Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Private Home, Amazing Views, Hiking & Biking, Wine Tasting, Hot Tub and Fire Pit

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 10 in beds

Good Vibrations: Tranquil Escape with Panoramic Views of Cayuga River Basin

Come for the elevated views. Stay for the five king-size bedrooms, hot tub, and four acres of idyllic outdoor space.

Welcome to Good Vibrations, our peaceful jewel on top of the world, with long-range views of the Cayuga Lake basin stretching for miles ahead. From the living area to the landscaped lawn, these sweeping views provide the backdrop for your easy-going Finger Lakes vacation.

On our first visit to the property, we quickly determined each of the five spacious bedrooms could fit its own king-size bed. And that’s exactly what we did. We even went a step further with five brand-new, king-size Sealy Posturepedic Plush Euro Pillowtop mattresses and down/feather pillows for an exceptional night’s sleep for all 10 guests.

Bring a group of five couples and divvy up the king-size bedrooms and three baths. Every option is a winner.

Our year-round, seven-person hot tub presents another excellent vantage point. Early birds can climb into the hot tub for a spectacular sunrise, and night owls can soak under starry skies. Meanwhile, stoke a fire in the fire pit ringed in Adirondack chairs or gather at the picnic table to tuck into burgers from the gas grill. In winter, snow makes the scene even more dramatic, and the hot tub keeps you toasty while you take it in.

The Black Diamond Trail borders Good Vibrations, so bring your bikes and sneakers. This wide, gravel path is over 8 miles long and runs from Taughannock Falls State Park to other state parks in the Ithaca area.


In the main living area, the views greet you through large picture windows. Stretch out on the sectional sofa, or in our favorite vintage chair and ottoman near the wood-burning fireplace. Our furnishings, fabrics and lighting capture the 1970s backstory of the house (built in 1973), but without the 70s kitsch. An adjacent dining area seats 10 before another picture window facing the countryside views.

Our well-equipped kitchen with 5-burner gas cooktop, two separate ovens, dishwasher and fully stocked cabinets can help with everything from casual breakfast buffets to elegant dinners.

Downstairs on the lower level, the game room offers entertainment with a pool table, flat-screen TV, bar area, and a cozy board game booth (we provide the collection of games). A second wood-burning fireplace warms the space, and a door opens to the patio and the four-acre yard with its fire pit, hot tub, picnic table and gas grill.


Find two of the five king-size bedrooms on the main level, along with the living and dining areas and the kitchen. One bedroom, a master suite, has a picture window with a view and a full attached bath. The other features a bow window and, of course, a king-size bed. One more full bath on this floor indulges with a custom-tiled shower.

Three more bedrooms sleep 6 more guests on the lower level. There's also another full bath on this floor.


Have we mentioned the view? Beyond that, our four acres of grassy, landscaped lawn provide plenty of spots for outdoor fun. Take shade under the willow tree. Play a game of bocci while dinner sizzles on the gas grill. Soak in the hot tub. Or share a bottle of wine (or s’mores) and good stories around the fire pit.


Active vacationers will love the location of Good Vibrations, which borders Ithaca’s Black Diamond Trail. Great for both hiking and biking, this easy-on-the-knees crushed stone path traverses the eight miles from Taughannock Falls State Park to the Cass Park waterfront. Tie your sneakers and hit the trail just beyond the property.

Or take an easy trip to Buttermilk Falls, Robert Treman and Watkins Glen State Park - all within a half-hour’s drive - to get acquainted with the Finger Lakes’ famous waterfalls and scenic gorges.

Wine-lovers likely know we have over 50 wineries surrounding us here. Cayuga Wine Trail, the oldest in America, is just a 5-minute drive away. Seneca Lake and Keuka Wine Trails are also just a short drive from Good Vibrations.

When you’re ready to visit Cayuga Lake in person after taking in the views from the house, it’s about two miles away.

Downtown Trumansburg, an historic village with restaurants, pubs, a bowling alley, farmer’s market, pizzeria, grocery and liquor stores and local shops, is a 5-minute drive from home. Spend an afternoon or evening strolling charming Main Street - don't miss out on farm-to-table fare at Hazelnut Kitchen followed by an espresso at Gimme Coffee.

And just a 10-minute drive away there’s downtown Ithaca, a progressive college town that's home to Cornell University, live music venues, and more restaurants per capita than NYC.

NOTE: Not suitable for weddings, receptions, parties or gatherings which include outside guests. Property is for the use and enjoyment of registered guests only, unless prior approval from owners is given.

More Details

KC Christopher & Mitch Clarke
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About KC Christopher & Mitch Clarke

Mitch and I (KC) live nearby in Trumansburg, NY. We designed, created, owned and operated the Halsey House Bed & Breakfast in Trumansburg for ten years and love sharing our beautiful area with visitors from around the world. We have found that our years in customer service with the b&b have helped us design, furnish and manage our vacation rentals in a way that exceeds our customer's expectations and elevates the overall experience of renting a vacation home.

KC Christopher & Mitch Clarke purchased this house in 2012

Why KC Christopher & Mitch Clarke chose Trumansburg

The location, the house and property itself was ideal for our next vacation rental house. We fell in love at first site, as we walked in the door and look directly out the picture windows to this amazing view. It is captivating! This may well become the house we will retire in many years from now.

What makes this house unique

It has it all! Privacy, views, unmatched comfort, location along the Cayuga Wine Trail, very near state parks, waterfalls, Trumansburg, Ithaca, restaurants, theaters, golf, fishing, the list can go on and on. Step out the front door and get on the Black Diamond Trail, an 8 1/2 mile hiking, running and biking trail that can take you all the way to Ithaca.

