November 24, 2012

Dear Don and Rita,

My family and I had a wonderful time at the farm. I especially enjoyed being with Rubia and the horses.

Nick and Family
Dallas PA






November 4, 2012

Thank you, Don and Rita,

Thank you for sharing your heart, hearth and home with us. It has been a great gift tobe at your lovely farm and cottage.

Be well,
The Meara’s
Wilmette IL


October 21, 2012

Thank you very much for providing such a gorgeous place to rest my head while visiting my son on my first parent’s CU weekend. I absolutely hope to return, maybe even with my other children. Visiting their big brother just got a lot more enticing.


Winchester MA


October 7, 2012

What a beautiful time of year to visit this special area. The delicious “homegrown” breakfast was a great way to start our stay. Rita and Don – your knowledge of the area led us to explore places not on our list! Every evening after a day of exploration we’d sit on the couch in “the coop” with a glass of wine. We’d review the day and wonder at the ever changing shadows and colors outside the sliding doors. Feeding the chickens, walking around the area visiting Rubia, enjoying our wagon ride…What a week!

Andi and Ron
Portland Me


September 30, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

We loved staying here. The chicken coop is beautiful and comfortable. You both made us feel right at home, we will definitely come back.

Thank you for your hospitality,

Sophie, Leigh and Benjamin
Penn Valley PA




September 27, 2012

Rita and Don,

Where to begin…we enjoyed our week on RoseBarb Farm and cannot recall a vacation as special or memorable! We are so fortunate to been able to experience “life on the Farm.” I’m thrilled that I now know what to do with Swiss Chard! The homemade bread, the wonderful breakfast, great conversation and hay ride with Mick and Star are just a few of our wonderful memories. You truly have a little “slice of heaven” here in the country. We hope to be able to come back again someday.

We wish you all the best!

Diana and Bill
Litchfield CT


September 23,2012

Dear Rita and Don,

What a wonderful time we had on your farm! Thank you for your hospitality and time. The girls have already begun planning for a return trip. Dulcie wants to come back every year! You have created a very special place here and we appreciate all that you have done for us. We hope to see you again!

Robb, Meredith, Lilah, and Dulcie
Pittsburgh PA

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August 29, 2012


Dearest Rita and Don,

Thank you as always for a beautiful, restful time on the farm, your gracious presence and your generosity. My children adore you both and adore, of course, your wonderful Rubia. We wish you all a wondrous year ahead. You will be in hearts until next we see you.

With all our heartfelt love,

Shoshana, Jack and Lia
Brooklyn NY


August 27, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

Once again, thank you so much for your hospitality. We had another wonderful week at your farm. Jada even asked if next time we could stay 4 weeks .  Jada’s  big accomplishment of the week was swimming the whole length of the pool by herself!  Not to forget, feeding the chickens and gathering the eggs everyday was a routine that Jada will miss.  Feeding the horses and riding Brinney were eagerly anticipated, much talked about, and thoroughly enjoyed by Jada too. Jada liked feeding Rubia her bone treats everyday and relaxing in the hammock under Rubia’s watchful eye. Thank you Rita for your kindness and patience with Jada. You really have a way with kids. We are so glad we found RoseBarb Farm 4 years ago when we were looking for kid-friendly lodging in Ithaca.


Jeff, Joy and Jada
Jackson heights NY


August 17, 2012

Dear Don and Rita,

Thank you so much for the generous and warm welcome at Rosebarb farm. I think we enjoyed most the beautiful views, quiet and calm relaxing moments, stargazing, cool nights, dips in the pool, birds singing, fresh produce and so much beautiful surrounding nature.   All these wonderful moments and memories we will cherish and make it hard to leave this morning.

Thank you again for your wonderful hospitality.

Alicia, Kieran, Brendan and Miles
Ellicott City MD


August 11, 2012

Dear Don and Rita,

I loved the stay at the cottage. When I grow up I want to own a farm but only go up in the winter and have employees work on it the rest of the year and play baseball in the summer. See ya next year!


Nathaniel J. Reynoso; 9 years old
Westchester NY


August 5, 2012

Dear Rita and Farmer Don,

You made my weekend wonderful! I loved helping the chickens and riding the horses. Thank you so much for the carriage ride. The pool was really fun. I’ll never forget the time we were here. Can’t wait to come back next year. Thank you so much!


