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An Outdoor Winter's Day


Ithaca and Tompkins County offer numerous natural wonders to enjoy all year round. After a full breakfast at your B & B or a "world famous omelet" at Kelly's Dockside on Taughannock Blvd (Route 89), begin your day with a recreational skate at Cass Park or a brisk walk along the Cayuga Lake Waterfront Trail. Cross-country skiers can get close to the lake and take in some great views on the north end of Treman Marina.

Continue up Route 89 to hike to the frozen falls at Taughannock Falls State Park or enjoy the falls from the look-out. Rice Hill, on the way to Taughannock Falls look-out, is a popular spot for sledding and offers an outdoor ice-skating pond. Afterwards continue north on Route 89 to Cayuga Creamery, open Thursday – Monday during the winter months, for nationally renowned homemade ice cream and treats.

Heading back toward Ithaca, avid nature seekers will enjoy trails for hiking, X-country skiing, or rent snow-shoes at Cayuga Nature Center. You can also visit their live animals indoors and outdoors. Just south of CNC, The Glenwood Pines is a favorite lunch or dinner spot during an active day--enjoy the wood stove in the winter, home-made soups, famous burgers, and lake views.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, all four state parks, and the Finger Lakes National Forest between Ithaca and Watkins Glen also welcome hikers, x-country skiers, and snow shoers. Cornell Plantations offers acres of land to explore and the Nevins Welcome Center has a cafe for post activity snacks. The Rink, located on the east side of Cayuga Lake, going north on East Shore Drive, offers figure skating and an indoor mini-golf course. Downhill skiing is available at nearby Greek Peak (only 25 minutes to the east).