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The Scoop @ Visit Ithaca

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Welcome to our new blog, featuring the most up to date happenings in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Be on the lookout for getaway ideas, quick travel tips, and more in-depth coverage on everything there is to explore in Greater Ithaca and Tompkins County.

5 Experiences to Warm up Winter

Top 5 Experiences to Warm Up Your Winter

Embrace a more relaxed pace in winter by learning something new! The greater Ithaca area has a strong foundation in education and is ripe with outdoor recreation opportunities, along with some of the best culinary and performing arts experiences in the Finger Lakes region. Here are a few hands-on classes in and around Ithaca and Trumansburg that will make for meaningful experiences with friends or enriching on your own.
Ithaca is People: Sarah Wagner

Ithaca is People: Sarah Wagner

In Sarah's first year in Ithaca, it's obvious she's gotten all the Ithaca and Tompkins County "buzzwords" down: Buttermilk, Treman, Hopshire, Finger Lakes Cider House, the Farmers Market. And that's just the beginning. Read on for a fresh perspective of Ithaca, through the eyes of a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Course Developer / homemade cider maker!
Ithaca is People: Randi Millman-Brown

Ithaca is People: Randi Millman-Brown

Having lived in Ithaca for 23 years, Randi Millman-Brown knows a thing or two about Ithaca and Tompkins County. Having raised two kids here, she's literally written the book on family fun in New York, and knows a thing or two about family offerings in the area. This week, Randi shares some of her favorite memories in Ithaca and Tompkins County, as well as some family fun ideas!
Ithaca is People: Hobit LaFaye

Ithaca is People: Hobit LaFaye

Hobit LaFaye's photographs speak for themselves. Inspired by nature, people, and sometimes a double rainbow, Hobit's world looks just as magical as anything J.R.R. Tolkien could have imagined himself. And yes, that is her real name. :) Read on for our interview with the ever-elusive Hobit.
Ithaca is People: Kelly Makosch

Ithaca is People: Kelly Makosch

“Ithaca is GORGES” But who, or what, KEEPS Ithaca gorgeous? This week, Kelly Makosch, Director of Development and Communications at Finger Lakes Land Trust, shares how FLLT works to conserve natural areas in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. And what better week for an organization that’s centered in preserving natural beauty than peak leafpeeping season? Read on to hear how you can support their mission.
Ithaca is People: Downtown Ithaca

Ithaca is People: Downtown Ithaca

Fall is here, and with it comes the area's largest celebration of harvest, right in the Downtown Ithaca Commons. Head to The Commons this Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016 to enjoy local, seasonal food and entertainment. Read on for more details!
Ithaca is People: Olivia Royale

Ithaca is People: Olivia Royale

You may not know who she is (yet), but you've likely seen her unique, homemade apparel and accessories while out and about in Ithaca. Olivia Royale, our #IthacaIsPeople Instagrammer of the week, is the owner and "maker" behind The Art and Found, and she's got a major a passion for fashion and love for her local artisan comrades. Fall is almost here, so grab one of her stylish knitted hats and get ahead of the game!
5 Things to Do For Parents' Weekend

5 Things to Do For Parents' Weekend

Parents’ Weekend marks the midpoint of the semester. It’s a chance to wind down for a weekend and spend some much needed time with the family. And what better place to wind down than Ithaca? Here’s everything you need for an amazing Parents’ Weekend in the Heart of the Finger Lakes. Come for your kid, and stay an extra day for you!
Ithaca is People: Jay Potter

Ithaca is People: Jay Potter

This week Jay Potter, Graphic Designer for the Cornell Plantations, has taken over @visitithaca on Instagram! Wander through Ithaca's largest "hidden gem" as Jay takes us through botanical gardens, a massive arboretum, trails, and nature preserves that cover hundreds of acres throughout our town.





The #IthacaisPeople Files: Jay Potter
September 13, 2016

Graphic designer for the Cornell Plantations, Jay Potter is passionate about his job. Maybe that's because he gets to discover every square
Ithaca is People: Samantha Abrams

Ithaca is People: Samantha Abrams

You might call it a happy accident. Who knew that when Samantha Abrams was learning the art of healthy macaroon-making from Ian Gaffney that the tasty little snack would be the beginning of a long and fruitful journey to being one of Ithaca's most popular health food lines? See how Emmy's Organics went from Ian's mom's kitchen to the operation it is today!
Ithaca is People: Gio Santacroce

Ithaca is People: Gio Santacroce

Through Gio’s lens, Ithaca has always been the ideal place to call home. Follow along as this behind-the-camera guy takes center stage as this week’s #IthacaisPeople takeover, showcasing Ithaca and Tompkins County through film, and a relative newcomer’s eye.
Ithaca is People: Casey Martin

Ithaca is People: Casey Martin

Take a look at Ithaca through the eyes of Casey Martin, Director of Marketing for one of Ithaca's oldest, most popular venues for music, comedy, magic and much, much more. He's hung out with some of the greatest talents of our time, and he happens to be the latest to take over @VisitIthaca on Instagram in our #IthacaisPeople series. Read our interview with Casey below to find out why Spoon is the coolest, Wilco rocks, and Elvis Costello thinks the State Theater is to die for!
Ithaca is People: Amy Cohen

Ithaca is People: Amy Cohen

This week's @VisitIthaca Instagrammer is turning Ithaca upside down! Literally. Founder of Circus Culture, Amy Cohen can be found helping people young and old learn the art of tightwire, juggling, and building massive human pyramids. Follow her all week long on Instagram, and read the interview below to find out why "Ithaca is Circus", and maybe even catch a glimpse of doing what she loves best: balancing large objects on her chin. No lie.
Ithaca is People: Allison Usavage

Ithaca is People: Allison Usavage

Community focused photographer. When we asked our latest @VisitIthaca #IthacaisPeople takeover to describe herself in three words, the answer was simple. And we couldn't agree more.

Allison Usavage has pioneered the modern way to be a village storyteller. Through her series of photos for farms and "glamp sites," bakeries and Wizarding Weekends, Allison uniquely ties together what many feel is that indescribable feeling of Ithaca.
Ithaca is People: Sweet Melissa

Ithaca is People: Sweet Melissa

She's not just Melissa anymore. This week's @VisitIthaca Instagrammer is now referred to as "Sweet Melissa", after the infamous Ithaca ice cream shop she and her husband opened years ago. In our most recent interview, we discovered just how fitting the name is. Full of laughter, smiles, and gratitude, we think she just might be one of the secret ingredients that make those addictive frozen treats what Ithacans of all ages line up for in droves.!
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