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Inn at Lake Joseph
Ranked #1 of 2 Forestburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2013

We always stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph in Forestburgh when we go to concerts at the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center. The main guest house is situated on a lovely green lawn with nearby woods leading down to the shared community lake. We stayed in Laurel, one of several cabin-like buildings (they share some common walls with other units) apart from the main house. Laurel has a really comfortable King bed, kitchen, flat-screen TV and jacuzzi tub. There's also a grill on the deck. Breakfast is served daily in the main house, where guests can choose from a menu of made-to-order eggs, pancakes or waffles and breakfast accompaniments like bacon and sausage. Fruit, cereal and bread for toasting are also available on the buffet table. Throughout the afternoon, Inn at Lake Joseph also invites guests to help themselves to sandwich fixings and salads in the fridge, so you can stay at the property and enjoy the pool, the bikes, the lake or simply sit and read a book without leaving for lunch. If you do want to check out the area restaurants, the innkeepers provide a pretty good rundown of what's available within a 15-20 mile radius. The drive to Bethel Woods, site of the original Woodstock, is about 16 miles from the inn, but driving and parking in the concert traffic can be challenging, to say the least. A better alternative, we think, is to drive about 7 miles from the inn to the Monticello Casino and Raceway, park and catch a concert bus (actually a school bus) operated by Big V Entertainment. They drive you to a concert in less time than it would take you to drive yourself and return you to the raceway after the concert via some back routes. Then you drive yourself back to the inn for a good night's sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Excellent hospitality, breakfast was terrific and many things to do. We went to a show, Jacob and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat. The theater was nearby. The lake and scenery are spectacular. We will go back again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I have been here twice, the first over 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself both time. The Inn offers great food for breakfast and lunch and is extremely well maintained and always pleasant. The innkeepers welcome are welcoming and can provide lots of info. The grounds are beautiful and serene and our rooms were always fresh and comfortable.
The attention to detail is superb!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Steven B
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

I was looking for a nice romantic getaway with my wife and came across the Inn at Lake joseph as i am not far away from this area. I must say i was totally blown away by how beautiful this place was nestled in the catskills. The grounds, Pool and room were so beautiful! The room was more beautiful than i can ever imagine with one of the most comfortable king size beds I ever slept in, along with a cute jacuzzi and even a fireplace. The kitchen was also perfect along with everything a kitchen would have in your house, it even had a coffee maker! Along with everything else we even had a private porch and get this! our own bbq grill fully supplied with matchlight charcoal and matches.
I Can't tell you enough on how we enjoyed our breakfast, it was so delicious it held us the whole day, however we did enjoy also the lunch where we helped ourselves to sandwiches and sides.
I most certainly will return again and again and again and this time stay longer so i can enjoy cooking more in the kitchen and bbq which we really did not have time for.
I also bought two beautiful coffee mugs with the lake joseph inn inscribed right on it.
Also, everything is close by, my wife and i enjoyed the monticello casino along with a buffet dinner, so much to see in such a beautiful place in the catskill mountains, im so happy we found the Lake Joseph INN!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We wanted a relaxing weekend, with our dog along, and chose the Inn. Short version: the place is beautiful, the room was great (we had The Hemlock), the lake was peaceful, the forest trails were breathtaking, the other guests were friendly and fun to meet. We had intended to go out to dinner, but decided once there to make something light and sit on our deck with a drink and listen to.... the silence.

I read the few negative reviews posted (although they are very much a minority) and I can only think that they had talked themselves into someplace that this is not. It is not a sleek high end resort. It is not the W in the woods. It is what you bring to it. True, it is not cheap. If the price worries you too much then perhaps you should make your vacation decision based on price and not on the experience. We were there for two nights and we would have enjoyed staying longer. We will have to go back!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

In an area replete with decline, the Inn at St. Joseph stands out as one of few establishments enjoying a renaissance. This turn of the century historic guest house has been lovingly restored with jacuzzi bathtubs, fireplaces, air conditioning and flat screen TVs. The grounds are magnificent with a well maintained swimming pool, lake front access, row boats, bicycles and much more. Breakfasts are hearty as are lunches surprisingly with vegan options! Don't miss out!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Wow just Wow. This place was my husband and I's second bed and breakfast experience, and boy did this place set the bar super high. I know the price of the stay was a bit on the high side but for a good reason. They give you everything you need to basically have a little slice of home away from home. There was a fire place, pool, bikes, tennis, badmitton, fire pit, pool table, and much more. The inn keepers were so nice it was like speaking to a family member. We only wished we were able to stay longer to enjoy more of the great things that there was to offer at the inn alone. The inn keepers were also able to suggest alot of great places to visit and to eat. This I believe is now going to be our go to B&B and maybe next time we can bring out dogs because they are also dog friendly :)

Room Tip: The rooms in back of the carriage house or nice and quiet
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Inn at Lake Joseph

Address: 162 St Josephs Rd, Forestburgh, NY 12777-6230
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Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Forestburgh
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Forestburgh
Price Range: £194 - £301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at Lake Joseph 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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