Polka Dot is an enchanting 3-bedroom built in the 1930s and newly remodeled in 2006 to retain its nostalgic appeal while enhancing its modern amenities. Nestled in a neighborhood of vintage summer camps, Polka Dot is just a block from the beach on one of the most charming lanes in the village of Caroga Lake.From its screened front porch illuminated with Chinese lanterns, to its back yard lawn with picnic table and Adirondack chairs circling a fire pit, Polka Dot is the perfect choice for a casual, relaxed family vacation.Up to 6 guests can be accommodated in three cozy bedrooms.
The lofty, pyramid-shaped cathedral ceiling that is shared by the living room and two of the bedrooms is topped with a 60 ceiling fan and a glittering disco ball. These two bedrooms have original beadboard walls that stop short of the vaulted ceiling a design that allows cooling breezes from the ceiling fan to circulate. Cross-ventilation in these bedrooms has been enhanced by the addition of charming interior windows built into the walls they share with the living room. These casement windows are glazed with mirror instead of glass, affording privacy and a doubled sense of space when the windows are closed, and a view of the living room fireplace (as well as a filtered peak at the lake through trees) when they're open.One of these bedrooms has an antique iron queen bed; the other has an antique iron full bed.
The third bedroom has twin-size bunk-beds, custom-built with architectural-salvage porch posts.All of the bedrooms have reading lights and bedside shelves or tables. Antique Audubon prints hang on the walls. As is customary with camps of this vintage, the bedrooms are quite small and storage space is miminal, with no closets clothes are hung on wall hooks or store in baskets under the beds. The beds have new, firm mattresses, feather pillows, fleece blankets, down duvets and vintage coverlets. You provide sheets, pillowcases and towels or may rent ours for an additional fee.In the living room, two large, comfortable sofas, custom upholstered in a soft floral pattern, offer generous seating along with vintage wicker.
A cream enameled Jotul gas fireplace provides ambiance and warms the cottage for the pleasant, quiet, cooler spring & autumn seasons. Oil paintings of water scenes and a colorful abstract polka dot poster from the nearby Saratoga Performing Arts Center decorate the creamy wood-paneled walls. Entertainment includes TV with basic cable, VCR and DVD, CD player, and a selection of CDs, videos and classic board games.The peaked ceiling of the glass & screen-windowed porch is a gala of brightly colored brocade lanterns, inspired by the luminous spectacle of Illumination Night at the Oak Bluffs Campground on Marthas Vineyard. The lanterns glow against the peach exterior wall of the cottage and add their luster to the living rooms disco ball, sweetly lighting the entire cottage. The porch is furnished with vintage wicker, including a painted chaise comfortably upholstered with thick cushions, and a diminutive twig table for placing a drink or book.
The fully remodeled eat-in kitchen has cream-colored cabinetry with vintage green bakelite handles, topped with rosy-red brushed formica counters banded in silver for a retro diner look. Open shelving flanks a window above the kitchen cabinets, displaying cheery vintage dinnerware. A dresser topped with a maple chopping block provides extra counter space and storage.All new appliances include a recessed full-size refrigerator, stainless steel double sink, gas range, microwave, and small appliances including toaster oven, blender, mixer, coffee maker and coffee grinder.
The kitchen is fully equipped with new stainless and vintage enameled pots and pans, cast iron skillets, sharp knives, reproduction bakelite cutlery, serving platters, baking pans and handy gadgets.
The remodeled bathroom has a full tub with shower. The sink is amusingly skirted with a tutu from the New York City Ballets summer season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; the shower curtain is an ornamental retro print of water-skiing bathing beauties
Wi-Fi high speed internet access for your laptop computer.The cottage is surrounded by a perennial flower border. The rear of the cottage opens onto a back porch with a generous yard and a wooded view beyond. Theres a picnic table for enjoying meals cooked on the stainless steel gas grill. Adirondack chairs surround a natural stone ring fire circle for stories and smores. Theres a croquet set for playing on the level lawn. Our private neighborhood association beach is steps away. Its shallow with a sandy bottom, great for kids. Its an easy place to launch our kayaks (available for an additional fee), and the lake is stocked for fishing enthusiasts. Its the perfect spot for watching the gorgeous sunsets on West Caroga Lake....Read more
Left on 10/17/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | Karin K.Reviewed Oct 17, 2013Stayed Oct 2013
I had never been to the Southern area of the adirondacks but loved every minute of my weekend stay in Caroga Lake. There are plenty of great places to hike and the locals are extremely friendly. My favorite part of the trip was of course the Polka Dot cottage! Comfortable and beautifully decorated, I didn't even want to go outside. I completely enjoyed my visit and will definitely look to stay again over the summer months.
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