Study, Eat, Drink & Explore
Ithaca's diversity is also its greatest strength. Whether you're here to visit our world renowned institutions of higher learning or to enjoy our natural beauty, there’s plenty to keep you engaged and energized. Have a burger, have a beer, raise a glass of wine ... no matter what your tastes or desires, you'll find it here in Ithaca!
Far Above Cayuga’s Waters … founded in 1856 Cornell University delivers a unique combination of Ivy League academics with Land-Grant know how that positively impacts both our world and our local agriculture and economy. The many faces of Cornell show differently throughout the year. From a vibrant spring in the Cornell Botanic Gardens and Plantations to a cozy winter stroll through the Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell offers something for every visitor no matter what time you choose to explore Ithaca. Beyond natural beauty and higher learning, Cornell’s community shines in the Arts and in Athletics. Go to a concert, cheer on the Big Red, climb the 161 steps to the top of McGraw Tower for a chimes concert or visit the Cornell Orchards and Cornell Dairy Bar for some tasty treats. No matter what your passion, add fuel to your personal fire at Cornell!
Shindagin Hollow State Forest
A quick 15 minute drive from the Thomas Farm B&B, Shindagin Hollow State Forest is a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise. The forest covers more than 5200 acres including 16 miles of mountain bike trails and a wide assortment of hiking that includes a 5.7 mile stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail. Rolling hills, pristine streams and well marked trails make this a great spot to get back in touch with nature.
Ithaca is Foodies
Ithaca and food, does it get any better? Join Sara and Seth as they lead you on a unique journey throughout the Ithaca food scene. The Downtown Food Tour is available May through October while the Science of Taste Tour runs February through April. Both tours feature wonderful food and drinks as well as interesting insights into Ithaca and its always evolving food experience. Have lunch, drinks and a pleasant stroll through Ithaca all while learning more about something we all love. Sounds great doesn’t it?
North Star Art Gallery
Located right around the corner from the Thomas Farm is one of the key stops on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, the North Star Art Gallery. North Star features the works of artist in residence Brian Keeler who’s incredible landscapes capture the rich beauty of the Ithaca area and beyond. The gallery is located within a spectacular 1850 Italianate Victorian on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring gardens, extensive flowerbeds, ponds and bridges. If you’re an artist, be on the lookout for Brian’s periodic hands on workshops … a wonderful opportunity to increase your skills while enjoying all that Ithaca has to offer!
Theory, Practice, Performance … the core of the Ithaca College experience. Founded in 1892 as a music conservatory, IC continues its history of learning, trying and doing in each of the five schools within the College that deliver more than 100 degree programs. For the last 24 years IC has been included in the US News and World Report Top 15 for regional university rankings and highlighted by several other organizations/publications for their Film, Business and Communication programs. Looking for music, any type of music? Did you know that Ithaca College students and faculty perform free concerts nearly every day of the school year? Venture up South Hill for a totally different perspective on Ithaca and beyond.
Ithaca Beer Company
One of our favorites, the Ithaca Beer Company provides a wonderful combination of great beer along with a fresh and inviting menu amidst a wonderful setting. In the winter, IBC is a warm respite from the cold and a spot to hear local musicians, compete in trivia night or sample one of their many beer dinners, each a “special gastronomic voyage” - their words! As the weather turns warmer, their Beer Garden becomes the focal point with walk up beer service, a great menu that features products from their on site garden and live entertainment. Venture out to the Ithaca Beer Company … conveniently located on Ithaca Beer Drive!
Robert Treman State Park
One of Ithaca’s most popular destinations, Treman State Park is an oasis of adventure less than 15 minutes by car from the Thomas Farm. Hike past 12 waterfalls including the 115 foot Lucifer Falls with its spectacular view down the gorge. In the summer, take a refreshing dip in Enfield Creek beneath a beautiful cascading waterfall … there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day! Conveniently located near the Ithaca Beer Company AND Dennis’ Homemade Ice Cream …two great places to reward yourself after a challenging hike through the gorge.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s like living next door to the Smithsonian! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the world’s preeminent nonprofit conservation organizations and a global center for the study of birds and biodiversity. Started by Dr. Arthur A. Allen in 1915, the lab continues its focus on scientific discovery, innovation, teaching and conservation action. Located just a short 15 minute drive from the Thomas Farm B&B, the Lab always has something going on. From behind the scenes tours to lectures to bird walks, there’s something for everyone from the fledgling bird watcher (pun intended!) to the most ardent conservationist. While you’re there, explore the trails through Sapsucker Woods and don’t miss the incredible artwork that’s displayed throughout the Visitor Center.
Six Mile Creek Winery & Distillery
Just down the road from the Thomas Farm B&B is the Six Mile Creek Winery & Distillery. Founded in 1987, Six Mile Creek is one of the oldest members of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Their tasting room is in a wonderfully restored 19th century barn that includes an expansive deck … a perfect place for views, listening to live music and relaxing with a glass of wine.
The Antlers Restaurant
The Antlers is the epitome of comfort food. But don’t let this descriptor fool you, the menu at Antlers is always changing and is sure to tempt any taste. During the winter the blazing hearth provides a warm welcome that mirrors the friendly staff. Only a short drive from the Thomas Farm B&B, any time of the year is a good time at Antlers.
Taughannock Falls State Park
A scenic 30 minute drive from the Thomas Farm B&B up the west side of Cayuga Lake brings you to Taughannock Falls State Park , one of the true gems of our region. Hike to the namesake falls and have your breath taken away as the Taughannock Creek falls 215 feet through the 400 foot deep gorge … the falls is actually 33 feet higher than Niagara Falls! Trails to get there range from an accessible, flat, hard packed path to the challenging North and South Rim trails. Across the street from the falls and gorge is a lovely picnic area, marina/boat launch and beach on Cayuga Lake. The views here are priceless and during the summer months the frequent lakeside concerts are a perfect ending to a wonderful day in Ithaca.
Want More Info? … Visit Ithaca!
Visit Ithaca is the official website of the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as a wonderful resource for anything and everything Ithaca. Their “Things to Do” and “Food and Drinks” sections provide both visitors and residents alike with a comprehensive list of restaurants and things to do in our wonderful city and area. Take a look, we’re sure that you’ll find even more reasons to stay with us longer … either this visit or your next!