Definitely in our Top Ten!
The Boathouse Bed and Breakfast is a destination that may not be for everyone, but when I came across an article in a local magazine describing it, I took notice. We live not too far from beautiful Lake George but rarely take advantage, instead opting for other places. The article enticed us, so we decided to book a reservation to check it out. From that moment, I had a strange feeling that something very exciting was to take place. Boy, was I right.
From the moment we arrived it was a refreshing experience. We felt like family, greeted by Joe, his wife Patti, Laurie and Mel. We booked the only room available, the Ciara Room, which was both the least expensive and smallest, although plenty adequate.
Arriving early, we had hoped to take advantage of the boat ride as the predicted weather for our short stay looked like rain. We were in luck and went from our car to the beautiful Hacker Craft wooden boat. Again, we felt like family as Joe accommodated us well before check-in at 2:30 PM. The boat ride was fantastic. Joe, a very friendly and personable guy, narrated a wonderful tour and interesting history lesson of Lake George. Soon it began to rain, but with umbrellas up, we continued with even more zest. The sun soon came back out, with Joe explaining that this was the first time he took his beautiful boat out where umbrellas were needed. We arrive back at the Boathouse, thoroughly refreshed and excited.
The next couple of days were just as fun. As we explored the Lake George area, returning to our quaint, lovely boathouse, we felt it was ours. We experienced what it was like to own a camp on Lake George. It is an experience far different from the usual hotel experience. In fact, as I toured the nearby Sagamore Hotel I felt sad for the people there as they probably paid twice as much for less than half the experience. At the Boathouse, we lacked for nothing, and enjoyed the charm of a very homey experience.
Breakfast served promptly at 9:00 AM was a chance for conversations with other guests. We met people from all parts of the world, including a couple from England. Friendships grew in a matter of minutes, and soon we were revealing things normally reserved for intimate friendships. It is truly that kind of place. And the breakfast was both healthy and delicious. Top-notch!
At the Boathouse, you just don’t rent a room, you rent a Boathouse. You can choose to sit inside in the great room, or sit at water’s edge, or sit on a beautiful porch to take in the lake. The larger rooms feature lake views and private balconies. All very quiet and intimate.
We found that many guests were returning customers. I got a feeling that we will be too. I just hope that it doesn’t get too popular, as Joe, Patti and crew are going to need a much bigger Boathouse. This one is on my top ten list for sure.
Frank and Angela.
My wife Marci and I just got home from our second visit to the Boathouse B&B and it was even harder to leave this year than last. Nothing is left to chance by Patti and Joe. They are two of the nicest people you will ever meet and most accommodating. They take care of your every need and always ready to visit with you and answer any questions you might have. The rooms are beautiful and very well furnished. Every morning you will be fed like a king. The three course breakfasts are superb. If your up for a boat ride with a little history lesson of the lake, Joe has just what you need underneath the boat house. We took the tour in the Miss Boathouse wooden boat last year and it was worth every penny and then some. All in all, you can’t go wrong with a booking at the Boathouse B&B in Bolton’s Landing.
It’s not very often that I review anything but I could not subdue the overwhelming feeling to share the most pleasant experience we had at the Boathouse. Joe and Patti make you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. Joe actually met us at the car when we arrived and immediately welcomed us and asked to help with our luggage! The Boathouse is immaculate, well decorated, perfectly located and feels like your own vacation home. Every detail you can imagine has been taken care of, too numerous to mention but I defy anyone to find a missing piece of luxury and comfort. We arranged to keep our boat with Joe in advance and he made sure that everything was ready. He was there every time we launched and docked to help. He even let us keep the boat next to his in the boathouse in the famous El Lagarto boat slip, a gesture that will always be remembered. Don’t hesitate one bit to book this gem! And after you do you will feel the same compulsion to write about it and book it again and again.
Stayed here June 16th,17th and 18th on a gift certificate from my stepson. What a magical place the Boathouse B & B is. You could not find a more beautiful setting than the Bolton Landing area of Lake George. Better yet you are within walking distance to both the Village of Bolton Landing and the world famous Sagamore Inn. That being said the B & B is just perfect. The couple who own the Boathouse, Patti and Joe are just the most gracious hosts you will ever find. The morning breakfasts are too die for and so are the rooms and décor of the entire building. Great views of the lake with plenty of chairs to sit and enjoy the surrounding area. My wife and I were so impressed that we booked for next year before we left. One other item of note, the boat tour that Joe gives is outstanding in all respects. A fun ride in a beautiful boat with lots of history of the lake thrown in. All in all, this is the best of the best.
Enjoyed the experience with our two older sons. The breakfast was outstanding along with the the two owners of this magical place.
Can’t wait to go back to totally relax and enjoy the views. Our experience was purely magical…we will definitely be returning..
