Gaffer District
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Jodi H
100 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
This downtown part of Corning is very quaint. The street is lined with various restaurants, wine bars and shops. We enjoyed eating at a few of these and browsing through the shops. The town center clock is beautiful and the square that it’s in is a fantastic place to gather with friends, have a meal outdoors or even play a tune on the piano for everyone’s enjoyment!
Written September 4, 2022
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lindamI5940PL
Phoenix, Arizona8 contributions
Aug 2022
Spent time walking around, had a lovely time at FLX Provisions, introduced to a wonderful NY Syrah! Had one of the best dinners at Nine Elephants. Charming area. Good for a Day trip.
Written August 26, 2022
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Ntrekker
Metuchen, NJ1,022 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
The Gaffer is the downtown area of Corning with shops and restaurants. Nice walking area with ample parking. Nice local shops and restaurants.
Written November 7, 2020
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cakedeco
Cleveland, OH662 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This was a place we had visited before when we were in Corning and had a good time. Perhaps it was the month or middle of the week, but we found most of the shops and boutiques closed.
There was only an antique store and one glass shop open.
There were plenty of places to grab lunch though.
Written March 9, 2020
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Susan P
10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Cute stores that were mostly closed on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday. A few decent restaurants but slim pickings. Very quiet. The Hilton Garden Inn was excellent and above expectations. Wegman’s helped too! Nice for 1-2 days- Corning Museum was brilliant and worth the trip
Written August 3, 2021
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BufBills2020
Corning, NY363 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
With lots of specialty stores and charm, the Gaffer District is a fun place to "hang out". Add the Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum of Western Art the Benjamin Patterson Inn, local Finger Lakes, and very scenic areas, a visit to the Gaffer District should prove to be most worthwhile.
Written November 20, 2014
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GettinOn
Bronx, NY113 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Visiting this shopping area is more like going Back to the Future than to a mall.
There are many good old fashioned shops, some more upscale designer stores and several outlet locations.
If you visit the Corning Museum of Glass, it is a stop on their shuttle service, making the location an easy spot for a snack break and diversion.
Written September 22, 2018
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Cristen S
Waterville, ME160 contributions
Jun 2018
The Gaffer District was a great place to spend some time while in the area. My friend and I took advantage of 2 or 3 of the restaurants and managed to get in to 2 or 3 shops as well. Most of the shops close early even during the busy summer season on weekends, and we often weren't back from our adventures in time to enjoy them. We did get to do some dining however, and were never disappointed.
Written July 23, 2018
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Momma23boyz
Mid Atlantic418 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We stumbled upon this area of Corning quite by accident and loved it. It’s basically what small-town America used to be—a strip of historic buildings that house small businesses, shops, galleries, pubs, a movie theater, and the Rockwell Museum. If you are at the Corning Museum, the Gaffer District is right across the river. It’s a pleasant walk or a short drive. There’s a park along the river and one block up is Main Street, the heart of the Gaffer District.

On a beautiful summer evening, we passed people walking dogs, eating ice cream, dining al fresco, and basically just hanging out—and they didn’t seem like tourists. The streets were clean and safe. Parking was easy. Lots of interesting stores, coffee shops, and restaurants and not a single “chain.” We ate an early dinner, went to the movies at the Palace Theatre (first run films, intimate theatre with stadium seats, freshly popped popcorn), strolled around the park, and finished up with some great homemade ice cream before returning to our hotel. There’s at least two options for lodging in the District: The Radisson and the Gaffer Inn.
Written June 26, 2018
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Russ K
Newcastle, CA57 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
The visitors center was a great place to start the walking tour of the area. Having the buildings identified and numbered (listing and map picked up at the visitor center) by the clock tower, makes this very special.
I loved all the buildings and the old town feeling. The different faces on the buildings, and the details of the buildings are special to me and identify different architectural ideas.

Easy to walk and park.

The staff at the information center was very helpful.

This is a don't miss place.
Written May 30, 2017
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