Here’s another exclusive Guru/Daily Orange Summer Guide section. This one features one of my favorite CNY cities. Find out how to make the most of a sunny afternoon in Ithaca!
ITHACA DAY TRIP
We can’t leave out one of the coolest cities in Upstate so pick a day and make your way to Ithaca! Whether you’re in it for the food, hippie culture, craft beer, or just want to shake things up a bit, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. There are so many places to go and things to see, but here are some top picks to make the best out of the experience.
Ithaca is home to some stunning gorges and plenty of great parks, but you really need to make a stop at Sapsucker Woods. Sapsucker Woods is part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is made up by 230 acres of forests, ponds, swamps, and much more. It’s also home to unbelievably diverse species of birds. Over 200 in fact! Admission is free and you can get info and borrow binoculars at the visitor center, which is open seven days a week. You can join a guided bird walk but even if you’re just looking for a great hike, this is a top pick.
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca (800) 843-2473
There’s some fantastic eating to be done in Ithaca whether you’re vegetarian or not. If you are, try the Moosewood, a famous vegetarian restaurant that’s been around since 1973. Bon Appetit once named the Moosewood on their 13 Most Influential Restaurants of the 20th Century list. If you’re looking for vegetarian food that’s equally healthy AND delicious, this is a good bet.
215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca – (607) 273-9610 moosewoodcooks.com
Looking to drink some of the region’s finest microbrew and craft beer? We’ve got you covered! Head on over to the Bandwagon Brewpub for excellent dishes featuring local produce, dairy, and meat. But also stop in to try the various house brews. Bandwagon produces some great ale year round but the summer season really brings out the unique beer. Try the 7% ABV Strawberry Cream, which calls for 60 pounds of berries per batch, or the similarly fruit themed Watermelon Wheat. If fruit beer isn’t your thing, try the Loc-ale, BWB’s first beer to use 90% locally grown barley. A special note–the High Step Weizenbock won the 2012 Best Craft Beer in New York State!
114 N Cayuga St, Ithaca – (607) 319-0699 bandwagonbeer.com
FARM TO TABLE
If you’re looking for a pork-centric Old World charcuterie experience, The Piggery is a worthwhile stop. The Piggery has its own farm, eatery, and old school butcher shop all run in a local, sustainable, and more humane way. You can drop in at the butcher shop for fresh sausage, pate, specialty cuts, and more or stick around for lunch and enjoy a creative menu that uses the top quality, grass-fed, antibiotic-free products from The Piggery’s farm. If you’re a carnivore as well as a locavore, you’d better check this one-of-a-kind place out.
423 Franklin Street, Ithaca – (607) 272-2276 thepiggery.net
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