This lake house is perfect for a weekend getaway or a full week of fun in the Hudson Valley. It is convenient to everything. You can get to the Catskills or Albany all in less than an hour and we did both as well as explored the local towns. We were only there for a few days and we tried to fit in about a weeks worth of activities. The lake/pond is great for swimming, fishing and kayaking (the house has a great kayak that seats 2 adults or up to 3 kids. The deck is wonderful to sit out on and watch the sunset. The inside of the house has been completely redone and its done in a modern motif. White leather futon/couch and sling back chair, all modern fixtures, new flat screen and stereo in the living room and the bathroom is all done in stone , glass and charcoal tile. The loft upstairs will sleep up to 5 people and the 2 bedrooms downstairs have a king and a queen. The kitchen is also brand new and we made a great spaghetti dinner with fresh salad fixings from one of the local markets and every morning we made our own breakfasts with local eggs and local organic sausage and ham. We did quite a bit of exploring and though Hillsdale did have a nice little ice cream parlor and there were countless ice cream shacks, for something completely different check out LICK which has special flavors from a local dairy. http://www.lickhudson.com/ My wife had coconut/date ice cream and my daughter enjoyed her favorite, salted caramel with big pieces of caramel in it. On our last day we headed over to Bash Bish Falls which is about 20 minutes away. We parked and hiked up to the falls. My wife and I are far from in shape and though it took us a little while, we got to the falls in less than 45 minutes (its only a 3/4 mile hike but it is up hill. the path is rocky but not bad at all). If you are worried about the hike, don't be. We saw a family with 2 strollers that made it up to the top without any problems. The falls are beautiful to look at but on a hot day there are also plenty of places to put your feet into the water and cool off. the sign says no swimming but there were people splashing around all over the place and the rangers did not seem to mind as long as nobody got out of hand. All in all there is a multitude of things to do or you can just sit and enjoy the house and the lake and we highly recommend this house for any vacation.