For a while, I was brainstorming where we should go for a fun family mini break. I thought maybe The Hamptons and then I thought maybe the Jersey Shore and looked for airbnb rentals that were dog friendly. After having some not-so-great luck finding suitable places (re: pretty but affordable), it hit me that we should visit Ithaca! None of us had been back since my sister had graduated in 2013. That's two years, which is the longest I've gone without visiting Ithaca since I first went up as a pre-frosh in 2004.
It was actually the perfect setting for George Michael; Ithaca is a great place for pooches. I'm sharing all of the fun things we did, which also happen to be dog friendly activities.
I'll be splitting this into two posts because I just have too much to share to squeeze it into one entry. And, as usual, I'm sharing all about the food over on my food blog (how appropriate).
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Maybe if Instagram was around when I was a student, I would've come down more because this place is an IG gold mine.
Ithaca Commons. We didn't go to the Commons on this trip because dogs are not welcome (unless you're a resident with a permit). I find this policy rather stupid. The residents said they don't want dogs around because they leave messes and are noisy. I think if the owners are irresponsible enough to leave behind poops and allow their dogs to bark, then they should be asked to leave. But, if you've got a well-behaved pup then they should welcome you to visit. Whatever! If you're in town without a dog, I recommend a walk through the Commons.
Courtyard Marriott Ithaca
The staff are nice and accommodating and I would certainly consider staying here again, even without a dog.