Keuka Lake has been a place for innovation and creation for wineries in the Finger Lakes region for over 150 years. Discover the wineries that have been a part of the Finger Lakes history for decades to the up and coming wineries that are bringing a new diverse take on wine to the region. The O.G. and the Progeny of Keuka Lake Wine Tour by Experience the Finger Lakes offers an exclusive and all-inclusive way to experience some of the best that Keuka Lake has to offer.
Vineyard and lake view from Dr. Frank
Starting at Dr. Frank's Wine Cellars, guests will enjoy a private tasting in the 1962 Reserve Tasting Room sampling some he best wines in the Dr. Frank portfolio while hearing the stories that span over the past 56 years and 4 generations, all starting with the vinifera revolution.
Next, you'll head to Heron Hill Winery where the Ingles have been producing their Rieslings, Cabernets, and more since 1977. After you enjoy your private tasting settle into the Blue Heron Café for a lunch made with locally owned ingredients.
Heron Hill Winery
The tour then takes you to the East Side of Keuka Lake where European winemaking heritage is bringing a new vision to Finger Lakes wine.
Domaine LeSeurre is producing wines that are influenced by the French roots of owners and winemakers Sébastian and Céline LeSeurre. Savor a private tasting featuring side by side variations of their different varietals.
Domaine LeSeurre Winery courtesy of Stu Gallagher
End the day uncovering the newest winery on Keuka Lake, Weis Vineyards. There they are creating wines that are inspired by the similar climate and minerality of winemaker, Peter Weis', native land in Mosel, Germany. The tasting in the converted barn features wines with distinctive characters, including their house specialty, Heart of the Lake.
The O.G. and the Progeny of Keuka Lake Wine Tour by Experience the Finger Lakes runs from 10am-6pm on: Saturday, August 5, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 Friday, September 7, 2018
The price for this level of experience and convenience. At $149 per person your transportation, all tasting fees, the tour at Chateau Frank, lunch, and special food pairings are all included. The tour departs from The Best Western PLUS Hammondsport or Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Tickets can be purchased here.
This inclusive tour is one you don't want to miss out on. Discover why Keuka Lake wineries were at the forefront of the Finger Lakes Wine Region, and how they are keeping their place there today.
It seems fitting that both camping and the great outdoors are nationally celebrated during the month of June. Spend your days exploring scenic biking trails, woodsy hiking trails, and fishing on Keuka Lake. End your nights around a crackling campfire with a star covered sky overhead.
Hickory Hill Campground is a vacation destination perfect for families. Bring your own camper or tent, or stay in one of their cozy rental units. Kids will enjoy their sprayground, laser tag, pedal carts and more. The whole family can enjoy the pools and daily activities.
Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort
Just a few miles down the road from the campground is beautiful Keuka Lake. During the Summer months you'll find families out on boating, and friends kayaking and canoeing. Book a fishing charter with an experienced guide and set out on an exploration for a wide variety of fish like Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Landlocked Salmon.
Fishing on Keuka Lake
Camp near Corning at Ferenbaugh Campground. Their wooded and Creekside sites will get you more in touch with nature. Relax at the pool then challenge your family to a game of mini-golf or volleyball. End the night with a campfire and s'mores.
While you are in Corning visit Ranger Outfitters for all your outdoor gear needs for a hiking adventure. If you are a less experienced adventurer or want a guided tour, no fear, they do that too! Book a hike with an experienced guide on the Finger Lakes Trail and discover beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking scenery.
Finger Lakes Trail courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Campbell Campground offers fun for everyone. Weekend activities, hiking trails, horseshoes, and swimming give campers a fun filled camping experience.
Take a cycling tour on the Savona-Cooper Plains loop conveniently located near Campbell Campground. The moderate 22- mile trail will lead you along charming country roads and through small villages. Along the way stop at antique shops for a break.
For a back-to-basics, rustic camping experience get a spot at Stony Brook State Park. Wake up in the great outdoors and set out on hikes through deep gorges and past spectacular waterfalls.
Stony Brook State Park courtesy of Michael B. Studios
Camping and the outdoor adventures go hand in hand, and June is the perfect time to experience both in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.
This year celebrates 150 years since glassmaking came to Corning and with it a culture and heritage still celebrating in bigger and even more exiting ways today. With museums and festivals dedicated to the art, Corning embraces its past as it looks ahead to the future.
Corning Glass Works courtesy of Steuben County Historical Society
To get to where we are now we have to go back to when it all began.
