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How To Make The Most of Your Wedding Weekend in Watertown, NY by The Lincoln Loft & Studio

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

Getting married at The Lincoln Loft and looking for some recommendations of what to do and where to go while you're here for your wedding weekend?

Don't believe the b.s. that there's "nothing to do in Watertown or the North Country" because there is SO much to see and do in Watertown and the surrounding area and we're here to share some of our favorites.

This is our how-to guide to make the most of your wedding weekend in Watertown, NY and the surrounding area -- we hope it makes your time here even better!

(* = located right in the downtown square near the loft).

Coffee and Brunch Spots for your Wedding Weekend in Watertown, New York

But first, coffee. Then all the delicious baked goods and breakfast treats you can imagine.

Stop in for a delicious juice, smoothie, smoothie bowl, or locally roasted coffee! Not sure what to get?? Try the monkey bowl, you won't be disappointed, we promise!! Atman's has plenty of healthy and delicious items and is the perfect quick pickup option when you're running short on time.

Did you know we're neighbors with Watertown's oldest restaurant?! Opened in 1925, The Crystal is a historic landmark of the public square with cozy wooden booths, original tin ceilings, tile floors, and even a prohibition era advertisement in the window. If you're looking for a unique spot to grab a great meal at a reasonable price this is the place for you! If you're here around the holidays you have to stop in for a Tom and Jerry!

If you're visiting during the summertime, brunch at Tin Pan is a must especially if the weather is nice. There will likely be a wait - but that's how you know its a good spot. Put your name on the list and take a walk around Sackets Harbor. It's always hustling and bustling in the summer months.

If you're looking for a diner with classic diner fare as well as some creative and modern twists, Gram's is definitely worth the short drive to the village of Adams. Watch out for the eggs benny, it's dangerously good!

If you're in Clayton enjoying the great St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands this is the spot to stop in for coffee, tea, baked goods, and other grab & go options. This European-style coffee house is where the historic Lyric Theater once stood. Come for the coffee and stay for the charm!

Family owned and operated, this local distillery and chateau is filled with charm! They are the first to use Saint Lawrence River water to proof down their spirits! Offering a true farm-to-table dining experience and weekend brunch hours from 10am-2pm, this spot is one not to miss!

Lunch Spots for your Wedding Weekend in Watertown, New York

New York style pizza at it's finest. Stop in for a slice or order up a whole pie for the group!

Vito's is the best spot in the square for sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups and baked goods. Personal favorites include the buffalo chicken wrap and the broccoli cheddar soup!

We've lived in the south and traveled to plenty of places that claim to have the best BBQ. I'm telling you that this place is up there with the best of them. The telltale sign of a great BBQ joint? They run out -- so be sure to get there while the supply lasts!

If you're in Clayton you can't beat the waterfront dining experience of the Channelside. Soak up the views of the mighty St. Larry while enjoying an amazing meal -- you'll be happy you stopped in!

Dinner & Rehearsal Dinner Spots for your Wedding Weekend in Watertown, New York

Located on the main strip in Sackets Harbor, Good Fello's is the spot to hit if you like scratch-made brick oven pizzas, classic Italian dishes, and plentiful wine and local/craft beer options. Here midweek?? Perfect excuse to stop in for Wine Night starting at 4pm every Wednesday!

A hidden gem located right off of Arsenal Street in Watertown. If you're looking for Italian comfort food with dine in and take out options check out Pete's. We know our Italian food, and this place passes the test with flying colors.

You don't know what you're missing. A lovely spot to host a cozy rehearsal dinner.

Good vibes, good beer, great atmosphere.

A nice family restaurant that has something on the menu for everyone! This local gem was one of the first Italian restaurants in Watertown, NY.

Maggie's is the go-to choice for a laid back and fun atmosphere without compromising on the quality of food. Located in a three story brick building that once operated as the Watertown Thermometer Company, Maggie's offers so much charm with brick walls and exposed beams. Overlooking the rapids of the Black River and offering 44 beers on tap and over 20 TVs, this is the spot to have a great time with friends and family!

Happy Hour Spots for your Wedding Weekend in Watertown, New York

One of our favorite neighbors in the square -- you just can't go wrong with tapas and beer (or wine)! If you're looking for a spot with plentiful beer options (over 100 actually), and a variety of unique shareable dishes you have to stop by Spokes!

A local craft brewery right downstairs, how can you argue with that?! Great beer, great people, and an even better story -- be sure sure to check out our downstairs neighbors!

