I spent August 11-August 14 exploring Ithaca, Corning, Horseheads, and Watkins Glen, New York with my boyfriend and his mom. I’m excited to tell you about some of our adventures! (Trust me, if I told you about all of them, you’d hate the length of this post! Haha!)
Sunday, August 11th:
We arrived at our hotel in Horeseheads around 2:17 pm. We spent an hour or so eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and an assortment of snacks while my boyfriend’s mom took a nap (driving 5 hours can be exhausting!) Our room was really nice! I’m 99.9% sure the hotel is brand spankin’ new! The colors of our room were orange and teal, so it provided a nice mood.
After his mom woke up around 4:30, we went wandering around Ithaca, which is the birthplace of the ice cream sundae! Yum! We ate dinner at a south-west inspired restaurant named Agava. The food options were weird, with ingredients such as hemp seeds, nori, hydroponic basil, chimichurri rojo, cotija cheese, farro, and masa. Let’s just say, I’m a little too picky for quirky options like that! I ended up just playing it safe and ordered a margarita flatbread which I thought was okay; it just needed more flavor. My boyfriend Alex ordered some type of fettucine alfredo with a chipotle tomato sauce which was absolutely delicious so I dipped my pizza into his sauce which made it taste much better.
Around the restaurant, paintings by Warren Bunn were hanging on the walls. You can view his work here. This one was definitely my favorite piece they had:
Monday, August 12th:
I woke up today with extra lion hair and the urge to name a cloud. Her name is Lucie and she’s small but beautiful like a lot of things in life. We ate breakfast at the hotel, which was pretty good for hotel food. Then, we hit the road and drove up to Watkins Glen State Park. It was absolutely beautiful! Pictures don’t do it any justice. It’s a gorge, skinny canyon type trail with a bunch of flowers and waterfalls. We hiked pretty far! My legs were a bit wobbly afterwards in the car. We arrived at Seneca Lake around 2:00, just in time for our sailboat ride. There were two captains who were a married couple and another traveling couple along with us. Oh! I can’t forget about the dog Anchor! So cute!
Partway through the ride, we all put our bathing suits on and jumped into a part of the lake that is 370 ft deep! It was super cold too! I held onto one of the lifesavers because I’m not too great of a swimmer. The rest of the 3 hour ride was spent relaxing. I even took a small nap. Afterwards, we were starving so we ate at an Italian restaurant called Jerlando’s. We scarfed down our food like we hadn’t eaten in weeks!
Tuesday, August 13th:
First and foremost I have to mention that today me and Alex’s one year anniversary! It still blows my mind! I could go on and on and on about our relationship, but I’ll save that for another day because I won’t be able to shut up!
Today we visited the Corning Museum of glass where I got to sculpt a beautiful glass flower courtesy of Alex. I got to choose the colors and pattern, dress in safety gear, and have a seat at the glassblower’s bench. Using traditional glassmaking tools, I got to stretch and shape molten glass just like glass artists! After exploring the museum and looking at the incredible glass art, enjoying hands-on activities, and watching informative live shows, we visited the gift shop where Alex bought me the cutest glass penguin and where I bought a shirt.
Wednesday, August 14th:
After checking out of our hotel, we went back to the glass museum to pick up my flower which needed to cool overnight. It turned out so much better than I expected! Next, we went to a restaurant called Market Street Brewing Co. and I have to say, it was the best food we ate all week! After lunch, we explored Corning for a bit, wandering in and out of shops. We eventually grew antsy and knew it was time to drive back home. I slept the majority of the ride, but I’m so glad I woke up in time to watch the sunset. I had never seen one so breathtaking. When I looked out the left car window, I saw the moon; when I looked out the right, I saw the sun. The sky was pink and blushing and beautiful.
Overall, I enjoyed the trip! It was a great getaway before I get sucked back into school and develop cabin fever!
What was your favorite getaway this summer?