Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast

176 Batter Street, Mariaville, New York 12137
Innkeeper(s): Rick and Lorrie Runnels

GEOCACHING 13 Oct 2015, 6:39 pm

Geocache Mariaville Lake B&B

Recently a guest asked if he could put a geocache here at the B&B and we said, “Sure!” That was our real introduction to geocaching and we really enjoy it. I love a treasure hunt and geocaching uses a GPS and good old fashioned luck.  The app we loaded on our phone works reasonably well, but I think the secret to finding a geocache is intuition. I always ask myself, “If I was placing this geocache, where would I put it? ” Often I just know and walk right up to it. Visit us here at Mariaville Lake B&B and see if you can find ours. The only hint I’ll give is, “A child may need a boost.”

Be sure to log your find  at

Have a cuppa coffee 13 Oct 2014, 5:57 pm

I just learned from UrbanDictionary  that “Do you want to get a cup of coffee” is code for “Do you want to have sex?” Good to know in the hospitality industry! I won’t be offering you that cup of coffee, but you can help yourself  to our delicious organic free trade coffee. Of course you can have both kinds of coffee when you visit a Romantic Getaway like Mariaville Lake B&B.

Deans Beans Roasting Facility

I recently visited Deans Beans in Orange Massachusetts so I could see exactly where our coffee comes from. Their facility is in a beautiful rural area with the sweet smell of pine and coffee in the air.


The folks there are super friendly and showed me all around. They buy their organic beans direct from small farms and cooperatives  that are committed to fair trade. Their warehouse was chock full of bags and bags of beans from all over the world. The employees have a great groove going in moving those bags over to the roasters.






The place was super clean and the roasters were state of the art.

The beans are roasted in small batches and ship the same day.  They sell roasts with cool names like Thunder Mug, Rattlesnake Gutter Brew and Full Moon. We are presently serving Sumatran French Roast and Birdwatcher’s Blend.




The average American worker spends $1109 on coffee per year. You may as well spend wisely and get the best coffee you can afford. Plus with every sip of coffee from a company like Deans Beans, you help to make the planet a better place.  I’d rather have one cup of perfect coffee than 5 cups of crappy coffee.

Now Booking for Saratoga Vacations 21 Jul 2014, 8:30 am

Saratoga in the summer! There’s no place like it!

Except Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast!

Let us be your home away from home away from Saratoga. We are an easy, scenic, 45 minute drive from SPAC, Saratoga Race Track, and all the cool shopping, museums and atmosphere of Saratoga Springs in the summer. We offer wonderful lakeside lodging with fantastic breakfasts, exquisite sunrises, kayaking on the lake, and, last but not least, excellent value. We don’t ramp up our prices during track season, but you can expect great service and an immaculate place to stay. Call or book online to reserve your unforgettable vacation.

Babymoon Package 17 Feb 2014, 10:56 am

Expecting a little bundle of joy? Take a week-end away before the baby arrives with our Babymoon package!

Our special Babymoon package includes the Anytime Romance Package and a private breakfast one morning of your stay OR a one hour pre-natal massage for only $75! Plus receive 10% off the regular room rate for 2 romantic  nights.

Simply check Babymoon when reserving your room and you will automatically receive all the discounts.

Babymoon. A Very Special Package 17 Feb 2014, 10:46 am

Babymoons are all the rage, and with good reason. Once your little bundle of joy comes along, you’ll be sticking close to home for awhile. Your wild nights will still be wild but in a completely different way!






Before our first was born, Rick and I took a road trip to Vermont in our cute little maroon MGB.






Once our son was born, that two passenger sports car was replaced with a station wagon!





The kids are grown and we have a little fast car again, but we will never forget that special trip





We want to do the same for you.


Our special Babymoon package includes the Anytime Romance Package and a private breakfast one morning of your stay OR a one hour pre-natal massage for only $75! Plus receive 10% off the regular room rate for 2 romantic nights.

Simply check Babymoon when reserving your room at and you will automatically receive all the discounts.

Baseball 2016 Hall of Fame Week-end! 16 Feb 2014, 10:50 am

Hey, baseball fans! Why stay in town when you can stay at Mariaville Lake?  Less than an hour away from Cooperstown, Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast has it all – fabulous breakfasts, comfortable rooms, lively innkeepers, and free use of kayaks and canoes on our wonderful lake.

Tickets for the Induction Ceremony on the 24th are free – you can attend the events you like, then get out of town and stay at the lake. You won’t have to fight traffic or crowds to get a bite to eat and the vibe here on the lake is chill.

Now providing lodging for Baseball Hall of fame 2014 Induction Week-end July 22-24, 2016. We’re sure to fill up fast, so don’t delay. Most of the places in Cooperstown are already filled. 

Click on availability to reserve your room!

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.

A New Crop of Bed and Breakfasts

I decided to make an apple pie 3 Nov 2013, 11:40 am

I decided to make some apple pies.

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.

Apple peeler-fun to use!

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.

Another fun gadget cores them and splits them.


Juicy apples soaking in lemon juice, spices, and sugar.









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.

Yup, store bought pie crusts.

Nothing fancy….









Dots of 2 tbsp. butter for each pie

Slice fancy Vents in the the pie.

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.

154 Brookside Ave
Amsterdam, Central New York, NY, 12010

Thursday, December 5, 7:30pm –  Trans Siberian Orchestra,
Times Union Center

Thursday, December 5, 7:30pm –  Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker,
Palace Theater

December 12-15 – Melodies of Christmas


Sunday, December 15, 7:30pm –  Wooten Brothers,
the egg

Monday, December 30, 7:30 pm –   moe,
Palace Theater