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Hotelier Of The Year Finalist!

 Michael was formally trained as a chef in NYC’s “Little Italy” in the 1960’s and resided in the Gramercy Park Hotel where he worked in exchange for a room in the early 1970’s. The concept of Private Hotel + Pure Food started after having lived in Haiti in the later part of the 1970’s. Michael’s friend, French entrepreneur Olivier Coquelin, opened Habitation Leclerc in Martissant, Haiti where it became renowned as one of the best international resorts in the world, catering particularly to the affluent jet set crowd and patrons that included members of the Kennedy family, European nobility, and famous rock stars such as Mick Jagger. Bringing memories of the time he spent there back to America, Michael has been working on this extraordinary Ithaca, NY property for the past 13 years, taking the ambience of Habitation Leclerc and adding his own special twist, such as museum quality treasures from his personal world adventures and travels (i.e., dinosaur skeletons, meteorites, huge mineral specimens, fossils, historical and pre-historical artifacts and surrealist art). Finally in 2012 Michael opened the doors where the guest is king, the “Gold Standard of Hospitality” is practiced to a “T”; the rest is hotelier history.
innRoad today announced the two, peer-selected, winners of the first annual 2015 NAIHA’s (North American Independent Hotel Awards), including 2015 North American Independent Hotel of the Year and 2015 North American Independent Hotelier of the Year Awards. These two winners exemplify the passion and commitment it takes to provide great guest experiences.
The 2015 North American Independent Hotel Award winner is the Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn. This property is recognized by its guests for providing exceptional guest experiences. Guests love their 5pm social hour, the meticulously kept property, and extra attention paid to every detail. Owners Nick and Steve go above and beyond when it comes to providing great service.
“After decades of work in the retail industry, becoming a hotelier has fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine,” stated Nick Poulos, owner of Abbington Green. “I feel so lucky to be awarded for doing something that I love. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I look forward to many more years of service to our guests.”
The 2015 North American Independent Hotelier Award winner is Rachelle Allen at the Hotel UMass. Rachelle is recognized by her peers for being hard working, caring and committed to providing great guest experiences each and every day. She consistently goes above and beyond in her attention to guests and her mentor-ship of young student employees.
“This award for Rachelle is well-deserved and highlights what 20 years of working in an independent hotel means. Her dedication to the guests and staff is what makes Hotel UMass the destination of choice in Western Massachusetts. The University, the current staff, and the many graduates she has mentored are all very proud of her,” stated Tom Sears, Director of Hospitality at UMass Hotel and Campus Center.
“We are thrilled to announce these two winners. The Abbington Green and Rachelle at Hotel UMass are perfect examples of what makes us proud to be part of the hospitality industry,” stated Frederik Rasmussen CEO at innRoad. “Their level of commitment to their guests and the success of their businesses make a direct impact in their local economies, and we are proud to promote their success. At innRoad we understand the level of commitment required to provide excellent experiences for your guests, and we strive to provide that same level of service to our clients.”
These two winners were voted on from a group of finalists including:

Hotel Finalists:

Roux Provincetown

Noble Inn

Kenny’s Tipperary Inn

Hotelier Finalists:

Jeff Hunter of Harborview Inn

Michael Casper of Private Hotel + Pure Food

Marnie Guillion of Honey Creek Resort

Madeline Pickens of Mustang Monument

Tim Columbus of Birchwood Inn

About the 2015 North American Independent Hotel Awards:

For the 2015 North American Independent Hotel Awards, over 100 submissions were made during the month of December. The list of finalists was compiled based on submissions, and online guest reviews. Over 1,000 votes were cast for the four properties and six hoteliers during the open voting period. Winners were selected based on popular vote.

Over 600 North American independent hotels trust innRoad to provide hotel management software that increases occupancy, saves them time, and allows hoteliers to focus on creating great guest experiences. innRoad is the best hotel management system developed to meet the needs of independent hoteliers. The cloud based, single-platform software includes a PMS, commission-free booking engine, direct OTA connections and free 24×7 support.

