Heron Hill Winery

Overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake is Heron Hill Winery (with additional tasting rooms in Himrod and Cananadaigua). Not only do they offer delicious wines, but these sustainable folks also grow their grapes without chemical fertilizers 🙅‍♀️, herbicides 🙅, or pesticides 🙅‍♂️. AND, they use cultivation practices that protect soil 🌱, support biodiversity 🐛, and reduce the need for irrigation 💧 Visit their Facebook page to book a tasting!

Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center is a 900-acre environmental education center just west of Canandaigua Lake… And they have indeed REOPENED! 🤩 What they have to offer: guided hikes 🚶‍♀️👨‍🦯, an eco-book club 🌱📖, forest school for kids up to age 15 🐛, an annual Maple Sugaring event 🍁, yoga in the pines 🌲🌲🧘‍♀️🌲🌲,…….. and much more! Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to learn about how they’re helping you stay safe during your visit 👍

The Windmill Farm & Craft Market

This hoppin’ farm and craft market, nestled between Seneca and Keuka Lake has been around since the 80’s and has grown to be 200 (TWO-HUNDRED 🤯) shops. What you can do there: enjoy a hearty breakfast 🥞, buy fresh, local produce 🍒, check out the shops 👜, see a free show 🎭, and relax at lunch in the mini-pine tree forest! 🌲👨‍👨‍👧‍👧🥪🌲 Check out their Facebook page to see cute pictures of all the great things they have to offer!

Found in Ithaca: Antiques, Vintage, & Unusual Objects

Finding new homes for pre-loved goods 💗 Reopened! Go on in! Just 2 blocks from the Ithaca Wegmans, you’ll find….furniture from 19th c. formal to Mid-Century 🛏,, country primitive, cottage style and industrial pieces 🕰, Glass, china, pottery 🥣, estate/vintage jewelry 💍, ~ vintage clothing 🩱, art 🖼, ~ collectibles, books 📚, and more!🤩 Plus, they can deliver locally! 🚛

Boxy Bikes

Boxy Bikes is an e-bike and bike repair shop in Ithaca, NY. They have electric bikes to rent and buy and can also customize your regular bicycle to have electric assistance, allowing you to climb hills 🧗‍♀️, carry more 🎒, and go fast 🚵‍♀️ Open every day by appointment! 📅

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards in Lafayette, NY (between Cortland and Syracuse) has been growing apples for over 100 years. Like 1911 Cider? 🍻 It’s made from their apples!!!! 🤩 They’ve also got apple picking starting on August 27th 🥳; a great social-distancing-friendly activity made safer by COVID guidelines put in place to protect you. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. 😊

Eagle Envelope

Eagle Envelope is a print shop in Trumansburg, NY for envelopes and everything you put inside of them. They prepare your order quickly, affordably, and with a high quality standard. Plus, everything is printed with 100% wind power generated in New York State that produces zero carbon emissions. Need we say more? Visit their website to request a quote!

Easy Living Hats

Easy Living Hats employs creative women to manufacture hats by hand in Ithaca, NY. The hats are designed for all ages and activities, variously made from hemp, locally-sourced wood, or cotton recycled from textile production waste, and sold online and at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Their recent collection of naturally dyed Sun Hats sold out within 4 DAYS! 😱 The next batch is due to release very soon, so subscribe to the email list for that update! In the meantime, shop HEMP Sun Hats – locally made, with certified organic hemp twine: an easy-packing, versatile, durable and “scrunchable” summer hat that fits all sizes!

Finger Lakes Toy Library

Imagine: Toys for everyone to borrow…A community resource devoted to play… Well, imagine no more; there’s Finger Lakes Toy Library – a lending library that increases access to toys, supports play, and encourages a culture of reuse and sharing. A great resource for families, child care providers, therapists, family workers, grandparents, babysitters and more.🌟 Due to COVID-19, you can now reserve toys online💻 , pick up curbside 🚗, and keep toys longer 🕙. Toys are also quarantined for 72 hours between borrowers. 🌟

Beaver Lake Nature Center

15 minutes northwest of Syracuse – Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails 🏃🏃‍♀️ featuring 200 species of birds 🦆🦉🦇🦅 and over 800 varieties of plants 🌻🌳🌷🌺🍁. Kayak or canoe too if thats your thing! COVID accommodations include closing the visitors center and capping the parking lot at 1/3 capacity to encourage social distancing. Visit their Facebook page to learn about species like this one.

Bottomless Brewing

The Finger Lakes Most Awarded Craft Brewery! This old dairy barn in Geneva has been equipped with two tap rooms for tastings and pints. They’ve reopened Thursday – Sunday with an abbreviated food menu on Saturday and Sunday. They’ve also got tons of bands coming this month; Check out their event page to peruse the…

We Did It! NY Finalizes Statewide Strong Water Standards

“The New York State Department of Health has taken the final step to establish drinking water standards for three toxic chemicals  that have polluted water in communities across the state. In doing so, New York leads the nation with some of the most stringent drinking water protections for PFOA and PFOS (part of a broader class of PFAS chemicals), and the only drinking water standard for 1,4-dioxane”…