Penn Yan Travel Guide

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Penn Yan Things to Do

  • visit the art gallery

    The Yates County Art Center is in Penn Yan. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 10AM - 4:00PM, Saturday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM. The gallery exhibits art works in glass and wood, paint and canvas, photography and ceramics, sculptures and textiles and bead work.On certain dates (see website below for details), the gallery has a tea or musical...

  • Anthony Road Winery

    This family owned and operated winery use only grapes grown in the region. It has been in operation for the last 25 years. They produce Cardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Cabernet, Vignoles, and several house specialties. Bottles costs are from $10 to $25 each.The first thing you notice on the tour is the beautiful scenic view from the porch and...

  • Windmill Farm Market

    The Windmill Farm Market is essentially five large buildings and the surrounding blacktop areas filled with everything you ever wanted. There is furniture, shoes, candy, kettlecorn, eateries of various types, painters, kettlecorn, woodworkings, quilts, herbs, breads, kettlecorn, jewelry, meats, musicians, toys, weather vanes, etc. etc. and did i...


Penn Yan Hotels

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  • Best Western Vineyard Inn Suites

    142 Lake Street, PENN YAN, NY, 14527

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Viking Resort

    680 East Lake Road, Penn Yan, New York, 14527, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Los Gatos Bed & Breakfast

    1491 State Route 14A, Penn Yan, New York, 14527, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Penn Yan Restaurants

  • quick bite to eat

    Normally I don't bother stopping in these pizza restaurants because they tend to be poor table service (most business is call-in and pick-up or delivery) and not very comfortable. But we were hungry and on the main street in Penn Yan and everyone wanted to stop for coffee and a bite to eat; so we ended up here.It wasn't too bad inside; relatively...

  • Miller's Essenhaus, The Red...

    Miller's Essenhaus, The Red Balloon (hearty home cooking in a cheap and family-oriented atmosphere, if you can ignore all the cigarette smoke)The Essenhaus is run by Mennonites - who, sadly, are being used by Penn Yan to draw in tourist dollars (all $10.). The service is great,and the food is excellent Venison Sausage, a Penn Yan treat, fresh off...

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Penn Yan Nightlife

  • Seneca Farms: The Best Ice Cream!

    by Mariposa53 Updated Feb 17, 2007

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    By far, the best ice cream around!. We usually stay in Penn Yan for 3 days, and each night ends with a trip to Seneca Farms for a dip, or double dip, of their homemade ice cream, in multiple flavors. I love "moose tracks" and "almond joy"; my husband loves "black cherry" and "maple". The prices are reasonable, and the portions are liberal. We will usually buy the cones, then drive around the corner to nearby Indian Pines, park and enjoy, watching the night fall. Then we go back to the bed and breakfast, and get out, look up, and see the night sky, OH MY! literally COVERED with stars, from one horizon to the other. Or we may drive out to Bluff point, and admire the view. In Penn yan, the best things in life are FREE, (or almost). Karen.

    Dress Code: Come as you are. There is drive up or walk in.

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Penn Yan Local Customs

  • Yates County Fair

    The second or third weekend in July is time for the Yates County Fair. (call the phone number below for exact dates and details for this years fair). It starts on a Wednesday and ends Saturday evening.This is a typical agriculture-based county fair with cooking exhibits and contests; 4H exhibits with blue ribbons awarded; carnival rides and side...

  • Definitely be prepared to buy...

    Definitely be prepared to buy a shotgun and gunrack for your pick-up truck.No, really, most Penn Yan people are friendly. If you are just visiting for a weekemd, you might really enjoy your time in Penn Yan.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Penn Yan Warnings and Dangers

  • fairly safe

    The region around Penn Yan is fairly safe. It rates in the top 25% of safe American cities.Rapes and Assaults are the top violent crimes in the area; Larceny and Burglary are the top non-violent crimes.There are 17 registered sex offenders living in the Penn Yan area.If you are traveling with children or a woman traveling alone to the Penn Yan...

  • Penn Yan is a potentially...

    Penn Yan is a potentially dangerous place to live. The villagers of Penn Yan are close-minded and petty. Children are raised to hate outsiders (often called 'vacationers'). Penn Yan school district is suffering from a severe lack of funds, due to the drain of tax dollars that go to projects related to our two storey high pancake griddle, and it's...

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Penn Yan Tourist Traps

  • The Windmill - open air craft...

    by saraswartz Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The Windmill - open air craft market on Saturday mornings. Fruits, veggies and some 'crafts'.

    The Pancake Griddle - this is stupid. Drive by and feel the pathetic nature of Penn Yan.

    Ring of Fire - a weekend celebration where everyone buys flares and light them on their docks, creating a 'ring of fire' around the lake. Save your money.

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    Fox Run Vineyards

    by davecallahan Updated May 31, 2007

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    If you and a partner have $50 each and a few hours of time, then take the VIP tour at Fox Run.
    You are treated to a private and comprehensive winery tour to include the grounds, the buildings and all the contents. The owner and/or winemakers will personally answer questions and describe the vineyard history and the process of wine making.
    You will then participate in a private wine tasting of several wines that are still in barrels and have not been bottled and released to the public. From there you will go on to taste any of the other wines available in the barrel room. A cheese plate is provided to help clear the palate.
    It is a once in a lifetime experience that you will not regret.

    to get there:
    670 route 14
    call the number listed below for more information and to make a reservation (at least one week in advance of your visit)

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Penn Yan Favorites

  • A Nice Little Town to Visit

    by Colleen13 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Penn Yan is a nice little town located on the tip of a GREAT little lake. Sure, there's not much in the way of nightlife or shopping [beyond crafts and knick-knacks], but it's cheap and close to a lot of great excursions.

    With the large mennonite community you often see horse-and-buggys about. As well as traditionally dressed mennonites bicycling about. And it's charm comes mostly from the beautiful scenery.

    Fondest memory: The views from the hills surrounding the lake are incredible.

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