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Posts Tagged ‘Eliot Dalton’

New York Adirondacks-The First Vacation Land

June 16th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

New York Adirondacks

Lake Luzerne Yesterday and Today

In 1869 author and preacher William H.H. Murray wrote a travel book on the New York Adirondacks entitled ‘Adventure in the Wilderness’ or ‘Camp-life in the Adirondacks’. Love how the old books had to have two titles, early SEO? The book created a huge stir that resulted in an influx of city dwellers to the Adirondacks. A new post-Civil War leisure travelling class had the time and the money to vacate the city for adventure. In fact ‘vacation’ came from the word vacate.

Mr. Murray described the New York Adirondacks in Victorian flowery language as a place…”where hundreds of forest-swathed lakes were gleaming like gems…amid the folds of emerald-colored velvet.” He also added some practical information. A new train line had opened the year before, only 36 hours’ travel from New York City and Boston. The rush began and continues today. An estimated 10 million tourists visit the Adirondacks every year.

New York Adirondacks

“forest-swathed lakes gleaming like gems amid the folds of emerald-colored velvet.”

Modes of transportation have changed throughout the 20th and 21st centuries but luckily the protected lakes and forests have prevailed. The Adirondack Park is a 6 million acre reserve that is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier national parks combined. Did you know this? I didn’t. Within the whole Adirondack Region the park is the largest publicly protected area in the U.S. It is also home to 105 towns and villages.

New York Adirondacks

Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast

The town of Lake Luzerne is among the towns that are located within the Adirondack Park. The Lamplight Inn in Lake Luzerne is a grand Victorian home built in 1890, during the real building, population and tourism boom in the Adirondacks. Innkeepers Gene and Linda Merlino purchased the grand home in 1984 and restored it to its’ former glory. The result…a most charming and comfortably elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn. Gene and Linda describe the Inn’s features. “No expense was spared for this home. A 12 foot beamed ceiling, chestnut wainscoting and fabulous keyhole staircases enhance the spacious Great Room, now used as the Guest Sitting Area”. Imagine staying among the elegant comforts of this restored Inn while being surrounded by ten acres of lawn and wooded mountain trails. Trails that meander towards an overlook of the Hudson River.  The Inn’s own micro Adirondack vacation land!

 

New York Adirondacks

Your own micro Adirondacks, chairs included!

Affiliate of The B&B Team, Eliot Dalton has listed The Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast for sale. Not only is the Inn a prime example of a well maintained and well run business, it is as you have seen in a prime destination location. One of the major drivers of the business. The trains may not bring the vacationers to the Adirondacks as much as the automobile does these days and that is a good thing. Because…within a day’s drive for 60 million people lie the wilderness and the 3,000 lakes of the region. And The Lamplight Inn.

Now are you ready to ‘vacate’ your current lifestyle for the adventures of innkeeping? The New York Adirondacks and their lakes and forests  ‘gleaming like gems’ are beaconing.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Amazon Destination-New Travel Brand

May 18th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

Amazon destination

Road Trips-Not Flights

Another mega company, Amazon, (which means big anyway), has moved into the travel industry with a new direction. It is now connected to Amazon Local but will soon be on its own.

Here is Amazon Destination’s brand focus.

  • Created to solve problem-“How to easily plan and book a local getaway trip.”
  • Weekend getaway within driving distances from major metro areas.
  • Road Trips-Not Flights
  • Moving towards including independent properties, regional groups, chains and B&B’s.
  • Right now the areas they are featuring are the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the Northeast. They plan to expand.

I like that they will include the smaller independent properties. Not just the big hotel chains. They will charge standard commissions and use published rates. Sounds like they want to differentiate themselves from the popular OTA’s that fill rooms with rock bottom rates. They say they want to be able to offer full-price inventory during peak periods to “a large qualified audience.” Sounds like a good opportunity for our industry.

I also like that vacation planners can go to the property’s  websites and view the room inventory.  No blind bookings.

Including boutique hotels and B&B’s in their inventory is encouraging. Another outlet to showcase to the traveling public what we are all about. Our small lodging industry has always been about local getaway road trips. 40% of all U.S. domestic leisure trips are short-term getaways of 1-3 nights and many of these trips are nearby, drivable distances.

Amazon Destination catskills

The Graham & Co in the Catskills. “rough-lux”.

I went on their website and searched for a place to stay in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Discovered two properties I would book in a heartbeat. An 18 room boutique B&B The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream and a place called The Graham & Co. A bit more remote but very intriguing, they call themselves “rough-lux”. These two properties really appeal to the “get me away from the city” getaway. Just what Amazon Destination is promoting. They also list the number of miles these Inns are from NYC.

 

Amazon Destination Finger Lakes

Genesee Country Inn, Finger Lakes NY

Took a look at the Finger Lakes and found the Genesee Country Inn B&B listed with larger Hotels and Lodges. Again a great way for travelers looking in this area to compare the smaller property vs the larger ones. The B&B Team’s Eliot Dalton represents this inn for sale and knows the Inn and area very well. A beautiful location with 8 acres, a trout stream, waterfall and pond. A real country getaway. The fact that the Finger Lakes is a major B&B destination and this property is featured is tremendous.

Amazon Destination is new and work-in-progress but worth taking a look at. One thing you know is Amazon has capital to promote this brand far and wide.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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