Skyland Farm & Cafe
Skyland Farm & Cafe
Watkins Glen / Burdettview website
4966 State Route 414
Burdett, NY 14818
Specialty Food Store
Skyland Farm & Cafe Description
Interesting artwork, local products, and amazing views make it a good stop with baby in a frontpack carrier; farm animals will amuse toddlers (as will the sandbox, standing tractor, and child-sized game of "flower pot" checkers). Little hands could do much damage in the shop itself. Better that adults take turns peeking at the wares if little ones are in tow and leave them out on the deck for a gelato break.
Babies: Lunch on the deck will work well with a settled or sleeping baby. The grassy garden area is a better bet for one who needs some crawl space. Strollers will be difficult to maneuver, particularly on the top floor. Leave it outside and opt for a carrier instead.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Your best bet is to use the caf entrance and usher them either to a table on the deck or out into the grassy yard to play in the sandbox before saying hello to the chickens, sheep, and goats. (Feed is available from the cashier in the gift shop.) Keeping them out of the gift shop is probably best for all involved.
Pre-Teens & Teens: This is a good place for older kids to pick up a souvenir for friends back home. Locally made soaps or glass baubles come in a range of prices.
- Stay for lunch. The huge deck of this tiny café overlooks a labyrinth and a cut-your-own flower garden, and offers gorgeous views of Seneca Lake. It is also home to real food. Mom and Dad can enjoy chilled strawberry soup, Caesar shrimp salad, tuna apple wraps, and more while kids enjoy staples like grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly. The family who runs the café also owns Sorge's restaurant in town, so if you enjoy the lunch you can consider popping in for dinner there.
Just the Facts
Hours: Hours vary seasonally. June-September: Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; September-December: Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; December 14-23: daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours
Reviews of Skyland Farm & Cafe
By jendawng August 16, 2011
What we loved:
Cute shop, had a lot of unique gifts.
What we didn't love:
We arrived at the Skyland Farm & Cafe in August of 2011 expecting to have a nice lunch and get some gifts while the kids played with the farm animals. Arriving we saw a the cat and heard music that was promised on their webpage, but then it sort of went downhill. It is still a great little shop with lots of cute gifts, but there were no u-pick flowers or chicken running about. There was a little sand table with some old toys and what looked like an old chicken house turned sand box. They has some goats and a sheep that you could pet which the kids did enjoy. However they did not have lunch and the owners reported that they havent for a few years. There was some gelato, which Im sure was good, but we didnt try since we were in search of lunch. There was a stone labrynith outside and unmaintained flower gardens. It looks like it was once a very lovely place for lunch with children, but for whatever reason has not been maintained. It is is still a nice place to shop and there is more entertainment for children than most shops provide, but it is not what we were expecting. Read More