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Satellite View of NY Finger Lakes
Penn Yan at the center of The Finger Lakes. (Click to Enlarge)
With our location on Main Street in the historically protected part of the village, we love that fact that most of Penn Yan's local charms are within a pleasant walk of less than ten minutes. The Yates County Historical Society, Oliver House Museum, and the Public Library (a Carnegie building) are steps away from our front door. Further perambulate to appreciate the many beautiful Victorian houses, parks, and a variety of shops and markets in restored nineteenth-century buildings. Penn Yan, the Yates County seat, supports several restaurants, three bookstores, four banks, five taverns, and six churches — truly a classic Northeast American setting worthy of Norman Rockwell.

A block beyond the village center meanders a stream called the Keuka Lake Outlet, running the 7.5 miles from Keuka to Seneca Lake and falling 270 feet along the way. Over the past two centuries it has supported several water-powered mills, a barge canal, and a railroad line — now all faded into history. Today it is alive with white water kayaking, bicycling, hiking and cross-country skiing along the pleasantly wooded Outlet Trail.
Main Street Penn Yan celebrates local producers with a weekly Saturday morning farmer and crafts market, held from late spring though mid October. The Yates Gallery mounts six to eight exhibits of local, regional and international artists every year.

The Keuka Arts Festival is a fine art and skilled craft show held in early June along the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail. Local culture includes Penn Yan's Sampson (legitimate) Theatre, home of The Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Company. When you do choose to hop in your car, the beautiful scenery of the Finger Lakes opens up in all directions, including our Keuka Lake and its varied recreational options. The lakes' hillsides and microclimate are especially favorable for vineyards and within a one hour drive from Penn Yan are over 60 wineries, many of which offer special events for the entire family all seasons of the year.

The Windmill Farm & Craft Market, just south of Penn Yan, hosts nearly 200 vendors on Saturdays starting in May, with live music, local crafts, and the creations of skilled Mennonite farmers and carpenters. At the far end of Keuka Lake, 26 miles south of Penn Yan, lies Hammondsport, home of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to the memory of the great pioneer aviator. The museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation and local history.

Winter activities include snowboarding and cross-country skiing at the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort just 38 minutes away.

For additional cultural events, consider the Smith Opera House in Geneva (22 minutes away) and the CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua (31 minutes away). Geneva is also the location for Hobart & William Smith Colleges while Keuka College calls Penn Yan home.

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