Neat places to stay overnight in Upstate New York?
June 19, 2007 8:23 AM   Subscribe

Neat places to stay overnight in Upstate New York? In August I'll be driving up 81 through New York State on my way to Montreal. Since Buffalo to Montreal is an 8 hour drive, I was thinking of breaking it up with an overnight stay somewhere upstate--vaguely Watertown area, say. Are there any attractive spots, little hotels or B&Bs to recommend around there? Rural spots are appealing, too, though we won't be camping.
posted by Riverine to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'll recommend The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa in Saratoga Springs, NY. It's not a little hotel, but it's a national historic trust site, very charming and not too expensive.
posted by digiFramph at 8:46 AM on June 19, 2007

long white sandy beaches, seclusion, beautiful! but it's camping....

still good for a day visit: southwick beach
posted by Salvatorparadise at 10:03 AM on June 19, 2007

Alexandria Bay - located in the Thousand Island region, just off 81 near the US/Canadian border.

A very picturesque area located on the St. Lawrence river, with lots of hotels/motels, restaurants, shops and things to see and do. It might be bit crowded with tourists on the weekends.

You can find lots more info on the web

BTW, Saratoga Springs is great, but that's off I-87, which would eventually get you Montreal if you want to go through the Albany area.
posted by 14580 at 10:13 AM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm from thereabouts.

Alexandria Bay is directly on your route, and about 30 minutes away from Watertown. Lots of little b&b's around there. In fact I think I am going to take my wife to one over my july shutdown.
If you have a few spare hours, I cannot suggest going to Boldt Castle via Uncle Sams boat tours enough.

Further up 81, you will find Morristown (my old stomping grounds) and Ogdensburg, which have a few smaller places. I cannot suggest any hotels, but I have heard a few good things about the Tranquil Thyme Bed & Breakfast.

posted by JonnyRotten at 10:25 AM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]

Syracuse has good places to eat dinner, on their central square. Dinosaur BBQ, Pastabilities, others. Follow the directions to Pastabilities and you will find yourself in a little upscale pedestrian-friendly area with restaurants etc. (Be sure to get directions for how to get back on 81 N, it's a bit tricky as I recall)

My experience with Watertown is that there's not a lot to see or do there. Others may have a different view.

Alex Bay is a lovely little town, very close to the border.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:05 AM on June 19, 2007

the whole thousand islands area is freaking incredible!

i'll second dinosaur bbq, but if you're coming from buffalo (my ole stomping ground) then you may opt to try it some other time in rochester, where they also have a location
posted by Salvatorparadise at 11:24 AM on June 19, 2007

If you stop in Rochester, and the timing works out, I strongly recommend making the time to go to a baseball game there. They have the nicest minor-league park of any place I've been. A couple of blocks from the park (Brown's Race Rd on this map; the red marker is the ballpark) is a historic walk by the side of the river/waterfall, in an old broken-down mill - great if you like that kind of thing.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:04 PM on June 19, 2007

Big Moose Lake, back of Old Forge, is a a little ways to the east of 81, but is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life.
posted by hydatius at 12:30 PM on June 19, 2007

Oh god.
3rding Dinosaures BBQ, I think we will be stopping there on our trip up.
posted by JonnyRotten at 2:22 PM on June 19, 2007

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