Captain Visger House

After our hot and humid morning at Sackets Harbor, we were on the road again to the small town of Alexandria Bay.  I love small towns, and was impressed by the tender care of the old homes.  It is a welcoming town with many eateries lining the streets, as well as tourist and local artisan shops.

The real treat was Captain Visger B & B we found on the end of Church St. This old Victorian house sat on the corner and walking distance from the viewing park of the St. Lawrence River.

The owner “Sam” has an amazing array of antiques in the dining area. Also provided are old books and leaflets for reading local history. Sam is a very friendly face and loves to talk about food. In fact, she’s passionate about it!

We stayed in the Ella Room on the main floor. A beautifully furnished “bird room” which you can see on the website:


Just off the dining area is a small bar where you can enjoy drinks during the day or while waiting for dinner. If you happen to be coming and going during the day, you may smell some fantastic aromas coming from the kitchen.

Sam cooks homemade, local, organic scrumptious foods. Breakfast is so filling you can save half for your lunch. I didn’t think to take a photo of my yogurt and berries, I was too overcome with the taste! But here is my frittata and muffin.

Tuesday night we ate dinner on the patio. I ate fresh perch, lightly dipped in cornmeal and fried, along with zoodles, (zucchini noodles).

Dinner is not served every night, but if you plan to come, Sam would love for you to make a reservation ahead to make dining more enjoyable.

Alexandria Bay has so many opportunities for views of Boldt Castle and tours are just down the road from Capt. Visger’s House.

It’s amazing that we lived on Lake Ontario for ten years and never took time to head up around the lake. Even from where we live now it was only a 3-hour drive. I hope we can make it again, and definitely would stay here again—the food is out of this world!





A Day in Sackets Harbor

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site

It was steaming up to a hot and humid day, and summer solstice had not yet come. We planned a short trip–three days and just three hours away. My husband and I headed to the St. Lawrence River, but made a stop here to see the battlefield site. Being history lovers, we found much to learn.

You will find that parking is free right in front of Lake Ontario.

There are some plank walkways to the wonderfully well-kept old buildings, and on the other side of the park are paths through trees, grasses and wild flowers. There is a pavilion you can rent, including several picnic tables.

If you go in the gift shop,for a guided tour through the Commandant’s house, you can pay a mere $3.00 per adult, $2 student or senior, and children 12 and under are free.  It is worth your time and takes about ½ hour.

Information markers

After the outbreak of the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor became the hub of Naval operations on Lake Ontario. Living in barracks with the cold and misery of winter, dysentery and other sicknesses, the soldiers were often very ill.

The British took over the nearby Horse Island…and the rest of the history I will let you discover.

The barracks stood in this nearby field.


Commandant’s house


Ladies tea room


Great views from in the house


Laundry done in the cellar in winter


If you love history, I bet there are a hundred books on history related to the war of 1812 in that bookstore. They do have the usual gifts and postcards, but also some unique and local art as well.

Field monument
An educational building about ships


Ship hammocks

I highly recommend visiting this park if you are in the New York state region of Lake Ontario.  It’s a great day trip for your family.


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