Travel You Can Feel Good About: Sustainable Businesses in Yates County

Visitors from all over can find eco-friendly businesses throughout Yates County from restaurants, shops, accommodations, and so much more. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and rustic charm the area has to offer and use this itinerary to find our area businesses that share your love for our planet, when you visit.

DAY 1: PENN YAN

Start your getaway by experiencing all that this small town in the heart of the Finger Lakes region has to offer, and the variety of eco-friendly businesses.

  • A unique shopping experience: Staving Artist Woodwork uses wood barrels from local wineries in his work. Admire handmade, one-of-a-kind, stunning furniture, fixtures, home accessories, and gifts.
  • Visit a brewery that brews on geothermal energy: Abandon Brewing Company is located on Keuka Lake and is committed to reducing the impact on the planet through their brewing process. Water is heated using a geothermal system, which also aids in cooling the chilling system to maintain proper fermentation temperatures. Wastewater is also reclaimed and treated to protect the watershed, and applied to the surrounding vineyards to keep the water cycle going. Stop in for a tasting of beer made with the planet in mind.
  • Dine at a farm-to-table restaurant: Visit 18th Amendment Kitchen and Cocktail Bar for high quality, fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally, so you will get the best ingredients for any season you visit.

DAY 2: NEARBY SENECA LAKE

Spend the day enjoying local food, views, and recreational activities along scenic Seneca Lake.

  • Lunch at a Finger Lakes favorite: Head to FLX Wienery for a variety of meats ranging from sausages, brats, burgers, and more. Their menu is full of locally sourced ingredients, and the facility is run by solar power. They also have a charging station for electric vehicles!
  • Enjoy wine and vineyard views: Spend the afternoon overlooking Seneca Lake at Fox Run Vineyards. Enjoy wine tastings and consider taking a tour of their facility. Not only do they use fresh and local ingredients in their cafe, but they practice numerous sustainable procedures on their land to reduce their environmental impact. Their dedication to sustainability goes beyond the vineyards. Their bottle crusher turns their glass bottles to sand, then it’s spread throughout the vineyards, keeping bottles from landing in local landfills. Lastly, they planted a 4-acre monarch butterfly and bee sanctuary and established bee hives nearby to support the pollinator population.
  • Stop in to Sweet Farm for a furry meet & greet: Sweet Farm is a climate sanctuary and leader in sustainability in the Finger Lakes and beyond. As the world’s first nonprofit sanctuary to address the impact that factory farming has on climate change — they focus on ongoing climate education, regenerative agriculture, farm animal rescue, and the sustainable technology that is disrupting agriculture and food production. Visit the farm for a tour to learn about their mission and meet some of the rescued animals that now call this place, home. Read more about Sweet Farm in our Q&A Blog with Co-Founder Nate Salpeter.
  • Get some fresh air: Appreciate the outdoors along the Keuka Outlet Trail as they work to preserve, protect, and develop the property. You are welcome to participate in a variety of activities along the seven miles of wooded trail including walking, biking, fishing, and more.
  • Spend a luxurious night surrounded by nature: If you love camping in style, book one of the new FLX Treehouse Retreats. Relax in the natural quiet found in the 14 acres of wooded lakefront with treetop views unlike any other in the Finger Lakes. Accepting bookings starting May 2024 and beyond.

DAY 3: AROUND THE FINGER LAKES

Explore and learn all there is to know about the region through unique, sustainable experiences.

  • Enjoy a sweet treat: Spotted Duck Creamery is more than just an ice cream stand. Here, you’ll be able to walk around the farm, feed some of the farm animals, and taste fresh ice cream exactly where it was made.
  • Wine tasting at an eco-friendly winery: Sip on wine and enjoy the view of Keuka Lake at Hunt Country Vineyards. This winery is almost entirely run by solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and have 24 acres of land that they cultivate various certified organic grapes. You can also charge your electric vehicle here!
  • Learn about the Finger Lakes: Through interactive exhibits and educational programs, you can learn and appreciate the region at Saunders Finger Lakes Museum. Their mission is to inspire appreciation and celebrate the culture and ecology of the vast Finger Lakes Region. As they deconstruct a building on their campus, they are carefully separating materials that will be recycled and reused in the new building, and in other parts of their campus. The Museum’s new main building is anticipated to open in 2026.

Sustainability is all around us here in Yates County. When you visit, we hope you appreciate and support our eco-friendly businesses!

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