Summer is coming! Are you ready? Hot, sunny days are best spent outside by the water! This summer, forget the nearest beach or pool and head to one of these pristine lakes. You'll not only find endless opportunities to cool off and connect with nature, you'll also be treated to an exceptional lodging experience at any of our bed and breakfasts, inns, and small boutique hotels!
This summer, let yourself truly relax at one of the best lake vacations in the US.
Escape The City And Cool Off In Catskill Country.
Where: The Inn at Lake Joseph in Forestburgh, New York
If you're looking for a romantic lakeside getaway in the Catskill Mountains, look no further than the Inn at Lake Joseph! Only two hours outside of New York City, this is the perfect lake vacation for someone seeking a casual country escape from the heavy summer heat in the city.
When you stay at the Inn a Lake Joseph, you'll have access to the lake, row boats, and kayaks! There's also a lovely pool where you'll find a comfy lounge chair with your name on it.
Lounge With A Book By Maryland's Largest Lake.
Where: Lake Pointe Inn Bed and Breakfast in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Just 13 feet from the waters of Deep Creek Lake, the largest lake in Maryland, is the charming Lake Pointe Inn Bed and Breakfast! The lake covers approximately 3,900 acres and has 65 miles of pristine shorelines.
If you'd like to wake up and step out onto a private balcony overlooking the lake, request the McCann Suite when you book! This way, you can begin your day with a relaxing start. In the evening, enjoy a scenic pontoon boat ride on the lake before you roast homemade marshmallows in the outdoor firepit.
Forget Your Worries While You Reel One In.
Where: The Maple Leaf Inn in Barnard, Vermont
Located in central Vermont, the Maple Leaf Inn has everything you need to enjoy a quiet, peaceful getaway! Barnard is a quaint village only sixteen minutes from unique restaurants and shopping in Woodstock, Vermont. It's also close to the Vermont Law School and Dartmouth College.
Set on sixteen scenic acres of maple and birch trees, the inn features spectacular views of Silver Lake and the Green Mountains. Spend the day fishing, boating, or simply relaxing in this beautiful area!
Dine On A Pleasant Patio Overlooking The Water.
Where: The Inn at Pleasant Lake in New London, New Hampshire
With incredible views of Pleasant Lake and Mount Kearsarge, the Inn at Pleasant Lake is a must-see! Most of the inn's rooms overlook the lake, so you'll always be near the water.
Spend the day kayaking and retire to a delicious meal served on the lakeside patio! The Inn at Pleasant Lake features a fine dining restaurant led by the extraordinary Chef Brian MacKenzie. Better come hungry, MacKenzie and his team will serve up a five-course prix-fixe dinner!
Say Good Morning To A Sunrise Over Lake Huron.
Where: Huron House Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Oscoda, Michigan
Wake up to a colorful sunrise over Lake Huron at the Huron House Luxury Bed and Breakfast! Enjoy breakfast on your own private balcony before you leisurely stroll along Lake Huron's shores.
This award-winning bed and breakfast is the epitome of luxury and romance! Relax in your personal hot tub with the sound of the lake's waves hitting the shore in the background.
Forget The Time And Unwind On Tripp Lake.
Where: Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, Maine
When you arrive at the Wolf Cove Inn, nature's beauty immediately envelops you! Set on the scenic shores of Tripp Lake, it's hard to deny how magnificent this place really is.
This peaceful and romantic bed and breakfast in Maine offers you a private beach access and a dock with canoes, kayaks, and rowboats! The water is only 40 feet from the inn so let the serenity of the lake inspire you every day during your stay.
Let The Lake Views Leave You Speechless.
Where: Lookout Point Lakeside Inn in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Enjoy an unforgettable stay at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, with breathtaking views of Lake Hamilton at each turn! Every room features an unforgettable view of the lake that will leave you speechless.
Whether you'd like to enjoy a glass of wine or spend some time relaxing in the hammocks by the lake, you'll find the peace and quiet you desire every moment of your stay. If you'd like to head out on the lake, the owner, Ray Rosset, will be happy to take you for a spin in his boat!
Relax In An Adirondack Chair Overlooking A Golden Pond.
Where: The Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, New Hampshire
Situated on Shepherd's Hill is the stunning Manor on Golden Pond in New Hampshire's pristine Lakes Region. The manor overlooks Squam Lake and many of its rooms offer views of the lake and private balconies for guests to relax on!
If you'd like to spend the day on the lake, there's a boat tour offered by the Squam Lakes National Science Center. You'll see Purgatory Rock and hear the call of the loons! For those seeking a slower pace, kayak to a nearby island to enjoy a picnic lunch from the manor.
Stay At The Only Lakefront B&B In NH's Lakes Region.
Where: The Lake House At Ferry Point in Sanbornton, New Hampshire
With idyllic views of Lake Winnisquam, the Lake House At Ferry Point is a quiet, scenic property that earns the distinction as the only lakefront bed and breakfast in the state's Lakes Region!
Each room at the Lake House at Ferry Point is named after a New Hampshire lake. There's even a room dedicated to the lake this B&B sits on! Nestled in the Southeast corner of the home, the Lake Winnisquam Room features three large windows overlooking the beautiful lake.
Enjoy Nature's Peaceful Echo On Echo Lake.
Where: Inn at Water's Edge in Ludlow, Vermont
Located on Echo Lake and the Black River of Vermont, the Inn at Water's Edge is the perfect getaway for someone seeking Victorian charm and ambiance! From the back of the inn, the lake is only a short walk down the path.
Spend the summer day swimming or canoeing off of the inn's dock! You're also welcome to fish or simply sit and take in the scenery. For those seeking more outdoor activities, the Inn at Water's Edge is a short distance from the Okemo Mountain and the Okemo Valley Golf Course.
Find A Summer Sanctuary For Your Soul.
Where: Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston, Tennessee
Scenic mountain views and rolling hills meet the shores of Watts Bar Lake at the idyllic Whitestone Country Inn! Situated on 600 acres, the inn calls itself a sanctuary for the soul.
When you arrive, you'll see it's also a sanctuary for wildlife and domesticated animals. Get to know the lake's waterfowl up close and personal while you fish or kayak during your stay!
Enjoy European Splendor On Seneca Lake.
Where: Geneva On The Lake in Geneva, New York
You'll find the grand Geneva On The Lake in the scenic Finger Lakes Wine Country, on Seneca Lake! The award-winning resort exudes European charm and invites you to spend your summer days relaxing in its 70-foot pool or out exploring the lake.
If weather permits, you can enjoy a complimentary boat ride on the lake! Sometimes a little time spent out on the water is all you need to truly start your vacation after a long drive or flight.
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