Enjoy small town life in a big way
Nestled in a valley just 12 miles Northeast of Downtown Ithaca, you’ll find the quaint little town of Groton, NY. Once the home of the Corona Typewriter, used by literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, Groton is an authentic American small town.
Take a walk down Main Street and immerse yourself in the historic charm of the buildings. For history buffs, visit the Groton Historical Society, to learn all about the town’s past, and view the society’s collection of typewriters, like the one Hemingway used, built right there in town so many decades ago. Just down the street, you can browse around Brittany Station, a cozy boutique offering gift items and souvenirs.
The Benn Conger Inn presents a unique experience to stay in the village in the former home of its namesake, Benn Conger, a state senator during the early 20th century. It’s also a beautiful location to host gatherings such as weddings or corporate retreats. Dine under the stars in the Conservatory dining room year-round. Staying in either the Main House or the Victorian-style cottage next door will surely enhance your experience of the area.
When you visit Groton, be sure to make a stop at Bun Appetit, a hometown staple. This bakery offers fresh baked goods daily, including cookies, pastries, and muffins. Feeling hungry for lunch? Bun Appetit is a perfect place to grab a sandwich or warm up with homemade soup.
Summertime in Groton
Summer is an ideal time to visit Groton. Head to Stonehedges Golf Course and play a round of 18. Feeling hot? Head to the town’s public pool located at Syke’s Park for a swim, then walk around the corner to the Ice Cream Caboose, a window service ice cream shop situated inside an old train caboose car. You’ll find a large variety of hard and soft serve ice creams, as well as signature sundaes, milkshakes, and homemade ice cream sandwiches. No summer is complete without seeing the night sky light up with beautiful bursts of color, and Groton puts on one awesome July 4th fireworks display for the community.
Join in on a hometown tradition and attend Groton Olde Home Days. This annual town fair happens every August and has a long history. It is a great time for family and friends to get together in the heart of the town and enjoy the many events and activities happening throughout the weekend. There is always an evening parade on the Saturday of the event, and live music and food vendors can be found throughout town.
If you’re looking for a day trip outside of the city while visiting Ithaca, get a little off the beaten path and step back in time in Groton.