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1000 Islands & Alexandria Bay
October 2015
As October arrived and the weather got (a little) milder, we headed to the 1000 Islands region of New York & Ontario for a long weekend trip. The area was quieting down since the summer high season was over and Fall weather was settling in, but there was still plenty to do while avoiding the massive crowds of summer. Our hotel in Alexandria Bay was right on the St. Lawrence River with a great view of Boldt Castle and the shipping traffic of the St. Lawrence Seaway. We visited and toured the castle while taking a boat tour of some of the over 1800 islands in the area. Besides exploring the village of Alex Bay (as the locals call it), the trip also included an Oktoberfest at a winery (yup, another vacation with a German festival!) and some side trips to Upper Canada Village and Watertown, NY which you can see in separate albums.

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1-001 Piggy's Restaurant Sign 1-002 Piggy's Restaurant 1-003 Piggy's Restaurant Bench
A stop for lunch at Piggy's Restaurant in Lake Harmony, PA. Pigs everywhere!
A stop for lunch at Piggy's Restaurant in Lake Harmony, PA. Pigs everywhere!
A stop for lunch at Piggy's Restaurant in Lake Harmony, PA. Pigs everywhere!
1-004 I-81 1-005 1000 Islands Region Sign 1-006 Captain Thomson's Entrance
Starting to see a few Fall colors along I-81.
Approaching the 1000 Islands
We stayed at Captain Thomson's Resort in Alexandria Bay.
1-008 Sunken Rock Lighthouse 1-010 Alexandria Belle 1-011 Hub Island
Sunken Rock Lighthouse
The Alexandria Belle tour boat passes our room
The house on Hub Island has the St. Lawrence River for a yard
1-012 Sunset over St Lawrence River 1-014 Sunset over St Lawrence River 1-016 Sunset over St Lawrence River
An incredible sunset over the St. Lawrence River as seen from our balcony in Alexandria Bay
An incredible sunset over the St. Lawrence River as seen from our balcony in Alexandria Bay
An incredible sunset over the St. Lawrence River as seen from our balcony in Alexandria Bay
1-019 Cuyahoga 1-020 Cuyahoga 1-022 Clouds
The first of many ships we saw passing our room was the Cuyahoga
The first of many ship we saw passing our room was the Cuyahoga
Red clouds following sunset over the St. Lawrence River
1-023 Boldt Castle 1-026 James Street 1-027 Boldt Castle
Our view of Boldt Castle as dusk falls
Looking down James Street in Alexandria Bay you can tell it's the off season
Our view of Boldt Castle after dark
2-001 Boldt Castle 2-002 St Lawrence River 2-003 Gananoque Boat Line Thousand Islander 4
Our view of Boldt Castle in the morning light
The view from our room makes you feel like you're on a boat
Gananoque Boat Line's Thousand Islander 4 tour boat out among the whitecaps on the St. Lawrence River
2-004 House 2-008 Rockport Boat Line Boat 2-010 Alexandria Bay Sign
There's no shortage of beautiful mansions in the 1000 Islands
Rockport Boat Line is another company with tour boats cruising the 1000 Islands
Our hotel was on the water in Alexandria Bay, aka Alex Bay.
2-013 Captain Thomson's Resort 2-014 Captain Thomson's Resort 2-015 Cornwall Brothers Store Museum
We stayed at Captain Thomson's Resort right on the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay.
Our room at Captain Thomson's Resort is the corner room on the first flloor.
