The Lamplight Inn Bed and Breakfast

231 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, New York 12846
Innkeeper(s): Gene and Linda Merlino

End of a Season 14 Oct 2013, 1:32 pm

Fall Foliage has one more week in the Adirondacks, and then we wait until the snow flies.
It has been a busy, summer and fall season. So many travelers from all over the world. We had guests from Australia, England, Germany, Israel and the Netherlands this year.
We were also happy to see repeat guests to the Inn who have not been here for ten years, 15 years and one of the couples 20 years. Happy for their return, hope they don’t wait so long next time.
Our breakfast is as popular as ever. Gene just added apple crisp crepes to his specials which the guests enjoyed. I added an oatmeal breakfast cookie to our table baskets, and they went over very well in the dining room.
Now we will get into November and before you know it, I will be decorating for Christmas and ringing in 2014.

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Spring in the Adirondacks 1 May 2013, 7:09 am

We always get excited when the season is about to begin in the Adirondack Mountains. It is great to see trees budding and bulbs trying to peak out from the ground. The air is crisp and all you smell is the fresh pine from our massive trees. It was exciting to have a moose siting yesterday. He came through our back woods and swam across Lake Luzerne. I’m a city girl, I had no idea moose could swim.
Lots of events starting to happen in May, craft shows, art festivals, the Elvis Festival, and a new 1st time Italian Festival in Lake George. Memorial Weekend is when it feels as if the gate open up, and everything is open.

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Winter 2013 is Happening 11 Jan 2013, 9:01 am

Winter is here…right now we have about 10 inches of snow on the ground. West and Gore Ski mountains are open for business, and so far having a good year. Bennett’s Horses in Lake Luzerne is renting snowmobiles (518-696- 4444) on the 100 mile trail system. Fun 1 hour trail rides are being offered with a single sled or tandem sled.

The Lamplight has a couple of fun happening. For the rest of January, we will have special rates – January Jacuzzi/Fireplace Suites are $199.00 for the first night, add a 2nd night at $179.00, and add a 3rd night for $100.00. Fireplace bedrooms – 1st night – $155, add a 2nd night for $145 and add a 3rd night for $100.

In February, the Lake George Winter Carnival will have events on all 4 weekends in February at the Lake. The President’s Weekend is very popular and is booking up. Valentine’s Day is a Thursday this year, and our new Train is having a special Valentine’s dinner on the Train. It will depart from the Saratoga Springs depot and the seats are in the Dome Car.   Reservations are a must!

In March, The Lamplight will be holding our very popular “Evening In Tuscany” dinners. There are 3 Saturdays – March 9, 16 and 23.
The dinner is included in our regular 2 night rate, and if you want to spend only one night and have dinner, the cost is $50.00 for “2”.
Gene will be cooking in the dining room pasta dishes to order. Soup, salad and dessert will be served. Wine specials will be offered at the dinner.

Looking toward other special events which are booking now… Americade Motorcycle Rally – June 2 through 9.
Saratoga Race Track Season – July 19th through September 2nd. So please plan ahead for your favorite rooms.

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Holiday Season 2012 20 Dec 2012, 2:28 am

I don’t know about every one else, but I for one am very happy to see 2012 come to an end. It has been a year of turmoil. So many of our guests and family were affected by Hurricane Sandy and are putting their lives and their homes back together. My childhood memories of Seaside Heights and my families’ summer bungalow in Point Pleasant Beach are now just a memory. I am purposely writing this on December 20th because on the 21st when the Mayan calendar ends, I am hoping we are starting a new era on this planet where we can create peace, prosperity and happiness for everyone. On this note, Gene and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and love, peace and good health for 2013.

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Promised Recipes 30 Oct 2012, 6:11 pm

Guests of the Inn have been asking me to share recipes I make during the Fall.
One of my favorites is Pumpkin Bread. The recipe follows;

Lamplight Inn B&B Pumpkin Bread    

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup corn oil
3 eggs beaten
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 cups flour ( I use only Pillsbury all purpose flour)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together the sugars and oil. Cream together. Use a Kitchen Aid mixer if you have one. Beat in eggs and pumpkin. Add remaining ingredients to creamed mixture, blending well. Pour into greased loaf pans.

preheated 350 degree oven. Makes 4 small loafs or 2 medium loafs.


