Enjoy Lake Champlain Lodging in Essex, New York
Tucked away between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and Vermont's Green Mountains, Lake Champlain is a fresh-water glacial lake that runs about 110 miles from Montreal, Canada to it's most southern tip in Whitehall, NY. Rich in both history and beauty, Lake Champlain provides wonderful vacation opportunities that create memories to last a lifetime. Located in historic Essex NY, The Cupola House offers affordable vacation lodging to those seeking an adventure bathed in fresh water and sunshine.
About Your Host
Donna Lou Sonnett restored the derelict "Pigeon Palace", as the Cupola House was previously known, over a period of 4 years working with (and beside) numerous carpenters and contractors. The finished product, now a stately Greek Revival gem, opened it's doors in 1995 and has gained accolades and fans ever since. The most frequent compliment is how every little detail is perfect and how well-equipped and comfortable the apartments are - "like home only better" as one guest said.
Donna, who has a degree in studio art, calls the house her "on-going art project", referring to the period stenciling and antiquated finishes on the furniture, and the simple elegance of the apartments. She also runs a small antique and art gallery located on the first floor of the Cupola House which specializes in American made quilts, primitives, collectibles and local artisan's work - including some of her own creations. Donna's lodging guests are without a doubt her best shop customers.
Donna has numerous interests that enhance everyone's stay. She has hiked, biked, fished, and boated throughout the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain region - held a DEC outdoor guides license for several years (now retired) and loves to tell visitors about local swimming holes, remote cross-country ski trails and hidden attractions that only a seasoned resident would know.
Guests who are musical are encouraged to bring along their fiddles, banjos or guitars for the weekly musical get togethers with "The Wannabes", Donna's folk music group, that sometimes practice (quietly) on the first floor or back porch of the Cupola House.
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"The whole idea of staying here is relaxation and fun. Time and time again Cupola House guests say that reality is what keeps them coming back every year."
~ Donna Lou Sonnett, owner of The Cupola House