You can spend all of your time at Good Vibrations reconnecting with family and friends, or venture out and enjoy the amazing Finger Lakes with all this area has to offer.


Trumansburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Any outside visitors not staying at the house must be approved in advance by owners.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , First floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lower level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , First floor Master bath
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
  • There are three Eastern king beds and two California king beds. We allow up to twelve people in this home if some of them are children sleeping on inflatable beds or in pack'n'plays.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
First floor features common living spaces including kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms for easy accessibility to persons with limited mobility. Lower level features recreational room with pool table, access to the terrace with gas grill, picnic table, seven person hot tub and the back yard. This level also has three bedrooms and a full bathroom.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

96% Complete
3% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Private Home, Amazing Views, Hiking & Biking, Wine Tasting, Hot Tub and Fire Pit
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 52 reviews

Everything we asked for

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the house. More spacious than it appears. Bedrooms and kitchen were great. Living spaces plenty big for 10 of us. Would return anytime.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Seattle, WA

Well equipped to accommodate our large family gathering. I loved the location.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay. Right next to the Black Diamond trail. Close to good coffee in Tburg! Beautiful location.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with four families and it was fantastic. The whole layout flowed, the rooms large enough for everyone to gather and the bedrooms, well they were amazing. Very comfortable as was the whole house. The kitchen had everything you could want or need and the hot tub and fire pit were a great bonus. Loved, loved, loved this house.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Lovely home and very comfortable beds

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 ladies stayed at this house for our 22nd annual girls trip. It's one of the best properties we have rented. The house was very clean and all agreed the beds and pillows were very comfortable. Having all king beds was awesome! The fire pit (wood provided for 1 night) and hot tub were great ways to relax at night. The owners were very responsive to inquiries.

Our state doesn't have bottle deposit returns, so having to return them before leaving was a minor inconvenience, but all other recyclables can be left.

Taughannock Falls is in hiking and a bonus for this property. If back in this area we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great Place for a Cayuga Wine Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here for the second time. We stayed a few years ago. It's a great location with awesome views and a great house. Beds are comfy and the kitchen is well stocked for cooking meals out after a day of wine tasting. Convenient to all the local wineries as well as Ithaca. Mitch and K.C. have a great place here and I would definitely recommend Good Vibrations for anyone who is looking for a place to rent in the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 4 of 5

Very clean , spacious,, comfortable, , nice property. Negatives/ not enough wood supplied for fire pit, no air conditioning even though temps were in the 80s

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate that our customers take the time to review our vacation homes. It can offer potential customers insight, it can alert us to something we need to address (you are always welcome to contact us during your stay so we may take action immediately) and sometimes it gives us an opportunity to clarify the details. In this case, we did remove the window air conditioners the week prior because we had typical fall weather with temperatures that dipped down to 30 degrees at night. The weekend these folks came, we had very warm days, yet the nights were in the 50's. Since Good Vibrations is in a lovely country setting, the nights can be enjoyed with windows open without traffic noise, just clean country air. The house cools down very nicely. As for the firewood, we do not supply that. There are roadside stands and grocery stores that sell it within blocks of this property. The wood that was on hand had been left by the previous guests. We apologize if this wasn't made clear at check-in, we will do better at that. Mitch and I are very happy to hear that you found the house very clean, comfortable and spacious. We hope you had a great time! Warm regards, KC Christopher
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Cornell University
Ithaca Farmers' Market
"Features fresh local produce, local free-range meats, flowers, art from local artists, local..."
"This grocery store has everything you could possibly need and many things you didn't realize..."
Hazelnut Kitchen
"Less than five minutes from Good Vibrations, in the very charming village of Trumansburg, is..."
The Heights Restaurant and H Bar
Moosewood Restaurant
"Vegetarians, Vegans and food lovers in general will enjoy the lay-back atmosphere of the res..."
Ithaca Bakery
"Wow, you have to go here, for a meal or for the bakery goods, it all delights! A huge favor..."
Nearest Airport
13.6 Miles
Ithaca/Tompkins County
Nearest Barpub
4.4 Miles
Silver Line Tap Room
Nearest Golf
4.9 Miles
Trumansburg Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Inn at Taughannock Restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Taughannock State Park on Cayuga Lake
Car: necessary

Good Vibrations is 2 minutes from Taughannock Falls State Park, the highest single drop waterfall northeast of the Rocky Mountains. Cayuga lake's public beach and marina are also 2 minutes away and in 5 minutes you can be enjoying the Cayuga Wine Trail.

There are hiking trails and waterfalls throughout the Finger Lakes region, don't miss Robert H. Treman State Park (it's like being in a Tolkien novel) and the Watkins Glen State Park hikes. Buttermilk Falls is another of our local favorites, with an easy walk into the bottom of the falls, complete with swimming hole, as well as a challenging hike up the sides of the waterfalls.

This upstate region is home to acres of farmland which produce excellent local organic foods that have inspired chefs from around the world to open amazing restaurants specializing in seasonal, local ingredients and pastured-raised livestock. You can also purchase these ingredients yourself at our local Trumansburg and Ithaca Farmer's Markets and prepare your own delights at home in Good Vibrations.

Ithaca is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. You can feel the pulse of energy brought by these establishments and the opportunities that radiate from them. Enjoy sporting events, performances and lectures, visit museums, wildlife sanctuaries and botanical gardens. Tour the beautiful grounds of the campuses and then people-watch while eating at a local pub. You will fall in love with our area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $160 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 3.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Some Special Events or holidays may require a longer minimum stay and/or a higher nightly rate and a higher damage deposit. Please inquire.

We appreciate your understanding that the minimum night stay requirements are not a condition open to negotiation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.