Guidebook for Ithaca

Jane-Marie
Guidebook for Ithaca

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World famous center, where the word ornithology was invented! MInutes from our house. We can show you a back way to get there if you want to go on foot.
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
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World famous center, where the word ornithology was invented! MInutes from our house. We can show you a back way to get there if you want to go on foot.
My favorite place to buy vintage furniture. Most of my airbnb was furnished from there and they even featured us in their blog!
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Mimi's Attic
430 West State Street
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My favorite place to buy vintage furniture. Most of my airbnb was furnished from there and they even featured us in their blog!
Cornell's only art cinema. Great movies. Great popcorn. (real Ithacans eat it with butter and nutritional yeast.)
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Cinemapolis
120 East Green Street
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Cornell's only art cinema. Great movies. Great popcorn. (real Ithacans eat it with butter and nutritional yeast.)
A great museum with the best views of Ithaca from the 5th floor.
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Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
114 Central Avenue
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A great museum with the best views of Ithaca from the 5th floor.
My favorite wine (Dry Riesling) is made here. Great local people, the Saltonstalls, who care about Ithaca, too.
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Treleaven Wines
658 Lake Road
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My favorite wine (Dry Riesling) is made here. Great local people, the Saltonstalls, who care about Ithaca, too.
We know all the secret gardens in this world class horticultural paradise. Let me tell you how to get to the herb and flower gardens, the wildflower gardens, the stream garden or the arboretum.
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Cornell Botanic Gardens
124 Comstock Knoll Drive
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We know all the secret gardens in this world class horticultural paradise. Let me tell you how to get to the herb and flower gardens, the wildflower gardens, the stream garden or the arboretum.
A beautiful Farmer's Market right on the lake.
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Ithaca Farmers Market
545 3rd Street
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A beautiful Farmer's Market right on the lake.
Live arts and entertainment. I have some free passes for films here. Ask me for a schedule.
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State Theatre of Ithaca
107 West State Street
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Live arts and entertainment. I have some free passes for films here. Ask me for a schedule.
Jolie, a local woman, has been cutting our hair for 26 years. Simply the best salon in Ithaca IMHO.
Laser Hair Removal of Ithaca
920 N Cayuga St
Jolie, a local woman, has been cutting our hair for 26 years. Simply the best salon in Ithaca IMHO.
A great retreat spa. Get their spa sampler package and spent half a day here and really enjoy it. I love the Ananda Bliss.
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Rasa Spa
310 Taughannock Boulevard
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A great retreat spa. Get their spa sampler package and spent half a day here and really enjoy it. I love the Ananda Bliss.
Small but a good place for a wax, a haircut, some various things. Very near our house when construction is not going on.
Satori Salon, Ithaca
840 Hanshaw Road
Small but a good place for a wax, a haircut, some various things. Very near our house when construction is not going on.
Best place to buy yarn in Ithaca. Locally owned.
Homespun Boutique
314 E State St
Best place to buy yarn in Ithaca. Locally owned.
Just in case you need your shoes repaired.
Aurora Shoe Repair
111 North Plain Street
Just in case you need your shoes repaired.
If you ski...
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Greek Peak Mountain Resort
2000 NY-392
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If you ski...
This is one of our favorite parks for actually hiking in the stream bed. On hot summer days it is a great place to go and hike. They also have a great swimming area. It is a bit of a drive. Fossils
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Fillmore Glen State Park
1686 New York 38
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This is one of our favorite parks for actually hiking in the stream bed. On hot summer days it is a great place to go and hike. They also have a great swimming area. It is a bit of a drive. Fossils
Nicest people, good wines, great views of the lake. Oldest winery on Cayuga Lake
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Lucas Vineyards
3862 County Road 150
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Nicest people, good wines, great views of the lake. Oldest winery on Cayuga Lake
cycling and hiking on the west shore of Cayuga Lake
Black Diamond Trail
cycling and hiking on the west shore of Cayuga Lake
A special service to visitors from out of town--a medical office for urgencies. Full primary care including gynecology offered by a woman and endocrinology.
Dr. Adam Law, MD
404 N Cayuga St
A special service to visitors from out of town--a medical office for urgencies. Full primary care including gynecology offered by a woman and endocrinology.
Tucked away in an unexpected location, Frederic, a fourth generation spirits maker from France hosts people in his ports and liqueurs business. Amazing person and amazing tastings. Museum too!
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Ports of New York Winery
815 Taber Street
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Tucked away in an unexpected location, Frederic, a fourth generation spirits maker from France hosts people in his ports and liqueurs business. Amazing person and amazing tastings. Museum too!
A fantastic day spa in Ithaca, with great pampering services. My daughters and I love this place! Please ask me for their menu of services.
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August Moon Spa
1150 Danby Road
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A fantastic day spa in Ithaca, with great pampering services. My daughters and I love this place! Please ask me for their menu of services.
A great hot yoga studio here in Ithaca. My daughter goes here and loves the instructors.
Blackbird Studio Yoga Barre and Pilates
509 North Meadow Street
A great hot yoga studio here in Ithaca. My daughter goes here and loves the instructors.
Our best regional tack store for serious equestrians. A bit of a drive. Include it on a wine tour or a visit to Trumansburg.
Carriage House Saddlery
325 Waterburg Rd
Our best regional tack store for serious equestrians. A bit of a drive. Include it on a wine tour or a visit to Trumansburg.

