PERFECT RETREAT WITH THE MOST ATTENTIVE OWNER THAT WE'VE EVER STAYED. Now looking to book our return for next year. We have stayed in a lot of VRBO rentals & this by far exceeded all expectations. Exactly as described and pictured -only better. We stayed 10 days with our 9 yr old and it is the ideal Adirondack location for hiking, water activities, Lake Placid roaming and relaxing. Spacious and comfortable. I love to cook and the kitchen is so clean (the entire place is immaculate) and well stocked. And while it might be a plus at times to have a tv in the family area (our son went to bed early in the loft) honestly, we didn't miss it. We played board/card games and read on the deck and just enjoyed the peace and being removed from the craziness of everyday life. Loved the bathroom. Neighbors are set away from the house so it feels private and all you hear is the river. Our ONLY issue was that the area experienced an untypical heat wave for a couple days and it stayed in the 80s during the night so upstairs was very warm (and no screens on the doors in the master) but Johnathan is working on a plan for that. The floor fan was helpful. We easily accessed the river below by new stairs (GREAT workout!) and while the river does indeed move quickly (watch the kids) we found a little pool amongst the rocks in front of the house to wade and play. Wilmington beach is 3 min away -you could walk- with lifeguard & separate swim area & boat launch. Great fun. Endless hiking possibilities. Would suggest Catamount for the more adventurous. Our son loved it but it is a lot of scrambling at times. Great burgers & excellent service at the Black Bear in Lk Placid. Also, check out Johnathan's photography website (Iceland Photo tours). Just some amazing photos. We bought his 2015 Adirondack calendar so the memories will be present all year. We might try a winter ski stay here also as it would be another opportunity to see the Adirondacks in a different way. The locals we met in businesses & on trails were friendly and helpful. When you arrive, I would suggest reading the book that Johnathan has in the cabin of "Told Around the Campfire" part actual history, part fable - it will put you in the perfect frame of mind for your Adirondack adventure. (Loved it so much I bought my own which you can purchase at the Adirondack Loj after hiking Mt. Jo.) This was our ten year anniversary trip and we were not disappointed. Thank you, Johnathan.