Packages Available: Midweek days in September
Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights
Located along the peaceful border between Northern New York State and Southeastern Ontario, the 1000 Islands is a region of endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture. This region was named after the 1,793 islands that are nestled within this scenic international waterway. Discover this sightseer’s paradise, during one of the most colorful time of year!
As you begin your travels to the beautiful Thousand Islands, stop at the Erie Canal Museum, that is located in the only weigh lock building in the United States. Built in 1850, this weigh lock building is where the canal boats were weighed when traveling on the canal through Syracuse. The museum was founded in 1962 and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Continue on to your waterfront hotel in Alexandria Bay, NY. Conveniently located in the downtown district, the hotel sits directly across from Boldt Castle. Situated adjacent to the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway, your stay provides a perfect opportunity to see a variety of “lakers”, “salties”, tour boats and smaller recreational boats pass close by. Rooms are comfortably appointed and all have their own balcony. There will be time to refresh and relax before heading out for the evening.
Venture out along the waterfront and discover your new favorite restaurant and have dinner on your own. After dinner, enjoy an evening stroll and watch the sunset over the St. Lawrence River.
After an included hearty breakfast buffet at the resort, set out for a day of discovery. Begin your day with a 10-minute scenic shuttle ride across the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence River Seaway, to Boldt Castle located on its own heart-shaped island. Embark on a self-guided tour of this magnificent home built by entrepreneur, George C. Boldt. This 129-room replica of a Rhineland castle was built for his wife at a “summer home,” at the turn of the 19th Century over the course of four years.
After your visit to the Castle, board the ferry and return to the mainland. Travel a short distance to the charming town of Clayton, NY. Have lunch on your own and enjoy time to stroll down Main Street, where you will find an array of unique shops. Take home a taste of the 1000 Islands such as “River Rat Cheese” or a bottle of the famous “Original Thousand Islands Dressing,” that was created here. Shop in the amazing Porch and Paddle Decorator Store or enjoy a complimentary visit to the Thousand Island Museum.
Next, arrive at the Antique Boat Museum. This museum has over 300 unique and beautifully preserved boats and thousands of recreational boating artifacts. See the 106’ houseboat, La Duchesse that brings the gracious river lifestyle of one hundred years ago to life. Built in 1903 for hotelier George Boldt, manager of New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the houseboat has been in continuous use as an elegant summer residence ever since. Explore her luxurious interior and original furnishings, while hearing the story of this unique summer home.
Late afternoon, stop for a tour and taste at the largest winery in Northern New York. Situated on a historic forty-acre farmstead established in 1836, the winery is housed in the original 1923 Sears and Roebuck barn. Taste 6 of their award winning wines, learn about the wine making process from growing to harvest, bottling to tasting and everything in between.
Once back in Alexandria Bay, the remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. Dinner is on your own this evening.
After breakfast, travel to Sackets Harbor Village located along the Eastern Lake Ontario shores. Sheltered on Black River Bay, the village is one of New York State’s Heritage Areas with exceptional historic attractions and beautifully tree-lined streets. The entire town provides an opportunity to discover a unique history, charming architecture and a variety of activities.
Arrive at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield where a costumed guide will board the coach and escort you on a driving tour of the Sackets Harbor 1813 Battle route. Your tour begins at the Sackets Harbor Visitor Center, an 1803 mansion that once was the home of Sackets Harbor founder, Augustus Sacketts. Watch an orientation film and explore the gallery displays.
Next, visit the United Presbyterian Church with its beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows, pipe organ and ringing carillon! Return to the Battlefield and embark on a guided tour of a restored 1850’s Navy yard and commandant’s house, archeology exhibit and galleries of the War of 1812.
Travel a short distance to Watertown, NY. The settling of Watertown in 1800 began a 200-year legacy that continues today. The pioneers who chose the area, did so based on foresight of creating an industrial center that would draw its power from the mighty Black River. The development of waterpower was the force that started the wheels of progress for the community. Watertown became one of the nation’s principal paper manufacturing communities and can still boast that it has the oldest continuously running paper mill in the nation. Watertown is the birthplace of the Five and Dime and the Safety Pin and is home of Little Trees air fresheners. At one time, Watertown was named “The Ideal American City.”
After lunch on your own in Watertown, visit the Roswell P. Memorial Library. Built in 1903, this two-story, brick rectangular building is faced in marble and has a centrally placed octagonal dome. The dome creates a three story octagonal rotunda and is the principle interior feature. This functioning public library is renowned for its amazing architecture and beautiful works of art!
Next, smell the sweet aromas of freshly pressed apple cider in an old gristmill building dating back to the 1800’s. Captain John Burr, whom Burrville is named after, purchased the Mill in 1802. It is rumored that he was a pirate who stole from the supply ships out on Lake Ontario and then sold the goods back to the troops in Sackets Harbor. Some even say his ghost still visits the Mill. Shop for fresh baked donuts, cider, jams and jellies and handcrafted souvenirs!
Travel back to your hotel and refresh before the evening’s activities.
Gather for an included Farewell Dinner served at a charming, casual restaurant on the waterfront.
After breakfast, pack your bags, say goodbye to this “waterful” wonderland and begin your travels back home.
Before you depart, there is one more stop that you won’t want to miss. Tibbett’s Point Lighthouse marks the point where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. Built in 1827, the Lighthouse features the only original working Fresnel lens in Lake Ontario.
Packages Available: Midweek days in September
Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights
Your Package Includes:
- 3 Nights accommodation
- 3 Breakfasts
- 1 Dinner
- Visit to the Erie Canal Museum
- Admission to Boldt Castle, with water shuttle service
- Time to explore downtown Clayton, NY
- Visit to the Thousand Island Museum
- Admission to the Antique Boat Museum
- Tour and Taste at the Thousand Island Winery
- Time at leisure in Alexandria Bay
- 3-Hour guided tour of Sackets Harbor and Sackets Harbor Battlefield, led by a costumed guide
- Time to explore Watertown, NY
- Visit to the Roswell P. Memorial Library
- Visit to the Burrville Cider Mill
- Stop at Tibbett’s Point Lighthouse
- Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
- Accommodations and breakfasts for the coach driver
- Taxes and Gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the local guide and coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)
- Call for custom pricing.