Many of us are eager to support mom-and-pop shops after watching small businesses struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shopping locally is also a great way to experience a new area when traveling. Small businesses contribute to the unique culture of a place. Food, art, and outdoor fun help shape what it means to live in Ithaca. When you join us on the MV Teal this summer, you aid in our efforts to make the wonders of Cayuga Lake accessible to all. Consider supporting our community in other aspects of your travel by choosing where to spend your dollars wisely.

Ithaca offers local options for everything from hotels to hamburgers. You might like to stay at a bed and breakfast in a nearby town where you can enjoy the quiet of the countryside. Those who prefer more traditional lodging could book a room at a locally-owned hotel or motel. From there, the TCAT buses will take you to the cafes and shops of Ithaca’s downtown area. For fresh produce, check out the Ithaca Farmers Market or a pick-your-own farm for fresh produce. Don’t forget to stop at one of our famous wineries or cideries while you’re here.

You can choose local when shopping for experiences, too. Museum-lovers will enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Earth or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Looking to get out on the water and take in Ithaca’s natural beauty? Book a cruise with us at Discover Cayuga Lake! In the evening, you might check out local musicians performing at the summer concert series at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons.

When the time comes to shop for souvenirs, take a trip to Handwork, Ithaca’s Artist Cooperative, to find pieces handmade by local artists. Or, browse the aisles of the Farmers Market to bring home a taste of Ithaca. The market offers local honey, jams, cider, and more, as well as artisan items such as clothing and jewelry. When you join us for a cruise on Cayuga’s waters, we hope that you’ll consider supporting the local community during your stay!