Rufus Tanner House of the Finger Lakes Region
Things To Do & Attractions

Seasonal Events Attractions Restuarants


Guided river paddles with Friends of the Chemung River

Paddlers must bring their own canoes or kayaks, life vests and paddles. No motorized boats will be allowed. The trips are limited to first 10 paddlers who register. For more information and to register for one or all of the paddles, contact Jim Pfiffer at Chemung River Friends, or (607)-846-2242

Hiking & Biking & Water fun

Tanglewood Nature Center, Elmira (
Gleason Meadows and Frenchman's Bluff at Tanglewood Nature Center -
covers 172 acres of meadow, scrubland, and woods. The high elevation means this area is likely to have snow when other areas are bare. Pick a loop to fit your time and ability. The 3-mile Red Oak Trail leads to a scenic view of the Chemung River valley originally produced during the Ice Age and now enhanced by the river. Snowshoe rental during winter months. No dogs allowed. Terrain: Steep hills.

Personius Woods Trails (off site Tanglewood Nature Center trail) West Hill Rd., Elmira. Dogs allowed on leash.

Eldridge Park, Elmira
Eldridge Park offers a variety of recreational facilities for the whole family, including a 1.4 mile lakeside trail for walking, jogging, rollerblading, cross-country skiing and biking. Also available at the park is a historical carousel (where you can still catch a brass ring!), skateboard park, boat rides and picnic facilities.

Spencer Crest Nature Center, Corning
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced hiking trails. Spencer Crest Nature Center, Inc. in Corning NY is a not-for-profit organization providing environmental educational and recreational activities for the greater Corning area. The Center features 250 acres and 7 miles of trails with two ponds, a stream and a museum of natural systems which includes changing displays, an apiary and an environmentally sensitive design.           

Catherine Valley Trail-
Length: 12 miles
Trail end points: Village Marina at N. Decatur St. (Watkins Glen) and Smith Rd. east of Watkins Rd./SR 14 (Pine Valley)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail ID: 6016626 Trail activites: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible,Walking, Cross Country Skiing             

Pine Creek Rail Trail
Recognized as one of the best and most scenic rail-trails in the world. The trail winds along the bottom of the Pennsylvania Greand Canyon and the lower Pine Creek Valley. The crushed limestone trail is flat (less than 1% grade) and slopes downhill when biking south.

Harris Hill Soaring Corporation (Sailplane Rides at Harris Hill)

National Soaring Museusm at Harris Hill, Elmira

The National Soaring Museum (NSM) is one of only two U.S. museums focused on motorless flight.  Elmira, NY is regarded as the "Soaring Capital of America," attracting individuals and associations from around the world for thousands of contests, lectures, symposia, and special events.




5-25 minute drive

Mark Twain exhibit at Hamilton Hall and the Mark Twain Study on Elmira College campus

Mark Twain historical sites
Scholar Center, family gravesites at Woodlawn Cemetery includes burial site of almost 3,000 Confederate soldiers

Chemung Valley History Museum

The Booth Library -

The center for genealogy and historical research at the Chemung County Historical Society. It holds approximately 4,000 books, 30,000 manuscripts, 16,000 photographic images, and 11,000 maps and architectural records. It has been collecting, preserving, and studying resources on the Chemung Valley region since 1923.                

Antique Shops
dozens within a one hour drive

Arnot Art Museum -
17th-20th century European and American sculpture and paintings

Clemens Center -
The Region's Performing Arts Center 

171 Cedar Arts
Offers classes in a variety of art forms - music, dance, visual arts, ceramics, culinary arts and more - for people of all ages and skill levels.             

Tanglewood Nature Center -
a gem of a nature preserve and museum, five trails wind through 252 acres of woods, ponds and meadows

National Soaring Museum -
science and history of motor less flight, sailplane rides available.

Rockwell Museum  

the people, land and ideas that shape America through the eyes of American artists. 

1796 Patterson Inn Museum -

historic buildings and displays (1878 schoolhouse, agricultural exhibit, blacksmith shop, log cabin) open March 31 thru mid-December Monday-Friday 10-4.

