Corning, New York

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1064 Votes - "Most Fun"
106 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
20 Votes - "Friendliest"
16 Votes - "Best For Food"
2 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"

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Corning’s glasswork, wine and beauty make it an attractive location for a getaway. The town is home to the Corning Museum of Glass, where more than 45,000 pieces make up the world’s largest glass collection. See sculptures, windows, and demonstrations, then make your own. Children can watch a glassmaker turn one of their drawings into a creation and adults can construct their own in a studio.

The Rockwell Museum of Art offers as much of a presentation with paintings and sculptures demonstrating western art. View paintings of the cowboys and Indians and sculptures of animals throughout three galleries. The Kids Rock area provides activities, scavenger hunts, drawing and games for younger visitors.

With its prime location in the Finger Lakes, Corning is surrounded by wineries with tours and tastings for visitors. Local vintners participate in festivals, fairs, famers markets and entertainment with events all year round. There are even a few breweries in the area as well.

Visit the Historic Gaffer District for shopping and dining, where you’ll find renowned architecture and over 100 local businesses. With three additional museums and food, art and antiques tours, there’s so much to see and do here. Get more ideas from Corning’s reviews.

I grew up in this town and moved away. After being away (and coming back to visit with family), I realized how great this town is. Market St is filled with many wonderful stores, restaurants, and bars. The Fingerlakes are at the least 20 min away, and with that, there are many, many wineries to visit. There are several larger museums in the area to visit, and some very beautiful places to view the wonderful scenery that is the Chemung Valley. In the summer, there are several festivals that are outdoors for all to enjoy. Corning is truly a wonderful town with so much to do!
Reviewed by clarksow
on August 1, 2013
Corning is one of very few places in the world where people can get up close and personal with glass! Not too many organizations typically want the general public dealing with a material hotter than volcanic lava, but that's precisely what makes places like The Corning Museum of Glass and Hands-On Glass Studio so special. Having a hands-on experience with glass definitely helps visitors gain a deeper appreciation for the material, and I've heard countless times that after making a piece themselves, people never look at glass the same way again. I made my first piece of glass in Corning when I was 6, and nearly twenty years later, I'm still captivated by the beauty and intricacies of glassmaking.
Reviewed by Glass Goddess
on August 1, 2013
Corning has this certain charm about it that draws you in. When visitors arrive in Corning they are amazed at the variety of things to see and do. The Corning Museum of Glass offers an experience like no other along with the largest glass collection in the world on exhibit and hands on hot glass blowing. There are numerous glass studios, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants on the historic Market Street in Corning's Gaffer District.. Corning is also home to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, which house a beautiful collection of western art within the confines of an amazing historical building which truly is a must see! The people here are friendly, the food is great, the history is rich, and the things to do are plentiful.
Reviewed by iplanetstudio
on August 1, 2013
Corning is a great place to visit. There is something for everyone here. The Corning Museum of Glass is a great place. Museums. Local Beer breweries and tastings. Local wineries and tastings. Boating. A ton of outdoor activities. And after touring the area, one must eat. They have a wide variety of food to choose from. I particularly like Italian food at Sorge's but there are other choices too. (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g47538-Corning_Finger_Lakes_New_York.html).
Reviewed by TomBrown
on August 1, 2013
In addition to a vibrant business district, know as the Gaffer District, named to honor the tradition of glass making in Corning. (A Gaffer is a glass blower). Corning New York is home to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, featuring daily activities for families as well as masterworks of American and Western and Native American Art. The Corning Museum of Glass is a short walk or shuttle bus ride from the Gaffer District. The hot glass show, centuries of glass to an amazing collection of contemporary works makes for a fun-filled experience. The Gaffer District has great shopping, restaurants and pristine architecture that speaks to the pride of the community in preserving its storied history. Our central location in Finger Lakes Wine County between two of the Finger Lakes, Keuka and Seneca Lakes completes the total experience of culture, commerce, nature and wine. It's a really fun and beautiful place to be!
Reviewed by cinthers
on August 1, 2013
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