Coastal Living Magazine bills Clayton, NY as “One of America’s Best Small Towns.”
Tucked inside the Thousand Islands region the village is a legendary fishing mecca for anglers on the mighty St. Lawrence River. Thousands of visitors come every summer to cast their luck at scoring the biggest Bass, Walleye or the elusive Muskie.
Not only does the bait and tackle business boom here in the summer but charter tours, boat livery’s, the venerable Antique Boat Museum (largest of its kind in U.S.), waterside bistros and charming b&bs are just as popular.
The quintessential river village already has plenty to be proud of and now there’s more.
By Spring 2014, the town will welcome a $26 million four-story luxury hotel called the “Clayton Harbor Hotel.” The property will boast 105 guestrooms, a grand ballroom, conference center, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, Seaway Grill & Pub and a fitness center.
Much like what the railroad industry did for tourism in Clayton, this much-anticipated destination hotel will satisfy a resurgence in water recreation and an influx of more vacationers.
At one time Clayton flourished with Gilded Age hotel grandeur but The Windsor, The Walton, The Riverview, The Hubbard House, The Frontenac on Round Island, The Clayton Hotel and the Herald House have all since burned or were torn down.
It’s fitting then that a unanimous vote approved this project billed as “the most important thing to happen in Clayton” in decades.
In anticipation of growing success, the region’s first micro-distillery recently opened along with a new miniature golf course and the steady evolution of family businesses like the “Coyote Moon” winery.