Home to both The Hanger Theatre Company as well as The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca is a gorgeous city (pun intended) in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Though hit hard in the winter time, this vibrant community, couched between Ithaca College and Cornell University, is a liberal haven filled with bookstores, coffee shops, excellent restaurants and bars for those stay-inside months. However, if you are lucky enough to visit in the spring, summer, or fall, you'll be treated to a stunning landscape of hilly ranges and pristine lakes. Finger Lakes Wine Country is also right in your back yard....just sayin'.
The Rook came highly recommended to us by Benno Ressa, the Company Management Fellow at The Hanger in 2018, and my God did it live up to expectations. This ambiantly lit, golden gem located directly across the street from The Kitchen Theatre and close to The Hanger is open late and serves food all the way till the end on its Late Night Menu that includes their superb Duck Fat Fried Chicken ($15) and their Gandolfini Fries with capocollo pepperonchini, mozzarella, and herb salt ($9.) However, the other star of this special place is their carefully curated cocktail menu. At affordable prices ($8-$10), these cocktails are perfectly balanced and made with care every time, and on Tiki Tuesdays, the cocktail menu expands to include five additional creations like their specialty Mai Tai and a creation called Tiki-ferrari-a-groni made with El Dorado 8-yr rum, Fernet Branca, Campari, Carpano Antica, and Capa del Veccio amaro.
404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun CLOSED Tues- Sat 5PM- 12AM http://www.rookfoodanddrink.com
Maxie's Supper Club
With exquisite Hurricanes and Mint Juleps as well as killer Shrimp and Grits, Blackened Catfish, and and Jambalaya. Maxie's Supper Club is your haven for solid New Orleans fare. With a hip, casual atmosphere, it's great for a larger group who wants a sit down dinner or a cast bite after a show in their large bar area. Make sure to swing by for their Chicken Fried Tuesday special- $11.95 for a Fried Chicken dinner while supplies last, or if you can take advantage of their Happy Hour with half priced raw oysters 4PM- 6PM daily.
635 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Sun 4PM- 6PM HOURS: Mon- Sun 4:30PM- 10:30PM http://maxies.com
Here it is. Your answer to fresh, delicious, flavorful Vietnamese food while working in Ithaca. Saigon Kitchen is a simple, straightforward menu and environment where the focus is the food. It's BYOB, so swing around the corner and grab a bottle of local wine or beer to pair with these bright, delicately prepared dishes. I highly recommend their House Curry and as well as their Vermicelli dishes, but everything on this menu is spot on. You can even specify their desired spice level on a scale of 1-5 to suit your palate.
526 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Thurs 11:30AM- 9:30PM Fri- Sat 11:30AM- 10PM Sun 11:30AM- 9:30PM http://www.saigonkitchenithaca.com
Cafe Cent Dix
This exquisite French bistro just off Ithaca Commons is your answer to the perfect Steak Frites, Escargot, or Roasted Chicken. At Cafe Cent Dix enjoy a liter of house Blanc, Rose, or Rogue for $37, and everyone at the table can enjoy a few glasses of wine along with this simple, pure French cooking. The ingredients are fresh and local, and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and laid back in this easy-going environment where long stints and a leisurely meal feels paramount.
110 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Sun 5:30PM- 10PM https://www.lecafecentdix.com
Just a Taste
Just a Taste revels in the beautiful communal act that is tapas. Using farm to table ingredients from The Finger Lakes region, this little gem of a restaurant is ideal for a small group to come, order a number of different plates, and share share share. Everything is good here from the Braised Duck Leg with coconut milk, fresh turmeric, thyme, and citrus to the Clams steamed with white wine and garlic to the Warm Banana Bourbon Pecan Breadpudding. This is a place to come and sample from the whole range of this menu with a group of like-minded castmates/crewmates/friends.
