My name is Renee and I can do that! I'm not originally from Ithaca but Ithaca, NY is my forever home. It is easy to fall in love with. Ithaca is a place that truly can be defined by their many slogans but the most popular will help with the introduction: "Ithaca is Gorges". It is clever and is true in so many ways. Ithaca is a gorgeous place with over 100 waterfalls!
Ithaca sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake which is the longest of the famous Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes itself boasts of 130 wineries and is the largest producer in the U. S. of wine east of California! Although we are known for our wine, we cannot forget the craft beverage scene that is catching up- there are also about 80 breweries, cideries and distilleries to try. All are each unique in their own way.
Other things that makes Ithaca a destination hot spot are: farm-to-table restaurants, interesting people, many festivals, thriving local businesses, spas, an active music scene, Cornell University is located here, the farmer's market and much, much more!
Now that I got Ithaca and the Finger Lakes introduced, it is time you get to know me, Renee, your potential partner in experiencing this fine place!
Whether you want to wander around the Finger Lakes and stop at the wineries or if you just want to walk around Ithaca and feel like you know the place- I got you covered! What am I good at? Having fun! What am I passionate about? Laughing…. . and I love meeting new people- it literally keeps me super happy! It could be a rainy, cold day and I will be walking around with my umbrella saying how "nice of a day this is" because that is just how I see things. Now that you understand the extent of my positivity, let's focus on my background.
I have lived in the Ithaca area for five years and counting. I've spent much of my time exploring all it has to offer plus cruising around the Finger Lakes whenever I could. Wine tours are huge in the area and I went on a few that did not offer the customer service that I would hope to have for the amount of money I was paying. I am not saying that all touring companies in the area operate this way but this is what inspired me to start my own touring company. I have been conducting wine tours and various other transportation services since May 2018. Here is where I put in the disclaimer that I am not a wine sommelier or expert. I love wine, I like to try wine, and I know how to have fun with all things wine but I am still learning the complexities of it. If you are interested in an expert knowledge wine tour, then I can set up private tastings with specific wineries to have them give you the full run down. Just let me know!
My professional background is in water quality, water treatment, water regulations etc. I have (happily) worked for the City of Ithaca for two years so I offer that sort of different perspective on the City itself. I never knew what working in local government would be like until I did it! No matter what job I had, there was always an aspect of customer service wedged in and that's where I found I thrived.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, wandering in my woods, hanging with my dogs, and discovering new Finger Lakes businesses. If you would like to know anything else, just message me!
Finally, the tours. There is so much to see and so much ground to cover so if you do not see a tour that has everything that you were hoping for, I am very willing to tailor your perfect tour! Also, I think the concept of "having dinner with a local" is a cool concept and sometimes you may not want to eat alone- I am there for you on that too!
Hope to get the opportunity to meet you soon!
B.S. in Environmental Science from Temple University
I am not permitted to drive more than 6 passengers in one vehicle.