Two recent reviews----
Lake George Finest
January 26, 2014
"I just absolutely loved this place. The property was like my home away from home. It's all renovated and is well maintained. Truly a beautiful and cozy place. I can't say enough about how we enjoyed it. There were 11 people in our party and the property was spacious enough for all to be comfortable. The house items were fully stocked with all the cutlery and kitchen accessories."
Location Situated 6 miles north of Lake George Village, Lake George House is the only house on a 50-acre parcel of wooded land. Views from the house are of native Adirondack trees and rock ledges. The house is set back 200 feet from the road (Route 9N, Lakeshore Drive), with no houses on either side.
Capacity The house contains four bedrooms and four baths and is arranged and furnished for a party of eight or up to eleven people. Except in the summer, rates are computed according to the size of the group, from two to eleven, and we welcome the small group, too.
Walking trail A private hiking trail around the 50 acres of woodlands out back guides you along a walk of about one hour and a half through beautiful forested land with towering cliffs, a stream-bed gorge, and sightings of the lake through the trees. You may need hiking boots for this walk.
Wireless Internet connection A wired or wireless Internet connection is available in the house at no extra charge.
Pets Your pet is welcome to accompany you on your vacation provided permission is obtained ahead of time. A pet fee of $85 for a week or $50 for a weekend will be charged. The town of Bolton does have a leash law, so a dog must be leashed whenever it leaves the property. Your dog is given a clean bed, too.
Owner nearby The owner lives 2 miles south of the house and will personally and promptly respond to guests' questions or problems that arise during their stay.
Ping-Pong The screened porch now sports a regulation size Ping-Pong table for the entertainment of our guests.
Bocce ball and Horseshoes Play bocce ball or a game of horseshoes on a woodland court.
Weekly Rates May 25 to June 21 For up to ten people, $1,700 per week.
Weekly Rates June 21 to September 6 For up to ten people, $2,400 per week. Rented from Sunday to Sunday. Check-in at 3:00 PM: check-out at 10:00 AM.
Boat owners: Take advantage of the low rental rates of our beautiful house
Swimming and Boating There are two public beaches four miles to the north in Bolton Landing and another two in the Village of Lake George. There are several marinas on Lakeshore Drive where guests may rent a boat. At Sawmill Bay Marina in Bolton Landing, you may rent a dock space for your own boat for $50 a day. (Call now to reserve your space for 2010.) All are within a 10-minute drive. The house itself has no lake frontage. We supply several beach chairs for your use at the beach.
Skiing Skiers may choose Gore Mountain, 28 miles from the house, or West Mountain, 18 miles distant. If you aren't skiing every day of your stay, the Lake George region offers many other outdoor activities and good shopping opportunities.
A highchair, a booster seat, a set of baby gates, and a standard crib (the crib for a $25 fee) are available for small children.
On the lower level are a standard washer and dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a counter for folding. Guests provide their own detergent and other laundry products.
In the laundry room is also the recycling station, with bins for sorting your bottles, cans, and recyclable paper.
Three baths have a shower and tub combination and counter space around the basin. The fourth bathroom has a large fiberglass shower. All bed linens are furnished, as are a bath towel and wash cloth for each guest (plus a number of spares), bath mats, and dish towels. We do not provide beach towels.
The Grounds The grounds are heavily wooded and contain a small stream, an outcropping of rock ledges, and many species of native trees, including white pine, beech, hemlock, oak, maple, birch, hickory, and aspen. They provide shade, privacy, and natural beauty to the grounds. A modern gas grill with a spare canister of propane is provided for outdoor cooking. A set of swings including a baby swing is also available outside the screened porch.
A portable fire pit decorated with slate tiles is available for small outdoor camp fires--provided weather conditions are such that outdoor fires are not a hazard. Guests will need to get our pointers on the safe use of the fire pit.
If a power outage occurs during your stay, a 6,800-watt generator will be provided on part-time or full-time basis to supply the house with use of the furnace, water, septic system, refrigeration, and a number of electrical outlets.
Payment Policies A deposit of one half the rental rate is required when a reservation is made, with the balance and the security deposit due 60 days before arrival. A refundable security deposit of $100 to $300 is required, the rate depending on the length of rental and the number of people in the party. This sum will be refunded in full provided no damage has been done, instructions for preparing the house for check-out are followed, trash and recyclables are managed properly, and the house is vacated by checkout time.
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. of the first day rented. Check-out time is 10:00 A.M. of the last day. Summer rentals run Sunday to Sunday.
Lake George Queen of North American Lakes As you may know, Lake George is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. The DEC rates its water quality as AA+; the limnologists (the lake scientists) categorize it as oligotrophic--very low in the nutrients that cause the growth of algae and other organisms that cloud the water. Conditions that have created and maintain this lovely water are the lake's small, forested watershed, its great water depths (192 feet at the deepest), the limestone on the lake bottom (which buffers acid precipitation), its undeveloped shoreline, and the temperate climate here. It is somewhat remarkable that the lake has maintained this water quality despite the intensive use by the many who come to enjoy its water, its islands, its beaches, and its splendid mountain scenery. Many people safely drink the water untreated; thousands of others use its water after minimal treatment by a municipal water system. We will welcome you to join those who come to be refreshed and relaxed by the beautiful surroundings. We invite you to become one of those for whom the privilege of visiting this beautiful watershed mandates careful stewardship of the land and lake so that generations after you can enjoy it as much as you have.
In the Summer
Golfing: Several championship golf courses are in the area. The closest is the Sagamore, designed by Donald Ross (15-minute drive).
Whitewater rafting and kayaking: Both short rides and extended tours are offered on the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers from April to October.
