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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.

Aeriel photo of a car on the stewart ave bridge in the fall.

Must-See Scenic Drives While Visiting Ithaca

(Updated September 2022) 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).
fall foliage at Beebe Lake in Ithaca NY

Welcome Back to Fall in Ithaca

(updated September 2022) 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!
Cornell University campus clocktower

5 Things to Do For Family Weekend

(Updated August 2022) 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!
sunsetting on cayuga lake

10 Labor Day Weekend Activities to Keep Summer Going

(August 2022) 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.
ice cream cone being held in font of a green bush


(July 2022) As the birthplace of the ice cream sundae back in 1892, it is no secret that Ithaca handles its ice cream business very seriously. Opt-in for a delicious treat on a warm summer's day with seemingly endless flavor options. Cone, bowl, sundae, or milkshake, we have you covered; check out our A-to-Z glossary of ice cream in Ithaca below!
Pizza and cocktails

Outdoor Places to Dine this Summer

(updated June 2022) Outdoor dining collaboration in and around Ithaca. Beautiful settings meet great food.

A Farmers Market for Every Day of the Week (almost)

(updated June 2022) Browse our list of Farmers Markets by days of the week to plan a visit (or three) to some of the area's best growers and artisans.
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.
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

(Updated August 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.
dog and woman on yoga mats

Women in Wellness

(Updated August 2022) The Ithaca area has many vibrant women-owned businesses to explore, some of the suggestions here have just recently opened and others are well-established. This list focuses on self-care and some of the best activities in the Finger Lakes region to support wellness.
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?
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