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.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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

How exciting is this? A piece of WWII history in our own
Gen. Patton's Schooner - When and If
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
Sunday, June 8, 2014

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Stuffed French Toast with bananas, cream cheese,
 and fresh strawberries
Each season brings it's own beauty, and one of the best 
things about living in the country is the fresh produce  
available from the nearby farm markets. I love preparing breakfast using what's available each season.

This morning I offered a Stuffed French Toast with bananas and cream cheese with fresh strawberries marinated in amaretto.  
If you would like the recipe just send me an email. I'm happy to share.   
Monday, May 5, 2014

Local Shopping

Lukacs Studios Pottery
15 Wayne County, NY local gift shops open their doors on May 16, 17 & 18, 2014  for the Annual Spring Shopping Fling. Hand thrown pottery, soaps, alpaca wool, antiques, wine, homemade fudge, and local produce are just some of the wonderful local products you'll find during this 3 day event.  Refreshments will be served at each store, and each Shopper receives a free gift at each stop. Doors open:
10 A.M. to 5 P.M. each day.

Lukacs Studios offers unique and original pottery pieces.
Katie Acres Alpaca & Country Gift Shop

Katie Acres Alpacas & Country Gift Shop offers beautiful alpaca fiber apparel, soaps, and other beautiful items.

Lake Ontario Wine Trail

Along the way be sure to stop at Thorpe Vineyards, JD Wine Cellar, or Young Sommer Winery for some local wine tasting along the Lake Ontario Wine Trail.

For a full list of the Spring Shopping Fling Participants and a map Go To: www.waynecountyshoppingfling.com.

This is a three day self guided event. Start where you want and end each day relaxing at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast where each morning you'll be greeted with a fresh cup of coffee, and a homemade gourmet breakfast.  Make it a Weekend Get-Away and receive a special shopping bag for your purchases.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Community Theatre presents - OKLAHOMA!

Gates Hall - Pultneyville, NY
It's amazing that you don't have to go far to enjoy some great theatre. Right in our own back yard just eight miles away, a little theatre called Gates Hall  has been putting on famous productions by Rogers and Hammerstein , Gilbert and Sullivan and other great composers from around the world. Originally a non-denominational church it began to offer community theatre in 1825. Such as Guys and Dolls, Little Women, Li'll Abner, Damn Yankees, Bye, Bye Birdie and more. 

Gates Hall is located on the corner of Route 21 and  Lake Road in Pultneyville; a small hamlet of Williamson New York on the shores of Lake Ontario. 

I can assure you that you won't be disappointed as the cast puts on a spectacular performance! During the intermission attendees will enjoy homemade cookies, punch and other snacks.

You won't want to miss this upcoming performance of:  OKLAHOMA!
On April 25 - 26, 2014  at 7:00 P.M.  
April 27, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. and 
May 2 - 3, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets are $10 and $12 per person.
Tickets can be purchase by calling : (315) 589-3326  or online at www.gateshall.com

Before or after the performance you can walk to one of two wonderful restaurants for dinner. The Pultneyville Deli Company located directly across the street from the theatre or the Pultneyville Grill located directly behind the theatre.  Both have great food and ambiance. 

Make it a weekend get-away!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wine Tasting Event - Lake Ontario Wine Trail

Looking for something to do this weekend ?

Roll out the Barrels - You'll have a barrel of fun.....

Taste new wines straight from the barrels at 8 Lake Ontario Wineries and 
1 distillery. 

Some wineries specialize in wines made from local fruit such as peaches, apples, and cherries.  Apple Country Spirits specializes in vodka made from a variety of their own apples. 

This a self guided tour - Start where you want and end your day at one of the nearby restaurants. The, come and relax at the Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast and enjoy a full gourmet breakfast in the morning.

Roll out the Barrels event - April 5 & 6  Noon - 5:00 PM

Tickets are $15 pp and can be purchased online or at your starting winery or distillery. 

Great wines, Great food, Great friends on the Lake Ontario Wine Trail!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Things to do in March near Sodus Bay

It's a sure sign of spring when Maple Fest rolls around.
Pure liquid gold

March 23 & 24, 2014 and March 29 & 30, 2014

Come see how maple syrup is made. Try samples of
maple products, wagon rides, activities for the kids
and a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup.

Packard Valley Farms    10 AM - 4PM
438 Macedon Center Rd.
Macedon, NY

Breakfast at the Log Cabin Restaurant
2445 W. Walworth Rd.
Macedon, NY

Old metal Tonka truck car carrier 

Antique Toy Exhibit
The Wayne County Museum
located on Butternut St. in Lyons, NY
will open an antique toy exhibit on March 20, 2014.

The exhibit will  feature classic antique toys from the National Toy Hall of Fame through August 2nd.
They don't make them like that any more.

The museum is open daily for tours.  For more information Go to: http://www.waynehistory.org/exhibitsevents.html

March 28 - 30, 2014  - Local gift shops host Spring Open House
If it's shopping you like to do check out Good Old Days  Country Gift Shop in Pultneyville NY, Whistle Stop Antique Shop and the L.W. Emporium Co-op in Ontario, NY.  

Roll out the Barrels - You'll have a barrel of fun.....

Only two weeks left until the Lake Ontario Wine Trail  
Roll out the Barrels event - April 5 & 6

Taste new wines straight out of the barrels at 8 Lake Ontario Wine Trail wineries and 1 Distillery.

The event starts at Noon to 5:00 P.M.
This is a drive yourself start where you want
self-guided tour.

Tickets are $15 pp and can be purchased online or at your starting winery or distillery.