1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Alexandria Bay, NY

Spend days exploring the possibilities of "The Bay." With its many attractions, restaurants and lodging, you'll find plenty to do, day and night.

Alexandria Bay has hundreds of rooms available in a variety of lodging styles. From full-service luxury resorts and friendly local motels to quaint bed and breakfasts and cottages right on the water, spending the night is easy and convenient.

Boaters are welcome to dock at "The Bay" to enjoy the shops, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and lodging. Municipal docks are at both ends of the village.

There are many exciting ways to tour the 1000 Islands using Alexandria Bay as a starting point. For a bird's eye view, climb aboard a hot air balloon or go by water on board Uncle Sam Boat Tours, a great way to explore the islands and their attractions, including the worldfamous Boldt Castle on Heart Island, Singer Castle on Dark Island and the islands of Millionaire's Row.

The young and young-at-heart can indulge in mini-golf, batting cages, go-karts, arcades and Mazeland - the largest hedgerow maze in New York State. See and touch exotic underwater species at Aqua Zoo.

Water activities include boat rentals, guided fishing charters and a public swimming area. On land near Alexandria Bay you'll also find municipal golf courses, tennis courts and eight state parks.

Alexandria Bay's event schedule is always jam-packed. Friends and families are transformed into buccaneers and scalawags during Bill Johnston's Pirate Days in August. Polish the chrome on that Harley and join the Thousand Islands River Run Motorcycle Rally in June. Everyone always has fun at the annual Blues in the Bay Festival (Labor Day Weekend), Fourth of July Fireworks over Boldt Castle, Blessing of the Fleet (Memorial Day Weekend), Vintage Boat Show in July, and the all new Rockin' The Bay in August.

Alexandria Bay
Chamber of Commerce
7 Market St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
800-541-2110 Ć 315-482-9531

Boldt Castle: An Extraordinary Love Story – www.boldtcastle.com

Millionaire George C. Boldt, proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full-sized, Rhineland-style castle on Heart Island for his beloved wife Louise. Construction began in 1900 on a six story, 120-room castle, complete with a Yacht House, Dove Cote, Power House, Italian gardens and a Children’s Playhouse.

The Boldt family spent their summers on adjacent Wellesley Island at the Wellesley House during construction. In 1904, tragedy struck. Upon the unexpected death of his wife, George halted all construction. He never returned to the castle, which remained vacant for 73 years.

Since 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority – owners of Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House – has invested millions of dollars into the rehabilitation and restoration of the Heart Island structures and the Yacht House on Wellesley Island. Visitors to the castle during the 2011 season will see the newest completed bedroom suite intended for George and Louise Boldt’s daughter, Clover. Improvements include hardwood flooring, ornate plaster, new fireplace mantels, granite inlays, period furnishings, lighting and more.

The rehabilitation of the Boldt Castle kitchens located on the first floor will begin in the near future, thereby completing the entire first floor and complimenting previously completed interior projects. The ballroom, library, billiards room, reception room, elevator, grand staircase and stained glass dome have all been refurbished with great care and exquisite detail.

The castle is open to the public from mid-May through mid-October. Boat tours from both the U.S. and Canada stop at Heart Island, and extensive docking is available for private watercraft. A shuttle runs from Heart Island to the Boldt Yacht House.

Experience Heart Island with a leisurely, self-guided tour. Wander through the many rooms of Boldt Castle and imagine what might have been. No visit to the 1000 Islands Region is complete without spending time at this romantic setting of the saddest love story ever told.

Wellesley Island

Wellesley Island is one of the region’s largest islands and offers the most services thanks to its unique positioning as part of the Thousand Islands International Bridge crossing. The island is located entirely in the United States and is easily accessible from both sides of the border via the bridge system.

Wellesley is home to four state parks, a private campground, three golf courses, four marinas, waterfront villas, four dining options and one classic hotel. Wellesley Island Start Park is the largest in the region and home to the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, including a nature museum, preserved natural habitats, eight miles of trails and picnic areas.

The Boldt Yacht House, which housed George Boldt’s yachts and enormous houseboat, is located on Wellesley Island. Today, the Yacht House is home to classic antique wooden boats and engines and is open for public touring. A shuttle provides transportation between the Yacht House and Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

Roadside crop stands and convenience stores have all the necessary camping needs, and specialty shops selling antiques, furnishings and 1000 Islands-themed gifts are located in the Wellesley Hotel.

For a free brochure and map, call 800-847-5263. Www.visitwellesley.com