Our home is the Painted Pony Ranch, a famous dude ranch on the Dude Ranch Trail in upstate New York. Our house is nestled on 27 acres of lakes, streams, mountains and forests just minutes from Lake George, a major tourist attraction with loads of water activities, history, arcades, and fun parks to enjoy. Our swimming hole with a sand beach is right around the corner from the ranch. You can hike over to the State Park that is adjacent to our property and walk to the Rodeo in two minutes! (Rodeo only runs from July 4th to Labor Day).
My main lodge is a 75 x 45 foot Real log cabin with six bedrooms, and 2 and 1/2 baths, two fireplaces, a friendly kitchen, and lots of chairs and couches to relax on.
I also have small log cabins that used to house cowboys, ranch hands, and dude ranch guests, but have been renovated for May through October only for our many extended family members who, over the years, have visited us from far places and during the pleasant seasons.
There is a public horseback riding stable right next door--their trail rides are famous around here--they ride from April to the end of October.
We'd be happy to show you our lifestyle. We watch the stars on clear nights--with no particles in the air, it's a miracle of pinpointed lights. Our frogs and cheepers only sing in the summers, but we ski and make snowmen in the winters, then sit by the fireplace and drink whatever comes handy as long as it's hot and strong.
We have a big family and so we like company.
Also, we have an authentic storyteller who will bore you with every bit of local history about such items as the French and Indian War (if you saw The Last of the Mohicans, that story really happened right here in our backyard). You can hear Tales of the Great Logging Boom, the Beaver and Fur Trade, Bootlegging from Canada to New York City (and about Johnny Thorpe the famous trapper who found a cache of cherry liquor nearby), and even essential details of our Dude Ranch History. You can sit on our veranda and listen until you fall asleep or just get up and save yourself.
Call me if you can be our guests!
This is a family compound and our children have gone off to college so we have lots of room!