Editor’s Note: The follow article was originally written for the Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce’s public relation blitz to help potential visitors to Fair Haven understand how they can help local businesses weather the storm.
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 that it has now surpassed the record level of 249’ set back in 2017 by an inch and a few more inches are on the way depending on future rainfall.
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: Come to Fair Haven! Visit our shops, dine in our restaurants, have a drink in our establishments, book a room at our B&B’s and hotels. Fair Haven is open for business and ready for Summer fun. Come and have some!
Here are a few suggestions how you can enjoy all Fair Haven has to offer and help our local businesses at the same time.
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 Louie’s Sport Shop is ready in town for everything from poles to tackle 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, but get them anyway!
Keep an Eye on the Arts. The local artist community is thriving as well. Spend a lazy afternoon browsing their works. DOC Gallery, Fair Haven Arts Center, and South Shore Artisans are showcasing their incredible artwork and One Photo has some of the most breathtaking photos of the area to be found anywhere around.
#DestinationFairHaven is true to its word. There are about a dozen places to stay: Anchor Resort, Black Creek B&B and Venue, The Cabin Vacation House, The Cottage Farm, Fair Haven White House, The Got A-Way, Holiday Harbor Resort, Memory Haven, Turner’s 1816 B&B, 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. Book a massage or acupuncture treatment, or join a yoga class Bayview Wellness Center and Spa. 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 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 playing throughout the village.
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? Not a problem. Menus in Fair Haven are eclectic as the music. Adventures in great eating are available everywhere from The Hardware Café, Brandon’s Pub and Grill, The Wood Fired Kitchen at Colloca Estate Winery, Little Sodus Inn, Pleasant Beach Hotel, The Village Grill and Turtle Cove Restaurant and Marina.
And, last but not the least are our village events. Fair Haven’s Fourth of July celebration is renowned and attracts visitors near and far. Weekend activities include our mile-long parade, boat parade, community church smorgasbord, carnival, 5k run for Hospice, Bayside Cruisers car show, and our ring of fire, and SOFA Spectacular SOFA Fireworks Sponsored by Colloca Estate Winery. The show is known throughout the area as one of the area’s best – is among the best ever, symbolizing the community’s resilience.
Fair Haven will also host Pirate Fest the weekend of August 25, that includes a costume parade, and events and experiences with the invading pirates all weekend long. We have free family movie nights and band performances in our village park. There is something for everyone.
The long and short of it is that Fair Haven is as welcoming, fun, and beautiful as ever. Our businesses need your support now more than ever. Please take the short ride to Fair Haven and help support our local businesses. You can find more information about Fair Haven’s businesses and upcoming events at www.fairhavenny.com.