116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 5:30PM- 10PM Fri- Sat 5:30PM- 11PM Sun CLOSED http://just-a-taste.com
Founded over 104 years ago, Ithaca Bakery is a local favorite, and they love the local community right back. A sign greets you when you enter their Meadow Street location advertising all the local farms and farmers they are currently highlighting. Come here for your bread, your sandwiches, your sweet things (their pies are absolutely out of this world), coffee, local wine and beer, local condiments and jams, and just about everything else under the sun. This is a spot where you can happily settle in for a leisurely breakfast or lunch or just grab something to go on a break. 400 N Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 6AM- 8PM Fri- Sat 6AM- 9PM Triphammer Marketplace 2255 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sat 6:30AM- 7:30PM Sun 7AM- 6PM ithacabakery.com
Located in the heart of East Seneca wine country, Stonechat Cafe has had a long standing love affair with the Finger Lakes community, supporting local farms and vineyards with their finely crafted food and drink. They even tell you exactly where everything came from at the bottom of the menu. In a building that was previously a farmer's market, this multi-room, low ceilinged spot also sports an outdoor deck with gorgeous views of Seneca river and lush countryside. This is a perfect spot to visit when you need a bite to eat while journeying through wine country.
5315 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841 HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED Wed- Thurs 12PM- 3PM, 5PM- 9PM Fri- Sat 12PM- 3PM-, 5PM- 10PM Sun 10:30AM- 3PM, 5PM- 9PM stonecatcafe.com
COFFEE/ BAKED GOODS:
Everyone from Ithaca will tell you visit Collegetown Bagels. Since 1976, this beloved institution has been churning out wildly fresh, flavorful bagels as well as spot-on coffee. With evening hours, it is a favorite amongst hard working college students and ideal for any long work sessions.
203 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850 415 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Sun- Wed 6:30AM- 8PM: HOURS: Mon- Sun 6:30AM- 2AM Thurs- Sat 6:30AM- 9PM
329 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Fri 6AM- 8PM Sat - Sun 6:30AM- 8PM http://collegetownbagels.com
This award-winning, Ithaca based coffee company is a delicious, community conscious, sustainable coffee company that has garnered a national reputation. Gimme! Coffee has ideal locations for a long work session or a quick afternoon hang out. One is even across the street from The Kitchen Theatre! Their espresso in particular is absolutely heavenly.
506 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 430 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun 7AM- 8PM HOURS: Mon- Sun 7AM- 8PM
343 Campus Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853 903 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Fri 9AM- 4PM HOURS: Mon- Sun 7AM- 8PM Sat- Sun CLOSED https://gimmecoffee.com
Founded over 104 years ago, Ithaca Bakery is a local favorite, and they love the local community right back. A sign greets you when you enter their Meadow Street location advertising all the local farms and farmers they are currently highlighting. Come here for your bread, your sandwiches, your sweet things (their pies are absolutely out of this world), your coffee, your local condiments and jams, even local beer and wine served up at their small bar area. This is a spot where you can happily settle in for a leisurely breakfast or lunch or just grab something to go on a break.
400 N Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850 Triphammer Marketplace HOURS: Sun- Thurs 6AM- 8PM 2255 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 Fri- Sat 6AM- 9PM HOURS: Mon- Sat 6:30AM- 7:30PM Sun 7AM- 6PM ithacabakery.com
Press Cafe is a gorgeous little gem of a coffee shop. Located in the corner of Press Bay Alley with large windows that offer tons of natural light, the coffee here is excellent, the espresso is divine, and the energy of the space is peaceful, cool, and relaxing with many a table to choose from.
118 W Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Fri 8AM- 6PM Sat 9AM- 6PM Sun 9AM- 5PM
The real treat at The Westy is the huge outdoor seating area with long picnic tables at this affordable, affable bar. This large outdoor space makes it ideal for large groups, plus live music, food trucks, 20 rotating taps, a selection of over 50 whiskies, as well as a pool table and darts make it extra special. Located across the street from The Kitchen Theatre and not far from The Hanger Theatre and with late hours even on early weeknights, this bar will quickly become one of your best friends.
516 W State St #100, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun 3PM- 1AM https://www.thewestyisabar.com
Liquid State Brewery/ Shuck Yeah Foodtruck
To begin with, I cannot say enough good things about Liquid State Brewery. This brand spanking new local brewery is located down the street from The Kitchen Theatre and not far from The Hanger, and should become one of your favorites. With absolutely delicious beers like their La Trapeze Belgian-Style Dubbel (a dark brown beer with caramel and plum notes), their Hatchback Double IPA brewed with mineral salt and coriander, and their Local Vibe No. 2 made with local white cone hops and local hops to create a citrusy pale ale. All their beers are made with the upmost care and a fair deal of adventure and creation. I recommend (as ever) a flight so you can sample and find your favorite. Enjoy your beer inside their large, industrial-style indoor space complete with board games and skee ball or outback on their deck where you might be lucky enough to have Shuck Yeah Foodtruck available. This incredible food truck, with roots in Massachusetts, has a select menu of sustainable ingredients as well as locally sourced beef. I highly recommend their Fish Tacos, their Grilled Shrimp, and here's something- their fries are utterly and completely perfect.
