As we begin the last leg of our Empire State Road Trip, the route to our next destination, the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, takes us north on State Road 14 to I-90 East and on to Syracuse, where we'll pick up I-81 north to Clayton. The distance is right at 175 miles.
If we had more time, we would stop along the way at Seneca Falls, the town that reportedly gave Frank Capra the inspiration for the fictional city of Bedford Falls in his Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." There's a museum there devoted to the movie. But it's on the list for next time.
It's bright and sunny when we arrive in Clayton, a charming village nestled along the St. Lawrence River. A longtime vacation destination, its featured attractions include the Clayton Opera House and the Antique Boat Museum (more on that coming in a subsequent post).
The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, opened in 2014, is similar in size, decor, amenities and architecture to its two sister properties. Rated Four Diamond by AAA, it has 105 guestrooms and suites, many with balconies that overlook the river. There's an indoor swimming pool, fitness room, the Seaway Grille restaurant and 1000 Islands Bar. Of course, one of their best features is the Riverside Patio, a spacious outdoor area with plenty of chairs to relax with a drink or share a spectacular sunset with friends.
Let's take a tour:
Photos by North Palm Beach Life
TOMORROW: The Antique Boat Museum and a boat ride on the St. Lawrence River.