Food Scene

We really enjoy this locally owned restaurant. The pizza is very good and it is family friendly.
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Ciao
2 Hickory Hollow Lane
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We really enjoy this locally owned restaurant. The pizza is very good and it is family friendly.
This place is regarded as one of the better Asian restaurants in Ithaca. We like it a lot. Good options for vegetarians also.
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Saigon Kitchen
526 West State Street
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This place is regarded as one of the better Asian restaurants in Ithaca. We like it a lot. Good options for vegetarians also.
Good Mexican food. Reasonably priced. God margaritas, too. Can be crowded.
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Viva Taqueria & Cantina
101 N Aurora St
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Good Mexican food. Reasonably priced. God margaritas, too. Can be crowded.
This is a great Latin fusion restaurant and we love its quinoa fritters.
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Agava
381 Pine Tree Road
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This is a great Latin fusion restaurant and we love its quinoa fritters.
Owned by some friends, this hotel features the original tavern from over a hundred years ago and also really great, simple fare. Reasonably priced, a great place to eat on Cayuga's east shore.
King Ferry Hotel
8777 New York 90
Owned by some friends, this hotel features the original tavern from over a hundred years ago and also really great, simple fare. Reasonably priced, a great place to eat on Cayuga's east shore.
One of Ithaca's most famous vegetarian restaurants. The cookbooks make great gifts and all the recipes work.
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Moosewood Restaurant
215 North Cayuga Street
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One of Ithaca's most famous vegetarian restaurants. The cookbooks make great gifts and all the recipes work.
Best chocolates and pastries in Ithaca. Near our house when construction is complete and we no longer have a one-way. Walking distance (about 3/4 mile)
Sarah's Patisserie
130 East Seneca Street
Best chocolates and pastries in Ithaca. Near our house when construction is complete and we no longer have a one-way. Walking distance (about 3/4 mile)
Sam and Alice are friends and Alice's Armenian home cooking is famous in Ithaca. VERY great people and great food. Walking distance. Not fancy but good.
Corners Deli
200 Pleasant Grove Rd
Sam and Alice are friends and Alice's Armenian home cooking is famous in Ithaca. VERY great people and great food. Walking distance. Not fancy but good.
Our most famous diner, a real Ithaca tradition. A bit of a real greasy spoon
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The State Diner
428 West State Street
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Our most famous diner, a real Ithaca tradition. A bit of a real greasy spoon
Best regional restaurant. Not too expensive considering how great it is.
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Hazelnut Kitchen
53 East Main Street
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Best regional restaurant. Not too expensive considering how great it is.
Our local really trendy place to be cool and get great coffee.
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Gimme! Coffee
430 North Cayuga Street
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Our local really trendy place to be cool and get great coffee.
Another great place to get coffee. In a strip mall but owned by people who own the Triphammer Liquors. Good folks and great cheeses too.
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Ithaca Coffee Company
311 East Green Street
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Another great place to get coffee. In a strip mall but owned by people who own the Triphammer Liquors. Good folks and great cheeses too.
This is a great stop on a tour of the west shore of Cayuga. Artisinal pizzas with local cheese and locally sourced food. Great, rave local reviews.