Mountain biking: Gore Mountain ski slopes are open for biking in the summer, with a gondola and a chair lift to take you to the top of the mountain.
Museums: In Glens Falls, the Hyde for fine art and the Chapman for local history. (Open all year). In Blue Mountain Lake (an hour's drive), the Adirondack Museum offers extensive exhibits on Adirondack history--an all-day excursion. Open May to October. Fort Ticonderoga at the northern tip of the lake offers very interesting tours of an important place in our nation's history.
Theater: The Lake George Dinner Theatre in Lake George Village. Equity actors playing six days a week form late June until mid-October. The Adirondack Theater Festival will have a shorter season during the summer.
Ballet and concerts: Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) with performances by the Lake George Opera Company in June, the New York City Ballet in July, the Philadelphia Orchestra in August, and rock and jazz groups before and after those (40-minute drive). See www.spac.org.
Lake George Music Festival: Offering free classical music concerts in Lake George Village August 17 - 23, 2012. More info at www.lakegeorgemusicfestival.com.
Thoroughbred and harness racing: The Saratoga Race Track, a world-class flat track, is open from late July through Labor Day. The harness-racing track is open February through November. Both are in Saratoga Springs (40-minute drive).
The Adirondack Balloon Festival: In mid-September. Scores of balloons from all over the world. Walk among them as they are inflated and launched at dawn and dusk.
Great Escape: A big-time amusement park experience (20-minute drive).
In the Winter
Snowmobiling: The county and a private association maintain an extensive system of snowmobile trails in the region. Pamphlets and maps of the trails will be found in the house. Snowmobile rentals with a guided tour are available locally.
The Lake George Winter Carnival takes place on the frozen lake in Lake George Village every weekend during February. Snowmobile and outhouse races and other events.
Ice fishing on the lake when the ice is thick enough, during January, February, and March.
Indoor ice skating at the Lake George Forum in Lake George Village. www.lakegeorgeforum.com.
Vacations with a Purpose
Lake George House might well be considered a place to meet with friends for a vacation that specializes in a particular activity, such as skiing, fishing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or photography. Family and friends attending a wedding nearby might prefer having a house all to themselves over staying at a motel. The owners invite you to discuss the possibilities for such a gathering at Lake George House and offer their assistance in making it a pleasant and fulfilling occasion.
A few of our guests' comments--
"I just absolutely loved this place. Melissa was very informative and friendly. She helped with all the planning and suggested things to see and do. The property was like my home away from home. It's all renovated and is well maintained. Truly a beautiful and cozy place. I can't say enough about how we enjoyed it. There were 11 people in our party and the property was spacious enough for all to be comfortable. The house items were fully stocked with all the cutlery and kitchen accessories. The four full bathrooms were quite sufficient for our mini vacation. I hope to be back again for another vacation, hopefully a full week next time. The surroundings were picturesque as the snow lightly glistened the treetops." January 2010
"This house is fabulous. The Lake George experience was spectacular for my fiance and me. Take care and see you next year!" December 2009
"Thank you for again providing such a beautiful and well kept home away from home for us. We very much enjoyed our stay at Lake George House. We did, as always have a great time and were sorry to leave." October 2009
"I really enjoyed my little vacation and my only regret is that it wasn't longer. There was nothing that we needed that wasn't provided in the house. It really was a pleasure. Thank you for getting the deposit out so promptly. It's appreciated. We have already talked about another vacation sometime later in the year so hopefully you'll be hearing from me again. Again, thank you for everything, Melissa. Your house is welcoming and very comfortable and you've done a wonderful job in looking after your guests. It was a joy!" July 2009
Just to let you know how much Jan and I enjoyed our stay at Lake George House. We were sad to leave the beautiful Lake George Area, but had to get home to get some rest.
Our trip home was uneventful, except for the early morning fog on Route 87, and we arrived home about 6:00pm.
We are already talking about what were going to do during our next trip.
Thank you for providing such a beautiful place to stay, we really enjoyed the new sofa." October 2008
"Truly enjoyed your beautiful home. A wonderful place for relaxing. So much space and everything we needed. The woods were pretty with so many different trees showing together so well. Thank you so much." September 2007
"Thank you very very very much for opening your home to us. It's a very beautiful home. We really enjoyed ourselves here and would like to come back during the summer months. Again we say thank you with all our hearts." October 2007
"As always, a great time. Good weather, food, and shopping. The last night we cooked pork shops from Oscar's Smokehouse. Lots of toys for Arianna and lots of treats for Skully, the beagle. [Arianna:] Hope to be back real soon!" November 2007
"Thank you so much for letting us stay here. Not only did the family have fun, our dog Reilly had a blast. The house is so big and nice. Our family cannot thank you enough. Have a great winter." February 2008
"We had a great time in your cabin in the past 2 days we stayed here. Thank you so much for a great house that offers much comfort, entertaining games, etc. We especially liked the new Ping-Pong table! Again, we greatly appreciated your care in setting up the place so that our stay can be enjoyed as much as possible." June 2008
"We were very pleased to find such a wonderful house. Actually, we were a bit ambivalent as this was our first experience renting a vacation house on line. Any reservations we may have had were immediately relinquished when we walked through your front door.
Well, thank you, Melissa, we had a great time--
The kitchen was stocked with all that we need.
Our friends had not been here, up north by the lake.
The kids have been happy, not even a care,
The pups were so happy when they saw their treats.
You were so helpful when we first arrived,
The weather's been fine--just a drizzle today,
The woods are so peaceful, the quiet and green.
So, thanks for it all. We bid you good cheer.
Melissa Loving Vito, Owner
Phone: (518) 668-5545
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