My grandfather was George Reis and the original owner of this house. He was also a renowned speedboat racing champion in Lake George. As a Reis family member, I could not be more thrilled and proud of what Patti & Joe have done with this house. Everything is top notch. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable and Patti’s cooking rivals anything you would find in larger 5 star hotels.
The setting is magical–the house actually sits in part of the lake and there is nothing more peaceful than sitting on the dock watching the boats go by.
But the best part is Joe’s obvious love for the racing history of the house and this area. His enthusiasm is contagious and makes this place truly special.
The house is very well located to the Sagamore Inn and the town of Bolton Landing as well.
This bed and breakfast is not just a place to stay while you are in the area, it is a destination all it’s own.
There is nothing better than walking into an establishment and feel like you are home with family. Patty and joe are heartfelt people that want you to enjoy yourself as well as relax. The welcoming homemade cookies, the amazing breakfast, and the comfortable atmosphere will bring us back to their home.
My wife and I have stayed at several B & B’s in the past but Lake George (Bolton Landing) and The Boathouse Bed & Breakfast is by far our favorite! Very relaxing sitting on the deck overlooking the lake. Fantastic breakfast, thank you Patty. Highly recommend the boat tour and learning about the lake from Joe. Thanks guys!!
Everyone seems to be in agreement here as far as testimonials go. It’s true, Joe & Patty are so warm & welcoming it honestly feels like you are visiting friends. My wife and I stayed for 3 nights over May 8th-10th, leaving this morning. From Joe’s enlightened energetic conversation ( Take that chill pill Joe 🙂 ) & top notch Hospitality Joe helped carry our bags to our suite and well even upgraded us to that suite which made for the perfect quiet serene off season Honeymoon. Patty’s food was out of this world all three mornings. Filling, hearty & Creative. My wife Jess crochets and gave Patty a purple mouse that now sits in the guest book area and has commissioned her for ten more mice for the rooms. All of their restaurant recommendations were on mark as well. We loved it here and can’t wait to come back. ~Thanks Matt & Jess
Imagine going somewhere that you’ve never been before and being treated as if you’re great friends or close family. This is how it feels to be at the Boathouse B&B! The Lake George area has been me and my husband’s get away for several years now but this was our first time staying here. We were unsure what to excpect as we have only stayed at one other B&B before. The minute we stepped in the door we were welcomed with nothing but smiles and warmth. Our room was very clean and cozy. We spent most of our time by the fire in the great room and sitting out on their lakeside balcony. Breakfast was to die for and we were never disappointed. There is a lot of history in this boathouse if you have the chance to research it but if not Joe knows it all! We can’t thank Joe, Patti, and Renee enough for an amazing stay. We already are trying to book our next visit. We highly recommend staying at the Boathouse B&B!
“We deceided to visit lake george for a quick get away and boy were we surprised with our find. With no reservation and a desire to see the lake area we set out for LG. While on our way we entertained the idea of trying a stay(our first) at a BB. Two ideas came together at Joe and Patties wonderful place. We owe much thanks to a friend, for the recommendation as well as to a guest that wasn’t feeling well enough to complete their stay at the boathouse. Their departure and lucky timing found us in an open room….. lucky for us! The boat house was decorated well and was extremely CLEAN. The location was more than we expected and parked our car and relaxed. We will be returning next year for sue…with advanced reservations!!!!!!”
“We always enjoy our family vacations in Lake George in the summer, but REALLY look forward to our weekend getaway (w/o kids) in the fall! The Boathouse B&B is just the place for such an escape. Joe and Patti are awesome hosts; they made us feel quite welcome. What adds to the atmosphere is the feeling that so many memorable occasions and gatherings have occurred there. There are pictures of their beautiful family all around inside the house – the property is THE gathering place for their get togethers in the off-season. And it’s easy to see why…it’s the ideal location on the lake – so scenic (esp. to view the gorgeous fall foliage) and close to most anything you’d want to do any time of year. The B&B is run very efficiently (almost effortlessly it seems). The morning breakfast gathering will jumpstart your day: great food, socialize with other guests, and enjoy the “Patti and Joe” show (she cooks, he serves, and there’s humorous exhanges along the way).”
“My husband and I spent a long weekend here (Sept. 15th thru 18th) and just loved it. The accommodations are great – with fireplaces in each room, refrigerator, coffeemaker and each room is decorated in it’s own “theme”. We stayed in the “Isabella Sweet” and the bed was extremely comfortable and I’m sure the beds in the other rooms are just as comfortable. Joe and Patti serve a 3-course breakfast each morning at 9am and all three days it was delicious! They are the owners and they are extremely gracious and very welcoming. They are very helpful when trying to decide on things to do during your stay. Their two staff members couldn’t be nicer. My husband and I will definitely be booking a return trip!”
