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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.

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.
black umbrella on a rainy day

Best Indoor Activities in Ithaca for Rainy Days

(updated April 2021) 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, you will find something fun even while social distancing.
view of historic taughannock inn

Ithaca Landmarks and Historical Buildings

(March 2021) Restaurants and locals' favorite landmarks that have been a part of Ithaca for generations.
dog and woman on yoga mats

Women in Wellness

(Feb 2021) 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.
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.
Casacadilla Falls

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

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!
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

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

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