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What to Bring



What to Bring



We have almost everything you'll need for an unforgettable stay in the great outdoors, but we thought you might want some extra comforts from home:

  • Boots for muddy trails  
  • Slippers or warm socks for inside your tent
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers for exploring the trails in our backyard of Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park 
  • A daypack for stashing extra layers, a water bottle and snacks while on the trail, touring wineries or exploring downtown Ithaca 
  • Additional layers of clothing for cool weather at night, including a rain coat to keep you dry
  • Clothes you might want to feel more snazzy in, for wine tasting or a nice meal out
  • You toiletry bag for visits to the bathhouse
  • Your favorite flashlight (optional, the glampground and tents are well-lit)
  • A book you've been wanting time to savor 
  • Your favorite board games, cards and other activities for unplugged fun
  • Or be spontaneous, and bring nothing at all! 

We Provide

At Firelight Camps you'll find most of the amenities of a traditional hotel room, plus some extras to enhance your glamping experience.

  • Battery-powered lanterns to light your tent and pathways 
  • Umbrellas for use on the property
  • Freshly laundered bath towels
  • Trail snacks, hiking maps, bug spray and more essentials in our camp store
  • Extra blankets for cool nights
  • Phone and computer charging station in the main lobby
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Things to Do

Things to Do

In the heart of the Finger Lakes, an adventure awaits every type of traveler.  Dubbed "Napa East," the region is famous for its award-winning wine country, culinary treasures and vibrant farming community, art and music, and the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding lakes, waterfalls, gorges and parks.

During your stay, you can indulge in the amenities offered on the grounds of Firelight Camps and La Tourelle Resort and Spa, explore Downtown Ithaca (Gateway to the Finger Lakes), or journey to neighboring towns and lakes. To get you started, we've provided links and descriptions for some of our friends and favorite locations to help you make the most of your stay in the Finger Lakes. 


Cafes and Restaurants

John Thomas Steakhouse:  Quaint, charming, traditional steakhouse located a few minutes walk from your tent. 

Dolce Delight: Our closest cafe, featuring freshly-baked, gorgeous pastries and treats, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, smoothies and more. 

Agava: southwest-inspired, farm-to-table food with an impressive tequila menu, fun atmosphere and salsa dancing nights.

Le Cafe Cent-Dix: One of Ithaca's best restaurants, serving cutting-edge, gourmet French cuisine complimented by a carefully curated wine menu.

Gimme! Coffee: Outstanding, co-friendly, fair-trade coffee in Ithaca, with a chill shop vibe for reading or coffee-on-the-go.

Maxie's Supper Club: New Orlean's style eatery and oyster bar. Live music on Tuesday nights.

Ithaca Bakery: One of Ithaca's longest-standing eateries with an extensive selection of sandwiches, prepared foods, breads, bagels and pastries.

Northstar Public House: Comfortable, farm-to-table, neighborhood gastropub with a craft beer menu, creative cocktails and gluten-free / vegan options.

Purity Ice Cream & Pancakes: Home of the original Ice Cream Sundae, you'll find classic and creative ice cream flavors daily and a full brunch menu on the weekends. Don't forget to try a slice of pie!

Stonecat Café: Located in the heart of Seneca Lake wine country, this restaurant serves sensational, seasonally-inspired dishes made from scratch, with impressive views from the back patio.

The Good Truck: Authentic tacos and tortas using seasonal ingredients are dished up from this food truck, parked at the Argos Inn on Thursday and Friday nights. 

Hazelnut Kitchen: One of the region's best restaurants, serving creative, mouthwatering, farm-to-table food in a comfortable but elegant setting.

Ithaca Beer Company: Fresh pub-style food and flights of the best beer in town, set on a sprawling farm with outdoor games and an on-site kitchen garden. Brewery tours available.

Just a Taste: One of Ithaca's longest-standing restaurants serving seasonal tapas and wine flights.

Saigon Kitchen: Family owned Vietnamese restaurant serving fresh, authentic cuisine. BYO.

The Copper Oven: Wood-fired pizza with seasonal toppings served up at Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery.



Ithaca Farmers Market: Set on the top of Cayuga Lake, this is one of the country's most iconic farmers markets, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, arts and crafts produced within 30 miles of the market.

Trumansburg Farmers Market: A lively market in Trumansburg's central square, with live music and an array of fresh produce and other locally-produced foods. 

Dewitt Park Farmers Market: A smaller version of the Ithaca Farmers Market, located in downtown Dewitt Park on Tuesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM. A great place for lunch.

