Note: I helped put this together for the Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce and my friends and neighbors who keep our economy going. It received notice and publication in some of the mainstream media outlets throughout the area. Residents of Fair Haven are a hardy bunch. And the fortitude, determination and resilience is illustrated by he business owners who depend upon the hundred days of summer for continued success. They provide us with employment. They get us through the long winters. And, they are the backbone of the community we call Fair Haven.
From the Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce
Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven, NY is one the best kept secrets on the North Coast of America – Lake Ontario’s southern shore. Because of its unique location almost in the geographic center of the state, the community has become the focus of many a family’s summer fun for decades.
And it still is – despite the rumors of flooding our pristine shores. Like Mark Twain once said to a reporter when a New York Newspaper ran his obituary, “The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated”.
If you look at an official topographic map of Upstate New York, you’ll see that Little Sodus bay is 246’ above sea level. Or at any rate, that’s what it used to be.
Right now, officials say it’s less than an inch below the record flood level of 249 set back in 2017. But most people along the shore say it’s well past that.
Business owners in Fair Haven are a hardy bunch. And they’re battling back the rising waters with a variety of strategies to make the summer of 2019 the best ever.
Visitors to the town often ask “What can we do to help?” and the answer is simple: Fair Haven is open and ready for Summer fun. Come and have some!
Here are a few suggestions:
The Fishing is better than ever! Salmon, Trout, Bass … you name it. And Charters like Popeye’s Charter and Yankee One Charter as well as the rest of the fleet are streaming out the bay every morning. And Screwy Louies Sport Shop is ready I town for everything from poles to takle to bait.
Shopping? Fair Haven’s got some of the most unique shops in the region. From the Fly by Night Cookie Company’s delicious selections, to the Front Porch Gift Shop and the Hardware Café’s gift section, there’s something for everyone. Need to stock up on supplies, there’s The West End Express Mart and of course, Bayside Grocery which has just about everything you need … and a few things you don’t!
Keep an Eye on the Arts. The local artist community is thriving as well. Spend a lazy afternoon browsing their works. DOC Gallery and South Shore artisans are showcasing their artwork and One Photo has some of the most breathtaking nature photos to be found anywhere.
#DestinationFairHaven is true to it’s word. There are about a dozen places to stay: Memory Haven, Anchor Resort, Black Creek B&B, The Cabin Vacation House, Fair Haven Motel, the Cottage Farm, the White House, Holiday Harbor Resort, Turner’s 1816 B&B, The Got A-Way, Pleasant Beach Hotel and Turtle Cove Resort all have accommodations for Families as well as cozy couples.
Want something to do? Fair Haven Beach State Park is open and there are several trails for hiking. Sterling Nature Center showcases the Heron Rookery and walks along the cliffs overlooking the shoreline. Springbrook Golf Course is green and ready for golfers. The Little Red School House Museum has some local history. And Colloca Estate Winery and the Sterling Cidery showcase beverages from right here in Fair Haven.
There’s music in the air … almost every night and day. Turtle Cove has an open Mike on Thursdays as well as music on the weekends. Colloca Estate Winery not only has music on Sunday afternoons, but Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well. Little Sodus Inn, Brandon’s Pub and the Pleasant Beach also have regular music schedules. And, don’t forget Porch Fest on August 11th where there are local musicians in front of almost business in town.
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? Not a problem. Menus in Fair Haven are eclectic as the music. Adventures in great eating are available everywhere from Giuseppe’s of Fair Haven, the Hardware Café, Brandon’s Pub and Grill, the Wood Fired Grill at Colloca Estate Winery, Little Sodus Inn, Pleasant Beach Hotel, Sterling Cidery, Village Grill and Turtle Cove.
And, last but not the least is the Fourth of July celebration sponsored by SOFA and Colloca Estate Winery. It’s known throughout the area as one of the region’s best – is among the best ever, symbolizing the community’s resilience.
The long and short of it is that Fair Haven is as welcoming, fun, and beautiful as ever. Open, and ready for Summer!