Cornwall Brothers Store Museum in Alex Bay
2-016 Casino Island 2-017 Islands 2-018 Casa Blanca
Casino Island is home to a small park
Many of the 1000 Islands boast a beautiful mansion or 2
Casa Blanca on Cherry Island
2-021 Lion Statue 2-022 Gazebo 2-024 House
When you have a giant island mansion you also need a scary lion to protect it
Besides beautiful mansions, the islands have beautiful stone work
Big mansions abound on the 1000 Islands
2-025 Devil's Oven 2-027 Bear Weather Vane 2-028 Thousand Islands Bridge
Devil's Oven is an small island with a cave
Now there's a unique weather vane
The Thousand Islands Bridge is actually a series of 5 spans linking the US and Canada
2-029 Border Patrol Boats 2-030 Border Patrol Station 2-031 Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay
Border Patrol's robust fleet keeps our border with Canada safe
This is probably one of the best looking US Border Patrol stations in the country
Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay
2-036 Flags 2-037 River and Islands 2-038 Bridge
Italians on the US-Candian border
Cruising the St. Lawrence River among the 1000 Islands
Some island owners make use of tiny neighboring islands
2-039 House 2-041 Island 2-043 Boldt Castle
One of many huge mansions on the 1000 Islands
Having a giant stone anchor must make giving directions to your island easier
Heart Island is home to Boldt Castle and its associated structures
2-044 Hub Island & Boldt Castle Yacht House 2-045 Mom 2-046 Michael
Hub Island and its tiny house with the Boldt Castle yacht house in the background
My mother bundled up aboard the Alexandria Belle
Riding the Alexandria Belle on the St. Lawrence River
2-047 Bonnie Castle 2-048 Floating Restaurant 2-052 Entry Arch
Bonnie Castle Resort and Marina
This former floating restaurant is docked a few feet from our hotel room balcony.
Boldt Castle Entry Arch
2-053 Alster Tower 2-056 Boldt Castle 2-057 Boldt Castle Power House
Boldt Castle's Alster Tower was built as a sort of playhouse to entertain guests.
Approaching Boldt Castle by boat
Boldt Castle's power house is an architectural wonder in its own right
2-058 River and Islands 2-060 House 2-065 Island
Cruising the St. Lawrence River among the 1000 Islands
Tiny house on a tiny island
An island must have a tree in order to counted as an island. Here's one of the smallest.
2-066 Birds on Shoal 2-068 St Brendan's Church 2-070 House
Just some birds on a shoal
St Brendan's Church in Rockport, Ontario
One of the more modern homes in the 1000 Islands
2-071 Saint Lawrence Statue 2-072 1000 Islands Tower 2-076 House
This Saint Lawrence statue watches over the river
The 1000 Islands Tower provides spectacular views of the region
This house and island are the definition of quaint
2-077 Thousand Islands Bridge 2-078 Thousand Islands Bridge 2-079 Thousand Islands Bridge
The Thousand Islands Bridge is actually a series of 5 spans linking the US and Canada
The Thousand Islands Bridge is actually a series of 5 spans linking the US and Canada
Passing under the Thousand Islands Bridge
2-081 River and Islands 2-083 Thousand Islands Bridge 2-087 House
Cruising on the St. Lawrence River among the 1000 Islands
The Thousand Islands Bridge is actually a series of 5 spans linking the US and Canada
You can't miss this blue mansion
2-088 Zavikon Island 2-090 Boldt Castle Power House 2-092 Heart Flowers
Zavikon Island claims to bridge the US-Canadian border, but it actually is entirely in Ontario, Canada
Boldt Castle's power house is an architectural wonder in its own right
Heart shaped plants on Heart Island
2-093 Mums 2-094 Wall and Trees 2-096 Porch
Fall has arrived on Heart Island and the mums are blooming
Fall colors are starting to show up around Boldt Castle on Heart Island
Entering Boldt Castle
2-098 Fireplace 2-099 Grand Staircase 2-100 Boldt Logo
The burning fireplace in the front hall make vistiors feel welcome.
Boldt Castle's grand staircase
The Boldt logo adorns the floor
2-102 Boldt Logo 2-103 Ballroom 2-104 Butler Call Box
Custom Boldt logo bookcase
Boldt Castle ballroom with organ
Butler call box
2-107 Kitchen 2-108 Kitchen 2-110 Stove
Boldt Castle's kitchen is gorgeous by the standards of the time period
Boldt Castle's kitchen is gorgeous by the standards of the time period
The kitchen sports a high tech stove
2-111 Dining Room 2-112 George Boldt Portrait 2-113 Reception Room
Dining room for George Boldt and 17 of his closest family and friends
George Boldt, hotel magnate and the man behind Boldt Castle
The reception room
2-115 Stained Glass Sky Light 2-116 Unfinished Room 2-118 Roof
The stained glass ceiling is now lit by artifical light
Not all rooms in Boldt Castle have been restored yet, but a lot of great work is still being done
A look at the roof and stone work of Boldt Castle
2-119 Captain Thomson's Resort 2-121 Heart in Stone 2-122 Grand Staircase
We stayed at Captain Thomson's Resort right on the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay
The Boldt heart logo even shows up in the stone work on the outside of the roof.
