Our sister property, the Saugerties Steamboat Co., officially opened its doors to the public on Friday, July 22. Located at 2 Ferry Street in Saugerties, New York, the all-new Saugerties Steamboat Co. offers a rustic, nautical-inspired setting for weddings and special events. Refined details meet exposed brick, far-style beams and Hudson River views at the region’s newest property. Here are a few of the reasons we’re so excited.
Headline from a 1902 article in the New York Times
The Saugerties Steamboat Co. is a three-acre waterfront property – the very site where many Saugerties residents stepped ashore from the greater New York City area to settle. The site was originally developed in 1930 when the Village of Saugerties obtained its own steamboat line, making a direct connection between Saugerties and New York City for the shipment and trading of goods. The first steamboat on the line was the Ansonia, later named the Robert A. Snyder. The vessel operated for 65 years as the central steamboat line between Saugerties and New York City, carrying both passengers and freight to and from the city.
The site was later incorporated as The Saugerties and New York Steamboat Company in 1889 by Henry L. Finger, Snyder James, William Maxwell, and John and George Seamon. Two other steamboats worked the Hudson alongside the Robert A. Snyder; The Shenandoah (later called The Saugerties), and The Ida. The Saugerties caught fire, and was towed to the Saugerties Lighthouse cove, where remains of the vessel can still be seen at low tide. In later years, the rise in utilization of trains and automobiles led to a decline in the need for steam ships and river traffic. In the 1930’s the property was acquired by the Lynch Family and used as a commercial docking space and restaurant for many years.
Today, the Saugerties Steamboat Co. is the Hudson Valley’s premiere special events destination. The refurbished marina overlooks the Esopus Creek and the Hudson River at the site of the historic Saugerties lighthouse and offers a truly picturesque backdrop for any celebratory event. The Saugerties Steamboat Co. serves many versatile purposes, but is most importantly an elegant gathering place for friends and family to enjoy world class cuisine, breathtaking views, unparalleled service and a once-in-a-lifetime experience from start to finish.
Saugerties Harbor Restaurant
When not serving as a special events destination, the Saugerties Steamboat Co. is home to the Saugerties Harbor restaurant, offering a casual dining experience with traditional American cuisine. A tastefully simple menu designed by Diamond Mills Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli highlights gourmet sandwiches, salads and burgers. Dine inside the historic rustic-Americana building or al fresco aside the quiet Espous Creek. View their menu here.
Cast off from the docks of the Saugerties Steamboat Co. on a guided kayak tour from I Paddle New York – read our full guide to outdoor adventures on the water here. Or rent your own! I Paddle New York will gladly outfit you with a single or double kayak with rates by the hour. It also stocks stand-up paddleboards and will provide you with a personal floatation device and assisted launching and hauling. If you’re a guest at The Hotel, ask your concierge for assistance with booking. If not, call the Saugerties Steamboat Company at 845 247 3146.