Many consider Ivy League Cornell University’s campus one of the most beautiful in the country. Overlooking Cayuga Lake, in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the sprawling campus is a mix of historic buildings and contemporary architectural gems such as I.M. Pei’s Johnson Museum of Art and Milstein Hall by Rem Koolhaus. Students socialize in the area known as Collegetown, just off the main campus or in nearby downtown Ithaca.
Stay: The Statler Hotel is located right on the grounds of the University overlooking downtown Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. Run and operated by students from Cornell’s renowned school of Hotel Administration, the service is professional and enthusiastic, with a great bar and a few restaurants.
Breakfast: Collegetown Bagels, a hub of student life is right on the edge of campus and Collegetown. Everyone loves the waffles at Waffle Frolic. We hear the Rosemary Salt bagel has legions of fans, and there’s also good coffee. Later in the day, if it's nice out when you visit, students will be crowded around the outside tables drinking sangria and pitchers of Ithaca Brewery beer. For the best brunch in Ithaca, Cornell students head to Carriage House Cafe.
Casual: For a fun night out Ithaca Beer Company delivers, serving really good burgers, fries, pizzas, and their world-famous beers on tap. If it's nice out, sit outside and play bocce or throw a frisbee around to work up an appetite. Moosewood Cafe is known for its driving force in the world of creative vegetarian cooking. Go for lunch or dinner - it's worth a visit! Students flock to Agava for the great guacamole and delicious Mexican fare. Tapas fans will love Just A Taste for thier inventive dishes and great Sangria.
A Step Up: Located on Aurora street's "restaurant row,” Mercato Bar and Kitchen is a favorite in Ithaca. Mercato does not take reservations but it’s worth the wait. Everyone loves Maxie's Supper Club, for oysters, Cajun inspired food, a great bar, and a lively scene. Newly opened, Cafe Cent-Dix offers classic French cuisine, we hear this restaurant is a must-try! We've heard it compared to Peter Luger’s Steak House and that’s quite a compliment for John Thomas Steakhouse located in La Tourelle.
Sweets and Snacks: Don't leave campus without a visit to The Cornell Dairy Bar - be sure to bring home some delicious pints of Cornell ice cream. Louie's lunch truck, open until 4am, is a staple for student’s late night munchies. Here’s a secret: Click on "menu" five times on the website, and the underground menu will be revealed.
Local Attractions: Right on the Cornell Campus are amazing opportunities to discover the local slogan-“Ithaca is Gorges.” Head to Triphammer Falls, a 55ft cascading waterfall or try one of the gorge or garden hikes at the Cornell Botanic Gardens. The one mile loop around Beebe Lake is a scenic, easy one.
On Saturdays and Sundays over 150 vendors, all from within 30 miles of Ithaca, descend on Steamboat Landing for an incredible Farmer's Market not to be missed. Smaller markets are held during the week at different locations, check online for information.
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