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Inside Mark Twain’s NY Turf

Meet Lindsey, an Elmira native with excellent taste. Step inside her Elmira, New York state of mind.

The best resources for learning about Elmira

While I was in high school, I was an intern for the Star-Gazette, so that will always be my go-to source for Elmira happenings.  For regional information, I consult Life in the Finger Lakes magazine.

Your go-to locale for...

  • Coffee: Light's Bakery in Downtown Elmira for diner-style coffee and a cupcake.
  • A sandwich: Elbow Room on the Westside for a world-famous Billy Burger and fries.
  • A night out with friends: Simon's in Horseheads for surf and turf hibachi...and the show accompanying it!
  • Date night: Louie's in Horseheads for eggplant parmesan (if I like my date) or garlic chicken wings (if I don't).
  • A glass of wine or cocktail: Hill Top on Jerusalem Hill for vino and the best view in town.
  • Dessert: The Fairshake in Pine City for heaping portions of soft serve ice cream and nostalgia.

The hotel you always book or recommend to friends, and why:

I'd recommend the Painted Lady Bed & Breakfast in Elmira.  Other great regional picks:  The Radisson Hotel in Corning (great food), La Tourelle in Ithaca (gorgeous spa), The Statler Hotel in Ithaca (go Cornell!) and Esperanza Mansion on Keuka Lake (picturesque lakeside retreat).

The ONE thing visitors must see or do, and why:

Twain gravestone wp The gravestone of Samuel Langhorne Clemens/Mark Twain.
Anything and everything Mark Twain!  He spent a considerable amount of time in the Elmira area, so visitors to the region should definitely take in the story behind his stories. Your favorite hidden (or not so anymore) gem, and why: Nothing beats an afternoon on Harris Hill.  From glider rides and the National Soaring Museum to miniature golf and the arcade, there is something that everyone will enjoy.

Number of hours or days required in town for the "full" experience:

Downtown Elmira wp Downtown Elmira.
For Elmira, one day.  But I'd highly recommend a long weekend combining visits to Elmira, Corning, and Ithaca.

The town is great for what type of visitor:

  • INNOVATE (the tinkerers and life-long students)

The town is best explored by: 


The town is best explored in: 

Autumn, Summer, Spring.

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