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“So Much To Do”
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New Hampshire
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6 reviews
11 helpful votes
“So Much To Do”
Reviewed 28 July 2009

It's hard to believe that a small city in Central New York could have such diversity and so much to do.
For the outdoors there is the lake and several parks to hike in. Buttermilk Falls has a wonderfull trail that runs along side the water, it's a moderate hike. You have to pay to get into Buttermilk, but it allows entrance into Taughannock Falls and Treman Park in the same day. Treman Park is also a moderate hike, while the lower trail at Taughannock is an easy hike you can bring a stroller on. If you don't have time or want to hike Taughannock, there is a spot you can drive to and see the falls. All three parks have nice eating areas, but Taughannock is right on the lake. Ithaca Falls are awesome and you can walk right up to the base. Other great outdoor activities are the Cornell Plantations, the gorges and the suspension bridge.
There are some great wineries that run mostly along the west coast of Cayuga lake and are an easy, scenic drive from Ithaca.
The Farmer's market is one of the biggest I have ever seen. Check the dates though, I think it runs Thurs-Sat.
The dining options in Ithaca are endless. My favorite places to go are Viva's (great, healthy Mexican) and the Short Stop Deli (get a hot truck sandwich).
The nightlife in Ithaca can be a little lacking, especially when the students are gone. The East Hill and places like The Nines (great pizza) and The Chapter House (tons of beers on tap) is where you'll mostly Cornell Students. The Commons, Downtown and around places like Micawbers (bar) you'll find Ithaca College Students. The Haunt is pretty much the only place to dance, and it's dead during the summer.
All in all Ithaca is a great place especially for couples. There are some nice kids places (Sciencenter and Museum of the Earth, etc) but I think kids would get bored. I'm headed back in August, I'll be staying at a B&B and taking a limo tour of the wineries.

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USA
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
2 helpful votes
“A City of the Future”
Reviewed 13 June 2009

Ithaca NY is the place to see the "3 T's" at work - Talent, Technolgy and Tolerance, the pre-requisites for 21st Century economic development.

The term, coined and made famous in the book, "The Rise of the Creative Class" by Richard Florida, is useful to understand the drivers of economic development today. It is much more than seed capital, technology and business plans. There is a cultural angle to development, Dr. Florida has repeatedly said. All the money in the world will not attract talent to an area unless the culture is hospitable to a wide variety of people and ideas.

Now imagine a small settlement in the wilds of upstate New York a century and a half ago. It is unknown and largely undistinguished. The vision of one man, Ezra Cornell, begins to change that. Cornelll University comes into being at Ithaca and in course of time, Ithaca College. It could have stopped there. If it had, Ithaca would have been yet another pretty campus town like State College, Pennsylvania, and not much more.

But it didn't stop there. Ithaca has gone on to become a transnational centre of learning, in America but not exlusively of it. It is a testament to how open minds and a borderless culture leads to economic development, a higher standard of living and a vibrant communal life.

Well done, Ithaca!

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