TOUR DU JOUR
Low-Tech Time Travel
In this age of iPods and text messaging, there's something refreshing about low-tech travel fun made for Luddites. We just heard about a cool half-mile walking tour in Ithaca, N.Y., that incorporates an old-fashioned palm-sized viewer with historical images of its downtown--landmarks, trolleys, and crowds from 150 years ago--and matches those images with modern streetscapes.
Not only is the HistoryCam ($9.95; available at hotels, B&Bs, shops, and visitor centers) a great way to learn about the college town's rich past, but anyone can operate and enjoy it. Along with Rochester and Syracuse, Ithaca is one of the gateways to the Finger Lakes region of New York State, known for its award-winning Rieslings. Over 80 wineries line the Wine Trail around Seneca, Cayuga, and Keuka lakes.
Summer is one of the best seasons for sipping and exploring the beautiful area. All kinds of summer packages are listed on the region's website--everything from bike and personalized wine tours to B&B discounts.