Ithaca, art in the heart of the Finger Lakes

May 1, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Downtown Ithaca

Walking through the Commons in downtown Ithaca

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”.

This reminds me of Ithaca

Outside a store in 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.

Interior of the bar

View down the bar at the Ithaca Ale House

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.

Brews on Tap

20 brews on tap

Open 7 days a week until 1am. Serves food until 12. Clean. spacious. Bathrooms nice.

Trying a couple of beers at the Ithaca Ale House

First Round

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!

Ithaca Ale House

Onion Rings at the Ithaca Ale House

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.

Entry filed under: Activities, Art Galleries, Cayuga Lake, Dining, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, New York, Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

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