Your journey through the byways of the Finger Lakes will plunge you deeply into a portion of the arts world you may never have taken time to visit. Experience an authentic journey where you take time to sit on our front porches while you enjoy a cup of tea and a memorable conversation, enjoy dinner, taste wine or simply watch the world go by for just a moment!
Day One: Start with a visit at the world famous Corning Museum of Glass. This will be an experience you'll not soon forget as you watch glassblowers work their magic. Your schedule allows for a self guided tour along with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the museum, where you can see one of the largest collections of glass in the world. You will have time to shop in the Glass Market and view the beautiful Steuben Crystal and don't forget to check out the Tiffany Window! From here we'll turn you loose on historic Market Street in Corning's Gaffer District. You can browse the many glass and antique shops at your leisure, watch artisans at work, enjoy the galleries and museums. This is all within easy walking distance.
Day Two: Start your day with breakfast, and then depart for a day of adventure and fun. We'll make a quick stop at Antiques at the Establishment, a multi dealer antique shop located in an 1868 former church graced with Tiffany studio windows. From there you'll get a breathtaking view of the Tiffany designed, First Presbyterian Church in Bath - one of only four in the United States whose interior is completely designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and we're off for a scenic drive to visit Artizann's-Gifts from the Finger Lakes, a unique shop nestled in Naples, offering original artwork and distinctive gifts created by over 175 Finger Lakes artisans. Glass, pottery, metal, wood, jewelry and so much more....while you wait, Buttercups Bakery is right next door serving coffee and homemade desserts...don't forget to look for the display of teacups on the wall! It's a quick stop in Chesire to view the glass and antique collection, and then Lunch at Bristol Harbour Golf Resort with a spectacular view. A leisurely drive north will find us at the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. The Mansion at Granger Homestead is filled with Tiffany Chandeliers and the collection of tea cups and china will give you a glimpse into the elegance of dining in the 1800's. Nearly 70 horse drawn carriages are on display completing your journey into the past! For dinner try the Holloway House, an 1808 Wayside Tavern.
Day Three: Start your day with a stop at the Canandaigua Spice Company a sensory experience sure to make your day. Here you will find premium quality teas available along with other great tastes, textures and aromas. The next stop will be the famous Rose Hill Mansion, which is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival Architecture in the United States. Built in 1839, the mansion has 26 rooms, of which 21 are furnished in the then-popular Empire style and filled with glass, art and an amazing porch or two! Take a scenic drive out Routes 5 & 20 through Seneca Falls, home of The Women's Rights Movement and Memorial Day! Our first stop in Auburn will be at the Willard Memorial Chapel. The Chapel interior showcases 14 opalescent nave windows, a nine-paneled rose window, nine Mooresque-styled chandeliers, a large mosaic bronze and gilt tablet, hand-carved furnishings of oak inlaid, a ceiling with gold leaf stencils and extensive mosaic flooring. This is the only complete chapel interior known to exist featuring a total religious Louis Comfort Tiffany design. Another Tiffany treasure awaits at Westminster Presbyterian Church which offers a look at a beautiful 1910 landscape window by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Rainbow Window is a prime example of Tiffany's landscape windows, rare among religious commissions and considered his supreme achievements in stained glass. Finally, visit the Cayu
ga Museum of History and Art where we will find a Tiffany Stained Glass Window as part of the historic mansion, commissioned by Caroline and Georgiana Willard.
Day Four: Depart for home but not without the unique experience that a visit to MacKenzie-Childs, maker of world-renown majolica tableware, home furnishings and more, brings. You will start with the video tour in the visitor's center, where a 15 minute presentation takes you behind the scenes as you follow these talented artisans in the step by step creation of a signature MacKenzie-Childs piece. Next, you will tour the exquisitely restored Farmhouse which showcases MacKenzie-Childs designs in a variety of traditional interiors. Your tour takes you through 15 rooms on three floors, each one a design inspiration! Prior to your departure, you must spend some time in the gift shop, an experience you'll never forget. The historic Village of Aurora is just one mile south of MacKenzie-Childs. Enjoy lunch at the exquisitely restored Aurora Inn and don't forget to enjoy the beautiful collection of paintings. A brief stop at Wells College will allow you to view the breathtaking glass in the chapel and the famous Russell / Martindale Meserole stained-glass window in Macmillan Hall.