Clayton Travel Guide

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Clayton Things to Do

  • Handweaving Museum

    Imagine having an artist personally direct you on how to create a fine tapestry.If that interests you then you should visit the Handweaving Museum and Art Center in Clayton, NY.It is an unassuming home like most of those on the same block of houses except it has the Museum sign out front. You park in the back and walk up the front steps to be...

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  • Antique Boat Museum

    See boats the way they used to be made. Huge wooden cigar-craft; luxury boats from the early 20th century; renovation of historic St. Lawrence River ships. The museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits; full-size examples and encasements with hand crafted scale-model replicas. There are motor exhibits and layouts that explain how sail boats and motor...

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  • Boating

    Boating , fishing, swimming, jetskiing, bird watching, sailing camping. Just the simple pleasures of enjoying the great outdoors.

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Clayton Restaurants

  • Breakfast and Lunch here....

    This is where all the locals and local-wanna-be tourists go for breakfast and where we went for lunch also.Large servings of eggs, toast, sausage for breakfast while you listen to the talk of who's going where to catch what fish or how rough the river was yesterday. Basic small town diner setting; clean, with good service and friendly waitresses...

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  • View of the river......

    Not much to see from the sidewalk but once inside it opens back into a bar and a restaurant and a patio/deck on the river.We had fish and fries, both good but a bit greasy. Got a beer from the bar to wash it down and ate some of the pretzels they have in bowls on the river-view tables. Was a bit cool to sit on the outdoor deck but they had six...

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  • Fish dinner here....

    Great fish dinners.... fresh catch-of-the-day with homemade potato or vegetable soup.Price for dinner was about $15 per person with coffee and pie.Home-friendly atmosphere (my cousin works in the area so we got to talk with the owner/host). Service was fast and courteous. Fish Dinner

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Clayton Nightlife

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    by davecallahan Updated Feb 17, 2007

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    The only night life in Clayton that we could see were the people in the two local bars or the coffee drinkers in the coffee shop. Mostly locals, talking about the local events or fishermen talking about tomorrow's plans. Pretty quiet town after 10 PM.

    So we did like most of the people; had a couple of beers, listened to a bit of talk and went to bed.

    Dress Code: everything in Clayton is casual dress

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Clayton Shopping

  • shopping......

    A little bit of everything from women's and children's cloths to candles and sachets to hand carved knick-knacks. This is the kind of place my wife loves and which my wallet hates.She spent a good hour in there (i sat outside and watched the people) and got some baby clothes for the new grandson. Luckily she found some sale items, so we were both...

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  • Gift Shop & Antiques

    The shop has a little of everything including price ranges so one can find something very affordable to bring back with them as a souvenier. Featuring Michael Ringer art work. It carries some fine originals and reproductions of local art and antiques and a gift shop. Also inside was a coffee shop (similar to Starbucks) and also serving sandwiches...

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Clayton Local Customs

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    by davecallahan Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    The township of Clayton has many smaller communities attached:
    Bartlett Point...hamlet on cape just west of Clayton
    Clayton Center... hamlet east of Clayton on route 10
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    Depauvlle... hamlet on route 12, south of Clayton village
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    Frontenac... hamlet on southeast end of Round Island
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    Grenell... hamlet in the northwest part of Grenell Island
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    Grindstone... hamlet on north shore of Grindstone Island
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    Gunns Corners... hamlet southeast of town on route 180 at route12
    South Corners... hamlet between Clayton village and Depauville on route12
    Washington Island... island northeast of Clayton and connected by a causeway
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    There are also a couple dozen small islands associated to Clayton.

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Clayton Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Written Mar 8, 2007

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    Clayton is one of those nice places where you feel safe raising a family.

    On the crime stats chart, the town only places 2 out of town (0 - no crime, 10= dangerous) and has only one recorded sex offender. Violent crimes are almost unheard of and a few shopliftings is all that is on the books.

    Use common cautions and you will have a happy, safe time on your Clayton vacation.

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Clayton Tourist Traps

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    by davecallahan Written Feb 17, 2007

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    312 James Street, Clayton, NY.

    I thought this was a waste of time.
    Strictly local history and artifacts; dusty trophy fish on the wall; plaques with names of un-famous people; a smidge of Indian lore; and a hodge-podge of art work.
    If you really are into Clayton (and surrounding area) history then you probably woudl love this, but most tourists won't.

    Unique Suggestions: They did have an extensive library of information about the 1000 islands like ship manifests, birth/death certificates, deeds. So if you are into geneology then this might be useful if your family members came from this area.

    They do have special scheduled events (not one when we were there) like Christmas exhibits in winter and model-boat exhibits in early summer and possibly these might be more interesting.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the Antique Boat Museum instead

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Clayton Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Written Aug 2, 2007

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    In between the fishing and the boating and the sightseeing, you might have some time to hit the links.
    Clayton Country Club is one of the best in the area (actually it is the only one in the area).
    Even so, it is seldom too busy to cause you to have to schedule a tee time. Just drop over and park and pay the $10 fee and you are off for an hour of mental relaxation and physical exercise. The 9-hole course ranges from 2500 yards to 3000 yards.

    It is like a farmers field with some trees. The fairways are wide and the rough is too. The greens are fairly small and made of well-manicured bent grass. They tend to play fast and some greens are elevated and others are mounded, to give you a bit of a challange.
    Mostly it is a "load 'em up and bang away" type of course where you really can't get into too much difficulty.

    There is a pro-shop but it is pretty small but the local pro knows golf and can give you some pointers. There is a snack bar for finger foods and beverages and a lounge for the after game celebratory drink. You can rent clubs if you need to and they have carts but I don't think you will need one.

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