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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. Coffee is served on the porch in the main house each morning, and we keep the living room open and a fire going to keep things cozy in the cooler months. C’mon over.

**Please note that indoor common areas, including our morning coffee and tea bar and guest lounge, are currently closed due to COVID-19. Wine, beer and snacks can be added through the booking form and will be waiting in your room at check in. Orders can also be placed for contactless delivery throughout your stay. We appreciate your understanding as we do our very best to provide a safe stay for all guests.

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. Press Cafe, Gimme Coffee, 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 , The Carriage House and Alléchant 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, Cornell Botanic Garden. This is just what’s within 1 – 10 miles. All State parks have awesome playgrounds. On a Saturday (April) or Sunday (May) through November check out the Farmer’s Market at Steam Boat Landing. 

Lunch & casual dinner. Ithaca Beer Co., Viva Taqueria, Asia Cuisine, and New Delhi Diamonds are some of our faves for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Northstar House is on the list too,  though from 5pm on only during the week or brunch on the weekends. If you’ve got pizza on your mind Franco’s (pick up), and Pizza Aroma (pick up or delivery) are two of our faves for take out, Thompson and Bleeker for table service Neapolitan style and a great glass of wine.

Ice Cream. Are you surprised this gets its own category? Soon you won’t be. Seasonal shops: Dennis’ & Sweet Melissa’s. Year ‘round: Cayuga Lake Creamery, Purity Ice Cream (also serves lunch & weekend brunch), Cornell Dairy Bar.

Fancy pants dinner. Looking to make a good impression? Just A Taste, The Rook, Gola Osteria, Heights Cafe (also serves lunch), John Thomas Steakhouse, Cafe Cent Dix, Mercato, Hazelnut Kitchen and Dano’s Heuriger have you covered.

Your basic bar. Choose the Chanticleer if you’re looking for a true local “dive”. The Westy, and Rhine House are both locals bars that have nice outdoor seating. Liquid State = beer hall + skee-ball.

Serious cocktails. The Watershed and Argos Inn & Bar both bring it with service and atmosphere. The Rook and Mercato both have great bars if you’re looking for a drink and dinner.

Day trips. Watkins Glen State Park, Finger Lakes National Forest, Corning Museum of Glass, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Finger Lakes National Forest, Harriet Tubman Home, Women’s Rights National Historic Park.

Wine, cider, distilleries. Ithaca Beer Co., South Hill Cider, Ports of New York, Six Mile Creek Vineyards, Frontenac Point Vineyards, Americana Winery / Bacchus Taproom & Beer Garden, Bellwether Hard Cider, Finger Lakes Cider House, Myer Farm Distillers, Lucas Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Vineyard, Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. 

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

Kid friendly. Sciencecenter, Cayuga Nature Center, Ithaca Children’s Garden + Cass Park, Cornell’s Suspension Bridge.

Swimming. Robert H. Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Cass Park. 

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

Cross country skiing. Arnot Forest, Dryden Lake–Jim Schug Trail, East Ithaca Recreation Way, F. R. Newman Arboretum, Monkey Run, Hammond Hill South Hill Recreation Way, Black Diamond Trail.