Bob and I spent the weekend of June 25-28 at the Best Western Crown Inn & Suites in Batavia, New York. Batavia is located approximately 120 miles northeast of our hometown of Warren, PA. While in Batavia we visited the Genesee Country Village and Museum on June 26th, which I blogged about here. On June 27th we went on a motorcycle ride along the southern shore of Lake Ontario — the subject of today’s blog post. Click here for a map of our route and keep it handy, as I will refer back to the map throughout this blog post.
We began our tour of the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Olcott Beach, a quaint hamlet in the town of Newfane.
Olcott Beach’s Carousel Park is a vintage amusement park. It features a 1928 style Hershell-Spillman two row carousel, five vintage kiddie rides, and a 1931 Wurlitzer band organ. Unfortunately, the park was not open during our visit to Olcott Beach. We arrived in Olcott Beach shortly before 9:00 AM. We were disappointed to learn that the park would not open until noon. We had plans for dinner at 4:00 PM with Bob’s cousins at their home and didn’t know how long it would take us to make our way back to Batavia. We left Olcott Beach an hour before the park opened. We hope to return to Olcott Beach next summer and will definitely time our visit so that we arrive when Carousel Park is open.
We had a pleasant time walking the streets of Olcott Beach and sitting at a picnic table watching the boat activity on 18 Mile Creek.
The Lakeside Village Shoppes interested me with their individual shops of different colors and unique merchandise. But, alas, all I could do was window shop as the shops did not open until noon.
After spending a couple of hours in Olcott Beach, we rode to Golden Hill State Park near the village of Barker, where we saw the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse.
Our last stop along the shores of Lake Ontario was in Waterport at Brown’s Berry Patch. At Brown’s Berry Patch visitors can pick their own fruit on the farm. Sweet cherries were in season during our visit. At other times during the year visitors can pick their own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, elderberries, apples, and pumpkins. We didn’t pick any fruit; however, this appeared to be a favorite pastime as we saw several families entering the farm area with baskets in hand.
Inside Brown’s Berry Patch you will find Lake County Marketplace, where you can buy fresh picked fruits and vegetables, gifts, ice cream, bakery items, sandwiches, subs, salads and wraps. We choose to eat outdoors at the Farm Grill, which featured burgers, hot dogs and fries.
Wouldn’t it be great to have something similar to Brown’s Berry Patch near where you live? I wish Brown’s were closer to where we live. I’m sure we would take our great nephew and great niece there.
After lunch at Brown’s Berry Patch we rode back to our hotel in Batavia, arriving there around 1:45 PM. The fresh air must have made me tired. I took a nap!
We returned home on Monday, June 28th, full of good memories of a great weekend and with plans to make a return visit to Olcott Beach, Golden Hill State Park, Brown’s Berry Patch, AND, yes, to Genesee Country Village and Museum sometime in the future!