Mary's Guidebook

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Mary's Guidebook

Things to see and do

A must-do. Great for a picnic. Tends to be crowded
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Taughannock Falls State Park
1740 Taughannock Boulevard
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A must-do. Great for a picnic. Tends to be crowded
Lovely hiking, much less crowded than Taughannock and lower Buttermilk
Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park
Lovely hiking, much less crowded than Taughannock and lower Buttermilk
A very special place. A bit further afield but worth it (about 25 minutes from my house)
Robert H. Treman State Park, Upper Entrance
129 Upper Park Road
A very special place. A bit further afield but worth it (about 25 minutes from my house)
Walk here from the house! Trails wind all through the property. A meditative spot.
Sapsucker Woods
Walk here from the house! Trails wind all through the property. A meditative spot.
Besides good local food there are also high quality goods made by actual locals. This scene is 100% Ithaca
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Ithaca Farmers Market
545 3rd Street
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Besides good local food there are also high quality goods made by actual locals. This scene is 100% Ithaca
Wonderful museum with views!
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Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
114 Central Avenue
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Wonderful museum with views!
45 minutes away but totally worth it. You can watch glass being made and even sign up to make your own (register in advance to be sure). There's a reality show that was shot here in part, called Blown Away.
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Corning Museum of Glass
1 Museum Way
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45 minutes away but totally worth it. You can watch glass being made and even sign up to make your own (register in advance to be sure). There's a reality show that was shot here in part, called Blown Away.
A fun way to spend a few hours, especially if the weather is bad
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Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road
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A fun way to spend a few hours, especially if the weather is bad
Way less crowded than Taughannock and other spots! You might even be able to hike with the dog off-leash here
Thayer Preserve Lick Brook
454 Sandbank Rd
Way less crowded than Taughannock and other spots! You might even be able to hike with the dog off-leash here
Acres of gorgeous plantings and trees
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Cornell Botanic Gardens
124 Comstock Knoll Drive
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Acres of gorgeous plantings and trees
Peaceful, usually not crowded, lots of trails off the beaten path to explore. Swim and intertube here near the suspension bridge (across from the Cornell botanical gardens)
Monkey Run, Cayuga Trail
Peaceful, usually not crowded, lots of trails off the beaten path to explore. Swim and intertube here near the suspension bridge (across from the Cornell botanical gardens)
Hike from campus to downtown (or from downtown to campus) along this beautiful, short trail
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Cascadilla Gorge Trail
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Hike from campus to downtown (or from downtown to campus) along this beautiful, short trail

