After coming up to the Catskills my entire life and traveling all over the world, I had found a place that will always be called my home. This house is my Ithaka, perhaps it will be yours. Read the poem, it might be your destiny also.
J. Pfenning-Keeper of Ithaka House
Pray that your journey be long
full of many summer mornings
when with much pleasure and much joy
you anchor in harbors never seen before;
Browse through Phoenician markets,
to purchase exquisite treasures---
mother-of-pearl and coral, ebony and amber
and sensual perfumes of all kinds---
as much as you desire
Visit many Egyptian cities, content
to sit at the feet of the sages, eager
and open to receive learning.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival there is your destiny.
But do not hurry the journey at all; be patient
Better tat it lasts for many years---
longer than you can even imagine.
So that finally, when you reach this
sacred isle, you will be a wise person,
abundantly fulfilled by all you have gained along the way;
no longer expectin Ithaka to make you wealthy,
no longer needing Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka offered you the profound journey,
the chance to discover the person you have always been.
Without Ithaka as your inspiration, you
never would have set out in search of Wholeness.
And should you find her poor, Ithaka did not deceive you.
Authentic as you have become, full of wisdom,
beauty and grace, enriched and enlightened by all you have experienced
You will finally understand what all of life's Ithakas truly mean.
Meals Included in Rates
Other Amenities Details
Ithaka House has built an outstanding reputation by combining years of rich history with all of the amenities of present day. Here are just a few of the services Ithaka House considers "standard":
Daily housekeeping service, if requested, ice bucket, and special preparations(reiki and aromatherapy for an extra fee) for a restful night.
Complimentary coffee/tea in your own suite plus breakfast foods for self preparing.
Ithaka House is Non-Smoking! We only book guests over 21years old
Special access suite available for the mobility impaired, Roaring Brook.
Chai tea parties nightly in the Summer on our verada or Winters in our vintage shop "RetroIndulgences"
Internet available in the main inn, Garden Suite, available summers, has a computer or bring your own laptop.
One mile from Belleayre Ski Center or Lake
Cable Television with HBO, VCR, and some suites have DVD
Books, tapes, games in each suite for your enjoyment
Reiki with Aromatheray sessions available and Tarot card readings by a gifted psychic
Driving directions are on our website