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Friends Lake Inn

963 Friends Lake Road , Chestertown, NY 12817 USA (Show map)
118 Reviews
$275 - $550
per night

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Friends Lake Inn is a fully restored 19th century Adirondack hotel overlooking Friends Lake. Our Adirondack lodging offers an all-inclusive getaway with lake access and complimentary kayak rentals, miles of trails starting from the property, a Nordic Ski Center, and highly acclaimed dining. Seventeen luxury guestrooms all with private baths, some with jacuzzis, steam showers or fireplaces, welcome you to relax in style. Each morning guests start their day in our sunny lake view dining room with a hearty made-to-order breakfast. For dinner, guests can choose to dine in our elegant main dining room, perfect for celebrating special occasions, or enjoy a great microbrew and a more casual atmosphere in our taproom. The property also features lovely gardens and a pond, a heated swimming pool, and sauna. Friends Lake Inn offers an authentic Adirondack experience that is just over an hour from Albany and under for fours hours from New York City.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Services4.7
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.7

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Lovely get-away

5 on July 12, 2014

Our room was lovely, but the dinner food and service was amazing. I can understand why people may only go for dinner (that way, they can take their leftovers home with them!). The Friends Lake Inn staff make any special occasion extra special.

Friends Lake Inn our go to destination for a romantic getaway.

4.6 on June 26, 2014

We have stayed at Friends Lake Inn for our last five consecutive wedding anniversaries and we are always delighted with the choice! This year, our 19th wedding anniversary, was no exception. Thank you!

Excellent Experience

4.8 on April 29, 2014

We had a wonderful time celebrating Arbor Day at Friends Lake Inn - the Fieldstone suite was perfect - enjoyed the fire place, the jets in the tubs and the porch with easy access to the sauna and pool (brrrrrrr - too cold for the pool just yet!). The food was super and the wine list was enormous. Service was top notch. Would definitely recommend it for those times when you really want something very special. CAPL in Greenfield Center NY

Good, But Not Great.

3.4 on April 01, 2014

On our last stay, we spent one night in Ledgestone and one in River Rock. The rooms were beautiful, charming and the fireplace was wonderful and cozy. In Ledgestone, the mattress was ridiculously uncomfortable, and I am NOT a picky sleeper. What was more disappointing was the presence of mold and wood rot in both bathrooms. You would think that for $500 a night, the bathroom would be pristine. With that being said, the food and service were lovely and I will most likely return. However, I do think that their prices are a little high for what they offer in terms of room accommodations.

Delightful Respite at Friends Lake Inn

4.6 on March 20, 2014

Everyone we came in contact with was professional, courteous and friendly. The owner is on site and mingles with the guests. A special treat was the wine cellar tour conducted by the owner and enjoyed with other guests and a sort of "meet and greet" with wine provided by the innkeeper.

Beyond Expectations you Expect

5 on March 19, 2014

We went for an over night Anniversary celebration, and we were flabbergasted, astonished, and overwhelm in all aspects of service. David and Christine Zigler "39 years"

Great get away

4.6 on March 12, 2014

Wife and I needed a getaway weekend and the Friends lake Inn exceeded our expectations. Beautiful inn and the staff were excellent - very professional, courteous, and friendly. Enjoyed a nice hike in the woods, relaxed by a fire then had a great meal at the restaurant. Only problem was we wish we could have stayed longer.

Perfect getaway

4.2 on March 09, 2014

First time at Friends Lake Inn, but definitely not the last. Trudy and John provide a perfect mid-winter getaway complete with charming atmosphere, terrific food, and excellent accomodations. I highly recommend this wonderful inn to anyone who needs a break from the grind.

Our Anniversary getaway.

5 on February 23, 2014

Our stay last week was one that we rank in top few, as we try to go for our Anniversary every year. You have to start with John and Trudy the owners, and their staff, they provide a relaxing Adirondack atmosphere with greatness at every touch. We stayed in the Great Room again. The room has a private porch and entrance, as well as a fireplace, steam shower and jacuzzi tub. We are spoiled in there. It snowed overnight and all day giving us over 4" of fresh snow to snowshoe on their trails. The dinners and breakfasts included in our stay did not let us down one bit. Another reason to go. From our waitress Joyce who paired my wine with each course, to the incredible menu. We had our usual favorites, and tried the Elk Strip Loin, and the Wild Boar appetizer too. We are thinking of adding another night to our stay next year.

Relaxing and then some!!!!!!

4.8 on February 22, 2014

What a great getaway! It was the perfect retreat from reality!! Everyone there was great. made us feel like part of the family. Special thanks to Joyce and Terry!!!! Food was on another level, presentation was topped only by taste! Hated to leave!!! Dave and Stacie

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Location Type

Lakeside, Mountains


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County)

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Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Trails for hiking/skiing on site, Outlet Stores, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Country Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , featherbeds, sauna

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, ice skating, snowmobiling within driving distance, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: 12 years old and over
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: A 50% deposit is required for stays of 2 or more nights.
  • Cancellations: Due to our intimate size, cancellations affect us significantly. A last-minute cancellation gives us little chance of filling space due to our remote location. For these reasons we uphold a strict cancellation policy. If a cancellation is made 14 days or more prior to your arrival date, you may elect to receive a refund of your deposit less a $40.00 processing fee, or apply the entire amount towards a future stay within the next year. If a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to your arrival date, no refund will be possible regardless of the reason, as we will have turned away many other potential guests.



Tammy Breymaier

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

2 Dogs

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  • Time Served: 8-10:30, Sundays 8-12:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Monthly wine dinners, Special Holiday Menu


Special Package

Romance In The Adirondacks

Perfect for celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or just because! Includes a 2 night stay in a romantic guest room with a jacuzzi and rose petal greeting. Enjoy a picnic lunch for two, three course candle-lit dinner each evening, and full breakfast each morning. Turndown the first evening includes chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine, and the second evening includes luxurious bathrobes to take home! Starting at $1095.00, see our website for details.

Ultimate Massage Package

Get ready to be pampered! Enjoy 2 nights in a romantic room with a Jacuzzi, full breakfast each morning, three-course dinner for two each evening, and (2) one hour hot stone massages. First night's turndown includes two signature bathrobes, chocolate covered strawberries, a deluxe bath basket, and rose petals strewn around your Jacuzzi. Turndown the second evening includes a split of champagne. Starting at $1370, see our website for details.

Adirondack Extreme Package

Looking for a little adventure? This one night lodging package includes a full breakfast for two, three-course dinner in our taproom or main dining room, and two tickets to the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. This elevated obstacle course includes zip lines, suspended bridges, slides, nets and an ariel surf board! After a busy day, be greeted by our signature turndown when you return to your room. Starting at $439, see our website for details.

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963 Friends Lake Road , Chestertown, NY 12817 USA (Show map)

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