“Private Hotel and Pure Food” en Francais by Alexandra Bouillon the Granddaughter of L’entrepreneur Français Olivier Coquelin

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by Alexandra Bouillon the Granddaughter of  L’entrepreneur Français Olivier Coquelin

Michael Casper, un entrepreneur hôtelier et restaurateur, a récemment ouvert Hôtel privée et la pureté des aliments. Michael a eu l’idée après avoir vécu en Haïti dans les années 1970. L’ami de Michael, l’entrepreneur français Olivier Coquelin, a ouvert Habitation Leclerc à Martissant, Haïti, où il est devenu célèbre comme l’un des meilleurs centres de villégiature internationaux dans le monde, de la restauration en particulier à la foule jet-set riche et mécènes qui comprenait des membres de la famille Kennedy, la noblesse européenne , et les rock stars célèbres comme Mick Jagger. Inspiré par cette heure de l’hôtel en Haïti, Michael a travaillé sur cette Finger Lakes propriété extraordinaire depuis 2001, en prenant l’ambiance d’Habitation Leclerc et en ajoutant ses propres rebondissements spéciaux, tels que les trésors de qualité muséale de ses aventures personnelles et voyages du monde (par exemple, des squelettes de dinosaures, météorites, des spécimens de minéraux, de fossiles, d’énormes objets historiques et pré-historiques et d’art surréaliste). Les sentiers, les routes, les étangs, temple bouddhiste tibétain, cercle de pierre massive, les gorges et les falaises vues latérales sont ahurissant.

   Cet unique, petit hôtel de charme, avec cuisine privée de chef, est niché dans la campagne juste à l’extérieur du centre-ville Ithaca. Après la fusion, poutre, poteau, bois et l’architecture contemporaine, cet hôtel récemment ouvert a reçu des critiques élogieuses pour son style sensible et sophistiqué. Les espaces communs sont confortables et chaleureux, rehaussé par le sens de Michael de fantaisie. Un chef de son propre chef, Michael crée et prépare un menu unique composé d’ingrédients biologiques et végétaliens qui sont principalement cultivés localement et récoltées. Une fusion éclectique de style rustique et raffiné, sophistiqué et décontracté, moderne et à distance, l’Hôtel privé et les appels des aliments purs à l’individu éclairé qui désire rendez-vous haut de gamme, le meilleur en termes literie et linge, et de la nourriture fraîche et saine dans le monde … tous fournis dans un cadre serein, environnement tranquille.

Some Great Reviews on TripAdvisor!

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Casper’s Farm
Nov 18, 2012 JBICU
The farm is a beautiful place to stay while visiting the Ithaca area. Our room was finished with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Michael and Siobhan are wonderful hosts. Pick your dinner choice and Michael will find you the best table in the area.
A Winning Weekend in Every Way
Nov 16, 2012 Charles D
My son, Michael Davidman, was going to Ithaca to compete in the Ithaca College of Music Piano Competition. We needed a room and my wife found Casper’s Farm on the Internet and was immediately intrigued by their excellent Web Site which is very professional and beautifully designed. She spoke with Michael Casper for the first time and found him to be a very friendly warm person. He was easy to talk to and seemed to understand our every need.

So, we drove up and arrived at night. It was easy to find. We were greeted warmly and found both of our hosts extremely nice and interesting people. It turned out that Michael and I had a lot in common having grown up in the same city during the same time. We had the house to ourselves and it was very comfortable and large with interesting wall decorations everywhere. The ceiling is about 40 feet high and there are great wooden beams everywhere. Michael turned out to be a fascinating and extremely intelligent guy, not pretentious and very down to earth. He asked us many questions about what we would like for breakfast and was totally open to what ever our morning schedule was. Siobhan and Michael prepared the most delicious breakfast, I recommend the smoked trout highly. It is a great place to go with family or to get away from everything and relax.

So, the next day Michael competed and won first prize in both the solo and concerto competitions. We enjoyed a great walk in the woods, they have 115 acres. I could write for hours but I’m at work now so I will close this review by saying you will love this place and the hosts are beautiful wonderful people. This is a must stay and worth every minute!

Sincerely,

Charles Davidman
Proud Father

Lovely place, lovely people
Nov 15, 2012 Lisa H
I was so lucky to find Casper’s Farm for my stay in Ithaca. I had such an amazing time. Michael and Siobhan are very welcoming, accommodating, and fun to hang out with. They have amazing stories and great personalities. The Farm itself is lovely and comfortable. Couldn’t ask for a more substantial and delicious breakfast. The surroundings are peaceful, and give one ample opportunity to enjoy nature. The deer are out and about all the time, and for a city girl, like myself, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them. Be careful not to run them over on the road to the Farm! I would highly recommend Casper’s Farm for anyone who is visiting Ithaca and/or Cornell University. It is an easy, quick, and beautiful drive into the university and town. I hope to visit again.
Casper’s Farm Hotel is Gem in the Cornell / Ithaca area
Nov 14, 2012 collegeparent9
We found Michael Casper during a recent trip to visit Cornell. We went back a second time during Family Weekend. His farm style inn is just wonderful. The room we had both times was fantastic and a great comfortable bed. Clean and new. But, the best part were the hosts and the amazing food they made us. We had 3 amazing breakfast meals. Michael’s food was fantastic and we had so much food we rolled out of the Inn. Highly recommended!! A real find!!
A gem of a hideaway
Nov 14, 2012 ornyx01
Dear Michael,

