My husband and I stayed at Captain Visger House for two nights for my birthday at the end of June. We got engaged in Alexandria Bay eight years earlier, but had been hesitant to return for an overnight stay since the larger resorts had become increasingly run down. We found Captain Visger House online and decided to give it a try. We're so glad we did!
Captain Visger's is a lovingly restored building with an eclectic mix of old and new decor. It has the charm of a century home with the comforts and amenities of a modern one. The photo albums in the parlor really show how much work went into getting it into the gorgeous state it is in today. It really feels more like an inn than a bed and breakfast, so don't let the B&B label put you off. The public areas are really comfortable and the porch is a lovely place to sit for some quiet time and wine.
There was a bit of confusion when we checked in because Sam, the owner, had been delayed on the road. But once that was sorted out the rest of the stay was excellent.
We stayed in the Ella room on the first floor. It was really pretty with a queen-sized brass bed and comfy chairs. The bathroom is somewhat open concept but is behind a wall for privacy. The toiletries were all high quality and organic.
Captain Visger House is very centrally located and within walking distance to the park, the waterfront and restaurants. Unless you're going on a day-trip to a nearby town, you won't need your car at all. The Uncle Sam boat tour is a great way to see the thousand-island area and Boldt Castle.
Sam is a fantastic chef and we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts. She only found out that we are vegetarian and vegan when we arrived and she still managed to make us a huge delicious spread (including vegan muffins) that kept us full until dinner. Breakfast is an event there with many courses, be prepared to take your time and savor each bite.
When Sam heard it was my birthday, she made a special little cake for me and brought it into the parlor with a candle and a glass of wine. It was a nice personalized touch that I doubt you'd get at the larger hotels. And it was really yummy too!
The only thing we didn't like about our visit was that it was Bike Week so it was pretty noisy well into the early morning hours. Next time we'll do some research first and find out what's going on around town.
Overall, the Captain Visger House is a beautiful little gem with friendly service and a great atmosphere. We will definitely stay there again.
p.s. sorry for the late review...I did one right after we stayed and it didn't work and never got around to it until now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly restored Historic B&B in the heart of the 1000 Islands, in Alexandria Bay. 4 beautifully decorated rooms each with private bath and plush queen size beds. Common room for relaxing, porches for people watching - the Captain Visger House is an oasis. Food is the owners' passion! Breakfast is homemade, organic, and in the summer from the garden! Special diets are never a problem. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Captain Visger House Hotel Alexandria Bay