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.
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Backyard Birding

Snowy Owl - Sodus Bay photo by Mark De Cracker
March is an anxious month for most as we await spring arrival. However, there's always something to do nearby.

For winter enthusiast that love the snow Beechwood State Park is an awesome place to do some snowshoeing, cross country skiing or winter birding. Several trails lead you to the shores of Lake Ontario, through groves of pines, beech woods, stately hardwood trees that offer forest birds a refuge. Other trails will take you through what use to be an active family fruit farm back in the early 1900's with old apple and cherry trees. And another along Maxwell Creek and Maxwell Bay.  Follow Maxwell Creek south across Lake Road and you'll find a waterfall.

Heron -Sodus Bay-photo by Cathy Contant
Beechwood State Park's shoreline is a vantage point to looking out over Lake Ontario and view a variety of wintering ducks. Along the way you may even spot an eagle, raptors, chickadees, warblers and bluebirds to name just a few.  Even the Snowy Owl has been sighted on Sodus Bay just two miles away. Maxwell Creek and Maxwell Bay border the park and bring a variety of fish eating and plant eating water fowl such the Green Heron, Blue Heron, Egrets, Caspian, Swans, Red Wing Black birds and Canadian Geese in the spring.  I'm told we have Catbirds, in our little orchard, but I have yet to identify one.

Red-bellied Woodpecker -Sodus Bay-photo by Cathy Contant
A variety of species of warblers, finches,
Northern Downy Woodpeckers,
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Heron are right in our own backyard at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast. So if you enjoy the serenity of a winter hike, snowshoeing or cross country skiing through a wonderful wooded park offering a plethora of  birding opportunities Beechwood State Park will do just that.

The park borders our property at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast. So why not make it a weekend get-away.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Adventures along the Lake Ontario Wine Trail

Historic 1812 red barn on Maxwell Creek

Winter Wonderland Outdoor Adventure in February

Looking for something to do with your special someone or the whole family? There's no excuse not to take your Honey someplace!

All month long there are great activities both indoors and out. Check out this lineup:

Let's Go Snowshoeing!  A family friendly activity.

February 16, 2015 - It's a Winter Woodland Walk at Beechwood State Park 
Located on: Lake Road, Sodus NY
When: Noon til 2:30 PM
Cost:  FREE
  • Must register in advance by February 12 - call 315-331-8415
  • Free snowshoes available and provide to those who Pre-register.
  • Bring your own snowshoes or cross country skis and a sled to pull the little ones along the trails.
  • Explore beautiful Beechwood State Park, ID animal tracks participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. 
  • Hot Cocoa and snacks.
  • MAP
  • The Montazuma National Wildlife Refuge offers snowshoeing all month long. 

February 14, 2015-   Wine & Cupcakes at JD Wine Cellars
Location: 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon, NY
When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $10pp

Cupcakes paired with the perfect wine!
  • Sample 5 wines carefully paired with 5 cupcakes to complement each other.
  • Winemaker Doug Allen will educate guest in the barrel room while local harpist, Lara Haase provides wonderful background music.
February 15, 2015- JD Wine Cellars will be open from Noon - 5PM for wine tasting. 

NYIWCF 2-14-15

February 14, 2015
The New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival
at Casa Larga Vineyards 
Location: 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY
When: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cost: $60 pp Pre-sale

  • New York State Ice Wine Tasting
  • Food pairing inspired by Ice Wine
  • Wine and Culinary demonstrations
  • Live Music 
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Through the Vineyards
  • Marketplace Vendors and more......
  • For More Information go to www.casalarga.com

February 14, 2015
Dears & Beers : Beer Tasting
Location: Captain Jacks Good Time Tavern
                       8505 Greig Street, Sodus Point
When:  6:00 PM cash bar  7:00 PM dinner
Cost:  $35 pp  or $65 per couple

  • 5 Course Dinner with Beer Pairing
  • Limited seating.
  • Visit Captain Jack's Facebook Page for more information or call 315-483-9570

Maxwell Creek Inn is close to all of these GREAT February activities, so don't forget that the Whole Month of our February 5 & 10 Sweetheart Special at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast. BOOK NOW!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Annual Orchard Wassail

A wassailing we will go! A wassailing we will go!

Apple Country Spirit - Tree Vodka
First Annual Orchard Wassail
Saturday - January 17, 2015 
5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
3274 Eddy Road, Williamson, NY 14589

Live music
Food and spirits can be purchased at the event
Bonfire in the orchard
Singing to the trees, and Lots of fun!