The Copper Oven
6800 New York 89
This is a great stop on a tour of the west shore of Cayuga. Artisinal pizzas with local cheese and locally sourced food. Great, rave local reviews.
good burgers and fries and super yummy desserts (warning: sweet desserts), part of going on the west shore of Cayuga
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Glenwood Pines
1213 Taughannock Boulevard
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good burgers and fries and super yummy desserts (warning: sweet desserts), part of going on the west shore of Cayuga
AWard winning Spanish tapas restaurant, winner of many awards. No reservations, arrive by 5:15 to get a table.
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Just A Taste
116 North Aurora Street
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AWard winning Spanish tapas restaurant, winner of many awards. No reservations, arrive by 5:15 to get a table.
This is a good compromise restaurant for hardcore meat eaters who need to keep the vegetarians happy. Lobster, Prime Rib, great drinks, nice ambiance. Very local. Good food.
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The Antlers Restaurant
1159 Dryden Road
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This is a good compromise restaurant for hardcore meat eaters who need to keep the vegetarians happy. Lobster, Prime Rib, great drinks, nice ambiance. Very local. Good food.
A great place to go and eat meat and be on the water. Always very crowded.
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The Boatyard Grill
525 Old Taughannock Blvd
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A great place to go and eat meat and be on the water. Always very crowded.
Truly amazing food. Do this when you go on the Seneca Wine Trail. We love the creative menu. 40 minutes from Ithaca. Pretty drive and on wine trail
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Stonecat Cafe: Regional Cuisine & Bar
5315 NY-414
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Truly amazing food. Do this when you go on the Seneca Wine Trail. We love the creative menu. 40 minutes from Ithaca. Pretty drive and on wine trail
This is Ithaca's premier steakhouse, attached to La Tourelle Inn and adjacent to August Moon Spa. I have friends who work here and the food and service are amazing.
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John Thomas Steakhouse
1152 Danby Road
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This is Ithaca's premier steakhouse, attached to La Tourelle Inn and adjacent to August Moon Spa. I have friends who work here and the food and service are amazing.
Great bagels and coffee. Bakery! They actually have several locations around Ithaca but are completely locally owned by really civic minded people. Need I say more?
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Collegetown Bagels
415 College Avenue
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Great bagels and coffee. Bakery! They actually have several locations around Ithaca but are completely locally owned by really civic minded people. Need I say more?
This cafe has great brunches and also serves as a weekend venue for local music. Can be crowded on Sundays but food is good.
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Carriage House Cafe
305 Stewart Avenue
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This cafe has great brunches and also serves as a weekend venue for local music. Can be crowded on Sundays but food is good.
A very popular pizza place in Ithaca. In an old firehouse right in Collegetown.
The Nines
311 College Avenue
A very popular pizza place in Ithaca. In an old firehouse right in Collegetown.
Best food in Ithaca. We love this place. As of 2016, it was still BYOB, which saves you money. There is a nice wine store right across the street.
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Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine
113 S Cayuga St
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Best food in Ithaca. We love this place. As of 2016, it was still BYOB, which saves you money. There is a nice wine store right across the street.

