There’s a little haven tucked into the hills of upstate New York. It’s called Ithaca, and in the summer, there’s no better place to visit. It’s best known for being the home of Cornell University, but there’s a free-thinking spirit in the town that gives it a punch of pizazz. In addition, Ithaca will wow you with its hikes, swimming holes, festivals (including June’s Ithaca Festival), and more than enough marvels to fill a weekend away!
1. Vegetarians, welcome to your heaven. Carnivores, great ready for some meat-free marvels. Ithaca’s vegetarian Moosewood Restaurant is a collectively owned eatery, renown for its innovative and scrumptious dishes. Their constantly changing menu is so tasty, you’ll be wowed enough to buy the restaurant’s whole series of cookbooks!
2. Whether you’re looking to camp, hike, or take a dip, Treman State Park will knock your socks off. Head up the forest-laden trail for a view of the gorge, and then, change into your swimsuit and hit the cool green water. If you’re feeling spirited, try climbing across the face of the swimming hole’s waterfall without falling!
3. Hop in the car for a visit to the Finger Lakes wineries. Set against the canvas of sparkling lakes, these cute little wineries are great for touring and tasting. Don’t miss the nearby Watkins Glen State Park, which is rife with waterfalls, breathtaking rock face, and lush greenery.
4. Strapped for cash, but still want some culture? Take in a theater performance at Ithaca College. Known for its drama school, Ithaca College presents a variety of well-executed productions each year. Glimpse the season schedule here!
5. Spend the day picnicking lakeside, hiking through the picturesque park, and swimming carefree at Taughannock Falls State Park. If it’s a Saturday, enjoy a free concert! Beginning July 10 through ’til the summer’s end, the park hosts a lively evening performance that’s a guaranteed good time!
Do you have any upstate memories? What are your summer plans?