We were so excited about the cottage from the moment we stepped out of the car and then even more when we walked in. The cottage is great, bright and cozy, and the views are amazing. We couldn't stop just sitting and staring at the lake and the beauty.
We did many Adirondack hikes including Ampersand Mountain (hard, but amazing) Castle Rock, and Panther/Echo Cliff with views of Piseco Lake. The views and colors from the cottage and the yard were amazing in the fall, we picked the most perfect time to be there. We had Piseco Lake to ourselves on a perfectly calm afternoon kayak, it was amazing with everything reflecting in the water.
There is not much in the area, but most of what you would need in Speculator if necessary. We made dinner in every night so can't say anything about the immediate area restaurants, but if you drive to Lake Placid it is a cute town and Outdoors at Dancing Bears had great food and a nice view of Mirror Lake.
I highly recommend the cottage to anyone visiting the area. The only problem was that we didn't have more time to spend there, it was so hard to leave!