History-rich escape in upstate New York.
Corning and Elmira, NY: Glass and History
Credit: Photo by Frank B. Borkowski. Provided by The Corning Museum of Glass

These two towns south of the Finger Lakes are brimming with history and artistic delights. Corning is home to the world’s preeminent glass museum, and Elmira, with its impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century houses, counts Mark Twain and Tommy Hilfiger among its most famous former residents.

Corning Museum of Glass

The museum houses 35,000 dazzling objects and offers glassblowing demonstrations.

The Gaffer Grille & Tap Room

Popular with locals, the taproom section has dependable pub fare like ribs, brisket, chicken, and burgers.

Hillcrest Manor in Corning

The property is a nice change from the area’s chain hotels: B&B accommodations, art glass, and antiques in an 1890 Greek Revival mansion in a leafy residential neighborhood.

Rockwell Museum of Western Art

Check out the collection of Native American art.

Elmira College

Check out Mark Twain’s octagonal study at Elmira College, which has artifacts such as his chair, documents, and several photos of nearby Quarry Farm, where he wrote.