Gaffers courtesy of Corning-Painted Post Historical Society
1868 - Brooklyn Flint Glass Works moved to Corning and changed their name to Corning Flint Glass Works. 1875 – The company is reorganized and incorporated as Corning Glass Works. 1903 – Steuben Glass Works opens. Corning is nicknamed "The Crystal City".
Steuben Glass Workers courtesy of Corning-Painted Post Historical Society
1905 – Hoare, T.G. Hawkes and Co., and H.P. Sinclaire opened glass cutting shops in Corning along with other small operations. Corning becomes a principal location for manufacture of cut glass. 1951 – Corning Museum of Glass opens with a significant collection of glass and glass-related books and documents. The original museum had 2,000 objects, five staff members, and a research library. 1962 – The last cut glass shop in Corning closes. 1978 – After the catastrophic flood of '72 that poured five feet of water into the museum groundbreaking begins for new modern Corning Museum of Glass with a new addition. 1996- A five-year museum transformation begins, and The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass opens. 2001- Museum renovation is completed and included a new Sculpture Gallery now known as the Contemporary Glass Gallery, Hot Glass Show demonstration stage, and a hands-on Innovation Center 2015 – The newest addition to the museum opens, Contemporary Art + Design Wing and the new Hot Glass Demo space. During the renovations the former Steuben ventilator building was converted into one of the largest hot glass demonstration spaces in the world.
Contemporary Art + Design Wing at CMOG courtesy of Stu Gallagher
There are multiple ways visitors can experience glass in Corning today.
The Corning Museum of Glass is home to one of the largest glass collections in the world including 35 centuries of glass, contemporary galleries, hot glass studios, innovation center, and more. The Studio at the Corning Museum of allows visitors to get hands-on and make their own glass or take classes. To celebrate the 150th year of glassmaking coming to Corning via New York waterways, the GlassBarge, canal barge equipped with CMOG's patented all-electric glassmaking equipment, will set out on a journey from Brooklyn to Corning making stops in between for live hot glass shows. To check to schedule and see when the barge will be in a town near you click here.
GlassBarge courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass
Founded in 1990, Hands-on Glass Studio was the first public access studio inviting people of all ages and skill levels to try their hand at glass making. Today the studio is still going strong and helping people realize their creative side.
Hands-on Glass Studio courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Every Memorial Day weekend Corning celebrates its glass heritage with a four-day long festival. GlassFest bring together hot glass shows, glass artists, entertainment and more.
GlassFest courtesy of Corning's Gaffer District
There is so much glass history to be told in Corning that it is hard to fit it all in to one place, the best way to learn about it is to come to Corning and experience it here in the Crystal City.
As long as Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has been a destination, wine has been a draw. Let's start at the beginning.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company was established in 1860 and was the first winery in the Finger Lakes, and in fact is U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1. They survived through the Civil War and prohibition and are still making wine today. In 1865 the winery started producing champagne, and in 1871 that champagne was dubbed 'Great Western' by Marshall P. Wilder, a well-known wine connoisseur, at a dinner party. Today, the Great Western name can be found on buildings on the Pleasant Valley Wine Company campus, and on the champagne still being produced. The original winery carved intricate caves into the hillside of Pleasant Valley for storage. Those caves and still be seen, and in some cases toured today. Eight of these Great Western Winery buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company courtesy of Steuben County Historical Society
Pleasant Valley Wine Company courtesy of Steuben County Historical Society
Today visitors can experience a small piece of the expansive history of Pleasant Valley Wine Company by taking a tour with a knowledgeable guide while they share information and anecdotes as you walk through the historic buildings. Visit the Great Western Winery Visitor Center to view historic exhibits, winemaking displays, and sample wines.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company today courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Pleasant Valley Wine Company tour courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Bully Hill Vineyards may not have the same length of history that Pleasant Valley has, but it makes up for it in their controversial history. In 1920 the Taylor Wine Company expanded their winery to a plot of land, where Bully Hill stands today. In 1958, Greyton H. Taylor and Walter S. Taylor bought back the land where they then established Bully Hill Farms. Bully Hill Vineyards was officially established in 1970 when Walter Taylor was fired from the Taylor Wine Company for badmouthing the products quality.
Walter Taylor courtesy of Bully Hill
Through the years and rowdy legal battles, Bully Hill came out on top and is a favorite stop for visitors. Today you can visit the winery overlooking stunning Keuka Lake, and hear the story of Walter Taylor and why goats are so prominent to the winery while sampling their renowned wines.
