Black Sheep Inn
and Spa

Finger Lakes Farm to Table Bed and Breakfast


Welcome Amenities

Welcome Amenities

Make your stay even more special with our Black Sheep Inn and Spa Welcome Amenities. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, engagement or anniversary, or just here to have some fun exploring, enhance your visit with us by selecting an amenity that’s individually suited to you and your special someone.

  • Long stem roses with our hand written card for that someone special
  • Local hand-dipped chocolates and fruits
  • Black Sheep Inn Harvest coolers to enhance your Finger Lakes Wineries getaway
  • Reservations at local restaurants
  • A rejuvenating massage at the Spa at the Black Sheep Inn
  • A private and romantic candlelit breakfast for that special occasion
  • A private luxury excursion to the local boutique wineries and breweries
  • Special requests or suggestions are accommodated whenever possible
  • If you are not staying with us, but would like to send a welcome amenity to a guest as a gift, please give us a call.

Inn gift certificates are always available in any denomination, a great surprise for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weddings and more!

Contact us at (607) 569-3767, or (607) 368-8471, or check the appropriate box on our reservation form if you are interested in any of our welcome amenities.

Luxury Excursions

Luxury Excursions

The Black Sheep Inn and Spa, your premier Finger Lakes bed and breakfast, has established yet another way to help you relax while you explore Hammondsport, Keuka Lake and the Finger Lakes region. For the benefit of Inn guests only, we are now offering luxury excursions, where you leave the driving to us so you can sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular views.

For an enhanced experience on the Keuka or Seneca Lake Wine Trail or the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, we will transport you in comfort and style to the destinations of your choice. You can choose from a 4 or 5-hour excursion, and with your Black Sheep Guild cards in hand, the Trails await!  Longer tours are available.

  • 4 Hours,including tax and gratuity: $325.00
  • 5 Hours,including tax and gratuity:  $375.00

Be sure to add one of our Insulated stainless steel bottles, in the color of your choice, to your reservation to help you stay hydrated during your adventures.

Attending an event here in the Finger Lakes or want a ride to dinner? Take advantage of our convenient Drop off/Pick up service, giving you the peace of mind that we’ll be there to bring you home safely no matter how much fun you have at the party.

  • Watkins Glen Festivals:        $60.00 per person
  • Village of Hammondsport: $10.00 per person

Contact us to schedule your excursion at (607) 569-3767, or (607) 368-8471, or via email at

Finger Lakes Farm to Table

Finger Lakes Farm to Table

“The best cooking is that which takes into consideration the products of the season”

           Auguste Escoffier

And so in keeping with that philosophy, we are fostering relationships with local farmers, who provide our eggs, meats and cheeses. These locally grown organic and free-range products are utilized here for our breakfast for your enjoyment. A healthy and satisfying diet is the best medicine.

We take great pleasure in offering you individualized options for breakfast, and suitable recommendations for other meals, to address your special dietary needs. We have personal experience with Raw, Vegetarian/Vegan, Macro-biotic, Gluten free, Grain-free, GAPS, Paleo, Celiac and many other alternative dietary regimens. It is our goal to help you stick to your plan while at the Black Sheep Inn and Spa, and during your time away from home enjoying the best of Finger Lakes Farm to Table.

Just let us know how we may assist you when you are making reservations at the Inn.

Co-Owner, Debbie Meritsky, is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and the chef at The Black Sheep Inn. Experience Debbie’s local organic culinary creations for breakfast, or try one of our Signature coolers overstuffed with locally produced ingredients for Lunch, Dinner or private limo tour. We can also assist you with dining arrangements at local chef-owned, farm-to-table restaurants while here in the Finger Lakes. It has been our experience that these establishments care as much as we do about the meals they serve.

Breakfast at the Inn – Included with your stay is a delicious, organic breakfast served in our dining room or if you’d like, we can prepare a candlelit breakfast for two served in one of our private spaces.

Picnic Lunch or Dinner – Let us arrange for boxed Lunches or Dinners to enjoy during your fun-filled day at the wineries, romantic scenic trails or beautiful lakefront parks here in the Finger Lakes.

Inn Harvest Cooler – Loaded with locally made cheeses, crackers, fresh veggies and more to enhance your Finger Lakes Wineries getaway experience.

Make your vacation memorable by eating local.

Give us a call at (607) 569-3767, (607) 368-8471 or make your reservation online today and let us know if you are interested in any of our dining options.



Come experience everything under the sun that the Finger Lakes region of New York State has to offer.

