared their sandbox, swing set, and entire (huge) back yard for games of flashlight tag, hide and seek, and just running around having fun. The kids gathered fresh eggs, picked apples, helped dig for potatoes ("treasure"), and couldn't get enough of the frogs and koi. Sleeping arrangements were a little tight with that many in the house, and the space is by design very open (so if the three-year-old doesn't sleep, no one sleeps :), but the one private bedroom was helpful for that. Bring earplugs, and all is well with the world. There were staples in the cupboard, a gas grill and picnic table, and the kitchen had all the utensils/equipment we needed. The whole yurt was very tastefully decorated and thoughtfully stocked, with extra bedding and an array of children's toys, including a full toy kitchen set and art table/supplies (bring paper). Yes, the garden was as lovely and charming as it looks in the photos, and there's a porch to enjoy it from with a relaxing cup of [insert your favorite beverage]. The location was 20 minutes from downtown Ithaca (so do your grocery shopping ahead of time if you can -- we didn't, and the first night's dinner was on the late side because of it) and very convenient to wonderful parks. We highly recommend swimming/diving at Robert Treman State Park (weather permitting, of course) and the beach and large playground at Taughannock Falls State Park (deep end has a platform and diving board - fun!). All in all, a wonderful place to stay that is as much a part of our good memories as the rest of our activities -- not something you can say for a standard hotel! Many thanks to Michelle and her family. We'll be back!
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