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Thursday, September 13, 2018



It has been my greatest pleasure to host guests from all over the world for 20 & 1/2 years. Some from Germany, China, Russia, Israel, England, Canada, Mexico, Australia and of course many of the states throughout the United States to name just a few. Some famous some not so famous. I remember my first “famous” person. Composer Johnny Mandel who is famous for composing the “MASH” theme and played with the Tommy Dorsey Band back in the day. He and his wife Martha just happened to land on my doorstep. Then the Secretary of Education, Richard Riley and his wife Tunkie (Anne), Mylon LeFevre, singer-composer who toured with Alvis Presley. Bluegrass singer-songwriter Rhonda Vincent to name just a few. All personable and down to earth people.

Preston -Gaylord Farm House
Over the years I’ve enjoyed researching and blogging about the history of our home and the ancestors. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and hosting some of the ancestors of our home. Namely Preston (Bud) Gaylord and most of his 10 children, grandchildren and his brother Ted and nephew John Preston Gaylord have stayed with us. Bud always has a great story to tell when ever he stops by.  I remember the very first story Bud told me. It had to do with one of his sons growing a kind of herb we won’t mention here and his father accidentally found his little garden in the LOFT of the carriage house. When his son got off the bus that day Bud said “son I thought you didn’t like farming?”  Bud made his son nurture his little garden for several weeks. Then one day when his son got off the bus Bud said: “Son I think it’s time to harvest these plants!”  Bud made his son pull each plant and put them down the garbage disposal one by one. I have since met his son and he has yet to live this story down.  Ha Ha Ha!

I must say that I’ve done my world traveling around my dinning room table. I’ve come to realize that no matter where you live or your status in life we all put our pants on the the same way. One leg at a time.  In someways I think that we the American people think that we live in a bubble. That we as a country are the only ones having issues with our education system, jobs, government, and taxes. I’ve learned from my guests that they have the same issues around the world. Mostly I’ve learned more about myself. I’ve grown and matured during this journey.

Sunset on Lake Ontario
I have met some of the most wonderful guests who have made me feel appreciated in that I have truly made their stay comfortable and leaving with a desire to return year after year. I remember 9/11 and when my sons joined the Marines.  I remember when they first went off to Iraq and Afghanistan and I couldn’t breathe.  It seemed like the Lord sent every military branch to stay with me to console me and re-assure me.  In 2007, I went back to college to finish my degree. This helped me keep my mind off the wars.  You, my guests were there for me through it all.  Thank you! Therefore, it is with mixed feelings that I have decided to close Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast as of September 30, 2018. I will miss the beautiful sunrises and sunsets on Lake Ontario and the wildlife that frolics in our backyard. But most of all I will miss you and our dining room conversations.

 Our children are grown and we now have five grandchildren all on the west coast. Ages 10,7,6,4 and 1. Oh how the heart strings pull as we miss each birthday celebration and many of the holidays with them.

The first thing people usually ask is - “Where are you going?”  The simple answer is — “I don’t know! Until our home, aka Maxwell Creek Inn is sold it’s hard to think about that. If you are in the neighborhood please stop in to say hello. I would love to see you and reminisce!  I might even stop in to see you.

Thank you for staying at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast! I hope that you were comfortable and left with a desire to return. May God Bless you!

It’s been a wonderful adventure!

Belinda McElroy
Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
Sodus, NY

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10 Nearby Things to See and Do in May

You know it's spring when the museums and gifts shops open up and you can see the peach and cherry blossoms on the trees. Along about May 20, the apple blossoms are in full bloom too and a what a beautiful sight to see. The month of May is jam packed with things to see and do in the nearby area just minutes from Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.

In addition, just a couple miles from the Inn two new restaurants have come to Sodus Point, NY. My husband and I recently checked out Marlin's the other night and we were delighted with not only our wonderful meal of scallops, but also with the service.  The menu is a bit more up scale - not bar food like the other restaurants, and a bit more expensive. They offer handcrafted food and drinks concentrating on seafood. We felt the food and service was worth the price. And the dining room has a great view of Sodus Bay.