Another local craft brewery option just minutes away! GCBW offers a relaxed atmosphere with a beautiful outdoor seating area and games such as giant jenga, board games, cards, a bowling machine, and a dart board!

Great wings, live music on the weekends. Fun and casual spot! A common "after-party" location for couples tying the knot at the Loft!

A vineyard in New York? YES! And a really good one at that. This family operated business grows French-American cold-hardy grapes to make their wines and spirits.

Sights to See for your Wedding Weekend in Watertown, New York
Photo credit: Boldt Castle Instagram

If you're from out of town and haven't experienced all that the St. Lawrence River and The 1000 Islands have to offer, we couldn't recommend getting out there enough. Everyone's happier on the water :)

If you do choose to head out on the river, checking out these castles is a must. If you're short on time just cruise by to see them, but if you have the time stop in for a tour!

If you're a bit of a boat nerd (no judgement here :)) this is a spot you'll want to pencil into your schedule. Situated right on the river in Clayton, the ABM offers a unique array of, you guessed it, antique boats! A whole museum dedicated to wooden boats and other unique artifacts will keep the boat nerds occupied and they even offer speed boat rides for those looking for something a little more action packed!

Places to Stay in Watertown, New York for your Wedding Weekend

About a five minute walk from the loft, just head out the square and make a left down Washington Street and you'll see it on the right. If you want to keep things simple for your guests this is a great choice! Also, mention the loft when you book and enjoy a discounted rate :) Check in at 3pm and check out at 11am.

About a ten minute drive from the loft, located off of Arsenal Street. Once again, mention you're with the loft for a discounted rate:) Check in at 3pm and check out at 11am.

If you're looking to stay in Sackets Harbor this is a great option along with a few other B&Bs! Check in at 3pm and check out at 11am.

See a few more accommodation options here.

Things to Do in Watertown, New York

Located right behind the Lincoln Building, ARO offers a whitewater rafting experience unlike anything you'll find in the area! Offering 14 major sets of class II-IV rapids, this is a sure fire way to get your wedding weekend off on the right foot!

Located right downstairs, Vigilante Yoga is a great option for your wedding party to limber up for a big weekend or ease their way into the day after a long night!

Uncle Sam Boat Tour

A fantastic way to take in the sights of the river and the 1000 islands. Lunch, dinner, sip n' sail, and craft beer + wine tours are all available options!

Explore the Black River Bay on stand up paddle boards, kayaks, or peddle boats.

Have young ones?? Bring them to Thompson Park for some outdoor time and swing by the zoo while you're there!

Seasonal Things to Do in Watertown, New York

If you're looking to hit the slopes right here in Watertown, this is your spot! A great hill for both beginner and experienced to skiers and snowboarders with tubing available as well! Ever wanted to try night skiing? You can do that here too!

A slightly larger hill than Dry Hill, Snow Ridge is located in Turin, NY (about a 45 minute drive) and has some of the best snow around. Because of its location right in the Tug Hill snow belt, this is the place to go if you're looking for a powder day!

If you're here in the Fall then heading to the Burrville Cider Mill is a must. Fresh donuts, cider, and other local delicacies -- be sure to get there early as this is a local favorite in the fall!

Where to Walk and Hike in Watertown, New York

  • The River Walk, The Black River Trail & Public Square in Watertown - enjoy the outdoors and breathe in the views!

  • The towns of Sackets Harbor, Clayton, or Alexandria Bay -- three towns with lots to do and much to see!

Spa and Nail Salons in Watertown, New York

Treat yourself to a little pampering - right downstairs!

You're sure to feel calm and rejuvenated after a day here. Tucked away in the woods, Tailwater is cozy and relaxing and a great place to stay too. They just expanded their facilities to include a new spa and it's definitely a must see.

We've got some good neighbors! You're in good hands with this team.

Want a spur of the moment mani/pedi? This spot will more than likely be able to accommodate you! Ask for Jimmy - and tell him we sent ya!

Golf Courses in Watertown, New York

Great 18-hole course located just minutes away with a restaurant on site!

Another 18-hole course right here in Watertown!

A 9-hole course located off of Rte 3 in Sackets Harbor!

Beautiful 9-hole course in Adams!

Looking for snack ideas while you're getting ready at your hotel?

Pickup some beer or champagne from Arsenal Wine & Liquor and order your grazing box from Michelle at Embellished Catering!

Looking for more vendors and businesses we love?! Look no further. If you're planning a wedding at The Lincoln Loft - we HIGHLY recommend these talented vendors.

Now that we've told your our favorites, tell us! Where are you heading to first?!

Know a friend that's getting married in the area? Share this guide with them!


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