Timber Frame Homes in Lake George, New York
In the woodlands of the Great Appalachian Valley, the resort center and summer colony of Lake George, New York sits as the quintessential location for a timber frame home. Whether looking for a summer retreat, a cozy home base for winter activities, or a year-round home built to last generations, Woodhouse has accumulated abundant experience in the area over their 40+ year history.
“Much like anywhere in the country, the design and aesthetic of the homes is all over the map,” says Jay Hodgson, Woodhouse’s regional project manager for the northeast. “Typically, every home gets modified for the architecture of the time, the homeowner’s personal needs, what they like in a home – some people want something a little more rustic and dated, some people want refined and modern. Lake views are always key.”
Taking advantage of lake views is in Woodhouse’s DNA. With deep roots in the lake regions of New York, near their headquarters in Mansfield, PA, there are abundant examples of floor plans designed to maximize lake views in the Lake Home Series and Coastal Home Plans. Most of these designs were made in conjunction with homeowners for their lakefront home and then turned into pre-designs once the project was complete.
“Our homes are as unique as the homeowner who designs them,” says Jay. “Around Lake George, it’s a pretty wide-open canvas for whatever the owner wants to paint on their plot of land. For us, it’s custom. The homes that we have on our website are just inspiration for people to tweak or modify.”
Things to do in Lake George:
Spring into action. When the sun comes out, you can find Lake George residents and tourists enjoying all the outdoors has to offer. Take a tube or raft down the powerful Hudson River or get away from it all at one of four nearby golf courses. Explore the lake itself by motorboat, kayak, or paddleboard. Take the family on New York’s famous Ice Cream Trail – a sixteen-stop five-hour-round-trip mega tour of the region’s best desert huts. We imagine it will be hard to get away from the comfort of your timber frame home, but if you decide to stay outdoors for a few nights, Lake George has three clusters of islands perfectly outfitted for camping under the stars.
Take a hike. Situated in the lush Appalachian Valley, Lake George is surrounded by numerous mountains, blanketed by forest, and crisscrossed with breathtaking hiking trails. Hikes of moderate difficulty include Prospect Mountain, Buck Mountain, and Sleeping Beauty Mountain while Pilot Knob is an ideal family-friendly hike that ends with a waterfall. Bring your dog to Inman Pond or challenge yourself on the rocks and ladders of Crane Mountain. For a view of Lake George itself, summit nearby Cat Mountain or The Pinnacle.
Eat. The White Lion Restaurant inside Fort William Henry Hotel has been serving breakfast since 1911, and practice definitely makes perfect! Be sure to try the Philly Cheesesteak Omelette or the Irish Soda Bread French Toast. For lunch, dinner, or a comfortable bar, belly up to The Garrison Restaurant and Bar which features daily specials and tap takeovers by local craft breweries.