Corning Museum of Glass -
dynamic live glass-making demonstrations, history of glass, interactive exhibits

TAGS - summer music performances -

Friends of the Chemung River -



25-40 minute drive

Watkins Glen Gorge
hike the wondrous gorge carved by nature (closed Nov. 1 - May 27)

Watkins Glen International Raceway
variety of racing events from NASCAR Winston Cup Race to Vintage Grand Prix

Finger Lakes Wineries
over 65 wineries on three trails
Seneca Trail
Keuka Trail
Cayuga Trail

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
canoeing, rafting, kayaking, bicycling, hiking, cross country skiing, wagon rides, trail rides, fishing

The Planetarium at Corning Community College 
wonders of the universe unfold
through a multi-media theatre

Tioga Downs -

the premier gaming, racing and entertainment destination of the Twin Tiers Region.  Offers fast paced harness racing (in season), Video Lottery Gaming, up-beat atmosphere of a state-of-the-art sports bar, fine food and spirits and a variety of entertaiment. 

Cornell University Lab of Ornithology The Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity- The Visitor Center is open to the public during Lab hours. People of all ages are invited to visit (800) 843-2473. Visits are self-guided.Morgens ObservatoryEnjoy views of Sapsucker Woods pond and the Treman Bird Feeding Garden through an expansive wall of windows. Experience the sights and sounds of birds in the Bartels Family Multimedia Theater.

The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary has more than four miles of trails wind through a variety of habitats used by birds and other wildlife.

Cornell University Plantations  trails, woodlands, wetlands, and wildflower fields just waiting for you to find them.


Restaurants and Breweries    

Elmira Restaurants

 Beijing Garden
607-732-7464 – Szechuan and Hunan Cuisine. Excellent atmosphere, service and food, extensive menu. 145 W. Gray St. Elmira Open from 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Charlie's Cafe
205 Hoffman St., Elmira

Hill Top Inn (seasonal)
607-732-6728 – Great view, good atmosphere and food, extensive menu. Accepts Discover, MasterCard, Visa.

Tanino Ristorante Italiano
607-739-7013 – Serving Italian Mediterranean Cuisine. Smart casual dining. Lunch M-F 11-3, Dinner: M-Thurs & Sun 4-9 and Fri & Sat 4-10

Simon’s  Tapas Bar & Japanese Steak House
607-796-5888 Open 7 days a week  All major credit cards

Tuna II Restaurant Japanese Sushi Bar 
607-737-8888 M-Th 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-a0:30pm, Sun. noon-9:30pm.

Classic Cafe
805 Pennsylvania Ave.
Elmira, NY  14904

There are other small restaurants, coffeehouses and pizza places within a 5-25 minute drive from Rufus Tanner House in the Elmira/Corning area.



Corning Restaurants

Three Birds
607-936-8862 - Open daily from 5-10 p.m. for dining and the bar is open from 3 p.m. to midnight. 73 E. Market St.

Market Street Brewing Co. & Restaurant
607-936-BEER - an "upscale pub" menu, has a bier-garten which is enclosed during the winter months, foods cooked on premises, offers daily dinner specials, including a large selection of non-meat items. Mon-Sat 11:30-1:00 a.m. 63 W. Market St.

Tony R's
607-937-9277 Steak and Seafood. Elegant upscale atmosphere and service, excellent food. Mon.-Thurs. 3-9; Fri.-3-10; Sat. 4-10; Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 to 2 and Sun. 10:30-3:00.  2-8 Market St. Corning

Grill 1.2.5
607-962-5000 - at the Radisson Hotel in Corning, menu offers an array of grilled and non-grilled items, appetizers and desserts, features fresh New England seafood and Angus steaks. 125 Dennison Parkway,

The Gaffer Grille & Tap Room
58 W. Market St. 607-962-4649 Lunch M-F 11:30am-3:00pm; Dinner Mon-Sat. 4:30-10:30pm.

607-974-8226 Mexican food M-W 11:30am-2:30pm, Thurs.-Sat. 11:30am-8:00pm

Restaurants in Watkins Glen and along Seneca Lake

Rooster Fish Brewing
301 N. Franklin St. Watkins Glen great food and ambience 607-535-9797 

Glen Mountain Market
607-535-6900 Corner of 200 N. Franklin St. & Second St. in Watkins Glen. Upscale deli & gourmet vegetarian foods preservative free foods, hand made every day.

Grapevine Deli & Bakery Cafe
418 N. Franklin St. Watkins Glen Mon-Sat 7am-3pm. 607-535-0013

The Stonecat Cafe
offers organic regional cuisine and deck-side dining overlooking Seneca Lake (607) 546-5000

Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro
Dining indoors or outside deck (weather permitting)
3675 Tichenor Road, Hector, NY 14841  607-546-4100


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