Victoria’s guidebook

Victoria

Victoria’s guidebook

Food scene
Great local restaurant 12 minutes away in Trumansburg. The menu is constantly changing with the seasons (menu online) and the food is terrific. Call ahead for reservations 607-387-4433 but they are open for business and have an outdoor seating area.
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Hazelnut Kitchen
53 East Main Street
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Great local restaurant 12 minutes away in Trumansburg. The menu is constantly changing with the seasons (menu online) and the food is terrific. Call ahead for reservations 607-387-4433 but they are open for business and have an outdoor seating area.
One of the more popular Ithaca restaurants offering a variety of tapas. Located on the Commons.
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Just A Taste
116 North Aurora Street
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One of the more popular Ithaca restaurants offering a variety of tapas. Located on the Commons.
This is a wonderful restaurant for brunch and dinner. They have outdoor seating during summer months and a nice atmosphere. Located on the Commons
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Mahogany Grill
112 North Aurora Street
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This is a wonderful restaurant for brunch and dinner. They have outdoor seating during summer months and a nice atmosphere. Located on the Commons
A very small restaurant so call ahead! Terrific food prepared in your view by excellent chefs. Located on the Commons.
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Mercato
108 North Aurora Street
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A very small restaurant so call ahead! Terrific food prepared in your view by excellent chefs. Located on the Commons.
Located in the Dewitt Mall across from the Commons, this is a well known vegetarian restaurant which has published several cookbooks.
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Moosewood Restaurant
215 North Cayuga Street
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Located in the Dewitt Mall across from the Commons, this is a well known vegetarian restaurant which has published several cookbooks.
Simeon's is a restaurant that has stood the test of time. Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. Located on the Commons, call ahead for reservations.
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Ithaca Commons
171 East Martin Luther King Jr. Street
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Simeon's is a restaurant that has stood the test of time. Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. Located on the Commons, call ahead for reservations.
This is a wonderful little retro bowling alley and family restaurant with a great local reputation. I've yet to be able to get in for dinner! Call ahead to see if they have an opening as I hear its not to be missed. Five minutes away in Trumansburg (also referred to as T-burg locally.)
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Atlas Bowl
61 West Main Street
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This is a wonderful little retro bowling alley and family restaurant with a great local reputation. I've yet to be able to get in for dinner! Call ahead to see if they have an opening as I hear its not to be missed. Five minutes away in Trumansburg (also referred to as T-burg locally.)
If you love European food, you'll love Dano's. The restaurant is in a lovely setting overlooking Seneca Lake right on 414, and is usually open for lunch as well as dinner. Because Karen continues to follow the traditions of her late husband, Dano, the restaurant continues to hold its spectacular ratings. Try the schnitzel and spaetzle with a glass of beer or the roast pork platter which just falls off the bone! Call ahead to make sure you can be seated!
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Dano's Heuriger On Seneca
9564 New York 414
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If you love European food, you'll love Dano's. The restaurant is in a lovely setting overlooking Seneca Lake right on 414, and is usually open for lunch as well as dinner. Because Karen continues to follow the traditions of her late husband, Dano, the restaurant continues to hold its spectacular ratings. Try the schnitzel and spaetzle with a glass of beer or the roast pork platter which just falls off the bone! Call ahead to make sure you can be seated!
The best Thai restaurant in town! They also have an express takeout closer to Meadow Street, so check them both out! Their shrimp dishes are terrific.
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Taste of Thai
216 East State Street
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The best Thai restaurant in town! They also have an express takeout closer to Meadow Street, so check them both out! Their shrimp dishes are terrific.
The Tamarind offers Korean dishes as well as Thai and is a local favorite. Worth checking out.
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Tamarind Thai Restaurant
503 North Meadow Street
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The Tamarind offers Korean dishes as well as Thai and is a local favorite. Worth checking out.
THE BEST grocery store locally. If they don't have it, you don't need it! Great international, deli, cheese and bakery sections and they have superb service.
