Corning, NY- Inn at the Gaffer Grille

After a long day at the Corning Museum of Glass, it was time to check in to our hotel- The Inn a the Gaffer Grille. Let me just say that we did not have high hopes when driving up to it.  It is above a bar and restaurant; the parking lot steps going up to it are metal fire escape steps. BC was wondering what I got us into and I had my fingers crossed for a happy surprise.

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And it was a happy surprise we received! This is my favorite hotel room of the trip! It was not a room, it was suite! A big one with a fireplace!

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And a king size bed! (notice the amount of exclamation points)

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The tub was jetted! I am a happy camper.

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The Inn at the Gaffer Grille is on Market Street, which is the main entertainment street in Corning, is filled with shops and restaurants. One of these restaurants is Hand + Foot– which sounds like an illness but I digress.  We stopped in the industrial looking restaurant for some drinks:

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The Manhattan was on the sweeter side and just my style- superb! The beer list here is pretty unreal- a good selection of local and interesting beers, plus a few normal ones to keep everyone happy. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up on our drink choices.

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For an appetizer we ordered the beer cheese + pretzel:

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This was downright amazing. Delicious cheese, even more delicious buttery pretzel.

The owner brought us out a new dish that is not on the menu yet. It is a sort of a Thai rice bowl with ramps and all sorts of wonderful things. BC said it reminded him of a savory rice pudding.  I am not doing enough to describe how tasty this dish was. Hopefully he puts it on the menu.

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For entrees we ordered some sandwiches. BC’s catfish was only okay but my fried pork belly bahn mi was a winner.

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BC told the owner if they opened up in Baltimore, we would be eating there all the time. #truth

Tonight there was the big opening for the Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass. We wandered back over there to get a nice walk in and see all the festivities.  It was a free event for the public and wow, was it crowded.  There were bands, free food, and free admission to the new wing.

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We had a good time but just needed to crash in our awesome suite, drink wine, and watch The Breakfast Club. Tomorrow is the last day of  our Finger Lakes vacation Sad smile

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