Ithaca in New York State is named after the Greek island of the same name. It is the proud home of Cornell University and is known for its "college town" ambiance. At the same time it boasts of attractions as diverse as the Namgyal Monastery, Cayuga Wine Trails, and Ithaca Art Factory, all easily accessible from the numerous hotels in Ithaca. Being a hot tourist destination, Ithaca hotels offer a wide range of rooms, from the extravagance of luxury hotels to the basic simplicity of budget hotels.
The city is a virtual feast for art lovers staying at hotels in Ithaca, with galleries like, Cap Artspace, John Hartell Gallery, The Gallery at Juniper Hill, and the Ithaca Art Factory.
Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook, the Buttermilk Falls State Park, East Hill Recreation Way, and Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve.
Cornell University is a major attraction. This Ivy League School has a huge and beautiful campus with woodlands and waterfalls, and offers tours on a daily basis.
Home to several world-class wineries, the place offers wonderful opportunities in wine tasting, gift shopping, and sampling the delicious refreshments, all in beautiful settings. Cayuga Ridge Estates Winery, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Americana Vineyards, and Crystal Lake Cafe are all worth visiting.
Shopping buffs must visit Downtown Ithaca Commons, which with its numerous distinctive shops, street entertainers, and street vendors offers an amazing experience. The Ithaca Antique Center and the Waterfront shopping area are also worth a visit.