Ithaca, NY

Located in the northwest of New York state, Ithaca sits nestled at the base of Cayuga Lake. Famed home of Cornell University and boasting the motto, “Ithaca is Gorges,” this city is anything but a simple retreat.

Nature lovers will find over 100 waterfalls of varying sizes along with gorges carved from the rock by glaciers 15,000 years ago. The three big parks are the Robert H. Treman, Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls, so named after the foaming fall formed by Buttermilk Creek. If hiking isn’t your thing, rent a kayak for the day and take in the lake at your own leisure or join an Ithaca Boat Tour to learn about the region’s history and ecology.

Another outdoor pursuit takes you through the landscape’s Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Including 15 wineries and other distilleries, it is the longest running, having been founded in 1983. While hiking is optional, the preferred method is chauffeured driving, especially after enjoying the splendor of your fifth wine tasting of the day.

Foodies will have an especially wonderful time touring the Farmer’s Markets at Steamboat Landing, DeWitt Park, The Space at Greenstar and East Hill Plaza. After gathering some delicious produce, treat yourself to an Ice Cream Sundae in the town that served the very first one in 1892. Next, head on over to Gimme! Coffee’s very first store to enjoy an after lunch perk. Finally, make plans to enjoy the internationally renowned Moosewood Restaurant. With items friendly to vegetarians, pescatarians, raw and organic lovers, it continues to take taste buds by storm.

Whatever your pursuit, Ithaca, New York has all of the splendor and beauty that upstate New York is famed for. Be sure to pick up a visitors guide or brochures to fill out your vacation roster.

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