Weekend (Ultimate) Warriors: Ithaca, NY

There is no better way to rev up summer than by leaving your town as fast as humanly possible. My wife and I are thinking, Hey, let’s get of here! So, Upstate, East Coast, we got your number. Holla atcha boi (and girl).

It’s no secret we that don’t necessarily love where we live. However, there are lots of cool places outside of where we live, and since we will probably move back to the West Coast in the near future, we might as well see as much as we can. Therefore, (i.e., because we need to stay sane), we will be leaving as many weekends as we can afford.

My 2014 summer travel wish list: NYC, Toronto, Cleveland, Boston, Vermont, Wash DC, (other suggestions?). We are also planning on a family reunion in Austin, TX and are hoping to fly back to Idaho for at least a week. Needless to say, it will be a busy summer.

This is not a travel blog, I know. To keep everything balanced, I will continue to post linguistic chaos from my niche world. That is, expect some deep, thoughtful posts very soon. Stuff like, what does God truly want from me, if anything? How do I work to bring Christians together under one roof? Whatever happened to Bananas in Pajamas? and Why did Bananas in Pajamas even exist?

But that is neither here nor there. As for now, enjoy the very first edition of “Weekend (Ultimate) Warriors.” You’re welcome, Blogmerica.

Trip #1: Ithaca, NY

Ithaca is just under two hours from Rochester depending on how many weird back-roads your Garmin guides you through. It is a beautiful ride that hugs a Finger Lake and pairs you in wine country. The first sign we saw as we drove in to town was for a natural foods grocery store, a signal to West Coasters like us: “You’re welcome here.”

We loved Ithaca. GREAT town. Great vibe. Progressive. Good food. The setting was beautiful, the restaurants were incredible, and the waterfalls were falling. Also, we saw Amish people and a buggy, so that was exciting.

They say the grass is always greener on the other side, that new towns will always look better than your own town on first blush, and that you shouldn’t fall for the “illusion.” However,  Ithaca may actually be the real deal.

My favorite spots:

Ithaca Beer Company

Robert H. Treman State Park

Cornell (and I thought my college campus was pretty!)

Ithaca Commons (shopping district)

I was too busy enjoying my time to take a bunch of pictures, so I apologize for my lack of photo support. I’ll try to do better in the future. When we go back, we’ll have to spend more time than eight hours. It just wasn’t enough! Thanks, Ithaca. You were a great escape at the start of summer (or spring, depending on your college calendar) for two people who, seriously, needed to get out of town.

Have you been to Ithaca? What did you think? What would you recommend for a return visit?



  1. First off, you forgot to mention California in your summer plans so you better fix that.
    Second, I’m now very mad at you for getting the bananas in pajamas theme song stuck in my head, and right before i’m trying to go to sleep….

  2. Ithaca is “Gorge-ous” (a town motto). A little known fact, Ithaca is a great place to go crazy. They have very progressive mental health care and the best psychiatrist I’ve ever had has her practice there. If you go back again, eat at “The Moosewood” — tremendous vegan fare.

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