620 W Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Wed 4PM- 10PM Thurs 4Pm- 11PM Fri 2PM- 11PM Sat 12PM- 11PM Sun 12PM- 8PM https://www.liquidstatebeer.com
The Rook, as mentioned above as well, came highly recommended to us by Benno Ressa, the Company Management Fellow at The Hanger in 2018, and my God did it live up to expectations. This ambiantly lit, golden gem located directly across the street from The Kitchen Theatre and close to The Hanger is open late and serves food all the way till the end on its Late Night Menu that includes their superb Duck Fat Fried Chicken ($15) and their Gandolfini Fries with capocollo pepperonchini, mozzarella, and herb salt ($9.) However, it deserves a repeat under the bar section here because of their expertly curated cocktail menu. At affordable prices ($8-$10), these cocktails are perfectly balanced and made with the upmost care. I highly recommend their Earth, Wind, and Fire with bourbon, Vecchio del Capo and Cio Ciaro amaro, vanilla, house grains of paradise tincture, and orange syrup served up as well as their Dr. Bunson Honeydew with mezcal, tequila, Lillet Blanc, mulberry, lemon, house falernum, and absinthe on the rocks. Also, on Tiki Tuesdays, their cocktail menu expands to include five additional creations like their specialty Mai Tai and a creation called Tiki-ferrari-a-groni made with El Dorado 8-yr rum, Fernet Branca, Campari, Carpano Antica, and Capa del Veccio amaro.
404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun CLOSED Tues- Sat 5PM- 12AM http://www.rookfoodanddrink.com
The Rhine House is your dirt cheap, no frills, locals spot worth a visit or two while working in Ithaca. Located in a stand alone house very close to both The Hanger and The Kitchen Theatre, this is an ideal bar for a large group, and,with late hours every night of the week (1 am even on weeknights), come and be thrifty at this cozy, friendly watering hole complete with an outdoor garden area and pool tables. With local beers on tap and local wines available, go with something local while you're here, and shout out to their specials which included a $3 Drafts night on a Saturday while I was in town. All night long. I mean. Come on. Most evenings there will also be a food truck located outside for any cravings you may have. Pictured above is the "Eat the Foood" truck that specializes in gourmet grilled cheeses that will pair perfectly with a local IPA.
632 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun 3PM- 1AM https://therhinehouse.com
Kilpatrick's Publick House
Kilpatrick's Publick House holds the title of Ithaca's ONLY Irish Pub, and we all know how well suited Irish Pubs are to theatre folk. This bar's incredibly friendly staff, affordable drinks, late-night food menu, in addition to an incredibly fun Thursday night karaoke have made it very very popular with the local theatre companies up there. Kilpatrick's is well worth a post-show or post-rehearsal trip with the whole crew while you're in town, and, if you have that favorite karaoke number, here's your place.
130 E Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun 11:30AM- 1AM https://kilpatrickspub.com
The Regent Lounge at The Statler Hotel
Established in 1950 as "an experiment in hotel education", The Statford Hotel is Cornell's hands-on training in hospitality for their students, so it only makes sense that The Regent Lounge in The Statford Hotel is a haven for cocktail connoisseurs. With the upmost care given to service and quality, this lovely little lounge serves up delicious cocktails in their cozy bar area or outside on their patio.
130 Statler Dr, Ithaca, NY 14853 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 4PM- 12AM Fri- Sun 2PM- 12AM https://statlerhotel.cornell.edu/dining/regent-lounge.aspx
Sweet Melissa's Ice Cream Shop
A labor of love founded in 2010, Sweet Melissa's is a glorious ice cream parlor in downtown Ithaca serving up local cream transformed into hard and soft serve options that are sure to knock you out. Local and seasonal flavor like Oatmeal Scotchie Batter, Honeycomb, and the Key Lime Pie (pictured above) complete with graham cracker crust chunks. These brilliant little cups or cones of joy are perfect while wandering downtown or to cap off a downtown dinner.
