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Herron Hill Winery
Herron Hill Winery

This is part 2 of Georgie Jet’s three-part series on New York’s Finger Lakes. Check out part 1 and part 3 for the rest of the adventure.

When I first happened upon this part of the country, I was driving west on I-90 during mid-summer traffic and had to get off. Heading south off Exit 42 and onto Route 14 and letting my intuition be my guide proved to be a serendipitous choice! I left highway Hell and landed in Heaven—meandering along Keuka Lake on Route 54A. I couldn’t believe the breathtaking beauty of the vineyards alongside the lakes. I compared it with the wine country of Vevey, Switzerland, and vowed to come back. I didn’t know that British Airways Magazine called 54A “the most picturesque driving route in the world!” On that night, I was alone with my dog “Baci,” and we stayed at the funky, never-been-renovated-but-cool .

This summer  Baci and I came back to the  with my husband Highroad Cam, and we visited two of the 11 glacier-cut lakes. There’s so much to do here, from visiting the internationally known winemakers and vineyards to enjoying the historic towns.

The Soul Full Cup (#Petfriendly)
The Soul Full Cup (#Petfriendly)

dates back to the late 1800s. The refurbished buildings on Market Street offer boutiques, ice cream shops, restaurants, and a brewery. Tommy Hilfiger is from nearby Elmira and has an outlet here. The  was our favorite coffee shop for lattes where we could bring Baci to sit outside at their street side tables. Atlas Pizza also has outdoor tables. For homemade ice cream, try .

The impressive  was an interesting surprise because of the paintings and sculptures depicting the Wild West of America. Their outdoor deck is a great place to survey Market Street and the surrounding countryside. They have a wonderful children’s art program.

Georgie Jet and Highroad C gaffing at CMOG
Georgie Jet and Highroad C gaffing at CMOG

The  attracts 500,000 visitors every year. The museum explores the use of glass from the beginning and has examples going back 35 centuries to ancient Egypt.  The exhibits are gorgeous and everyone loves glass! There are free glass making demonstrations going on throughout the day. The international gift shop has eight boutiques that seem to go on forever. I’m forever indebted to Corning Glass for making the gorilla glass on my smart phone! My favorite part was making glass flowers with an experienced “gaffer” and unwrapping the beauties when they arrived home!

 is a wine bar and restaurant on Market Street with 40 different wines by the glass, some local. I was going vegan that night so I ordered their beet ravioli with cashew nut “goat” cheese—one of the best dishes I have ever had! Their eclectic menu ranges from Italian to Indian to Mexican to good old American. It was Cam’s and my anniversary that night and we picked the perfect restaurant.

Meaghan Frank and Georgie Jet
Meaghan Frank and Georgie Jet

The has a nice patio and they brew their own beers on- site. A flight was $7 and enabled us to taste all 6 of their beers. We enjoyed their American fare and Baci came along with us and sat just outside the patio fence.

The at the end of Market Street was convenient and pet-friendly! The hotel staff particularly love dogs and every time we came in, Baci was greeted with dog biscuits!

The quaint town of  is a charming place to have lunch or breakfast before heading up to the wineries, but you can also have lunch at many of the wineries like , which is also pet-friendly. We had a delicious farm-to-table lunch here on the deck, explored their gift shop and tasted several of their wines. This area is especially famous for their Rieslings, because of the climate and the terroir, and owner John Ingle made a name for himself when he focused on making Rieslings.

At , we met Meaghan Frank, who explained that her great-grandfather, Dr. Konstantin, grew the first European grapes—such as Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and of course, Riesling—in the Finger Lakes. This notion was previously thought to be impossible because of the cold climate, but Dr.

Heron Hill Winery
Heron Hill Winery

Konstantin was from the cold Ukraine and had grown the grapes there, so he knew it was possible. Thanks to Dr. Frank, over 100 world-class wineries have sprung up in this dense area. Tastings are free of charge, so be prepared to sample many! Meaghan started with their Célébre Rosé, a sparkling pink Champagne-style bubbly from Chateau Frank, and moved through their award-winning Rieslings and then to their red wines. Their economical Meritage from Salmon Run was particularly memorable. My favorite was their semi-dry Riesling. Bring a cooler, as you’ll want to take home several bottles or even cases!

