So you've probably heard, Ithaca is gorges.


Get it?! Despite the puns, it really is a beautiful town that dates back to the late 1800s. It became the 21st city in New York in 1888. Cornell University was founded 20 years earlier. Ithaca College, which in its founding was called "Ithaca Conservatory of Music" opened in 1892.

Today, Ithaca has an estimated population of 30,788, not to be confused with the town of Ithaca. The town of Ithaca includes the surrounding areas and about 20,500 people. If you are a fan of Greek mythology, you might recognize the city's name from Homer's Odyssey, for which it was named after.

Ithaca has more than 100 waterfalls within 10 miles of downtown and make for great day trips. Check out some more of our favorite sites around Ithaca

So now that you've seen the sights and are planning your next weekend trip to Ithaca, here are our favorite things to do and see.

Waterfalls and Parks
Robert Treman State Park was ranked as the number one thing to do in Ithaca by Trip Advisor, and we don't disagree. The views are amazing, the waterfalls stunning and hikes diverse. Be sure to bring a towel because the water is so inviting, you'll want to jump right in!

Also check out
Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake, Cascadilla Gorge Trail, Taughannock Falls

It is no wonder that Grainful's dishes are so delicious, it comes from a town bustling with foodies! One of the most renowned restaurants in Ithaca, Moosewood, is known for its award-winning cookbooks. The hot spot serves delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes featuring local produce. If you're a fan of local produce (who isn't?) then also be sure to check out the Ithaca Farmers Market. This co-op of local gardeners and farmers gather by the waterfront to sell produce and homemade goods. Also a great spot for breakfast and lunch on the weekends!

Also check out
Ithaca Beer Co., Just a Taste (tapas), Boatyard Grill

The Finger Lakes are known for amazing wine and Ithaca just happens to be at the bottom of one of the best, Cayuga Lake. It is also a short drive from Seneca Lake, which has just as many great wineries. Take a drive around the scenic waterfront and stop by a few for a taste or a case! If you're looking to stay close, Six Mile Creek Vineyard is a great choice.

Also check out
Americana Vineyards Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

There is plenty to do in Ithaca, what are you waiting for! Get out an explore, whether you visit for a weekend or are here all year long there is always something new and exciting you can stumble upon. A boat tour around the lake? Bird watching at Cornell? Maybe catch a show at the State Theatre? These are all the reasons (plus so many more) why Grainful calls Ithaca, N.Y. home. 

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