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Ithaca is Best Known For...

  • June 2019: Ithaca named one of the "Top 10 American Cities for Family-Friendly Travel" by Forbes.com
  • March 2019: Ithaca named to the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list by Livability.com.
  • July 2018: Ithaca name the prettiest town in NY on Architectural Digest’s list of “The Prettiest Town in Every US State”.
  • April 2018: Ithaca named to Carrentals.com’s “Favorite Family Road Trip Destinations” list.
  • March 2018: Firelight Camps mentioned in list of “10 Luxury Glamping Resorts that Up-The-Ante On Style & Comfort” by Jetsetter.com.
  • March 2018: Ithaca chosen as a “2018 Featured Destination“ on DatingAdvice.com.
  • March 2018: Ithaca named to the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list by Livability.com.
  • February 2018: Ithaca named to a list of the “Top 50 Most Underrated Cities to Visit in the US” by Thrillest Travel
  • December 2017: Firelight Camps was chosen as the “Best Yoga Retreat in New York” by Shape.com.
  • 2017: Ithaca was awarded the title of one of the United States’ Top Emerging Nature Destinations at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.
  • January 2017: Ithaca Beer Company’s ‘Flower Power IPA’ was named one of the “25 Most Important Craft Beers Ever Brewed” by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • 2016: Experience the Finger Lakes Tours was named as one of TripAdvisor’s Top Wine Tours in the US.
  • August 2016: Cornell University & Ithaca College made the “Top 30 List of LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities” by Campus Pride Index.
  • April 2016: Ithaca recognized for being #2 on “The Best Small College Towns” by USA Today.
  • March 2016: Ithaca named one of the “Top 10 Best Places to Live” by Men’s Journal.
  • January 2016: Ithaca designated as the “Coffee Capital of New York State” by FindtheHome.com & FindtheCompany.com.
  • September 2015: Ithaca Farmers’ Market mentioned in Travel & Leisure’s “10 of America’s Best Farmers Markets” list.
  • September 2015: Ithaca recognized as the “Healthiest City in New York State” by 24/7 Wall Street.
  • April 2015: Ithaca mentioned in list of “20 Best College Towns for Food in America” by DailyMeal.com.
  • March 2015: Ithaca chosen as one of the “Best Small Cities for Young, Single Women” by DatingAdvice.com.
  • March 2015: Robert H. Treman State Park selected as the “Best Swimming Spot in New York State” by the Weather Channel.
  • February 2015: Ithaca selected as one of the “10 Cheapest Urban Cities for Twenty-Somethings” by CouponDaily.com.
  • May 2014: Ithaca named one of the “Most Exciting College Towns” by MSN Real Estate.
  • April 2014: The Finger Lakes were chosen by ABC News as the 8th must-visit spots on the list of “Wine Tours of the World”.
  • April 2014: Tompkins County assessed as the “2nd Healthiest County in New York” by CountyHealthRankings.org.
  • March 2014: Ithaca named as the 10th “Best New York Art Spots that Aren’t in NYC” by Huffington Post.
  • March 2014: Tompkins County named as the “Top Producer of Notable Baby Boomers” by New York Times.
  • January 2014: Ithaca mentioned in Travel & Leisure’s list of “America’s Most Romantic Towns”.
  • November 2013: Ithaca designated as the “#1 Best College Town” in the 2013-2014 AIER College Destinations Index.
  • October 2013: Ithaca named as one of “10 Secretly Amazing Cities for Wine Lovers” by MSN Real Estate.
  • September 2013: Ithaca selected as one of the “Top 10 Cities You Want to Walk to Work” by MSN Real Estate.
  • September 2013: The Finger Lakes Region named as one of “America’s Top 10 Lakes to Visit in Fall” by The Daily Beast Online of Conde Nast Traveler.
  • August 2013: Ithaca named among the “Top 25 Youngest Best Places to Live – America’s Best Small Towns” by CNN Money.
  • August 2013: Cornell University selected as one of “Ten Coolest Schools” by Sierra Magazine.
  • August 2013: Ithaca College selected as the “Nation’s #1 Best School for Radio” & “Nation’s #7 Best School for Theater” by Princeton Review.
  • August 2013: Ithaca chosen as one of “10 Most Livable Cities” by MSN Real Estate News.
  • July 2013: Ithaca Farmers’ Market selected as one of “8 Must-Visit Farmers Markets Around the US” by Zagat.com.
  • July 2013: Ithaca chosen as one of “10 Great Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.
  • July 2013: Ithaca chosen as #3 on the list of “Best US Cities for Work-Life Balance” by NerdWallet.com.
  • June 2013: Ithaca named the “#1 Smartest City in America” by VentureBeat Online.
  • January 2013: Ithaca named the “#1 Best College Town in America” by Business Insider.
  • October 2012: Ithaca named by Farmers Insurance Group as the “Most Secure Place to Live for Municipality with Less than 150k Residents”.
  • October 2012: Ithaca named the “#1 College Destination” by American Institute for Economic Research.
  • August 2012: Cornell University named #5 in the “Top 25 Colleges for Outside Readers” list by Outside Magazine.
  • July 2012: Ithaca named #5 in the “10 Best Cities for Millennials” list by Moving.com & 24/7 Wall Street.
  • June 2012: Ithaca designated “#1 for Prime Workforce Growth” by Area Development Magazine.
  • May 2012: Ithaca named the “#3 Best City for Finding Employment Right Now” by Forbes.
  • May 2012: Cayuga Scenic Byway mentioned in Yahoo Travel’s list of the “Top 10 All American Road Trips”.
  • April 2012: Ithaca mentioned in AARP Magazine’s list of the “Top 10 Great, Quirky Places to Retire”.
