A cultural hub of the Finger Lakes region, Ithaca, NY, has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Independent businesses flourish alongside the two nationally renowned colleges (Cornell University and Ithaca College) that populate the town with over 20,000 students September through May, providing a young, hip vibe. Paired with the region’s beautiful gorges and acclaimed vineyards, a weekend relaxing in the cool Ithaca vibe is the perfect tonic to anyone’s big city blues.

Where to shop: Once you’ve checked in to the hotel, head a block over to downtown Ithaca’s car-free pedestrian mall, the Ithaca Commons. Complete with independent boutiques (latest trends at Evolution 102), coffee shops (Ithaca Coffee Company’s fine specialty coffee is fantastic), and book shops (35,000 volumes of used and rare books at The Bookery), Ithaca’s pride can be seen through its local commerce culture.

Best breakfast: Fresh bagels, a multitude of cream cheese options, and a great egg and bacon sandwich are just some of the signature staples at Ithaca’s hopping Collegetown Bagels. This popular bagel and coffee joint originally established in Cornell’s Collegetown has expanded with two additional locations in Ithaca, all with lines out the door come weekend mornings.

By Zachary Laks – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Finger Lakes Gay Travel Resources

This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.

This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.

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