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Rockin’ the Boathouse | Lakeside Lodging with a Valcour View

The Valcour Inn and Boathouse, built in 1904, sits on the western shore of Lake Champlain in Peru, New York. The nine-acre estate offers year-round lodging and hosts various social events from April to mid-October.

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The Valcour Inn and Boathouse, built in 1904, sits on the western shore of Lake Champlain in Peru, New York. The nine-acre estate offers year-round lodging and hosts various social events from April to mid-October.

The Inn features nine guest bedrooms named after notable figures who have contributed to the construction and preservation of Valcour and its surrounding land. The John L. Ray room is named in honor of the original groundskeeper who was responsible for the current layout of the estate. The Heathcote room is named in homage to the property’s previous owner, Josephine Sibley Heathcote in 1944.

Three rooms – Champlain, Valcour and Port Jackson – have access to a second-story balcony overlooking Valcour Island where guests can enjoy a fiery Adirondack sunrise.

“This is really the only place right on the lake,” Director of Properties and Marketing Chris Whalen says, “where you can get out of your bed, look out the window and see such a gorgeous view.”

Whalen has been working for College Auxiliary Services (CAS) for 16 years. CAS subcontracts with SUNY Plattsburgh to provide various types of services, and one of those services is property management.

The Inn sleeps up to 28 people and has housed SUNY Plattsburgh VIPs, college students’ parents, business travelers and tourists.

“We cater more to tourists in the area and business travelers who want somewhere really quiet or want a place almost all to themselves,” Whalen says.

The Inn overlooks Valcour Island on the western shore of Lake Champlain and features domineering red doors, decades-old Eastlake furniture and original 113-year-old wooden floors.

“When you come to Valcour and want to stay overnight, it’s really an experience you’re looking for,” Whalen says. “It’s not going to be a fancy-schmancy hotel with all the high-end amenities. The building was built in 1904, so things are going to creak and crack and not work right, just like people.”

Whether snowshoeing in the heart of winter at Lyon Mountain or golfing at the tail-end of spring only a stroke away from Bluff Point Golf Course, it’s easy to enjoy every season on the Adirondack Coast when centrally located at the Valcour Inn and Boathouse.

Issue 10: Winter/Spring 2018

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