The Piggery: Family-owned, farm-to-table butcher shop serving an array of cuts (including hamburgers and pig dogs) and charcuterie. The market also has farm-to-table staples such as milk, eggs, cheese, veggies, buns, condiments and more - making it a one-stop shop.

Greenstar Natural Foods Coop: Natural health food store with everything you need.

Wegmans: The closest supermarket to Firelight Camps with an astonishing selection of groceries and prepared foods.

Cellar D'or: Wine and cider shop on the Ithaca Commons, specializing in small-batch products.


Wineries, Cideries, distilleries and other "spirit"ed adventures

One of the best way to experience that fabulous artisanal beverages of the Finger Lakes is to tour with one of our favorite tourism partners: Experience! The Finger Lakes offers experiential guided tasting tours to the area's premier wineries, with planned itineraries that allow guests to learn first-hand what makes the Finger Lakes one of the most popular wine regions in the country. Visit experiencefingerlakes.com to book a sightseeing tour, a wine-tasting tour, or a culinary tour; plan a trip with your own group, or join a pre-scheduled tour; enjoy the sights and flavors of the Finger Lakes with a sophisticated, professional, local-owned tour company.

If you are more of an independent explorer, here is a list of some of our favorite producers in the region:

Finger Lakes NON-Wine Trail: A complete guide to each lake's virgin, craft beverages. 

Finger Lakes Cider House: Located on The Good Life Farm, a biodynamic farm and orchard operated with draft horses. The cider house has a stunning view of Cayuga Lake, and offers a taste of the regions best ciders with small bites to satisfy your hunger. 

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail: Your one-stop shop for mapping your route to Cayuga Lake based wineries.

Ports of New York: Don't miss a visit to this historic building in downtown Ithaca to try French winemaker, Frédéric Bouche's award-winning ports.

Finger Lakes Distilling: Stop in to this beautiful distillery for a flight of locally-made whiskeys.

Meyers Farm Distillers: Alongside whiskey, this distillery offers unique spirits like Cayuga Gold, whiskey-barrel aged gin.

Silver Thread Winery: A picturesque vineyard on Seneca Lake with some of the "Banana Belt's" best wines. The owners, a young couple, are both educators and love to share their insights with curious wine tourists. 

Standing Stone Vineyards: Visitors will find some of the best red wines in the region at Standing Stone, and have the unique opportunity to try a barrel tasting.

Hector Wine Company: Not only are the wines incredibly good, the vibe is always grooving. The tasting room at this family-owned winery is often managed by the knowledgeable millennial generation, with good tunes to accompany a flight of wine. Look out for their Forge wines, a collaboration with a renowned French winemaker.

Damiani Wine Cellars: Offering one of the best views of Seneca Lake, the wines are luxurious and the craft chocolate pairings an extra treat.


the great outdoors

Buttermilk Falls State Park: Miles and miles of beautiful trails wind through the woods at these two interconnected parks. Upper Buttermilk is accessible from Firelight, but make sure you get all the way down to the swimming hole and waterfall at Lower Buttermilk.

Cayuga Waterfront Trail: A paved 2 mile walk, run, skate, or stroll - perfect for people of all ages. While you're there, visit the children's garden or the dog park, play tennis, swim, roller skate, or just sit and watch the lake. It's a perfect place to relax!

Taughannock Falls has everything you are looking for in a Finger Lakes adventure! From long steep hikes to short flat hikes, this state park has a little of everything. After you enjoy the woods and waterfalls, head across the street and play on the beautiful lakefront beach.

Sapsucker Woods and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are among the biggest attractions in the area. Take a birdwatching hike in the woods or learn more about the research going on at this world-renowned facility.

Treman State Park offers beautiful waterfalls, steep hikes, moderate hikes, and a natural swimming hole with a diving board. 

Puddledockers: The best way to enjoy the lake is from the lake! Rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP and make your own adventure. [insider tip - go early on Saturday or Sunday morning and you can kayak to the Farmers Market!]



August Moon Spa: Guests at Firelight are just a few steps away from a serene and relaxing getaway at the area's top spa. Choose from a variety of luxurious therapies and aesthetic treatments.

Heart Thread Yoga at Firelight Camps: Students will have the unique opportunity to practice asana yoga flows outside, a truly invigorating way to start and end the day! All levels welcome. Read more.



Ithaca Commons: The center of Ithaca where you can shop, dine, visit art galleries, catch a movie, and relax. (insider tip: no matter where you eat, have dessert at Madeleine's.)

Johnson Museum: Have you been wondering about that sewing machine shaped building that is visible from all over town? It's a world class art museum! 

The Kitchen Theater: Small, intimate performances make this theatre one of Ithaca's hot tickets.

