Sodus Bay, New York, USA

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Sodus Bay, New York, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.