Located on the Chemung River in the Southern Finger Lakes is the historic city of Corning, NY. The city is home to a vibrant arts community as well as an ever-growing food and wine scene. There’s a lot to do, whether you visit with your better half or bring the whole fam. This weekend itinerary will help get your adventure started.
Arrive at Corning’s quaint Downtown, referred to as the Gaffer District. Find a place to park your car and walk around this easy-to-explore area. There are antique shops, bookstores, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. Make sure to hit the Old World Cafe, a Victorian-style ice cream parlor that also serves lunch.
A short walk away is the Rockwell Museum, housed in what used to be Corning’s City Hall. The museum is named after two local business owners, Bob and Hertha Rockwell, who donated their collection of Native American art to the museum, which is displayed among various other collections. In addition to the artwork, you’ll want to pay close attention to the beautiful architectural details and history.
Sit back and relax while enjoying a drink and a delicious meal served at Market Street Brewery. This brew bar, also located in the Gaffer District, offers friendly service and a mellow vibe. It’s the perfect way to kick off the rest of your stay.
Start your day in nearby Hammondsport with breakfast and people-watching at Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor.
Take a stroll along beautiful Seneca Lake. During the autumn months, the scenery is even more breathtaking than usual with the fall foliage colors dancing over the still waters.
Head over to Watkins Glen Park for a day out and about in nature. Enjoy a bike ride, swimming during the warmer months, cross-country skiing during the colder months, and a hike all year long. Make sure not to miss the Gorge Trail for a spectacular view of the waterfalls. Bring a picnic!
Wind down while enjoying some wine as you overlook the vineyards at Red Newt Cellar Bistro. Not sure what to order? Try their Tasting Plate and Wine Flight, which serves up some locally inspired dishes beautifully paired with award-winning wines.
Poppleton Bakery is a local favorite. Their breakfast menu is stellar and their fresh baked goodies are an absolute must.
You can’t leave Corning without visiting the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass. It’s easy to spend hours here, especially with the newly completed expansion to explore. Take a glass-making class, watch the masters at work, or explore several exhibition floors and the innovation center. Don’t forget to pick up a memento from their gift shop on the way out!
If you’re making your trip in the fall months, make sure to stop at the Reisinger's Apple Country. If the apple and pumpkin picking isn’t tempting enough, then maybe the apple cider doughnuts will entice you…
For a stay that gives you more of the country getaway camp-like feeling, stay at the Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort. You can choose to stay in the lodge, in a cabin or even bring your own tent or RV.
By plane: Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
By bus: ShortLine bus to Corning, NY from New York City.
From NYC: 4 hours 15 minutes
From Boston: 5 hours, 50 minutes
From Philadelphia: 4 hours 15 minutes
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