Ithaca, New York

Friday, December 31, 2010 - Saturday, January 1, 2011

So Jill and I reached the end of another great travel year, and decided to 'lay low' for a New Years celebration this time around, just the two of us. We had just driven back from New York and the Pinstripe Bowl, packed a bag at home, and headed back out again.

Our first stop was at our favorite Finger Lakes Resort, La Tourelle. We checked in, and were staying in the Versailles room this time around. Pretty sure we'd been in this room on a previous stay. We partook in some of the complimentary wines they had in the lobby, and sat by the fireplace there for a bit before going back upstairs and getting ready to go out for a bit.

Having some time to kill before our dinner reservations, we stopped at Kilpatrick's Irish Pub near the Commons in downtown Ithaca. Jill and Michael found this little gem before a Cornell hockey game earlier this year. After a couple of drinks, we decided to head to the restaurant for dinner.

Maxie's Supper Club was the destination for our New Years Eve dinner. This would be the second time we had dinner here, and it remains one of our favorite Ithaca dining establishments. I opted for the 'Taste of Maxie's' tasting menu, which included a bowl of gumbo, a crabcake, and the shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, as well as a Miller Lite to wash it all down. Jill had the crab and corn chowder, sweet potato fries, and BBQ shrimp. For dessert, we shared the banana, chocolate, coconut creme pie. All in all a great dinner! We went back to La Tourelle after dinner to ring in the new year!

On Saturday morning, we slept in just a little bit before packing up the room and checking out of the resort. We went to the Simply Red Bistro for breakfast, where we'd had breakfast once before and enjoyed it very much. I had bagels with lox and a mimosa, and Jill had the waffles and a mimosa. Everything was very good as it was the last time we were here. We headed back to Binghamton after breakfast.

Total Mileage: 115 Miles

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