Welcome to Maxwell Creek Inn!

Located at 7563 Lake Road, Sodus, NY, near Great Sodus Bay; the Crown Jewel of Lake Ontario, on the Seaway Trail halfway between Rochester and Oswego in Wayne County. Wayne County is the second largest apple-producing region in the United States next to Washington State. Each year like magic, the apple blossoms appear on the third week in May. For more than a half century, young and old celebrate the spring growing season with an Apple Blossom Festival.

Historic 1846 Cobblestone home built by William Swales for his daughter Elizabeth as a wedding gift. The home is rumored to have been on the Underground Railroad where slaves came for food and shelter. Small schooners sailed into Maxwell Bay at the bottom of the property to trade wheat for the flour once made at the old gristmill that still stands on the property since 1794. The home remained in the ancestral family for nearly 150 years and is on the National and State Register of Historic Places under the Preston – Gaylord Cobblestone Farmhouse. The cobblestone cottage is one of less than a handful still standing today.

Peaceful and relaxing, this tranquil setting offers a piece of heaven on earth. We strive to make every guest comfortable during their stay and leaving with a desire to return.

Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast is nestled on nearly six acres overlooking Maxwell Bay and Lake Ontario. Surrounded by woodland wildlife preserve and apple orchards the Inn is just two miles west of Sodus Point on the Seaway Trail. Guest can enjoy the easy access to the sites and sounds of the city and the rural charm of the country. Often, international guest marvel at their ability to see the stars in the night sky as the Big Dipper appears just outside our back window each night.

Although the Inn has TV and Internet service, why not disconnect from it all and enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Sit a while and listen to the creek babble, the frogs croak, the fish jump and the blue heron come in for a landing as the gentle lake breeze cools your skin. Apple orchards, walking trails to the lake, outdoor gas grill and picnic tables are on the premises for guest use. Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole; as the property boasts a quarter-mile of prime private shoreline fishing on Maxwell Creek; one of the best all natural fishing creeks in New York State. Maxwell Bay and Maxwell Creek is perfect for canoeing and kayaking as well.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spooktacular October Events Nearby

Wayne County Apples
There are still two more fun filled weekends of the 
Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour

The tour go on until October 31, 2014
Visit 15 Wayne County Farm Markets for apple tasting and U-pick.

For more information go to:

Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester  
Haunted Hayrides
Located at the DeFisher Fruit Farm - 
3329 Eddy Rd, Williamson, NY
(585) 423-2991
The legend of the 1859 Harvest Night Slaughter live on wher over 2 dozen farm hands were brutaly murdered.
October 16, 17, 18 & 19 and 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2014
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM.

Haunted Jail 

 Wayne County Museum History Haunted Jail -
 Haunted History Ghost Walk .
 Visitors tour the 1800's Butternut Street jail and walk right  under the spot  where William Fee was hung in 1860. 

Wayne County Museum
 The Haunted Jail and Cell Block tour is October  24 & 25, 2014  6 P.M. - 9 P.M.
 Cost is $5.00
Located at: 21 Butternut St., Lyons, NY 14489
Call: (315) 946-4943
Refreshments served if you make it through the tour...............

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sodus Harvet Festival

Mark your calendars to September 27, 2014 for a fun filled day for the whole family. 

I attended this event for the first time last year and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of arts and crafts, food, kid things to do, and the fun pumpkin contests.  An excellent event you don't want to miss.

This Main Street Event takes place in downtown Sodus, NY.  10 AM - 4PM  Rain or shine.

  • Largest pumpkin contest
  • Pumpkin carving contest
  • Freaky Fruit contest

  • Fun and games for kids of all ages.
  • Popcorn for sale by the Cub Scouts 
  • All kinds of GREAT food

pumpkin carving

  • Hay rides
  • Street music and dancing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Free drawings
  • High-rise Pumpkin Smashing
  • And MORE!

