Escape to Ithaca, NY

Fun fact: Ithaca has more than 100 waterfalls, with a total of nearly one-and-a-half miles of plunging water. Every season offers exciting entertainment opportunities. Visitors can catch a film at Cinemapolis, a 
distinctive art house movie theatre; or see a performance at the beautifully renovated, historic State Theatre. Touted in the New York Times as one of America’s “Best Emerging Cities,” Ithaca is unquestionably the ideal playground for all. Here are some things you can do during your next travel trip to Ithaca, NY:

Ithaca_Beer_Co_ on Eric Gaulins Travel blog
Pick up a pint. 
Tour Ithaca Beer Co. (weekends from noon to 4pm) and get buzzed on unique brews. There are seven year-round beers on tap, like the tropical-reminiscent Flower Power IPA, along with five seasonal pours and additional specialties. Soak it all up with a fry flight, which comes with three special sauces including house-made ketchup. 122 Ithaca Beer Dr. (607-273-0766)


Cornell University Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art on Eric Gaulin's Travel blogAdmire art inside and out. At Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, discover an eclectic collection, from sculptures to a calm Japanese garden to contemporary art and photography. But the best part comes when you schlep up the roof for the Instagram-ready view of Cayuga Lake. 114 Central Ave. (607-255-6464)

Maxies in Ithaca New York on Eric Gaulin's Travel blogJoin the supper club. 
Stop by Maxie’s Supper Club for Southern comfort grub, slow-smoked ‘cue, specialty cocktails and live music on Sundays and Tuesdays. The kitchen stays open until 11pm, and oysters are half-price from 4 to 6pm. Looking like a casual house, it has a homey vibe, with the upstairs balcony thrown open once it’s nice outside. 635 W. State St. (607-272-4136)


Fall Creek House in Ithaca NY on Eric Gaulin's Travel blog


Dive into a local dive. At Fall Creek House, hit up the jukebox, play a round of pool, and drink on the cheap– we’re talking less than $5 for most beers. Don’t be surprised to see a random sing-along start in the middle of the bar or a crowd gather for Sunday football. 302 Lake St. (607-277-4112)



Hangar Theatre in Ithaca New York on Eric Gaulin's Travel blogGet a bargain on Broadway. No, they don’t have Hamilton, but you can see plays, ballets, concerts and burlesque festivals at the quaint Hangar Theatre. Broadway favorites even pop up – like Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights – for Off Broadway prices, and the first Saturday matinees are pay-what-you-can. 801 Taughannock Blvd. (607-273-2787)


Taughannock Falls State Park in Ithaca New York on Eric Gaulin's Travel blogTake the falls. The city’s (slightly corny) slogan is “Ithaca is gorges,” but the namesake waterfall at Taughannock Falls State Park really is an astounding view. At 215 feet, it towers almost 400 feet above the gorge, but the level train is an easy hike. There are campsites are beaches for warmer months, too. 2221 Taughannock Park Rd., Trumansburg, NY (607-387-6739)

Source: Time Out New York | March 16-22, 2016 | Alyse Whitney