New York Travel Spotlight: Visit Ithaca

Some say that Ithaca, NY is “10 square miles surrounded by reality.” It’s true. The upstate New York town is more of an oasis than a destination and visitors notice it right away. In Ithaca you can swim under a waterfall, kayak in Cayuga Lake, drink wine with an award-winning local vintner, and fall asleep in a luxury safari tent under the starts — all in one day.

Take a stroll through the Ithaca Commons. This open-air, pedestrian mall in Downtown Ithaca is the centre of the community’s dining, shopping and entertainment scene. For foodies, the college-town economics, educated palates, abundant local ingredients and creative chefs combine to make Ithaca a great eating town, with more restaurants per capita than New York City.

Plus, there’s wine. With a total of over 100 wineries near Ithaca, the Finger Lakes Region is receiving accolades as a booming wine producer in the United States, with Riesling being the area’s signature variety. More than 15 of the best wineries are on Cayuga Lake, forming the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail —America’s first and oldest, wine trail, which boasts over 5,500 national and international wine-related medals.

The city boasts the perfect harmony of nature and urban flair. See a waterfall three stories taller than Niagara. Taste a farm-to-table meal prepared from the earth. Listen to local street musicians as you shop downtown. It’s all in those 10 square miles surrounded by reality — the 10 square miles of Ithaca, NY.

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