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Caroga Lake, New York, United States  (# 35288)
 CHARMING VINTAGE CAMP, BEACH RIGHTS
  VacationsFRBO Caroga Lake Vacation Rentals Property ID 35288 Polka Dot  

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


Type:   House
Area: Close to Water

Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
Baths: 1
Size: 850 Sq Ft

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

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

 
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Cute as a button, sandy beach, friendly neighbors
   
 
 

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Name: AIMEE HART

Phone: Phone 518-835-3500

Languages: English

VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2008-11-13

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     Description 


"Polka Dot" is an enchanting three-bedroom "doll-house" cottage,
built in the 1930's and newly remodeled recently to retain its
nostalgic appeal while enhancing its modern amenities. Nestled in a
neighborhood of vintage summer camps, "Polka Dot" is just A Block
From The Beach on one of the most charming lanes in the village of
Caroga Lake.

From its Screened Front Porch illuminated with Chinese lanterns, to
its Back Yard Lawn with picnic table and Adirondack chairs circling
a fire pit, "Polka Dot" is the perfect choice for a casual, relaxed
family vacation.

Up to six guests can be accommodated in Three Cozy Bedrooms. For an
additional fee, Polka Dot can accommodate 8, with the inclusion
of “Little Sister,” a separate queen-bedroom sleeping cottage across
the lawn.

The lofty, pyramid-shaped Cathedral Ceiling that is shared by the
living room and two of the bedrooms is topped with a 60" ceiling fan
and a glittering disco ball. These two bedrooms have original
beadboard walls that stop short of the vaulted ceiling - a design
that allows cooling breezes from the ceiling fan to circulate. Cross-
ventilation in these bedrooms has been enhanced by the addition of
charming interior windows built into the walls they share with the
living room. These casement windows are glazed with mirror instead
of glass, affording privacy and a "doubled" sense of space when the
windows are closed, and a view of the living room fireplace (as well
as a filtered peak at the lake through trees) when they're open.

One of these bedrooms has an antique iron Queen Bed; the other has
an antique iron Full Bed. The third bedroom has Twin-Size Bunk-Beds,
custom-built with architectural salvage porch posts. The bunk room
has a ceiling fan, a small dresser and its own TV with VCR.

Across the lawn, Little Sister is a charming, stand-alone bedroom
with a queen vintage metal bed. An antique French washstand with
bowl and pitcher, wall hooks, a deliciously blurry vintage mirror,
and a drop-leaf desk and chair complete the furnishings. A small
closet houses a mini-fridge and coffee maker, with antique china
service for two. Enjoy morning coffee in bed while gazing out the
multi-light windows and the genuine brass porthole window at leafy
vistas, or lounging in Adirondack chairs on Little Sister’s sunny
veranda.

All of the bedrooms have reading lights and bedside shelves or
tables. Antique Audubon prints hang on the walls. As is customary
with camps of this vintage, the bedrooms are quite small and storage
space is minimal, with no closets - clothes are hung on wall hooks
or stored in baskets under the bed. The beds have new, firm
mattresses, feather pillows, fleece blankets, down duvets, and
vintage coverlets. You provide sheets, pillowcases, and towels.

In the Living Room, two large, comfortable sofas, custom upholstered
in a soft floral pattern, offer generous seating along with vintage
wicker. A cream enameled Jotul Gas Fireplace provides ambiance and
warms the cottage for the pleasant, quiet, cooler spring and autumn
seasons. Oil paintings of water scenes and a colorful
abstract "polka dot" poster from the nearby Saratoga Performing Arts
Center decorate the creamy wood-paneled walls. Entertainment
includes TV with basic cable, VCR and DVD, CD player, and a
selection of CD's, videos, and classic board games.

The peaked ceiling of the Glass And Screen-Windowed Porch is a gala
of brightly colored brocade lanterns, inspired by the luminous
spectacle of "Illumination Night" at the Oak Bluffs "Campground" on
Martha's Vineyard. The lanterns glow against the peach exterior wall
of the cottage and add their luster to the living room's disco ball,
sweetly lighting the entire cottage. The porch is furnished with
vintage wicker, including a painted chaise comfortably upholstered
with thick cushions, and a diminutive twig table for placing a drink
or book. Four red tulip chairs surround a tole-painted table perfect
for playing cards and games.

