My wife and I recently stayed at the Inn as a little romantic getaway and must say that as usual we were not disappointed....after reading some of the more recent reviews I did not want other readers to get the wrong idea of this place. We have to remember that we are in the Catskills and not downtown NYC, the venues are worlds apart.. Since our past visits were always in the winter months to celebrate our anniversary we changed it up and came during the tailend of summer to enjoy the scenery. The grounds are always well kept and the crew at the Inn always try their best to be as accomodating as possible. We stayed in a new room for us this time, the Hemlock..I must say that I slept like a baby in that bed with the rain beating on the windows that first night, the second day the wife and I went to the farmers market fair that was held in Bethel Woods and enjoyed drinks on the patio all afternoon and evening listening to music and nature..We were warned about the low levels of the lake but decided to take the trail anyway to enjoy what we could. In response to a previous poster the water's color is natural because of the trees that have been submerged into the water over the years, that tea color is actually the sign of a healthy ecosystem within the lake. Sitting lakeside and enjoyed a drink, or in my case a cigar is as peaceful and serene an environment you can get.
I guess the easiest way to describe the inn in a nutshell is like visiting grandma's house and staying a few nights. The decor may look older but in actuality its exactly the way it is intended to look..The buildings are not top notch construction of the last few decades..its an older building thats served generations of individuals as a home away from home....so are the stairs squeaky? Yes, they are but it gives that little child inside of me the feeling of trying to raid grandma's goodie jars and snack boxes when looking for a late night snack or beverage in the kitchen's help yourself section.
So I have to say to Ivan and Rue, thank you for your hospitality and good nature. There are not many places that have the owners as involved as the two of you are with the rest of your staff at the Inn. My wife and I look forward to our next visit and hopefully I won't miss the pancakes on the menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn, with working fireplaces, whirlpool baths and private sundecks, is located in Upstate New York on a 250-acre private lake. Like resort lodging, Inn at Lake Joseph provides a variety of summer and winter recreational facilities, including access to a health and fitness spa. But unlike larger hotels, with just 18 guestrooms, a luxurious, yet informal, casual country retreat that assures guests a relaxing, private, rustic mountain lake environment awaits. Very much like the Berkshires, White Mountains, Adirondacks and Poconos, the Catskills surrounding the Inn offer spectacular scenes of lakes and rivers, as well as hiking trails with views of majestic peaks and isolated waterfalls. However, unlike these other regions, The Inn is no more than 2 hours from New York City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Lake Joseph Hotel Forestburgh