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Irondequoit Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Piseco B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 October 2013

A friend and I visited the Irondequoit Inn at the height of leaf peeping season. Set on a hill in the middle of the woods and overlooking Lake Piseco, the inn's location is quintessentially "Adirondack". The autumn colors were spectacular. The Inn itself was very clean and the innkeeper was friendly. The mattresses in our room were not the most comfortable and though I was looking forward to the "breakfast" part of "B&B", I found that breakfast was very average. I found the price of the room to be a bit high, but not unreasonably so. However, I had a good experience overall and would recommend this Inn as a good place to unplug.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Just completed another several-day stay at the Irondequoit. It's still rustic & relaxing, and has even improved a bit since my last visit. See my 2/3/10 review for prior comments and pictures.

The Inn has new innkeepers and the (absentee) owners seem to have made a very good decision. This husband & wife team loves the Inn and they have the abilities & energy to improve it. Fernand ("Fern" for short) is an excellent chef as well as handyman. His wife Marianne is the bookkeeper and front desk manager. Both are very friendly and accommodating. A winning combination.

Breakfast is served at 7:30, but some people get up early (6:30 in August) to watch the beautiful sunrises from the Irondequoit's front porch. Marianne graciously set up a Keurig coffee machine for me and other guests to use in the morning until the kitchen opened. She even filled it with water the night before and made sure enough cartridges, cream, & sugar were ready. As busy as she was, she never forgot a day. Now, that's service!

I heartily recommend trying the Irondequoit on your next Adirondack vacation.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

This was exactly the get away we were needing. We stayed in a tent site along the lake. The inn keepers were extremely helpful and friendly to us. Our tent site was clean and was easily accessible from the rest of the grounds. We kayaked on the beautiful lake and even saw a bald eagle!! We heard the beautiful sounds of loons every night. It was wonderful. We have been to many places in the ADK region and the Irondequoit Inn was definitely our favorite thus far. Will be returning and recommending to others. Thanks for an awesome, peaceful escape.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

It's a beautiful magical place. You either get it or you don't. ......Beyond that, tripadvisor requires me to post at least 200 characters or I cannot post this. Too bad because I wanted to keep it simple. It's a simply magical place for people who are looking for the peace of the wilderness without worrying about camping totally out there. Don't come if you're expecting the Hilton. Please. Do us all a favor. If you cannot stand the quiet and no TVs and people doing puzzles in the living room and possibly some inconvenience but incedible views - don't come. We love our secret place. If you don't like to read and hike & meet new people over possibly bad coffee, stay home. Go someplace else. This is fabulous and we really don't want to share it.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Irondequoit I, BOD at Irondequoit Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review. We now have new innkeepers and are going through some changes (all for the better). Our chef is really a master with the kitchen!! Come back and visit us again soon. The eagles once again have nested on the island and we are very please to announce an art exhibition in our living rooms from water color artist Jane Rudio. Her work is very charming and would be a great addition to anyone who loves Adirondack art.

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

The Irondequoit Inn is a 600 acre lakefront property in a sparsely populated area in the middle of the Adirondacks. It has a main lodge, an annex building with efficiencies, 5 cabins throughout the property and campsites near the lake. The lake is shallow for 100 yards or more, with soft sand, and in the summertime the water warms up so it is perfect for small kids. (My two year old would fall in, then just stand up, smiling.) There are kayaks and a day sailor to rent, with life jackets. There are day hikes appropriate for all age levels all around, and it has been a magical place for 5 generations of my family.
The Irondequoit Inn is owned by a large number of shareholders who feel the way I do about the place (I know a few), but these people are largely scattered regionally and even nationally. Innkeepers are live-in employees who come and go for various reasons. The individual styles of management have varied over the years, as has the quality of the food (the innkeepers are often also the cooks; in the 1970s the Inn was operated by a talented chef and was actually a culinary destination for a while). People looking for high quality beds and linens as you might find in a Northeastern B&B will be disappointed, but people who want to absorb breathtaking nature while tolerating squeaky screen doors and quirks of innkeepers will be quite happy.
Recommended area activities include canoeing on the Cold and Fall streams, minutes away, hiking Little Panther Mountain, a few miles' drive away, hiking to the nearby Roman baths, and a nearby hike to Fawn Lake. There are old concrete tennis courts with a view of the lake, and an antiquated game room at the lodge with a ping pong table and ancient board games. The lodge stocks plenty of books, many of them interesting reads on the region.
The Inn's rates are justifiable. Maintaining a property like this one is very difficult because the season for tourism is quite short - essentially, 2 to 2 1/2 months in the summer - and the Inn has 600 acres, a beach, and probably a dozen buildings (at least one of which is over 100 years old) to maintain. You won't find another property like this in the area, but there are less expensive ones that have less to offer.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

My husband and I stayed here one night during the week while hiking the Northville Placid trail. We stayed in the main house in one of the king rooms. Our stay was short but was a much welcome rest from our hiking. The inn keepers were very accommodating for our specific needs and were very friendly. We were able to leave items at the inn ahead and after our visit. They also drove us into town to get dinner and some supplies. We enjoyed our breakfast and again were grateful for the hospitality.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Irondequoit I, Manager at Irondequoit Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2012

Plat 123--

So glad you finished the hike and enjoyed a lovely autumn adventure here in Hamilton County. As hikers ourselves we love to support folks like you who want to walk in these glorious woods. Plus it helps that we are right on the Northville Placid Trail!

We are happy to serve as a mail or package holding place and provide shuttle service if at all possible. Some hikers leave their vehicles here, too.

Come back soon and thanks for the positive review. Loren Brown, Innkeeper

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Reviewed 5 September 2012

We visited here from Australia in July 2012. Being fans of New York City we were given the opportunity to experience the absolute natural beauty of Lake Piseco and the quaintness of the Inn. We travelled without a car from Penn Station and were picked up by Loren at Amsterdam and then driven back. In fact Pamela and Loren were extremely hospitable... even putting up a basketball ring for our 14 year old basketball obsessed son! If you like a holiday with activity( ie walks, kayaks, fishing) interspersed with relaxation in a very friendly warm atmosphere, this place is for you. We also enjoyed the food where every effort is made to use local produce and avoid processed ingredients. If you are thinking of going to NYC, this is an excellent side trip. Very rejuvenating!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Irondequoit Inn

Address: 471 Old Piseco Rd, Piseco, NY 12139-9732
Region: United States > New York > Piseco
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Piseco
Price Range: £59 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The beautiful Irondequoit Inn sits on 600-acres overlooking Piseco Lake in the southern Adirondacks, just a few miles from Speculator, NY. The property includes the Main Inn and five cabins, each with 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as lakeside campsites. Established in 1892, this is great place for vacationers who want to enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, tennis, horseshoes and picnicking. Our newly renovated inn rooms and cabins are spacious and comfortable with modern amenities. The Irondequoit Inn's private lakeshore features a wide sandy beach. The waters abound with small mouth bass, land-locked salmon and lake trout. A private, ten-acre island just offshore is a great place for a swim or a picnic lunch. The Inn is adjacent to the Adirondack trail system and there are breathtaking views from the top of Panther Mountain, just a 15 minute hike from the Inn. If peace, tranquility and nature are what you seek, we cordially invite you and yours to discover the magic and majesty of The Irondequoit Inn. ... more   less 

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