Another favorite of mine is a Crumb Coffee Cake. This recipe was given to me by a good friend who’s Aunt worked in a Long Island bakery and made this for years. This can be made any time of year, and is perfect for company. Try nuking this for 20 seconds in the morning and put a little butter on it. YUM!!!

Crumb Coffee Cake

4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 pound of margarine melted (do not use butter)
Mix together with fingers to form crumbs

Cake Batter
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
Mix all together, spread in 13 x 9 inch greased pan. This will be a very thin layer. Gently place crumbs on top
with fingers.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven. Test in a 1/2 hour

Either one of these recipes can easily be doubled.


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Fall “INN” love 21 Sep 2012, 3:59 pm

The air in the southern Adirondacks is so crisp right now. The color is starting to appear on the trees. Our Sugar Maple is right on time, and always peaks on our wedding anniversary – October 14th. The days are warm and the nights are cool…sweater weather. My favorite time of year. The best colors for foliage will be between October 4th until October 16th. Remember…the leaves are changing midweek too. Some of the favorite Fall activities include Prospect Mountain Scenic Parkway with a 100 mile view at the summit. Drive 3 levels and take a tram to the peak. We  can pack you a picnic to enjoy at the summit. Another favorite is horseback riding at Bennett’s Riding Stable about 5 miles from the Inn. They will take you on a scenic trail ride. Scenic rides are everywhere. We will direct you. Come see us and take a deep breath of fresh Adirondack air.

Where the air is crisper…

10 acres of woods

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Our Town of Lake Luzerne – the best kept secret 9 Aug 2012, 2:54 pm

I just wanted to take a moment to talk about the pretty well kept Town of Lake Luzerne. Here we sit just a few miles south of Lake George Village and just north of Saratoga Springs. The 2 big named Towns. Coming from the north to south along Route 9N through Lake Luzerne is Lake Vanare feeding into Forest Lake which continues to form Fourth, Third and Second Lakes and the last is Lake Luzerne which outlets into Mill Creek and then into the Hudson River. The narrowest point of the Hudson River is called Rockwell Falls where the Gorge runs into the Sacandaga River and Reservoir. A beautiful scenic spot.  Whitewater rafting and tubing are popular activities in Town, both Sacandaga Outdoor Center and Tubby Tubes are busy running trips on the Sacandaga River. They also have kayaks for rent. Bennetts Horse Stable has been in Lake Luzerne since 1942, and also has guided snowmobile rides in the winter. The Adirondack Folk School is a fairly new addition to the Village of Lake Luzerne, and has been a wonderful addition to the Community. The School is teaching crafts and culture of the Adirondack Region. The Luzerne Music Center on Lake Luzerne is a unique summer music camp for students from 11 to 18. During July and August there is a Faculty Artist Concert Series on Friday evenings and on Monday evenings is the Luzerne Festival Series featuring distinguished guest artists. This year, composer,  John Corigliano, who received an Oscar for best original score for The Red Violin will be in residence. Other activities include the Painted Pony Rodeo, one of the oldest Rodeos in the Country. Very popular restaurants in Lake Luzerne include Ciro’s, where you can get the best steak and hearty Italian, the Waterhouse known for it’s prime rib, and Up River Cafe which has new owners, great food and the best view in Town overlooking the Hudson River. Well maintained tennis courts sit along the Hudson River in the Village, and two public parks and beaches bring  tourists from all over. In the winter months, the South Warren Snowmobile Club maintains a 100 mile snowmobiling trail system going through Lake Luzerne.  Plus on the East side of Lake Luzerne is the West Mountain Ski area. I know I have mentioned a lot, but not nearly enough. Fabulous Adirondack Fall Foliage, hiking on nearby Hadley Mountain, fishing in the Lakes and the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad are just a few more activities.

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Stepping out of the Inn to go to the Saratoga County Fair 20 Jul 2012, 4:47 am

Lots of fun and food at the fair.
Our youngest grandson turned 3 just a few days ago and this was his 1st County Fair. We have made the Fair a tradition with the other grandsons.
The Inn’s Perrenial Garden looks beautiful … lots of lily’s blooming and beautiful coneflowers.

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