We had a fabulous time at the Farms and experienced one of the most memorable weekends anywhere. Our experience was refreshingly punctuated by fabulous conversations over breakfast with your other guests.

What a majestic setting for a B & B perched within the amazing hills and fall season? Indeed, we appreciated the spacious bedrooms that are adorned with such personal touches, creating the perfect atmosphere indoors to complement the sprawling acreage outdoors. Who would have guessed that our time at the Farms came with our personal concierge, thanks to your great repoire with area restaurants for the finest off-site dining.

Without doubt, we are pleased and delighted to recommend the Farms with our highest enthusiasm, and you will be our first choice for any future stays in Ithaca, NY!

Warmest personal regards,

Best wishes, too.

Ivor and Carol Benjamin
Salt Lake City, Utah

Peace and tranquility
Nov 13, 2012 helper9
Finding Caspers farm is first off…fun. You think you are lost… then it appears. What a great place. This low key…yet high end. Very nice accommodations in a park like wooded setting. Deer on the lawns each day and eve. Rooms are all unique. Had an opportunity to view the various rooms and each is very different an more attractive than the next. One has an interesting bathroom arraignment…something to ask about. All the rest (I think) had private baths. The hosts were more than accommodating. Our breakfast was first rate, great coffee and casual paced. Actually we set the time for our breakfast.
I would definitely stay again and will tell my friends. Worth the effort to seek out.

Guest Reviews…

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From Suzanna Gagnier, November 8, 2012

Dear Michael and Siobhan,

We had an amazing stay at your B&B. eBay was present on the Cornell campus for our recruiting efforts, and we worked long hours. Coming “home” to your place was like returning to heaven. The rooms are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. And your hospitality was un-parallel. The breakfasts were delicious, but you made me feel like you would have gotten anything I had asked…and would have done so gladly.

I felt so welcomed and pampered, I can’t wait to return on a non-working trip, and completely enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Suzanna Gagnier
MBA and PhD Programs Manager

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From Heather Friedland, November 10, 2012

Thanks again for a great stay

Hi Michael – while I can’t officially write a review on behalf of “ebay corporate,” I can personally give a review that says:“Thank you for your great hospitality, company and warm/comfortable environment. The beds were comfortable, the house was super clean and nice, and it was a wonderful way of spending a recruiting trip to Cornell”Thanks again to you and Siobhan for your help and for the interesting discussions and delish breakfasts!!

Take care, Heather Gordon Friedland (formerly of Cedarhurst and Oceanside Long Island!!)

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From Summer Pramer, November 10, 2012

Dear Michael,
 
I apologize for the delay but believe it or not we are still without power.  While I certainly appreciated your warm hospitality at the time, I look back on my stay with you last week-end with increasing wistfulness. I wish to thank you for the exceptional week-end I had in Ithaca thanks to your personal attention. You have created a very special oasis surprisingly so close to the Cornell and Ithaca College campuses.  My room was cozy warm all week-end, the peace and quiet heavenly, and the made-to-order breakfasts absolutely delicious!  I look forward to staying with you again!  Please send my regards and thanks to both Charlie and Siobhan.
 
With gratitude,
Summer

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From Ivor and Carol Benjamin, October 29, 2012

Dear Michael,

We had a fabulous time at the Farms and experienced one of the most memorable weekends anywhere. Our experience was refreshingly punctuated by fabulous conversations over breakfast with your other guests.

What a majestic setting for a B & B perched within the amazing hills and fall season? Indeed, we appreciated the adornments of spacious dwelling with such personal touches, creating the perfect atmosphere for the dwellings that complement the sprawling acreage outdoors. Who would have guessed our time at the Farms came with our personal concierge, thanks to your great repoire with area restaurants for the finest off-site dining.

