New York Travel

Fall Trip To Upstate NY: Day 1, Taughannock Falls


Travel is one of my favorite ways to splurge.

Hiking and enjoying Fall colors are some of my favorite activities so an anniversary trip to Upstate New York to hike and wine taste seemed like the perfect couples escape.

Flight: Delta

CHI-Midway to Syracuse, NY

Activities: Hiked Taughannock Falls State Park, explored Cornell University and walked through the town of Ithica.

  • Despite the rain for most of our trip, the leaves were at peak color and perfect for pictures.
  • If you are looking for a leisure scenic hike, the trail to the falls is easy and provides beautiful views. There are several trail options depending on the distance you are looking for.
  • Hiking boots are always nice but not mandatory. However, I was happy to have mine to keep my feet dry with all the rain.
  • The views and Fall foliage continued throughout the town of Ithica and a quick walk through Cornell’s campus had me ready to apply for my masters.

Lunch: We explored downtown Ithica and grabbed fish and chips at Kilpatricks Irish pub. We happened upon our lunch choice simply by strolling through the streets. Ithica is a sleepy, charming town and the pub seemed to fit perfectly with a handful of locals watching futbol at the bar.

Lodging: Argos Inn

Details are everything and this place does not disappoint. I could rant and rave about our stay; pictures just don’t do it justice. If you are looking for a romantic, quiet getaway I would highly recommend booking this place for a weekend- one night is not enough! The historic mansion has been tastefully restored to keep its original charm while incorporating moody, sophisticated, modern details. While old architecture is still alive, rooms are equipt with Nest thermostats, heated shower floors, and an array of streaming video platforms for settling in at night.

Bar: Our night ended at the Argos Inn Bar, which is open to the public until 10 pm and has extended times for guests. For being a cozy little bed and breakfast this place was no secret, the bar filled up quickly and served exquisitely handcrafted cocktails all night long.

If I’m being quite honest, we got caught up in the atmosphere and when we realized we were hungry every restaurant in town was closed…midnight snacks consisted of leftover Cliff bars from our hike…funny memory but I’d probably recommend finding a local restaurant to eat.

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