ITHACA, NY — If you’ve ever wanted to dine with Dumbledore, now’s your chance.
Hotel Ithaca, located at 222 South Cayuga Street, is hosting Wizarding Breakfast on Saturday, October 29 and Wizarding Brunch on Sunday, October 30 during Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend.
Decked out in mystical finery, the hotel’s restaurant, Max’s Classic American Grill, will play host to a themed buffet-style breakfast, held from 8 – 11 a.m. on Saturday October 29. Visiting mages can expect to find traditional breakfast items like French toast, scrambled (Dragon) eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, cereals, and fruit and beverages (Doxy Juice anyone?), for $12.95 per person.
The Sunday Wizarding Brunch is a themed buffet feast and will be held in the Hotel Ithaca’s newly renovated Grand Ballroom from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., for $25.95 per person. (The rates are the same for all ages of centaurs, goblins and house elves.) Though modern, the ballroom will be decorated to make you feel right at home in the wizarding sense.
Be on the lookout for the potions and spells station, including bewitched butterscotch beverages. A pastry display is set to feature pumpkin pecan hand pies with a maple glaze, and donut bites with marshmallow wings. Other highlights include the sorcerer’s omelet bar, “quaffle” house waffle station (a castle made of waffles), carving table, and entrees like enchanted eggs Benedict, and tempura-fried lobster tail with chipotle honey butter.
Both Saturdays’s breakfast and Sunday’s brunch are open to the public, but require advance reservations. Familiar witches and wizards will roam both events, interacting with guests. Costumes are encouraged as a photo booth will be part of the experience.
Hotel Ithaca is also offering out-of-town warlocks a special Wizarding Weekend package, with double occupancy for $269 per night. The package includes admission to either the breakfast or Sunday brunch, as well as a welcome basket filled with fantastical goodies geared towards kids and adults. Traveling conjurers will be greeted with hot buttered beer at check-in, and have the opportunity to participate in a weekend-long scavenger hunt around the hotel.
Call (607) 272-1000 for hotel reservations or go to WizardingWeekend.com to make dining reservations.
Feature photo by Jeff Lower