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“Great Get-Away..Great for Dogs too!”
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Inn at Lake Joseph
Ranked #1 of 2 Forestburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2008

A great Inn period. Perfect location and the drive on Rte 97 with such beautiful scenery and quaint freindly towns. Our cottage (the hemlock) was furnished in good taste and very clean. Breakfast @ the Inn delicious and was nice to mingle with other guests. Nice trails surround the property as well. Can't wait to go back (Our Labs are already in the Van).

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Reviewed October 27, 2008

We had such a delightful stay. Our accommodations were superb. The breakfasts were scrumptious, the room/suite was SO comfortable, and the location is so lovely. We'll definitely be back and are looking forward to it!

Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

My boyfriend surprised me for my birthday and booked a room at The Inn at Lake Joseph for the weekend. From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with the place. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. The main house was very cozy and authentic feeling.
We had the King Fisher room which has a King size bed, a jacuzzi tub, a fireplace and a balcony. The room was very well kept and very homey. We did not hear any other people through the walls.
Unfortunately, it rained all day Saturday, but that didn't really dampen our weekend. We found a few nice restaurants out in town, despite all of the complaints that I had seen on this site. Buona Fortuna and The Front Porch both have absolutely delicious food. Breakfast at the Inn was great. My boyfriend and I are both very picky eaters but we cleaned our plates on both days! We already miss it!
The lake is not directly out the back door, but it isn't as far as some have made it sound. It is only about a two to three minute walk.
Considering that breakfast is included, snacks, drinks, activities, and equipment are provided, we definitely did not find this to be overpriced.
I would definitely recommend this Inn and we will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2008

The inn and rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Although the "official" check-in time is 2:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm, guests are welcome to arrive early and stay after check-out time to use the facilities. This is a bonus, as most places charge extra to do this.

As stated by others, the lake is approximately 1/4 mile from the main property...so the Inn "AT" Lake Joseph is a bit of a stretch.
There are rowboats and kayaks available, the use of which are free to guests. It was very relaxing being on the water; however, there are many areas of the lake that are very low and have tree stumps and rocks protruding, so care needs to be taken when navigating through it.

Although ample, the breakfast really wasn't very good. The omelettes were small and the hash browns were more like boiled potatoes...very bland and not "browned" at all. The plain pancakes were very "cakey", not light and fluffy as I prefer. The french toast, bacon and sausage were good. Best to stick with those or the fruit, bagels and yogurt. Lunch consisted of salads, lunch meats, etc. and was good enough for a quick bite. The brownies, offered daily, were VERY good!

The 10% per night surcharge for gratuities is quite steep, as this can add $30.00/night to your bill. Seems a bit high to me for having a sub-par breakfast served and your room straightened. Let's assume breakfast for 2 is $20.00...a 25% gratuity for breakfast would be $5.00. Let's further assume lunch for 2, that you make yourself, is $30.00...a 25% gratuity for that is $7.50. That leaves a gratuity of $17.50/day for straightening the room!

Unfortunately, as I found out, not ALL guests perform the required "cleaning up" after their dogs. This caused me to spend 20 minutes cleaning the grooves of my gym shoe!!

Overall, the Inn offers a nice, if over-priced, place to "unwind" and enjoy the lower Catskill Mountain region.

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Reviewed October 23, 2008

This is an an amazing place!!! The rooms, hospitality and atmosphere are excellent. Can't wait to return.

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Reviewed October 20, 2008

The grounds are well maintained. The Adirondack chairs on the back lawn provide a wonderfully restful place to relax and read a book as do the chairs at the lake. Walking trail is idillic. Deffinitely will recommend and return!

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Reviewed October 20, 2008

We absolutely love the place and are even returning this year for Christmas!

The facility is lovely, the Hemlock is the perfect honeymoon suite, the lake, boats, hammocks are wonderful! The food was delicious and the peace and tranquility cannot be beat!

We would recommend the Inn to everyone who wants to relax, enjoy nature, each other and the company of many like minded fellow travelers.

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Address: 162 St Josephs Rd, Forestburgh, NY 12777-6230
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Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Forestburgh
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Forestburgh
Price Range: $258 - $403 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at Lake Joseph 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn, with working fireplaces, whirlpool baths and private sundecks, is located in Upstate New York on a 250-acre private lake. Like resort lodging, Inn at Lake Joseph provides a variety of summer and winter recreational facilities, including access to a health and fitness spa. But unlike larger hotels, with just 18 guestrooms, a luxurious, yet informal, casual country retreat that assures guests a relaxing, private, rustic mountain lake environment awaits. Very much like the Berkshires, White Mountains, Adirondacks and Poconos, the Catskills surrounding the Inn offer spectacular scenes of lakes and rivers, as well as hiking trails with views of majestic peaks and isolated waterfalls. However, unlike these other regions, The Inn is no more than 2 hours from New York City. ... more   less 
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