Press Bay Alley Shortstop Location 118 W Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850 200 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun 12PM- 6PM HOURS: Mon- Sun 1PM- 9PM (Sept- April) sweetmelissasicecream.com
Purity Ice Cream
Originally founded in 1936, Purity Ice Cream has been faithfully serving the Finger Lakes' region ever. Creating small-batch, high-quality ice cream using milk from upstate New York farmers, this place is a locals favorite, and now even sells its ice cream by the pint around town. They like to do the basics right here like exquisite Cookies n Cream, Vanilla Bean, and Death by Chocolate.
700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 7:30AM- 10PM Fri- Sat 7:30AM- 11PM https://www.purityicecream.com
Since 1880, Cornell Dairy Processing Plant has been producing award-winning ice creams made exclusively from Cornell's own dairy cows. Handcrafted in small batches by the students and their mentors, these special ice creams are well worth an afternoon trip for something that has been made with love, care, and a healthy dose of nerdy science.
411 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853 HOURS: Mon- Fri 8:30AM- 6PM Sat- Sun CLOSED https://foodscience.cals.cornell.edu/cornell-dairy/
Those born and bred in upstate New York have no truer love affair than with Wegmans grocery store. These grocery stores leave all others in the dust. A commitment to local produce and sustainability and seasonal fare is combined with phenomenal deals and variety. The prepared meals at Wegmans are nothing less than incredible. Their pastries, their bread, with fish department, their cheese mongers are just sensational. This will be the spot you visit for all your grocery needs while in town, but it will also be something you hate to leave after your job in Ithaca is over.
500 S Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: OPEN 24 HOURS wegmans.com
Ithaca Farmers' Market
When Craig Wesley Divino first recommended Ithaca Farmers' Market to me, I thought- sure, I'm sure it's wonderful, but I've seen many a good farmers' market in my day. However, this farmers' market is in a league of its own. The tremendous collection stalls are located inside a gorgeous, wood-planked, covered complex, complete with strung lights and riverside views. Surprise, surprise, but the farms of upstate New York produce a wide variety of incredible products like local honey, maple syrup, wine, root vegetables, mushrooms, flowers, as well as meat. All of this is in addition to the incredible variety of lunch options from crepes to Cuban fare to Laotian food to artisanal pizza. Come with an appetite, and snack while you shop. This is a food lover's dream, and will demand a few visits in order to purchase and taste everything you should.
Cinemapolis advertises itself as "Independent, Local, and Foreign" and that's just the kind of content that you'll find at this beautiful, community landmark that specializes in- yup- independent, foreign, and locally-produced films. Home to a plethora of local film festivals as well, this charming little movie house will be your escape when you need some artistic inspiration through cinema. With a carefully curated selection, trust almost any movie this theatre brings in to be a special piece of art.
120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850 https://cinemapolis.org
Buffalo Street Books
Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca's community-owned cooperative bookstore. In 2011, the community raised enough money to save the bookstore from closing, and it has remained a literary haven in downtown Ithaca ever since. Small, handwritten recommendations litter the shelves, recommending and describing books for each person's particular needs or desires. With adorable armchairs scattered throughout, this is a welcoming spot to sit and stay awhile and bring the whole family- their kids section is large and utterly charming.
215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Sun- Wed 10AM- 6PM Thurs- Sat 10AM- 7PM https://www.buffalostreetbooks.com
Located inside a repurposed school building, the innovative and charming DeWitt Mall is a collection of local vendors and eateries worthy of a long afternoon stroll. Home to the famous Moosewood Restaurant that specializes in vegetarian fare and whose cookbook has brought it national acclaim as well as Cafe Dewitt, which wins Best Brunch in Ithaca on a consistent basis, you'll have excellent food options available, as well as stores like Ithacamade, Toko Imports, and The Bookery.
215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: 8:30AM- 7PM thedewittmall.com
Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar
A self-described "nightlife alternative", The Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar offers an eclectic, artistic basement setting for a night without alcohol. In its place are carefully selected organic, fair trade coffees and teas, brewed to perfection and served alongside live music in this dimly lit, yet colorful lounge. With multiple rooms available, including one replete with board games, there is sure to be a quiet corner here for conversation. So, if you're looking for somewhere to chill post show or a long-rehearsal, come to this locally-owned unique establishment and experiment with new teas and brews you've never tried before- the selection here is second to none.
