About the area
Owl Moon Cottage is located literally within the boundaries of Robert H. Treman State Park, From your doorstep it is an easy one mile walk to Lucifer Falls, one of the most spectacular and most-visited gorge waterfalls in the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes Trail runs just a few hundred yards from the cottage, on its route from the NY-Pennsylvania border to the Catskills.
At the same time, we're only an 8 mile drive to the vibrant heart of downtown Ithaca, 10 miles to the Cornell University campus, and 10 miles to Ithaca College.
Woodard Road itself is a little-traveled, unpaved road that runs through Upper Treman Park just above the entrance to Lucifer Falls. It's extremely quiet except for the songbirds, peepers, owls, and occasional coyotes and barking dogs. There are only a handful of homes on Woodard, most of them invisible from the road. No street lights, hardly any traffic, just the occasional hiker coming off the Finger Lakes Trail.
Since we're off the beaten track, you will need a car to get around and see other sights in the Ithaca and Finger Lakes area. However, if you just want to stay put in the cottage (and enjoy the many gorgeous hikes you can take from your front door) let us know. We may be able to provide transportation to and from the bus station or airport.
Hiking and swimming
Robert H Treman State Park boasts some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Finger Lakes region. You can view the spectacular, 115-foot Lucifer Falls from either the Gorge Trail or the Rim Trail. Or hike both trails on a five-mile round trip loop. In summer, hike down to the Lower Falls at Treman Park where you can swim right under the waterfall - it's an experience not to be missed!
The Commons in downtown Ithaca offers some of the finest shopping in the region, with dozens of locally-owned specialty stores and artisan shops. And don't miss the Ithaca Farmers Market, where you can savor the flavor of the Finger Lakes while supporting local farmers, artists and artisans.
Food & drink
The Finger Lakes region has long been famous for its vineyards and wineries. It also has one of the hottest "Good Food" scenes you'll find anywhere in the world. Take your pick from dozens of fine restaurants and coffeehouses in downtown Ithaca. Tour the wineries, breweries, and distilleries. And don't miss the Finger Lakes Cider House, hub of the hard cider renaissance in New York apple country.
Music, Arts & Culture
Yes we have LOTS of it! You can find something fascinating to do, see, and hear every night of the week, every week of the year. Annual cultural events include the Ithaca Festival and parade, Juneteenth celebration, Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Winter Village Bluegrass Festival, as well as regular concert series sponsored by Cornell University, Ithaca College, and downtown businesses.