Ithaca Travel Guide

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Ithaca Highlights

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     Calm, natural beauty, wonderful places to stay, friendly people (usually!) 

  • Con
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     a bit remote; long, cold winters, somewhat expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     An "Enlightened" Town 

Ithaca Things to Do

  • Hike Buttermilk Falls State Park

    This state park has a lot to offer; hiking, fishing, camping, and even a playground for the kids. The park has ten waterfalls, although Buttermilk Falls is arguably the best one. There are three main trails: Bear trail, Rim Trail, and the Gorge Trail, which I think has the best views of the falls. Check with the ranger for trail conditions and a...

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  • Hike Cascadilla Gorge Trail

    Amazingly, you can start this hike in downtown Ithaca, near Ithaca Commons. The lower trail head is near the intersection of University Avenue and Court Street. The top of the one-half mile trail starts near the College Avenue Bridge. The hike follows a ravine/gorge and drops nearly 400 feet from the bridge to the bottom. Near the lower trail head...

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  • Finger Lakes Wine Center

    The Finger Lakes Wine Center is a great place to start off your wine trail adventure. They have a sampling of different wines from the local wineries so you can see which one best fits what you're looking for. They also have tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy local wine at an affordable price. Thursday nights there's live jazz music and...

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Ithaca Restaurants

  • My All Time Fav

    We sat in the flowering patio to enjoy our casual lunch. There were lines out to door to get inside; we were seated rather quickly. Enjoyed looking at the cookbooks, caps, mugs, tee shirts shirts, & cooking chatcka's while waiting. Service was friendly and attentive. Moosewood was founded in 1973 with an emphasis on healthful, natural foods with an...

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  • tex-mex food

    This isn't necessarily the best tex-mex, but it's decent, satisfying, and convenient. The restaurant is at the end of the Commons. Pretty much anything is good. The ingredients are fresh and portions are good. Margaritas are definitely worth getting.

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  • A Bagel and a Coffee

    There are two "Collegetown Bagels", one at the Triphammer Mall and the other one right in Collegetown. I like the former one better since the once in Collegetown is always crowded with all the Cornell students. Both are nice, though, to eat bagels with everything you imagine on them, and coffee or cappuccino or tea. They have many sorts of tea...

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Ithaca Nightlife

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  • Great Slow dance spot

    The Royal Palm has the best bathroom to wipe down after a slow dance. Clean underwear must be worn on the outside of your pants

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  • Ithaca's GLBT nightclub

    Although Ithaca is pretty open and accepting in general, this is known as is THE GLBT club in town. The people are friendly, the drinks are good, and the building is spacious and clean. The dancefloor is large, and the DJs are always up for requests. The place is very open to all types of people. They also allow under-21s to come in; 18, 19, and 20...

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  • Normal movies, weird movies

    Sometimes--rarely--they show the regular Hollywood fare, which I'll sometimes come to see because the pennies gathered from my change are often enough to cover the ticket. Most of the time, the movies they show are in some way unusual. All sorts of foreign and independent films you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Very cool. Occasionally,...

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Ithaca Transportation

  • TCAT

    There are enough Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit routes that if you're in the area, you're likely to find a stop near wherever you are. Single zone cash fares are $1.50 per ride. Buses have a bike rack, so you can take your bike around with you, though it seems a bit silly. Buses that pass through campuses will have a lot of students on them. On...

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  • Shortline Bus

    This bus company goes mostly just to New York City (makes some stops on the way, and also goes to a limited number of other locations), but their tickets to NYC are considerably cheaper than Greyhound's. Additionally, while they too stop at the Ithaca bus station on 710 W State St, their buses also make stops on Cornell's North Campus and West...

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  • TCAT

    Though driving is the best way to get around Ithaca (its still a small city) the Ithaca region does have a very good bus system for a city of its size. It is called the TCAT, and if you are going between Downtown Ithaca and Cornell University, it is very easy to use as there are many different routes. Downtown is the center of the system, with...

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Ithaca Shopping

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  • Used, rare, travel, and other misc books

    Both of these book stores, located in the Dewitt Mall, cover a range of books. Bookery I focuses more on the used and rare books. Bookery II has a bit more in the way of travel books, NY state travel books and NY authors, local interest, etc. Both are open from about 9-9 Mon- Sat, Sun 12-6. At Bookery II, the prices are more in line with other,...

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  • "Ithaca is Gorges"

    No trip to Ithaca is complete without buying an "Ithaca is Gorges" T-Shirt or bumper sticker. Styles vary include "Ithaca is Cold" (my favorite) "Ithaca is Gangsta" (only acceptable if you are a local) and "Ithaca is Cloudy" (kind of lame). A basic t-shirt will set you back maybe $10-15

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  • Organic, fair trade, delicious

    I bought after-sun treatment with lavender, a sandwich for my bus ride, a delicious drink for while I waited for the bus, and some hemp lip balm. Had I enough time in Ithaca, I would have stocked up on the wonderful looking produce and the amazing variety of bulk items. This place rocks! Because it is just across the street from the bus station, I...