Hammondsport, Keuka Lake, and the Finger Lakes offer something for everyone! Come explore an area where the arts flourish, the wines are award winning, and the scenery is spectacular! Where the great outdoors await you, with hiking and biking trails to beautiful waterside parks. If you’re just beginning your love of wine or have a more educated palate, Finger Lakes Wine country is the place for you. For the art lover, history buff, or aviator, you’ll fall in love with Hammondsport and the Finger Lakes. Take a scenic flight, create your own glass souvenir, and walk behind a waterfall. Wander the trails, from gorges to hilltops. Travel country roads that wind past vineyards and farms to crystal clear lakes and charming villages. Marvel at world-class art collections and star-studded summer skies.

Choose from the list of local attractions on the right to learn more as you plan your Finger Lakes getaway.

Hot Glass

Glass abounds in Corning! There’s cut glass, stained glass, contemporary glass sculpture, antique glass, and glass architecture! Visit working glass studios where artists form original creations from molten glass. View authentic Tiffany windows in historic churches in the area as part of the Tiffany and Treasures Trail. Visit The Corning Museum of Glass, one of the most visited attractions in the state. At The Corning Museum of Glass you can bend light, bend glass, and bend your imagination! More than a museum, it’s a science and discovery center, an art and design center, a working glass studio, a contemporary art gallery, and a study in world history. It’s also a collection of tens of thousands of glass objects from around the world. In short, The Corning Museum of Glass is art, science, history, technology, and more! From an ancient glass portrait of an Egyptian pharaoh to fiber optics and flat screen technology, if it involves glass, it’s at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Cool Lakes

The Finger Lakes Region consists of 11 lakes formed by the receding glaciers of the last ice age. The lakes resemble fingers in that they are long and narrow and vary in length. The longest lake is 40 miles long, the shortest is only 3 miles long. Each lake is named with a Native American word. From west to east, the Finger Lakes are: Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, and Otisco. Of all the Finger Lakes, Keuka Lake is undoubtedly the most unique. One of the few Y-shaped lakes in the world, the water flows both north and south!

The Finger Lakes region is a popular vacation destination and Keuka Lake is known as the “gem of the Finger Lakes.” Some of the finest fishing in the state awaits anglers on Keuka Lake. You’ll find record-breaking trout— brown, rainbow and lake trout, large- and smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, perch, pickerel and more!

Clean and cool, the lakes offer plenty of opportunities for family fun. Whether you prefer to swim, sail, water ski, cruise, fish, paddle, dive, or just enjoy the view, Keuka Lake is the best of the Finger Lakes!

Want to learn about the history of boatbuilding during your stay in the Finger Lakes, we encourage you to visit the newly opened Finger Lakes Boating Museum.  Housed in several historic buildings, formerly built and occupied by Pleasant Valley Wine Company and Great Western Champagne, this instructive museum exhibits a wide variety of boats built here in the Finger Lakes region.  You may also want to participate in one of their educational seminars where you can learn how to tie knots or build your own paddle.  For the seasoned sailor, there are even classes on boat building and restoration.

Superb Wines

Finger Lakes wines are attracting a lot of press. Maybe you’ve read about them in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday, USA Today, or Chicago Tribune. There are over 10,000 acres of vineyards planted in the Finger Lakes region, producing 35 million gallons of wine annually. And these wines are winning national and international awards. Why fly to California when you can enjoy world-class wine just a few hours away? There are over 100 wineries in the region—where does one start? We recommend you start your Finger Lakes Wineries getaway in Hammondsport, where the first grapevines were planted in 1829. The award-winning wineries near Keuka Lake offer superb wines and great wine-tasting experiences.

Unbeatable Brews

The newly established Finger Lakes Beer Trail promotes the growing craft brewing industry in the Finger Lakes, showcasing the region’s microbreweries and brew pubs. The trail is comprised of over 35 craft brewers spanning roughly 135 miles across the central part of New York State from Rochester to Syracuse down to the Corning and Binghamton areas, resulting in a trail overflowing with natural beauty along which tourists and beer aficionados alike can enjoy an abundance of delicious locally brewed beers.

More specifically, within an hours drive from the Black Sheep Inn, you can experience over two dozen micro-breweries and brewpubs. These establishments offer the very best in handcrafted beer that reflect the many different flavors of the Finger Lakes. You will definitely want to take some home with you, and there’s no better way to assure the freshness of your favorite brew than a 64 ounce, food-grade stainless steel, insulated growler, only available at the Black Sheep Inn. These growlers will keep your beer cold for up to 24 hours, (if it lasts that long.) Reserve yours when booking your stay at the Inn or when visiting the Beer Trail around Hammondsport or Keuka Lake.

