A column was written by Laurie Pitcher, columnist for the Southampton Press. She wrote about her stay at White Pillars just before spring arrived - enjoy!
"The inn where we are staying sits back from the road; a white beacon on the bleak landscape. Inside the house is warm and instantly becomes my dream house come true. I could spend the rest of my life in the sunny kitchen looking out over the land...frozen or not. The woodworking inside the house is oak. The windows are huge. On the dining room table sits a single silver candlestick with a pale yellow taper, next to some fresh flowers. There is a thin silver vase in the kitchen with a sprig of fresh pussy willow. An
optimistic sign that spring will come soon. I come to find out that the owner of the inn coached my brother-in-law in wrestling at St. Lawrence. It is a small world after all. He and his wife raised seven children here. I will ask them if I can make a reservation for every time I come up here during the next three years.I am instantly at home here and never want to leave. The down comforter has to be six inches thick! Everywhere you look in the house there is something beautiful or interesting to look at. The stained glass transoms between the living room and dining room catch the late afternoon light magically."
Open year-round, the Raquette Lodge is a new 2800 square-foot log cabin lodge on 16 acres of private waterfront land. It sits in a quiet bay of the Raquette River reservoir, a 2-mile section of the Raquette River which has been dammed to create a pristine lake excellent for swimming, fishing or boating. Sleeps 17
NEW ADDITION, MARCH 2013: 2 car garage converted into recreational center! Bar size pool table, shuffleboard table, ping-pong table, assorted games (see photo below).
Downstairs bedroom #1 has king bed
Downstairs bedroom #2 has queen bed
Upstairs bedroom #3 has queen bed and twin bed
Upstairs bedroom #4 has queen bed
Loft has 3 double beds (loft is best suited for children)
Upstairs den/TV room has full futon
Direct TV with 230 channels, HD, DVR service
Washer and dryer
High-speed internet service
8 person hot tub on water's edge offers fabulous views by day and relaxing soaks under the stars by night.
Bedding: Pillows, blankets, and comforters are provided. Sheets and towels are not provided but are available at $12/bed for sheets and $9/set for towels
Swimming -- off dock or off pontoon boat
Boating -- 14' pontoon boat with 9 hp motor (motor gas provided), 2 kayaks, 1 canoe
Holidays and graduations have weekend rate and 3 night minimum.
Included: cleaning fee, use of boats and boat gas refills, firewood, propane for BBQ, wireless internet service, etc.
Linens--$12/set sheets; $9/set towels
Pet fee--$25 per day per pet
Event fee--if property will be used for a gathering of more than resident guests, there will be an event fee of $15/person attending.
"I just wanted to thank you on behalf of my family for a wonderful stay at Raquette Lodge this past weekend. We skied, snowshoed and hot tubbed our way through two happy days together. Everything was as described, and we were all so pleased with your beautiful house, view and grounds. It fit all 11 of us perfectly!"
-Maria Bishop, Plymouth MA, 1/30/12
"...Outstanding accommodations. Love the heated tile floor in bathroom. What a perfect venue for a family gathering 20+ people of all ages. Wonderful views & comfortable--every inch of the property."
-Ables Family, Williamsville, NY 11/9/11
"What better place to spend our anniversary than in this beautiful lodge...this place is breathtaking!"
-Karen Jawan, 12/22/11
"All our expectations from the video have been met and exceeded...amazing privacy and views"
-The Tremblay Family, 6/9/12
"We couldn't have enjoyed the place more! We had plans to go hiking, but we loved the place so much, we never left, all week!"
-Alexis Pleus family and friends, 8/31/12
"What a beautiful and relaxing Lodge. We all had an amazing weekend. Thank you for providing so many snow shoes. It allowed our whole group to explore the breathtaking areas around the Lodge."
-Madison Penman & group, 1/6/13
"This house far exceeded any of our thoughts. We plan on coming back for many winters to come."