In addition to the incomparable beauty of the region that offers delicious wine, craft beverages and locally grown foods, world class art and extraordinary events, Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has a rich history as a place of firsts, of innovators and pioneers.
While you're exploring what Wine Enthusiast Magazine called one of the "Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations" in the world, stop by U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1 which was the First American Winery to win a medal for sparkling wine in Europe and take a tour eight historic buildings on what Car & Driver Magazine rated "the best winery tour in New York." Just up the road you'll find NY's most award-winning winery since 1962, where the "Father of the Vinifera Revolution" helped change winemaking in the eastern United States. Just a couple miles away, enjoy the wines and views from an eco-friendly winery that Travel & Leisure named one of the "most spectacular tasting rooms in the world."
Finger Lakes wine country is also beer country with the rise of exceptional craft beverage options, including craft breweries that have been named best in New York, and breweries in the Finger Lakes that have won individual awards for their brews as some of the best in the state at TAP NY.
While you're in "America's Coolest Small Town" (Budget Travel), learn about a small town boy who became Fastest Man on Earth, received Pilot License #1, held the First Public Flight in America, trained the first female pilot, and was called "Father of Naval Aviation."
About half an hour away, in America's Crystal City - the place where fiber optics and gorilla glass were invented – you'll find The Corning Museum of Glass, the world's largest museum devoted to glass art and artifacts (dating back over 35 centuries). While you're in Corning, make sure you also visit The Rockwell Museum, upstate New York's only Smithsonian Affiliate.
Stay for one of the spectacular events, like GlassFest which has been named to the American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North America the past three years and see for yourself why Rand McNally named Corning the "Most Fun Small Town" in America. Stroll the quaint tree-lined blocks of the Gaffer District, on a street named one of the "Top 10 Great Streets of the Year," listen to live music at free concerts, enjoy the wonders of local harvest at the Farmer's Market in one of "America's Most Beautiful Town Squares" (Travel & Leisure).
Head west and discover a new generation of culinary pioneers who are following their dreams off the beaten path as they craft exceptional ciders, beers, wines and unique experiences while returning to their roots.
We aren't the sort of folks, after all, who are satisfied by what we've done, which is why we keep finding new ways to lead the way. Come, see for yourself what we're up to now.