Mariaville Lake Bed & Breakfast
Holidays, Holidays … the good, the bad and the ugly. 28 Oct 2016, 5:55 am
Many people spend the holidays with family – if you are fortunate enough to have the time and money to travel, or live close enough to pop in. For many families, holidays are a big to-do with a lot of time and money spent on the festivities. For others, it’s a more low-key event. Either way, the whole ordeal can be just that: an ordeal.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and consider myself extremely lucky to have wound up with the one I did, and we all love visiting each other. However, I know for many – and okay, for us sometimes too – holidays can be stressful. You may have family from out of town staying with you, in your cramped apartment, or grown children with their own lives and routines coming to stay with you. Linens need to be washed, rooms set up, food prepared, and everyone stays up later than they want to… oh and someone’s second cousin’s uncle twice removed drinks too much and starts a fight about politics.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Well, maybe it does to some extent (someone will bring up politics), but you don’t have to subject yourself to spending 24 hrs at a time with your “loved ones”. You could escape the worry that you may be too loud or messy (or having to deal with that guest who is too loud and messy) and stay with us instead! I bet you anything you will feel more at home here than in a hotel, and you’ll still be able to enjoy your own space and keep your usual bedtime routine. You’ll wake up to a homemade breakfast, and won’t be required to have uncomfortable conversations with family members (score!).
Just imagine it! A lovely dinner with your family, and then retreat to a gorgeous house by the lake to read by the fire, or however you choose to unwind for a good night’s sleep. In the morning you can head back over to your family at your leisure, feeling rested and rejuvenated. It sounds like a pretty good deal to me!
Cozy Fall Breakfast Recipies 14 Oct 2016, 2:17 pm
This time of year always makes me start craving warm, gooey, softly spiced foods. Mariaville Lake B&B knows a thing or two when it comes to delicious recipes, and also seasonal foods. We make a huge effort here to source local ingredients – not because it’s trendy, but because Lorrie has always worked that way. Many of the herbs used come straight from the grounds, picked just moments before being served and the eggs are fresh from a farm down the road. Here are a couple of our favorite fall recipes for you to try!
Puffed Apple Pancake
½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
¼ cup pecans or walnuts
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk (I use almond milk)
2/3 – 1 cup unbleached flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 generous teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
pinch of salt
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Pour melted butter into 9×9 inch baking dish. Lay apple slices and nuts in pan and bake about 5 minutes, or until apples begin to soften and nuts are lightly toasted. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together. Remove dish from oven. Mist edges of dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into dish and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake about 20 minutes, or until edges puff and brown and center is set.
Serve with real maple syrup while hot.
Any seasonal fruit can be used. If you use blueberries, decrease the milk by a bit.
Almond Coconut French Toast
2 large eggs (local preferred)
1/2 cup almond milk
(available at health food stores and in the natural foods section of grocery stores)
1/2 teaspoon real almond extract
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
6 slices thickly sliced cinnamon swirl bread
1 tbsp. Butter or more for cooking.
1/2 -3/4 cup almonds
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
Toast ½ cup almonds in non stick pan under low burner. Toast about 5 minutes, then add ½ cup shredded coconut. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
Beat eggs, almond milk, almond extract and nutmeg in a shallow bowl. Dip bread into egg mixture to coat both sides. Let sit on a wire rack for 15 seconds to soak in mixture.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Garnish with toasted almonds and coconut
And lastly, for the instructions, EAT! We hope you have a chance to try and enjoy either or both of these. Warm up your mornings an let us know what you think!
Waking Up Is Hard To Do! 8 Oct 2016, 10:01 am
Autumn is a wonderful time of year. It’s cooled off a little bit you’re not sweating an hour into the day and the colors are vibrant. I waxed poetic about fall last week so I’ll spare you this time. Let’s talk about one of the drawbacks. The dark. It’s darker in the morning which makes it harder to get up. B&B owners know a thing or two about waking up early. Some people are morning people, some are not; however, I don’t believe that it’s something you can’t change, or at least it isn’t something that can’t be improved upon. I’m somebody who struggles with getting up in the morning already, so having it still be dark out when I’m trying to wake up is honestly pretty awful. I like my mornings to go as smoothly as possible, and wake up in a good mood (again, if possible). I think it’s a fair assumption that most people would like that as well. Here are a few of my tips that have helped me do just that!
