Like 80% of the guests at Canoe Island lodge, I'm a "repeater." My family has been staying at CIL for over the 30 years, always the same week every year. You don't find places like Canoe Island too often anymore...so if you have the chance, definitely take advantage of staying here.
What makes it great for families is that you can arrive, park your car, and never have to move it again until you leave. That's because two meals a day are included (breakfast and dinner) and lunch is available a la carte on the property as well. (If you stay off season, all three meals are included!)
Secondly, there's plenty to do - for kids and parents alike. Play on the beach, catch some sun, let the waterfront staff teach you how to water ski or let them take you sailing on the 30 foot custom made sailboats. Or they'll take you for a shoreline cruise. Want to really get away? They waterfront staff can take you over to the private island owned by the resort for an hour or two or for the whole day - there's a beach there and the water is very shallow for quite a ways out.
There's also an activities director who will do things like scavenger hunts, sandcastle contests, and arts and crafts with your kids. There's a ping pong table, tennis, and basketball courts as well.
Dinners are four courses, served family style in the main lodge - a beautiful place overlooking the lake. Bring your appetite. They ring the bell for dinner at 6, but you can wander in at your leisure (within reason) after enjoying a drink at the bar or on the porch.
And Thursday nights they bring all the guests out to the private island for a BBQ - complete with red and white checked table cloths, picnic table, BBQ chicken, steak, corn-on-the cob and lots of salads.
Breakfast: eggs, bacon, cereal, oatmeal, french toast - whatever you want. That lady that commented about not knowing about the waffles - um, I've been going for 30 years and they've never had waffles.
The meals are good, the food is plentiful. And most of us order more than one dessert:)
The rooms: all have A/C and televisions (though I can't remember the last time I ever turned on the TV while at CIL....) and there are a variety of accommodations for every size family and price range. Obviously if you want a lake view, you'll pay a little more. Wherever you stay, you're not far from the beach or the main lodge where breakfast and dinner are served.
You can't go wrong with this place - unless you're looking for a Hilton or 5 star post resort, in which case we don't want you here anyway.
There are at least 10 families that come the same week as we do and we've been friends for 30 years simply by seeing each other at CIL every year.
I highly recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Canoe Island Lodge is a full-service resort on the shores of Lake George, NY. We offer beautifully appointed accommodations, sailing and boating on pristine Lake George, two beaches, a private island with boat shuttles, activities for kids and adults, and family style meals. Our warm European atmosphere, comfortable Adirondack style, delicious meals, and personal attention will make you feel at home, yet pampered at the same time. Our staff is here to help make your family vacation a relaxing and memorable experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canoe Island Hotel Diamond Point
- Canoe Island Lodge Lake George, NY - Diamond Point