By Kim Pritt, Contributor Posted on August 6, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Let’s go on an adventure together… to Corning, NY!
Fall is the perfect time to visit many parts of our beautiful state, including the Finger Lakes. In October 2014, a friend and I hopped in the car and headed out with the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY as our main goal. Our plan was to find a nice place for a two night stay, spend a day at the museum and make a few stops on the way there and back.
After some research and thought, we decided to stay in Hammondsport – a quaint little town perched on top of Keuka Lake. We found a lovely 1960’s style motel right on the lake – the Keuka Lakeside Inn. It’s been a while so I don’t know if it’s still up and running, but if you’re looking for lodging in Hammondsport, consider checking out the Keuka Lakeside Inn – I highly recommend it. The guesthouse overlooks the lake and has recently been modernized and renovated. Our room faced the lake and there were chairs and a gazebo on the property to sit and enjoy the lake. Highlights of our day after arriving in Hammondsport included a leisurely drive around the lake, a stroll around the historic downtown, ice cream at the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor, time spent in the chairs overlooking the lake, and a delicious dinner at Luna Mezza. Grille.
After a good night’s sleep, we drove about thirty miles to Corning to spend the day at the Corning Museum of Glass. If you’ve never been, you should treat yourself to a visit. That’s wonderful! They have a wonderful gift shop, lots of amazing and unusual displays. The many incredible stained glass windows on display took my breath away and I was particularly in awe of the Lalique room. We watched a glassblowing demonstration and made our own glass – I made glass wind chimes that I still have hanging in the window above the kitchen sink and my friend made a clock. What fun! The museum is full of exhibits, activities, shopping and entertainment for all ages.
We ended the evening in downtown Corning. WOW! What a beautiful area with wonderful architecture. We found a nice park where we sat for a while to enjoy the evening before heading to dinner. We ate at the best Italian restaurant called Sorge’s on Market Street downtown and had the most delicious homemade pasta, sauce and meatballs I think I’ve ever had – they make their pasta fresh every day and that was THAT! So glad I don’t live closer anymore – I sure would eat a lot of meals there.
The next morning we went back to the museum to pick up the items we made – it was late in the day when we finished them and there wasn’t enough time for them to cool before they closed. We then began the journey to Albion. On the way, we made time to drive through Letchworth State Park – I always love to do that when the opportunity arises – a real gem in our backyard. Other stops on the way home were to shop at the Gigglin’ Pig in Caledonia and have dinner at the wonderful Depot Restaurant in LeRoy. All to end a wonderful three day trip.
If you’ve read my articles, you know I love to travel and go on grand adventures. But I continue to be amazed at the adventures to be had right here in New York State and, especially, within a relatively short drive from home. Do yourself a favor and check out all the great New York adventures that await you.
For more photos and information from our Corning and Hammondsport adventure, visit my Blog Post!