Bully Hill Vineyards
Bully Hill Wine Tasting courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Dr. Konstantin Frank's contributions to the Finger Lakes and the wine industry are still felt today. After moving to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 1951, he went to work for the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Dr. Frank had experience growing Vinifera varieties in the Ukraine and wondered why European grapes weren't being grown in the Finger Lakes. The answer? Finger Lakes winters were far to cold for them to survive. Dr. Frank proved that in fact they could when he worked as a consultant at Gold Seal under Charles Fournier, thus igniting the "Vinifera Revolution" and permanently changed the course of grape growing in the Finger Lakes. In 1962, Dr. Frank founded Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. In the 1980's, Dr. Frank's son, Willy Frank, released a sparkling wine the first of the Finger Lakes.
Dr. Konstantin Frank
Dr. Frank and Charles Fournier
Continuing with the legacy Dr. Frank built the winery is now run by family and soon the fourth generation will take over, each bringing something new and exciting to the winery. Most recently they opened the 1886 Reserve Tasting Room that pairs their wines and small tasty bites with educational sessions. Staying true to their heritage Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars is still making their famous award-winning Rieslings along with Chardonnay, Rose, an assortment of red wines, and their Salmon Run brand. Visitors can visit the same location where it all started and look out onto Keuka Lake while enjoying the wine that started it all.
1886 Reserve Tasting Room at Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellar
Wine tasting at Dr. Frank
Wineries in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes have storied pasts, ones that have help shaped the way we celebrate and enjoy wine today in the Finger Lakes.
Our Moms have always been there for us, so do something special to celebrate her this Mother's Day, May 13th, in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes. Enjoy brunch, yoga in a scenic setting, unique wine tastings, and a decadent dinner. Take the time to spoil your mom as a thank you for all she does.
Start the day at brunch at Watson Homestead. Enjoy a plentiful spread of delicious food in a unique rustic setting. Call to make reservations for the whole family at (607) 962-0541.
Cider Creek Hard Cider is hosting a Mother's Day Countryside Yoga. Relax and unwind with yoga in a country setting and sample their handcrafted hard cider. Mom gets a free Farmosa! Tickets are available now.
Cider Creek Hard Cider courtesy of Michael B Studios
For an informative and palate pleasing winery experience visit the 1886 Tasting Room at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars. During May they are featuring the "Terroir Experience" which gives an educational exploration of the Dr. Frank vineyard terroir and how it influences the wines. Then, savor a flight of wines named after the women in the Frank family, which is perfectly themed for a Mother's Day outing, and creative small pairing foods. Reservations are required for tastings at the 1886 Tasting Room.
1886 Reserve Tasting Room
Treat Mom to a delectable dinner at Pleasant Valley Inn & Restaurant. The Victorian Style Inn is serving fresh seafood, house-made pastas and desserts, and is using fresh local ingredients. The relaxed setting combined with the sophisticated menu makes it the perfect spot to take your mom to a special dinner.
Pleasant Valley Inn courtesy of Bill Hutches
Book a room at one of the charming bed and breakfasts and make it a whole weekend. Stay at the Black Sheep Inn and Spa. You'll get homey accommodations to relax and renew, sit around the fire pit with a glass of Finger Lakes wine with your mom and chat, and wake up to a farm-to-table breakfast. Take advantage of one of their on-site spa, or one of their inclusive packages.
Black Sheep Inn and Spa
A Finger Lakes getaway is a great way to celebrate and thank your Mom this Mother's Day!
American Craft Beer Week celebrates small and independent craft brewers, and Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is home to a collection of breweries creating unbeatable brews and welcoming atmospheres for guests to enjoy. Some offer impeccable views of beautiful Keuka Lake, and others are tucked into charming downtowns. This year Craft Beer Week is May 14th-20th and it's the perfect opportunity to go and support your local brewers.
Hammondsport has been a center for the craft beer craze since the first brewery on Keuka Lake opened its doors in 2008. Since then Keuka Brewing Company has been creating beers that pay homage to their home with names like the 607 Lager, Hoppy Laker IPA, and Bluff Point Brown Ale. Just down the road is NYS Farm Brewery, Steuben Brewing Company. Their offering of brews made with New York State grown hops and grains can be enjoyed with a stunning view of Keuka Lake, and often during events featuring food trucks and live music. Also, in Hammondsport worth the visit are Finger Lakes Beer Company and Brewery of Broken Dreams.
Brewery of Broken Dreams courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Corning's journey into craft brewing started in 1997 when Market Street Brewing Company opened their brewpub on Market St serving delicious eats paired with their handcrafted beers. Next to open Iron Flamingo offers a fun relaxed atmosphere to enjoy their brews with frequent visits from food trucks. Newest to Corning's craft brewery scene are Brick House Brewery and Carey's Brew House, and a new brewery on Market Street opening soon.