The fully remodeled Eat-In Kitchen has cream-colored cabinetry with
vintage green bakelite handles, topped with rosy-red brushed Formica
counters banded in silver for a retro look. The matching 42" round
pedestal dining table is surrounded by three classic aluminum "mess
hall" chairs and three stools with bright floral cushions, beneath a
picture window looking out beyond the back porch to a level lawn and
woods. Open shelving flanks a window above the kitchen cabinets,
displaying cheery vintage dinnerware.

All New Appliances include a recessed full-size refrigerator,
stainless steel double sink, gas range, microwave, and small
appliances including toaster oven, blender, mixer, coffee maker, and
coffee grinder. A water cooler provides delicious local spring water
fro drinking. The kitchen is fully equipped with new stainless and
vintage enameled pots and pans, cast iron skillets, sharp knives,
reproduction "bakelite" cutlery, serving platters, baking pans, and
handy gadgets. A spectacular retro "starburst" chandelier hangs over
the dining table; custom pendant lights with antique shades light
the kitchen counter. The ceiling fan sports a vintage red-striped
milk-glass "schoolhouse" light. A dresser topped with maple chopping
block provides extra counter space and storage.

The remodeled Bathroom has a full tub with shower. The sink is
amusingly skirted with a "tutu" from the New York City Ballet's
summer season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; the shower
curtain is an ornamental retro print of water-skiing "bathing
beauties".

The wood-paneled walls and ceilings throughout the cottage are
painted creamy white; the wooden floors are glossy sage green.
Lighting is on dimmer switches; all new electrical includes WI-FI
High Speed Internet Access for your laptop computer.

The cottage is surrounded by a perennial flower border. The rear of
the cottage opens onto a Back Porch with a generous yard and a
wooded view beyond. There's a Picnic Table for enjoying meals cooked
on the stainless steel Gas Grill. Adirondack chairs surround a
natural stone ring Fire Circle for stories and S'mores. There's a
croquet set for playing on the level lawn. A driveway
separating "Polka Dot" from its nearest neighbor offers parking for
a maximum of three vehicles.



 

     Amenities 


Water access, beach, kayak (additional fee), canoe (additional fee),
fireplace, outdoor grill, equipped kitchen, screen porch, telephone,
television, VCR, DVD player, standard cable, stereo, CD player, high
speed internet access (wired and wireless).

Our neighborhood association Beach is steps away. It's shallow with
a sandy bottom, great for kids. It's an easy place to launch our
Kayaks (available for an additional fee), and the lake is stocked
for fishing enthusiasts. It's the perfect spot for watching the
gorgeous sunsets on West Caroga Lake. The beach is next to
Sherman's, a former amusement park built in the 1920's that boasts a
landmark carousel and Ferris wheel, that now offers food, drinks,
and live music on summer weekends, 4th of July fireworks, and an ice
cream stand.

"Polka Dot' is located in a Friendly Neighborhood within strolling
distance of restaurant, pubs, and just about everything else you'd
need. Within minutes walk there's a post office, laundromat, general
store, coffee shop, gas, ATM, video rentals, and two chapels. The
Caroga Lake Museum and Nick Stoner Golf Course are a short drive.
All the conveniences of a small city are available within 15 minutes
in the historic cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

Nature trails to hidden lakes and mountaintop vistas, antique malls,
motocross rallies, golf, thoroughbred horse-racing, world-class
ballet, classical and pop music venues, caverns and spas, historical
sites and art museums, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Adirondack
Museum, the National Museums of Racing and of Dance, and Great
Escape Theme Park, are all within easy distance. It's about an hour
to Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Cooperstown and Albany; about four
hours to New York, Boston, Montreal, and Niagara Falls.

“Polka Dot” accommodates a maximum of 6 guests (8 with the
additional rental of "Little Sister") at all times. Families or
friends vacationing together might consider renting “Polka Dot” in
conjunction with its next-door neighbor, “Summertime” , which
accommodates 6 guests in 2 bedrooms.

Sorry, no pets and no smoking. “Polka Dot” has a NO SHOES policy:
bring slippers or flip-flops for indoor use.

Visit our website for an extensive photo album, guest book and
regional tourism information.



 

     Attractions 


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 &
technology.

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.



 

     Rates 



July & August, $1,600 per week, from 6:00 p.m. Sunday to 11:00 a.m. the following Sunday May, June, September, & October: $1,200 per week or $250 per night with a 2 night minimum. With “Little Sister” (separate sleeping cottage) add $100/week or $25/night. See "Last Minute Specials" or inquire for special fall foliage or spring season "getaway" rates. Kayak and Canoe Rentals: $25 each per day, $100 each per week or $250 per week for 2 kayaks and a canoe.



 

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