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Maybe you never thought about spending a weekend in Corning but you should. It is a great way to spend a long weekend. Situated at the base of the Finger Lakes it is a great place to start exploring the region. Especially since the Finger Lakes area is quite big and can be intimidating.
What is Corning famous for?
Well the Museum of Glass, of course! This museum is huge and offers a lot of interactive exhibits. Sign up to make your own glassware or objects. Watch professional glass blowers make things they display at the museum and sell in their store. Glass blowing is a cool experience.
If there is one thing the area is known for it is its wine. There are over 30 wineries around Lake Seneca. I drank a lot of wine while in the Finger Lakes. Did you know that the Finger Lakes sits at the same latitude as Italy which is why the temperature is perfect for growing grapes. I had no idea
My first experience at a Finger Lakes winery was at Glenora Wine Cellars which overlooks Lake Seneca. They have a beautiful restaurant and hotel on its grounds. Making it the only winery in the area you can have a sleepover at!
There are tons of trails, waterfalls and gorges in the area. Get outside and see them. Whether you want to spend a day hiking around Mitchellville’s Gorge, canoeing on the lake or birdwatching in a park you can do it all. Watkins Glen is a great place to spend sometimes while you are in Corning. Home of the famous race track it also has a beautiful state park.
EAT A LOT!
For an incredible food experience go to FLX Weinery. Which at first glance I thought said winery but no it is a weinery. They specialize in hot dogs. But the food is incredible and the hot dogs are like nothing you’ve seen before. The owner, Christopher Bates, is a master sommelier. Everything is homemade and locally sourced. My favorite was the Peanut Burger with peanut butter, bacon, fried onions and cheese! The great thing is they are vegetarian friendly and offer a lot of variety.
No trip is complete without finding an outstanding ice cream place. The Spotted Duck was a great stop. A small family owned farm who use all their ducks to produce eggs to make a great custard. They have interesting flavors most which are seasonal since all their ingredients are locally sourced. The coolest thing is they do ice cream flights which you can get 4 or more flavors to try a little bit of everything.
Stay tuned for more on The Finger Lakes!