The locale: Approximately two hours and 20 minutes down the I-90 East.
The scoop: Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region is home to beautiful parks, attractions, restaurants and shops minutes from the Seneca and Cayuga Lake wineries. It’s a quaint, often-overlooked town that has everything from a brewery doubling as a pastry shop to a six-story treehouse, plus countless cozy bed and breakfasts.
Where to stay
Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast, 16 Elm St. — Guest rooms at the historic mansion include vintage decor with modern amenities like wi-fi and luxury bedding. The large main room is a shared space for guests. Enjoy art throughout the mansion, flip through a book in the library or play games by the fire and unwind.
Halsey House, 2057 Trumansburg Road — Holding its spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the Halsey House dates back to 1829. Despite its rich history, modern amenities like flat screen TVs and two-person whirlpool tubs make your stay comfortable and relaxing.
Eat and drink
Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery, 45 E. Main St. — This bakery/brewery combo serves sweets, pub food, beer and amazing cocktails with plenty of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options. There’s live music, semi-annual cupcake and beer pairing events, and a beer garden overlooking the gorge.
How Sweet It Is, 44 E. Main St. — Stop in for homemade ice cream (vegan flavors available), milkshakes, specialty coffees, sundaes and more. Don’t leave without trying the french macaron ice cream sandwiches or homemade lavender marshmallows.
Atlas Bowl, 61 W. Main St. — This old school seven-lane bowling alley from the ‘60s offers craft cocktails, beerand food available you while you bowl. But instead of the corn dogs and pizza fare typical of most bowling alleys, here you’ll find steaks, artisan salads, seafood, desserts and apps like mussels and fried brussels sprouts.
See and do
Taughannock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Blvd. — Beautiful in any season, Taughannock Falls is a well-known plunging waterfall in one of the many Finger Lakes gorges. Best of all, the hike to the waterfall is not challenging.
Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. — After a short walk through the woods behind the center, you’ll encounter Tree Tops, a six-story treehouse built by the Ithaca High School class of 2000 where you can explore and play. It’s spectacular from the outside, but inside you’ll discover staircases, ladders, and rubber ropes to climb on, and new rooms around every corner.
One Green Horse, 9 E. Main St. — A unique vintage book shop that houses a variety of new and old tomes at fair prices.
Sundrees, 9 W. Main St. — This charming shop is full of cute clothes, vintage pieces, home decor, accessories, gifts, jewelry made by local artisans and music by local artists.