Ithaca, NY, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State is just a short 4-5-hour drive from most major metropolitan cities in the northeast. You can retreat to this lakeside community to experience a city built on education, an authentic craft beverage experience, tasty farm-to-table culinary adventures, and scenic outdoor recreation among the more than 150 waterfalls and gorges sprinkled throughout the downtown and sloping hillsides.
Ithaca is home to Ivy League Cornell University & Ithaca College, resulting in an influx of new cultures, new tastes and new energy every year, adding more charm to the already eclectic and interesting community. Ithaca is also home to many art galleries, museums, professional theaters, and attractions such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Tompkins County, the county seat of this college town is home to four New York State Parks including Taughannock Falls State Park, which boasts a waterfall with a higher vertical drop than Niagara Falls. Among the state parks and the acres of surrounding natural lands, the area offers outdoor recreation for every level of enthusiast. Come stroll among the cool gorges, scenic hiking trails, and natural vistas. Join visitors from across the globe that have come to understand how the town earned its slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges.”
Ithaca sits at the heart of a blossoming craft cider industry. With leading research happening at Cornell University, and spirited entrepreneurs planting roots, in both a literal and figurative sense, throughout the region, some of the best heritage and craft ciders in the states are being produced here. Almost a well-kept secret, some of these delicious ciders can be bought in market. Many of the more unique, however, can only be experienced with a visit to Ithaca and this great cider region.