Have you ever wanted to hop in the car and get away for a weekend? To go somewhere that feels far removed from city life, yet is teeming with opportunity for exploration? Welcome to Steuben County, New York! Located in south western New York State, surrounded by 4 Finger Lakes and 7 state parks—it’s the perfect haven for people of all ages seeking their next adventure. From its charming small towns, unique waterfalls, local wineries and craft breweries, walking paths winding through its gorges, homey bed & breakfasts offering stunning views of sunrises over lakeside coves…the list goes on!
Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a family-friendly destination where there are endless outdoor activities – Steuben County has something special to offer everyone. So come step back in time and explore this truly remarkable corner of the world; let us introduce you to our little slice of paradise…Steuben County!
One area of Steuben county not to be missed is Downtown Corning.
What to Do
The Gaffer District in Downtown Corning is a picturesque section of town named for the glass smiths that put Corning on the map. This downtown area is filled with walkable, picture-perfect streetscapes, small businesses, arts and culture and delicious opportunities to explore.
We were obsessed with the elaborate window displays and the most delicious scones at Laurabelle’s Bakery, we loved the cozy ambience and delicious lattes at Soul Full Cup Coffee House and the homemade ice cream at Dippity Do Dahs…In between snacks, we recommend popping into our favorite Corning boutique, Heathered Gray where we stocked up on gifts and souvenirs from our visit.
Corning Museum of Glass
Have you ever seen something so beautiful that it took your breath away? That’s what you can expect at the Corning Museum of Glass. This world-renowned museum is home to the largest collection of glass art in the world, including pieces from some of history’s most famous artists.
We loved the live glass blowing demonstration for nerding out about the actual process and the interactive exhibits that bring you into the quirky science and unique history of all things glass! Whether you’re a glass enthusiast, a fan of Blown Away on Netflix or just looking for a fun day exploring on your own or out with your family, the Corning Museum of Glass is definitely worth your visit!
Where to Eat
Hand + Foot
If you ask locals for their recommendations, Hand + Foot comes up again and again! This one of a kind bar and restaurant takes pride in sourcing their food and beverages from local craft and micro suppliers and transforming ingredients into craveable and beautiful dishes.
Known in town for their unique and stunning cocktails and fun takes on fresh food, this community hub serves up so much more than a delicious lunch..but if you’re looking for a delicious lunch, we highly recommend you start here.
Nickel’s Pit BBQ
Also located in Downtown Corning is the 2nd location of Nickel’s Pit BBQ. With a flagship spot in Watkins Glen, the Finger Lakes region can’t get enough of the rock and roll vibes and local farm to table meats that Nickel’s Pitt is serving up!
With so many options we opted to share one of their signature platters so we could try ALL of the meats! The wings with their perfect texture and smoky flavor were a sure favorite but everything from the brisket to beers was made in NY perfection.
Where to Stay
Hilton Garden Inn
The Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect landing place for groups of friends, families and travelers of all kinds. With gathering places throughout the hotel for groups to get together, plot and plan, we love the cozy atmosphere and the killer location. You can walk out of the front lobby and be in the heart of downtown with a quick and scenic walk across the pedestrian bridge.
Another Steuben County destination is found on Keuka Lake in the small but mighty town of Hammondsport. Located at the Southern tip of the Lake We love the storybook setting that the scenic backdrop provides to this charming and historic area filled with shops, dining and wineries.
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
This hidden wonder in upstate New York will take you on a journey through time. History buffs will tell you that although Aviation was born in North Carolina it grew up and went wild here in Hammondsport NY. Named for Hammondsport’s own aviation and motorcycling pioneer, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is an adventure in exploration for curious souls of all ages. In this Motorcycle and Aviation museum you’ll get to see some of the most impressive aircrafts and motor vehicles from the earliest days of transportation all the way up to modern times. Celebrating the innovation and evolution in transportation and the rich and storied history of invention, this museum is a treasure trove of life-sized artifacts and exhibits all collected under one roof for you to explore!
We LOVE learning about the roots and histories of modern day life and found so much nostalgia and fun. If you’re looking for a unique travel destination, a fun place to explore indoors or just want to learn more about the history of travel and transport, this museum is definitely worth checking out.
After exploring the lake and town square, we recommend you pop into Timberstone Grill for the cozy and inviting atmosphere and delicious regional cuisine. With a warm, natural and inviting space, this is the kind of place that makes you want to come in and stay a while- Craft cocktails, local beers and wines and a delicious farm to table menu make that easy to do! We loved the local tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, the brisket mac and cheese and a burger that requires a few extra napkins!
Finger Lakes Region
We’ve had so much fun and experienced so much wonder exploring upstate NY this season. From the Seneca Wine Trail to the surrounding small towns with BIG flavor, the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York regions offer so much to travelers and wonderstruck wanderers! We can’t wait to go back and share MORE of our tips and adventures with you!
Steuben County NY
Has something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for a place to get away and relax or take in some incredible sights, you won’t be disappointed. Corning and Hammondsport are full of charming shops to explore along with plenty of outdoor activities and breathtaking views. If time permits, do your best to make it up there for a memorable weekend get-away!
After all, the only thing better than visiting Steuben County is reliving your own favorite moments from there. So what are some of your favorite spots in the area? Let us know in the comments below here or on Youtube; we love hearing about others’ favorite adventures and experiences! Here’s hoping your next trip upstate will be full of unforgettable memories made in Steuben County, New York!
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