Avery ; 9 years old


Dear Rita and Don,

Thank you so much for the wonderful stay at your farm. I enjoyed the pony rides on Brin, feeding and collecting eggs from the chickens, petting Rubia and the carriage rides with Star and mick. The pool was chilly and fantastic. You and your farm created memories that I will never forget. I can’t wait to come back next year.


Naiya; 11 years old
Yardley PA


July 24, 2012

Coming back to Ithaca where I grew up (to age 12 in 1975) was bound to be a powerful experience, but I didn’t also expect it to ne luxurious, educational, delicious, soul-restoring and Political! (in the best possible way)

Justus (15) and Caden (9) loved it too!

Erik and Esther
San Francisco CA


July 20, 2012

Rita and Don you were born to be inn keepers (along with your many other talents.) From the minute the two of you met us until we left, we felt like we were being pampered and well taken care of. The cottage is charming and comfortable. You made the kids feel special with the egg gathering and pony ride, etc. They have made many special memories thanks to you. We enjoyed exploring this beautiful and fascinating area. A perfect vacation.

Bonnie “Nana”
Haymarket and Wintergreen  VA


July 19, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

 I’ll miss you. I liked stayin with you. I loved everything.


Liam; 5 years old


July 13, 2012

Rita and Don,

Thanks so much! We had a fantastic time staying in the “coop.” Maddy had a great time running around and getting eggs. Sophie loved watching all the animal. We appreciate all that you did for our family and wish you the best. You are very special people.

The Willard’s
Sandusky OH


July 7, 2012

Thank you very much for a wonderful second year. Next time we will for sure stay Longer- this was such a great visit. Maya loved all the animals and the ride on Brin was a highlight. Hopefully Jonah will join her next year.

Best wishes,

Jeff, Rebecca, Maya and Jonah
Brooklyn NY

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July 5,2013

To Reeta and Don,

Thank you for letin me stay. I had a fun time riding Bryn.


Sophie; 7 years old
Fayetteville AR




July 4, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

 Thank you again for another great stay!! The kids have talked about coming back to “the Farm”all year! The girls loved their morning “doing chores” with you both. Kieran’s expression of sheer joy this morning getting to ride Bryn was priceless!! Thank you for all the wonderful memories from this year which will us through until we see you again next year.


 The Grob-Fitzgibbons

Fayetteville AR


July 1, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

We had a lovely time on your farm, and the children had a wonderful time with the animals, pea picking, berry picking and the pool. Staying here feels like staying with friends. Thank you for your hospitality.


The Date’s

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June 29, 2012

Rita and Don,

 Thank you so much for a wonder twl days. Alex and Julia had a great time gathering eggs, playing in the grass, gardening and swimming in the pool. Shayna and I wished we could have stayed for the entire week. Hopefully, we will come back soon.

Washington DC





June 26, 2012

Rita and Don,

We had such a wonderful time here! Thank you for the advice on hikes and waterfalls. Ithaca is alovely area! We are so glad we made this wonderful farm part of our vacation. We will spread the word on this fantastic guest house!!

Jen, John, Quinton and Erin
Williamsburg VA






June 17, 2012

I had a lovely time staying on your farm. Grooming the horses, meeting the chickens and of course spending time with Rubia. I imagine this is not the last time I will be visiting. I hope this will be a place where I can find sanctuary over the next four years; away from the business, college life and the fast paced life I often lead. In this beautiful farm you’ve created I can as well as other, sit back and enjoy the beauty of Ithaca.


Farifield CT

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May 6, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

 Thank you for an absolutely lovely weekend! I can’t say what my favorite parts were- too numerous to mention. Thanks for your hospitality and opening your home to us- we’ll be back!


The Elliot’s
Philadelphia PA


April 8, 2012

What a wonderful respite for us as we are touring colleges.  If our daughter attends Cornell, we will be back!

Thank you for everything.

Doug, Melissa and Lauren
Virginia Beach VA


March 18, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

 What can I say? Again, we had a wonderful time. The beauty of our surroundings combined with both your warmth and engaging personalities make for a magical experience. We are so happy to have found RoseBarb Farm. We feel like we have met “family in Ithaca.”

Love, Carmela, Billy, Elaina and Andrea
Oakdale NY


March 10, 2012

Dear Rita and Don,

Thank you so much for a very pleasant stay. We wish we could stay longer! We’ll have to come back and enjoy the many sights and things to do in Ithaca.


Catherine, Bruce, Adam and Connor
Mississauga, Ontario