Last week we decided to take a week and visit Ithaca! The city slogan is Ithaca is Gorges and it's true! There are many gorges and waterfalls, but it's also gorgeous!
When we first got to town we headed straight to Cornell to walk around and explore. It was so hilly! We did see a couple waterfalls and the campus really is beautiful, despite not looking like the buildings were well planned out. William and I looked at each other at one point and said, do you think they just found an empty space and decided to put a building here? It was great for getting our exercise in climbing around campus though and I'm excited to visit again in the future.
After Cornell, we parked in the garage near the Ithaca Commons and headed out in search of lunch. We decided upon a Mexican restaurant that was busy (always a good sign!) and had a delicious lunch! We tried their salsa trio for an appetizer and then William had a trio of soft tacos (beef, chicken & chorizo) and I had a carnitas platter. I also enjoyed a tasty and refreshing margarita and William began his trial of the Ithaca beers. We really enjoyed it all!
After lunch we just walked and wondered for a bit around the commons, down to a little farmer's market, and into a couple stores like Mockingbird Paperie. At the paperie I got my new planner for the year, a recipe box I've had my eye on and some new recipe cards from Rifle Paper Co. We also wondered over to the Ithaca sale House for a couple drinks and I enjoyed a new to me New York cider called Original Sin. It was good, a bit sweet at the front, but I liked the tart on the back of each sip.
After drinks we walked around a bit more before checking into our hotel, the Hotel Ithaca. The hotel is undergoing renovations to modernize their aesthetic and services and we were in one of the recently redone rooms (the whole wing is remodeled) and it was so nice! Hardwood floors, soft beds, a nice size shower and bathroom. It was really convenient to everything and a great place to stay! I'm thankful for the deal they were running this week that allowed us to stay there!
After we checked in, we took a nap and then got ready for dinner. We walked down to The Boathouse which is on the bay across from the crew houses for Cornell and Ithaca College. We sat on the patio and the views were beautiful! Our served was wonderful and the food was all delicious! I had a cup of the lobster bisque as an appetizer, pan seared scallops over mushroom risotto for my main course and a slice of key lime pie for dessert. I also tried a local wine since this area has a lot of vineyards and I really enjoyed the lightness of it! It's called Cayuga White by ??? William had a cup of the clam chowder, roasted scallops over fingerling potatoes, asparagus and burst tomatoes, and cheesecake. He drank another local Ithaca beer. It was such a perfect dinner! The food was incredible, the view was stunning and the company was the best around!
After dinner we walked back to the hotel and I crashed. I was exhausted between all the walking we did up and down the hills and around downtown Ithaca (10 miles!) and from Mavis' early wake up calls of 4 a.m. these last few days.