Jennifer Tavares

Jennifer Tavares Tompkins Chamber President & CEO

Peggy Coleman

Peggy Coleman Vice President of Tourism and CVB Director

Jodi LaPierre

Jodi LaPierre Director of Visitor Experience

Favorite hidden gem: The relatively new waterfront trail near Allen H. Treman State Marine Park. There is an opening with a bench where I can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, find some solitude, and listen to the waves softly lap the shoreline. It’s different every time I visit because of the color of the sky, the wind speed and the seasonality that affects the flora and fauna, but gives me serenity every time I’m there.

Erin Rafalowski

Erin Rafalowski Director of Marketing

Favorite hidden gem: The Dewitt Mall especially feels like a hidden gem in the winter, there’s something cozy and charming about stepping into the former school building to shop small. Just a block from the Commons, it continues to hold some of Ithaca’s iconic shops and co-ops.

Rob Montana

Rob Montana Communications Manager

Favorite hidden gem: Cascadilla Creek Gorge Trail. This beautiful natural area is tucked right into the heart of downtown Ithaca, and it surprises you with its waterfalls along the ¾-mile walk. It’s closed during the winter, but once the snow melts, it offers a nice way to go from downtown to Cornell University.

Lisa Conarton

Lisa Conarton Conference Sales Manager

Favorite hidden gem: Ports of NY! Frédéric is a wonderful host and an extremely talented wine (and port!) maker.

Vitaliy Polyashenko

Vitaliy Polyashenko Visitor Experience Manager

Favorite hidden gem: Lick Brook Falls!

Maia Consolo

Maia Consolo Senior Visitor Experience Specialist

Favorite hidden gem: I would have to say the little seating area downstairs by the creek at Gimme! Coffee in Trumansburg.

Steen Kittredge

Steen Kittredge Senior Visitor Experience Specialist

Favorite hidden gem: Lick Brook Falls is my go-to! The trails are well maintained and rigorous enough to be exciting, but it’s an easy walk from South Hill and the lower entrance is less than 10 minutes from town!

Peipei Liu

Peipei Liu Visitor Experience Specialist

Favorite hidden gem: The Roy H. Park Preserve (in Freeville) is my favorite!

Bella Glidden

Bella Glidden Sales Assistant

Visit Ithaca is a division of the Tompkins Chamber.

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