Rockwell Museum and Food in Corning Downtown | A Photoessay


Have you heard of Blanket Stories? I could never imagine how blankets could be a prized possession. Yet, at the Rockwell museum where I stood, I had a tower of blankets topped over one another containing collective memories of individual blanket stories. 

Whereas, downtown Corning is a college town where huge servings of Mac and Cheese at the FoodNetwork recognized Mooney's blew my gut. They say this is one of the top places in the nation to get Mac and Cheese!

                 Jason Barnette and Me enjoying big serving of Stringer Mac and Cheese at Mooney's
If you have in mind what a small city like Corning will have to offer than the Corning Museum of Glass, you may not have explored the vibrant small town in Upstate New York just yet, but it truly deserves it. We spent five days visiting downtown Corning mainly at night for dinners, but there was always good food and good people.

                                                Blanket Stories at Rockwell Museum

I will conveniently walk you through the city through the photo essay. Our Boltbus(from New York - Bukhingam - Corning) dropped us in Corning, and just a few feet away was Rockwell Museum. 

Boltbus cost: $20 one way (from New York)

Sadly, I hear that Boltbus since 2021, has suspended services. The other alternatives would be Megabus or Greyhound.  


The Rockwell Museum collection portrays America's spirit, character, and values through the eyes of American artists. I, of course, loved the Blanket Stories Tower, which was unique. But I also loved the collection of Guns and artifacts by Native Americans. There's a lot to see in this museum, and one can easily spend half a day. The Giftshops also contain cute little things such as Handpainted socks.  

Rockwell Museum Entry Ticket: $20.

Food and Such

I don't know how many of us go to Corning to walk by the lanes. My first time in the town was merely a sole visit to Corning Museum of Glass. However, this time since we stayed for longer, we yearned to explore more. 

Thanks to newfound friends from TEBX(Travel Blog Exchange) such as Jason Rupp, Jason Barnette, April Hope(who I traveled with and is a long-time friend), and Amanda, exploring the city was a breeze.

We walked by the downtown and tasted some fantastic homemade flavors of ice cream samples at the Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream. Some of the unique ones were French Toast and more. 

After that, we took the taxi to our stay at Holiday Inn at Painted Post, located just on the outskirts of Corning. The hotel is basic and affordable yet connected.

Small towns always bring us familiarity. And what we experienced over the next five days was unusual. Little did we know when we would call a cab, either of the two drivers would come making us think if those two were the only two drivers in town. We became acquaintances to somewhat friends, who could share the history and the culture of the place. He told us about the Painted Post and its connection with Native Americans. He even gifted us glasses which we found was a lovely gesture.

Usually, after the TEBX sessions, my newfound friends and I would hunt down downtown Corning for some food. The market street of Corning has tiny restaurants galore. Food was so plenty that we all connected over food and drinks, more than the sessions.

Just stroll by the street, and most often than not, you will find anything within walkable distance. Whatever we wanted, whether it was Tacos, or Burgers and Beer, or Fusion Food at the Cellar or Cocktails at Hand and Foot, we got them all.  

Hand and Foot - Cocktail
The Cellar (Modern Fusion Restaurant) - Tacos, Burger, Beer, Fusion Food
Dippity Do Dahs - Homemade Ice Cream
Mooney's - Mac and Cheese!
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