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We had a great time this summer at Thousands Island and our Uncle Sam’s boat tour to Boldt’s Castle. Over the past ten years a tremendous amount of money (collected from fees to tour the castle) to renovate it.
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Millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt built this castle as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise who died weeks before the work was completed. At the news of his wife’s death, George stopped all work on the castle. Over the years, the elements and vandals took a toll on this beautiful castle. Because Louise was never able to spend a night in this castle, as part of George’s will he indicates no one will ever spend a night in the castle. As such it will never be a hotel or resort. Both the inside of the Castle and the grounds are beautiful! It is a wonderful way to spend a day. Today I am sharing a few pictures of the grounds.

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While staying in Thousand Islands we always enjoy Uncle Sam’s 2 Nation 2 1/4 hour boat tour. It is the best way to appreciate the more than 1,000 Islands in this area. The Thousand Islands are both in the US and Canada. No passport is needed to enter Canadian waters as long as you do not anchor or dock anywhere. There are 1,864 Islands and you only get to see a small number of them. At the end of the tour you can get off the boat and spend time at Heart Island that contains the beautiful Boldt’s Castle. Pictures and stories will be shared about Boldt’s Castle in a future posting.

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The tour starts with getting a ticket and finding a good seat on the boat. We prefer to be on top to enjoy the fresh air of the St. Lawrence River. It is a clean river as there are fines if you throw anything in the water and fines if boats are going too fast. We were staying at Riveredge Resort and you can see our resort from the boat and during our tour.

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Below is a view of Riveredge Resort. That is where we stayed and our balcony faces the Uncle Sam boat tours. I shared views from our hotel room balcony in this posting.
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We were relaxed on the cruise! The days were sunny, hot and just perfect to be on the river.
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I love the Island that has a bridge crossing the US and Canada. The story goes if the owner gets mad at the country he is in, he just walks over the bridge to the other country. He just leaves the country! It is the shortest bridge between the US and Canada. Can you imagine owning it!
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My favorite Islands tend to be the small ones! This house has an interesting story. Boldt was extremely wealthy and part of the Gilded Age. He built this small house for his mother-in-law because there wasn’t room for her in the mansion. And it is rumored she was a sleep walker – could be dangerous on this little Island! Not sure how much of that is true, but it makes for a good story. To provide a perspective of the Island size, I included Boldt’s Boat House! Can you see the boat house in the below picture? It is to the right of the small house.
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Ok rumor about this house. A retired football player bought this house and asked his grandchildren what color to paint it. And they were little girls and wanted pink. So he has a pink house!
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This is the smallest Island. Notice the sign that say 15? That is the speed limit and if you are caught going above it there are stiff fines. To be considered an Island, three conditions must be met: 1) Above water level year round; 2) Have an area greater than 1 square foot; and 3) Support at least one living tree.

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I don’t have any information on the below houses – I just liked them!
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The 2 Nation Tour is a lot of fun with endless beauty!!
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We found a wonderful resort that we enjoy staying at during our time at the Thousands Islands. The Riveredge resort is right on the St. Lawrence River with awesome views from the rooms and dining! A wonderful site upon arriving at Alexandria Bay!

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A couple of turns and there is the resort!
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Our room overlooks the boats you see docked.
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Beautiful views from our hotel room overlooking the St. Lawrence Bay, Riveredge pool, tiki bar, and the Uncle Sam Boat tours. In the early morning we enjoyed watching the town slowly wake up!
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Our morning breakfast views was awesome! We also enjoyed a few lunches and dinners at Riveredge! Boldt Castle is visible in the below pictures and is a 10-minute boat ride.

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A few night time pictures!
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From our room’s balcony overlooking the pool and tiki bar.
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A view of Boldt Castle.
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Lastly, a few pictures of the delicious food we enjoyed at Riveredge.
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We recently returned from a wonderful vacation in the Thousands Islands. We went there last year and realized I never posted the pictures! It is a beautiful, relaxing area. We stayed in Alexandria Bay with beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River and Boldt Castle! Stay tuned to learn more about Boldt Castle and this beautiful area!

Upon arriving in the Thousands Islands our first stop was Clayton to enjoy lunch and a walk through their village before proceeding to Alexandria Bay.

Our view from the parking lot!
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Wood Boat Brewery in Clayton, NY where we enjoy lunch and craft beers!
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I enjoyed the White Cap Milk Stout
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We started with a wonderful appetizer the New York Meat & River Rat Cheese Board
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Then on to lunch that was a wood-grilled Veggie Pizza with Chicken!
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Beautiful architecture!
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We would definitely recommend them for lunch or dinner! If you can, sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views!!
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After a wonderful lunch, we took a delightful walk through the village and along the water. There were a lot of boats docked with more coming in from both the US and Canada.
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Stay tuned for more stories about our 1000 Islands adventures!

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In my recent posting about baby birds, I mentioned that the birds and chipmunks were not getting along! Initially I saw a bird chasing the chipmunk and I was not pleased! But then another day I saw the chipmunk chasing the birds and squirrels – it was then when I realized that little guy is not so innocent! Plus the birds are protecting their babies. We witness the bird flying over to the chipmunk by our shed.

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Then the bird dive bomb the chipmunk to chase him away.

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But it does not seem to matter. They fight a bit and then the chipmunk ignores the bird. I love how the mother bird stands guard over the chipmunk while he is eating.
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In this photo we see two birds watching the chipmunk! It is amazing what you can witness in your own background if you are just still, be patient, and enjoy the show!
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It is that time of year where baby birds are being hatched in our backyard! They are so much fun to watch as they poke their little furry heads out of bushes waiting for their mother to feed them. They slowly make their way from one bush to another to finally venture to the back of the yard! They are already trying to flap their wings and pretty soon will be flying away. But it is fun to watch them and I thought you might enjoy the pictures. Next time I will have to tell you about the chipmunk and bird fights!

At first I could only see some fur and then realized it was a baby bird!
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He definitely made a lot of noise! And he always knew when his mother was coming with food. She would land by his bush, check out the area, then quickly dove in to feed him. And just that quickly was gone!

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And you can see he made his way to our back gardens! He was pretty active making it hard to get clear photos.

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I hope you enjoyed the baby bird! There were two babies and I am not sure if they are both the same baby or not.

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