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Wegmans
500 South Meadow Street
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THE BEST grocery store locally. If they don't have it, you don't need it! Great international, deli, cheese and bakery sections and they have superb service.
Good local market for meats - especially their home made sausage - yum! Only 7 minutes away on Rte 96 just outside Trumansburg.
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Shur-save
2085 New York 96
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Good local market for meats - especially their home made sausage - yum! Only 7 minutes away on Rte 96 just outside Trumansburg.
Neighborhoods
Ithaca Commons is building back again after a 3 year shut down due to construction. There are 3 great craft/gift/jewelry/gallery stores on the block, a number of nice restaurants and a variety of quick ethnic food available, along with quirky little shops that are fun to poke around in. It has one of few remaining used book stores (Autumn Leaves) in the county.
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Ithaca
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Ithaca Commons is building back again after a 3 year shut down due to construction. There are 3 great craft/gift/jewelry/gallery stores on the block, a number of nice restaurants and a variety of quick ethnic food available, along with quirky little shops that are fun to poke around in. It has one of few remaining used book stores (Autumn Leaves) in the county.
City/town information
The town of Corning is about a 50 minute drive to the west and boasts the largest glass museum in the world! This is a must see while in the area. Your ticket into the museum also pays for shuttle rides to the Rockwell Western Art Museum (also free on your Corning Glass ticket) and their downtown Commons shopping area. The Commons has an historic ice cream parlor, usually outdoor music, glass galleries and wonderful shops. It's a great outing for the day. Plan to spend money in the Corning Glass sales room!
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Corning
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The town of Corning is about a 50 minute drive to the west and boasts the largest glass museum in the world! This is a must see while in the area. Your ticket into the museum also pays for shuttle rides to the Rockwell Western Art Museum (also free on your Corning Glass ticket) and their downtown Commons shopping area. The Commons has an historic ice cream parlor, usually outdoor music, glass galleries and wonderful shops. It's a great outing for the day. Plan to spend money in the Corning Glass sales room!
Forty minutes to the west on Rte 79, Watkins Glen has always been well known for its gorge and local scenic beauty, and used to have a large spa called the Glen Springs Sanitarium in the early 1900's. Unfortunately, tourism has risen to such an extent that it rather spoils the gorge experience, but may be worth it if you enjoy hiking (832 steps to the top) and are patient with crowds. The town has grown to accommodate tourism in the last 15 years and has some interesting shops on the main street. Be sure to visit Wags to Riches which is a sweet little shop whose sole mission is to fund the local animal shelter. Watkins is also home to car racing (locals tend to avoid the area during large events as the town is blocked with traffic). If you'd like to attend the races in the future, book a year in advance!
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Watkins Glen
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Forty minutes to the west on Rte 79, Watkins Glen has always been well known for its gorge and local scenic beauty, and used to have a large spa called the Glen Springs Sanitarium in the early 1900's. Unfortunately, tourism has risen to such an extent that it rather spoils the gorge experience, but may be worth it if you enjoy hiking (832 steps to the top) and are patient with crowds. The town has grown to accommodate tourism in the last 15 years and has some interesting shops on the main street. Be sure to visit Wags to Riches which is a sweet little shop whose sole mission is to fund the local animal shelter. Watkins is also home to car racing (locals tend to avoid the area during large events as the town is blocked with traffic). If you'd like to attend the races in the future, book a year in advance!
Montour Falls is a lovely little town 45 minutes to the west and south of Watkins Glen on Rte 414. It's worth seeing if you watch the Hallmark channel, as the main street, which ends in a beautiful waterfall, has been used when filming many made for TV romance programs! The main street is growing and is an interesting walk if you park further away from the falls. Their local library is historic and worth popping your head into for a quick look.
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Montour Falls
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Montour Falls is a lovely little town 45 minutes to the west and south of Watkins Glen on Rte 414. It's worth seeing if you watch the Hallmark channel, as the main street, which ends in a beautiful waterfall, has been used when filming many made for TV romance programs! The main street is growing and is an interesting walk if you park further away from the falls. Their local library is historic and worth popping your head into for a quick look.
