Pre-Bex Tours September 11th

ALL ONLINE PRE-BEX TOUR SIGN-UP’S ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME AS OF 9/4/18.  YOU WILL NEED TO VISIT THE FINGER LAKES WINE COUNTRY BOOTH IN PERSON AT CMoG IN THE PAVILLION AREA MON 9/10 & TUES 9/11 8A-5P TO SEE ABOUT GETTING ON A TOUR. 

HOME GROWN IN THE FINGER LAKES


Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Activity Level: Shorts or pants preferred, comfortable footwear. Not wheelchair accessible.

Description: We are going to start out the day with some wine tasting and amazing views of Seneca Lake at Glenora Wine Cellars . Learn about wine making in the Finger Lakes and why it is so unique with our climate and landscape. Next on the tour is lunch at FLX Wienery. Enjoy a menu created by owner and Master Sommelier Christopher Bates. Their incredible food is mostly house-made and sourced with local ingredients. You will not be sorry that you were able to enjoy their “high end low brow food”. This will be followed with a scenic drive, and some more popular sips and eats along the way. By the end, you will have tasted some of the best the Finger Lakes has to offer.

 

HOT GLASS IS COOL: THE CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS IN-DEPTH

Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Closed toe shoes required. Fully wheelchair accessible.

Description: Think you know glass? Think again! Prepare to be blown away by the ethereal beauty of the Contemporary Art + Design Wing and the intricate history on display in the 35 Centuries of Glass galleries. Learn about the stunning scientific innovations developed in Corning that have shaped the modern world. Watch live glassmaking demonstrations and try your hand at glassmaking yourself! Work with this magic material that’s hotter than volcanic lava and gain an appreciation for the artistry that goes into everything you see on display at The Corning Museum of Glass. You’ll get to experience both glassblowing and flameworking (creating glass beads at a torch) during your afternoon at The Stu dio. Portions of your glassmaking experience will be exclusive to you and not available to the general public.

 

CRAFT YOUR ADVENTURE EXCURSION


Number of Participants: 6-8
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 5:15p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Not wheelchair accessible.

Description: While the Craft Your Adventure Beverage Trail consists of over 30 craft beverage producers(that’s the “Craft” part), it’s also an attempt to showcase the remarkable outdoor experiences that set the region apart (the “Adventure”). You wouldn’t think something nearly 1,000 miles long would be a secret, yet many people are only just now discovering the scenic footpaths that make up the Finger Lakes Trail. We’ll start the excursion with a relaxing 2.5 mile hike (mostly downhill) on the Mitchellsville Gorge Trail in Hammondsport through a beautiful pine and hemlock forest, beside a deep gorge, before crossing a gentle stream, and ending in a vineyard. Then we’ll start our brew adventure at The Brewery of Broken Dreams for a scrumptious tasting. Next we’ll head to Depot Park where we’ll take a pontoon cruise out onto Keuka Lake. Our destination, The Switzerland Inn (a lakeside restaurant on the east side of the lake). At The Switz we’ll enjoy a tasty lunch. If time allows, we’ll try to stop by Finger Lakes Beer Company on the way back for a tasting.

 

CRADLE OF AVIATION EXCURSION


Number of Participants: 6
Date & Time: September 11, 9a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Seaplane experience is not wheelchair accessible.

Description: Explore the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport which houses an exceptional collection of vintage airplanes, hydro-airplanes, motorcycles and automobiles. In addition to flying dirigibles and planes, Glenn Curtiss’s contributions to aviation are many: he received the first pilot’s license in America, he trained the first female pilot in America, he held the first public air show/flight in the country, and developed the first seaplanes and flying boats which is why he’s known as “Father of Naval Aviation.” Weather permitting, guests will have a chance to check a scenic seaplane flight off their bucket list, including some who might not even realize it was on their bucket list until they take in the incomparable views of the most unusual and visually stunning of all the Finger Lakes. We will end with a winery visit.

 

HANDS-ON CORNING EXCURSION


Number of Participants: 6-8
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Fully wheelchair accessible.

