How to Make Handmade Flower Boxes

16 May 2016 0 Comments

As a celebration for buying GO-Cottage many years ago, we decided it was time to remove our old, broken down flower boxes and build new handmade ones. After 80 years or more, the boxes were literally falling off the cottage! There was no way I was going to plant fresh flowers in them another year. Being DIY-ers
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There’s no place like bed (with great bed linens!)

02 May 2016 0 Comments

There’s no better place than your own bed! And one of the most essential aspects of a good night’s sleep is the right bed linens. Both Crate and Barrel and Ikea have great sheets for less. For inexpensive, soft bed linens, I love Ikea’s Dvala line. If you’re looking for more expensive luxury, try Pottery
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The Best Organic Cleaning Products

18 Apr 2016 0 Comments

Now that it’s spring cleaning time, it’s important to use the best organic cleaning products! I look for products that are hypoallergenic, organic, and good for the environment. They clean just as well! I love Method, Greenworks, Meyers, and Seventh Generation. One of my favorite earth-friendly products is Seventh Generation’s laundry detergent, which doesn’t contain any
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It’s Spring Cleaning time!

05 Apr 2016 0 Comments

April means… spring cleaning time! When you own and manage a vacation home rental, you better make sure you love cleaning. You do a lot of it, even if you have great housekeepers like we do. Nobody sees what you see. Personally, I love cleaning and the immediate gratification it gives you. It’s also great
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Rock Climbing the Adirondacks

21 Mar 2016 0 Comments

It’s the perfect time of year to start rock climbing the Adirondacks! This region is home to 46 peaks and Lake Placid takes pride in the High Peaks – some of the most beautiful climbing views in the Northeast. Some of the most popular Adirondack routes are Henderson Cliff, Avalanche Pass, Gothics, Noonmark, and Rooster Comb. If you’re in nearby Keene Valley,
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The Best Laundry Tools

16 Mar 2016 0 Comments

Laundry may seem like a necessary evil, but you can make it more enjoyable by getting the best laundry tools and establishing a good routine. After we renovated the laundry room in the two-bedroom cottage, the task is a whole lot more pleasant! The first order of business for making the laundry go smoothly is getting the best
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Spring is almost here! says Punxsutawney Phil

07 Mar 2016 0 Comments

Punxsutawney Phil said spring is coming, and it looks like it is very early this year! This winter has been pretty mild in Lake Placid. It’s the first year we’ve not had snow in February. Take a look at the cottage five years ago.  That’s five feet of snow five years ago. Global warming indeed. We’re breaking
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Nothing’s better then homemade Clam Chowder

22 Feb 2016 0 Comments

This winter has been a cold one and there’s nothing more satisfying then eating homemade clam chowder. Of course you can have it year-round, but in these winter months there is no better comfort food! It takes about 1.5 hours to make and it is totally worth it! It’s almost decadent how deliciously satisfying it
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Small is the New Big!

08 Feb 2016 0 Comments

I’ve always believed that “small is the new big,” and I’ve been able to promote this concept for many years with GO-Cottage. When we first bought the property, I was looking for something small that we could renovate and use for our own purposes. Luckily we found the perfect property and I realized, wow we
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XC Skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

25 Jan 2016 0 Comments

One of the major reason we love Lake Placid is because we get to cross country ski at Mt Van Hoevenberg! Mt. Van Hoe is our favorite place to ski in the country.  If you haven’t visited it yet you’re in for a giant treat! We have been visiting Lake Placid since the mid-nineties. We first came
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