Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College as well as numerous other higher education campuses in the area. Ithaca has tons of businesses typical of small university towns: used bookstores, art house cinemas, craft stores, and vegetarian cafes. The Moosewood Restaurant, founded in 1973, was the inspiration for a number of vegetarian cookbooks. Near the Finger Lakes and NY State Wine Country. Red or white? A premier U.S. college town, Ithaca enjoys a scenic locale— motto, “Ithaca Is Gorges”—with healthy outdoor pursuits, snowy winters notwithstanding. Economic growth and education are pluses, but housing is costly, and older residents don’t frequently engage with the community.