Destination guide

Shore as the wind blows, you'll love Sodus Bay

A little less than an hour outside the bustling hub of Rochester, scenic Sodus Bay is light years away. An inlet of Lake Ontario, Sodus Bay is a laid-back world of marshland and waterfront where boating, fishing, and sunbathing are the order of the day. The area is rich in native and colonial history, and there are a number of landmarks worth checking out, too. Your central Sodus Bay vacation rental will give you easy access to attractions like the Sodus Point Lighthouse, the S.S.S. Lotus, and the striking rock formations of Chimney Bluffs State Park.

Things to do

Lively lakefront landmarks in Sodus Bay

Sodus Bay might be low-key, but it's still got plenty to offer. History buffs can visit the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, where you'll find a wealth of information about the area's past inside a charming, 19th-century structure. Looking for a boozier time? Sodus Bay is located amid the Lake Ontario Wine Trail, and there are more than half a dozen wineries, distilleries, and cideries within a short drive. Thorpe Vineyards is a charming, small-scale operation, and the property also hosts regular events and tastings throughout the year.


The shoreline rocks in Sodus Bay

A water-lover's paradise, Sodus Bay boasts a number of marinas where you can find everything from kayak and canoe rentals to fishing charters and jetskis, and Sodus Point Beach Park offers a broad stretch of sandy beach in the shadow of a historic lighthouse. And if it's unique scenery you're after, just head to Chimney Bluffs State Park. Here, you'll find an impressive landscape of towering rock formations along the shore of Lake Ontario, and you can stroll the many wooded and beachfront walking trails to your heart's content.


Winter vacations in Sodus Bay – an ice idea

Sodus Bay has warm summers and cold winters, with plenty of the wet stuff dropping out of the sky all year round. Spring and fall are crisp and cool, and the colorful foliage is a major draw for autumn visitors. Humid summers are mild to warm, and average highs peak in the low 80s in July and August. Winters are cold – January highs hover just above freezing – and the lake effect means there's plenty of snowfall throughout the season. But winter's low temperatures also mean higher savings, and you can score the best deals on Sodus Bay vacation rentals during the colder months.

Natural features

Sodus Bay – lake it or leave it

The area around your Sodus Bay vacation rental is made up of rolling countryside, dotted with small towns, old-fashioned farms, and lots of wide-open space. Closer to the bay itself, you'll find marshy wetlands and rocky coastline that provide a habitat for a number of waders, gulls, and migratory birds, as well as white-tailed deer, muskrats, and minks. At Castle Bluffs State Park, you can see a 1-of-a-kind landscape of rocky pillars along the shore of Lake Ontario, and the lake is home to bass, pike, and other fish species.

Where to stay around Sodus Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 63 vacation rentals near Sodus Bay. From 29 Cottages to 26 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sodus Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sodus Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sodus Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Finger Lakes: 1,471 vacation rentals
  • Upstate New York: 3,632 vacation rentals
  • Seneca Lake: 1,213 vacation rentals
  • Cayuga Lake: 517 vacation rentals
  • Canandaigua: 155 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sodus Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sodus Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sodus Bay:

  • Canandaigua: 155 rentals
  • Geneva: 446 rentals
  • Sodus Point: 64 rentals
  • Auburn: 233 rentals
  • Seneca Falls: 748 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sodus Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Sodus Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hill Cumorah Visitors Center: 183 rentals
  • Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge: 340 rentals
  • Smith Family Farm: 135 rentals
  • Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve: 323 rentals
  • Wayne County Fairgrounds: 133 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sodus Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.