The Island Boat House is now open June through October.
Step back in time to the gracious era of verandas, croquet, lemonade and canvas swings. Occident Island is a special private island with more than 100 years of St. Lawrence family history. Excellent swimming, sunning, canoeing, sailing, and boating is all available on Occident, weather permitting, of course. The Island Boat House is a perfect boating vacation. It is a private boat house accessible by the owners boat or boat rental.
If the morning scenery isn’t enough to start your day right, a warm welcoming continental breakfast surely will. Dine on your veranda as the morning sun warms your soul, and plan a day of excitement in the islands – or a day of quiet splendor on Occident. Even rainy days are fun on Occident, with old puzzles, Chinese checkers, and books, ready to be enjoyed in any weather. Arrangements can be readily made for fishing charters, antique boat rides, private island tours and picnics. There is also an abundance of things to do locally, including summertime plays, galleries, museums, unique shopping opportunities, and of course dinners and nightly entertainment. If adventure is in your plans when visiting the 1000 Islands, you’ll want to visit Hunt Underwater. And for some of the finest dining in the 1000 Islands region, Foxy’s Restaurant is our primary connection to the mainland. All the attractions in the Thousand Islands are just minutes away – up river to Clayton and Cape Vincent, around the Golden Crescent to Sackets Harbor, or downriver to Alexandria Bay.
Occident Island has been sharing the hospitality of a loving family since my Great Grandfather bought the island in 1900. Not much has changed since then.
Log books with original guest signatures and comments, dating back to the 1800s are a great source of interest, as are the old charts, photos, and paraphernalia. If you forget your bathing suit, no problem. We have plenty of old virgin wool suits dating back to the earliest of days.
On special occasions Great Grandfather Wilson would decorate the family launch with Japanese candle-lit lanterns, flags and flowers. We found the Japanese lanterns packed away in an old cupboard, like so many other old treasures here.
Come share these good old days with us and enjoy the present along with the treasures of the past.
You’ll be staying upstairs in the boathouse, that sleeps six with one queen bed, where you’ll find two bedrooms, one large bedroom/sitting room overlooking the magnificent St. Lawrence River, and a smaller private bedroom. A private bathroom is provided, along with a small refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster oven, and coffee maker for light snacks and warm beverages. From your private deck you’ll enjoy a splendid view of Rock Island Lighthouse, and a dozen other islands and shoals providing a new appreciation for sunrises and sunsets.
Downstairs you’ll really appreciate the large walk-in shower and dressing room.
We also offer free wifi internet connection.
Fish from the boathouse dock or swim from the smooth granite shoreline of the island.
Explore the island shores in an early morning canoe ride or paddle through a spectacular evening sunset.
Bring your own boat, rent one close by, or for a small charge we will give you a ride. Either way, its only a two minute ride across some of the region’s most scenic waters.
While staying at our Bed & Breakfast you’ll surely want to sample the fine lunches and dinners served at many fine nearby restaurants.
Occident Island is the oldest privately owned Island, 1874 and the first cottage featured in the new book “The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands”. Many cottages and castles are featured.
Your hostess will have breakfast waiting for you, and help you plan your day.
The island is located Near Alexandria Bay and Clayton, New York