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September 24, 2018

Sandra Scott Travels: Thousands Of Things To Do In 1000 Islands Region


Last week I asked: Where can you take a speed boat ride on the St. Lawrence?

At the Antique Boat Museum.

1000 Island Harbor Hotel

1000 Island Harbor Hotel

Once again the value of revisiting a place was driven home.

It had been years since we had been to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and the museum has expanded so it was as if we had never visited.

Our main purpose for visiting Clayton was to check out the new hotel which we heard was the best in the 1000 Islands.

The 1000 Island Harbor Hotel has a wonderful location on the waterfront right in town.

Our room had a balcony from which we would watch the sunset each night.

The days were often cloudy with some sprinkles but come sunset time the horizon was ablaze with color.

Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset

We also enjoyed watching the ships pass by.

It was especially fun because we had a book called “Know Your Ships” so we could look up each ship to find out if it was a “salty” or a “laker” plus its homeport and many other interesting facts about the vessel.

(The book can be purchased at the Antique Boat Museum.)

The first evening we had a five-star dinner with a view of the river.

Other nights we ate on the patio.

Each night we relaxed around their fire pits – great place to watch the sunset if one’s room doesn’t have a sunset view.

Gather around the fire pits

Gather around the fire pits

The hotel is wonderful and they are open year round.

In the winter they have an ice bar which sounds awesome.

I wish we were going to be around to see it.

This is definitely a place we want to return to.

It is a great place to celebrate that special occasion.

On our way to Clayton, we stopped at the Coyote Moon Winery.

Besides wine they had wine slushies and wine-infused jams and sauces.

Coyote Moon Winery

Coyote Moon Winery

They also have a store in town with seating on the river which is an easy walk from the Harbor Hotel.

Both places have music at various times.

We spent most of one afternoon in the Antique Boat Museum.

I loved their “Canoes to Go” display featuring portable boats.

We were able to take apart the folding canoe but had to ask for the cape boat to be explained.

It was a cape that when taken off and inflated became a canoe!

The “Quest for Speed” has its own building which wasn’t open during our last visit.

Antique Boat Museum.

Antique Boat Museum.

There were speed boats, of course, and a video of some races.

I learned that the “World’s Fastest Bandleader” was Guy Lombardo.

Lombardo helped popularize the sport and, as a driver, won more than a dozen Gold Cup victories between 1946 and 1953.

Another building is home to the “Oar Else” exhibit where I was in for another surprise.

On the wall there were illustrations from Essomarine advertisements by Dr. Seuss.

The characters are instantly recognized as Seussian.

The high point of a visit to the Antique Boat Museum is a fun and informative ride in “Miss TI” a beautiful, gleaming Hacker-Craft triple-cockpit runabout that wends its way around the islands.

Enjoying a boat ride around the 1000 Islands

Enjoying a boat ride around the 1000 Islands

Visitors can row a St. Lawrence Skiff for free.

It seems today that if someone doesn’t have a boat or kayak they know someone who does.

At one time, boating was a luxury that only the idle wealthy could afford.

They often had their own captain.

Ladies went boating in long dresses protected from the sun with a parasol.

So glad that boating is now an affordable family activity.

Trivia Tease™: Where can you tour Ommegang Brewery?

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!

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