We encourage folks to collaborate on their own room-sharing plans. (You can see below who's already planning to come, and contact folks you know.)
Primary Hotel: Ramada Inn Ithaca
This year, we've got a block of rooms at the Ramada Inn Ithaca, a short drive from the Ithaca Airport and the Cayuga Heights Fire Station, our meeting location. Room reservations will be accepted up to August 22nd, 2014. Our group rate is $129.95/night plus tax. If you will be arriving late, need a rollaway (extra charge), or need a first floor room, please mention these when making your reservation. After August 22nd, any remaining rooms will be put back into the regular inventory for sale to the general public. Once that date passes, we can't guarantee that the hotel will have any rooms available as this is a very popular time of year for out-of-town visitors. Also, if getting a non-smoking room is important to you, be sure to request it when you make your reservation.
To reserve a room at the Ramada Inn, call 607-257-3100 or the national reservation line at 1-888-272-6232. Make sure to ask to be part of the Accord room block. You can reserve online using group code CGUSSACCORD.
Rooms are reserved for Friday and Saturday nights,
September 19th and 20th. Arriving Thursday or staying until Monday is unlikely to pose a problem, but making such arrangements early is a good idea.
Backup Hotel: Trip Hotel Ithaca
We've also lined up space a short distance away at the Trip Hotel Ithaca, next to the Triphammer Marketplace. Some of you may remember it as the site of the 1999 Region 7 Conference. Our group rate is $119.95/night plus tax. Room reservations will be accepted up to August 22nd, 2014. To reserve a room at the Trip Hotel, call 607-257-2000 and give them our group number, USS9/19.
PLEASE: When you reserve one or more rooms, please
let us know (a) which hotel and (b) how
many rooms. That knowledge will help us to know how our blocks are
doing and whether we might need additional rooms.
Schedule of Events
Friday: Casual afternoon gathering. We'll use the Ramada's lobby and lounge area as our "base of operations" from late afternoon on. You can meet us there, have a bite to eat, and relax with a beverage, etc.
Fri 6:00pm: Dinner at the Glenwood Pines. We'll be ordering from the menu, with each person responsible for paying for what he or she orders and eats. Please chip in if you share in appetizers, don't forget to add up everything you ordered personally, and as a good rule of thumb, add at least 25% of the total to cover tax and tip. Dinner here typically costs $8-15 per person; if you have $10 in your pocket, don't order an $8 dish and a $2 drink.
Sat 9:30am: Breakfast. If you're interested, meet for breakfast for something to eat before we get together for the Glen convoy. We recommend Ithaca Bakery (formerly CTB Appetizers or Collegetown Bagels) in the Triphammer Mall. Please plan breakfast such that you can be on time at the Ramada before 11.
Sat 10:45am: Gather for Glen convoy. Show up before 11am at the Ramada Inn parking lot on North Triphammer Road near the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Please be GASSED UP and ready to go by 11. We will leave directly for the Glen, do lunch at Burger King when we get there, then hike, which will take most of the afternoon.
After we return, there will be some quiet time to hang out at the park or clean
Sat. 7:00pm: Dinner. Details to be announced. The last few years, we have had a fixed-price dinner at The Rose Taproom & Grill with several different choices of meal, served with a salad, vegetable, and baked potato, for $18 including tax and gratuity.
Sat. After Dinner: Whatever you please. Go sleep off the food. Go to
various pubs if you're over 21. The last several years, many of us have gone to Purity Ice Cream for dessert.
Sunday 10:00am: Brunch at Ramada. Cost: About $14 per person, including tax and tip. We really do need to know whether you'll be at brunch, so there's enough room for everyone who's coming and so we don't have to pay out of our pockets for those who don't show up!