Nice, open space to set up a tent. This site hosts events, so there is a pavilion/barn to shelter in if you had to, and if you're lucky you can camp on the remnants of a wedding...we set up camp next to scattered rose petals under the great big tree. The extra large picnic tables are a plus when you're tent camping. Bathrooms are a building with two stalls per sex, cold water only. Everything was clean and quiet. Basic camping close to lots of park trails.
Patty and her family were an absolute joy to stay with.
We chose this site so we could catch the train in to NYC for a few nights and leave our tent set up in their back yard while we were gone. But we got so much more than that!
Patty was super helpful with NYC information, giving us maps and train schedules upon arrival. She also shared some neat, things to explore in their own area and introduced us to new businesses in their reviving down town.
Patty and her family are experienced hosts through other online programs, so even though you have to use their house bathroom and shower, they're set up to give you more privacy than you'd expect. We didn't feel like we were bugging them when we had to use the bathroom early in the morning, or anything like that. The best part was that they are such open, kind people that we gained a new friendship during our stay and it was hard to leave!
Joseph has a super nice camping set up at his place. It's actually the absolute perfect set up for tent campers like us, we were totally comfortable, and he was completely helpful and kind.
We set up our tent in an open field and had a gorgeous view to ourselves, but we were also able to share a kitchen with other campers. The kitchen had all the basics we needed to make and then comfortably eat our own meals inside the screened in structure. Kitchen was definitely a highlight for us. Also, having a shower and bathroom separate from Joseph's private house made for comfortable bathroom usage. Sawdust pit toilets were free from flies and smells, and shower was in a cute little hut of its own. Because of the hot water heater, the flow of hot water wasn't strong, but Joseph told us about that and gave us some tricks to have a constant hot shower. It was fine and I enjoyed my showers. Joseph also kept all areas stocked with supplies and tidy.
For you phone addicts, we have AT&T service, which didn't work at all, just so you know. Joseph has Verizon, which does work.
Our only bummer was that we never had a chance to fire up the sauna and explore the trails. There's so much in the Ithaca area to explore that we just didn't have time.
Would return to this place any day, and recommend it highly!
Our first ever HipCamp stay and we were excited!
The property is very much like you see on the beautiful picture. And the sites are spaced out around the property. Beautiful views, especially when you see a few campfires dotting the hillside during the evening.
I never met our host, though. This is a working property with I'm guessing employees busy on the grounds. A different feel than I expected.
We chose the shelter with little information. We were disappointed in that, because it was not bug tight. Even if the tarp over the front could keep out the majority of bugs, there were gaps in the shelter that would let them in, so we stayed in our tent.
Finally, for a farm that is open for public events, I thought the lack of drinking water to be a bit thoughtless. It's a basic need that travelers have to constantly source. We ended up filling water bottles at the nearby national park bathrooms in Peninsula. Lock 29 Trailhead has a water bottle filling fountain. Nice! Pit toilets are understandable, but I would have been delighted with drinking water on site.
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