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By Kim Pritt, Contributor Posted on August 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m

Let’s go on an adventure together…to 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 headed to the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY as our main destination. Our plan was to find a nice place to stay for two nights, spend a day at the museum, and make a few stops on the way there and back.

After some research and deliberation, we decided to stay in Hammondsport – a quaint little town at the head of Lake Keuka. We found a beautiful 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 operating, but if you’re looking for a place to stay in Hammondsport check out the Keuka Lakeside Inn – I highly recommend it. The inn had a lake view and had recently been modernized and renovated. 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 upon arrival in Hammondsport included a leisurely cruise around the lake, a stroll through historic downtown, ice cream at Crooked Lake ice cream shop, time in the chairs overlooking the lake, and a delicious dinner at Luna Mezza Lattice.

The Corning Glass Museum is full of beautiful and unusual pieces of glass – like this stunning glass dress form.

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 really should treat yourself to a visit. It is amazing! They have a wonderful gift shop, tons of stunning and unusual exhibits. The many incredible stained glass windows on display took my breath away and I was particularly impressed by the Lalique room. We saw a glass blowing demonstration and made our own glass – I made glass wind chimes that I still hang in the window over my kitchen sink and my friend made a clock. What fun! The museum is packed with exhibits, activities, shopping, and fun for all ages.

The Corning Glass Museum is full of beautiful and unusual pieces of glass – like this stunning glass dress form.

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

The next morning we went back to the museum to collect the items we made – it was late in the day when we finished them and there wasn’t enough time to cool them down before closing. Then we started the drive back to Albion. Along the way we took the time to drive through Letchworth State Park – I always like to do that when the opportunity arises – a true gem in our own backyard. Other stops on the way home included shopping at Gigglin’ ​​Pig in Caledonia and dinner at the wonderful Depot Restaurant in LeRoy. All to end a fantastic three day trip.

If you have read my articles you know that I love to travel and have great adventures. But I still am amazed at the adventures that can be had here in upstate New York and especially within a relatively short drive 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!

Happy adventure!

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

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