If you are looking for a pristine, modern, 5 star luxury, totally lacking in soul, chain hotel, don't choose the Woods Inn. If, on the other hand, you are delighted, rather than turned off, by quirkiness, you will love it. We were slightly disappointed to be told, on arrival, that breakfast would not be available, as we were one week too early for the high season. The warmth of the welcome was, however, encouraging. Our room was lovely and provided with a fan to ease the initial stuffiness. Our son's room, which adjoined the children's twin bedded room, had air conditioning, but, despite this was excessively warm in the night.
Apart from this, we could not have found a more hospitable venue. It was just what we had hoped for; pure homestead hospitality from beginning to end. All rooms had a coffee filter machine, supplied with good quality coffee. A pity about the wasteful packs of creamer, sugar, saccharine etc, but they seem to be standard fare in the USA and Canada . High quality coffee, let down by artificial milk.
The evening meal, on the other hand was delicious, home made and totally "real". We were served by the delightful Nancy, who couldn't have done more to make us feel at home and comfortable. The owner, Joanne, also took a real interest in the children and went out of her way to share with them a sighting of a most unusual moth. Colouring materials were also provided and restocked whenever necessary.
Lunches were not being served either, but Joanne invited us to picnic on the deck, providing us with plates, cutlery, butter and a complementary beer.
Even the weather seemed to be conspiring to give us an unforgettable experience, providing us with sunny days to swim, kayak and fish and a spectacular thunderstorm to admire in the evening.
This was our first ever US visit. I am ashamed to say I have spent 63 prejudiced years claiming that I had no desire to visit the States. These few days in the Adirondacks proved me totally wrong. I love it, and loved the people, and I especially loved the Woods Inn. Thank you to everyone who made our stay so special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A restored turn of the century inn with tavern and restaurant. Situated on Fourth Lake in Inlet with amazing Adirondack views. This is an award - winning historic property we designed to be a true Adirondack experience. The decor is meant to be campy shabby - chic. While we have added the modern conveniences that we think were lacking in the past century, we have tried to create a less stressful mountain environment that brings back another time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Woods Hotel Inlet
- Woods Hotel Inlet