A woman with brown hair, black glasses is smiling cheerfully with her partner who is wearing black glasses too;Discover the Vegan Oasis: Black Sheep Inn & Spa

Discover the Vegan Oasis: Black Sheep Inn & Spa

Welcome to the World Vegan Travel Podcast, where we bring you inspiring stories and insights from vegan professionals across the globe. Today, we are excited to share an engaging conversation with Miranda, the co-owner of the Black Sheep Inn & Spa in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York State.

A Dream Realized

Miranda and her husband, Simon, purchased the Black Sheep Inn in January 2020. Originally a traditional bed and breakfast, Miranda and Simon transformed it into a 100 percent vegan establishment, aligning with their values and lifestyle. This career shift was fueled by their passion for veganism and a desire to run a business with integrity. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, they persevered and have been successfully welcoming guests since mid-June 2020.

The Journey to New York

Miranda and Simon’s journey to owning a bed and breakfast in New York State is as remarkable as their business itself. Initially, they had plans to open a bed and breakfast in Wales, but unforeseen circumstances led them to explore opportunities in the United States. Miranda’s dual nationality, being born in Florida to British parents, facilitated their move. They traveled from London to Toronto, toured several properties, and found their dream location in the quaint village of Hammondsport, New York.

Embracing the Vegan Lifestyle in Rural Upstate New York

Transitioning to a vegan business in a region known for its hunting and meat-centric culture was a bold move. However, they were pleasantly surprised by the positive reception from their guests, most of whom are not vegan. The couple’s approach is simple yet effective: “It’s just food.” By focusing on delicious, high-quality vegan meals, they’ve successfully converted skeptics and received rave reviews on platforms like TripAdvisor.

The Unique Charm of Black Sheep Inn

Built in 1859, the Black Sheep Inn is an architectural gem. Originally part of the quirky North American octagon house movement, the property boasts stunning Victorian architecture, high ceilings, and beautiful original features. The Inn comprises six uniquely decorated rooms, each with its own ensuite restroom and luxurious amenities. Situated on nearly three acres of serene woodland, the property offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Experiencing the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is a treasure trove of activities and attractions. Guests at the Inn often split their time between hiking the scenic trails and visiting the numerous wineries, distilleries, and breweries for which the area is increasingly renowned. Local museums and the nearby Farm Sanctuary, the oldest farm animal sanctuary in the U.S., provide additional entertainment and education.

Year-Round Destination

Miranda describes the Black Sheep Inn as a year-round destination. While summer activities like swimming and hiking are popular, the Inn remains a cozy retreat throughout the colder months. Despite some local restaurants closing for the winter, the Inn offers a perfect getaway with minimal disruptions.

Future Plans and Events

Excitingly, the Black Sheep Inn is expanding its offerings to include food events. Starting in 2024, guests can look forward to themed brunches, English afternoon teas, and supper clubs featuring diverse cuisines. These events aim to attract both vegans and non-vegans, encouraging more people to explore the delicious world of plant-based food.

Plan Your Visit

Miranda and Simon extend a warm invitation to everyone to visit the Black Sheep Inn & Spa. Whether you reside in the tri-state area or are planning a trip to the Finger Lakes, this vegan haven promises a memorable and delightful experience. For more information, room bookings, and event details, visit their website at stayblacksheepinn.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram under Black Sheep Inn and Spa.


The Black Sheep Inn & Spa is more than just a bed and breakfast; it’s a testament to the power of following one’s passion and creating a business that truly reflects one’s values. Thank you, Miranda, for sharing your inspiring journey and insights. We look forward to many more exciting updates from this beautiful vegan sanctuary.

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