Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast
Great Wall Street Journal article about B&Bs 2 Dec 2013, 8:19 am
B & B’s are not like your Aunt’s house anymore. We’re hip, we’re upscale. We’re an experience not just lodging. Read the Wall Street Journal Article.
CHILI COOK-OFF! 9 Nov 2013, 6:47 pm
Chili Cook-off in Mariaville!
Judges needed to taste
Book a room for the week-end of December 6 and
you’ll get to taste test chili all Saturday afternoon. Vote for the
best chili. Everyone gets to be a judge. We’ll have
homemade cookies and coffee and tea all afternoon so come visit.
Rick and Lorrie will both be hanging out all
Enter your rockin’ chili and we’ll give you 10% off
the room rate for the week-end – after we taste your chili, of
course. Click on Availability to make your
I decided to make an apple pie 3 Nov 2013, 11:40 am
I decided to make some apple
New York state is a major producer of apples, and many folks have apple trees in their front yards the way Californians have lemons and pomegranate. When Katlin from California visited a few weeks ago, she seemed to be testing the theory – a couple of apples a day keeps the doctor away.” In truth, we have all been astounded and thrilled at the abundance of apples our tree has yielded.
I decided to make two apple pies today and freeze them. My mom always used Fannie Farmer recipes. You don’t hear much about Fannie Farmer-Julia Child is all the rage. Fannie is pretty much plain old fashioned cooking and I decided to trust her recipe.
Years ago I bought an apple peeler I hardly ever use. Today, however, I wanted some help with peeling 12 large apples. It worked pretty well and wasn’t that hard to clean.
Then I used my apple corer to core and split them. Slice them pretty thin so they cook along with the pie dough and let them sit in a mixture of 11/2 cup of sugar (I used mostly brown but you don’t have to), 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg ,1/2 tsp. cloves and ginger each. Salt to taste, and lastly, 2 tbsp. whole wheat, almond, or whatever kind of flour you want. My friend Ellen told me to let them sit so the natural juices of the apple begin to come out. At the last minute I added 3 tbsp. of lemon juice and a splash of real maple syrup, but it was my creative mind that decided that. I hope it will taste good.
Now on to the pie crust. With the help of my sister Michelle my 92 year old father decided to learn to make pie crust. He does a pretty good job of cooking although he didn’t learn until he was at least in his early 80′s. I, however,apologetically use store bought pie crusts.
So let’s dump the apples in, shall we?
And pop the top crust on. Slice some vents in there to let steam escape. I made mine snowflakes. I’ll freeze these and take one out on a cold, blustery night and think of Fall and the amazing abundance of apples.
If you want to bake them right away, bake 10 minutes at 425, then lower the heat to 350 and bake 30-40 minutes until apples are tender and crust is browned.
What’s Going on Around Here? 3 Oct 2013, 6:23 am
Snow is falling, rates are falling, and I’m falling in love with winter…my apple tree has yielded the biggest, reddest apples ever, and I’m whipping up yummy apple dishes for breakfast. I’ve got a fire going for you in the living room, and a list of local events for you to enjoy. Plus, we’ve discovered an amazing new restaurant for you to try. No stress here, just good conversation, good food, and good times.
Throughout December – Drive through holiday light show – Amsterdam, NY
12th Annual drive through light show on a paved road through an urban forest in the middle of Amsterdam adorned with hundreds of trees and shrubs wrapped with lights, illuminated arches, homemade wooden displays from 3′ to 8′ high, illuminated deer, band members dressed in costumes, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Thursday, December 5, 7:30pm - Trans Siberian
Times Union Center
Thursday, December 5, 7:30pm - Moscow Ballet’s
Great Russian Nutcracker,
December 12-15 – Melodies of Christmas
Sunday, December 15, 7:30pm - Wooten
Monday, December 30, 7:30 pm – moe,
LOWER RATES 15 Sep 2013, 11:09 am
RATES FOR THE WEEKDAYS HAVE DROPPED FOR THE FALL. The leaves are falling and our week day rates have as well. Play a little hookey and feast your eyes on red oaks and maples, yellow poplars, golden birch, and the stunning green of our evergreens. Pick some apples, get lost in a corn maze, or kayak on the ever changing lake.
Do you know where your food comes from? 16 Mar 2013, 3:42 pm
Farm to Table B&Bs
We are honored and excited to be a part of Frank Barrie’s blog on knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom.com, “Promoting local and sustainable agriculture that cares for people, animals, land, and water.” Please have a look!
What a Discovery! 10 Sep 2012, 6:44 am
We have stumbled upon an amazing find less than an hour away! Sometimes when we don’t have any check-ins, we take the Miata on a day trip. This time we cruised down Route 20 and took in some of the cool sights of the area. The highlight for us was Hyde Hall. Overlooking Lake Ostego (commonly called Glimmerglass), this 55 room limestone mansion built in the 1800′s was fascinating. It is in the process of restoration, which is more interesting than a mansion all finished and pretty. The hour tour was too short, really…we would have like to poked around a bit more. The tour guide had to keep an eye on Rick because he was wandering down hallways that were not part of the tour.
After that we walked around Cooperstown and then had dinner at the Blue Mingo Cafe. Great food right on the water.
We didn’t have time to visit the Farmer’s Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame, or the interesting shops in Cooperstown.
I think the great thing about Mariaville Lake B&B is our location. We may not be in a resort town, but there are so many road trips you could take and come back to the peace and quiet at the end of the day. September is a particularly beautiful time to visit, and we do have rooms open here and there. Give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip.
Yummy! Cheese, Crackers, and Fruit 19 Aug 2012, 9:41 am
Ah…finally you have arrived and are settling into your lovely room. How about something to snack on? Order our cheese and crackers platter and it will be waiting for you when you arrive. This will impress your traveling companion and make you look like the terrific person you are! Please give us one week notice. $45
Take A Hike! 14 Aug 2012, 11:53 am
As the weather gets a little cooler, I am heading back into the woods. Just walking distance from the B&B is our famous beaver dam, the biggest we’ve ever seen. If you go at dusk you can often spot a beaver swimming and flapping his big tail. Rick is often available to lead a “Night Walk.” I don’t want to give away all his secrets, but it is amazing and informative. It’s just $35, worth every penny. Bring some walking shoes if you plan to partake.
Five miles down the road is the Plotterkill Preserve. It is especially nice in the spring when the water falls are running at full capacity but the gorge is always pretty cool. The trails are well maintained and you can hike as long or as little as you’d like.
Further afield is John Boyd Thacher State Park. Home to one of the richest fossil bearing formations in the world, its limestone cliffs afford spectacular views of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys and on a clear day you can see the Green and Adirondack Mountains.
Well, that’s only 3 places but I’m getting a blister on my foot from all that hiking. Time to sit on the dock with a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
Swedish Massage 6 May 2012, 7:30 pm
Treat yourself to a deep tissue Swedish Massage by a New York Licensed Massage Therapist Renee Van Kuren. Renee is a NYS licensed massage therapist and Reiki Master. She received her training from the Center for Natural Wellness in Albany. Renee has logged many hours of community service, including volunteering with Community Caregivers. She spent 15 years as a wholesale jeweler before a career change to the healing arts. Renee lives with her 3 children in New Scotland where she also operates Stone Cottage Massage.
Please reserve two weeks in advance to insure
One hour massage: $90
Couples one hour each: $155
Couples 30 minutes each: $90
The couples massages are done one right after the other.