The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Ithaca, N.Y.

September 21, 2012
if you go
GETTING THERE

US Airways offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Ithaca, with late-September flights currently starting at $324 round-trip.

WHERE TO STAY

La Tourelle Resort & Spa

1150 Danby Rd.

800-765-1492

www.latourelle.com

About three miles from downtown, backing up to Buttermilk Falls State Park, pet-friendly. Rooms from $149 weekdays and $189 weekends through mid-November.

Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

130 E. Seneca St.

607-277-8900

www.ithaca.hgi.com

Downtown, on the Commons, with a complimentary shuttle to and from the Ithaca airport, Cornell University and Ithaca College. Rooms from $179 during the busy fall season, less starting in November.

WHERE TO EAT

Fine Line Bistro

404 W. State St.

607-277-1077

www.finelinebistro.com

A favorite among Ithaca foodies, serving dinner and Sunday brunch. Entrees include Angel Hare Pasta (braised rabbit over soba noodles in spicy tahini sauce), $17, and rack of lamb, $29.

Ithaca Bakery

400 N. Meadow St.

607-273-7110

www.ithacabakery.com

Local gathering spot and gourmet market for artisan breads, bagels, cheeses and more. Sandwiches from $3.95, soups $3.50 to $7.95.

Viva Taqueria & Cantina

101 N. Aurora St.

607-277-1752

www.vivataqueria.com

Head to the Cantina for full-service meals and fresh lime juice margaritas, and to the Taqueria for burritos, nachos and authentic, bargain-priced soft-corn tortilla tacos, starting at $1.49. Super burrito, $6.48.

WHAT TO DO

Ithaca Farmers Market

545 Third St.

607-273-7109

www.ithacamarket.com

Saturday and Sunday from April through December. More than 150 vendors selling vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, wines, flowers, gifts, crafts and jewelry.

Ithaca Commons

www.downtownithaca.com

This open-air plaza is home to vendors, entertainers and stores including Autumn Leaves Used Books, Angry Mom Records, Home Green Home, Trader K’s (one of the best thrift stores I’ve seen) and Ithaca Hemp Co. Also hosts concerts and festivals, such as the Annual Apple Harvest Festival (Sept. 28-30).

Tiohero Boat Tours

866-846-4376

www.tioherotours.com

One-hour narrated tours depart from the Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. $12, seniors $10, children $8.

INFORMATION

www.visitithaca.com

M.D.G.K.

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