The Perfect Couple's Destination: 6 Things To Do In Penn Yan, New York

things to do in penn yan new york

Penn Yan is a country town, located in Upstate New York. The town’s name is derived from the words, Pennsylvania and Yankee, most likely because its residents originally came from Pennsylvania and New England and New Englanders later called themselves Yankees. Penn Yan was first settled in 1799 and is near Keuka Lake, which is known for its prominent “Y” shape.

Couples, especially, will enjoy their time in Penn Yan, as its most notable tourist attractions are its relaxing marinas, romantic wineries, and quaint markets. Here is a list of the top 6 things to do on a romantic trip to Penn Yan.

1. Fox Run Vineyards

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Spend a romantic afternoon sipping wine and touring all 55 acres (22.3 hectares) of Fox Run Vineyards, which overlooks Seneca Lake. Guests can choose from a wide range of wines, including Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. During the wine tastings, Fox Run Vineyards will teach guests how to pair wines with various foods. The menu and instruction are led by Winemaker Peter Bell and Chef Brud Holland and will help guests make informed wine pairing decisions, even after they go home.

For a more in-depth and personal view into Fox Run Vineyards, 2 hour VIP tours are available. After a private tour of the winery, guests are led to the barrel room, for a wine and artisan cheese platter tasting.

Fox Run Vineyards

Address: 670 State Route 14, Penn Yan, New York, 14527

Website: Fox Run Vineyards

2. Climbing Bines Hop Farm

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Posted by Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Craft Ale Company on Friday, 14 August 2015

At Climbing Bines Hop Farm, beer lovers will learn all about how hops are grown and will get a glimpse into the local brewing industry of Penn Yan. Visit the farm just to kick back, listen to a live band, and taste the craft ales on tap, or book a special event. Choose from their house ales, which include an IPA, Amber, Pale, Blonde, and Hefeweizen. These beers can be purchased in all sizes, the largest being 32 ounces (.9 liters). Climbing Bines Hop Farm will also host your wedding ceremony and reception, with the help of your wedding planner.

Climbing Bines Hop Farm

Address: 511 Hansen Point Rd, Penn Yan, New York, 14527

Website: Climbing Bines Hop Farm

3. Apple Barrel Orchards

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Apple picking is a longtime favorite activity for New Yorkers, especially during the autumn months. Picking fruit together with loved ones is one of the best ways to share precious bonding time. Since the 1960s, Apple Barrel Orchards has been supplying the people of Penn Yan with unique orchard experiences. With 15 apple varieties, 8 grape varieties, and a cherry orchard, visitors will leave with baskets of sweet smelling fruits. Apple Barrel Orchards opens when the apple season begins in September and closes when the season ends.

Apple Barrel Orchards

Address: 2673 Sand Hill Rd., Penn Yan, New York, 14527

Website: Apple Barrel Orchards

4. Keuka Lake

Keuka Lake
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Known as “canoe landing” in the language of the Seneca people, Keuka Lake is famous for its “Y” shape and its proximity to many of Penn Yan’s wineries. The lake is home to fish such as bass, trout, and salmon, making it a popular place for fisherman. Penn Yan residents also use the lake for swimming, boating, and other recreational activities. The water is warm due to the shallowness of the lake, so don’t be afraid to jump right in. Rent a cottage by the lake, watch the sunrise, or take a tour of the wine trail on your romantic journey through Penn Yan.

Keuka Lake

Website: Keuka Lake

5. The Windmill Farm and Craft Market

Posted by The Windmill Farm and Craft Market on Tuesday, 11 July 2017

From April until December, the Windmill Farm and Craft Market is open to the public. It is the very first farm and craft market to be organized in Upstate New York and has been running for 30 years. With 200 vendors, the Windmill Farm and Craft Market caters to almost 10,000 guests per week. Vendors offer a fine mix of items, such as food, fresh produce, clothing, beauty items, and collectibles. Those needing wheelchair assistance are welcome to attend, as the event is wheelchair friendly. There are even extra wheelchairs at the information booth. The best part about the Windmill Farm and Craft Market is that the admission and parking are free.

The Windmill Fram and Craft Market

Address: 3900 New York 14A, Penn Yan, New York, 14527

Website: The Windmill Farm and Craft Market

6. Garrett Memorial Chapel

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Posted by Dolce Amica Event Planning & Design on Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Garrett Memorial Chapel is built on the land that once belonged to Garrett and Company, which was the largest producer of wine in the area, from 1902 to 1940. Owners Paul and Evelyn Garrett built the chapel as a memorial to their son, Charles Garrett, who died of tuberculosis, in 1929. Currently, Garrett Memorial Chapel is an active Christian church, which holds Sunday services, between July 2nd and Labor Day. Weddings are also held at the chapel. Despite receiving over 200 requests a year, only 15 weddings can be held at the chapel per season and guests are limited to 75 people. Bookings usually occur 6 to 18 months in advance.

Garrett Memorial Chapel hosts live music events during the summer months, as well as fundraising events in order to raise funds for the church’s repair and restoration project. More information about these events can be found on the website.

Garrett Memorial Chapel

Address: 5251 Skyline Drive, Bluff Point, New York, 14478

Website: Garrett Memorial Chapel

Perfect retreat

If you are looking to go on a couple’s retreat in the country, Penn Yan is the perfect place to go. With its captivating views of Keuka Lake, you will be begging to stay, when it is time to go home. Pristine nature, romantic vineyards, and an array of lake activities allow travelers enjoy a peaceful atmosphere without getting bored. Using this list as a starting point, discover all that Penn Yan has to offer.

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