Boldt Castle's grand staircase
2-123 Grand Staircase and Front Hall 2-125 Outdoor Fireplace 2-127 Tunnel
Looking down Boldt Castle's grand staircase to the front entry hall
Sitting by this outdoor fireplace at night would be great
Tunnels lead into Boldt Castle for use by the servants
2-129 Dove-Cote 2-130 Boldt Castle Power House 2-131 Power House Equipment
The Boldt Castle Dove-Cote
Boldt Castle's power house is an architectural wonder in its own right
Inside Boldt Castle's very impressive power house
2-133 Clock Tower 2-135 Boldt Castle & Flowers 2-136 Gazebo
Boldt Castle's power house features a clock tower
Looking up at Boldt Castle and its landscaping
Gazebo on the Heart Island grounds of Boldt Castle
2-137 Sea Gull 2-139 Light Fixture 2-140 Alster Tower
Don't tell this gull that he's not near the sea
Even the outdoor light fixtures are works of art
Alster Tower was built as a playhouse of sorts to entertain guests
2-141 Create Inspire Hedge 2-142 Alster Tower Interior 2-143 Entry Arch
Create - Inspire, enough said
Alster Tower is still being restored
Boldt Castle entry arch
2-145 Boldt Logo Stained Glass Window 2-146 Black Squirrel on Tree 2-147 Boldt Castle Yacht House
Custom stained glass window with the Boldt logo
A black squirrel on Heart Island
Boldt Castle's yacht house is located across the way on Wellesley Island
2-148 BBC Mississippi 2-149 Bridge to Casino Island 2-151 Bridge to Casino Island
The BBC Mississippi passes Alexandria Bay
Headed out to Casino Island
This footbridge connects Casino Island to the mainland
2-152 Alexandria Belle, Alster Tower & Boldt Castle 2-154 BBC Mississippi & Sunken Rock Lighthouse 2-156 Mom on Casino Island
The Alexandria Belle heads out to Boldt Castle on the whitecapped St. Lawrence River
The BBC Mississippi passes Sunken Rock Lighthouse. Look at those whitecaps!
My mother watching ship traffic on windy Casino Island
2-157 Channel at Casino Island 2-158 Jack Sweet Memorial 2-159 Squirrel
Casino Island sits just a few yards off Alexandria Bay
Memorial to PFC Jack Sweet, an Alexandria Bay native who gave his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom
A brown squirrel with a snack in Alexandria Bay
2-160 Telephone Building 2-161 Riveredge Resort Sign 2-163 Old Homestead Dining Rooms
This antique telephone building in Alexandria Bay is still in use by Verizon
That way to the Riveredge Resort
The Old Homestead Dining Rooms was closed for the season when we were there
2-164 The Spot Sign 2-166 Sunset over St Lawrence River 2-167 Sunset over St Lawrence River
The Spot's antique sign
Another incredible sunset over the St. Lawrence River
Another incredible sunset over the St. Lawrence River
2-168 Algoma Guardian 2-169 Algoma Guardian 2-171 Filet with Blue Cheese & Raspberries
The Algoma Guardian passes by at dusk
The Algoma Guardian passes by at dusk
Filet mignon with blue cheese and raspberries seems like an odd combination but it was really good!
3-001 Boldt Castle 3-002 Boldt Castle 3-003 Sea Gull
Our view of Boldt Castle
Our view of Heart Island and Boldt Castle
Sea Gull passing by over the St. Lawrence River
3-005 Floating Restaurant 3-006 Casino Island 3-008 View from Motel Room
The former floating restaurant bobbing outside our window made us feel like we were on a boat.
