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The Woods Inn
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Inlet
Reviewed 30 July 2014

For the third year, our family went to Woods Inn for a Bea Happy Weekend. Over 50 of us stayed. Our stay was fabulous! The innkeepers accommodated us in every way and made our reunion one filled with memories, great food, and wonderful times. We are so looking forward to next year's weekend at the Woods Inn!

Room Tip: Treehouse room was great with its porch overlooking the lake.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

The Fulton lake chain gem has been lovingly restored by the current owners and have built an amazing experience. Even though the property have changed hands, Atmosphere and attention to detail are at an all time high. The restaurant is well worth spending time overlooking the lake and enjoying the sunsets, while eating one of the best meals that I had. And, if a formal meal is not in your pleasure, the tavern in the cellar, has the best wings in the area. Offers to take you dessert coffee to the waterside Adirondack chairs and pier to enhance the sunset are encouraged. And make sure you ask for a room with private balcony. Even though the building is older, stairs creek and hinges squeak. Rooms are quite. Staff is courteous and hospitable and will go out of there way to make your stay more enjoyable.

Room Tip: Hotel has a large porch on main floor, but if you are looking for privacy, ask for the private balco...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

If cozy, rustic accommodations are what you are looking for nestled in the heart of the Central Adirondack Region, then look no further than the Woods Inn located in Inlet, New York. Having just sold our home on Fourth Lake, we needed a place to hang our hats while continuing our lifelong tradition of yearly trips to the lake and immediately agreed on "The Wood" as we like to call it. You can sip an evening cocktail (made ever so special by Kelly manning the pub) while enjoying the evening sunsets on the front porch overlooking Fourth Lake from a view unmatched anywhere on the Fulton Chain. The view, together with gracious owners, wonderful fine dining, pleasant service and very comfortable rooms (some with lake views) combine to make for a very unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We just spent an incredible 4th of July weekend at The Woods Inn and it was spectacular. I went with my two children (age 13 and 12) and my parents. My parents stayed in the handicap accessible room which was perfect! The hospitality is terrific. It is a gorgeous setting and views are spectacular. It is a simple walk into the village of Inlet where you will find quaint shops. I can't say enough about the Frisky Otter kayak/canoe rentals and tours which is owned by Connie Perry and located on the grounds at Woods Inn. Connie is terrific and and takes great pride to educate all levels of paddlers and get you fitted in the best equipment. My children and I went on a kayak outing with Connie between 8th lake and Racquette Lake and it was terrific. I have to mention Shelby, Connie's faithful dog which is her companion on all of her treks.
This was the second time we have stayed at the Woods Inn and I can't wait to go back. The memories we have created will stay with our whole family a lifetime.

Room Tip: The handicap accessible room is on the ground floor right off of the parking lot and is very spaciou...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

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.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We just got back from a three night stay in the guide tent which is steps from Fourth Lake. The guide tents here are as close to "camping" as I will ever get with still providing the Adirondack experience. Where else can you rent a tent with a queen size bed and private bathhouse? And being steps away from the lake means you get to be lulled to sleep by the waves and awakened by the birds chirping. The property is beautiful with a huge wrap around porch to sit on and a ton of Adirondack style chairs by the water, as well as a nice long dock to walk out and sit at the end of - if you can't relax here there is a problem! You are also steps away from the charming village of Inlet. Not only does the Woods Inn provide Adirondack style accommodations, but the amenities and hospitality are what truly gives this place an excellent rating in my opining. We ate in both the tavern and the restaurant and also had a chance to try the $6pp breakfast buffet - and all were outstanding. We had low expectations of the food given the location - let's be honest - the Adirondacks are not known for fine dining - BUT - in the tavern we had some of the best wings we've ever had and the burger was great too. The breakfast was perfect for the price - three hot items with breads, cereal, fruits, yogurts - AND the OJ and coffee are included - this isn't a $6 plus the cost of your beverage buffet like at some other places. And our dinner in the restaurant upstairs was great as well - huge selection of unique and standard type items which tasted great. Now for the best part - the service! The owners are great and truly make you feel at home, especially Joedda. One of the nights of our stay was quite chilly and she offered to move us into the Inn, which we did not take advantage of, but it was still a great offer. We also spent some time talking with her about her background and her restoration of the Inn and her love for the place was evident. Kelly, the bartender, was great and had a way of making us feel like locals which is probably why we ended up in the Tavern all three nights of our stay and feeling comfortable doing so even when we were the only two in the place. She also pointed us in the right direction for hiking and kayaking which was the main focus of our trip. I can't forget to mention Connie who has an onsite kayak/canoe rental and sales facility on site - the Frisky Otter. Connie was amazing and told us about some great kayak sites, she also was a lot of fun to chat with and has a pretty cool dog, Shelby. My only criticism would be an agreement with others who mentioned the place could use a good cleaning....however; this is the Adirondacks and I imagine you could sweep and scrub all day without being able to keep the place clean....which lends to the charm and authenticity of a true Adirondack camp. All in all The Woods Inn provided exactly what we were looking for - three nights of relaxation and nature - all in a beautiful setting with great staff.

Room Tip: Try the guide tent for a real Adirondack experience
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Check out the guide tents at the Woods Inn in Inlet, New York where our sleep was disturbed only by peepers, birds, and the gentle lapping of waves on the shore of Fourth Lake within a short stroll of quaint “downtown” Inlet, New York. A gentle rain in the morning added to the charm of the surroundings.

Innkeepers Jay and Joedda go to great lengths to assure the comfort of their guests where the size of the tents are so generous they easily accommodate a queen size bed, Adirondack chair, footstool, armoire, desk, trunk, and end tables. Electric heaters and fans are included.
Adjacent to the tent’s front porch (two more Adirondack chairs) was the privy which is constructed by sturdy rough logs and had a two headed shower, benches, and granite counter tops!

After enjoying a drink in the Inn’s tavern, I recommend that you take advantage of dinner at the Woods Inn. And, don’t miss the $6 buffet breakfast in the dining room or on the back porch with its terrific view of Fourth Lake.

This old inn’s expansive lawn is filled with more Adirondack chairs and spills down to the lake and its boat dock that attacks happy hour and dinner guests as well as fisherpeople who wish to try their luck with rod and reel. If interested in something more venturesome, rent a kayak or canoe from the Frisky Otter (on premises) where Connie will properly outfit you with all the right gear and equipment.

Pass on the guide tent if you prefer smaller accommodations and the more traditional feel of an inn. But, seriously consider a guide tent if you want a delightful change of pace that is in the spirit of the history of the Adirondacks and without the inconvenience of roughing it.

Room Tip: There are only three guide tents at the Woods Inn, so make a reservation well in advance of your tra...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Woods Inn

Address: 148 Rte. 28, Inlet, NY 13360
Region: United States > New York > Inlet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Inlet
Price Range: £92 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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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