Ok, serious question, I've got family coming up in a few weeks - any good recommendations for the Ithaca experience? Already hitting:
-5 Guys (don't have anything remotely close back home)
-Maybe that Thai place that does dim sum down by the super 8.
Five Guys is awesome, but it's not really an upstate NY thing. If they're open, go to Louie's Lunch or Hot Truck instead. If they're not, go to Shortstop Deli.
The state parks are pretty impressive. Taughannock Falls (higher than Niagara, though less impressive), Buttermilk Falls, and Watkins Glen are all nice places to hike/walk/swim, and they're all pretty close by. The Cornell Plantations are also supposed to be really nice. If you're into outdoorsy stuff, you can rent kayaks downtown.
Carriage House has an amazing brunch. If you want to eat on campus, Taverna Banfi (in the Statler) is pretty good. +1 on the Maxie's recommendation.
If everyone's of age, check out some of the local wineries. They're not California, but if you like whites (rieslings, gewurtztraminers) they can be pretty good. I recommend Cayuga Ridge Winery -- their riesling won Best in the New World a few years back.