If you'd like to take a glider for an aerial tour of the local lakes, a trip to Big Flats might be a fun idea. Its about an hour and 15 minutes away to the west - use your GPS for the shortest route. The airfield which has a fabulous view even from the ground, also has a little local museum while you wait that is interesting too. Later that day, you can visit a great antique shop called Antique Revival to round out the day. There are local chain restaurants nearby at the mall if you need to grab a bite to eat.
Big Flats
If you'd like to take a glider for an aerial tour of the local lakes, a trip to Big Flats might be a fun idea. Its about an hour and 15 minutes away to the west - use your GPS for the shortest route. The airfield which has a fabulous view even from the ground, also has a little local museum while you wait that is interesting too. Later that day, you can visit a great antique shop called Antique Revival to round out the day. There are local chain restaurants nearby at the mall if you need to grab a bite to eat.
An hour up the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, you will have a great day trip as the pastoral scenery along the way is lush and green. Their main street has lots of stores to poke around in and is located right on the waterfront. Take the mail boat for a tour of the old summer "cottages" on the lake edge built by wealthy NYC residents who traveled up in their private rail cars!
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Skaneateles
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An hour up the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, you will have a great day trip as the pastoral scenery along the way is lush and green. Their main street has lots of stores to poke around in and is located right on the waterfront. Take the mail boat for a tour of the old summer "cottages" on the lake edge built by wealthy NYC residents who traveled up in their private rail cars!
Winery/brewery
If you'd like a comprehensive tour of a major winery which also has a brewery and a great family restaurant overlooking Seneca Lake, this is the place! One of the first family wineries in the area this has great views while dining, and is easy to find on Rte 414 about 40 minutes west. They carry a wide variety of wines and beer.
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Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery
9322 New York 414
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If you'd like a comprehensive tour of a major winery which also has a brewery and a great family restaurant overlooking Seneca Lake, this is the place! One of the first family wineries in the area this has great views while dining, and is easy to find on Rte 414 about 40 minutes west. They carry a wide variety of wines and beer.
Forty minutes away, this distillery has a great reputation locally. It is located on Rte 414 which borders the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. The entire 414 route is loaded with winery after winery and is beginning to build up a few local eateries as well.
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Finger Lakes Distilling
4676 New York 414
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Forty minutes away, this distillery has a great reputation locally. It is located on Rte 414 which borders the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. The entire 414 route is loaded with winery after winery and is beginning to build up a few local eateries as well.
I've yet to visit, but its known locally as a place worth visiting and its 15 minutes up the road on Rte 96 North.
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Finger Lakes Cider House
4017 Hickok Road
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I've yet to visit, but its known locally as a place worth visiting and its 15 minutes up the road on Rte 96 North.
Just 5 minutes down the road, this establishment has a good reputation for food as well as their beer. Call ahead to see that they are fully open now that NY state has reopened.
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Ithaca Beer Co
122 Ithaca Beer Drive
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Just 5 minutes down the road, this establishment has a good reputation for food as well as their beer. Call ahead to see that they are fully open now that NY state has reopened.
A small winery with a great reputation. It's located on the Seneca Wine Trail on route 414 which is on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake about 5 miles south of the town of Lodi.
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Shalestone Vineyards
9681 New York 414
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A small winery with a great reputation. It's located on the Seneca Wine Trail on route 414 which is on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake about 5 miles south of the town of Lodi.
Standing Stone also has a great reputation for a variety of well made wines. Again, it is located right on the Seneca Wine Trail on Rte 414 on the east shore of Seneca Lake.
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Standing Stone Vineyards
9934 New York 414
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Standing Stone also has a great reputation for a variety of well made wines. Again, it is located right on the Seneca Wine Trail on Rte 414 on the east shore of Seneca Lake.
Hazlitt's was one of the first wineries established in this area by Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt, but the family has been farming grapes forever. A popular winery with the younger set because of their friendly attitude and the variety of wines to suit every taste.
