Monday, October 20, 2014

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

On our quick overnight in Ithaca last year we stayed at Argos Inn, which remains one of my all-time favorite hotels.

The building itself has been a number of things over the years, including the mayor's mansion and an old Duncan Hines headquarters, before owner Avi Smith took it over and meticulously restored its wood, stone and glass details to create a LEED-certified inn. Avi was born and raised in the area, worked in tech on the West Coast, and then returned to Ithaca to develop a couple of local projects.

He hand-picked every piece you see at Argos Inn, from the doorknobs and sink fixtures to the decorative typewriters and color-coded antique books. Working with all local craftsmen and vendors, he breathed new life into flea market furniture, creating an aesthetic that somehow perfectly balances out old timey accents with modern hues and patterns. I love, love, love Argos Inn. Everything here - the vibe, the design - feels intentional, but not forced. A lot of thought and love went into the inn's development and it really shows!

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

There are 10 guest rooms, each unique in design but fitting into a handful of themes, as well as a bar and lounge that's open to the public. We visited a couple of weeks before Argos' big grand opening fete, so the bar was still in its final planning stages but it seems as though Avi and crew have beautifully carried out their plans for a local, craft cocktail-focused hangout.

We stayed in the King Slate Room, which I loved (of course) for its sunny closed-in porch with the writer's desk. I'm not one to typically gush about things like bathroom design, but my husband and I still talk about the shower in this room as the prototype to our dream, "someday" home. Every room at Argos has some kind of "wow factor," but two of my other favorites are the Glass Porch Room for its floor-to-ceiling windows and the White Peacock Room because THAT WALLPAPER! (Photo below is of the Grey Peacock Room.)

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Ithaca: Argos Inn - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

You get free continental breakfast in the sun-drenched dining room with your stay and Argos Inn is also within walking distance of Ithaca's main drag, which is full of great bars and restaurants. (It's a college town, of course, with Ithaca College and Cornell University close by.) We took a short drive to Buttermilk Falls for a glorious fall foliage hike, but you can also visit the famous Cascadilla Gorge if you have a little more time.

PHOTOS BY: Stjepan Alaupovic
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