The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Ithaca, N.Y.
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan,
if you go
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.
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.
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.
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.
400 N. Meadow St.
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.
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.
Saturday and Sunday from April through December. More than 150 vendors selling vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, wines, flowers, gifts, crafts and jewelry.
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
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.