Saltonstall’s five private apartments (two of which include studio space for visual artists) are available to Saltonstall alumni and to local and New York State-based artists and writers on a first-come, first-served basis for personal retreats.
These retreats are designed to provide you with a private space and a quiet environment — free from the distractions of everyday life — for you to engage in your visual art or writing practice. Our facilities are designed for single-occupancy.
We require a simple statement-of-purpose – an explanation of why you’d like to use the space and the nature of your work or project. There is no jurying involved. There is no application process.
We are currently accepting retreat requests/reservations for October – December, 2019. Please note the following small changes we’ve recently instituted:
October 7, 2019 – early April, 2020. Feel free to reserve time as much in advance as you’d like, especially if you have specific dates in mind.
$25/night with a two-night minimum stay (check-in after 2:00 pm, check-out by 12:00 pm)
$20/day (Monday – Thursday only, this rate covers a 9:00 am – 5:00 pm time period)
Regarding transportation: If you plan to take a bus to Ithaca, you will need to hire a car service to drive you to the colony. A one-way trip by cab (which you need to call to schedule) between the downtown bus station and Saltonstall is approximately $17 – $25. Uber and Lyft are now available, too!
The fine print
We do not currently have a cancellation policy. Since we operate on a first-come, first-served basis, your payment secures your apartment or studio. This means that we potentially turn others away for that time period.
Deposits for longer stays are not refundable, even if you cancel your retreat. Deposits cannot be applied to future retreat reservations.
If you arrive a day late or decide to leave a day early, payment for the full retreat period is still required. Additionally, we understand that you may need to slightly alter the dates of your retreat after the initial reservation is made. (i.e. arriving a day earlier, staying a day later, etc.) However, we’re not able to offer a refund if the dates change results in a shorter stay. Additionally, once a reservation has been confirmed, any change to that reservation will require a nonrefundable $25.00 change fee.
The Saltonstall Arts Colony is comprised of two contemporary residential buildings, located about 100 feet apart.
The main house: There are three individual apartments in the main house — one apartment upstairs adjacent to the kitchen, and two apartments downstairs, including an apartment with a built-in darkroom, which we designate as “main house – PHOTO.” These three apartments are most appropriate for writers.
The studio building: There are two visual arts studios with adjoining private apartments in the studio building. They are stacked on top of one another and are indicated with an “UP” or “DOWN,” accordingly.
If you’re interested in reserving time, please send an email to email@example.com that includes the purpose of your retreat, and indicate your preferred dates and studio / apartment. Feel free to call (607) 539-3146 if you have any questions or if it would be easier to ask about dates over the phone.
NOTE: October – December calendars below are current as of 5/17/19. If you’d like to be called or emailed in the case of a last-minute cancellation, please let us know.