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Last days of summer

Labor Day marks the start of fall, but mine still felt distinctly summery spent by the water in the magnificent 1000 Islands (set in the St. Lawrence River between the U.S. and Canada). Boating, mojitos and window shopping were the perfect send-off to what was truly a phenomenal summer. See you in 2012, summer dearest.

Yes, the dressing is related to the place. In the early 1900s, the dressing was invented by a Clayton, N.Y. fishing guide's wife. Passed on to George Boldt, owner of the Waldorf Astoria, by a fellow 1000 Islands summer resident, it became known outside of the region when the Waldorf began offering the dressing with salads.

The 1000 Islands River Rat cheddar and "squeaky" cheese curds are so delicious. The company store on James St. in Clayton, N.Y. has the famous curds and other N.Y. state culinary marvels.

Beautiful light over the harbor in Clayton, N.Y.

Homemade mojitos with mint picked from right outside the cottage's front door.

Gorgeous model boat and tray table at Michael Ringer's St. Lawrence Galleries in Clayton, N.Y. So much inspiration in this store - love the hanging lantern too.

Nautical dream - boat navigation maps & stripes

If you're going to have a boat, have the decency to give it a funny name. This one, "Tuition's Done," made me chuckle.

Ian Coristine's aerial photos of the 1000 Islands are amazing and he really captures the essence of the region. See more of his work at

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