103 S Geneva St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Sun 3PM- 12AM http://www.sacredrootkava.com
The Finger Lakes wine region is only possible because of the Finger Lakes themselves. All wineries in the region are nestled up against these lakes (most especially Cayuga, Seneca, and Keuka.) The lakes provide warmth in the winter and a cooling effect in the summertime, which allows grapes to grow well in this unique climate. Though there are multiple varietals cultivated in the region, Riesling is king here. The region's most renowned wineries like Wiemer and Dr. Konstantin Frank have experimented and cultivated the Riesling gapes in this region to such a degree that they are now, arguably, the finest Rieslings in the nation. In recent years Cab Francs have risen in popularity, due to their heartiness, and I even found some excellent port in my travels.
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Craig Wesley Divino gets another shout out here for bringing me to this beautiful place. Hermann J. Wiemer is probably the most nationally acclaimed winery of The Finger Lakes region and for good reason. Nestled in a green, lush landscape, this winery's elegant, refined tasting room in a converted barn is filled with passionate, knowledgable staff who are thrilled to share what this special place has to offer. The rieslings they craft here are arguably the best in the U.S., and even if you don't consider yourself the biggest fan of that varietal, be prepared for subtle, delicious, complex wines that you are sure to appreciate. With tasting flights that range from $5-$6, sample all the rieslings this vineyard has to offer from their dry to their semi-dry to their late harvest to their Riesling Magdalena (one of my personal favorites.) With red varietals, other whites, and brut wines available as well, bring friends and sample from all that this special vineyard has to offer.
3962 NY-14, Dundee, NY 14837 * About a 55 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Sat 10AM- 5PM Sun 11AM- 5PM http://wiemer.com
Started 30 years ago by a husband and wife team, Bloomer Creek has risen to national acclaim due to their innovation, their sublime experimentation, and their dedication to Old World harvesting techniques including hand harvesting and de-stemming at various stages of ripeness and embracing botrytis ("noble rot") on there vines rather than preventing it. Their Tanzen Dame Rieslings have been embraced by wine lovers. Homages to the great wines of Germany, Austria, and the Alsace, the Tanzen Dame Rieslings and Gewürztraminer are exceptional examples of subtle, careful wine crafting. Their White Horse red is also a national favorite. Similar to the reds of Loire, this spicy blend of Cab Franc and Merlot is strong and delicious. Their Edelzwicker wines have also been featured in The NY Times. A blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, the Finger Lakes own grape – Cayuga White, as well as other white varietals, the Edelzwicker is also made in the tradition of the Alsace and captures the bright vivacity of grapes in this region are capable of. They usually have one select tasting available for $6. Served in an old, beautiful, homey farmhouse, you will most likely find one or two of the owners at their long tasting table in front of windows overlooking fields and Lake Seneca. These wine makers are very very proud of what they do and even prouder to share their harvest with you.
5301 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841 * About a 40 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Fri CLOSED Sat- Sun 12PM- 5PM http://www.bloomercreek.com
Randolph O'Neill Vineyard
Randolph O'Neill Vineyard first came on my radar at a wine store in Ithaca where it came highly recommended from the staff. This brand spanking new vineyard is making a stir due to their small batch, elegantly drinkable wines. With only a Riesling, a dry Rose, and a Cab Franc currently available, swing by their tasting room for the wine. You might almost miss the turn off, but don't be put off when you drive down a small gravel road next to what is clearly someone's home. With a tasting room set up in a garage, treat yourself to a no frills tasting experience that is sure to spoil you for what The Finger Lake's Region is capable of producing. These wines are top to bottom glorious and ten years from now when ROV has a fancy tasting room with lake views all set up, you'll be able to say- I remember when they started in a back garage.....
6965 Rt 89 Ovid, NY 14521 * About a 35 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Sat- Sun 11AM- 5PM Mon- Fri CLOSED http://www.rovwine.com
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Dr. Konstantin Frank is the father of wine in the Finger Lakes Region. A Urkanian Immigrant, Frank's headstrong belief in the possibility of grape growing in and around the Finger Lakes took years of blood, sweat, and tears, but eventually produced a world class Riesling in 1962 that put this wine region on the map. His son and heir, Willy Frank, continued in his father's footsteps by introducing world class sparkling wine to this region as well in the 1980's. Although this vineyard is a bit of a drive from The Hangar and The Kitchen theaters, it is well worth the experience of tasting some of the best wines the region has to offer and celebrating an American immigrant who made this movement possible.