Iron Flamingo courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Paying homage to its location in Hornell and the railroad industry, Railhead Brewing Company gives visitors a welcoming feeling when they walk in the door. Pick one of their beer brewed onsite and pair it with a tasty wood fired pizza and you're set to enjoy the laidback feel of this hometown brewery.
Railhead Brewing Company courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Find information on all of these breweries and more on the Craft Your Adventure Beverage Trail. Visit the website, find us on social media, and request a brochure to start exploring all the creative and unbeatable brews in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.
Craft Beer Week is the perfect excuse to revisit an old favorite or discover a new brewery. Cheers!
Springtime events in April are celebrating just a few of the things that make Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes so wonderful. Arts and culture, wine, and family fun can be discovered this month through the whole area.
The Finger Lakes are synonymous with wine, and at the Tapas and Wine Weekend on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail you'll sample some of the very best the Finger Lakes has to offer. Guests are invited to travel along beautiful Keuka Lake and visit wineries for samples of Finger Lakes made wines paired with sweet and savory appetizers. Enjoy beautiful scenery, delicious bites, and superb wines April 14th and 15th during Tapas & Wine Weekend. Get your tickets now.
Ravines Wine Cellars courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Discover all the different forms of art that you can view, experience, or in some cases take part in during Arts in Bloom. Explore this open Studio and Gallery Trail, April 28th from 10am-7pm, and April 29th from 12-5pm. Two main components of the event will allow artists to showcase their work. Visitors can partake in individual studio tours of a private art studios or workspaces, full of work in progress, inspiration, creativity and work available for purchase. The second part of the event take place in public spaces through Steuben County featuring non-visual artists like poets, musicians, and dancers. Get more involved and let your creative side bloom and take a mini instructional session offered by a local artist. Arts in Bloom gives visitors and inside look at different types of art and culture in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, and you won't want to miss it.
Arts in Bloom
School is out for Spring Break and local museums are the perfect way to spend time together as a family. The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum are offering special events and workshops April 23rd-27th. At The Corning Museum of Glass make your own glass or go on an art hunt. At The Rockwell take part is special workshops being held all week. As always kids 17 and under are free!
Kids at the Corning Museum of Glass courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass
Check out all of April's events and other events for the year here.
Corning provides everything needed for a perfect 24-hour getaway. With three captivating museums, top-notch dining, unique shopping, and conveniently located accommodations you'll find everything you could want in one charming downtown setting.
Start your trip with a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass. A lot of people hear "glass museum" and think why would I want to go look at a bunch of dishes? The Corning Museum of Glass is so much more than that. They strive to challenge the idea that glass is boring. You can find some of the most amazing works of art of display and hundreds of years of World history sitting proudly on a shelf for everyone to experience. Learn about the science of glass, how it's made, how it's been improved, and all of the things you never realized it had the capability of doing. Demonstrations are always happening at the Corning Museum of Glass so take in one of their glass breaking demonstrations or one of their fascinating hot glass demos by some of the best glassmakers in the business. After you watch the pros head over to The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass and let your own artistic side shine by getting hands and making your own glass. With an expansive list of things you can make it may be hard to choose just one. From glassblowing, flameworking, fusing, or sandblasting, everyone will find something to try. This unique experience is just a start to exploring everything downtown Corning has to offer.
Corning Museum of Glass courtesy of Stu Gallagher
After having an expansive look into the world of all things glass head over to Market Street where the street is lined with art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Take in the history of Corning's Gaffer District with the historic walking tour of Market Street. This tour provides a look at the historic buildings and architecture that makes this street unique. All of the walking is sure to whip up an appetite, grab dinner at Hand + Foot, a creative bar serving delicious food in an environment focused on craft and community.
Hand + Foot
Conveniently located at the end of Market Street the Radisson Hotel Corning offers the perfect spot for rest and relaxation before your next day of exploring Corning. This hotel offers AgeLess Spa, Grill 1-2-5, an indoor pool, and more.
Start your next morning at a charming bakery for breakfast. Visit Poppleton Bakery & Cafe and enjoy homemade baked goods, crepes, and breakfast sandwiches. Try a fresh scone, or the Nutella and banana crepes.
