Up for an adventure? This is our first year hosting for HipCamp and we are eager to meet you and hear what you think of our acres. The gorgeous sunsets over Lake Ontario are world renowned, and our rural camp sites are just one half mile from the lake. The terrain is hilly, elevation ranges from 320' - 380'. If you stand on your car at the highest elevation you can see t
Up for an adventure? This is our first year hosting for HipCamp and we are eager to meet you and hear what you think of our acres. The gorgeous sunsets over Lake Ontario are world renowned, and our rural camp sites are just one half mile from the lake. The terrain is hilly, elevation ranges from 320' - 380'. If you stand on your car at the highest elevation you can see the lake. Due to the location on the hill, great views of the spectacular sunrise can also be seen (from the ground). Excellent opportunities for bird watching, we have seen everything from goldfinches to bald eagles, with sightings of indigo buntings, sparrowhawks, snow and Canada geese, according to season. Wildflowers, berries and herbs are in abundance, when in season. Being right near the fourth largest Great Lake it is a great spot for cloud watching, kite sailing and star viewing - there is no light pollution. Divers? There are dozens of sunken shipwrecks in Lake Ontario along with world class fishing.
Co-owner, Valerie, is a permaculturist and welcomes conversation about anything environmental. The flattest part of the hill was once under cultivation but since 2007 has been allowed to revert to woodlands. Fruit and nut trees have been planted, as well as some berries. There is a working rocket mass heater in the barn and it will be fired up and roaring between October and April. Knitting and crocheting lessons are yours for the asking - inquire about availability. Co-owner, William, can also be persuaded to show you some guitar licks.
At the edges of the property you can see neighbors' houses but campsites are secluded. Sterling Nature Center (Great Blue Heron rookery) and Sterling Renaissance Festival are each 4 miles away. Gas station and farm store (great home-baked pies there!) are 3 miles. Fair Haven Beach State Park and Little Sodus Bay is 7.5 miles. City of Oswego and NY State University are 6 miles. And, if you are of that persuasion, the nearest McDonald's and Subway are 7 miles and Walmart is 10 miles.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Small boats, canoes and kayaks can access the lake and nearby streams.
Fishing in lake and streams requires NYS fishing license.
Sterling Nature Center has many marked trails.
Lake Ontario is great for wind surfing, the shore is one half mile from the site.
Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is available on property and at Sterling Nature Center.
Lake Ontario shoreline is one half mile from site. There is a small public area next to private camps.
Natural features you'll find at Thorndon Field and Dale in New York.
Prairie, meadow, or plain
Thorndon Field is a part of a former large farm. It has been unfarmed since 2007 and is slowly reverting to woodlands.
The vibe at Thorndon Field and Dale
Places to see near Thorndon Acres
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Valerie was hospitable as could be. She greeted us on the property and gave us the lay of the land. She had a compost toilet set near the site, even had a tarp tied up to a tree for privacy. She also had gallons of water for drinking or showering. We went out for breakfast and came back to see she'd left us a bag of homegrown produce. The site had beautiful views on all sides, seemed like we could see every star in the universe, and crickets sang us to sleep. The property is a 2 minute drive to Lake Ontario, and there are plenty of good food options nearby. We fully recommend Rudy's Lakeside Drive-in for lunch or dinner and Ontario Orchards for breakfast.