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What to Bring



What to Bring


Essential packing list

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing." 

Even in the warmer months the temperature can drop in the evening so be sure to bring warmer clothes than you think you'll need! Here's a packing list to prepare you for a cozy and comfortable trip in the great outdoors:

  1. Raincoat or shell jacket to keep out wind and rain, as a light layer for chilly evenings, or added warmth over bulkier sweaters or fleece.  
  2. Fleece or insulated jacket (or vest) for added warmth or layering under a raincoat or shell.
  3. Sweatshirt or sweater for cozy, casual warmth and layering.
  4. Base layer (a.k.a. "long johns"), top and bottom for hiking, lounging, layering or wearing as pajamas. 
  5. Winter hat - you can purchase a Firelight-branded beanie in the Camp store. 
  6. Sun hat - you can purchase a Firelight-branded cap in the Camp store. 
  7. Scarf or pashmina, depending on the forecast, for warmth or a layering piece.
  8. Slippers or thick, warm socks for inside your tent
  9. Swimwear and a beach towel or sarong, if you plan to visit one of the many swimming holes in the area
  10. Casual clothing for hanging around camp, exploring Downtown Ithaca and the Finger Lakes
  11. Trail-friendly clothing for hikes and outdoor adventures
  12. Trail shoes: depending on the forecast or what activities you have planned, you could bring waterproof hiking shoes, rain boots, non-waterproof hiking shoes, or sneakers. Bottom line: something you can walk in and don't mind getting muddy. 
  13. Casual shoes for walking about town, wearing around camp or out to dinner (the Finger Lakes region is all-round casual)
  14. Daypack for stashing extra layers, a water bottle and snacks while on the trail, touring wineries or exploring downtown Ithaca
  15. Water bottle - you can purchase a Firelight-branded bottle in the Camp store. 
  16. Toiletries and sun screen, though we provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and hair dryers.
  17. Phone, camera and chargers, we have a charging station! 
  18. Hand and feet warmers, you know those little pouches of warmth for skiing and snowy weather? They're great when the temperature dips.
  19. Optional: Evening wear, for a nice meal out or snazzier visit to the wineries (though in all honesty, the Finger Lakes is all-round casual)
  20. Optional: A book you've been wanting time to savor, your favorite board games, cards and other activities for unplugged fun

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:

  1. Plush, multi-layered bedding on your King or Queen bed. On cold nights we'll tuck you in with the outdoor-approved Rumpl Super Fleece
  2. Freshly laundered bath towels
  3. Bath house with flushing toilets, hot showers, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and hair dryers
  4. Barebones Living battery-powered lanterns to light your tent and pathways (and charge your phone)
  5. Phone and computer charging station in the main lobby
  6. Umbrellas for use on the property
  7. Water cooler with ice cold and piping hot water, to refill your water bottle or mug
  8. Freshly brewed coffee from sun-up to sun-down
  9. Games, games, games: bocce ball court, corn hole toss, board games, playing cards, and a small library
  10. Camp Store with snacks (s'mores!), beverages, apparel, hiking maps, bug spray, and more essentials, all available for purchase
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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

Download AskPearl app on your phone for current events in the area. We've also included a calendar below for events and activities at Firelight Camps.


Cafes and Restaurants

Explore a variety of Ithaca's culinary gems with an Ithaca is Foodies Culinary Tour, a guided walk and restaurant-hop to some of Ithaca's most unique eateries. You’ll sample a taste of inventive and delicious food as well as the town's history, culture, and architecture. Visit www.ithacaisfoodies.com to book a private tour for your group or join a pre-scheduled tour.

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

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

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

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

Northstar Public House: Comfortable, farm-to-table, neighborhood gastropub with a craft beer and cocktail menu, 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, fresh-baked pies and pastries, a lunch menu on weekdays and a full brunch menu on the weekends. (Our co-founder and chef, Emma Frisch, helped

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.

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.



Ithaca Farmers Market: Set on the top of Cayuga Lake, this is one of the country's most iconic farmers markets and not to be missed on Saturday or Sunday! You’ll discover fresh produce, prepared foods, and arts and crafts produced within 30 miles of the market. For weekday markets, visit www.ithacamarket.com.

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.


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.

Myers 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

Wild Foraging Hike: Book a 90-minute guided hike in Buttermilk Falls State Park, the backyard playground of Firelight Camps! Local foraging fanatic, Sarah Kelsen, will take you on a hands-on adventure where you'll learn to identify a variety of wild Northeastern plants while maintaining the diverse ecosystem.

Go Finger Lakes is your complete, user-friendly guide to the best spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and outdoor recreation across our 6,000-square-mile area, including trail maps, pictures, descriptions and more.

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.

Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours: Choose from a range of offerings, including Adult Day Camps and Retreats, yoga classes and yoga hikes, some of which take place right at Firelight Camps. 


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 with the best views of Cayuga Lake! 

Discover local theater at The Kitchen Theater, The Hangar Theater or Shakespeare In The Park.

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

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

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


Wild Foraging Hike

Wild Foraging Hike

WILD FORAGING HIKE. Awaken your senses on a 90-minute guided hike in scenic Buttermilk Falls State Park, the backyard playground of Firelight Camps! Join local foraging fanatic, Sarah Kelsen, for a hands-on adventure where you'll learn to identify a variety of wild Northeastern plants, while maintaining the diverse forest ecology. Sink into the present & soak up the outdoors! Hikes depart from and return to Firelight Camps.

WHAT: Trails are easy-to-moderate in difficulty level, and guests may continue on an un-guided hike to Lower Buttermilk Falls.

COST: $40 per person (2-person minimum); no cost for children under five years old. Please inquire for group rates.

WHAT TO BRING: Wear comfortable walking sneakers or boots. Bring sun or rain protection and a water bottle.

BOOK NOW: Contact sarah@landbeyondthesea.com


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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.


Please check in the spring for our 2018 schedule!


Drop-in: $17 (one person), $30 (two people)

Two-class pass: $30

Five-class pass: $65

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?

Four of our tents (Tents 16, 17, 18, and 19) have electric heaters and outlets; these tents are priced higher. The remaining tents have guest-approved, heavy-weight Rumpl Super Fleece Blankets over our duvets to keep you warm on cold nights. We've also prepared The Glamper's Essential Packing List to help you pack smartly for the weather. For more details on our super fleece blankets, read our blog post.



  YES! We proudly feature local wines, beers, and spirits. Please ask if you would like private bottle service, champagne delivered to your room or a six-pack on ice by the fire.


Are dogs allowed?

YES. Friendly dogs are allowed for an additional $25 per night 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 at any time during your stay.


Is there electricity in the tents?

Four of our tents (Tents 16, 17, 18, and 19) have electric heaters, lamps, and outlets; these tents are priced higher. For all tents 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, bar services and 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 late checkout 1pm for an additional fee of $20. Due to the short time we have to flip the campground, we do not offer early check-in. 


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.