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Known for its picturesque Centerway Square, our downtown is filled with the promise of fabulous shopping and amazing food! Corning's Gaffer District is filled with endless reasons to #exploreCorning. We are excited that we are rated as a very walkable downtown! We offer captivating ways to #exploreCorning, our Buildings Alive self-guided historic architecture tour, our award-winning, and top customer rated Chocolate Trail, our Antiques and Vintage Collectible Trail, City of Corning Public Art installations, Alley Art project, award-winning dining destinations, incredible museums, galleries all nestled in a city in the heart of a gorgeous river valley surrounded with a beautiful skyline in every season. We are fortunate to have beautiful tree-lined sidewalks and an award-winning restored historic bridge transformed into a park suspended over the river to stroll our downtown. It is an award-winning downtown filled with one extraordinary experience after another!


About our Experience trails: our historic district has been recognized as a benchmark for downtown revitalization across the country. The story of our remarkable restoration and breathtaking architecture are featured in our Buildings Alive Tour and the perfect backdrop for anyone who decides to #exploreCorning and shares a photo with the world! The highly acclaimed Chocolate Trail has been a top-rated experience trail since it was created by a self-proclaimed chocolate lover in 2004. Proof that Chocolate Lovers are serious about their obsession and we have everything from the Legendary Pecan ball and the Steuben Bar Chocolate Martini at the Radisson Hotel to custom-made chocolates and a make-your-own chocolate class at The Source (proceed with caution, even the most serious chocolate lover will be challenged to try it all in one trip)! Our restaurants are proud to be a celebrated part of the Bon Appetit Dining Destinations on the Appalachian Trail, there are so many delicious reasons to taste your way through Corning's Gaffer District. Don't miss a chance to shop in our many unique, independently-owned shops and boutiques complemented by national brands such as Corningware, Corelle and More, Tommy Hilfiger, BASS, Van Heusen, and many lifestyle brands at Pure Design and Connors Mercantile. If your favorite kind of adventure is picking through wonderful antique, vintage and collectible shops in search of your next must-have treasure, our Antiques, Vintage and Collectible Trail brought to you by our very own old-fashioned candy shop, Dimitri's Confectionery Treats, awaits you. We invite you to spend some time to #exploreCorning on our many self-guided experiences, mix it up, have fun and please tag @gafferdistrict and #explorecorning we love to see you enjoying our downtown!  Coming soon is our Crystal City Shopping Trail, stay tuned for more details.  

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