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Mariaville Lake Bed and Breakfast

Two-Night Stay at Mariaville Lake Bed and Breakfast in New York

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Historical Inn with Glass-Enclosed Porch Overlooking Lake

In the 19th century, some of the Northeast's industrial pioneers—including Silas March, an entrepreneur and New York state assemblyman—spent their idle days in a clapboard estate built along the shores of Mariaville. In 2003, husband-and-wife innkeepers Rick and Lorrie Runnels purchased this historical home and dubbed it the Mariaville Lake Bed and Breakfast. Since then, they've made extensive renovations while managing to preserve the building's casual, Federal-style elegance; it still has its original mouldings, wood-burning fireplaces, and hardwood floors in some of the guest rooms.

The building is tucked into a woodsy area along the private, 200-acre Mariaville Lake, and it's a prime spot to get in some fishing and swimming. The bed and breakfast also has two kayaks, one canoe, and one rowboat available for guests. Feel free to take a stroll through the wealth of hiking trails that crisscross the property; one leads to a beaver dam. In summer and fall, you can tell ghost stories and dry your laundry over a crackling bonfire in the evening.

The inn's five guest rooms are individually decorated, but all look out to Mariaville Lake. You have to use an old-fashioned skeleton key to get into the Vineyard and Lakeview rooms, as they are located in the original part of the house. After May 17, families can take advantage of the newly renovated lake cottage, which comfortably sleeps up to six. It features a gas fireplace, pine walls, and cathedral ceilings.

Come morning, the innkeepers serve a breakfast by candlelight in the formal dining room or on the glass-enclosed porch. The chefs prepare a different hot entree each morning, such as banana-stuffed french toast, veggie frittatas, or puffed apple pancakes. You can typically find housemade pastries, fresh juices, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, and tea.

Mariaville, New York: Small Town on the Shores of Mariaville Lake

Mariaville is part of the 18th-century town of Duanesburg, located about 30 miles northwest of Albany. Thanks to its location along the 200-acre Mariaville Lake, the town became a resort community in the 1920s. Not a whole lot has changed since then; there's still only one traffic light in the city to date, and every high-school class is taught by the mayor.

The town of Schenectady offers a dose of culture fewer than 15 miles east. Aside from shopping and restaurants, you can find the historical Proctors theater, which opened as a vaudeville venue in the early 20th century but sank into disrepair by the late 1970s. A group of concerned citizens rallied to restore the theater, which now hosts regular performances of ballets, musicals, comedy, and concerts.

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What You Get

Two-night stay for two in The Vineyard room, Lakeview room, Country room, or The Suite with complimentary hot breakfast

  • Option 1: $229, valid for check-in Sunday or Tuesday (up to a $398 value)
  • Option 2: $259, valid for check-in Friday (up to a $398 value)

Two-night stay for four in The Lake Cottage, valid for travel starting 5/17/13

  • Option 3: $299, valid for check-in Sunday or Tuesday (up to a $500 value)
  • Option 4: $329, valid for check-in Friday (up to a $500 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/21/13
Travel by: 11/30/13

  • Blackout dates: no blackout dates
  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $25 fee. 14-day cancellation notice required or up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 13.5% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Private lake with dock
  • Two kayaks, one canoe, and one rowboat
  • Fishing available
  • Onsite hiking trails
  • Massages available

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/21/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 11/30/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Online reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $25 fee
  • 14-day cancellation notice required or up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • 13.5% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Vineyard and Lakeview Rooms

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Country Room and Suite

  • One queen bed each; the Country room also has a twin bed, and the suite also has a full futon
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3 in the Country room; 4 in the suite
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each adult; $15 per night for each kid
  • Sitting area with satellite TV
  • Mini fridge

The Lake Cottage

  • One queen bed, one twin bed, and one sofa sleeper
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each adult; $15 per night for each kid
  • Stocked refrigerator with breakfast items

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 4 p.m.
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 23 miles from Albany International Airport (ALB)
  • By cab: about $57 from ALB
  • By car: about 27 miles northwest of Albany

Traveler's Tips

  • Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in the formal dining room or on the covered porch.
  • Call ahead to notify the innkeepers of dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  • To add occupants above standard, please directly call the property.

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