Best Western University Inn Ithaca

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1020 Ellis Hollow Road, East Hill Plaza, Ithaca, New York, 14850-2808, United States
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Short trip to Ithaca / Finger Lakes area

by anatwg

We're planning to stay ~2 days in Ithaca and then continue to Niagara Falls for another day and maybe go around Lake Ontario (another 2-3 days).
(1) What's a "must do/see" in Ithaca / Finger Lakes area?
(2) What's a "must do/see" around Lake Ontario / 1000 Islands?
(3) If you could either stay on for ~3 more days in Ithaca / Finger Lakes area or go around Lake Ontario, which would you do?

Re: Short trip to Ithaca / Finger Lakes area

by Beausoleil

The Finger Lakes area is famous for its wineries and it's always fun to visit a few. If you like scenery, visit Watkins Glen State Park. Letchworth State Park (a bit further west) is the "Grand Canyon" of the east. It's not the Grand Canyon, but it is beautiful and well worth a visit.

Skaneateles is a really cute little town. There are also cobblestone houses in the area that are fun to find. Perhaps the local tourist office can give you a map.

Incidentally, there are marvelous hiking trails at Cornell University in Ithaca that you may enjoy.

At Niagara Falls, take the Maid of the Mist tour. It is great fun and you get spectacular (though wet) views of the falls. We liked the views on the Canadian side better, but you will want to visit both sides.

In the 1000 Islands area, Upper Canada Village is in Morrisburg (Ontario, Canada) and is great fun. It is a history park with lots of activities. You could compare it to Colonial Williamsburg in the USA or to Ballenberg in Switzerland. Here's the web site:

The entire area is full of history, scenery and just plain fun. The section of Lake Ontario between Buffalo, NY and the 1000 Islands is beautiful and you could spend an entire vacation there easily. (We used to live in the Finger Lakes area and loved it.)

Enjoy your trip.

Travel Tips for Ithaca

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

by windoweb

Each year, nearly 100,000 people visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in the Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, located in beautiful Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, Ithaca, New York.
More than four miles of trails wind through a variety of habitats used by birds and other wildlife. Walking outside on the trails.

Simply put - Ithaca really is...

by KPajonas

Simply put - Ithaca really is gorges. Visit these state parks: Buttermilk, Taughannock, Treman. Also, take a walk around the Cornell Plantations. Cornell has a beautiful campus, and the surrounding environment is a wonderful place. Below, Liz, Amy, Mel and Harley chill in front of Taughannock Falls - a must see.

An educational tribute to Carl Sagan

by TempNomad

This planet walk begins in the middle of the commons. If you follow all the way through, you will have taken a quick trip through our solar system. Each piece represents our sun or the planets. It's very cool. I've never done the whole thing, but kids seem to really like it. The space between the markers and the relative size of the "planets" inside are all to scale.

Pick local Ithaca beer and wine

by 78Eva

When in restaurants in Ithaca, if you feel like trying something local, you can try Ithaca beer and wines.
The Ithaca beer is called "Ithaca Nut Brown" and availble almost everywhere. It's definitely not a shabby beer, but rather delicious!
The Cayuga and Finger Lakes region also has its own wine. If you want to try a local wine, just ask the waiter what he or she recommend. They usually have one or more Cayuga wines on their menu.

Big Red Hockey

by TRimer

The men's hockey team at Cornell is one of the best in the country.

Cornell's hockey team is a gold mine for the national media, especially with the goalie tandem of senior Matt Underhill and freshman David LeNeveu, both of whom head hockey coach Mike Schafer '86 deemed worthy of playing in the NHL. Not to mention the team has been one of the biggest surprises in the ECAC and college hockey after being ranked as low in sixth in preseason poles. That's sixth in the ECAC; the Red has been closer to sixth in the country though all season.

Famous hockey alumni include Joe Nieuwendyk who plays for the NJ Devils. I had the honor of watching him play at Cornell my Jr. and Sr. years. Here is the schedule for 2002-2003

Date Day Opponent Location TV Time
10/27/2002 Sun York (exhib.) Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
11/01/2002 Fri Ohio St Columbus, OH 7:00 PM
11/08/2002 Fri Yale Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
11/09/2002 Sat Princeton Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
11/15/2002 Fri Vermont Burlington, VT 7:00 PM
11/16/2002 Sat Dartmouth Hanover, NH 7:00 PM
11/22/2002 Fri Harvard Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
11/23/2002 Sat Brown Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
11/30/2002 Sat Boston Ithaca, NY 3:00 PM
12/01/2002 Sun Boston Ithaca, NY 3:00 PM
12/06/2002 Fri Western Mich Kalamazoo, MI 7:00 PM
12/07/2002 Sat Western Mich Kalamazoo, MI 7:00 PM
12/28/2002 Sat Fla. Everblades Classic Estero, FL TBA
12/29/2002 Sun Fla. Everblades Classic Estero, FL TBA
01/04/2003 Sat St. Lawrence Canton, NY 7:00 PM
01/05/2003 Sun Clarkson Potsdam, NY 7:00 PM
01/17/2003 Fri Union Schenectady, NY 7:00 PM
01/18/2003 Sat Rensselaer Tech Troy, NY 7:00 PM
01/24/2003 Fri Clarkson Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
01/25/2003 Sat St. Lawrence Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
01/30/2003 Thu Colgate Hamilton, NY 7:00 PM
02/01/2003 Sat Colgate Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
02/07/2003 Fri Dartmouth Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
02/08/2003 Sat Vermont Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
02/14/2003 Fri Brown Providence, RI 7:00 PM
02/15/2003 Sat Harvard Boston, MA 7:00 PM
02/21/2003 Fri Rensselaer Tech Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
02/22/2003 Sat Union Ithaca, NY 7:00 PM
02/28/2003 Fri Princeton Princeton, NJ 7:00 PM
03/01/2003 Sat Yale New Haven, CT 7:00 PM


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Address: 1020 Ellis Hollow Road, East Hill Plaza, Ithaca, New York, 14850-2808, United States