Kim’s Travel Thoughts |  Orleans Hub

Kim’s Travel Thoughts | Orleans Hub

By Kim Pritt, collaborator Sent on August 6, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Let’s go on the adventure together … in Corning, NY!

Hammondsport is a beautiful town on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes.

Fall is the perfect time to visit many parts of our beautiful state, including the Finger Lakes. In October 2014, a friend and I got in the car and set off with the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, New York as our main focus. Our plan was to find a nice place for a two-night stay, spend a day at the museum, and make stops along the way.

After some research and thought, we decided to stay in Hammondsport, a quaint town located at the tip of Lake Keuka. We found a wonderful 1960s-style motel right on the lake: the Keuka Lakeside Inn. It’s been a while, so I don’t know if it’s still operational, but if you’re looking for accommodation in Hammondsport, consider checking out the Keuka Lakeside Inn – I highly recommend it. The inn had lake views and had recently been modernized and refurbished. Our room overlooked 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 through the Old Town, an ice cream at the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor, time spent in chairs overlooking the lake, and a delicious dinner. to the Half Grid Moon.

The Corning Glass Museum is filled with beautiful and unusual pieces of glass, like this gorgeous glass dress shape.

After a good night’s sleep, we drove about thirty miles to Corning to spend the day at the Corning Glass Museum. If you’ve never been there, you should really give yourself a visit. It is amazing! They have a wonderful gift shop, loads and loads of amazing and unusual exhibits. The many stunning stained glass windows on display took my breath away and I was particularly blown away by Lalique’s room. We watched a glass blowing demonstration and made our own glass: I made glass wind chimes that I still hung on the window above my kitchen sink and my friend made a clock. What fun! The museum is packed with exhibits, activities, shopping and entertainment for all ages.

The Corning Glass Museum is filled with beautiful and unusual pieces of glass, like this gorgeous glass dress shape.

We ended the evening in downtown Corning. OH! What a beautiful area with wonderful architecture. We found a beautiful park where we sat for a while to enjoy the evening before heading to dinner. We ate in the best Italian restaurant called Sorge’s on Market Street right downtown and ate the most delicious homemade pasta, sauce and meatballs I think I’ve ever had – they make their own fresh pasta every day and it was AMAZING! I am so glad I don’t live closer – I would definitely eat too many meals there.

The next morning we went back to the museum to collect the objects we made: it was late when we finished them and there was not enough time to let them cool before they closed. Then we started the journey back to Albion. Along the way, we took the time to drive through Letchworth State Park – I always like to do so when the opportunity arises – a real gem in our garden. Other stops on the way back were shopping at Gigglin ‘Pig in Caledonia and dining at LeRoy’s wonderful Depot Restaurant. All to conclude a fantastic three day trip.

If you’ve read my articles, you know that I love to travel and experience great adventures. But I continue to be amazed by the adventures to be experienced right here in New York State and, above all, a relatively short commute from home. Do yourself a favor and check out all the wonderful New York adventures that await you.

For many more photos and information from our Corning and Hammondsport adventure, visit my blog post!

Have a good adventure!

Downtown Corning is a wonderful place to stroll and admire the incredible architecture.

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