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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.

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Holiday Events in Ithaca

This holiday we will continue to create new traditions and support our local community. 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! 
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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.
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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).
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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!
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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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Ithaca Cider Week & Apple Harvest Festival Events 2021

(September 2021) Ithaca and the Finger Lakes are known as wine regions, but it’s also the most important cider region in the US. With the highest density of craft cideries in NY state, many of which have received top accolades in national competitions. This October join us as we celebrate apples, art, and cider at New York Cider Week, the Apple Harvest Festival.
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Best Fall Hikes in Ithaca

(updated September 2021) Ithaca has some of the best hiking trails around. The trails get even better in the fall as the leaves begin to change, creating a canvas of color you have to see to believe. Learn more about the best fall hikes in Ithaca!
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Welcome Back to Fall in Ithaca

(updated September 2021) Whether you're a new college student or a senior, a family traveling here for the first time, or someone who has loved coming to Ithaca for years, we have the best Fall in Ithaca guide for you right here!
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10 Labor Day Weekend Activities to Keep Summer Going

(August 2021) September may bring cooler evenings and back to school activities, however with the lakes still warm and plenty of events happening, many people like to believe summer is not quite over in Ithaca and across the Finger Lakes. As o­­ur college students have just returned, Ithaca is getting a second wind of life and vibrancy. Let's soak up these last few weeks before fall and savor summer activities in and around Ithaca. 

Whether you’re looking for something fun to do alone, with friends, or with family, there are plenty of options for you. If you’re local or just visiting for a night or two, we hope this list brings you sweet summer memories.
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Summer Food Collaborations

(updated August 2021) Outdoor dining collaboration in and around Ithaca. Beautiful settings meet great food.
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Movies in Ithaca

(July 2021) Ithaca, NY has a storied cinematic history worth learning more about. Today you can enjoy the experience of big screen movies at couple different theatre options, as well as select outdoor viewing events.
Montezuma Wild Life Refuge

A Sunday Drive Along Cayuga Lake’s West Side

(June 2021) Sometimes, whether you’re a local or just in Ithaca for the weekend, it can be more relaxing to set off on a whim with no rigid timetable or schedule in mind. ...go for a drive up the west side of Cayuga Lake and meander back to Ithaca slowly, stopping as things caught our fancy along the way. Activities and food suggestions by guest contributor Cathy Shipos.
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A Pet-Friendly Guide to Ithaca NY

(updated May 2021) Use this pet-friendly guide to Ithaca to plan a day outing or overnight trip with your best friend, your dog! Tompkins County is super dog-friendly and welcomes you to bring your dog along to many outdoor recreation areas, restaurants, and hotels or campgrounds! Start planning your pet-friendly day in Ithaca here!
Bocci court at Grayhaven

Family Staycation in Ithaca

(April 2021) Staycationing will become a new family tradition. We loved taking a break from everyday life and dipping our feet back into traveling, all without too much prep work. Going during the week turned out to be a good idea to avoid any weekend crowds. Two nights away from home, visiting our town from a whole new perspective, slowing down, and just spending some quality time together without the distractions of work and household demands.
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