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Ithaca Local Customs

  • Ithaca's Winery-Six Mile Creek Vineyard

    Nestled on the southwest slope of one of Ithaca's most picturesque settings, Six Mile Creek Vineyard is a boutique winery featuring a variety of hand-crafted wines. As a family partnership, Nancy and Roger Battistella handle all aspects of the business from concept to production, with additional support from a dedicated staff committed to making...

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  • Pick local Ithaca beer and wine

    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...

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  • Facetime

    Facetime at Cornell is the expression for the activity of seeing and being seen. A typical Cornelian will go to places (i.e. The Straight at lunchtime, Uris library to study) in order to "get Facetime". I have never heard this expression being used outside of Cornell.

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Ithaca Warnings and Dangers

  • Have a designated driver for wine...

    In the heart of the Finger Lakes is the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail - we tried four wineries. We went to Six Mile Creek, Americana, Lucas and Hosmer. We did tastings at all four and bought wine from each establishment. My personal favorite was the semi-white wine Raspberry Rhapsody from Hosmer Winery. This wonderfully aromatic treat is made from...

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  • UK is warmer, honest

    A statement rather than a warning. We left the UK with the first signs of spring evident - many trees with green shoots, bits of blossom creeping through. NY in Easter is a good 4 weeks behind the UK, on account of the harsher winter no surprise really. I would love to go back and see the full colour of NY state

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  • Snow in spring

    Ithaca is a beautiful, pretty place. I have seen it in almost all seasons. To me, may to october is the best time to travel there. You should be aware that especially in spring you might still have very cold, even snowy weather - even in April or May. You may think spring is coming, and then, wham, a new snowfall. It can get on your nerves when...

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Ithaca Tourist Traps

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    This is one tourist trap you'll be happy to find. The Clinton House is an interesting piece of architecture and it houses lots of historical and current tidbits from around Ithaca. You can buy tickets for the Hangar Theatre here. You will also find out about wineries and other events going on. Tickets for other theatre events are for sale here also.

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Ithaca What to Pack

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    Dress Warmly!! Ithaca winters will chill you to the bone... be sure to stop by Collegetown Bagels (in Collegetown), the Harvest Deli (at the Ithaca Commons) or CTB Appetizers (if you're up near the mall) for hot chocolate!

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    I am making plans...buying a farm im nearby Trumansburg to spend the summer out of the Florida heat. In the spring when its lacrosse season and in the fall when Harvard/Yale/Dartmouth(et al) play Cornell in football at Schoellkopf Crescent I miss Ithaca so much I could cry.Ths cool winds off Cayuga Lake and the myriads of summer fairs and...

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Ithaca Off The Beaten Path

  • Cass Park

    Cass Park is located at the junction of the Inlet and Cayuga Lake. It is a large park that has a number of activities, including a walking trail along the Inlet, a number of ball fields, an indoor facility for ice skating, and a large outdoor municpal pool (actually quite nice). Cass Park is also home to the Hangar Theatre, which shows a handful a...

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  • Wine Tasting

    The Finger Lakes Region is the oldest wine-producing district in the East, offering visitors beautiful scenery, informative winery tours and tastings of some of the finest wines made today. For a taste of the Cayuga Lake Wine Region, sample the estate wineries along the Cayuga Wine Trail that starts on Route 414 in Seneca Country and works its way...

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  • Knapp Winery

    This is a very nice winery (of course, there aren't any bad ones on Cayuga Lake). The people are so friendly! We got to the winery about 8 minutes before they were closing up for the day, but they didn't care. They gave us the full tasting, chatted with us, let us look around. They have a great selection of wines split fairly equally between reds...

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Ithaca Sports & Outdoors

  • Cornell Hockey

    Cornell University has all the sports a major unversity has, but none come close to the popularity of the hockey team, which plays in cozy Lynah Rink. If you like College Hockey, a visit to Lynah Rink is a must not only due to its extremely tight confines (it is currently being renovated, but will only expand marginally) but also for the ambiance...

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  • Big Red Hockey

    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...

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  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    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.

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  • Hollywood of the East

    Between 1912 and 1920, several movie companies moved to Ithaca to take advantage of the surrounding area that .is surrounded by numerous cliffs, waterfalls, and gorges. "Cliff-hanger" serials were the main type of movies produced and some are still shown by local stations. Many famous names (Irene Castle, Pearl White) and well-known films of the...

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  • Ithaca Hours!!

    This is the most amazing local activist thing I've seen in a long time. About 8 years ago, a group of people started a program called "Ithaca Hours" - it's a way to help the local economy. One Ithaca Hour is worth $10. The idea is that everyone's time is worth the same amount. It's kind of like a formal barter system - they publish a newsletter...

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