Kim’s thoughts on travel |  Downtown Orleans

Kim’s thoughts on travel | Downtown Orleans

By Kim Pritt, Contributor Published on August 6, 2022 at 15:00

Let’s go on an adventure together… to Corning, New York!

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

Fall is the perfect time to visit many parts of our beautiful country, including the Finger Lakes. In October 2014, my friend and I got in the car and hit the road, with the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York as our main destination. Our plan was to find a nice place to stay for two nights, spend one day at the museum, and stop there and back.

After some research and consideration, we decided to stay in Hammondsport, a quaint little town at the end of Keuka Lake. 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 open, but if you’re looking for lodging in Hammondsport, consider checking out the Keuka Lakeside Inn – I highly recommend it. The pub overlooks the lake and has been recently modernized and refurbished. Our room faced the lake and the property had chairs and a gazebo 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 historic downtown, ice cream at Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor, time spent in chairs overlooking the lake, and a delicious dinner at Luna Mezza. Grid.

The Corning Museum of Glass 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 Museum of Glass. If you’ve never been, you really should treat yourself to a visit. It’s amazing! They have a wonderful gift shop, lots of awesome and unusual exhibits. The many incredible stained glass windows on display took my breath away and I was particularly excited about the Lalique Room. We watched a glassblowing demonstration and made our own glass – I made glass wind chimes that I still have hanging in my window above the kitchen sink, and a friend made a clock. What fun! The museum is full of exhibits, activities, shopping and fun for all ages.

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

We ended the evening in downtown Corning. WOW! What a lovely area with gorgeous architecture. We found a beautiful park where we sat for a bit to enjoy the evening before heading out to dinner. We ate at the best Italian restaurant Sorge’s on Market Street in the heart of the city and had the most delicious homemade pasta, sauce and meatballs I think I have ever eaten – they make the pasta fresh every day and it was AMAZING! I’m glad I don’t live closer – I definitely eat too much food there.

The next morning we went back to the museum to pick up the items we had made – it was late when we finished them and there wasn’t enough time for them to cool before they closed. Then we started driving back to Albion. Along the way we took the time to drive through Letchworth State Park – I always love to when I get the chance – a real gem in our own backyard. Other stops on the way home included shopping at the Gigglin’ ​​Pig in Caledonia and dinner at LeRoy’s wonderful Depot restaurant. All to end an awesome three day trip.

If you’ve read my articles, you know that I love to travel and go on big adventures. But I’m still amazed by the adventures here in upstate New York, and especially within a relatively short drive from home. Do yourself a favor and check out all the amazing New York experiences that await you.

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

Happy adventure!

Downtown Corning is a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy the amazing architecture.

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