Handcrafted Cheese

NASA has determined that the moon is NOT made of cheese, but you don’t have to go that far to get you fromage’ fix! Right here, in The Finger Lakes, is a group of hard working farmers, making cheese right there on the farm. Goudas! Cheddars! Washed Rind Stinkies! Chevre! Blues! Fresh Curds! And in keeping with our mission here at the Black Sheep Inn, you will experience the flavors of these cheeses, from these local producers, within our indulgent farm-to-table breakfasts. While making the rounds on the Finger Lakes wine trails, be sure to stop in at one or more of the family farms on the cheese trail to accentuate your wine-tasting experience. The best way to enhance your wine-tasting experience, is to pre-order one of our Inn Harvest Coolers, which includes a variety of local organic veggies, Finger Lakes cheeses, seasonal fruit and other locally made treats. You will also enjoy our Inn Signature Stainless Steel insulated bottle with iced or hot, tea or coffee, or filtered water!

Arts and Culture

Art lovers across America voted Corning as “One of the Top 3 Small City Arts Destinations in the U.S.” Explore world-class museums with amazing collections. Discover studios and galleries with stunning original art from nationally known and regionally distinguished artists. You’ll find everything from paintings, sculpture, pottery and glass to jewelry and fiber arts. Take advantage of classes and workshops taught by recognized artists. Enjoy a concert, theater production, or art show.

A new addition to the arts scene in Corning and the Finger Lakes is Arts in Bloom, a Steuben County Arts Trail, which takes place the end of April every year. This free of charge, Open Studio and Gallery event showcases the tremendously talented artists located throughout Steuben County, NY. Take advantage of a $25 per night discount on your room rate during a 3 or more night stay at the Black Sheep Inn for this fun April arts event!

Handcrafted in the Finger Lakes

There’s nothing more exciting than finding the “perfect” gift! You will find something unique and individually handcrafted to inspire you, whether for yourself or that special someone. Here in the Finger Lakes, you will find an extraordinary selection of handmade items, from functional pottery to artisanal soaps. Here at the Black Sheep Inn and Spa, you will find many handcrafted items to excite you, like recycled jewelry, hand-crocheted organic cotton washclothes, miniature oil paintings of local landscapes on wood, and an assortment of locally made refreshing spa products and soaps.

You can also enjoy a relaxing shopping experience distinctly different from the mall. Stroll tree-lined streets festooned with flower boxes and American flags. Delight in old-fashioned ice cream parlors, quaint shops, and charming boutiques. Take the scenic route to explore village main streets where you’ll find wonderful shops brimming with treasures just waiting to be discovered!

Finger Lakes Farm to Table

The Finger Lakes region is largely an agricultural region. Visitors to the region should expect to see the typical farm animals—cows, pigs, sheep and horses. But did you know you can also see alpacas, ostriches, bison and emu in Steuben County?

Not only is the livestock diverse, so are the crops. With a 28-30 week growing season, you will enjoy a wide ranging variety of fresh, Finger Lakes produce. Everyone knows about the grapes and wine here, but did you know we have many farms that specialize in apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries? Most farms offer a “u-pick” option. Even if you’re only here for a few days, there is always time to stop and get fresh off the tree, (or bush), fruit to enjoy along the way.

And for the best of both worlds, experience one of the Finger Lakes restaurants that highlights local farm products in their everyday menus. In fact, you may want to participate in Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, which takes place twice a year. During these events, local restaurants create special menu items only available during the event that feature local farm products. Truly Finger Lakes Farm to Table. For more information on Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, contact

We’re always happy to make a reservation for you at one of the Inn favorites!

Do nothing but relax in the moment

It’s always exciting to travel to new places and explore new settings, but sometimes you just need a little down time for yourself. The Black Sheep Inn and Spa is the perfect backdrop for your quiet retreat, whether you choose to sleep-in before your Hot Stone massage, or spend the afternoon basking in the sunshine in our stone courtyard. Whatever makes you happy and relaxed is ok with us, and we’ll be there to bring you a cold drink, or whatever else you may need. Don’t miss the opportunity to truly take some time off and rejuvenate here at the Black Sheep Inn.

Take a Drive

We all like to explore, and there’s no better place to follow the road less traveled, than here in the Finger Lakes,photo 12 where scenic country drives are in every direction. Named one of the Top 15 Scenic Drives in the World by British Airways, Route 54A has long been a favorite scenic route in Steuben County. Follow it all the way around Keuka Lake, or head up the High Road in Hammondsport to visit the award-winning wineries. You may want to take along our Inn Harvest Cooler, filled with tempting local products to nibble on while you are out exploring for the day. Here at the Black Sheep Inn, we’re happy to supply maps and recommendations to point you in the right direction.

