Ithaca, NY

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Ithaca is arguably one of New York State’s best treasures. With amazing restaurants, a variety of shops, and plenty of scenic hiking trails, it is the perfect place to enjoy a well-rounded day. Home to the Ivy League Cornell University as well as Ithaca College, this small city is home to countless intellectual and creative minded individuals.

Ithaca in 3 words: earthy, relaxed, serene

Buttermilk Falls State Park is one of my favorite places in New York to go hiking. The trails lead you up through beautiful waterfalls which offer a feast for the eyes as well as a great workout.Buttermilk Falls collage

Make sure to enjoy one of your meals at Moosewood Restaurant while you’re in town. It is literally my favorite restaurant of all time. This local joint changes its menu daily and uses only fresh, local, healthy ingredients. Its menu is geared towards vegans and vegetarians, although there is usually at least one meat option. The veggie meals are so delicious, though, that I highly recommend forgoing meat for just this once.

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Moosewood Restaurant has also published several cookbooks. I own the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics book, which has 350 unique, healthy, and delicious recipes for every occasion.

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Shopping:

Urban Outfitters – 131 East Green St

The Commons – home to several fashion boutiques, art stores, local specialty stores, and good eats. American Crafts offers unique works of art and other creations from artists all over the country.

Sights:

Cornell Plantations – owned by Cornell University are 12 themed gardens and a 150 acre arboretum which are open to the public. This is a must-see, especially in the Spring when most plants are in full bloom.

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