Ithaca, art in the heart of the Finger Lakes
While tooling through the heart of the Finger Lakes one Sunday we decided to travel to the southern-most tip of Cayuga Lake to pay visit to one our favorite Finger Lakes towns: Ithaca. It is quickly apparent that this town needs a blog of its own! Besides 2 world-class colleges, Cornell and Ithaca, there are art galleries juice bars and all kinds of interesting boutiques located downtown in a pedestrian-only area, known as “The Commons”.
There are also restaurants of all kinds — like the original Moosewood Restaurant. It was time to eat and we knew that this is a beer-loving town, so we thought it might be nice to sample some of the local produce.
The Ithaca Ale House, Grill and Tap Room is located in the heart of restaurant row on Aurora Street offers a unique and exciting dining experience. You can choose from their ever-changing 20 tap craft beer selection with brews from all over the country.
Open 7 days a week until 1am. Serves food until 12. Clean. spacious. Bathrooms nice.
First round we tried Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic which was very sweet and fruity. Charlie ordered an Ithaca Ground Break which was an american-style saison (spicy) ale.
Next round was a Troegs Nugget Nector Imperial. Charlie decided it was “complex” and a Wagner (same as the vineyard) Grace Honey Wheat which was simple (easy to drink) in contrast. They always have 20 beers on tap but they rotate the brews!
We ordered the onion rings — which were the best I’ve ever had — especially because they came with a spicy horseradish mustard dip and some really tasty wings.
There will be many more trips to Ithaca this summer — lots to see and do.