Welcome to Rasa Spa and the Finger Lakes Region of New York!
We are happy to make your visit to our area as fun, relaxing, exciting and enriching as possible. Let us know if you're looking for something in particular to do in our area and we will give you the inside scoop!
Our Recommendations For Your Time in Ithaca
- Rest Your Head At...
The Inns at Aurora stir up memories of gorgeous winter wonderlands, autumn evenings sharing wine with friends, and serene summers. Surrounded by soft, rolling hills, the memorable beauty of The Inns at Aurora have earned numerous awards, including the AAA Four-Diamond Award and listings on the National Register of Historic Places and on Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of the world’s 25 Most Romantic Hotels. Rasa is adding some more wonder to the Inns by offering massage services on the premises. Our staff is delighted to contribute to the relaxation and beauty of the Inns at Aurora and to spend time in the beautifully designed and comfortable space the Inns have crafted.
Inn on Columbia - a lovely, Greek Revival B & B, nestled in Ithaca's South Hill neighborhood. Dog-friendly, vegan-friendly.
Inn at City Lights - beautiful country location, overlooking Ithaca and Cornell on the opposite hill
Hilton Garden Inn - right downtown and within reach of everything Ithaca has to offer
Country Inn & Suites - on top of beautiful South Hill near Ithaca College, clean and comfortable
Statler Hotel - newly renovated and a fabulous stay on Cornell's campus overlooking Cayuga Lake
- Nourish Your Body At...
Just a Taste - wine and tapas bar; hands-down, one of Ithaca's favorites and best. If you go, go early or be prepared to wait.
Maxie's Supper Club - NOLA style raw bar, fish house, & BBQ, featuring boutique wines, microbrews & great live music every Sunday
Red Feet Wine Market - our good friend Dewi Rainey brings a personal relationship to every wine and grower represented in her store; a staff that's in-the-know, Ajax the white German Shepherd and the Raisin D'etre Wine Club round out the unique experience
- Experience Art At...
The Greater Ithaca Art Trail - a network of over 50 local artists' studios
The Ink-Shop - printmakers' shows and classes; currently accepting donations from the fire which displaced them in January
Handwork - an artist's coop featuring all mediums of art and craft
Kitchen Theatre Company - Ithaca's year-round theater, now in a brand new home
Hangar Theatre - the region's well-known summer theater
- Support The Rest Of Your Health At...
The Pilates Room - specializing in creating strong, functional, beautiful bodies; our neighbor on the 2nd floor of Island Health Center
Island Health & Fitness - our partners, right downstairs. All IHF members are friends of Rasa and receive discounts as well as a free 30-minute first-timer massage.
Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes - formerly the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance; established so that no one has to face cancer alone
Hospicare - bringing medical expertise, compassionate care, information and education to anyone in need
- And if that wasn't enough, here is some more of the best of the Cayuga Lake basin:
Cinemapolis - an independent, not-for-profit cinema group housed in a brand new complex right off Ithaca's Commons. New digs, same world-famous popcorn!
Cascadilla Gorge - central to Ithaca's identity, running through Cornell's campus and town, with several waterfalls along its length
The Discovery Trail - a group of educational organizations which, together, promote awareness and understanding of the connections among art, history, literature, science, and the natural world
Felicia's Atomic Lounge - too many good things to say about Felicia; check the website for all they do - more than a bar, it's a movement!
Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival - a multicultural celebration of dragon boat racing, cultural ceremonies, performances, and crafts for all ages and levels of experience
GreenStar Cooperative Market - everyone can shop the Coop; support cooperative living and local vendors
Gimme! Coffee - neighborhood cafes in NYC and the Finger Lakes; relationships with everyone from fair trade suppliers in Colombia to the master roaster to the regulars at Cayuga Street; sponsor of film festivals, AIDS relief, and other local events
Ithaca Coffee Company - roasting locally for over 20 years, offering more than just coffee - gourmet cheeses, accoutrement and the family wine store, Triphammer Wines and Spirits, right across the way
Ithaca Farmer's Market - celebrating 35 years of the Market cooperative; 150 vendors live within 30 miles of Ithaca, offering their wares
Ithaca Festival - the one and only and now in the runnning for creating the world's largest human peace sign
Ithaca League of Women Rollers - the fiercest ladies around, and a group that always gives back to their community. The ILWR is the SufferJets, the Bluestockings, the wReck rollers, junior derby and all the many volunteers that keep them rolling.
Ludgate Farms - a family owned and operated farm market for over 35 years, their site is a font of local information and news
Purity Ice Cream - serving our favorite ice cream since 1936 using all local ingredients
Sciencenter - inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs that promote learning through interaction
Taughannock State Park - THE Falls, the big one; "gorges", indeed!
Treman State Park - the rugged Enfield Glen gorge is the scenic highlight of Treman, which includes winding trails which follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls
Triphammer Wines & Spirits - the family-owned store adjacent to Ithaca Coffee Company
Cayuga Waterfront Trail - a beautiful, pedestrian and small-wheel-friendly trail that will eventually lead all around Ithaca's water, from Cass Park to the Farmer's Market and everywhere in between
And here are some other businesses we love to support and collaborate with in Ithaca and around the globe.
Ithaca Car Share is at the forefront of creating communal commuting. Offering a great way to go green and the potential to cut bills, Ithaca Car Share can help you run errands, take a trip, and enjoy the ease of creating a sustainable community committed to sharing resources and responsibly driving. Rasa Spa and Ithaca Car Share, as collaborators in going green, are happy to announce that Ithaca Car Share drivers receive 10% off Rasa Services. Show us your Car Share keys and we'll thank your grown up carpooling with discounted services.
Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance - As a partner with Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Rasa Spa values the Finger Lakes region as an internationally attractive destination. We work together towards mindful promotion of the 9,000 square-mile Finger Lakes region of New York State. By showing off our favorite places and our long list of things to do in the region, this partnership enables the Finger Lakes to grow and develop, to keep celebrating all the region offers.
FlipKey - Waterfalls and woods loom large and the natural beauty in Ithaca, NY is matched by a community of inspiring people. If Ithaca has you enchanted, you're probably hoping to lengthen or repeat your stay, consider a vacation or long term rental property. FlipKey, a community driven travel site that makes renting easy. At http://www.flipkey.com/finger-lakes-vacation-rentals/g1480313/, consumers find trusted vacation rental homes supported by real reviews of verified vacation rental properties. At FlipKey, the reviews are authentic and the properties represent legitimate managers/owners. Let FlipKey take the time to verify and research while you take the time to enjoy the Finger Lakes region.
Ithaca: An Overview