9749 Middle Rd, Hammondsport, NY 14840 * About 1 hr 20 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Sun 10AM- 5PM drfrankwines.com
Heart & Hands
Heart & Hands decided that enough vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region were making exquisite whites and made it their goal to produce a top-tier red wine. This resulted in their award-winning pinot noir, an elegant, complex wine that put this small winery on the map and is now sold in wine stores across the Northeast. (You'll see this one in New York City, I promise.) Their other wines are incredibly solid as well, so it's well worth a drive up the scenic road along Lake Cayuga and sample everything this picturesque vineyard has to offer.
4162 NY-90, Union Springs, NY 13160 * About 50 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Thurs CLOSED Fri- Sun 12PM- 5PM heartandhandswine.com
Barnstormers Winery houses itself in- surprise-a 170-year-old barn full of dark wood, homey charm, and a friendly, attentive staff that are happy to see you. Five dollars will get you a taste of five of their wines, and I highly recommend their Nosedive Port (made with 100% Blaufrankisch), their Chardonnay, and their reserve Cab Sauv. They also offer beautifully selected, locally sourced Cheese & Charcuterie plates for $13, so you can grab a long bench in the back room, complete with wild flowers and views of nature all around and snack while enjoying a glass of your favorite from the tasting.
4184 NY-14, Rock Stream, NY 14878 * About a 45 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Sun 10AM- 5:30PM http://www.barnstormerwinery.com
Owned and operated by the Stamp family since the 1950's, Lakewood Vineyards has never lost that family feel- you'll feel it from the moment you walk in. This operation looks like a corporate winery at first, but the moment a staff member finds you a spot at the tasting bar and begins to passionately share Lakewood wines with you, you will feel like you want to breath easy and stay awhile. Their Riesling won NY Riesling Winery of the Year at the Berlin International Wine Competition in 2017. For $6 you can choose your tasting experience while also substituting out if there isn't one on the list that you're dying to try. Expand your horizons with their Lemberger (a highly accessible red), their Reserve Cab Franc, their 3Generations Riesling, as well as their gorgeous Port.
4024 NY-14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 * About a 45 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Sat 10AM- 5PM Sun 12PM- 5PM lakewoodvineyards.com
Chateau LaFayette Reneau
If you're looking for views, try Chateau LaFayette Reneau where their gorgeous deck looks out over sweeping vineyards and the stunning Lake Seneca. Enjoy a glass of dessert wine like their Frizzare carbonated Riesling or their Frizzare Moscato and soak up the epic view all around you. 5081 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841 * About a 40 min drive from The Hangar actor housing. HOURS: Mon- Sun 10AM- 6PM clrwine.com
On Lake Cayuga, Sheldrake Point Vineyard Tasting Room, is only a 25-minute drive from Ithaca and will be a wine label you’ll see over and over again as a supporter of the arts. Their lovely tasting room is perched on the shore of the lake with a variaty of affordable wine tastings to choose from. Generally speaking, the dryer the better here, but as soon as you sample a wine you like, get a glass, and wander and enjoy the grounds some. It will be summertime heaven.
7448 County Rd 153, Ovid, NY 14521 HOURS: April- Oct Mon- Sun 10AM- 5:30PM Nov- March Mon- Sun 11AM- 5PM https://sheldrakepoint.com/
6861 NY-89, Ovid, NY 14521 HOURS: 10AM- 5:30PM https://www.thirstyowl.com/
Liquid State Brewery
Liquid State Brewery got a shout out above but here is it again. This brand spanking new local brewery is located down the street from The Kitchen Theatre and not far from The Hanger, and should become one of your favorites. With absolutely delicious beers like their La Trapeze Belgian-Style Dubbel (a dark brown beer with caramel and plum notes), their Hatchback Double IPA (brewed with mineral salt and coriander), and their Local Vibe No. 2 (made with local white cone hops and local hops to create a citrusy pale ale.) All their beers are made with the upmost care and a fair deal of adventure and creation. I recommend (as ever) a flight so you can sample and find your favorite. Enjoy your beer inside their large, industrial-style indoor space complete with board games and skee ball or outback on their deck where you might be lucky enough to have great food truck available as well.