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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
5712 New York 414
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Hazlitt's was one of the first wineries established in this area by Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt, but the family has been farming grapes forever. A popular winery with the younger set because of their friendly attitude and the variety of wines to suit every taste.
Sightseeing
Cornell University was founded as an agricultural college and its botanical gardens have plant material gathered from all over the world since the University's inception. While the gardens and arboretum are lovely, it's also a teaching laboratory for students and all trees and herbaceous plants have the Latin and common names on metal tags should you want to brush up on your plant knowledge! There is a nice (but expensive) gift shop at the Neville Center and across the street is a terrific vegetable garden that is also a treat to visit. Grab a map of the campus from any campus kiosk to help you negotiate the campus. This is about a 15 minute drive away - use GPS for shortcuts.
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Cornell Botanic Gardens
124 Comstock Knoll Drive
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Cornell University was founded as an agricultural college and its botanical gardens have plant material gathered from all over the world since the University's inception. While the gardens and arboretum are lovely, it's also a teaching laboratory for students and all trees and herbaceous plants have the Latin and common names on metal tags should you want to brush up on your plant knowledge! There is a nice (but expensive) gift shop at the Neville Center and across the street is a terrific vegetable garden that is also a treat to visit. Grab a map of the campus from any campus kiosk to help you negotiate the campus. This is about a 15 minute drive away - use GPS for shortcuts.
The Johnson Museum was designed by architect I.M. Pei and usually has a revolving collection to keep things interesting. The views from the top floor are spectacular but may give you a little vertigo! Go early to avoid parking issues and take a minute to see the Japanese style garden around the back of the building.
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Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
114 Central Avenue
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The Johnson Museum was designed by architect I.M. Pei and usually has a revolving collection to keep things interesting. The views from the top floor are spectacular but may give you a little vertigo! Go early to avoid parking issues and take a minute to see the Japanese style garden around the back of the building.
For a small museum this has a lot of interesting bits and bobs. The lowest level holds a mastodon found in NY state. As you wind your way down the stairs, the museum exhibition travels through geologic time. There may be a volunteer working on fossils in the entrance area and they have a small shop which sells science related toys and fossils. Five minutes away on Rte 96.
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Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road
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For a small museum this has a lot of interesting bits and bobs. The lowest level holds a mastodon found in NY state. As you wind your way down the stairs, the museum exhibition travels through geologic time. There may be a volunteer working on fossils in the entrance area and they have a small shop which sells science related toys and fossils. Five minutes away on Rte 96.
Sapsucker Woods is easily accessible and is one of the best places in the area for bird watching at all times of the year. They provide the public with lectures, teaching materials and have art displays of ornithological illustrations that are world class. Their sales room carries lenses, binoculars, books, toys, birdhouses, etc. You can sit in their glass lobby during all months of the year and watch the birds on the pond using their telescopes, or take one of their many bird watching trails dotted with comfortable resting areas. Plenty of parking. A nice quiet way to spend time out of doors. Their photographs do not do it justice. Twenty minutes away.
Sapsucker Woods
Sapsucker Woods is easily accessible and is one of the best places in the area for bird watching at all times of the year. They provide the public with lectures, teaching materials and have art displays of ornithological illustrations that are world class. Their sales room carries lenses, binoculars, books, toys, birdhouses, etc. You can sit in their glass lobby during all months of the year and watch the birds on the pond using their telescopes, or take one of their many bird watching trails dotted with comfortable resting areas. Plenty of parking. A nice quiet way to spend time out of doors. Their photographs do not do it justice. Twenty minutes away.
This has been a local draw for many years and is a place to see and be seen by other locals. It can be very crowded along the walkway as people catch up on news and block the boardwalk but it also has a lot of nifty local crafts and fresh and prepared foods for sale. Parking can also be annoying unless you arrive at 8:45 just prior to opening.
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Ithaca Farmers Market
545 3rd Street
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This has been a local draw for many years and is a place to see and be seen by other locals. It can be very crowded along the walkway as people catch up on news and block the boardwalk but it also has a lot of nifty local crafts and fresh and prepared foods for sale. Parking can also be annoying unless you arrive at 8:45 just prior to opening.