Shopping

Fabulous antiques and local vintage goods. Really fun with lots of vendors.
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Found In Ithaca
227 Cherry Street
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Fabulous antiques and local vintage goods. Really fun with lots of vendors.
Coolest thing in Ithaca! Architectural salvage store that sells everything. This is a 501c3 that is a benefit for Historic Ithaca. I am a volunteer there. WAY COOL STUFF!!!
Significant Elements
212 Center Street
Coolest thing in Ithaca! Architectural salvage store that sells everything. This is a 501c3 that is a benefit for Historic Ithaca. I am a volunteer there. WAY COOL STUFF!!!
A local business. The owner is very civically minded. Huge selection of wines and in our part of town. tastings every Friday afternoon.
Triphammer Wines & Spirits
2255 North Triphammer Road
A local business. The owner is very civically minded. Huge selection of wines and in our part of town. tastings every Friday afternoon.
Best quilting and fabric shop I know. Locally owned by five powerhouse women.
Quilters Corner
518 West State Street
Best quilting and fabric shop I know. Locally owned by five powerhouse women.
Our local store featuring all local artists and crafts people. SUPERB local gifts of high quality.
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Handwork, Ithaca's Artisan Cooperative
102 West State Street
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Our local store featuring all local artists and crafts people. SUPERB local gifts of high quality.
A local second hand fabric and yarn shop. Supports local sewing education.
SewGreen
A local second hand fabric and yarn shop. Supports local sewing education.
My favorite used bookstore in Ithaca. On the Commons.
Autumn Leaves Used Books
115 East State Street
My favorite used bookstore in Ithaca. On the Commons.
Just the best ice cream in the world. On the west side of Cayuga Lake after Taughanock Park on Rte 89. Local. No gelatin.
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Cayuga Lake Creamery
8421 New York 89
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Just the best ice cream in the world. On the west side of Cayuga Lake after Taughanock Park on Rte 89. Local. No gelatin.
Best place to buy guitars and strings in Ithaca. Great staff.
Ithaca Guitar Works Inc
215 North Cayuga Street
Best place to buy guitars and strings in Ithaca. Great staff.

Drinks & Nightlife

If you want a real tavern and a burger, a great place to go.
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Rogues Harbor Inn 1830 LLC
2079 East Shore Drive
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If you want a real tavern and a burger, a great place to go.

Entertainment & Activities

Science museum.World class. membership gives you worldwide entrance to other sciencenters! Great for kids 0-16.
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Sciencenter
601 1st Street
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Science museum.World class. membership gives you worldwide entrance to other sciencenters! Great for kids 0-16.
Wonderful if you are doing the west shore of Cayuga Wine Trail. World class trails and activities all year. They have summer day camps for kids. Ask me for more info.
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Cayuga Nature Center
1420 Taughannock Boulevard
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Wonderful if you are doing the west shore of Cayuga Wine Trail. World class trails and activities all year. They have summer day camps for kids. Ask me for more info.
A great, world class paleontology museum. Great with the west shore of Cayuga Lake Wine Tour.
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Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road
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A great, world class paleontology museum. Great with the west shore of Cayuga Lake Wine Tour.
A nice playground and place to go with kids for a good lake experience.
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Paddle-N-More Myers Park
1 Lansing Park Road
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A nice playground and place to go with kids for a good lake experience.

Arts & Culture

A great theater in Ithaca featuring live theater. Ask me for a schedule.
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Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Boulevard
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A great theater in Ithaca featuring live theater. Ask me for a schedule.
Great live theater and performance. Ask me for a schedule.
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The Kitchen
512 W 19th St
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Great live theater and performance. Ask me for a schedule.

Essentials

Where you can buy local foods and organic items. Also has a carryout deli for picnics. A wee bit pricey.
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GreenStar Food Co+op
701 West Buffalo Street
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Where you can buy local foods and organic items. Also has a carryout deli for picnics. A wee bit pricey.
Best grocery store ever. Period.
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Wegmans - Ithaca
500 South Meadow Street
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Best grocery store ever. Period.