Friday, March 28, 2008

On Our Radar: Corning, New York

Admittedly, Central New York is an unusual pick for JSG, but as one half of us went to Syracuse for school, we have a soft spot for the area. If you're going to go, there's no better time than next week April 4-6 when the Annual Corning Glass Sale is happening. It's the only time of year when you can buy Steuben Glass as well as handiworks from all the local glass blowers on sale. You can even blow glass yourself.
Not packing your bags just yet? Downtown Corning has a "Chocolate Trail" (the first we've ever heard of one), a suggested path you follow with chocolate treats to sample along the way. But what will I wash all that chocolate down with, you ask? Corning is nestled in the Finger Lakes wine region, which we're told is only second to Napa for its concentration of vineyards. The area is know for its Rieslings, which we're going to say is an up and coming wine through our anecdotal experience.

Still on the fence? We suggest ending the weekend at the Turning Stone Casino, a short drive away in Verona, New York. We dream about the Skana Spa (sauna pictured above), which is said to rival Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. It's treatments are Native American based and it features a "sweat lodge experience", which has to be one of the best ways to detox!

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