Coffee, coffee, coffee!
Yes, so coffee (okay, or tea) makes your morning start better – it just does. That’s not rocket science. The trick is to get prepped as much as possible the night before. I use a French press in the morning so that means loading up my French press and filling the teakettle with water. Then all I have to do in the morning, with the little brain power and motor skills I possess, is turn on the tea kettle. Whatever you use to make your coffee try to get it all set up the night before. If you’re really lucky and you have a coffee maker that has the timer on it that’ll start the coffee for you – oh my God use it! Put the mug out next to whatever coffee maker you’re using. I know it sounds simple, but I’ve found it really makes a difference! The other thing I found tremendously helpful is making breakfast the night before, or ahead for the week if you can. All you have to do is heat it up in the morning, or grab it as you go out the door. If it isn’t something you can make ahead of time, set up as much as you can. Take out the dishes, pull the ingredients out of their packages, streamline the process!
Pack It Up
Get all your stuff ready and pack it up the night before! I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been ready, if not early for work, and then ended up being late, running around trying to pack up my lunch, or find my keys, or switch purses. The amount of stress I have eliminating from my life by packing my lunches, switching purses, packing my laptop, workout clothes or whatever I will need the night before is amazing. Also, always keeping your keys in the same place is so, so elementary and so, so necessary! Try to pick out your clothes the night before as much as you can, including jewelry and undergarments. I’m telling you, realizing that the pair of underwear you have on can be seen through what you’re wearing can really throw off your morning. Or that you don’t have clean socks, or they have holes in them, or whatever. Even if all this saves you just 5 minutes, that is 5 minutes more you can be grateful and enjoy it, or:
Do Something Good For Yourself
While this may not save you time, hopefully by using the other
tips you will have more time and therefore be able to add in this
to boost your mood and help you have a better day. Take the extra
time and stretch, or read, or listen to some music and meditate, or
watch a bit of your favorite show. Stretching is something I try to
do every morning, and something a lot of adults forget about. Kids
and animals almost always do a full body stretch when they wake up.
I think as adults we forget because our brain is already busy
trying to organize our day. Even if it is just a big luxurious full
body stretch in bed, take the extra 15 seconds to do it. So spend
the extra time you’ve saved on yourself – listen to some music,
read a chapter in a book, or do some yoga while you watch a bit of
a show that makes you happy. Burn some sage, meditate, or just sit
with your coffee. If you are lucky enough to be at Mariaville Lake
B&B, take a moment to gaze at the lake! Take some “me time”
before you get bogged down with life, traffic and work. Remind
yourself that you’re important
There you have it. Quick, simple, easy tips to hopefully have your morning start off smoother. They are probably things you already know, but once in a while we all need to be reminded about some things. Good morning and good luck!
Autumn is the best! 29 Sep 2016, 10:11 am
Summer is wonderful. It’s warm, it’s bright, it reminds you life is worth living. There are outdoor fairs, festivals and music concerts. And swimming and ice cream and fresh produce. I’m always a little sad when it comes to a close – but Autumn makes is a little easier. The quality of light changes, the colors grow deep and rich. The weather is not as stifling – and you aren’t shoveling snow yet. There are so many reasons to love the fall and here are just a few!
Pumpkin Patches and Orchards
As the air turns crisp and cool, there are few better ways to spend the fall day than rambling around an orchard. There are pumpkins to find, farm animals to fawn over, apples to pick, corn mazes to get lost in and apple cider donuts to gorge on. Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont Orchards and Bowman Orchards are just a few to choose from in the area. There are also corn mazes and haunted farms to discover (and mess with your friends at). Some of my fondest memories are going to The Pumpkin Patch. Go there! The entire experience of pumpkin patches, orchards and/or haunted farms may very well be one of the biggest reason fall is so exciting.
