Most of us need to relax and unwind from time to time. We need a break from the stress of work or caring for a family. But actually getting away can be a challenge, from finding the time in our busy schedules, to getting someone to watch the kids.
This past weekend, my husband and I were lucky enough to have both a free weekend AND someone to watch the kids (thank you, Mom) so we headed an hour up the Northway to The Inn at Erlowest in Lake George.
First, a little history. Erlowest is a beautiful stone castle built in 1898 by William Morse Shepard. The name comes from the hometown of Shepard's parents. The town of Westerlo is just south of Albany.
It was a private residence for many years. In 1960, it was purchased by by Charlie Wood, local philanthropist and founder of what is now The Great Escape. He also partnered with Paul Newman to create the Double H Hole in the Woods camp for critically ill children. During Mr. Wood's ownership, the top floor of the home was turned into a nine hole putting green, complete with astroturf and golf course murals on the walls.
Mr. Wood passed away several years ago, and Erlowest was sold once again. The current owners turned the castle into a 10 room inn (husband was disappointed to learn the putting green is now five more guest rooms).
We arrived on a rainy, dreary afternoon. We were greeted by a warm and welcoming staff, and personally shown to our room. We stayed in the Schuyler room (shown in slideshow below), which is a spacious suite with a sitting room and fireplace, and an oversized bathroom with a jacuzzi tub. The staff had the fireplace roaring, and a bottle of champagne chilling for us, along with cheese, crackers and fruit.
Just before dinner, we spent some time in the small bar area with a glass of wine and the football game. (Well, I had the wine and the husband had the football game.. .everyone's happy!)
Dinner is served in a beautifully appointed dining room, and the food is outstanding. The culinary team is made up of top notch chefs, with years of experience. Dinner started with pumpkin bisque for me, and sliced sirloin salad for the husband, followed by the filet for each of us. We were too full for dessert, but the menu looked very enticing.
Breakfast in the morning was vanilla flavored french toast for me, and the Erlowest omlet for the husband, along with several cups of fresh brewed coffee.
The view from the porches was spectacular, even in November. We are planning to return next fall to check out the foliage. In all, it was a much needed and very quiet escape from our daily lives here in Albany, and well worth the short drive up the Northway.
Rates are reasonable, and they offer great off-season packages. For more information, check out their website.