Finger Lakes Antiques

The Finger Lakes region abounds with wonderful antiques and collectibles, with an inviting shop or barn around every corner. Whether you are interested in American primitives or European china, nostalgic local winemaking contrivances or just an old pair of skates, you’ll find it all here. And at reasonable prices, too. The Hammondsport and Keuka Lake area offer numerous antique co-ops, as well as stand alone shops to offer you irresistible treasures to take home with you. And if you time your visit just right, you might get to experience the village-wide Hammondsport Yard Sale in June. It’s always the right weather to search and seek for that special piece!

The Great Outdoors

Experience beauty, serenity and breathtaking views as you hike through forests, next to waterfalls, over hills, and across valleys in the Finger Lakes region.

The Black Sheep Inn is centrally located to the Finger Lakes Trail where you can be assured of an amazing hike with over 900 miles of footpaths & trails that criss cross the Finger Lakes and Steuben County. Or explore the miles of hiking trails in our beautiful state parks like Pinnacle State Park, which offers breathtaking vistas of the Canisteo River Valley or Watkins Glen State Park, with its many picturesque gorges and dramatic waterfalls or the many other parks dotting our lush region.  We are your home base while you Hike and Bike the Finger Lakes.

Biking the Vistas to Vineyards.

Whether biking along a sundrenched ridge overlooking Keuka Lake with the wind at your back, hiking through a deep-set gorge with the sound of rushing water in the air, or paddling a kayak through the crystal clear waters of the Finger Lakes, there is no better base-camp than the Black Sheep Inn and Spa.  As avid outdoor enthusiasts, your Innkeepers will guide you to the best spots to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the glacially formed Finger Lakes.  In the heart of the Southern Finger Lakes, Hammondsport is the ideal location as your home base while you trek about the region taking in the dramatic scenery.

Find other great hiking and biking options at

Kayak Keuka Lake

Whether you bring your own or request a rental, Keuka Lake offers a relaxed and scenic backdrop for an afternoon of paddling around.  You can explore the Keuka Lake inlet, too, which offers a serene and secluded experience.

Take the opportunity to cool off with a quick jump in the lake, grab a romantic picnic lunch, or find a shady spot under a tree with a view of the lake at one of our lakefront parks.


Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates

The perfect gift for the one you love, a relaxing getaway to a premier Finger Lakes bed and breakfast, the Black Sheep Inn and Spa in Hammondsport, NY, in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Whether it’s for a birthday, engagement, anniversary or some other special occasion, the gift of time away in a beautiful setting is an incomparable way to show you truly care!

We personalize each Gift Certificate especially for you. With no minimum denomination, or specific dates necessary, the choice is yours. And there are two types of Gift Certificates you may choose from;

  • Specify a set dollar amount for your gift certificate, which may be used toward any stay at the Black Sheep Inn, and at any time we have availability.


  • Choose a specific room and any length of stay, which makes the Certificate all-inclusive, which may be used at the Inn at any time we have availability in the room you have selected.

With any certificate selection, guests enjoy our indulgent local organic breakfast each morning.

Once the certificate is finalized, it is valid for one calendar year from date of purchase. The recipient of the certificate can contact the Inn anytime to schedule their stay, which is based on availability.

Whatever your selection, we make it fast and easy for you to purchase a gift certificate. We collect some basic information from you about what you would like to include on the Certificate, then we will submit a proof of the Gift Certificate to you via email for your approval. When you approve the proof, we will accept your payment. We are happy to print your certificate on parchment paper and mail it to you, or you may print your certificate at home if it is more convenient.

Gift Certificate recipients can lengthen their stay, alter their room selection, or add additional services at any time prior to their arrival, based on availability.

Are you a not-for-profit organization looking for a distinctive offering for your group’s Silent Auction or Gala Fundraiser? We offer a unique opportunity to help your organization reach it’s fundraising goals. Call us for more details at  (607) 569-3767 or (607) 368-8471.

Things to Do

Things to Do

Here at the Black Sheep Inn and Spa we have gathered a responsive group of customer-oriented partners to help us provide you with the most memorable visit to Hammondsport and the Finger Lakes possible. As an extension of the many amenities we offer our guests, and with encouragement from our partners,

Whether a guest at the Inn or not, contact us to schedule any of the following:

~Experience one of our pre-arranged Packages to make the most of your visit to the Finger Lakes.  We have taken all the guesswork out of "What should we do today?"  Let us guide you to some of the best places and most fun adventures!

