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Popular amenities for Ithaca vacation rentals

Stay near Ithaca's top sights

Ithaca Commons156 locals recommend
Cornell University143 locals recommend
Ithaca Falls Natural Area156 locals recommend
Ithaca Farmers Market266 locals recommend
Stewart Park113 locals recommend
Ithaca Falls122 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Ithaca

  • Total rentals

    660 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    32K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    340 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    150 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    380 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Wifi availability

    650 properties include access to wifi

Your guide to Ithaca

All About Ithaca

Located on the tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Ithaca is a bustling college town. Its streets are lined with unique shops and busy eateries, and you’ll see students rushing by the colorful brick buildings of the Ithaca Commons to get to their next class. Ithaca has a number of notable museums, including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which was designed by a world-renowned architect, and the interactive Sciencenter, which engages visitors of all ages.

The surrounding area is famous for its beautiful lakes and the towering Taughannock Falls — which can be accessed by a relatively short hike through the state park — and its wine region, home to more than 400 wineries. For a bird’s-eye view of the area’s gorgeous scenery, you can head to the Cayuga Nature Center, which features a six-story treehouse that offers sweeping views of the Finger Lakes region.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Ithaca

Thanks to the vibrant student life and outdoor attractions, Ithaca is a great place to visit all year round — so long as you pack for the seasons. The town is bustling during the fall, as students come back to school after summer break. The Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, held in late September or early October, features a range of musical events and apple-themed treats like cider and apple doughnuts against a backdrop of beautiful fall foliage. Just note when securing your vacation rental in Ithaca that autumn is a very popular time to visit the Finger Lakes area, especially on the weekends.

During the winter, the city quiets down as the temperature drops —bringing with it rain, sleet, snow, and gray skies — and students head home for the holidays. The snow can last through April, and chilly temperatures often linger through May. In the spring, the flowers begin to bloom as the weather slowly warms up. Summer brings hot, sunny days that are perfect for visiting the nearby natural attractions or taking a swim in the lake.

Top things to do in Ithaca

Ithaca Commons

This four-block, pedestrian-only section of town is Ithaca’s cultural hub. The streets are overflowing with trendy boutiques and a seemingly endless array of eateries. The alleyways are full of street art where buskers often perform, and the area is full of students hanging out with friends all hours of the day.

Taughannock Falls State Park

These magnificent falls, plunging 215 feet over a rocky cliff into the gorge below, have one of the biggest drops east of the Rocky Mountains. The nearby park offers miles of hiking trails, including the three-quarter-mile Gorge Trail, which starts at the base of the falls and offers easy access to the beautiful Cayuga Lake.

Cayuga Lake

As the longest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga offers the perfect spot for kayaking, swimming, or paddleboarding, followed by a meal at one of the many lakefront restaurants. Anglers flock here to catch trout, bass, and crappie. Take an eco boat tour or a sunset boat tour to make the most of your visit to the lake.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Ithaca?

    Ithaca experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are warm and often humid, typically ranging from 70-85°F (21-29°C), while winters can be quite cold, often dropping below 32°F (0°C). Snowfall is common in winter, making for great winter activities like ice skating and snowshoeing.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Ithaca?

    In Ithaca, visitors can explore the Cornell University campus, hike the trails of the many local gorges, or visit the Ithaca Farmers Market. Indoor activities can include exploring the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art or the Sciencenter.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Ithaca?

    The most popular time to visit Ithaca is in the fall when the city is ablaze with autumn colors. The Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, frequently held in September or October, is a local favorite, featuring food, games, and entertainment.

  • What are the best places to stay in Ithaca?

    Many visitors choose to stay in Downtown Ithaca, which provides easy access to local shops, restaurants, and attractions. Collegetown, near Cornell University, is a popular choice for those visiting the university. The East Hill neighborhood is another frequently suggested area, known for its quiet charm and scenic views.

  • What are the best places to visit in Ithaca?

    Ithaca has many notable sites. The Cayuga Nature Center, the Sciencenter, and the Museum of the Earth are popular for all ages. Natural attractions are plentiful: don't miss the Cornell Botanic Gardens and Cascadilla Gorge.

  • What are some hiking trails in Ithaca?

    There are numerous hiking trails around Ithaca. The Gorge Trail and Rim Trail at Taughannock Falls State Park, the trails around Buttermilk Falls, and the Six Mile Creek Natural Area are among the most popular.

  • What are some family activities to do in Ithaca?

    Families can enjoy exploring the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where bird-watching is a popular activity. The Sciencenter, with its many interactive exhibits, is a hit with kids. A day at Cayuga Lake, where you can swim and picnic, is also a favorite.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Ithaca?

    Visitors may enjoy a day trip to the nearby Buttermilk Falls State Park for hiking and swimming, or exploring the Cayuga Wine Trail. A visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, less than 60 miles (97 km) away, is another popular choice.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Ithaca?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 380 vacation rentals in Ithaca featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Ithaca?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Ithaca. Choose from more than 150 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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