Okay. Pumpkin spice anything has been over-blown as of late. But, honestly, pumpkin spice lattes are pretty much amazing. It has been deemed a “basic white girl” thing, which is too bad. Don’t give pumpkin spice a bad name. You don’t have to wear Victoria’s Secret sweatpants and Uggs while you drink it. You can curl up in a sweater with a book, or relax outside at a coffee shop, or stroll around your city with a to-go cup wearing a big scarf and boots (how very Gilmore Girls). Drinking coffee, pumpkin spice or not, in fall is the bees knees. It warms you up and you feel cozy all over. Also: pumpkin spice bread, muffins, cookies etc. etc. I encourage you to not care whether it’s “over” or “basic” and enjoy the hell out of it!
The look, the feel of Autumn
Another great thing about fall is simply the atmosphere. You don’t even have to do anything. Just look, and BE. There are leaves falling and rustling along the ground as you walk through them, the hills are exploding in color, and the air is crisp. Remember how much fun it was to kick through leaves as a kid? Do it again! I love the sound of leaves being shuffled around, especially coupled with the click-clack of boots on a cobble stone street. If you’re out on a hike, note the quietness – you can really hear the leaves dancing in the wind when it’s not overwhelmed by the sound of buzzing bugs. It is all magical!
I could probably write forever about Autumn. There is so much to love about it that it certainly eases the pain of the departing summer for me. The changing of seasons in general is always somewhat cathartic. It’s a time to “turn over a new leaf” (ha!) and make adjustments in your life. Take it in stride, embrace it! Channel it to make changes in your own life. It only lasts a while, so enjoy it for all it is worth. With that said, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite poems, by Robert Frost:
Thatcher Park – Helderberg Escarpment 23 Sep 2016, 6:23 am
One of my favorite places in the area to visit and hike is Thacher Park. The stunning Helderberg Escarpment is one of the most fossil rich formations in the US (can you believe that?). You can see the Green Mountains in Vermont from the top, as well as panoramic views of the lower lands.
The main trail is the Indian Ladder Trail. The name came into use because the Iroquois used this path to reach Henry Hudson’s trading post. As you can see from this picture, there were rudimentary ladders put into place to get up the cliff face. I think that would be awfully exciting, especially in those dresses and probably slippery shoes! It would be really cool if they still used that, but there are man-made metal steps now – which I guess is both safer and makes it more accessible. Sigh.
Another notable site at the escarpment is the “Tory Cave”. It is a limestone cave near the top of the escarpment. Legend has it that a Tory (someone loyal to the English monarchy) named Jacob Salsbury hid out from the patriot troops there. He was rumored to be a spy, informing the British on the Patriots. In between the American Revolution and the Native Americans, there is a lot of history to be learned about here!
Oh, another site not to be missed! The waterfall! You can stand beside it, behind or even under it if you are more daring. Depending on the rainfall, it can be pretty forceful and big, or more of a skinny stream plunging off the rocks. Either way is wonderful, due to its sheer height.
There are several orchards in the area, including the aptly named Indian Ladder Farms. There you can check out apple picking, farm animals, a market and a gift shop. Stay tuned for more about that though – Next week we will talk about Fall and all the reasons it the best! For now – go hike at Thacher’s!
Take advantage of our Autumn Package with a Taste of NY artisnal basket, maps, and brochures, goodies from Indian Ladder Farms, and 10% off the room rate for a 2 night stay. Our online reservation system will lead you on!
A Taste of New York basket. Selections may vary due to availability.
Autumn Package With a Taste of New York 19 Sep 2016, 5:58 pm
Fall is better in Upstate New York.
It’s Fall in Upstate New York. That means apple picking, hikes with scenic views, and a glass of wine by the fire. Trust us, the fall foliage colors in upstate NY are not to be missed!
Take some time off and enjoy a couple of stress free days. We’ve done all the planning for you!
Join us for Fall Foliage Two night stays.
Book any two consecutive nights and receive:
10% off the room rate.
Taste of New York artisanal basket on arrival.
1/2 dozen apple cider donuts and two individual cold ciders when you visit Indian Ladder Farms.
Brochures and directions for your self-guided tour to area orchards, wineries, scenic views, and more.
Click on Availability and choose Autumn Package.
