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Pultneyville: Maritime History, Modern Charm

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.52.01 PMSituated along the east bank of Salmon Creek on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, and the well-traveled Seaway Trail. Pultneyville is a town that combines maritime history and modern charm. It is located on Lake Ontario about 25 miles east of Rochester.

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.42.49 PMThe Landing at Pultneyville offers unique shopping and dining experience in the midst of a historic hamlet in the Town of Williamson. The Landing is among 37 Pultneyville properties, that in 1975, became listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, with a historic district reflecting Federal, Second Empire and Greek Revival architecture.

The Landing at Pultneyville a shared space between The Pulneyville Grill and Artisans’ Loft.

Artisan's LoftWe stopped for drinks and appetizers one Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the undivided attention of the bartender who warmed us right up after a chilly hike.

The Grill has a tasty menu, but has done a great job of pairing wines with each entrée and offering special wine pairing events. There is live music summer and winter, on the weekends.

The gallery features the work of over sixty artists, on two floors of exhibition and special event space,

Just down the road is a great spot to picnic, right on the lake. B Forman Park.

March 8, 2014 at 3:53 am Leave a comment

Turning Point Park: Walk on Water

In the heart of Northwest Rochester, as you enter the town of Charlotte, there is a magical trail that allows you to walk right OVER the Genesee River!

Tucked right off Lake Avenue,  Turning Point Park has a 3,572 ft-long boardwalk over the Genesee River, at the “Turning Basin.” The  boardwalk section of the park features a pair of nesting swans, on display each year, famous rail hopping herons, turtles, ducks, Kingfishers, and many other water-loving creatures. Bring your binoculars!

The trail is also part of the 16+ mile Genesee Riverway Trail.  Continue north, once back on land, and you will wind up in Ontario Beach Park (Home of the H2O Hero). If you bike the trail south you can pick up the Greenway Trail in Genesee  Valley Park, and go all the way to Mt Morris, and beyond.

The easiest way to reach the boardwalk is to park in the lot at 260 Boxart St, right off of Lake Avenue.

October 23, 2013 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

A Beautiful Picnic Spot on Lake Ontario: B Forman Park

B Forman Park, shoreline looking east

B Forman Park, shoreline looking east

I love the shoreline of Lake Ontario — big sky view, water as far as you can see, and beautiful rocks. It’s not always easy to get access to a beautiful stretch of lake Ontario. B Forman Park has 25 acres of beautiful trees and grass, with a fabulous beach.

The park is part of the Lake Ontario Seaway Trail, which stretches from Niagara Falls to The Thousand Islands.

B Forman Park 5There is a great shipwreck, The St Peter, that went down near here. There are stories of it being haunted. This 135-foot, three-masted schooner sunk in 1898 and remains intact in 117 feet of water.

B Forman Park 4B Forman Park

4507 Lake Road, Pultneyville, NY 14538 (Lakeside-NO swimming)

Ball field, shuffleboard court , volleyball net, and swings.

The House – seats 80 people, kitchen with an electric stove and refrigerator, outdoor grill. Cost is $80.00 and $25.00 more if kitchen is requested.

B Forman park 6Pavilion #1 – seats 150 people, can be fully enclosed, no kitchen, limited electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $65.00.

Pavilion #2 – open pavilion, seats approximately 60 people, no electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $30.00

Pavilion #3 – open pavilion, seats approximately 60 people, no electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $30.00

Pavilion #4 – seats 50 people, open on 2 sides, limited electricity, outdoor grill. Cost is $45.00.

To reserve, contact Wayne County Parks: 315-946-5836

December 3, 2012 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

Castaways: Rochester’s Tastiest Sunset

Castaways has been a favorite Rochester dining spot since the 1920’s. It offers a casual dining atmosphere right on the shores of Lake Ontario. Summertime it can be very busy, but when we arrived, on a week day evening, just before sunset, we were quickly seated.

If you sit outside, you will enjoy a spectacular view with a gorgeous sunset. Two tiered lakeside decks are the perfect setting for outdoor dining, in spring and summer.

Continue Reading July 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Braddock Bay — Kayaker’s Delight

It’s hot, really hot, where can you go to cool off when it is miserably hot?

Braddock Bay.

The Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area is a shallow water bay-marsh complex existing in five units along the Lake Ontario shoreline ranging from two to six miles west of Rochester. 

“Braddock Bay is renowned for being an excellent bird-watching location, as raptors and other birds congregate when migrating north in Spring.”  — Wikipedia

Cool Great lakes breezes, alongside gorgeous wetlands loaded with wildlife makes for an awesome adventure on a hot summer day.

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Locations where you can launch your kayak along the edge of the bay

I put my kayak in furthest north and explored right out onto the lake. If you put in further downstream you can travel way back into the wetlands, full of Herons, Kingfishers, Puddle ducks, particularly mallards, blue-winged teal and wood ducks all nest in this area.

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Beautiful spots to kayak

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Shy herons

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Great Blues

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Perfect haven for wildlife

July 21, 2012 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Find: Discovering Beechwood State Park

The state bought the land from the Girl Scouts for $600,000 in 1996. Unfortunately, before the State could upgrade and open the newly acquired park, a budget crisis got in the way. The park’s purpose became a manageable “preserve” and it opened with no improvements in 1999.

The park contains 250 acres of pine and hemlock groves, wooded hills and marshy ravines, plus over 1,500 ft. of pebbled Lake Ontario shoreline with access to the west side of Maxwell Bay.

Continue Reading July 14, 2012 at 3:56 am Leave a comment

Entertainment on Sodus Bay — Abe’s Waterfront Boat House

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waterside view of Abe’s.

If you search on Google for “Sodus Bay Entertainment,” the first listing that appears is “Abe’s Waterfront Boat House Bar and Grill.

Sodus Bay is a town geared up for summer fun on Lake Ontario. The Bay is full of spots to moor your boat and get something to eat. Abe’s Waterfront Boat House is set up for whatever type of entertainment you could want day or night — order a drink, enjoy the breeze and  listen to some live music.

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Looking down the bar at Abes

Back in 1910 this property was Walsh’s Boat Livery and it is decorated with turn-of-the-century boathouse artifacts. The club and outside decks can seat over 600, with both on-site parking plus 32 boat slips for boats.

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View of Sodus Bay from the deck at Abes

We ate outside on the spacious deck overlooking the bay, but there is the main Boat House as well as the Upper Deck or Crows Nest for dining and drinking.

What is the history of Sodus Point and Sodus Bay? Most of what is recorded tells about the town of Sodus, just south, where the Arbor Day was started. The land was originally territory of the Onandaga Nation. Sodus is believed to be an indian word meaning possibly “gleam on the water.”

The area around Sodus is filled with fruit orchards — once cherry, peach and apple, and now more and more, you see grape vines.

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Sunny lunch on the deck

Lunch  menu

Located at: 8527 Greig Street, Sodus Point, NY

Call: 315-483-4444

June 2, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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