Best of Thousand Islands: Clayton

Clatyon is another little town in the Thousand Islands region. Not quite as busy as Alexandria Bay, but that certainly adds to the charm of it. Although there is a huge hotel on the waterfront, and surely the wave like presence of tourists in the summer – you can almost imagine being a local in this quaint riverside town. You can certainly eat breakfast with them at the Koffee Kove Restaurant [220 James St, Clayton, NY 13624]. Circle around the restaurant to admire the proud historical painted mural.

Clayton 1 Clayton 2Once inside this mom and pop take time to notice the artistic details indigenous to the region.

Clayton 4 Clayton 6You’re not going to find any foodie offerings here, just a good and simple breakfast. I got a bacon egg and cheese on an English muffin and a side of sliced apples, with a great cup of coffee.

Clayton 3Perfectly satisfying and filling meal. Jeff got a hearty meal of eggs, bacon, home fries, and a slab of thick French toast with ‘real’ maple syrup.

Clayton 5He was ready for the rest of the day. We walked around the main street popping into shops and taking in the scene, sitting if only for a sunny moment in a park.

ClaytonPicturesque, charming, riverside town. Now about that river, we were digested and ready to get on it, via kayaks. The Bayside Marina [1044 State St. (Route 12E) Clayton, NY 13624] offers kayak rentals for the day and out on the water you can get a new perspective of the town,

clayton 11and a few of those thousand islands.

clayton 7We examined the rocky shoreline, circled some islands, and with aching arms eventually called it a day. These activities proved to form an all around lovely morning in the town of Clayton.

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4 Responses to Best of Thousand Islands: Clayton

  1. julieovaltrades says:

    That definitely sounds like a better alternative! Hope you had a great time.

  2. Julie says:

    I have to agree with Ryan, Clayton is great! (I grew up spending summers in nearby Cape Vincent with my grandparents.)

    When we were visiting Clayton this summer we took a boat tour run by Clayton Island Tours — it was fantastic! A much better experience than on one of the big boats they run out of Alex Bay.

  3. julieovaltrades says:

    That sounds absurdly amazing!!

  4. Ryan Hennessy says:

    Clayton > Alexandria Bay. The breakfast photo reminds me of the Kountry Kottage, my favorite place there to grab a greasy breakfast. They split their cinnamon roll in two and fry it on a griddle.

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