Posts filed under ‘Ithaca’
If you grew up in the Finger Lakes area, you have probably seen fossils in cliff walls or on the bottom of a lake. The Finger Lakes area was once part of a much larger warm shallow sea. Visiting this area for the first time? Get your hands on some wonderful fossils at the Museum of the Earth, just outside of Ithaca, NY.
The museum has over 3 million fossils, making it one of the largest collections in the U.S.
There is a long mural (544 separate paintings), that stretches along a walkway between the main floor and the displays below. Each painting equals one million years with life-size fossils, displayed in order, representing 550 million years. The reign of man does not even make a single panel. ULP!
Growing up, we thought they must be fossilized dinosaur eggs. Turns out they are more like pearls – concretions formed around pieces of crystalized calcite (sand). (See photo above)
The Paleontological Research Institution & Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Ph: (607) 273-6623
Summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day):
Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 11am – 5pm
Winter (Labor Day – Memorial Day):
Same as Summer, EXCEPT closed Tues & Wed
Next-to-new is the new “New.” The Finger Lakes region has an amazing selection of second-hand shops selling clothing, furniture, records, books and more. When summer hides, as it occasionally does, try visiting a store where stuff is recycled, re-used, vintage, antique, collectible, or just plain cheap.
Below is a list of my favorite places to treasure hunt:
Where: 937 Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; summer hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a dinner break from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Phone: (530) 889-2900.
Auburn Trading Post & Antiques
This 3-story warehouse is visible from Rt 20, as you drive through town. Not to be missed unless you are highly allergic to dust and mildew. I found a huge container of Miracle Grow for $1, classic records, silverware and dishes for my son’s apartment, Nintendo games.
24 McMaster Street, Auburn, NY 13021, 315-252-6320
Check out The Commons for several stores with books, furniture and clothing.
STORE HOURS. Mon-Wed: 12-8:00PM., Thurs-Sat: 12-9:00PM, Sun: 12-6:00PM.
Classic clothing from every decade. This is not necessarily thrift, but loaded with STYLE.
Open 7 days a week, 11am to 6pm.
My current favorite is Marianne’s Consignment Shop on South Ave. has many items that still have the store tags on them. My most recent score: Ann Taylor fall jacket: $10, long black sweater: $3., black evening dress: $19, shoes to match: $10.
Vintage and new music. Fabulous record collection. Located at 1460 Monroe Ave in Brighton, it is open Tuesday – Saturday 11-8, and Sunday, 12-5.
A fixture in Rochester on Titus Ave since the dawn of rock and roll, the great great House of Guitars contains an enormous inventory of musical instruments and music. Aerosmith, Ozzie Osborne, Cheap Trick, Metallica and Matthew Sweet are among the major acts that have shopped at the House of Guitars.
St. James Thrift Store is my favorite store in town, despite my enduring love for the donuts at the Skaneatleles Bakery. Difficult to spot, it’s located downstairs, with the entrance and sign on a side street, off Genesee. This is where you’ll find brand-new baseball cleats for $4.00 and a full military dress uniform for $10. The Thrift Shop is located in the basement of the Masonic Temple on Genesee Street between State and Jordan streets.
Hours 10-4, M-S.
The Thrift Shopper is a comprehensive listing of all the great shops in Syracuse
EcoChic Boutique combines NEW and CONSIGNED clothing and accessories for the Ecologically conscious and Economically savvy shopper. Located on 4314 East Genesee St in Dewitt.
Monday to Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
The Sound Garden
Great store to browse and kill some time in. The selection is vast and they always seem to be adding new products across different mediums. Prices on new and old records/DVDs/games are the best you can find in any brick-and-mortar shop.
310 W Jefferson St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Please share with me your favorite thrift stores are and I’ll add them to this blog.
Check out these photos of The waterfalls and gorges around Ithaca, by the Huffington Post. “150 waterfalls with in 10 miles of Ithaca!
Ithaca strikes me as the LAST place on earth to have a restaurant that specializes in pork. If it was “The Sproutery” or “Veggies and Stuff,” I’d believe it. But when a friend told us not to miss the Piggery, I was incredulous.
So my friend and decided to go whole hog. We walked in at noon on a Sunday and asked if we could order some bacon. Classic comedic response: “We ran out of bacon yesterday.”
When tourists come to upstate New York and want to see the unique geological wonders carved out by the glaciers, they usually head to well-known Watkins Glen. However, there are several other gorgeous gorges — one of them right outside of Ithaca, known as Buttermilk Falls State Park.
Great article in the Albany Times Union about winter fun in the Ithaca area
Situated in a valley on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, about a three-hour drive from Albany, the city’s streets slope steeply toward the water. There are more than 100 waterfalls and gorges within 10 miles of Ithaca, leading to the local slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges.”
Besides great food, beer and gorges sites, Ithaca has a great music scene.
Take a massive barn and fill it floor to ceiling with room after room of books. Add a curmudgeon at the register, a bee hive located somewhere deep inside, and you have a visit to Phoenix Books.