Description: The group will be split in half. There are a number of dairy farms in the region producing some exceptional cheeses. Half of the group will meet with the folks of Golden Age Cheese Company at Cugini’s Cafe for a hands-on mozzarella pulling experience, then sample some of the delicious cheese. The other half of the group will go to Hands-On Glass for a glassblowing
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FINGER LAKES WELLNESS EXPERIENCE


Number of Participants: 8-10
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Not wheelchair accessible.

Description: Traditional yoga poses like Mountain, Camel, and Cow have not been changed to Mountain Goat, LaMancha, or Oberhasli. At least not yet. But some yogis across the country are changing the way people experience yoga. And the trend has found its footing here in the Finger Lakes in small, rural communities like Savona. Your yoga experience will be followed by a hands-on class with Healing Spirits on creating herbal salves or herbal oils class, or crafting your own tea.

 

ON THE WATER AND IN THE WOODS


Number of Participants: 10-13
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Horseback riding component requires advance knowledge of height/weight of all riders. Not wheelchair accessible.

Description: Enjoy an outdoor experience you won’t soon forget! From kayaking on beautiful Seneca Lake to horseback riding through pastures and forest, to an afternoon sail aboard an historic schooner, this excursion has it all for those who want to experience the outdoors in the heart of the Finger Lakes… and unwind a bit, too!

 

HISTORIC OWEGO TOUR


Number of Participants: 15
Date & Time: September 11, 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Fully wheelchair accessible.

Description: The Village of Owego is a charming community on the banks of the Susquehanna River with a storied past as one of the oldest settlements in the region. Visitors will learn about some of the more fascinating and little-known historic facts about Owego, including notable residents, fun facts, buried secrets, and more! You will experience the flourishing arts and hand-craft industry, get a sneak peak of historic buildings under restoration, enjoy the walkable shopping district with independent shops and galleries, eat, drink, and have fun with Owego’s TBEX ambassadors! Wet your whistle and test your luck at Tioga Downs Casino before heading back to Corning.

 

THERE’S MORE TO WINE COUNTRY THAN WINE


Number of Participants: 15
Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG)
Note: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes. Fully wheelchair accessible.

Description: This excursion is for the craft beverage lover who is looking to kick back a bit! We’ll visit the first distillery in the Finger Lakes, the first farm brewery in New York State, sail on a historic schooner, and enjoy delicious food. Sit back, relax, and enjoy on this spirits and sailing adventure!

 

THE SENECA LAKE WINE TRAIL EXPERIENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Participants: 50

Date & Time: September 11, 10AM – 6:PM

Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG)

Drop off Location: Watkins Glen International for Opening Party

Activity Level: Comfortable clothes and footwear. Not wheelchair accessible.

Description: Experience a day exploring one of our beloved wine trails. We will taste the best our wineries have to offer as our hosts pour their wines and answer questions about the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. A buffet-style lunch will be available. In additions to tastings, tours will be available for smaller groups while fellow attendees wander the photogenic vineyards and grounds.

 

A DAY OF GIVING BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Participants: 18

Date & Time: September 11, 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.

Meeting Location: The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG)

Activity Level: Comfortable clothes and footwear. Not wheelchair accesible.

Description: This voluntourism experience will begin at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, named the top Food Bank by Feeding America in 2017. Attendees will tour this amazing facility and then do a volunteer activity. The tour continues on to Tanglewood Nature Center where lunch, complete with local craft beverages, will be provided. Following lunch there will be a tour and volunteer activity. We’re excited to host this tour on the National Day of Service & Remembrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rockwell Museum VIP Tour

   

Number of Participants: 12

Date & Time: September 11, 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Meeting Location: The Rockwell Museum

Activity Level: Comfortable clothes and footwear. Not accessible.

The Rockwell Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, explores art about the American experience. The Rockwell is a unique community center where visitors can enjoy, connect and reflect on the essence of the American spirit through the eyes of American artists. Housed within the Old City Hall building of Corning, the diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes and Native American artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, contemporary photography and historic firearms.

This VIP tour is for true devotees of museums and American art – explore the Rockwell collection with Executive Director Brian Lee Whisenhunt. Plus, gain insider access to The Rockwell’s off-site collections storage facility where you’ll see hidden gems and learn about The Rockwell’s acquisition plan for 2018 and beyond. This portion of the tour is so exclusive that no photography is allowed!