  • April 2012: Ithaca & Tompkins County mentioned in the list of “Top 10 Small to Mid-sized Fourth Economy Communities” by Fourth Economy Consulting.
  • December 2011: Ithaca mentioned in Farmers Insurance list of “America’s Most Secure Small Towns”.
  • November 2011: Ithaca named as one of the top 7 retirement towns in ‘Retire Here, Not There’ piece by Smart Money.
  • October 2011: Ithaca designated as one of “19 Perfect Towns” by Outside Magazine.
  • October 2011: Cornell University selected as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Working Mother Magazine.
  • September 2011: Cornell University named one of the “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” by AARP.
  • September 2011: Ithaca named as one of “10 Most Affordable Cities for Retirement” by AARP.
  • June 2011: Ithaca named in a list of the “Top 100 Places to Live” created by RelocateAmerica.com.
  • March 2011: Ithaca named as one of the “Top 10 Cities for Carless Retirement” by US News & World Report.
  • September 2010: Ithaca named one of “America’s Foodiest Towns” by Bon Appetit Magazine.
  • September 2010: Ithaca named the “#1 Best College Town” by American Institute for Economic Research.
  • August 2010: Ithaca mentioned in list of “America’s Brainiest Metros” by Daily Beast Online.
  • June 2010: Ithaca named #1 among 350 US metro areas for the “Best Place for Recent College Grads” by Daily Beast Online.
  • May 2009: Ithaca named one of the “Top Retirement Cities for Wine Lovers” by US New & World Report.
  • May 2009: Ithaca designated as the “#3 Most Secure Places to Live – Small Towns” by Farmers Insurance.
  • April 2009: Ithaca recognized as one of the “Top 100 American Cities” by RelocateAmerica.com.
  • January 2009: Ithaca named as one of the “Top 10 Cities for Job-Seeking Retirees” by US News.
  • December 2008: Ithaca named for “#1 Best Middle-Class House Markets” by Forbes.com.
  • October 2008: Gimme! Coffee named #2 in “9 Great Coffees” piece by Saveur Magazine.
  • September 2008: Cornell University chosen as the “#1 Employer for People Over 50” by AARP Magazine.
  • September 2008: Gimme! Coffee named the “Best Coffee Bar” by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • September 2008: Ithaca named the “#1 Green Commuter City” by AARP Magazine.
  • August 2008: Ithaca Beer named “New York’s #1 Crafter Brewer” at TAP NY Festival.
  • August 2008: Ithaca mentioned in list of the “20 Best Towns in America” by Outside Magazine.
  • April 2008: Ithaca EcoVillage named in list of “Top 8 Ecotopias” by Forbes Magazine.
  • April 2008: Ithaca mentioned in list of the “Top 10 Global Travel Destinations” by Gore-Text & the Adventure Travel Trade Association.
  • February 2008: Ithaca named #2 in “7 Best Places to Retire in Economic Downturn” by Smart Money Magazine.
  • December 2007: Ithaca schools recognized as #2 Nationwide among metro areas under 500,000 by Expansion Management Magazine.
  • December 2007: Ithaca named “#3 Most Secure Place to Live – Small Towns” by Farmers Insurance.
  • April 2007: Ithaca named as #3 in “Top 100 Places to Live in 2007” list by RelocateAmerica.com.
  • April 2007: Ithaca named #2 in “Best Green Places to Live” list by Country Home Magazine.
  • March 2007: Ithaca named one of “10 Best Places to Live for Gays & Lesbians” by The Advocate.
  • July/August 2006: Ithaca named #1 in “12 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of” list by Mother Earth News Magazine.
  • July/August 2006: Ithaca named one of “12 Hippest Hometowns for Vegetarians” by VegNews Magazine.
  • June 2006: Ithaca named #8 in “50 Smart Places to Live” list by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
  • April 2006: Ithaca named #17 nationwide in “Best Places for Business & Careers” by Forbes Magazine.
  • April 2006: Ithaca named #4 in “Top 100 Places to Live in 2006” list by RelocateAmerica.com.
  • March/April 2005: Ithaca named the “#1 City for Knowledge Workers” by Expansion Management Magazine.
  • March 2005: Ithaca named as one of “12 Great Places to Retire” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
  • 2004: Ithaca named #1 emerging city in the book ‘Cities Ranked & Rated’ by Bert Sperling & Peter Sander.
  • September/October 2003: Ithaca named one of the “Best Healthy Cities in the Northeast” by Organic Style Magazine.
  • September 2003: Ithaca named one of the “40 Best College Towns” by Outside Magazine.
  • November 2002: Ithaca named one of the “Top 10 Lesbian-Friendliest Cities in the USA” by Girlfriends Magazine.
  • June 2002: Ithaca named in Bike Magazine’s list “America’s 5 Best Mountain Biking Towns”.
  • April 2002: Ithaca named one of the “Best Places to Vacation” by Money Magazine.
  • March/April 2002: Ithaca named one of Travel & Leisure Magazine’s “100 Great Escapes: Top 10 Trips”.
  • February 2002: Ithaca mentioned in Smart Money Magazine’s list for American Values “Where to Buy a Retirement Home”.
  • January 2002: Ithaca Farmers’ Market named one of the “60 Best American Public Places” by Utne Reader.
  • 2001: Ithaca named as one of the best destinations for fly fishing in North America by Fish & Fly Magazine.
  • July/August 2001: Ithaca named as one of the “25 Terrific Places to Bring Up a Family” by Mothering Magazine.
  • May 1997: Ithaca named as “America’s Most Enlightened City” by Utne Reader.
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