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Ithaca College Accommodations and Cornell University Lodging.
“A rare real home”
Reviewed November 17, 2012
My wife and I really liked this place because, while it is a class act as a B&B ( very clean, great beds and wonderful breakfast ), it is also a real home with real people who occupy it. Many B&B experiences today are contrived --- full of kitsch that has been purchased to fit the image of a B&B. Rare is the experience of entering into a home of well healed occupants willing to share their personal surroundings with you. Juniper Hill is chock full of a lifetime of collecting. Yes there is a little kitsch here and there ( like a rubber duck in the bathtub ) but that is just to break the spell of everything else. The paintings collection is over the top. The glass collection is breathtaking and the antique pieces throughout the home are all unique and outstanding. David is the collector and if you inquire about any of his things he is more than willing to talk about them. But you could stay for days doing so. It's all quite overwhelming and fabulous.
No it is not inexpensive, but one feels honored to have been invited into this class act home. It is an experience you will not soon forget and therefore worth it.
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Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast
Cornell University & Ithaca College
16 Elm St -
(607) 387-3044/(888) 809-3167
From White Plains: 4 ½ hours
Bruce Digenti was “in electronics.” David Kuranda was a surgeon in Rochester, New York. They met on Match.com and shared a dream: to open a B&B that would also serve as an art gallery for Kuranda’s growing collection of American Impressionist paintings. They found a dilapidated 1920s Federal Colonial mansion right on the main road about 10 miles outside of Ithaca, New York. “It had all the original woodwork and moldings,” Digenti says, “but everything had to be stripped, repainted, and repapered.” The result is one of the most lauded B&Bs on Tripadvisor, winning 75 out of 75 top marks for ambience, service, and overall experience. High ceilings, interior French doors, glass built-in cabinets jammed with pearlescent glass and china, and every inch of wall space graced with confetti-brush-stroked Impressionist paintings, Juniper Hill brings opulence back to Roaring ’20s décor.
Room: Each of the four rooms (one a king suite with a separate queen sleeping porch) is lavishly done in period antiques. Think tassels, brocade, gilded frames and draperies, and, of course, winsome Impressionist paintings (priced for sale between $1,000 and $10,000). The Mary Cassatt Suite consists of a king room and a three-season queen sleeping porch ($288+); perfect for two friendly couples or parents traveling with college-bound kids (ages 13 and up only).
Board: You can avail yourself of Digenti’s baked delights—M&M cookies or ambrosial brownies, for example—upon arrival, and there are always chips and drinks available for the midnight snacker. Digenti carries a hot pot of coffee up to your room first thing in the morning, but the pièce de resistance is his spectacular three-course candlelit gourmet breakfast, which could include cranberry poached pear, banana-bread trifle, and breakfast risotto. For dinner, walk a few steps to country-cool Hazelnut Kitchen (53 E Main), which has been winning the Ithaca crowd over since it opened.
Only Here: Bring a bottle or two of wine back from a local winery (there are 30 to 40 within a half-hour’s drive), and sip in the parlor in front of a warm fire. Or play Scabble or Yahtzee in the grand Game Room before choosing one of hundreds of recent DVDs to bring up to your room.
While Here: Wine/Gorges/Art—form the crux of the Finger Lakes Region’s attractions. You know what they say; “Ithaca is Gorges” and so is Trumansburg. Taughannock Falls State Park, with its stair-step waterfalls, is a favored romantic spot for Cornell and Ithaca students, especially in the fall when the dynamics of falling water is heightened by the eye-popping colors of autumnal foliage. October also brings the “Greater Ithaca Art Trail,” a cultural tour in upstate New York where participants get a chance to meet various artists on weekends.
Facts: Rooms are $170 (low season) to $288 and include a three-course gourmet breakfast for two, welcome baked goods, and snacks and soft drinks 24/7.
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Cornell University, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY:
Juniper Hill Inn
Owned by Bruce Digenti and David Kuranda, this 1920s Federal Colonial mansion right on the main road about 10 miles outside of Ithaca, with high ceilings, interior French doors, glass built-in cabinets jammed with pearlescent glass and china and every inch of wall space graced with confetti-brush-stroked impressionist paintings, Juniper Hill brings opulence back to "Roaring '20s" décor.
Digs: Each of the four rooms (one a king suite with separate queen sleeping porch) is lavishly done in period antiques. Think tassels, brocade, gilded frames and draperies and of course winsome Impressionist paintings (priced for sale $1,000- $10,000). The Mary Cassett Suite consists of a king room and three-season queen sleeping porch ($288+); perfect for two friendly couples or parents traveling with college-bound kids (ages 12 and up only).
Eats: You can avail yourself of Bruce's baked delights -- M&M cookies or ambrosial brownies for example -- upon arrival, and there are always chips and drinks available for the midnight snacker. Bruce carries a hot pot of coffee up to your room first thing in the morning, but the piece de resistance is his spectacular three-course candle-lit gourmet breakfast, which could include cranberry poached pear, banana-bread trifle and breakfast risotto.