Exploring Your Own Backyard: Corning, NY

Since I’m taking a break from exercise and my usual level of activity, I’ve been looking for ways to fill my time. I will be doing a post later this week about all the things I’ve been doing to accomplish this. One of the toughest parts is the weekends. The weekend is when I am usually most active, so it’s been difficult to come up with things to do instead.

But why not use this break to take the time to explore the areas around my city? Despite living here my whole life, there are many areas close to Buffalo that I’ve yet to explore. So this Summer, that’s what I’ll be doing! EXPLORING MY OWN BACKYARD!



First up Corning, NY…home of the Corning Museum of Glass which I hadn’t been to until this past Saturday!


I woke up early, had a delicious breakfast….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[eggs on toast with salsa, pear with laughing cow, yogurt with amazing grass and cocoa, and a carrot cake fiber love bar!]

And hopped in my car for a day of exploring!

First up, a session I signed up for to try from glass fusing!


I entered the glass studio and was able to see some demonstrations of glass being blown. Then I headed to the area where the fusing was taking place. I decided to make a ‘curved plate’ for my piece. All I had to do was glue smaller shards of glass onto a base piece, then the piece is placed into a ‘curved plate’ mold and the glass mixes and melts together to form a beautiful plate! IMG_6170

This is the before project! I will show you the after once I go back to pick it up! IMG_6168[Cool safety goggles for the win! :)]

I then did some exploring in the museum itself and went to the gift shop too! So many beautiful glass pieces to see!




IMG_6166A snack was enjoyed on the outdoor patio before heading to Corning’s main shopping street.



I did some window shopping and took a bunch of great photos of the local scenery…marketst2


I came across a fun little cafe and decided to stop for lunch! oldworldcafe

I got a grilled chicken salad with a huge side of guac! It was SO fresh and delicious! Plus and orange, some pretzels, and a Simply Whey bar on the side<—my favorite flavor!corninglunchThen I hopped in my car and headed back home!

It was such a fun day and I really enjoyed going off on my own and exploring an area I had never been to before. Sometimes I’m a little hesitant to do things like this on my own, but I think it’s good to be independent on occasion! Builds character, ya know! :)

Corning is such a quaint little town and I couldn’t have picked a better day to visit. The sun was shining, people were out and about, and I discovered lots of little attributes that made the whole experience great.

I will definitely be taking more little trips like this all summer. I encourage you to look in your own area for things you haven’t done or experienced before! You never know what you’ll find!

Off to go watch more Orange is the New Black! I am ashamed to admit how many episodes I’ve watched already (EIGHT!…..eeeeep!).

Have a great day, friends!

Are there places near your home town that you’re unfamiliar with?

What’s the last little day trip you took?

How did you spend your weekend?


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  1. Amanda says

    I love exploring my own city! I’m going to have some family in town this weekend and I discovered all these really cool places to show them that I didn’t even know existed!

    Do you mind if I ask – why didn’t you get ice cream? Is it a fear food? I’m not judging (please don’t take it that way), just curious. If you’re not there yet, you’re not there and that’s OK. You can’t change overnight. I just thought it was weird that you chose a salad from a cafe when there’s ice cream available?

  2. says

    I should really explore my own backyard more often! I just made a summer to-do list of things to do in my area/in NJ/NY. We’ll see how much I can get done! I was actually considering doing the Wineglass Marathon this fall. I don’t think I will be doing a fall marathon anymore, but it’s on my bucketlist, so eventually I’ll be up visiting Corning!
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  3. says

    That looks like a really fun day! I’ve learned to love going on adventures on my own, since I live away from my family now and have a weird work schedule, so it works better for me to just do things when I can. I’m looking forward to showing my fam around though when they come visit me next month!
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  4. says

    I moved into my new house this weekend so my backyard literally is new to me! Beyond that, I live near Toledo, Ohio and there are so many things to do that I never get time for as a mom. I need to make a seasonal bucket list and just start doing them. Some things I can take Quinn to, but others would be fun to do with friends, my husband or alone as a peaceful day!
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  5. says

    Can I come over exploring your area?! I’ve only ever watched professional glass blowers – they do amazing things! – but haven’t worked with glass myself yet. I’m curious to see what yours will look like when finished.
    I’m not living in my home town anymore but even when I lived there again for a few months for an internship I got to discover new places thanks to work.The area I grew up in has a lot of hidden awesomeness that I hope to eventually see even more of.
    Going on these fun day trips and discoverin your area better is a wonderful idea to spend time instead of exercising. You’re doing great there!
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  6. says

    How fun! I love exploring all the little nooks and crannies of my small area of Arkansas (and when I share my discoveries, people around here are always saying, “We have that??” Ha!) By the way, I’m loving the glass pieces at the gift shop, and am obsessed with the swirled, multi-color dish to the left of the lamps. Hmmm… wonder if you can order pieces online. ;-)
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