~Purchase discount tickets through the Black Sheep Inn for many of the local museums, including the 
Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, and Finger Lakes Boating Museum.

~Enjoy a 2-hour tour on a 67’ sailing schooner. Your exhilarating Midday or Midafternoon Finger Lakes sailing adventure offers the opportunity to get out on the water in a small, intimate group of no more than 22 sailors. starting at $50 per person, including tax.

~Choose between a dewy Finger Lakes sunrise, or a cool Finger Lakes summer evening lift-off from a Letchworth State Park, and watch the ground fade away as your Hot Air Balloon climbs for the sky. You’re heading up with Carroll and his well-trained staff for the ride of a lifetime in a Hot Air Balloon! With great anticipation you’re up and off the ground for a 60-90 minute flight, and before you know it, you see unbelievable views all around! When you land, you will raise a glass of Finger Lakes wine to yourself, each other and the team that took you all the way up and safely back again. $275 per person

~Let loose with your creative side with a 90-minute, instructive hands-on session with select Tiffany & Treasures Trail artists. Here is your opportunity to start a new obsession. Whether it’s pottery, stained glass, beaded jewelry-making, or glassblowing, $75 per person, including tax.

~Like to paddle? We can arrange kayak rentals for you to enjoy during your visit. There’s no better way to experience Keuka Lake, both on and off the water. Life jackets and paddle, are included.
 Full day single Kayak Rental: $35 per day, plus $10 local delivery.

Keuka Lake Spa treatments at the Black Sheep Inn and Spa

Experience the healing properties and luxury of our head to toe pampering by our well trained massage therapists.  Massage treatments start at $85.00 for a 60 minute session.


Black Sheep Guild

Black Sheep Guild

What is the Black Sheep Guild?

The Black Sheep Guild program was initiated to enhance your experience while visiting Hammondsport, Keuka Lake, and the Finger Lakes region. Membership in the Guild is easy to acquire, as all that is necessary is to choose to stay at the Black Sheep Inn. When you arrive at the Inn, you will be presented with your Black Sheep Guild card during Check-in, and you are instantly a member.

Now that you have your Guild card in hand, let the fun begin!

Where do we go?

We have compiled a select group of Black Sheep Guild partners in the Finger Lakes business community in order to provide you with the best possible experiences. While many of our partners honor the Black Sheep Guild cards, several have chosen to work with us in other ways to offer you an enhanced experience. As we refer you to local restaurants, sights, and attractions, we will point out the Black Sheep Guild partners that fit into the itinerary you have chosen for your day. It is important to know that our referrals are the result of several years’ worth of feedback from past guests as well as our own personal experience.

What do I get?

What you get when you present your Guild card will vary based on which partner you are visiting. We let our partners decide how they will give you their VIP treatment. And, of course, with your Black Sheep Guild membership you are part of the Black Sheep Inn frequent stay program. But most important of all, there are no dues, subscriptions, meetings, committees or any responsibilities whatsoever.

Who are your partners?

There are currently over 20 local wineries, restaurants, shops and museums as Black Sheep Guild partners. We are ready to offer you the best of Hammondsport, Keuka Lake and the Finger Lakes. Look forward to seeing you soon!

Local Events

Local Events

Calendar of Events

February 23 ~ Hammondsport Winter Stroll

April 13-14 ~ Tapa and Wine Weekend, Keuka Lake Wine Trail

April 27-28 ~ Arts in Bloom, 7th annual Art Trail

May 4-5 ~ Keuka in Bloom I, Keuka Lake Wine Trail

May 18-19 ~ Keuka in Bloom II, Keuka Lake Wine Trail

May 19 ~ Found Flea, Ithaca

June 1 ~ Hammondsport Village Yard Sale

June 1-2 ~ Fire It Up!, Keuka Lake Wine Trail

June 16 ~ Found Flea, Ithaca

July 4-6 ~ Hammondsport Fireman's Carnival

July 20-21 ~ Wine Country Classic Car and Boat Show

July 21 ~ Found Flea, Ithaca

August 17-18 ~ Hammondsport Festival of Crafts

August 18 ~ Found Flea, Ithaca

August 24 ~ Smoke on the water BBQ competition, Hammondsport

September 14-15 ~ Harvest Celebration, Keuka Lake Wine Trail

September 14-15 ~ Wings and Wheels,Hammondsport

September 15 ~ Found Flea, Ithaca

October 20 ~ Found Flea, Ithaca

November 10-11 ~ Keuka Holidays I, Keuka Lake Wine Trail

November 17-18 ~ Keuka Holidays II, Keuka Lake Wine Trail