A Perfect Sodus Summer Afternoon

blog2As a new poster to the View From the Point blog, I should probably introduce myself. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and for that reason I’m fortunate enough to be able to visit Sodus Point quite frequently on day trips, although on occasion some of our out-of-town visitors have been guests of the Carriage House Inn. Jerry and Claudine have given me permission to post on their blog occasionally from a visitor’s point of view.

As a habitué of the area, I have come to appreciate that every season in Sodus Point has its own charm and beauty. The crisp brightly-colored leaves crunching underfoot in the fall, the solidified frozen “waves” that stand like apparitions against the breakwater in the winter, and the tulips and lilacs that bloom in the spring are all beautiful in their own way. Yes, Sodus Point is a destination that should never be overlooked when visiting Lake Ontario, regardless of the season.

That being said, Sodus Point probably gets the most visitors during the summer months, when the outdoor water activities at the local parks and beaches can be enjoyed to the full. This past Sunday my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Point with friends from nearby Cortland. The weather forecast that morning didn’t look very promising – scattered thunderstorms all afternoon, just when we would be wanting to walk around the Point and see the sights. But knowing the capricious nature of Lake Ontario weather, we decided to go ahead with our plans in spite of the forecast.

We first had lunch at one of our favorite area restaurants, Skipper’s Landing, on Great Sodus Bay. We dodged raindrops on the drive up Lake Bluff Road, and while we ate our lunch it continued to look like there would be no walk around the Point that day. But we focused on enjoying our meal, and enjoy it we did! The soup & salad bar at Skipper’s was a hit, as usual. The Cheese Lasagna was delicious, as was the Fried Haddock dinner, and the portions were ample enough to bring home for dinner the next day! Our friends enjoyed their Shrimp Scampi pizzas, and we had several mouth-watering desserts – some eaten on the spot, and some taken “to go” – Hot Fudge Lava Cake, Bread Pudding, Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake,
Key Lime Pie, Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake, and Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake. They were all delicious.

As we finished our leisurely meal with dessert and coffee, we noticed that the skies were clearing, So after lunch we headed up to the Point. Our first stop was at Sodus Point Beach Park, where we walked out the pier all the way to the outer lighthouse. There was a light breeze, but the sun was warm, and the skies were a hazy blue which only served to make the color of the water stand out that much more. (Photo courtesy our guests from Cortland.)sodus

From there we drove over to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse & Museum, which is just a stone’s throw from the Carriage House Inn. The grounds around the Lighthouse are always a favorite spot, and this visit was no exception. We took a leisurely stroll, enjoying the sights on the well manicured grounds, and headed down the back, past the pavilion where the free Sunday concerts are held (which will begin July 4 weekend), through the arbor, and down toward the rocky beach.

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As we approached we saw a family of geese on the lawn, close to the edge of the beach.

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We watched them for a while, and they started heading toward the water. We followed behind and found a nice log to sit on at the edge of the water, and watched the little family swimming along, following the shoreline east toward the sandy beach of the Park.blog-4We sat there for the longest time, just drinking in the beautiful weather and the quiet lapping of the water on the rocky beach. Too soon it was time to leave and head home, but we had enjoyed a perfect summer afternoon in Sodus Point.

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Jerry and Claudine warmly invite you to join them at the Carriage House Inn to enjoy the beauty of the area, and partake of the many activities offered, or just to sit and drink in the quiet beauty of their little corner of Sodus Point.

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