Hay Rides
hay rides
furniture made with applewood
hand crafted furniture

live music
Live music

Alpaca apparel
Alpaca apparel 
wooden bowls and crafts
hand carved wooden crafts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer is Not Over in Sodus Bay!

Come on down to Great Sodus Bay because the
Beechwood State Park - Sodus NY
weather is still nice to do some biking through the orchards, hiking in Beechwood State Park, or canoeing and kayaking on Maxwell Creek and Maxwell Bay.

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is open daily 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Tuesday - Sunday through the end of October. This picturesque and historic gem sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Ontario and Sodus Point Beach. The museum offers a plethora of history of days gone by.

Local Farmers Markets, Gift Shops, and restaurants are still open and ready to welcome you!

Sodus Bay Lighthouse gardens overlooking Lake Ontario

We have some of the most magnificent sunsets on Lake Ontario. So while the weather is still great why not take a Sunset Cruise on Great Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario to view Chimney Bluffs.

Maxwell Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a Sunset Cruise Package for Two.
September - October 15 (weekends only, weather permitting). $299 (tax included).

 Your Sunset Cruise package includes;
Sunset on Lake Ontario - by Cathy Contant

  • One night stay in one of our well-appointed guest rooms with private bath. ($25/night additional for the Gaylord Suite).
  • Complimentary full gourmet breakfast in the morning.
  • Complimentary picnic basket with light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. (You may BYO and we will provide plastic wine glasses)
  • A two & a half hour cruise on Great Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario (weather permitting).
  • A Lake Ontario Wine Trail Passport to 7 wineries and 2 distilleries.
  • Stay a Second night – get 15% off second night. (Cannot be combined with other discounts).
  • Earlier day cruises are available upon request.
  • Advanced reservations are recommended.

Looking for some Great Theater?

Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast Theater Package for Two includes:
  • One night stay in one of our well-appointed guest rooms with private bath. ($25/night additional for the Gaylord Suite).
  • Complimentary hor d'oeuvres upon arrival. (Local products)
  • Complimentary full gourmet breakfast in the morning.
  • Tickets for 2 to the musical production of Ordinary Days, 8 P.M. show at Gates Hall.
  • $175 for 2 (tax included)
Ordinary Days; a musical by Adam Gwon will be preformed  at Gates Hall - Pultneyville, NY on September 12, 13 & 14, 2014.  (September 14 show is at 3 PM)

Ordinary Days is a contemporary musical set in post 9-11 New York City featuring four young New Yorkers who go about their daily lives. They search for the things they have lost and try to understand the things they have yet to discover. They yearn to make connections, and struggle to let go.  To read more about Ordinary Days visit www.gateshall.com  .

Stay tuned for upcoming events in September around Great Sodus Bay.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Moooo-sic Fest this weekend at Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven

9th Annual Jammin' with the Animals - Music Fest.  
Noon til the Cows Come Home
All proceeds benefit the animals that have been rescued.
9th Annual Mooo-sic Fest
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Star Gazing and Other Great Events

August 16 and August 30, 2014

Thorpe Vineyard will host two "Star Gazing" events  at the winery.

The event starts at sunset until the late evening. 

Longtime stargazer Fumie Thorpe will guide you across the night sky in Greek and Roman Mythology and Eastern star tales. Perhaps you will see a meteor shower or a flyby of the International Space station. 

 The event is FREE. Bring your lawn chairs, 
 blankets and telescopes. Sit back and relax as  Fumie guides you through the constellations.

 Thorpe Vineyard is located on the east side of  Chimney Bluffs State Park at: 8150 Chimney  Height Blvd. Wolcott, NY.

 The Little winery on the Great Lake!

Pirate Festival

First Annual Sodus Point "Pirates Fest"
August 16 & 17, 2014 - Noon till closing.

Abes Waterfront Boathouse Bar & Grill 
Located on Greig Street, Sodus Point, NY

Music, Fun, and Shenanigans!

Be sure to come as a Pirate.

