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The Balsam Inn

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Front of property
Basic Room 7 | Premium bedding, down comforters, individually decorated
Basic Room 4 | Premium bedding, down comforters, individually decorated
Basic Room 9 | Premium bedding, down comforters, individually decorated
Living area

Overview of The Balsam Inn

The Balsam Inn

2.0 star property
Mountain lodge within easy reach of West Branch of the Sacandaga River

9.6/10 Exceptional

8 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet friendly
  • Bathtub
The price is $124
Price available on 1/26/2023
140 NY-10, Caroga Lake, NY, 12032

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About this area


  • Pleasant Lake Inn - 10 min drive

About this property

The Balsam Inn

The Balsam Inn is a great choice for a stay in Caroga Lake. Guests can keep active with onsite hiking/biking trails, kayaking, and rowing/canoeing, and free perks include self parking and continental breakfast daily between 7:00 AM and 10:30 AM.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Guest accommodations are accessible via mobile device
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 9 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM - midnight
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and lockbox information; your host will greet you
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests can choose to either self-clean the property prior to check-out, or pay an additional cleaning fee of USD 15 at check-out

Required at check-in

  • Cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets allowed (dogs only)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Food and water bowls and off-leash area available


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free uncovered onsite self parking
  • Free onsite RV/bus/truck parking
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–10:30 AM
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator

What to do

  • Archery
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Kayaking
  • Boat tours
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Ski area nearby
  • Water tubing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby


  • Bicycle rentals
  • Water sports equipment


  • Built in 1895
  • Picnic area
  • Television in common areas
  • Communal living room
  • Art gallery on site


  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways


  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating (climate-controlled)

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom (not in room)
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hydromassage showerhead
  • Towels


  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Mobile key entry
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • A damage deposit of USD 50 will be collected before check-in

Optional extras

  • Late check-in between midnight and 6:00 AM can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 20
  • Firewood is available for an extra charge of USD 15 per day


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pet deposit: USD 50 per stay
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 50 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; contactless room service is available; guests can access their rooms with a mobile device.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property does not have elevators.

This property only accepts cash.

Also known as

The Balsam Inn Lodge
The Balsam Inn Caroga Lake
The Balsam Inn Lodge Caroga Lake

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Balsam Inn?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
How much does it cost to stay at The Balsam Inn?
As of Jan 25, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Balsam Inn on Jan 26, 2023 start from $124, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Are pets allowed at The Balsam Inn?
Yes, dogs are welcome. There's a charge of USD 50 per pet, per night, and there's also a deposit of USD 50 per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees. Dog exercise areas and food and water bowls are available.
Is parking offered on site at The Balsam Inn?
Yes, there's free self parking. Free RV/bus/truck parking is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Balsam Inn?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at The Balsam Inn and nearby?
During the winter, enjoy onsite recreation like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and return when the snow melts for kayaking and rowing. Additional recreation onsite includes hunting. The Balsam Inn also has a picnic area.
Are there restaurants at or near The Balsam Inn?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Pleasant Lake Inn (8.2 mi).
What's the area around The Balsam Inn like?
The Balsam Inn is located a short 3-minute walk from West Branch of the Sacandaga River.







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10/10 Exceptional

We will be back!
My friends and I stayed here while in town for a wedding. It was a great place! The whole vibe was very laid back - I think this is the kind of place people reminisce about when they talk about the good old days. It didn't feel like we were walking into a glossy magazine ad, but more like we were spending the weekend at a friend's place - a very cool friend at that! Jenny was very personable it was easy to swap stories with her and tell jokes while we killed time at the bar (on the first floor). I was so excited about this little Inn and the vibe and how much fun it was to hang out there that I immediately came home and told my husband and friends about the place and now we're hoping to get a whole group of friends out there for a weekend. We hope to rent out the whole inn and spend the weekend enjoying the rivers and forests that surround the inn. 11 out of 10 stars!
Molly, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

what a Gem
found this place and so glad we did! Jenny was super cool and very friendly. the place was spotless .Looking forward to staying again.Had the best time
wendy, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Jenny was so charming and went out of her way to make us feel welcome. I needed wine for a present and she helped with that and also provided a gift bag. The upstairs floors are not even but still the rooms evokes charm on many levels. She is a new buisness owner and I Am so glad we stayed to get her buisness off the ground. and
Nelson, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The very best!
The very best weekend I could have had. Women owned. So cozy! I look forward to coming back!
Natasha, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hidden Gem
What a hidden gem! Jenny is the innkeeper and is a bundle of joy and energy. If you are expecting a "Four Seasons" cookie cutter kind of experience, you will be severely disappointed. If you are looking for an authentic Adirondack experience with super friendly locals and an easy going vibe, you will LOVE it! The rooms are small, but well appointed with comfortable beds. In the downstairs bar, there is a sitting area and no shortage of drinks and snacks. Beers and snacks are on the honor system! Take one from the fridge and leave a couple $$. Jenny makes great cocktails and there are lovely locals to chat to and get to know. Cell signal is limited at best. Internet is only available via satellite and can also be slow. This is Upstate NY - its for unwinding and relaxing. Give the Balsam Inn a try if this sounds like your kind off place. You will not regret it and leave with new friends!!
David, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Steve, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Daniel, 1-night trip
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