If you’re in the mood for a road trip once the weather gets warmer, you may want to head to the Thousand Islands region.
On a warm sunny day, pack the car and head three hours east of the city, where you can catch a ferry and embark on an unforgettable adventure through the intricate network of islands.
Spanning across 50 miles and covering territory in both Canada and the US, the remote region of Thousand Islands is home to more than 1,800 islands, each more picturesque than the next.
During your boat ride, you’ll pass a smaller land mass located in the region named Heart Island, which is home to Boldt Castle, a breathtaking full-scale Rhineland palace, which was originally built and owned by George C. Boldt — the man who owned the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The history of Boldt Castle is as romantic as it is heartbreaking. Mr. Boldt had built the grandiose structure in the 1900s as a display of his love for his wife, Louise.
However, in 1904 Louise passed away suddenly and broken-hearted Boldt abandoned construction of the castle and never returned to the island.
For years the castle sat untouched, until 1977 when the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property and preserved the castle for the enjoyment of future generations.
Today, visitors are invited to visit the castle, which is located on the US side and only accessible by boat. However, as long as you have a valid passport, you’re able to explore Boldt Castle and the grounds.
The opulent castle boasts 120 rooms, a private bowling alley, pristine grounds, and can also be rented out for weddings and private events.
This year, the castle will be open from May 12 through to October 21 and remains open on most holidays.
If you need any more convincing to visit Boldt Castle this year, check out these fairy tale-worthy photos below.
When: Open May 12 to October 21
Time: Varies by day. Full hours available here
Where: Located on Heart Island, in the Thousand Islands region
Admission: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for children (5-12 years) and free for children four and under. All prices are in US dollars.