Our week away as a family this year was spent on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake George, NY. We like to rent a home instead of staying at resorts or hotels whenever possible. It affords everyone more space and gives me the opportunity to prepare most of our meals which we prefer to eating out daily. We also have a dog now, making it all the more convenient to rent. This vacation was the fourth time I’ve rented a getaway home and it was the best one so far. The location was strikingly scenic, the house nestled on a hill right on the shores of the lake. Views to the water and surrounding mountains were just breathtaking. And the home itself was simply perfect for us.
First off it was red, my favorite color!
The décor was very much to my liking, the furnishings were clean and comfortable, the rustic touches were quite unique and tastefully executed. The entire home was well-organized and spotless. The layout suited our family to a tee. Arriving at the home from the street side, it appears to be a one-level red cabin or lake cottage. In reality it has a lower level which is evident from the lake side of the house. Walking through the front door, you are in an open great room and kitchen with cathedral ceilings and soaring windows facing the lake. There is a guest bath and a master bedroom with ensuite bath on this floor. There is access to a small side porch (and second entrance to the home) as well as a large deck accessed from both the great room as well as the master bedroom. Both have stunning views to the lake and mountains – the featured image to this post is taken from the side porch. A unique tree trunk staircase leads from the great room to the lower level where an open TV and rec area are located along with two more bedrooms and another full bathroom. Tall windows in the lower level also face the lake and a sliding door accesses a lower covered deck and a fire pit area. One of the bedrooms includes a small vanity sink and a door right to the lower deck and fire pit. Our sons both coveted this bedroom. Older son won out.
I loved the unique, rustic touches to this lake-side home. The staircase to the lower level was one of these, with its supports, treads, balusters, handrail, all being of unmilled wood. By that I mean it was made of thick, sturdy branches and slabs of trees with the bark still on. It was quite interesting and appropriate to the Adirondack environment and just plain visually pleasing. The tree-themed features were also found in the kitchen with its thick tree slab bar top as well as the side porch.
We spent plenty of time outdoors kayaking, taking quick dips in the lake, hiking the local trails, taking in the famous Lake George vistas from the high ground, visiting nearby Fort Ticonderoga, going to the top of Mt. Defiance to take in the view across Lake Champlain to Vermont, and taking a drive around to the other side of Lake George for the zip line adventure course at Adirondack Extreme. As always, we attended Mass at a local church as it’s our firm belief and tradition that vacation does not mean a break from church. Saint Mary’s in Ticonderoga was a beautiful parish to visit and worship at.
We experienced relatively good weather. The lake water was a bit cooler than I would have preferred. A couple of the days storms rolled through and there was a tornado warning once. For me, unpredictable weather is one of the reasons I really like making sure the home we rent is to our liking, since we may end up being indoors more than we might want. I thought it was cool to observe how the mountains across the water would “disappear” in the mist during the thunderstorms. Overall, it was an excellent week of relaxing and enjoying each other, for which I’m more and more grateful as my boys grow into young men and I see these opportunities becoming rarer. Sigh.