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Adirondack, New York, United States  (# 34789)
 Balsam - peaceful & easy lakeside living
  VacationsFRBO Adirondack Vacation Rentals Property ID 34789 BALSAM  

Major City: Saratoga Springs
Distance: >30-50 mi
Community: Beautiful Caroga Lake

Type:   House
Area: Close to Water

Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
Baths: 1
Size: 950 Sq Ft

Internet: Yes
Pets OK: No
Pool: Yes
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: Yes
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: Yes

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Balsam is in a quiet, friendly neighborhood

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Phone: Phone 518-835-3500

Languages: English


VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2008-11-13

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"Balsam" is a 1940's summer cottage with relaxed charm on quiet
Balsam Avenue in the village of Caroga Lake, just a three-minute
walk to a neighborhood association beach on West Caroga Lake, which
has gorgeous sunset views and a great sandy beach with safe, shallow
swimming for children.

Freshly painted barn red with creamy trim, "Balsam" has an authentic
camp interior of "knotty-pine" paneling. Neat as a pin and
comfortably furnished, much of "Balsam's" charm comes from its
nostalgic decor, personalized with regional knick-knacks, floral
paintings, vintage prints, fabrics, lighting, accessories, and flea
market finds.

Comfortable maple furniture in the living room is covered in vintage
quilts and coverlets; ruffled curtains hang at the windows, and an
oval Colonial braided rug rests on the hardwood floor. The living
room features a console TV (local stations only) with VCR and DVD
player and a cabinet record player with a stack of LPs. There's a
closet full of board and card games. Several floor and table lamps
provide attractive light for activities; baseboard heat takes the
chill off cool evenings.

An open shelf filled with a collection of knick-knacks which include
bronzed baby-shoes and demitasse cups separates the living room from
the eat-in kitchen. The fully-equipped kitchen has a refrigerator,
electric range, enameled sink, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, and
coffee maker. There are pretty dishes and serving pieces, as well as
a full complement of cookware and utensils, in the classic knotty-
pine kitchen cupboards with wrought iron hardware.

Beyond the kitchen is the bathroom, equipped with a shower, a sink
with vanity cabinet and mirrored medicine cabinet, and low-flow
toilet. The bathroom has ample space for storing towels and
toiletries. There's natural light from a multi-paned window and a
pretty vintage wall mirror.

Across a hallway running the length of the cottage are three
bedrooms, each attractively furnished with a bed, a cushioned chair,
a tall dresser, reading light, and small closet. Windows are draped
in white Battenburg lace cafe curtains for privacy. The front
bedroom has a queen bed, the middle bedroom and the back bedroom
have full beds. Additionally, the sun porch spanning the front of
the cottage has a fold-out full futon sofa.

All the beds are provided with pillows, blankets, and coverlets. You
bring your own linens: sheets, pillowcases, and towels.

The sun porch spanning the front of the cottage is fully glazed, its
windows lit with tiny paper lantern string lights and provided with
narrow blinds for options of privacy or watching the world go by. At
one end, a square table and chairs are set up for cards, games, or
puzzles; at the other, the full futon sleeper-sofa and an easy chair
make another comfortable sitting area.

"Balsam's" front garden has been planted with young apple trees and
an assortment of perennials, with flower-boxes at some of the
windows. A gravel driveway to the right of the cottage provides off-
street parking for two cars. The backyard has a patio with picnic
table, charcoal briquette barbeque grill, and Adirondack chairs
facing a Franklin woodstove for an evening fire. The backyard's
lovely view is of tall, fragrant balsam trees.

It's a two-block, three-minute walk to the neighborhood's "Lakeview
Grove Association" beach. The beach is sandy with a shallow, hard-
bottomed swimming area marked off by a rope of floats. There are
park benches for enjoying the gorgeous views of the mountains
surrounding West Caroga Lake, the charming buildings of Sherman's at
the far end of the shore road with its Ferris wheel and carousel,
and spectacular sunsets. The beach is also a great spot for
launching a kayak or canoe, which you may rent for an additional fee.



Water access, beach, canoe, kayak, rowboat, fireplace, outdoor
grill, equipped kitchen, telephone, television, VCR, DVD player,
standard cable, stereo.

There is a nearby internet cafe and wireless connection.



"Balsam" is within walking distance of restaurants, taverns, post
office, laundromat, general store, coffee shop, gas, ATM, video
rentals, and a chapel. All the amenities of a friendly, small city
are 15 minutes away in the historic sister-cities of Gloversville
and Johnstown.

