AT#529 – Travel to the Finger Lakes in New York

Travel to the Finger Lakes in New York - What to see, do and sip in the heart of New York State.


Hear about travel to the Finger Lakes in New York as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lillie Marshall from Around the World “L” about this area of water and wine.

Both Lillie and Chris were guests separately of the Finger Lakes Tourism Board and the Corning Glass Museum. Chris was there in Spring and Little in Summer. The highlight for both was the Corning Glass Museum which is an art museum, a glass history museum and a glass technology museum all in one. It also has an extensive program of hands-on glass making which both took part in, including glass blowing.

One of the prettiest posts in the Finger Lakes is the Watkins Glen State part with a narrow gorge cut through layers of grey slate. It is a great easy hike, including behind a waterfall. Chris also took part in the Drive the Glen opportunity to drive 3 laps on nearby Watkins Glen Speedway.

The Finger Lakes is a wine region and even a California wine snob like Chris was impressed with some of the wines they offered. Sitting at one of the many wineries with a view of one of the nearby lakes is a great trip even if you aren’t drinking.

Lillie and Chris both enjoyed the local restaurants and farm to table food, specifically some of the great restaurants in Corning.

Lillie and her family also enjoyed Elmira New York which was the home and final resting place of Mark Twain.

For small towns, lakes and vine cover hills, for hiking and glass blowing, come to the Finger Lakes.

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Show Notes

Around the World “L”

Corning Museum of Glass

Watkins Glen State Park

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Country tours

Finger Lakes

I LOVE the Corning Museum of Glass in Finger Lakes, NY

Visiting the Corning Glass Museum

Visiting the Finger Lakes – Wine, Glass, Art and Speed

My New Favorite State Park: Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes

Make Your Own Glass Project in Corning, New York!

Fabulous Food in the Fresh Air of the Finger Lakes, NY

The Finger Lakes, NY Town of Elmira is Full of Surprises!

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel (reviews)

Driving the Watkins Glen International Raceway – Video #84

Lovely Vineyards of the Finger Lakes, New York

Radisson Hotel Corning

Radisson Hotel Corning (reviews)

The Celler Restaurant (reviews)

Poppleton’s Bakery Cafe (for breakfast) (reviews)

Hand + Foot Restaurant (reviews)

Waterfront Restaurant – Hammondsport (revews)

The Finger Lakes, NY Town of Elmira is Full of Surprises!

John W. Jones (ex-slave)

John W. Jones Museum Project


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Tucker wrote:

Just listened to this one yesterday… Excellent review of the Queen City, BUT… She should’ve tried the wings! Our Western NY wings are far superior to anything you’ll find elsewhere. Sort of like visiting Germany, but not having any bratwurst, just because you can buy Johnsonville brats at the grocery store!


works for me, although again I would not pair them with a sweet dessert wine like we did when we were in town


No, sir! Better paired with a Genesee beer, or Southern Tier Brewery’s “One Buffalo” beer. I really enjoy your podcasts. Keep up the good work!

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Travel to the Finger Lakes in New York - What to see, do and sip in the heart of New York State.

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