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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.

cross country skiing in the winter

Things to Do in Ithaca in the Winter

(January 2021) Find our recommendations for the best things to do this winter in the Ithaca area! Classes, museums, outdoor recreation, food & drink experiences, and more!
Cornell Botanic Garden entrance LEED building

Small Town, Big Heart: Why Ithaca Should Be Part of Your Finger Lakes Getaway

(Guest post from Mad Hatters NYC, December 2020) Even before the pandemic, the Finger Lakes Region was a compelling road trip destination for its world-class wineries and scenic landscapes. But in a post-COVID world, Ithaca shines as a travel destination with myriad activities perfectly suited for outdoor adventures. Its unique terrain, and the fact that it is an eminently walkable city, is part and parcel of Ithaca’s charm.
frozen water off ithaca falls

5 Waterfalls to Visit in Winter

(December 2020) 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!
Market with pie sign

Holiday shopping in Ithaca

(November 2020) Thanksgiving Day and the holiday season is 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.
Group Around a Fire Pit at Dusk in Ithaca

October Fun in Ithaca

(October 2020) No tricks, just some Halloween-inspired treats. Ithaca area cideries join the fun and everyone enjoys a beverage and sharing spirited stories around a fire pit.
two hikers cross wooden bridge in Ithaca, NY

5 Best Fall Hikes in Ithaca

(September 2020) 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!
fall foliage at Beebe Lake in Ithaca NY

Welcome Back to Fall in Ithaca

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!
Black Diamond Cider Display

Taste Award Winning Craft Ciders

Casacadilla Falls

A Local’s Guide to Their Favorite Waterfalls around Downtown Ithaca

Pizza and cocktails

Summer Food Collaborations

Outdoor dining collaboration in and around Ithaca. Beautiful setting meet great food.
Ludlowville Falls in Lansing NY

48 Hours and 10 Ithaca Waterfalls

Three Ithaca Beer employees standing around Thank You sign

Proud of our Food Communities

It’s times of uncertainty when a community’s true character shines through. The community mindset across Ithaca and Tompkins County is focusing around supporting people and local businesses in the safest way possible. Visit Ithaca is constantly amazed by the ingenuity of the food and beverage producers that exist in our community.
dog on leash in front of waterfall in ithaca

A Pet-Friendly Guide to Ithaca NY

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!
two people walking along accessible path at Stewart Park

Accessible Places in Ithaca NY

Family-friendly - Wheelchair friendly – Everybody friendly!
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Best Indoor Activities in Ithaca for Rainy Days

It’s no secret that Ithaca is celebrated for its waterfalls, gardens, and scenic views. But there are also several indoor activities worth mentioning! Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fantastic day in Ithaca. From eclectic bookstores to a collection of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries, Ithaca has something for everyone - even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
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