Without doubt, we pleased to recommend the Farms with our highest enthusiasm, and you will be our first choice for any future stays in Ithaca, NY!

Warmest personal regards,

Best wishes, too.

Ivor and Carol Benjamin
Salt Lake City, Utah

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From Charles Davidman, October 1, 2012

Dear Michael,

It was an amazing weekend and it was fantastic meeting both of you.

We had a wonderful time and I will definitely be seeing you guys again soon.

I have been so busy that I have not been able to write until now but I’ve been thinking about

Ithaca, the Farm, you guys, Michael winning, and so much more exciting things on the horizon.

As Michael says “you can’t go backward, always go forward”, so I will do exactly that.

I just finished working all day and now it’s a drive 20 miles to teach in Brooklyn.

I will email you Michaels Biography in a few days and write some more interesting and fun things.

Love you both,

That goes for Michael and Loretta also!

Watch out for Cobras.

Sincerely,

Charlie


Best regards,

Charles Davidman
Project Leader, Electronics
Consumer Reports
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From Ed Somech, September 26, 2012

Michael
We had such a nice time meeting you guys last weekend. So looking forward to coming back. I hope your Cornell class goes well. Sounds like lots of fun.
Do you bring eggs in our stuff like that for breakfast or is it pure vegan? What we had was delicious. That coffee was just great and the bagels and fish and your fresh oat oatmeal…
We loved all that, love eggs with that same meal, love buttermilk pancakes…with that great maple syrup…
Will leave the food up to you on our next visit!
Funny too because we both use help and help in coffee and splenda but what you gave us was fantastic.
See you in a few weeks.
Best,
Ed

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From Michelle Premura, September 23, 2012

Hi Michael – Just wanted to say THANK YOU!! Glad to have finally met you in person. Your place is truly gorgeous & unique. It will most certainly be a success.

I’m sorry I missed saying goodbye this morning – didn’t want to wake you. And as I mentioned to Siobhan – you are both welcome to come for a visit here anytime – perhaps to break up a trip to or from the city. I would love a chance to reciprocate. Thanks again to both you & Siobhan for your hospitality & generosity. Hope to meet up again soon. Best, Michelle

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From Richard Przysinda, Esq., September 22, 2012

Dear Michael,

Once again, thank you so much for your hospitality during my most recent stay at “The Farm: a Private Hotel and Pure Food” over the September 14th weekend! I always leave The Farm feeling restored, renewed, and somehow spiritually different.

Reminiscing back to the time when you and I first met at Body Mind Restoration Retreats (“BMRR”) during the fall of 2011, we were both at the retreat fine-tuning our health. While at BMRR, in between wheatgrass, saunas and meditation, you took time out of your retreat to graciously provide me with an incredible tour of The Farm. I was amazed then and I remain amazed now with the beauty and tranquility that The Farm possesses. There is just something different about The Farm that is difficult to describe without actually seeing it in person; words do not do it justice.

I believe that this is my third or fourth time staying at The Farm and I have always meant to provide you with my thoughts about The Farm. Our serendipitous meeting at BMRR has developed into in unexpected friendship that has grown leaps-and-bounds since our initial meeting in the Fall of 2011. We share many similar views about health, food and life in general, and the inextricable relationship that exists among them to create a “true” healthy life and lifestyle! I am grateful that you had the vision to develop The Farm to provide those wishing to improve their health a haven at which to do so. Your knowledge, resources, culinary skills, and hospitality are truly a gift!

During my last stay at The Farm, I was very impressed with some of the improvements that you had made. The outdoor barrel sauna was a great addition and provided incredible views, from the glass door, of the Danby State Forrest and your surrounding property. Particularly memorable was the new “oat roller” that you purchased, that produced the best bowl of oatmeal that I have ever had. The fresh, raw, rolled living oats, combined with fresh coconut water and blueberries, strawberries, and apples was simply out of this world! Not to mention your great coffee! All of the meals that you prepared were a culinary delight and difficult to believe that I was actually eating health food; how do you make the food taste so sinfully delicious?

Michael, once again, thank you for your gracious hospitality! I look forward to my next stay and next stay after that, at The Farm!

