City Lights Bed and Breakfast

1319 Mecklenburg Rd , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)


Hosting weary travelers since 2002, City Lights Bed and Breakfast is an interesting and enchanting place, located just one mile west of Ithaca, NY. We offer incredible views, cozy bedrooms, roomy suites, healthy breakfasts, & lots of room to stretch your legs. We welcome children of all ages, and are pet friendly. City Lights Bed and Breakfast is housed in a beautiful 1860's Greek Revival Farmhouse, surrounded by over 7 acres to stroll, picnic, or play. Our romantic garden has panoramic views of Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the grand hills that surround Ithaca, NY. There's ample parking, wireless internet access, multi-room suites with private baths & separate entrances, and a "home away from home" feeling unlike any other bed & breakfast!



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Petite Suite best suited for chidren

2.8 on July 24, 2013

Our Ithaca stay was enjoyable, and the owner of this B&B is very nice and helpful. Our stay would have been greatly improved by a more ergonomic room. The attic-level Petite Suite has an uneven floor, three 4' high closets that force the user to bend down; a minuscule bathroom sink with a huge shelf just over it that prevents comfortable use and is a lead-banging hazard; a left nightstand mounted too high for use; and a kitchenette with uncomfortable stools and no sink stopper. Also, every bath towel originally left for us was mildewed. I would respectfully recommend that the owners try living in this suite for a few days, in order to understand what improvements would make it a truly nice place to stay.

Innkeeper Response
We are so sorry you did not enjoy your accommodations. It certainly is a unique environment. We hope that all guests will speak to us directly when they are having a problem, we are often able to change rooms/suites if needed, to better suit each guests specific needs. We have so many repeat guests that request the Petite suite, I never thought about making any changes, I will certainly take a look at these recommendations. The towels are doing much better now that the heat and humidity have given us a break! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Great spot

5 on June 13, 2013

Wow! Colleen, the owner, has a special spot in Ithaca, NY. I highly recommend it.

Relaxing and Warm

5 on January 19, 2013

Colleen was a wonderful host and the room was very comfortable. The perfect place to relax & socialize for several days.

City Lights

5 on December 14, 2012

City Light is only 2 miles from Ithaca City Centre, but is located in a quiet part of town. Its spacious suite, clean facilities, delicious breakfast , quiet location, plus good and personal relationship is what you can never get from chain hotel.

Never knew such love!

5 on August 07, 2011

Staying at the Inn of the City Lights one to three times per year for the last 8 years has been ever more an experience of very genuine and high-quality hospitality and love-based service!

Graciousness Bundled

5 on April 02, 2011

A breath of fresh air as we looked out over the city from the magical gardens...our visit to the Inn at City Lights was refreshing and revitalizing. The breakfast was enough to last us for the day...delicious, with fresh fruits and tons of variety! Our space was delightful...with the feeling of being embraced and at home. The local hosts gave great recommendations to the area highlights...Lots to enjoy!

Great Bed & Breakfast!

5 on February 06, 2011

My husband & I wanted to visit the Finger Lakes and tour the wineries. We wanted a central location to Seneca/Cayuga Lakes. We found City Lights on the web...what a wonderful "find" for us. Colleen & Evan were great hosts - fun and interesting to talk to. Evan is a great chef - his breakfasts are the best! The accommodtions are spacious and comfortable. City Lights is one of the best B&B's we have ever visited and we look forward to returning.

Beautiful Yearly Tradition!

5 on February 03, 2011

My husband and I have been staying at The Inn at City Lights for 4 years now - we acutally got engaged at one of the state parks in Ithaca while we were staying at City Lights for the first time. It is the most amazing place, all the rooms are perfect, the breakfasts are delicious and healthy and Colleen and Evan have become our friends and are always there with new recommendations on great places to eat or different hikes to try close by. We love The Inn at City Lights and Colleen and Evan!!! (and all their cats too!)

Home away from home...

5 on August 12, 2010

We have stayed at the Inn for the Grapehounds event every year for four years now. Colleen & Evan are the best hosts, and the accomodations are spacious and relaxing. The country atmosphere is refreshing for us and the dogs - we look forward to next year!

Breakfast Heaven with Evan & Colleen

5 on June 23, 2010

There once was a B&B named City Lights, With a grand view of Ithaca & Cornell from its heights, The banana-nut pancakes - the fruit - from Evan and Colleen, Their warm conversation and jokes hurt my spleen.... A wonderful place with so many delights!!!

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Location Type

Finger Lakes Region, Water Falls, State Parks, Museums, Theatre, Watkins Glen Race Track, Airport, Countryside, Small town, Village, Wine country


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 60 miles

Directions to property:

Numerous main roads lead to Ithaca. Travelling on rt. 81 North, get off at exit 8 at Whitney Point, then find rt.79 west, travel about 33 miles through the hills, and into the main section of Ithaca. We are just one mile WEST of downtown Ithaca on Rt. 79 west, heading towards Watkins Glen. We are at the top of West Hill, on the south side of the road, in the large Greek Revival with very tall pine trees in the front. You can't miss us! From Rochester, go Rt. 90 east, then head south on Rt. 96, connect with 79 west in Ithaca, and head up the hill!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Corning Museum of Glass, Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, Seneca & Cayuga Wine Trails, Women's Equality Museum, Seneca Falls, Palentological Research Institute, Taughannonck Falls, Trumansburg, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, DVD Player, Parking, Wedding Facilities , 7.5 acres to stroll, hike, or jog, Children & Pet Friendly environment., Private & semi-private baths., Sunken Gardens with magnificent views!, Close To "everything" in the Finger Lakes!

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4-5:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only There are smoking areas outside with ash trays.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Lots of room for kids to play.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes We charge a non-refundable cleaning fee.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During major events, we require minimum stays.
  • Accepted payments Other, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We ask for a major credit card number to hold the reservations, and ask for a minimal fee for major events & holidays (graduations, july 4th, reunions, holidays).
  • Cancellations: We require cancellation no later than two weeks prior to the day of arrival for regular dates, and TWO MONTHS minimum prior to major events & hoidays. We will charge full price on the credit card for those cancellations made AFTER the requested period.
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Aaron & Collin

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Full breakfast on wknds, Continental Plus wkdays

  • Time Served: 8-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Large Country Kitchen..., "In-suite" as agreed upon., Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan, as requested., Must inform please.

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