Also, Six50 will open at the end of the month. Their expertise is in preparing meals in a wood-fired oven featuring local farm fresh ingredients. I'll keep you posted when we check them out.

May 2, 2017 - The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Opens for the Season at 10:00 A.M. til 5:00 P.M. Tuesday - Sunday.

This treasure is definitely worth a visit when you come to town. Featuring the War of 1812, industry, and the life people lived on Great Sodus Bay. The historic lighthouse is located at 7606 N. Ontario St., Sodus Point, NY overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario.  Just 2 & 1/2 miles from the Inn. Admission is $5/adults, $2.50/ Students K-12.  Free summer concerts start on the 4th of July and each Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

May 5 - 14  LOC Spring Fishing Derby - Fish Lake Ontario for a chance to win some valuable prizes. For more information:

May 12, 13 & 14 Wayne County Spring Shopping Fling 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. A FUN Girlfriend Weekend Get-Away!  Browse through a variety of gift shops from antiques, pottery, homemade fudge, alpaca fiber products, farm markets, wineries and more.  Each shopper receives a special gift just for visiting. Each shop will serve refreshments.  Visitors can enter a drawing to win one of four gift baskets.  Start your day where you want and end it relaxing at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast and start shopping again after a full gourmet breakfast. Download your map and list of shops participating here:

log cabin at Heritage Square Museum

May 18, 19 & 20 Heritage Square Museum Spring Barn Sale. The annual barn sale will be open from 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. on May 18 & 19, and 9:00 A.M. - Noon on May 20.

Starting on June 3, 2017 enjoy this unique re-constructed vintage village of years gone by. Experience a nineteenth century settlement filled with household items used during that time. This nine building museum opens to the public on Saturdays and Sundays only June 3 - October 1, 1:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.  Watch for other events in June and July.
Admission is $6 adults, $5 juniors and seniors, $20 families.

apple blossom
May 18 Williamson 58th Annual Apple Blossom Festival begins. This year's theme is "Feeling Groovy" - Celebrating the 60's and 70's. The festival is the longest continuous festival in NY. There will be endless floats, tie dye to Woodstock, food, live music, crafts and more.

May 20  Apple Blossom Parade starts at 2:00 P.M. on Main Street, Williamson, NY.

May 21 Car and Bike Show 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.  East Main Street, Williamson, NY.
Want to show off your fancy vehicle? $10 registration fee to show. For Registration form Go To:

May 21 Fly In Pancake Breakfast at the Williamson/Sodus
Airport. The All You Can Eat Breakfast starts at 7:00 A.M. to
1:00 P.M.  Adults $7, Kids $4.   Helicopter and Airplane rides available.  The airport is located at 5502 NY-104, Williamson, NY.

Do you believe in Ghost?
May 20, 26 or 27 Book a Ghost Hunt  Experience the thrill and chill of a sudden whisper, a touch or hear footsteps and strange noises; only for no one to be there............ Those unspoken and unseen but always apparent in every room.

Call to book this Hunting experience.

  • A One night stay at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • 4 or 6 hour guided hunt at the William Phelps General Store and home in historic Palmyra. 
  • Bonus tour of 23 rooms of the Palmyra Historic Museum. 
  • The Hunt Starts at 7:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. for a 6 hour tour.
  • Bottled water and snacks.
  • Full gourmet breakfast in the morning.  
  • Complimentary Lake Ontario Wine Trail Passport.
  • Waterloo Premium Outlet VIP Voucher for discount coupons.    
  • $240 / 2 adults (tax included).
  • Wm. Phelps General Store-Ghost Hunt
  • Minimum groups of 4 for the hunt.
What to bring to the Ghost Hunt:
  • Flash lights
  • Some hunting gear
  • Camera
  • Tape recorder
Get ready for a GREAT time and LOTS of Fun!
Other dates available June - October.

May 24 History Alive!  FREE Presentation by the Sodus Bay Historical Society - Topic to be announced. 6:30 P.M. at the Sodus Point Village Hall, 8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point.