What a nice place! We arrived the day before Hurricane Irene. Eric, our host, told us that he expected we'd lose power - we did. We had a flashlight, got a few candles and made sure to charge all of our electronic devices. The hurrican arrive the next morning & we had a front row seat to watch whitecaps on the lake, the trees bending in the wind and so much rain. We lost power about 3:00 PM until about midnight. During that time Eric had offered to set up a movie for the kids in the lake house (under generator power for the pump to keep water flowing to all the rooms). Since my kids are teens they were not interested in the G rated movies for the little ones - but it was nice to have the option. We managed to find a KFC open in Queensbury and ate by candlelight that night.
We were in rooms 24 & 25 which combine to make a really nice suite - closest to the lake. We had a huge picture window and wonderful private deck with our own gas grill, a basic kitchen, private bedroom for us, a separate sleeping area for the kids and 2 bathrooms. It was the perfect combination for us - we had privacy and the kids had their own area. The beds were comfy, (pillow top mattesses) both TV's were flat screens (larger wall-mounted in the living room). The kitchen includes basic pots, pans, dishes and utensils. This kitchen did not have an oven. There's a gas stove-top and a microwave. I had planned on baking stuffed shells that I had brought from home and instead used the microwave which didn't work out quite as well. I heard that some of the housekeeping units do have ovens - so if it matters to you ask Eric when you make your plans. Knowing that I will plan accordingly. The grill worked nicely for steaks, burgers, hotdogs, etc. and we ate out of the deck most evenings and mornings. The deck was a wonderful respite for me to enjoy my coffee when I woke up before everyone else.
The beach is kept clean and manicured. There are plently of lounge chairs and adirondack style chairs. There's a firepit that many families gathered around in the evenings. Our teens were more intesterested in trawling the village of LG in the evenings so we did not get to enjoy the firepit as much as I would have liked. Many of the younger families were roasting hotdogs and marshmallows and hanging out in the evenings. (Had there been more teens that week my kids would have been there.) There's also a nice deck on top of the beachhouse with comfortable cushioned rattan furniture I spent a few late afternoons there reading and enjoying the quiet and the view.
My family took advantage of the kayaks as did many other families - which they really enjoyed. It was a cooler than average week so I can't personally comment on the pool or lake - but my husband and kids really enjoyed both.
We bought discounted Sic Flags tickets from Eric too. It was a slow post-hurricane week & the amusement park was very uncrowded. We also rented a boat from Chic's marina and had a great day of it. These expensive days were made possible becuase we prepared our own dinners every night but one. And with the gas grill they were easy dinners.
Eric seems to upgrade some aspect of The Juliana every year - it's nice to see that he takes such pride. As a result the Juliana attracts a nice group of clients. We had stayed somewhere else last year and there were a lot of rowdy-20-something-partiers. The Juliana attracts couples (young and older) and families with kids & teens. There was an extended family group while we were there - what a nice way to enjoy vacation.
Not sure if we'll be back to Lake George next year - but we have decided that when we are in Lake George this is where we'll be staying.
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