Food Scene

Excellent, consistent restaurant. Good spot for celebrating (but make reservations as far in advance as possible)
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The Heights Restaurant and H Bar
903 Hanshaw Road
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Excellent, consistent restaurant. Good spot for celebrating (but make reservations as far in advance as possible)
Nice brunch (outdoors if the weather permits). Also excellent dinners (menu is small however)
Allechant
903 Hanshaw Rd
Nice brunch (outdoors if the weather permits). Also excellent dinners (menu is small however)
Excellent Italian food, odd location but beautiful once you get in. Make reservations (I advise calling).
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Gola Osteria
115 South Quarry Street
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Excellent Italian food, odd location but beautiful once you get in. Make reservations (I advise calling).
The best pizza in Ithaca, imho :) Thin crust. Eat-in as of winter 2022, but we do takeout. They don't deliver unfortunately
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Franco's Pizzeria
508 W State St
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The best pizza in Ithaca, imho :) Thin crust. Eat-in as of winter 2022, but we do takeout. They don't deliver unfortunately
This is a great little spot down the road from the house! Perfect breakfast sandwiches made to order. Daily quiches, muffins, cookies. Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, salads.
Adam's Corners Cafe
903 Hanshaw Road
This is a great little spot down the road from the house! Perfect breakfast sandwiches made to order. Daily quiches, muffins, cookies. Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, salads.
The legend. First vegetarian restaurant in the country, where all those cookbooks originated! The restaurant has been through quite a bit of change -- a "collective" founded it and still owns it. It recently reopened with what seems like a new resolve to continue what it did well while evolving.
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Moosewood Restaurant
215 North Cayuga Street
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The legend. First vegetarian restaurant in the country, where all those cookbooks originated! The restaurant has been through quite a bit of change -- a "collective" founded it and still owns it. It recently reopened with what seems like a new resolve to continue what it did well while evolving.
This is listed as an "ice cream shop" but I forgot they even had ice cream, that's how good the rest of their stuff is -- great breakfasts, salads and sandwiches, amazing baked goods (you must try their half moon cookies -- some of the best we've ever had, and we're kind of obsessed). Close to IC
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Dolce Delight
1080 Danby Rd
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This is listed as an "ice cream shop" but I forgot they even had ice cream, that's how good the rest of their stuff is -- great breakfasts, salads and sandwiches, amazing baked goods (you must try their half moon cookies -- some of the best we've ever had, and we're kind of obsessed). Close to IC
Creative food, cozy atmosphere, quality service. Must make reservations (it's very tiny). About a half hour from my house (15-20 minutes from downtown)
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Hazelnut Kitchen
53 East Main Street
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Creative food, cozy atmosphere, quality service. Must make reservations (it's very tiny). About a half hour from my house (15-20 minutes from downtown)
yummy soft ice cream downtown. Check the hours to be sure it's open
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Sweet Melissa's Ice Cream Shop
200 West Seneca Street
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yummy soft ice cream downtown. Check the hours to be sure it's open
An Ithaca staple. Excellent sundaes, and tho I only go there for ice cream, the food is supposed to be pretty good too
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Purity Ice Cream Co.
700 Cascadilla Street
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An Ithaca staple. Excellent sundaes, and tho I only go there for ice cream, the food is supposed to be pretty good too
A beautiful drive to a dreamy ice cream spot
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Cayuga Lake Creamery
8421 New York 89
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A beautiful drive to a dreamy ice cream spot
Excellent food, lovely views. Austrian fare
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Dano's Heuriger On Seneca
9564 New York 414
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Excellent food, lovely views. Austrian fare
Healthier Mexican than the usual Tex Mex. Small(ish) portions, but solid. Right at the Ithaca Commons sign.
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Viva Taqueria & Cantina
101 N Aurora St
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Healthier Mexican than the usual Tex Mex. Small(ish) portions, but solid. Right at the Ithaca Commons sign.
A restaurant devoted to waffles on the Commons... if you love waffles definitely drop by
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Waffle Frolic
146 East State Street
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A restaurant devoted to waffles on the Commons... if you love waffles definitely drop by
excellent pizza. very tight space (on the Commons)
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Thompson and Bleecker
220 East State Street
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excellent pizza. very tight space (on the Commons)
Still only doing take out and delivery...but very good Thai.
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Tamarind Thai Restaurant
503 North Meadow Street
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Still only doing take out and delivery...but very good Thai.
OK yes I really like ice cream ;) If you don't have the time or inclination for a country drive out to the creamery, you can get it right in town. Seriously, this ice cream is soo rich and delicious
Cayuga Lake Creamery at The Dewitt Mall
215 North Cayuga Street
OK yes I really like ice cream ;) If you don't have the time or inclination for a country drive out to the creamery, you can get it right in town. Seriously, this ice cream is soo rich and delicious

Groceries

Everything you could need. Good place to grab prepared foods as well. Sushi and salad bars are on point.
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Wegmans
500 South Meadow Street
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Everything you could need. Good place to grab prepared foods as well. Sushi and salad bars are on point.
Very Ithaca. A must-go if you're vegetarian or vegan, as they prioritize these selections. It's a coop that isn't grungy! You can also find lots of Ithaca-made products here if you miss the farmer's market
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GreenStar Food Co+op
701 West Buffalo Street
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Very Ithaca. A must-go if you're vegetarian or vegan, as they prioritize these selections. It's a coop that isn't grungy! You can also find lots of Ithaca-made products here if you miss the farmer's market
closest to my house. Standard grocery store
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TOPS
2300 North Triphammer Road
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closest to my house. Standard grocery store

