From this shot and the drone video on our homepage, you can see that we are in a secluded valley in rural Tompkins County. (our mailing address is Ithaca, but we are located 9 miles south of Ithaca Commons in the Town of Danby) Tenwood Lodge was designed for families to unplug from the crazy life and reconnect with each other. In a the current Covid-19 era, Tenwood Lodge is perfect for just that.
MOVING NEW YORK FORWARD Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and other areas are in Phase 3 of reopening
It's a new world and things have changed so much we are not going to summarize it all here. Suffice it to say, bring your mask everywhere, take it off to eat, drink and walk in public places. Wineries are doing tastings, wine by the glass or bottle and curbside pickup, contact individual wineries for reservations and details. Catering Halls, Restaurants have decreased hours and seating capacity or are exclusively doing take-out, contact for details by phone or check websites. Some Indoor attractions are closed or online.
The Tenwood Lodge synopsis on travel in the era of Covid-19:
We are available for guests, but want to have a clear mutual understanding of expectations between us, therefore all our reservations through Labor Day will require extra communication via email and/or phone.
Tourist activities in Tompkins County are opening up at this point (June 21 2020) but some restaurants, and other indoor attractions are closed. Many restaurants are are open and offering take-out, the grocery stores, big box stores and liquor stores are open with mask and social distancing restrictions. Most wineries have re-opened with strict guidelines for tasting, some restaurants and our favorite catering venues are offering wonderful items that you can pickup curbside take home or consume as personal picnics.
Americans have the personal freedom as well as personal responsibility to take protective measures for ourselves and the community by practicing social distancing as the reopening occurs.
During this statewide re-opening, using Tenwood Lodge as your family retreat or remote work environment, puts you in a lovely rural setting with plenty of fresh air and few humans for interaction. As always Ithaca's hiking and bicycling and the gorgeous Tenwood Lodge kitchen await you.
When you decide the time is right for you to spend time in a different setting, as proprietors of Tenwood Lodge, we'd like to point out the following benefits for you to choose our area and our lovely vacation rental home when you are planning your post Covid-19 getaway.
As a vacation rental with 4 to 6 bedrooms medium to large family groups can enjoy these aspects ( and more) of Tenwood Lodge together:
Plenty of indoor space with great views of nature.
Huge, well-equipped kitchen and dining area-great for cooking your own food, enjoying take-out from our wonderful local restaurants or for enjoying catered food.
Outdoor gas BBQ and 3 picnic tables, 3 sitting porches.
Plenty of outdoor space with lawns, woods and a night sky with no light pollution (except what you create with the firepit)
Excellent wifi for you to do as much or a little online work as you choose.
We practice physical distancing in our barn studio during your stay, but can assist you with questions as needed.
Tenwood Lodge B&B offers 5 rooms as part of 3 different suites:
NOTE: This option of Bed and Breakfast may or may not be available when you contact us
As of May 20, 2020, Tompkins County has conducted 7047 tests and found 145 positive test results. That is an infection rate of less than 3 %. Of these, under 20 cases required hospitalization (only 1 active covid19 hospitalization currently) and no local deaths were reported.
Previously, Travel and tourism was addressed as follows: "The region must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area."
Old News: NY State on PAUSE (last updated here May 10, 2020)
Regarding travel in New York State and re-opening businesses, click here (and scroll down) to see the Governor's plan for opening the state carefully by region (as of May 2, 2020 he was discussing a date of May 15 for "western" NY-which would include Ithaca and the Finger Lakes).
As of May 10, 2020 it was unclear what the Governor is planning to do regarding the non-Metro areas: "When we get to May 15, I'll lay out the numbers and we'll say, 'This is what the numbers say,'" Cuomo said when asked about the directive Friday. "There's no doubt that this is a terrible period, but we have to get through it. If we make a mistake and we act too quickly the situation is only going to get worse and it's only going to get longer."
CDC has made some travel recommendations for US travel. When you decide it is time for you and your family to get away from the same walls you've been looking at for weeks, or time to make up for that vacation in Italy or Europe or across the country, we are 6 hours from Boston, 3 hours from Niagara Falls, 4 hours from Philadelphia, 10 minutes from hiking or our nearest winery and 8 minutes from our new cidery. Grocery stores in Ithaca are 15 minutes away. Restaurants and catering are offering takeout and more details will be released as NY Forward Reopening continues.