Hiking, golf, mountain biking and ATV trails, trout-fishing streams,
state hunting land, and gorgeous views from a mountaintop fire tower
are all nearby. The county has 44 lakes to enjoy, ranging from small
hidden lakes on hiking trails to the 26 mile long Great Sacandaga.

Centrally located in the accessible southern Adirondacks, just 30
minutes north of the NY State Thruway, "Balsam" is a great location
for easy daytrip excursions to Saratoga (Performing Arts Center,
Thoroughbred Racing, and much more), Lake George, Great Sacandaga
Lake, Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer's Museum, Fenimore
Museum, Howe Caverns), the Albany capital region, and much of the
six million acre Adirondack Park, including Blue Mountain Lake and
Tupper Lake, homes of renowned Adirondack regional museums.

It's about an hour to Saratoga, Cooperstown, and Albany; about four
hours to New York, Boston, Buffalo, and Montreal.

Family Excursions
Fun family excursions include Adirondack Animal Land, Eagle Mills
cider mill with gemstone mining & “Dino Dig,” mining for
Herkimer “Diamonds,” Great Escape and Magic Forest theme parks in
Lake George, Howe Caverns and Secret Caverns, drive-in movies,
bowling, roller skating & go-karts, miniature golf, and a trip to
the Stinky Art Company in Northville.

Spa Treatments
Enjoy a spa day at the mineral springs in Saratoga. We recommend
great massage therapists in Amsterdam.

Historical Sites & Museums

The region abounds in museums and historical sites. Caroga Lake has
its own history museum. Gloversville is home to the Fulton County
Museum. Johnstown is the home of Sir William Johnson, head of Indian
Affairs during the French and Indian War, and the first-wave
feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Amsterdam has the Walter Elwood
Museum of the Mohawk Valley. The National Shrine of the North
American Martyrs in Auriesville and the Kateri Tekakwitha birthplace
in Fonda are historic and religious pilgrimage sites. Native
American museums include the Noteworthy Indian Museum in Amsterdam
and the Iroquois Indian Museum near Howe Caverns. The Erie Canal is
just south of us along the Mohawk River. Covered bridges in the
Adirondacks include three in our area.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake is widely acknowledged
as best of class; it has recently been joined by the new Wild Center
Adirondack natural history museum in Tupper Lake. Saratoga has a
children’s museum. Cooperstown has the fascinating Farmers’ Museum &
not-to-be-missed Baseball Hall of Fame; the Northeast Classic Car
Museum is nearby in Norwich. Schenectady offers a walking tour of
the Stockade, one of the oldest and best preserved neighborhoods in
the United States, dating from 16th century Dutch colonial
settlement. America’s first Shaker settlement is in Albany. The
Schenectady Museum & Planetarium specializes in science &

Music & Theater

Sherman’s, a 1920’s vintage former amusement park with a charming
carousel and Ferris wheel, hosts live music most summer weekends.
Harry’s Place, a 3 minute walk from “Sunset” on Pleasant Lake,
offers acoustic music (as well as delicious food and drink) on
weekends year-round. Summer band-shell concerts are held in
Johnstown and Sharon Springs. Saratoga Springs’ Performing Arts
Center (SPAC) hosts the New York City Ballet in July, the
Philadelphia Orchestra in August, headliner concerts and a jazz
festival. Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs is a famous acoustical music
venue. Saratoga and Cooperstown host renowned summer opera seasons.
The Pepsi Arena in Albany has headliner concerts.

Johnstown and Gloversville have community theaters. There’s a comedy
club in Gloversville. In Schenectady, Proctor’s Theater’s year-round
programming includes national touring companies of Broadway hits. In
Albany, the Egg hosts a variety of performing arts events.

Antiques & Art

Antiquing is popular, with several shops in the area and antiques
malls in nearby Dolgeville and Little Falls. Gloversville has
Saturday night auctions. Eagle Mills hosts a crafts fair in
September. Many communities, including Caroga Lake, hold annual town-
wide garage sales.

The state capital at Albany is home to the New York State Museum
(natural & cultural history exhibits) as well as great art
collections by the Hudson River School of landscapes and the New
York School of modern art. Regional fine art collections worth
visiting include American folk art, Hudson River School and Native
American collections at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown,
American and European Masters at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls
and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum in Utica, and 21 Winslow
Homer paintings at the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery.

"Balsam" accommodates a maximum of six guests at all times. There is
off-street parking for two cars. Sorry, no pets and no
smoking. "Balsam" has a NO SHOES policy; bring slippers or flip-
flops for indoor use.



$150 for the first two nights, $100 each night thereafter Two night minimum; Three night minimum Holiday weeks The Season, May - October: $7500 Inquire for “last minute getaway” rates. Kayak Rentals: $25/each per day or $100/each per week

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