coffee

A mainstay of the Ithaca scene. Numerous locations -- the one near my house (Hanshaw Rd) is just for your coffee fix, not for the scene... downtown locales are better for that
Gimme! Coffee
903 Hanshaw Rd
A mainstay of the Ithaca scene. Numerous locations -- the one near my house (Hanshaw Rd) is just for your coffee fix, not for the scene... downtown locales are better for that
Excellent lattes, IPA bar in the back of the store, wide range of gourmet food products
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Ithaca Coffee Company
2255 North Triphammer Road
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Excellent lattes, IPA bar in the back of the store, wide range of gourmet food products
nice coffee, cool vibe, near Ithaca Falls
Botanist Coffeehouse
1201 North Tioga Street
nice coffee, cool vibe, near Ithaca Falls
LA vibe; great coffee drinks and breakfast sandwiches
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Hound and Mare
118 North Aurora Street
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LA vibe; great coffee drinks and breakfast sandwiches

Shopping

artisan products -- ceramics, jewelry, drawings, cutting boards, hand knit items
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Handwork, Ithaca's Artisan Cooperative
102 West State Street
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artisan products -- ceramics, jewelry, drawings, cutting boards, hand knit items
Sort of like the old "antique malls" -- fun vintage stuff
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Found In Ithaca
227 Cherry Street
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Sort of like the old "antique malls" -- fun vintage stuff
Eclectic, occasional treasures. They used to be downtown but unfortunately the building was renovated, so now they're in a strip mall. Numerous things in my house are from this store. Like any consignment shop, it's very hit or miss. But always fun digging through things
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Mimi's Attic
430 West State Street
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Eclectic, occasional treasures. They used to be downtown but unfortunately the building was renovated, so now they're in a strip mall. Numerous things in my house are from this store. Like any consignment shop, it's very hit or miss. But always fun digging through things
There are a few locations of this store, and you can find great stuff if you're lucky, or you can also be in and out in 5 minutes! The one near my house (Triphammer Mall) has clothes and shoes where I've purchased Fly of London boots (which usually retail around $200) for $10 and Eileen Fischer coats and sweaters for $8.
Ithaca ReUse Center
214 Elmira Rd
There are a few locations of this store, and you can find great stuff if you're lucky, or you can also be in and out in 5 minutes! The one near my house (Triphammer Mall) has clothes and shoes where I've purchased Fly of London boots (which usually retail around $200) for $10 and Eileen Fischer coats and sweaters for $8.
Great selection of cards, wrapping paper, small gifts
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Mockingbird Paperie
144 East State Street
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Great selection of cards, wrapping paper, small gifts
local products
Ithacamade
215 N Cayuga St
local products
Nicely curated collection of books. Small gifts as well
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Buffalo Street Books
215 North Cayuga Street
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Nicely curated collection of books. Small gifts as well

Ithaca products

Locally made, luxurious soap
Finger Lakes Soap Co
15 New York 224
Locally made, luxurious soap
huge range of beer made in Ithaca -- restaurant and lawn games at their main location
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Ithaca Beer Co
122 Ithaca Beer Drive
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huge range of beer made in Ithaca -- restaurant and lawn games at their main location
healthy/gluten-free snack foods
Emmy's Organics, inc.
15 Royal Road
healthy/gluten-free snack foods
A beautiful winery with stunning views. Their Cabernet Franc is one of my favorites
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Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
9224 New York 414
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A beautiful winery with stunning views. Their Cabernet Franc is one of my favorites
Excellent hard cider, as well as a great place to take in music and beautiful views
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South Hill Cider
550 Sandbank Rd
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Excellent hard cider, as well as a great place to take in music and beautiful views
Mohair and wool products (yarn, hats, gloves etc)
Laughing Goat Fiber
1485 Mecklenburg Road
Mohair and wool products (yarn, hats, gloves etc)