620 W Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Wed 4PM- 10PM Thurs 4Pm- 11PM Fri 2PM- 11PM Sat 12PM- 11PM Sun 12PM- 8PM https://www.liquidstatebeer.com
Ithaca Brewery Taproom and Beer Garden
Ithaca Beer Company catapulted onto the scene with their acclaimed flagship Flower Power IPA, and it's been onward and upward ever since. Their beautiful taproom and beer garden are located atop a hill with lush landscapes all around. Some of the food available in the taproom and beer garden come directly from a farm that the company owns and operates. So this is an ideal spot for a beautiful afternoon bite alongside a flight so you can sample a variety of what this rock solid brewery has to offer. From their Apricot Wheat Ale to one of their limited releases like Random Acts and Excelsior. Or consider a brewery tour on a Saturday or Sunday at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, or 4pm. Call ahead for a reservation at (607) 273-0766. The tour lasts about 50 minutes and costs $5 per person.
122 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 HOURS: Mon- Tues CLOSED Wed- Sun 12PM- 9PM ithacabeer.com
Boathouse Beer Garden
"Ithaca is Gorges" has probably become the most popular tourism catch-phrase for the area and for good reason. Located on the cusp of the largest of the Finger Lakes, Lake Cayuga, and just a hop, skip, and a jump from the other Finger Lakes, estuaries, lakes, and gorges litter this area virtually everywhere you look, making the hikes and drives throughout this area magnificently stunning. Soaking up some nature while spending time here is a must.
Cornell Botanic Gardens:
A 24-acre site that features 12 gardens, Cornell Botanic Gardens are a stunning way to enjoy a casual afternoon while working in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Used as a large, natural classroom for Cornell agricultural studies, these elegantly manicured and beloved gardens are littered with ponds, foot bridges, benches, and it is an ideal spot for a peaceful stroll by yourself or a scenic location where you can enjoy your lunch.
124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 cornellbotanicgardens.org
Cascadilla Gorg Trail
With 6 waterfalls located along this moderate 1.32 mile hike, the iconic Cascadilla Gorge Trail connects downtown Ithaca with the Cornell Campus. Consistently voted "Ithaca's favorite gorge", this trail was originally constructed in the late 1920's. It ascends over 400 feet, with multiple footbridges taking you over stunning waterfalls. This breathtaking scenery is located along a very leisurely walking trail, ideal for an easy afternoon in nature without a strenuous hike.
Parking Locations: Street parking: Linn St. or E Court St. or 125 Edgemoo Ln. Parking Lot : Hoy Rd. Parking Garage https://ithacatrails.org/site/Cascadilla%20Gorge%20Natural%20Area
Taughannock Falls State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park is name after the waterfall at the heart of this state Park, and the breathtaking Taughannock Falls plunge an epic 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge making it the tallest waterfall east of The Mississippi. Taughannock Falls are 33 feet higher than Niagara Falls but with far less water involved. Enjoy the easy hikes to and from epic views of the falls, and also enjoy the main campsite area right on Lake Cayuga with gorgeous lake views in a relaxing setting. 1740 Taughannock Blvd, Trumansburg, NY 14886 https://parks.ny.gov/parks/62/details.aspx
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park features 5 trails that wander through a variety of landscapes for your outdoor enjoyment. While the gorge trail and rim trail are the most strenuous, they, of course, make you work harder because their views are just spectacular. That being said, the trail that encircles Lake Treman is an easy 1.5 mile loop, but it offers beautiful views of this tranquil lake. Also, located at the base of the falls, there is a small pond that offers a gorgeous summertime dip to those looking to cool off. 112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd. (Off Rt. 13 S)Ithaca, NY 14850 https://parks.ny.gov/parks/151/details.aspx
Ithaca Falls Trail
Ithaca Falls Trail is a short 0.2 mile trail that is heavily trafficked due to its proximity to the downtown area. You still get your waterfall, though, as well as beautiful hemlock trees all around. Accessible year-round, you may also bring along your furry friend for this hike even though they must be kept on leash. This is a perfect trail to escape to while working or living in downtown Ithaca.
399 Lake St, Ithaca, NY 14850 https://www.visitithaca.com/attractions/ithaca-falls-fall-creek
The Blackberry Inn Bed and Breakfast
Located in Watkins Glen on the Southern Tip of Lake Seneca, The Blackberry Inn Bed and Breakfast is the perfect spot if you are need of an escape. Watkins Glen is a sleepy little town with a lot of charm, and it has become the main hub for all visitors to Finger Lakes Wine Country. Owned and operated by a local couple who are thrilled to offer expert advice on where to visit in terms of wineries, restaurants, and hikes, this gorgeous inn offers a variety of room sizes, as well as a "Farm to Table Country Breakfast" in the morning that will make you very happy. I assure you.
209 6th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 theblackberryinnbb.com