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Experience Trails

Our historic district has been recognized as a benchmark for downtown revitalization across the country. Our Experience Trails will provide you with close-up, hands-on adventures in the heart of our beautiful downtown.


  • 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 a cocoa-butter massage at Four Feathers Massage (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.

Coming soon is our Crystal City Shopping Trail, stay tuned for more details. 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!  

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