Shakespeare In The Park: Ithaca Shakespeare Company performs at the arboretum at Cornell Plantations near the ponds and the sculpture garden. The productions are outstanding and the gardens are a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.   

Science Center: Interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs for kids, including an outdoor playground and mini golf.

Hammerstone School: Carpentry classes and courses for women.

Ithaca Children's Garden: An interactive outdoor playspace and children's garden unlike any playground you're children have experienced before.


still Looking for more ideas? Try these websites:

Fingerlakes.org:  A directory of attractions in the Finger Lakes region including hiking trails, restaurants, museums, parks, wineries and breweries.

VisitIthaca.org:  A list of similar attractions, but more focused on the Ithaca area 

IthacaFork.com:  A directory of restaurants, farms and markets, focused on giving you a taste of the local produce and cuisine.   

Ithaca Times: Ithaca has an incredible arts and music scene, plus lots of unique events happening every week. Use this site to see what's going on during your visit

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Rachel VerValin of Heart Thread Yoga puts the glow in glamping with a yoga series for Firelight Camps' guests and the local community. Students will have the unique opportunity to practice asana yoga flows outside, a truly invigorating way to start and end the day! All levels welcome (even absolute beginners). Classes take place in the lobby event tent until the first October frost, unless otherwise specified for dates below.

Saturday "Rise & Shine Flow," 8:30 - 9:30 AM


Drop-In: $17 cash, or $18 by credit card (register here)

Couples Discount: Any type of couple! Two for $30 ($15 each)

5-Class Pass: $60 cash, or $62 by credit card (register here

What to Wear & Bring

Please arrive 10 minutes early to register. Wear comfortable, flexible clothing; bring a water bottle and your yoga mat. (If you would like to borrow a mat, please email heartthreadyoga@gmail.com so we can make sure you have a mat to practice!)

About Rachel

A lifelong athlete, Rachel originally came to the mat during her undergrad years because it was an incredible workout. After practicing many different styles with many different teachers, she found a love for Vinyasa. She received her 200hr certification in January 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In May 2013 Rachel furthered her studies at Integral Yoga Institute and received her 85hr Prenatal Yoga certification. With the inspiration and support of her community, she created her own immersive yoga retreat company, Heart Thread Yoga, in May 2014. Rachel seeks to create a nurturing environment where students can learn and practice yoga in a caring and accessible way. Her classes are often filled with funny quips, laughter, hard work, and great music. She (immensely!) enjoys creating a space where EVERYONE can feel comfortable practicing yoga asana, with the belief that a balanced body = a balanced life.




Is there heating in the tents?

Unfortunately due to recent changes in the New York State fire code, we are no longer allowed to use our propane heaters for the upcoming 2017 season. We are diligently searching for the best alternative, and will provide another update soon before the beginning of the season. 


Are dogs allowed?

YES. Dogs are allowed for an additional $25 charge in our King Tents only. Please check the box for 'pet friendly' when making a reservation through the booking system. We ask that dogs sleep on the floor, and are not left unattended.


Is there electricity in the tents?

NO. We provide battery-powered lanterns to illuminate the tents. For your convenience, we offer a charging station for your phones, computers, and other devices in our lobby tent, but we encourage you to unplug during your stay and immerse yourself in nature.


Is there (hot) running water?

YES. Our bath house has hot running water, electricity, flushing toilets and everything else you need to feel put the "glam" in glamping!


How far is Firelight from downtown Ithaca?

Firelight Camps is just far enough from town to be quiet and peaceful, while still offering easy access to a range of activities. The glampground is 1 mile south of Ithaca College and 3.5 miles from downtown Ithaca (a 5-7 minute drive). Cornell University is about 4 miles away, or a 10 minute drive.


Can we bring the kids?

Yes of course, families have a great time at Firelight Camps, and many of our tents can sleep up to 4 people.


What is included in the room cost?

You can find everything included in your room cost here: Your Tent.


What is not included in the room cost?

Extracurricular activities, such as treatments at August Moon Spa, wine tours with Experience! The Finger Lakes, or Wild Foraging Hikes are not included in your stay. Additionally, camp store provisions cost extra.


What time is check-in and check-out? Is early check-in available? Is late check-out available?

Check-in is at 3pm, and check-out is at 11am. Please contact us if you will be arriving to Firelight after 9pm, or if you would like to arrange an early check-in or late checkout to avoid additional fees. 


Do the tents have their own fire rings?

NO, due to fire code regulations, our Camp Hosts tend two fire rings centrally located in the lobby and lounge area.


Can we pitch an additional tent on our site? Do you have RV hookups?

NO, we do not allow personal tents on the property nor do we have RV hookups available.