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The Scoop @ Visit Ithaca

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Welcome to our 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.

two people riding bikes on Cayuga Waterfront trail

Bike Paths in Ithaca

(May 2022) One of the first things I look for when traveling is a good bike trail. I have pretty specific criteria in mind, some that are deal breakers and some that just make the experience more pleasurable. Not interested in mountain biking, I look for trails that are relatively flat with a smooth surface. If there are scenic views and wildlife along the way, all the better. I don’t really want to dodge in and out of traffic, but city trails with dedicated bike paths are fine, especially if they go through parks or lead to neighborhood eateries that offer a chance to rest and refuel. Easy parking near trail access points is important; looping trails that get me back to my car without too much backtracking are especially nice.
older woman looking out on the lake from a boat

22 eco-friendly activities for sustainable travel in Ithaca

(April 2022) Beyond Earth Day, here are some eco-friendly things to do that minimize waste and leave a smaller carbon footprint on your sustainable vacation.
two women sitting at a table laughing and eating breakfast

Brunch in Ithaca

(April 2022) With so much to see and do in Ithaca, making sure you’re fueled up for a day of adventures is an important part of planning. There’s no better way to kickstart exploring our region than enjoying breakfast or brunch before setting out.
Bocci court at Grayhaven

Family Staycation in Ithaca

(updated March 2022) Spring staycationing can become a new family tradition. Enjoy this family's recommended two-night itinerary for slowing down and spending some quality time together without the distractions of work and household demands.
couple photoshoot in front of frozen waterfalls

Feel the Love This Valentine's Day

(February 2022) Spend Valentine's with your partner, friends, or even yourself because self-love comes first! No matter your romantic situation, there are events happening in and around Ithaca for everyone!
Photo Credit: @sanemeteriojosue
Fredrick Douglas mural

Tompkins County celebrates a rich Black history, including many notable icons

(February 2022) Tompkins County celebrates a rich Black history, including many notable icons. Mural pictured by Jonathan Matas with image from @TompkinsHistory
atlas bowling lanes

Day of Fun in Trumansburg, NY

(Janaury 2022) On warmer, sunnier days in Trumansburg, NY one might find themselves surrounded by music at the annual GrassRoots Festival, or mingling with local farmers and friends at the Trumansburg Farmers Market, but you might be wondering: What is there to do in the winter?
a bunch of apples

Ithaca Cider Tasting Itinerary

(January 2022) Ithaca and the Finger Lakes are known as wine regions, but it’s also the most important cider region in the US. Making it the perfect destination for cider tasting. With the highest density of craft cideries in NY state, many of which have received top accolades in national competitions. April-November is prime tasting time for the cideries in the region and the reason we’ve created this Cider Tasting Itinerary.
frozen water off ithaca falls

5 Waterfalls to Visit in Winter

(December 2021) Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy Ithaca’s plethora of beautiful waterfalls and gorges. If you’ve never seen a frozen waterfall, you’re in for a treat!
three older people infront of christmas tree

Holiday Events in Ithaca

(November 2021) We’ve curated some of Ithaca’s most exciting 2021 holiday events to help lift our holiday spirits and spread holiday cheer. From where to shop small and Santa sightings to a queer holiday burlesque spectacular and the Winter Lights Festival, this winter will be merry and bright! 
wrapped gifts with text Made in Ithaca Gift Guide

Gift Guide

(November 2021) Browse our online gift guide with suggestions for handmade items, along with unique experiences to give or to plan for yourself. Ithaca-area stores and attractions offer meaningful gift ideas for art-lovers and nature-lovers of any age.
people toasting at dinner party

Thanksgiving in Ithaca

(November 2021) Thanksgiving Day and the holiday season are just around the corner, with festivities lasting all week! From meal prep to holiday shopping, this year it is more important than ever to support local businesses. Need fresh produce? Head to a farmers' market. Holiday shopping? Browse shops on the Downtown Ithaca Commons. It does not have to be a special Saturday for you to Shop Small.
Aeriel photo of a car on the stewart ave bridge in the fall.

Must-See Scenic Drives While Visiting Ithaca

(October 2021) From rolling hills to winding lake roads, quaint neighborhoods to vibrant college campuses…scenic views abound around Ithaca. No matter the season, a scenic drive is the perfect way to take in your surroundings and see the area. Whether you are traveling solo or with a friend, these drives are sure to leave you in awe.

Gas up the tank, pick a podcast or your favorite playlist, grab some snacks and be on your way to exploring Ithaca from the comfort of your car. Below you will find our must-see scenic drives while visiting Ithaca (not ranked in any order).
Cornell University campus clocktower

5 Things to Do For Family Weekend

(Updated November 2021) Whether you attend Cornell or Ithaca College, Family Weekend is a chance to wind down and spend some much-needed time with the family. What better way to wind down than exploring the great Ithaca area including some of the most beautiful outdoor public spaces? Here’s everything you need for an amazing Family Weekend in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Come for your kid and stay an extra day for you!
Apples & The Arts collage

Apples & The Arts

(October 2021) Join the Community Arts Partnership and Visit Ithaca in celebration of apples and the arts in Tompkins County!  Kick off the month with Apple Harvest Fest and Cider Week; be sure to plan time for studio visits on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. The arts and cider scene will be thriving this October.
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