For history buffs, this is the last residence of Harriet Tubman and was reportedly used as part of the underground railroad. Closed during the pandemic, it may be open now so call ahead. It's on the way to Skaneateles lake about an hour north on the east shore of Cayuga lake.
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Harriet Tubman Home
180 South Street Road
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For history buffs, this is the last residence of Harriet Tubman and was reportedly used as part of the underground railroad. Closed during the pandemic, it may be open now so call ahead. It's on the way to Skaneateles lake about an hour north on the east shore of Cayuga lake.
The famous quirky housewares company originated here along the east shore of Cayuga Lake. The factory and showroom are open to the public and are located on beautiful grounds. They have a bed and breakfast decorated with their products open for viewing. Its right along the way to Skaneateles Lake.
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MacKenzie-Childs - Aurora, NY
3260 New York 90
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The famous quirky housewares company originated here along the east shore of Cayuga Lake. The factory and showroom are open to the public and are located on beautiful grounds. They have a bed and breakfast decorated with their products open for viewing. Its right along the way to Skaneateles Lake.
Waterfall hiking
Close to our location (use your GPS for back roads), this is a lovely, shady park with a public swimming area. The historic water mill may be open during peak season, but hiking alone is a pleasant experience.
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Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Road
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Close to our location (use your GPS for back roads), this is a lovely, shady park with a public swimming area. The historic water mill may be open during peak season, but hiking alone is a pleasant experience.
You can have a pleasant 1 mile walk on a wide mulched path through the woods which follows the riverbed to the base of the falls, or choose an aerobic hike along the harder upper trails. This is really a "must see" while you're here as the falls are higher than Niagara though they have much less water flow. The park extends across the street to the lake front. Parking may have increased from $5. It takes about 15 minutes from here.
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Taughannock Falls State Park
1740 Taughannock Boulevard
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You can have a pleasant 1 mile walk on a wide mulched path through the woods which follows the riverbed to the base of the falls, or choose an aerobic hike along the harder upper trails. This is really a "must see" while you're here as the falls are higher than Niagara though they have much less water flow. The park extends across the street to the lake front. Parking may have increased from $5. It takes about 15 minutes from here.
Pretty spectacular and provides a hefty workout up the trail. About 10 minutes away by car off Rte 13 at the south end of town.
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Buttermilk Falls State Park
112 East Buttermilk Falls Road
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Pretty spectacular and provides a hefty workout up the trail. About 10 minutes away by car off Rte 13 at the south end of town.
Really pretty little falls at the end of Fall Street in downtown Ithaca. Parking available a short walk away.
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Ithaca Falls
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Really pretty little falls at the end of Fall Street in downtown Ithaca. Parking available a short walk away.
Used by a lot of joggers and dog walkers, it is near Taughannock State Park.
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Black Diamond Trail
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Used by a lot of joggers and dog walkers, it is near Taughannock State Park.

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Poruszanie się po okolicy
Traffic safety issues
During the academic year the population in Ithaca doubles and we have a lot of drivers in the area who either do not know driving laws or are on their phones. NEVER proceed through a green light without checking for oncoming traffic which may blow through a red light; and look for people stepping in front of your vehicle even though the pedestrian light is against them. Be a very defensive driver while in Ithaca. Parking can also be any annoyance so I would recommend a parking garage so you can hoof it around the local streets.
Co spakować
Packing for weather
If you'd like to contact me prior to packing I will give you an extended local forecast. I'd pop an umbrella in the car just in case and bring a variety of tops as the weather warms during the day. We can swing from 60 to 90 degrees in a day's time.
Zarezerwuj, zanim wyruszysz
restaurant reservations and crowded venues
While I've listed several places you may want to visit, please always double check to see if they have reopened to the public and always make a dinner reservation to be safe so you don't get stuck when you're "hangry"!
Jak zaoszczędzić
Coupon books
In order to promote shopping in small businesses, there are coupon books available (I believe for a price) that offer discounts locally. I'd check to see if it is worth while prior to purchase.