Casino Island sits just a few yards off of Alexandria Bay
The hotel room had a great view of Boldt Castle
3-010 Boldt Castle 3-011 Sunken Rock Lighthouse 3-042 Thousand Islands Bridge
Heart Island under clearing skies
Looking up the river to Sunken Rock Lighthouse
The American Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge headed out of Alexandria Bay
3-043 Thousand Islands Winery Sign 3-044 Alpacas 3-045 Alpaca
We went to an Oktoberfest at Thousand Islands Winery
Alpacas at Thousand Islands Winery's Oktoberfest
Alpaca at Thousand Islands Winery's Oktoberfest
3-047 Hay Rides Sign 3-048 Wine Awards 3-049 Hay Ride
Hay rides in the vineyard
Thousand Island's Winery's many awards
Loading up for a hay ride in the vinyard
3-050 Vineyard 3-052 Alpaca 3-055 Grape Stomping Contest
Vineyard producing grapes for fine New York wines
Alpaca at Thousand Islands Winery's Oktoberfest
Grape stomping contest
3-057 German Band 3-058 1000 Islands Bridge Sign 3-059 Alexandria Bay Sign
What's an Oktoberfest without a German band?
This way to Canada
Heading back into Alexandria Bay
3-060 Alexandria Belle 3-061 Boldt Castle 4-003 Sea Gull
The Alexandria Belle passes our balcony
Boldt Castle lit up under a twilight sky
This seagull was hanging out on our railing
4-005 TransHawk 4-006 Thousand Islands Bridge Toll Booth 4-007 Thousand Islands Bridge
Another cargo ship, the TranHawk, passes by on the St. Lawrence Seaway
Headed to Wellesley Island on the American Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge
Headed to Wellesley Island on the American Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge
4-008 View from Thousand Islands Bridge 4-010 Ontario Sign 4-011 Thousand Islands Tower
Headed to Wellesley Island on the American Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge
Welcome to Ontario, Canada!
The 1000 Islands Tower provides great views of the entire region
4-013 Thousand Islands Tower 4-016 View from Thousand Islands Tower 4-017 Thousand Islands Bridge
The 1000 Islands Tower provides great views of the entire region
Looking out over the Thousand Islands region from the top of the 1000 Islands Tower
The Canadian Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge as seen from the top of the 1000 Islands Tower
4-018 Thousand Islands Bridge 4-019 View from Thousand Islands Tower 4-020 View from Thousand Islands Tower
The Canadian Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge as seen from the top of the 1000 Islands Tower
Looking out over the Thousand Islands from the top of the 1000 Islands Tower
Looking out over the Thousand Islands region from the top of the 1000 Islands Tower
4-021 Tour Boats 4-022 View from Thousand Islands Tower 4-026 Thousand Islands Bridge
The St. Lawrence River is dotted with tour boats exploring the Thousand Islands
Looking out over the Thousand Islands region from the top of the 1000 Islands Tower
The truss span of the Thousand Islands Bridge
4-027 Alexandria Belle 4-028 Thousand Islands Bridge 4-030 Thousand Islands Bridge
The Alexandria Belle cruises among the Thousand Islands
Headed across the truss section of the Thousand Islands Bridge
Headed over the Canadian Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge
4-031 Thousand Islands Bridge 5-001 Boldt Castle 5-002 St Lawrence River
Headed over the Canadian Span of the Thousand Islands Bridge
On our last day in Alexandria Bay, the St. Lawrence River was finally calm and smooth as glass as we looked out to Heart Island & Boldt Castle
On our last day in Alexandria Bay, the St. Lawrence River was finally calm and smooth as glass
5-003 Seaway Supplier 5-004 Sea Gull 5-005 Uncle Sam 2 Shuttle
Look, a different kind of vessel. A roll on/off landing craft.
Another seagull passes by
When we rode the Uncle Sam 2 shuttle, the water was not nearly this calm!
5-007 St Laurent Cruise Ship
Right as we were checking out we saw a small cruise ship pass by.

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