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Weekend Getaway: Head to Corning, NY for Shopping, Dining, & Glass Art Masterpieces

City Guide, Food & Drink, Getaway, Museums, Shopping, Where To Stay

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Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on January 21, 2021
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Corning Museum of Glass / Photo x Jessica Kelly

We all understand why we need to do our part in making this pandemic a thing of the past one day, but that’s not saying there aren’t still things that you can do and places to visit, while safely following the health guidelines. Right now isn’t the greatest time to jet set to Russia, but you can certainly find some really amazing towns around New York to plan a mini getaway, a drivable distance from Western New York. In a recent trip, I explored the whimsical glass art town of Corning, New York.

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Gaffer Inn / Photo x Jessica Kelly

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Gaffer Inn / Photo x Jessica Kelly

 

Checking into the Gaffer Inn

60 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830 | (607) 962-4649

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The Gaffer Inn is a tiny little inn with just a handful of rooms above the Burger and Beer of Corning. It puts you right in the heart of the historic Gaffer District which is exactly where you want to be to find all the boutique shops and great restaurants. The streets are filled with amazing smells from the local restaurants like Aniello’s, where you not only can smell it from the sidewalk, but you can even see them making the pizza through the window. The Gaffer Inn reminded me of a cozy city apartment with exposed brick, a little kitchen area, living room space, a big comfy bed, a jacuzzi tub, a TV, fireplace, leather furniture, and a desk. I felt right at home here.

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Aniello’s Pizzeria / Photo x Jessica Kelly

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Twin Tiers Antiques Plaza / Photo x Jessica Kelly

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Corning, NY / Photo x Jessica Kelly

 

Explore the Boutique Shops in the Gaffer District

As I previously mentioned, the hotel puts you right in the center of the Gaffer District with so many cute shops like Twin Tiers Antiques Plaza (67 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830) filled with decor, books, and other vintage goodies. Treats! (13 E Market St, Corning, NY 14830) is loaded with candies, modern and vintage, and are a great place to splurge a bit. This and That (This And That (63-65 E Market St, Corning, NY 14830) is full of treasures and collectibles. The little town was decorated beautifully for the holidays when I was there just before Christmas with strings of lights and a big Christmas tree, making you feel like you literally popped right into a hallmark movie and getting you in the spirit to spend some money and support the community. 

 

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Corning Museum of Glass / Photo x Jessica Kelly

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Corning Museum of Glass / Photo x Jessica Kelly

 

Explore the Corning Museum of Glass

1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830 | (607) 937-5371

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The Corning Museum of Glass is not your average art gallery. They have demos for glassmaking, opportunities to make some yourself, glass displays, and not to mention a giant gift shop full of, you guessed it, glassware that you can purchase from the museum. Be sure to plan your visit ahead of time. In an effort to stay within guidelines, the museum is requiring that all visitors sign up for their admission slot prior to their visit online.

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Burgers & Beer of Corning

 

Dinner at Burgers & Beer of Corning

58 W Market St, Corning, NY 14830 | (607) 962-4649

https://corningburgers.beer/ 

I have to admit, I hit the easy button and decided to just grab food from Burger and Beer because it was convenient (directly downstairs from my hotel room) and it smelled delicious. Even though a major reason for choosing them was convenience, I was pleasantly surprised. I stuck with some classic bar favorites, like a good old fashioned burger with the fixings, ooey gooey mozzarella sticks stuffed with mounds of stringy melted mozzarella, and a strawberry shake to wash down the salty, savory foods.

 

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/jessicakelly/" target="_self">Jessica Kelly</a>

Written by Jessica Kelly

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