In need of a short getaway or to recharge the batteries without breaking the bank? Make the most of your summer with a getaway you won’t forget. Get more out of your summer and consider a short stay in the 1000 Islands region with these quick-visit ideas:
Heart of the 1000 Islands
Grab a St. Lawrence River-front view at either of Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina or Capt. Thomson’s Resort, both located in centrally located Alexandria Bay. With views of the famed Boldt Castle, both places will make your stays memorable as you fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves and wake up to a view of a majestic island castle.
While in town, be sure to cruise among the islands aboard a boat tour that stops at Boldt Castle for an unforgettable look at a real American castle and then head back to hit the walkable downtown specialty shops and try dining to whatever your taste, from the formal to the pizza shops. Take in the Scenic Riverwalk, talk to wreck divers offshore and stroll along the municipal docks to see boat life up close and personal. Grab a handcrafted cocktail and soak up the patio life at one of several restaurants. If you prefer a quieter stay a few-minutes-walk from downtown, consider Capt.’s Inn and Suites along Otter Creek. You’ll find a lower price point but the same great care as Capt. Thomson’s Resort.
Escape to the Cape
The fun starts at Angel Rock Cottages, a sprawling waterfront property perched atop the St. Lawrence River, dotted with family cottages and enough space to enjoy outdoor games and firepits to make memories. Angel Rock can handle any size family, no matter how big! Head toward the Village of Cape Vincent, New York, where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet, to enjoy local brews and wine before walking along the water in a quieter section of the region.
Drive, walk or peddle to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse to get an up-close look at a real lighthouse. If you’re feeling adventurous, charter a guided fishing trip or line up for Horne’s Ferry to Wolfe Island in Canada and get a taste of island life. Just be careful…Angel Rock Cottages and Cape Vincent might become your new favorite quiet little getaway.
Water, water, Watertown!
Stay in comfort and familiarity at the Hilton Garden Inn Watertown-1000 Islands, easily located just off Interstate 81 in Watertown, New York. The Hilton includes the popular Great American Grille, a pool for the kids and easy access to water-based fund like whitewater rafting and tube floating down the Black River, an underrated New York whitewater playground with class III and IV waves. Hook up with one of the whitewater rafting guides to try this hidden gem.
Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy a night at the ballpark with minor league baseball or hit up one of the downtown Public Square block parties.