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Cat from Ithaca {USA}


Situated in the garden of a historic train station at the southeast corner of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York, you will find the AirBnB property Charming Lakeview Cottages.

It's known for its picturesque buildings, homey atmosphere, and lush green surroundings. Charming Lakeview Cottages also has a resident cat: Blue.

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"I visited the location in 2016 when I was a member of the jury at the Ithaca Fantastik film festival," says Traveling Cats reader Gilles Vranckx.

"For practical reasons (it was too far from the venue), I wasn't sleeping at Charming Lakeview Cottages, but a friend was, so I sometimes met him at the property so we could have breakfast or dinner together."

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"The property was rather charming," Gilles says. "The atmosphere is very homey – bric à brac – with a large garden. It's located a little uphill, so you have a very pretty view over the surrounding area."

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"There are several little cottages on the domain, but the rooms, kitchen and lounge area are all in the same building."

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The property was constructed around 1830, and for years, it served as a lighthouse. It was later transformed into a switchback to the railroad and became a residential space in the 1930s.

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From the early 1960s to the early 1990s, the buildings were abandoned and fell into ruin. British visual artist Paul Chambers rescued and recycled the site, and his friend Wylie Schwartz, a native Ithacan, purchased the property and turned it into the AirBnB that it is today.

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"Of course, the first thing I noticed when I arrived at Charming Lakeview Cottages was the cat. I followed him everywhere," says Gilles.

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"The cat's name is Blue. He's very sociable, and you can see that Charming Lakeview Cottages is his territory and that he feels at home there," says Gilles. "He loves interacting with the tourists and the other inhabitants."

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Apparently, Blue doesn't go inside the cottage but lives in the green house next door and hangs out in the garden, especially when it's warm out.

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"I loved Ithaca," says Gilles. "Most people know it because of Cornell University, but there's so much green. Lots of waterfalls, little rivers, nature. I instantly had to think of Twin Peaks when I arrived."

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"Ithaca is so different from Europe," says Gilles. "The inhabitants of New York think it's small, but everything is so much larger there than in Europe – the houses, the streets, the blocks. I was there right after Halloween, and there were still some decorations left, pumpkins and such."

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Do you also want to stay at Charming Lakeview Cottages so you can spend some time with Blue? You can find Wylie Schwartz and her property on AirBnB.

Other things to visit in the neighborhood: Cayuga Lake, East Coast swimming beach, the different universities, and Finger Lakes wine country.

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  1. I might have to make a weekend trip to Ithaca to meet this cat!

  2. Very picturesque. Looks like the cat owns the whole place!

  3. This looks so beautiful to just hike around the area and pet Blue...if he lets you

  4. Hello, Ithaca and the Cayuga Lake is a beautiful area. The cottage looks like a lovely place to stay. The kitties are adorable. Wonderful photos. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.

  5. Such an interesting place. Very nice. #PoCoLo