A Taste of New York basket. Selections may vary due to availability
An example of a self-guided trip includes a colorful walk on the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park, a visit to the orchards at Indian Ladder Farms, and a romantic dinner at Mio Vino. Come back to the B&B to enjoy the peaceful lake in the firelight.
Enjoy a romantic dinner at Mio Vino. Photo credit: www.MioVino186.com
Apples for sale or pick your own at Indian Ladder Farms.
Autumn morning on Mariaville Lake.
Indian Summer | Maraville Lake B&B 8 Sep 2016, 6:28 am
The transition between Summer and Autumn is always an interesting one. Part of you is still up for the long days of summer with hot hikes and cool pools, and part of you is craving the days when you cozy up on the couch in a big sweater with a good book. The greenery on hikes is gorgeous – but fall foliage can be so striking! This time of year, the cool misty mornings that give away to still hot sunny afternoons can cause what-to-wear problems for fashionistas, farmers and hikers alike (the answer of course is layering).
It can also be a little tricky mentally and emotionally. When exactly do you choose to pack up your summer clothes, finally surrendering to the inevitable? You’re now having to adjust to getting up in the dark, feeling the quiet and cool, maybe even hearing the geese- as I did this morning – in the dark, and then sweating in the afternoon. How do you feel about this? Are you sad to see summer go but also sort of excited for fall and it’s events and activities? Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin patch and cider donuts? And how about those times you are ready and excited for fall, pack all your light clothes away and then – Indian Summer.
Ah. Indian Summer. I’ve always thought the phrase sounded so magical. Even as a child I would hope for an Indian summer, mainly just because it sounded so wonderful. So, what exactly is an Indian Summer? Where did the name come from? I can’t stand not knowing things, so here is what I found out.
Though I did sort of know what an Indian Summer was, I wasn’t entirely positive on all the requirements. It is a time of dry, warm weather, unusual for mid – late Autumn. It also is characterized by being hazy, misty or smoky. It also needs to happen after a killing frost. As far as I’ve found it is a term mostly used in the North East. It should also be defined as when mothers have to go re-open the boxes where they packed their children’s summer clothes :-). Interestingly, it is also defined as a period of success and happiness occurring later in someone’s life. This of course only makes the phrase seem even more magical to me!
As for the name itself, the etymology isn’t completely know. There are some guesses, but no hard evidence of when it was first used. The earliest recording of it is from a letter written in 1778, in which the writer refers to the current weather being what is called an Indian Summer, implying that local people were already using it. A popular theory is that it originates from settlers seeing the Native Americans using that time to hunt, taking advantage of the climate to stock up for winter. The mist and haze that is present gave good coverage for hunting, and animals were out more due to the increased temperatures. A less popular theory has to do with ships that would sail across the Indian Ocean in Autumn, and had marks on their hulls for how much they could carry during the period of unusually dry weather. The lines on the ships were marked I.S. – allegedly for Indian Summer – and showed how heavy the boat could sit in the water. That seems like a bit of a stretch to me. Yet another theory is that New Englanders would leave their stockades less heavily armed when the weather turned cooler, because there were less attacks from Native Americans during colder months. Then, when it suddenly turned warm, there would be an ambush – and so they called it Indian Summer.
Wherever the name came from, it is still pretty neat. I’m not sure if we will have one this year, but if we do, I hope you find the magic in it and let it also be a period of success and happiness – at whatever point you are in your life!
Fall Car Show in Mariaville Lake 1 Sep 2016, 7:52 am
I bet the house has seen cars like this before…
One of the last car shows for the season in the Capital Region is right here in Mariaville. This year it is Saturday, October 1st, 9am-2pm and is not to be missed! You don’t have to be a car enthusiast, or know a lot about cars to enjoy this event. It’s fun just to see the variety, all the colors and designs, and especially, for me anyway, the vintage cars. I particularly enjoying peering into them, imagining what sort of person drove it, where they went, what they wore, how they felt. That is one of my favorite things about antiques, creating a past for them in my mind. Also, I listen to CarTalk on the NPR app every week, so, actually, I do know an awful lot about cars (of course)!
The B&B is photo bombing!
