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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 one of our local eateries, 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. Take a little side trip on to the Village of Trumansburg for a mid-day break by continuing on Taughannock Park Road, then turning right onto Rt. 96 N. Here, you will find a variety of restaurants to please the palate..

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, Cornell Botanic Gardens, all four state parks, and the Finger Lakes National Forest between Ithaca and Watkins Glen also welcome hikers, x-country skiers, and snow shoers. The Rink, located on the east side of Cayuga Lake, going north on East Shore Drive offers indoor ice skating. Downhill skiing is available at nearby Greek Peak (only 25 minutes to the east).