Keuka Lake was beckoning, so we went cruising with the father-son team of Captain Joe and David Luppino in an antique (made the same year Cam was born!) Chris-Craft called the . They were as lovely as the views from the boat and the three-hour cruise (for up to four people) includes drinks and a local cheese-and-fruit platter.

Before leaving Corning and heading up to Watkins Glen, we went flyfishing with Greg Heffner of . The river is 10 minutes from the Radisson, and Greg’s knowledge of the sport and his calm demeanor made for a relaxing and fun morning—and one of us did catch (and release) a trout!

Corning and Hammondsport and the lush Finger Lakes countryside are ideal in the summer, spring, or fall. We love it!

Corning Museum boutiques
Corning Museum boutiques
Corning Museum
Corning Museum "Cityscape"
Corning Museum of Glass mosaic
Corning Museum of Glass mosaic
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Glass-making demo at Corning Museum of Glass
Glass-making demo at Corning Museum of Glass
Georgie Jet and Highroad C gaffing at CMOG
Georgie Jet and Highroad C gaffing at CMOG
HRC with gaffer at CMOG
HRC with gaffer at CMOG
Princess Baci at Radisson Corning
Princess Baci at Radisson Corning
Market Street, Corning, NY
Market Street, Corning, NY
GJ and Baci at Soul Full Cup
GJ and Baci at Soul Full Cup
Georgie Jet at Heron Hill Café
Georgie Jet at Heron Hill Café
Dr. Frank's Award winners
Dr. Frank's Award winners
Dr. Frank's VInifera
Dr. Frank's VInifera
Herron Hill Winery
Herron Hill Winery
Keuka Lake's beautiful wine country
Keuka Lake's beautiful wine country
Cam and Baci flyfishing
Cam and Baci flyfishing
Corning's Rockwell Museum
Corning's Rockwell Museum
Painting at Rockwell Museum
Painting at Rockwell Museum
Antique glass at CMOG
Antique glass at CMOG
The Soul Full Cup (#Petfriendly)
The Soul Full Cup (#Petfriendly)
Market Street Brewery
Market Street Brewery
Knot Driftwood excursion
Knot Driftwood excursion
Out on Keuka Lake
Out on Keuka Lake
Keuka Lake and vineyards
Keuka Lake and vineyards
Heron Hill Winery
Heron Hill Winery
Pet-friendly Heron Hil
Pet-friendly Heron Hil
Heron Hill winetasting
Heron Hill winetasting
Meaghan Frank and Georgie Jet
Meaghan Frank and Georgie Jet
Old National Hotel
Old National Hotel
Pet-friendly Radisson Corning
Pet-friendly Radisson Corning
Market Street Brewery
Market Street Brewery
High Road Cam on Market Street
High Road Cam on Market Street
Flyfishing with Greg Heffner
Flyfishing with Greg Heffner
Flyfishing
Flyfishing
Painting at Rockwell Museum
Painting at Rockwell Museum
View from Rockwell Museum
View from Rockwell Museum
 Rockwell Museum outdoor deck
Rockwell Museum outdoor deck
Rockwell Museum kid's art program
Rockwell Museum kid's art program
Cam at Atlas Pizza
Cam at Atlas Pizza
Cam and Baci at Atlas Pizza
Cam and Baci at Atlas Pizza
Corning Town Square
Corning Town Square
Corning's Costa's Fly service
Corning's Costa's Fly service
Hammondsport, NY
Hammondsport, NY

 

Georgie Jet

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3 Comments On "New York's Finger Lakes, Part 2 — Corning and Hammondsport"
  1. Amy|

    Love this! I know I’m biased since I’m from the area, but I love seeing posts on the Finger Lakes. The region really does have so much to offer. Glad you got to stop by Dr. Frank’s! They’re the best! Looking forward to reading part 3.

    1. Georgie Jet
      Georgie Jet|

      thanks for the love!

    2. Georgie Jet
      Georgie Jet|

      Thanks Amy! Love the Fingerlakes, and Dr. Frank’s! The Rieslings are amazing!

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