Hammerstone School Carpentry for Women

Hammerstone School empowers women to use their bodies and minds in creative and useful ways. Here’s how: By increasing the skills of individual women ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง –> more women in trades ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ –> changing workplaces for all women ๐Ÿคฉ! We love to see it ๐Ÿ‘ Visit their website to find info on upcoming courses, workshops, and more.

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 ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ, herbicides ๐Ÿ™…, or pesticides ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ. AND, they use cultivation practices that protect soil ๐ŸŒฑ, support biodiversity ๐Ÿ›, and reduce the need for irrigation ๐Ÿ’ง 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! ๐Ÿคฉ What they have to offer: guided hikes ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฏ, an eco-book club ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ“–, forest school for kids up to age 15 ๐Ÿ›, an annual Maple Sugaring event ๐Ÿ, yoga in the pines ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ,…….. and much more! Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to learn about how they’re helping you stay safe during your visit ๐Ÿ‘

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 ๐Ÿคฏ) shops. What you can do there: enjoy a hearty breakfast ๐Ÿฅž, buy fresh, local produce ๐Ÿ’, check out the shops ๐Ÿ‘œ, see a free show ๐ŸŽญ, and relax at lunch in the mini-pine tree forest! ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฅช๐ŸŒฒ 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 ๐Ÿ’— Reopened! Go on in! Just 2 blocks from the Ithaca Wegmans, you’ll find….furniture from 19th c. formal to Mid-Century ๐Ÿ›,, country primitive, cottage style and industrial pieces ๐Ÿ•ฐ, Glass, china, pottery ๐Ÿฅฃ, estate/vintage jewelry ๐Ÿ’, ~ vintage clothing ๐Ÿฉฑ, art ๐Ÿ–ผ, ~ collectibles, books ๐Ÿ“š, and more!๐Ÿคฉ Plus, they can deliver locally! ๐Ÿš›

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 ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ, carry more ๐ŸŽ’, and go fast ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ Open every day by appointment! ๐Ÿ“…

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? ๐Ÿป Itโ€™s made from their apples!!!! ๐Ÿคฉ Theyโ€™ve also got apple picking starting on August 27th ๐Ÿฅณ; a great social-distancing-friendly activity made safer by COVID guidelines put in place to protect you. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 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.๐ŸŒŸ Due to COVID-19, you can now reserve toys online๐Ÿ’ป , pick up curbside ๐Ÿš—, and keep toys longer ๐Ÿ•™. Toys are also quarantined for 72 hours between borrowers. ๐ŸŒŸ

Beaver Lake Nature Center

15 minutes northwest of Syracuse – Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ featuring 200 species of birds ๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ… and over 800 varieties of plants ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ. 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…

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