Namasté,

Richard

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From Larry Tobias and Kaitlin Stilwell, September 15, 2012

We do not have words enough to describe how healing our stay at the Farm was. My husband and I stayed there for the first few night of our married life together and it was the perfect place to begin such a momentous transition. The peace and solitude of the environment, the care taken with each bit of the amazing furnishings, the energy of the place as a whole. Not to mention the kindness of Michael and Siobhan, who were superlative hosts, and gave us a lovely discount in honor of our wedding. From the Buddhist temple, to the gorgeous paths through the woods, to waking up each morning to see the deer serenely grazing on the lawn, we felt very lucky to begin our married life together at the Farm and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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From Wren Fritsky, September 13, 2012

I stayed at “The Farm” for a personal “treat” retreat for myself, and indeed it was! Michael’s place was the perfect blend of a quiet get away surrounded in beautiful nature and a fascinating, amazing, interesting and luxurious “farm” house. I stayed in the upstairs main “blue room” which has a view of the beautiful pond and field outside where the deer strolled by. I had requested Michael ahead of time of my intentions of wanting a long soak in the bath/jacuzzi, wanting something savory with my sweet for breakfast (not to mention some good coffee), and some recommendations for a place to dine. Oh my goodness, Michael delivered!! The “Birthday Bath” tub was beautiful and decadent, the jacuzzi was especially prepared for me with “pure” (drinking) water (no chlorine), and breakfast was wholesome with freshly prepared oatmeal with fruit, Blue Mountain coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a special concoction Michael prepared just for me with coconut, red onion, apple, nuts and a savory sauce. It was amazing. I also made reservations at the Heights Cafe as Michael recommended, and had a wonderful dinner, too. After dinner, I cooled down after my bath while enjoying the moon and crickets outside, soaked in the outdoor jacuzzi (there’s a sauna, too) in the misty early morning listening to the birds, and took a stroll down to the pond and visited the boulder circle as recommended by hostess Siobhan. It was a restorative and rejuvenating stay. Michael is a true Renaissance man if I ever met one, and everything was treated with the utmost care and passion. I felt taken care of throughout my stay. If you are looking for a quiet retreat to get away from it all, feel totally pampered by the beautiful and sensuous surroundings, or entertained and stimulated by the artifacts on the premises and the vast knowledge of the hosts, this is a wonderful place to stay.
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From Abbie and Rob Korman, September 6, 2012

Hi Michael,

We just want you to know what a great time we had during a stay at The Farm.It was the most relaxing, fun time we’ve had in awhile.So it turns out that the windows not opening at La Tourelle was the bestthing that could have happened! I ( Could there be a Buddhist teaching inthere somewhere?) Also, thanks for our “goodies” -books, CDs, DVDs and meteorites. And thanks, too, for inspiring us to give veganism a try. We’ve stuck to the RAVE diet since returning and both feel so good. Even our 17- year- old son, Michael, isn’t groaning too badly. Please extend our thanks to Siobhan and let her know how much we enjoyed being with you both. We’ll be back!

Best, Abbie and Rob

P.S. So far Adam is enjoying IC. He’s flipping a bit over an anatomy/physiology course, but that’ s just his MO. He likes his roommates and promises that nobody is smoking dope in the dorm. Hope he continues to take your advice to heart!

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From Juan Diego, April 26, 2012

My significant other and I needed time away from home before the end of the semester and finals. We were looking for a cozy place for two to enjoy the weekend- a place for relaxation and reflection. Not really knowing what to expect, we were blown away by this B&B!

The B&B is about ten miles outside of Ithaca, and the estate consists of over 100 acres of wooded land. The location is just far away from town to be private, but near enough town to be able to attend an evening concert series at school or to dine downtown (though you are not likely to do these because once you set foot here, you will not want to leave). If you enjoy the outdoors, then watching the night sky at this B&B, during a cool, spring night, is by itself worth the stay. Alternatively, you can enjoy the early morning hours walking through the woods, down by the creek, or up the overseeing cliff point.

The cabin is spacious (high ceilings), well furnished, and includes state-of-the-art appliances. From contemporary kitchen appliances and heated floors to precious stone collections and tapestries, you have the furnishings and tools to feel right at home. Moreover, Michael’s and Siobhan’s hospitality is warm and welcoming. You will feel the need to extend your stay longer than planned!

Overall, we got more in return than what we paid for. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the quiet of upstate New York with your loved one.

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Cornell Graduation Weekend with Eight Guests in the Barn House…

20120826-122754.jpg These folks were so nice! Even after a finding birds in the bathroom vent and having a bat fly into a bedroom in the middle of the night they were all smiling. Their Mom (pictured), said it was the nicest place she’s ever been away from home…

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