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All around Ithaca.

Getting around the homestead. We have maps of the grounds, games available for check out, and loads of information about area attractions in the office. Breakfast is served on the porch in the main house, and we keep the living room open and a fire going to keep things cozy in the cooler months. C’mon over.

Ready to head out into the world?
Here are a few of our favorite places to eat and visit:

Coffee. Ithaca has a slew of excellent cafes and roasters. Gimme Coffee, Press Cafe, The Shop, and Ithaca Coffee Company are some of our favorites.

Breakfast & brunch. For a standard American breakfast, you’ll find yourself right at home at the Lincoln Street or State Street Diners. If you like your eggs and greens sourced locally Cafe Dewitt and The Carriage House fit the bill. Waffle Frolic is fun and delicious, the name says it all. Circus Truck and Ithaca Bakery serve up distinct, albeit different, Ithaca experiences. Both also serve lunch.

Park time. Where to begin? Robert H. Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cascadilla Gorge, Ithaca Falls, The Waterfront Trail, Black Diamond Trail, Taughannock Falls State Park. This is just what’s within 1 – 10 miles.

Lunch & casual dinner. Ithaca Beer Co., Viva Taqueria, Asia Cuisine, and Diamonds New Delhi are some of our faves for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Northstar House is on the list too,  though from 5pm on only.

Fancy pants dinner. Looking to make a good impression? Cafe Cent Dix, Mercado, Just A Taste, Heights Cafe (also serves lunch), and Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca have you covered.

Your basic bar. The Chanticleer, The Westy, The Rhine House.

Serious cocktails. The Watershed and Argos Inn & Bar both bring it.

Day trips. Watkins Glen State Park, Finger Lakes National Forest, Corning Museum of Glass.

Wine, cider, distilleries.

Lovely local museums include the Johnson Museum, The Lab of Ornithology, and The Museum of the Earth.

Mountain biking. Finger Lakes National Forest, Hammond Hill, Jenksville St Park and Shindagin Hollow are popular destinations.

Cross country skiing. Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, Dryden Lake–Jim Schug Trail, East Ithaca Recreation Way, F. R. Newman Arboretum, Monkey Run, Slaterville 600, South Hill Recreation Way.