Pioneer Family Day &
                    Old Fashion Ice Cream Social

At the Heritage Square Museum
Sunday - August 17, 2014  1:30 - 4:00 PM
Located at: 7147 Ontario Center Rd., Ontario, NY

Home Arts Demonstrations, Activities, Stories, and Music.

Just a whole lot of fun!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gen. G. Patton's Schooner Moored at Sodus Bay - NY

Gen. Patton's Schooner - When and If
How exciting is this? A piece of WWII history in our own back yard. I just learned that General George Patton's Schooner - the "When and If" is moored at Katlyn Marina, Sodus Point, NY on Sodus Bay.   The beautiful 63'5" long schooner is currently owned by the owners of Hazlitt Winery on Seneca Lake.  It's here for some much needed repairs.  You can see that the masts are not up as they are in the marina shop being sanded down.  I was told that the main hull is 2" thick teak wood. 

Wheel of the - When and If

A gentleman working on the schooner this afternoon gave me a little bit of the history of this old gal and I was invited aboard to see the quarters below.  He explained to me that George Patton had the schooner built in 1939 in Wiscassett, Maine. He knew that a war was coming and named the schooner the "When and If" because he expected to sail it when and if he returned from the war.  Apparently, legend has it that the General only got to sail it once.  If you look closely you can see the name of the schooner in the center brass part of the wheel on the bottom. It's upside down in this photo. 
A bunk down below the When and If
I was told that the schooner will be at Katlyn Marina in Sodus Point through the end of the summer. I hope to chronicle some of her transformation for you. She's a little musty smelling right now, but I'm sure she will be as beautiful as the day she first sailed. 

You can read more on this facinating history on: http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2010/10/pattons-schooner-when-and-if-to-be-sold/

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Celebrations Around Sodus Bay

There will be no shortage of things to do around Great Sodus Bay this July 4th  weekend and throughout the month.

July 3rd - The Sodus Point Fire Department kicks off its Fourth of July Fireworks  as soon as it gets dark.  This is always a spectacular and popular event - get your seats early in the evening. The fireworks can be viewed from all points of Sodus Bay - from the beach, the lighthouse museum, the ball park, or one of the restaurants on Greig Street.  
Summer Concerts and Craft Show at the
Lighthouse Museum

Earlier in the day a Red, White, and Blue Kiddie Parade at 10:00 AM. Children march in costume from the Sodus Point Fire Hall on Bay Street to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on N. Ontario Street. Refreshments for all who participate.

July 4th - The ever popular Breakfast on the Bluff - 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM overlooking Lake Ontario at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  Cost is $8.00 Sponsored by the Sodus and Scottsville Lions Club.
Overlooking Lake Ontario

At 7:00 AM Registration for the Lighthouse 5-K Run Race begins at 9:00 AM. This event draws over 500 runners. Get your Registration Form on the web at www.sodusbaylighthouse.org

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM- Fine Art & Craft Show  on the lawn of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. Pottery, jewelry, paintings, photos and more.

2:00 - 4:00 PM - FREE Outdoor Concert in the Park at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  The Gap Mangione Big Band always kicks off the Summer Concert Series. Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs.  Refreshments are available for sale during the concert.

FREE Admission All Day into the lighthouse museum on July 4th. Visitors can climb the lighthouse tower and see displays of the War of 1812 when the British attacked Sodus Point, learn what life was like back in the 1800's, history of the railroad and why visitors came to Sodus Bay back in the day.

July 27th - Summer Sips and Sounds - Wine and Music Fest - At Long Acre Farms  on 1342 Eddy Rd. Macedon, NY- Noon till 5:00 PM.  Sample 7 Lake Ontario Wineries and one distillery. Music by Big Blue House and the Lester Funk Band. Pulled Pork dinners and all kinds of activities for the kids. 

Pre-Sale Tickets: $15 per person  gets you 15 tastes.

At the door: $15 per person get you 12 tastes. 

Foe more information and tickets: www.lakeontariowinetrail.com