My husband and I took a weekend to get-a-away with our kayaks, and we were lucky to find The Lake House, a great B&B/Restaurant right on the lake -- Lake Canadaraga, which is 6 miles long and a bit more than 10 miles from Cooperstown. We had an incredible time kayaking on this lake, but I really want to review the fabulous Lake House B&B.
The staff and owners were all incredibly friendly from the minute we walked in the door. They made us feel very welcome, like their home was our home. You cannot find the amount of character or history that this place has in any newer building or motel, this place was built to last in the mid 1800's. The facilities and grounds were very inviting and well kept.
The fabulous hardwood floors upstairs, where the bedrooms are, are a little bit slanted here and there, and I loved it! The place is very sound and I loved the fact that it was old and was so rich in history. We got to check out several of the rooms before other guests arrived, and they were all delightful. Our room was on the lake side of the building and had a bed, plenty of light to read by, an overhead fan, new windows that opened very easily, a large piece of furniture to hang clothes and store luggage in, which also served as the base for a TV, which we never used. The bathroom was very clean and had a shower that was very easy to get into since 2 doors slide open! We had plenty of hot water.
The common area on the second floor is quite homey -- one wall was full of books to browse through, and there were couches and chairs to slip into. The area also contained a small kitchenette. Breakfast comes with the room, and it was much more than I expected. As we sat down in the restaurant we were immediately given our coffee and juice to enjoy while the fog lifting from the lake. Before we knew it, we were served large plates with scrambled eggs, bacon, homemade french toast, syrup and butter. It was quite tasty!! The owners love to cook, and it shows.
Saturday night we ate at the restaurant, along with many of the locals and other guests. There was even live music which was not overwhelming, but just right!! The Prime Rib and Sauteed Scallops dinners were both enjoyed by us, along with the wonderful homemade rolls. We had no room for dessert, but heard from some of the locals about how wonderful it is.
Back to the kayaking, the owners let us leave our kayaks on the beach for as long as we like. It is very easy to drive our truck down there to load and unload the boats. The lake offers great views, and all the people we spoke to from their docks were very friendly and helpful. They also spoke highly of the Lake House and all frequent the restaurant. We didn't tour the full length of the lake as we cut across and paddled around an island, our attempts to see the "sunken island" were too late as the lake started to get dark later in the afternoon -- but do try it for yourself!
Do we recommend this place? Yes, yes, yes. We'd love to get back there this fall, but it will probably have to remain just a fond memory until next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake House is a charming and historic inn located on the shores of Canadarago Lake, 15 minutes from Cooperstown. Resembling the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, it is a relaxing place for lunch/dinner on the lake and to stay while in Baseball Country. Consider the Lake House for a family reunion, corporate retreat or romantic vacation. Also available is a private lakeside cottage with dock space. Great fishing, sunsets, weekly rates. Astonishingly affordable. Check out our newest performance stage! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lake House Hotel Richfield Springs
- The Lake Hotel
- Lake Hotel Richfield Springs