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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.
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!
5 Things to Do For Family Weekend
(Updated September 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!
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.
Summer Food Collaborations
(updated August 2021) Outdoor dining collaboration in and around Ithaca. Beautiful settings meet great food.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ithaca Landmarks and Historical Buildings
(March 2021) Restaurants and locals' favorite landmarks that have been a part of Ithaca for generations.
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.
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.
A Local’s Guide to Their Favorite Waterfalls around Downtown Ithaca
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!
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!