Apple Country Spirits will offer their own Rootstock Hard Cider and...
A commemorative Orchard Wassail pint glass is available for purchase along with cider or beer or without. Local New York State wine, local craft beer, and a choice of three cocktails offered as well.

What is wassail you ask?  According to Wikipedia, in Old English - wassail  is a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk during wassailing; a medieval southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following Autumn. The word wassail comes from the Anglo Saxon phrase "waes hael", which means good health.

The purpose of wassailing is to wake the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits. Ceremonies vary from region to region in southern England, which are still held annually today.


An incantation is recited over and over such as:    
Old apple tree, old apple tree;
We've come to wassail thee;
To bear and to bow apple endow;
Hats full, caps full, tree bushels bags full;
Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.

A wassailing Queen will place toast soaked in wassail in the trees for the birds (tree spirits) to show the fruits created by the previous years harvest. A shotgun is then fired to scare away any evil spirits. The crowd sings and shouts, bang pots and drums to make sure the work is done. 

This ancient English tradition still takes place annually on January 17 (Twelfth Night).

A wassailing we will go! A wassailing we will go! Hope to see you there!
Make it a weekend get away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.

For more information on this event go to: applecountryspirits.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From Our Home to Yours

photo by Chris Trine, Wolcott, NY

Wishing our family, friends, including social media acquaintances and wonderful guests of 
Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
Warmest wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year!  
We are blessed to know you.

Belinda & Pat McElroy

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Fireworks

Once again the Wallington Fire Department will display spectacular
Holiday Fireworks on December 14, 2014

Wallington Fire Department 
7863 Old Ridge Road, Wallington, NY

Refreshment at 5 P.M.  Fireworks beging at 6 P.M.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Around the World - Wine Tasting Package for Two

Christmas Around the World -Wine Tasting Package for Two

December 5 - 7, 2014

Your package includes:

  • 2 night stay  (Gaylord Suite additional $30)
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast 
  • Complimentary after dinner dessert and beverage
  • Special Event Wine Trail Passport for 2: "Christmas Around the World" on the Lake Ontario Wine Trail.  Event is Noon til 5pm December 6 & 7, 2014
  • A wine trail special gift bag
  • $335 - 2 nights (tax included)  $185 - 1 night (tax included)
On your first night enjoy a complimentary evening dessert and beverage when you return from dinner. 

After enjoying a full breakfast with endless coffee, tea and juice head out on this self - guided tour with each stop featuring specialty foods from Around the World paired with "local award winning" wines and spirits.

Along the way, visit other Associate Members of the Lake Ontario Wine Trail; unique gift shops, cheese shop, and restaurants. 

Each stop represents a different country featuring a traditional holiday dish, Your host; Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast  will serve a traditional breakfast and dessert served in Mexico when you stay. Space is limited. Book Now to Reserve your favorite room.

Other Things Happening in the Area
The Gatesinger Company, LTD YouTHeatre

The Gatesinger Company, LTD Presents:  YouTHeatre - The Pajama Game
November 28 - 30 and December 5 -6, 2014  A Tony Award winning musical comedy; "The Pajama Game" is a story of the conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory which are anything but peaceful. Sparks fly between the new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and the leader of the union grievance committee, Babe Williams. The workers strike for a 7-1/2 cent increase in pay, setting off conflicts.  (1955 Best Musical and 2006 for Best Revival)

Make it a weekend get-away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shopping Local for your Christmas Giving

I love shopping local for my Christmas giving and this year will be no different. It makes me feel good to know that I have purchased a product made here in my own back yard.  SO, get ready, get set, GO to 14 unique gift shops in Wayne County featuring hand crafted soaps, essential oils, primitive gifts, hand thrown pottery,  baked goods, antiques, local alpaca fiber knitted hats, gloves, mittens, and sweaters, local wines,  apple products and more.  You are sure to find something for the hard to buy for loved one.               Shopping Fling MAP

This Winter Wonderland Shopping Fling event is November 14, 15 & 16, 2014. 

Lukacs Pottery- Kitty Bank

Free refreshments are served at each participating gift shop and each shopper will receive a special gift from each shop visited.  

Additionally, shoppers will collect a stamp at each location and be eligible to win one of 4 baskets.

Lukacs Pottery

Shop till you drop Friday, Saturday and Sunday from  10 A.M. to 5 P.M. 
November 14, 15 & 16, 2014.
Katie Acres Alpaca & Gift Shop

Shopping Fling MAP    Make it a weekend get away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast. Recharge yourself each night and start your day to a full gourmet breakfast before another successful local shopping day.