“All the reviews are right on about this place but no one seems to mentions Joe’s personal boat excursions ($50 p.p) but well worth it and this boat is not your ordinary boat. A must do! Joe takes you out on the lake and gives you his personal history of the islands. He’s quite the entertainer. Patty makes a mean delicious breakfast and Joe loves to talk. You will love this couple as they truly love what they do which is rare these days. You can’t beat the location as we did check out the the Sagamore hotel for dinner and lunch down the street, The Boathouse is like staying at a five star hotel. You won’t be disappointed. P.S: Check out the “Extreme Adventure” ten minutes down the road. A must if you are in good shape!”
“We stayed at the Boathouse B&B for 3 nights in mid-August, and it was a wonderful weekend. The owners, Joe and Patty, have thought of every detail and handled it, from wine glasses to cutting boards, plates and knives; a three course hot breakfast; luxury linens and beautiful furnishings; and plenty of seats from which to admire the beautiful scenery of Lake George. You aren’t just overlooking Lake George, you are OVER Lake George since the inn is perched right over the water. The restaurants and shops of Bolton Landing are very nice, and only a 2 minute walk away. As is the Sagamore Resort and it’s many restaurants (and free use of their fitness center for Boathouse guests). And it was great to have an adult weekend without hordes of kids around in mid-summer.”
“Stayed at the boathouse for two nights to celebrate. My 50th. Wanted a quiet getaway and what a fantastic stay. We reserved one of the suites, which was well decorated, large, all the ammenities, and a great whirlpool bathtub. The bed was huge and it was great to go out onto the balcony in the morning with a cup of coffee, glass of wine at night over looking the lake. Each morning was a fantastic breakfast made by Patti. We also enjoyed the boat ride tour, Joe is very knowledgeable of the area and both were gracious hosts. We plan to go back.”
“We chose The Boathouse for our 25th wedding anniversary trip–our first time to the Lake George area and our first stay in a B&B. We could not have been more pleased with both (unless, of course, the weather gods had cooperated and curtailed the rain–still, the precipitation did not dampen our spirits nor the genuine hospitality offered by Joe & Patti Silipigno and their staff). Upon our arrival following a 7-hour drive, we were immediately made to feel welcome, like honored guests who very quickly came to feel like longtime friends. Joe and Patti are wonderful hosts and were engaging, taking the time to get to know each of their guests; they also provided great information about the inn, the town, the surrounding areas, etc. as well as offered a comfortable home base in their beautiful Boathouse.The place itself is gorgeous, lovingly restored and personally tended to by the Silipignos, and it shows, right down to the last detail. We had booked the Isabella “Sweet” in the adjacent carriage house for three nights and it was both romantic and serene, with a beautiful view of the of the lake; the 4-poster king-sized bed, fireplace and Jacuzzi bathtub added to the ambiance and our comfort. The free WiFi was also a nice benefit. The three-course breakfasts in the great room were incredible–no need for lunch with Patti and Renee in the kitchen! Their relationship with the Sagamore Resort (walkable distance) enabled us to utilize some of the Resort’s amenities and enjoy discounted dining/gift shop privileges. Although it was our first visit to the Adirondack region and The Boathouse, it surely won’t be our last!”
“This place is so great!!! The people that own it are so great. and so friendly…i adore them!! they were so sweet..The rooms are very clean and very quiet….The views are stunning…like something out of a postcard..its quite amazing. The breakfast is so delicious and overall the place is great….I cant wait to go back..i almost wish they had more rooms so i could book more often!!”
“One word- perfection. My boyfriend and I took our second trip to The Boathouse the first weekend in March. For the second time, we experienced bliss. Patti, Joe, and Renee are so warm and welcoming. When we visit, we feel like we are visiting family. They have put such care and attention to detail into every aspect of our stay. We stay in the Madison Suite. A beautiful country style room with all the amenities. When we arrived at our room, the fireplace was burning, light music was on, and there was a special note and candy treat left in the fridge from our hosts. The next morning we woke up in our very comfortable king size bed to the spectacular view of Lake George. (you can really see the lake from the bed!) We made our way over to the main house and enjoyed Patti’s outstanding 3 course breakfast while enjoying the amazing view of Lake George and engaging in conversation with Joe and the fellow guests. Joe is incredibly knowledgable on the town, local history, things to do, and places to eat. Then we went about our day. On our first trip we stayed at the Boathouse all weekend and simply relaxed. We took advantage of the jacuzzi tub in our room and soaked up the sun on our private porch. This trip we decided to explore Lake George a bit and found plenty to do in town (even on a rainy day). There is not one bad thing I can say about The Boathouse. I can be very picky and critical of places I stay, but this place is perfection. We cannot wait until the next trip up to The Boathouse. My boyfriend and I call this our happy place.”