Fall in Upstate New York

I’d like to welcome Talyse Hampton to the Cornell University Undergraduate Admissions Office and to our blog!

Talyse Hampton
Talyse Hampton

Talyse Hampton is new to the Cornell Undergraduate Admissions Office, but has lived in Upstate, NY all of her life. Cornell’s picturesque campus is especially beautiful in the fall months and it was the colorful greenery on her way into the office this morning that inspired this blog.

Crisp weather, abundant color, and the way the sun shines on Cayuga Lake excite your senses as you prepare for flavorful pumpkin lattes, homemade harvest soups, and cozy turtleneck sweaters. A short walk down the hill from campus, and you might find yourself embraced by the scent of hot apple cider donuts and fry bread, staples of the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival. Or head to the country and find yourself lost in the largest corn maze in the Finger Lakes region. Oh, and let’s not forget the pumpkin farms and hay rides!This time of year in Ithaca is especially amazing.

Though summer lake activities are a distant memory, Ithaca welcomes the turn of the seasons and offers opportunities that highlight the beauty of our region. From Apple Fest to Cornell Homecoming, there is always something grand to see and do here.

Take a hike through one of the four state parks in the area, rich with bright, multicolored foliage; bike the back roads; or wind your way about campus around Beebe Lake and the Cornell Plantations. There is such beauty here at this time of year that one can’t help but be in awe.

If shopping and food are more your style, stroll through downtown Ithaca and browse the newest fall fashions, or delight in the savory scents from local restaurants on The Commons, many of which serve organic and vegetarian dishes.

To say Ithaca is a vibrant place in the fall is an understatement. As the color comes to life here, so does Cornell, and it’s exciting to see students enjoying the advantages of the season.

Welcome to fall in upstate New York!