Crepe courtesy of Poppleton's
Just down the street is the only Smithsonian affiliate in Upstate New York, The Rockwell Museum. Combining both art and culture in Corning's former City Hall this museum is a treasure in Downtown Corning. The Rockwell Museum first gained a reputation for its exceptional collection of Western and Native American Art and has since expanded to explore and convey the American Experience through fine art. Families are encouraged to check out the Family Exploration Studio, which provides hands-on activities that make art accessible to kids. The newly renovated shop prides itself on providing visitors with the chance to buy made-in-the-USA, Native American-made, and fair-trade quality products. The Rockwell Museum is more than a museum, it is a cultural experience that lives in the heart of the Gaffer District.
The Rockwell Museum courtesy of The Rockwell
Just a short drive from the Rockwell visitors can travel back in time at Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. A village with buildings built in the 1700 and 1800's and is still growing. There you'll find the Benjamin Patterson Inn, built in 1796, where Benjamin and his wife Sarah were the first innkeepers. Furthering your experience of the past stop into Browntown Schoolhouse, where you will get a feel for what it was like being in one room from kindergarten to eighth grade. Venture over to Cooley's Blacksmith shop, a working one at that, where you can see items that were made in the 1800's and being made present day. Heritage Village is where the past meets the present.
Heritage Village courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Discover history, art, culture, world class dining, unique shopping and more all on your 24-hour getaway to Corning.
To explore more of Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, request a free travel guide.
The Winter air may be cold and the ground dusted with snow, but warmth can be found inside the wineries on Keuka Lake. The tasting rooms remain open and with less visitors this time of year guests get a more personalized experience while sampling the superb wine of the Finger Lakes.
Heron Hill Winery offers wine with a view of the stunning lake as it was named one of the "most spectacular tasting rooms in the world," by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Their signature red and white Eclipse blends are definitely worth a try. Join them for their Wednesday Winter Happy Hours to relax with a good company and great wine. Check the schedule for specific dates.
Heron Hill Wine Tasting courtesy of Bonnie Gustin
The Finger Lakes Wine Region wouldn't be where it is today without to advancements made by Dr. Konstantin Frank when he ignited the "Vinifera Revolution." Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars is carrying on that legacy today offering a variety of wines, most famous perhaps, their Riesling. The breathtaking view through the vineyards onto the lake is a beautiful Winter scene.
Dr. Frank Wine Tasting courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Bully Hill Vineyards offers up wine with laughter. Keeping in line with their goal to not to serve anything too fancy, just something you can open and enjoy with your friends, the fun tasting beats any cold winter day. With everything on the dry to sweet spectrum there is something everyone can enjoy.
Bully Hill Wine Tasting courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Weis Vineyards is the newest addition to Keuka Lake and they are quickly making a name for themselves with their hand crafted German style wines. Recently receiving awards for their aptly named, "Heart of the Lake", you'll want to make sure to stop in for a tasting.
Weis Vineyards courtesy of Weis Vineyard
Don't let the Winter weather get you down, get out and enjoy the finest wine the Finger Lakes has to offer!
Every new year comes with a new year's resolution, so why not make this year's a fun one? January happens to be National Hobby Month which is the perfect excuse to find a new hobby to try out! Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has plenty of options to find a new and unique activity to explore.
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum may be home to a vast collection of boats and Finger Lakes history, but did you know they also hold workshops on boat building and other related activities? Join a workshop to get hands-on, or attend one of their informative lectures to expand your knowledge on the interesting history of boating and the Finger Lakes.
Finger Lakes Boating Museum courtesy of Stu Gallagher
If you're feeling artsy, but don't know where to start take a Wine and Design class in Corning on Market St. Sign up for a class and all you have to do is show up. Follow step by step instructions on how create your painting, and walk away with the one-of-a-kind piece you made! Oh, and the best part, there is wine!
Wine and Design
Expand your artistic side by making your own glass at The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass. Get in front of the furnace to create your own glass piece through glass blowing, or try out a different skill like sandblasting, fusing, or flameworking.
Make Your Own Glass courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass
171 Cedar Arts Center is a hub for creativity and exploring new hobbies for the new year. Choose from a variety of classes to get inspired about a possible passion you didn't even know you had. Try your hand at cooking in a culinary class, get your hands dirty at the wheel during a pottery class, or try out new characters through dance and theatre. There are so many things to explore and try at 171, sign up for your first class now!
Ceramics Class courtesy of 171 Cedar Arts
Whether you are learning and creating, or sipping and painting, Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has plenty of opportunities to learn and experience new and exciting hobbies for 2018, and National Hobby Month is the perfect excuse to get out explore!
It seems fitting that both camping and the great outdoors are nationally celebrated during the month of June. Spend your days exploring scenic biking trails, woodsy hiking trails, and fishing on Keuka Lake. End your nights around a crackling campfire with a star covered sky...
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