Last weekend, Ryan and I went to his hometown of Vestal, NY for a little weekend getaway. I was born and raised in NYC, so I have to admit that when I envision upstate NY, I picture cold weather, snow, and not much excitement. Both of my brothers went to SUNY Binghamton for undergrad and I’ve visited Ryan’s childhood home several times now, so I have a decent idea of what to do when you are a Downstate New Yorker finding yourself in Upstate New York. Here are the highlights of our very short trip last weekend.
1. Corning Museum of Glass: The museum was celebrating the opening of a new contemporary art wing, so admission was free all weekend. Free things are just more fun in my opinion. I was blown away by how wonderful this museum was. There were live demonstrations. We got to see Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra make some breathtaking pieces.
Lino Tagliapietra at work (right) and his piece Endeavor (left)
Tagliapietra’s piece Endeavor is an installation of 35 glass boats inspired by the gondolas in his hometown of Venice. His work took me back to college when I studied abroad and traveled all over Europe.
Linda and our friend Stephen on a gondola ride in Venice back in 2008 (left) and Burano, Italy (right)
The piece above was my favorite in the entire museum. From far away, the piece looked like three trees, but as you got closer you could see that they were made of individual recycled glasses. Ryan and I have been searching for a coupe, and I wanted to snag one so badly they were so beautiful!
2. Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes
We had limited time, so we drove up and down Seneca Lake. The Finger Lakes have the best Rieslings in the country, and quite possibly in the world. My favorite vineyard we visited was Herman J. Weimer. I definitely want to return in the summertime to see the grapes growing!
We ate at FLX Wienery. The house-made sausages and hot dogs were spectacular. This was Ryan’s first time having poutine!
FLX Wienery Before and After: As Ryan put it, “we did some serious damage to the napkins.”
The rest of the weekend involved lots of driving, trips to Wegmans, and watching House Hunters while eating cold pizza =). It was perfect.
Have you been to upstate NY? Any recommendations on things to do? I’d love to hear your suggestions!