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“A Touch of Old Elegance”
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Silver Spruce Inn
Ranked #5 of 7 Schroon Lake B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Touch of Old Elegance”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We had stayed at this B&B before after climbing some of the high peaks but we planned this trip so that we could canoe in nearby lakes. We love the warm woods throughout this large home. Our room had a comfortable sitting area with gas fired stove and lounge chairs. The bed was a king with fine linen. Best of all was the soaking tub which dates from the 1920s, herbal bath grains were also provided. There was great lighting for reading in bed or in the sitting area.

Breakfast was at 8:30 which gave us a chance to meet the other guests who were gregarious and interesting. Breakfast included lighter than air pancakes, fresh berries, eggs, and a variety of muffins as well as a hearty granola. We discovered some fine books in the library including one about the geography of the Adirondacks and an art book with large plates of Hudson River School paintings.

Phyllis had lost her husband since we visited last but she was joined by a warm couple who helped with the service. She told us some of the history and showed us some of the fine weaving she does on a large loom off the porch. We shall return for the comfort and fellowship.

Room Tip: Ours was one of the larger rooms but even the smaller rooms are spacious.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I was the only guest and Phyllis made me feel right at home! The inn is lovely, large sleeping rooms and fabulous public space. Phyllis recommended a great hike to the top of Mt. Severance to seethe lake from above and the scenery was spectacular.

Room Tip: all the rooms seemed bright and lovely -- I inspected them all just out of curiousity!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Palatine, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This rambling old home is lovely. Ask Phyllis to give you the tour and ask her about the home's history, the secret liquor cubbies and the moveable walls.

Each room is unique and I think they all have attached bathrooms. The plumbing and fixtures are old - this isn't a newly renovated commercial hotel - but it's a really charming place to stay so just overlook the water pressure n the showers!

Breakfast is terrific and if you have a large party like we did, Phyllis will serve it to accommodate your schedule. She even got up at 4AM to put coffee on for us to fortify us for our sunrise photography shoot. Phyllis will also accommodate food allergies. Just ask her ahead of time.

I highly recommend that you stay here.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Cleveland, OH
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a great place - very historic old building with lovely rooms. The breakfasts were also wonderful. The owner is trying to sell the place so it's not clear what it's future is. Very friendly owner. Closed in the winter.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kennett Square
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

The huge perennial garden delineated by river birch and gazebo set against giant spruce & pine trees greet you when entering the large parking lot.This Bed and Breakfast Inn is really something special. The section built in the 1790's a true testimony to the craftsmanship of the time, but the larger portion built in 1926 is an experience worth your while. Cedar paneling, varied and wide plank flooring, six foot wide fireplaces with garnet hearths, walls that fold up to the ceiling, secret bookshelves that open into the bootlegger's stash for booze, rough cut staircases with low risers, and a most amazing speakeasy bedecked with a bar and bar-back from the Waldorf Astoria. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the updated vintage bathrooms have amenities found nowhere else (you'll have to come and see). Highly recommend this B&B

Room Tip: Carriage House for Romance, Main House for casual travel, family, business and a little romance too...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

I have been going up to Schroon Lake, NY and Lake George area since i was about 6 years old. I never paid much attention to things back then but i always enjoyed my time up there where i went to camp. I didnt come up for a few years but recently, the camp i once attended has gotten my interest again and i decided to start coming back up for vaction with my girlfriend. I always go to the beach and other areas to get away but all you do is fight traffic and angry families just to stand in line and wait to eat or see an attraction. Since there was no great places to stay in schoon lake i decided to try the silver spruce. Phyllis is a wonderful wonderful host. My girlfriend caitlin and I sat and talked with her a while about the histroy of the hotel and her family life as well. Her husband ran the place with her but passed away and she now runs things along with a few close friends and family members. Even for all the rooms and land that she has to maintain she does a fantastic job! The rooms are very clean, relaxing and there was no probelms. There are no TVs which i thought id hate but i was out most of the day doing things that i didnt miss it. At night i just used my laptop to watch a movie while eating dinner and then went to bed. You wake up and enjoy a beautiful view, get a warm shower or bath in the jacuzzi tub and then go into the dining room and enjoy a real homemade breakfast. The fire was going each morning and gave a warming feeling to the room. Breakfast was very good and plenty left over if you wanted more. No question went unanswered, no need unattended to. You wont be dissapointed at this location. Go, relax, take it all in and give Phyllis your thanks, she works very hard to give a great experience to everyone.

Room Tip: Chose the barn to stay in. It may be 150$ a night but its worth it for sure, more up to date and rus...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

We just completed our 5 night stay at the Silver Spruce Inn in Schroon Lake, and it was absolutely out of this world! As you've most likely read in other reviews, between the history of the property and the tour of the home, including the speakeasy from the original Waldorf-Astoria hotel, you get the feeling that you wish you were around during the property's hey-day, or felt something close to it.

Phyllis was most welcoming and despite having to maintain this huge 9000 sf Inn, does it with such calm, having run this business with her late husband for over 30 years.

We feel very lucky to have stayed in room 5, which was the original owner's bedroom - a suite with a rather large bathroom.

The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and don't overlook the nearby river for a quiet day of swimming or just some peace - definitely a world away...

We would love to go back again - thanks Phyllis!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Silver Spruce Inn
Address: Rte 9, Schroon Lake, NY 12870-0426
Region: United States > New York > Schroon Lake
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Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Schroon Lake
Number of rooms: 8

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