My wife, son, and I stayed at the Inn during a driving trip in NE, and it was perfect for that purpose. I also believe those who are looking at it as a weekend destination would also love it. I highly recommend it.
The Inn is across the street from the lake, but the other side of the street is where an inn once stood and is now a grassy hill, so the view of the lake is wonderful. And, it is only a walk of a minute or so down to the shore.
Part of the ground floor of the Inn is a bookstore with two rooms full of used books across a wide array of topics. Some of the books are merely used, but reasonably priced. There are some older books, however, and even some first editions. It seems the books are Alexandra's passion and it appears that she has selected most if not all of them herself. I like used bookstores, and this is one I would visit even if we had not stayed at the Inn.
The main areas of the Inn are not air-conditioned. We were there during an uncommon heat spell, however, and it was not uncomfortably hot in the morning and evening (we were not there during the middle of the day). There was a portable air conditioner in our room which kept it cool, but the location of the room--1st floor, no sun exposure, and essentially no windows--helped with that as well.
In the evening, you can sit on the deck where lunch, etc is served during the day. The deck is on the side of the Inn, just out of sight on the right side of the photo above, and so is basically on the street, although to your left is a very small park. We live in a rural area and a busy street is not our idea of fun. Even though the street is the main thoroughfare on that side of the lake, however, there was very little traffic during the evening. So, it was a wonderful place to have a drink and look at the beautiful lake before retiring.
We stayed in Room 101, which has a queen bed in one room, a double bed in another, and one bathroom. It is a reasonably large suite and decently appointed. Judging from the photos, it is not as well-appointed as some of the other rooms, but it is perfect for a small family. It is not the sort of room you would want to spend the day in, but given the activities available--perhaps reading in some of the common areas on a rainy day--you wouldn't really want to. It has a separate entrance in the back, and is so cut off from the other areas of the Inn that it is literally silent. I see that other reviewers have commented about road noise. It is true that some large trucks travel past, but in Room 101, you can't hear them--or anything else--at all.
Breakfast is not included in the rate. Instead, you can choose to have breakfast in the cafe next to (and adjoining) the bookstore. I vastly prefer that approach because: 1) you can choose when or whether to breakfast; and 2) you can choose how much you want to eat/spend. The selection is pretty standard breakfast fare. For the omelets, you can choose among a variety of good quality ingredients, liberally applied. The prices are very reasonable.
The approach of the owners is more European inn-style rather than staying-in-a-friend's-house B&B. Personally, I prefer that style: in some B&B's the interaction with the staff and other guests is too close. That is not to say, however, that the owners are not personable. They were a ready resource for anything we wanted, including recommendations about where to go, where to eat, and what to see. In fact, as Alexandra brought our breakfast one morning she heard us discussing whether my wife's footwear was adequate for what we had planned. She immediately offered some of her own hiking boots for my wife to use.
At approximately $300 for 3 people for 2 nights, it was an excellent value.
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- A 12 room Victorian Inn overlooking Lake Champlain in the Adirondack Park. Each room has a private bath and is richly decorated. Continental breakfast is included with the room. ... more less
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