This event is free (score!) and besides exhibiting classic cars, will also have food and music. Last year we had about 50 cars from many different eras. A lot of towns have car shows, some places even have weekly ones during the summer. What makes this car show different? I’ll tell you what makes it different. It is in Mariaville! One of the most serene, magical lakeside villages around. While you are entertained with music, cars and shoving your face with food, you can gaze out on the lake. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day and welcome autumn!
Coooooome ooon 7s! Schenectady Casino 27 Aug 2016, 8:44 am
If you are a local, by now you’ve heard about the new Rivers Casino being built in Schenectady. It will be located at 301 Nott St, Schenectady, NY 12305, less than 25 minutes from Mariaville Lke B&B. By the Mohawk River, the Casino is already accepting job applications. Fancy yourself a mean black jack dealer? Go for it! That is one positive impact the Casino will have on the area – the creation of jobs. Plus it’s another reason to choose Schenectady County as your vacation destination.
Ah, casinos. The whirl of the roulette wheel, the ringing bells, the flashing lights, the neon, the dizzying carpet. I’ve never been much for gambling. I’ve been to several casinos, including a bunch in Las Vegas, and will probably visit this one as well. I’m not so interested in gambling as I am the atmosphere. It’s fun to get lost (because seriously, those places are near impossible to get out of) among the lights and sounds for a while. There is something strangely calming for me about the overly stimulated space. There is so much to take in, that your mind seems to only concentrate on the environment, giving you a break from your internal analyzing. And probably making it tough to make sound decisions, which is more likely the point.
Actually, that is probably why people can sit and gamble for so long. You get in a rhythm – pull, whiiir, pull, whiiir – and the outside world ceases to exist. There’s also the thrill (or allure of the promise of the thrill) of winning. It can be a fun time, and it is excellent people watching!
Erin in Las Vegas
From the just 21 year olds in cargo shorts, to men in tailored suits and women in cocktail dresses, to an array of older people (in everything from suit jackets and pocket squares to sweatpants and plastic visors), there is no shortage of entertainment. I’m curious to see what sort of crowd this casino attracts. It will, no doubt, be a mixture, but I wonder if it will be a lot of locals. I wonder if people will run into friends and acquaintances while there, like, will it be a hang-out? Certainly we’ll have the opportunity to meet all sorts of folks.
Well, I guess we will see. We will see what it adds to the community, what kind of money we all win (hahahaha) and what kind of people watching we get. If nothing else, it will be something new to check out!
White Water Rafting |Mariaville Lake B&B 19 Aug 2016, 4:20 am
If you like roller-coasters or water slides or nature or general fun, you should definitely think about going on a rafting trip. I went on my first one last weekend and I was definitely anxious about it but it was such a blast!
Depending on the river, you could go through some serious rapids or just have a couple of fun ones, and also some flat spots where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. It’s also a fantastic upper body workout and you could totally keep your abs tight to work on your six pack… but, yeah, I didn’t really do that. Again, depending on where you’re going, and for how long, there may be spots along the river to swim and jump off rocks. Some guys in my group jumped off a bridge too, but I’m not necessarily recommending that (although, yes, I am encouraging it). Participate at your own risk.
I went with some friends who had a 6 person raft and were decently experienced. However, there are lots of places and companies that offer guided tours where you have some extra safety equipment like helmets (ppsssshhh). While we were waiting for a part of our group to come back from dropping off the car, I was able to see an official group get set up. They gave a pretty good safety lecture (which I tried to listen to, but got bored and figured ah, well…).
Rick and Lorrie did a trip with White Water Challengers, about an hour and half from the B&B. They even got fed lunch AND dinner (we had some granola bars and fruit in a dry pack on my trip haha). White Water Challengers has a bunch of different packages you can choose from. Lorrie says it was so much fun and that she “always felt safe, yet challenged and excited”. Sounds like a win-win to me! Except for the safety thing. Boooooring.
In short, with rafting you get excitement and also get to see some scenery that you otherwise might not be able to. Definitely wear sunscreen! It’s awesome being able to jump off the raft into the river when you get hot. It’s both exhilarating and relaxing! I absolutely guarantee you’ll be tired afterwards, but it’s a good kind of tired. Okay, go do it now!