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Boldt Castle Opening

Boldt Castle Opening

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BOLDT CASTLE & BOLDT YACHT HOUSE OPEN MAY 12
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FOR THE 2012 SEASONHistoric Boldt Castle and Boldt Yacht House open for the 2012 season on Saturday May 12
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marking the 35
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year of ownership and operations by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. TheBoldt facilities will operate daily through Sunday October 14
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.Boldt Castle:Let Your Thoughts Transport You to another WorldRomantic Heart Island in Alexandria Bay provides the setting for the saddest of true love storiesever told.In 1900, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full-sized Rhineland Castle on Heart Island. The magnificent122-room structure was to be a monument of his love for his wife, Louise.Work was well underway, with more than $2.5 million invested, when tragedy struck. In Januaryof 1904, Louise died. Boldt commanded all work on the castle to cease immediately. He never returned to the island, leaving behind the nearly completed castle.For 73 years, the castle and its buildings were left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow andvandals. In 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property and since then hasinvested millions of dollars into the restoration of the Heart Island structures and the Boldt YachtHouse on Wellesley Island. Recent restoration has focused on the castle’s interior as well as thegrounds. The island is easily accessible, has complete restroom facilities, brick-paved walkways, agift shop, picnic areas and a food and beverage concession to serve the public.
You may have seen Boldt Castle before, but have you seen Boldt Castle lately?
In the past years numerous improvements have been accomplished, including rehabilitation of thePower House, Dove Cote, Heart Island Gazebo, Alster Tower, the Boldt Yacht House and the main
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P.O. Box 42843530 Interstate 81Alexandria Bay, NY 13607Contact: Shane SanfordDirector, Boldt FacilitiesTelephone: (315) 482-2501Date: May 7, 2012
 
castle including the Heart Island Entry Arch which is adorned with three seven-foot tall stags (or deer), which are symbolic of the Boldt family crest.Interior improvements to the main castle include the installation of 1,700 square feet of marbleflooring in the Grand Lobby, completion of the grand staircase and the magnificent stain glassdome in the Castle’s fourth floor ceiling. Visitors will also enjoy a tour of the recently refurbishedsecond floor reception room and bedroom suite of Clover Boldt, daughter of George and Louise.The rooms feature herringbone hardwood flooring, a reconstructed fireplace mantel, periodlighting and furniture and decorative plasterwork. Ms. Clover’s rooms compliments previousimprovements made to Mr. and Mrs. Boldt’s bedroom suites. Other recent improvements to thecastle’s interior include completion of the Library, Billiards Room, Reception Room, Ballroom,Dining Room and Elevator.Beginning with the 2012 season Boldt Castle will present a new movie theater and movie toentertain its visitors with show times throughout the day. The theater room itself is a remarkableinterpretation of the 1000 Islands gilded age and the newly produced movie translates this erathrough the life and times of George Boldt, Boldt Castle and the 1000 Islands International Region.2012 projects include imitation and rehabilitation of the castle’s kitchens which will complete firstfloor renovations of Boldt Castle.Always a fun time is the Boldt Castle Wine Festival & Farmers Market, slated for Saturday, Sept.15. Visitors to the castle can sample and enjoy New York State wines and 1000 Islands foods for no additional admission charge. More than two dozen wineries and food producers are expected toattend; live music and farm animals make the festival an enjoyable autumn day in the islands.Visitors to the Boldt properties will also be able to tour the increasingly-popular Boldt YachtHouse located on nearby Wellesley Island. It is the largest and last remaining yacht house on theSt. Lawrence River. A number of antique boats are on display, including the 63-foot steam yacht,Kestrel, which made the Yacht House its home in 2009.Boat tours from both the U.S. and Canada include Boldt Castle as a stop on their scenic cruises.Visitors can also take a shuttle boat from Heart Island to visit Yacht House. In the village of Alexandria Bay, NY, tour boat shuttles make regular scheduled trips to Boldt Castle or you can useyour own watercraft – docking is free with your paid admission to the Boldt facilities.
 Fairy tale weddings are a reality on Heart Island!
Weddings have become very popular on Heart Island with over a 1,000 performed at this historicsite with its own love story. Bookings for wedding ceremonies come from all over the U.S. andCanada and even as far away as Europe, introducing many guests to the 1000 Islands InternationalRegion for the first time. There are dozens of weddings scheduled for the 2012 season with 2013weddings also being schedule at this time.Historic Boldt Castle opens for the 2012 season on May 12
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, marking the 35
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season of ownershipand operations by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. The Boldt facilities will operate dailythrough October 14
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