The morning was damp and cold so we went to the Antique Boat Museum; the largest in the US so they say. It was an impressive collection of the most beautiful, wooden boats from the 30’s to the 80’s. There were old racing boats, fishing boats and luxury cruisers all lovingly restored and maintained. The exhibits were informative and the boats just simply beautiful.
In the afternoon, we drove to Cape Vincent to visit the Tibbets Point Lighthouse which marks the point where Lake Ontario dumps its water into the St. Lawrence River creating the longest river in North America. Lake Ontario, on this day, looked like the Atlantic Ocean with wind whipped waves and no land on the horizon. The lighthouse was built in 1837 originally and decommissioned in 1858 without having been renovated so, it is an old, beautiful, white lighthouse with a keeper’s home that was also quite lovely. What a view of the lake and river! The homes along the river were less prosperous looking than those in the Thousand Islands but still had enviable locations. I suspect no air conditioning is needed in the summer given the wind speed and cool air.
For dinner, we went to the Clipper Inn, recommended by the folks who own the RV park and had one of the best meals of our lives. We ordered from the specials menu and as an appetizer I had a Fallen Goat Cheese Souffle served warm over a bed of greens with port wine reconstituted figs and a balsamic vineagrette. Bob had Mussels Cambodian Style in coconut milk with ginger, lemongrass and green curry. Both were absolutely yummy. Bob’s mussels melted in your mouth! I had another appetizer as a main course, the Fennel encrusted tuna seared with a fennel coriander crust and served with soy wasabi sauce and pickled ginger. It was also wonderful and just the right size. Bob had salmon with bacon and leek cream and again, the fish was melt in your mouth delicious. We split a piece of pecan pie for dessert and wow! We also both had drinks and the meal cost us $88.00!!
If you are ever in the Alexandria Bay or Clayton area of the Thousand islands, you should really go to the Clipper Inn. It was wonderful!