2 BR in Main House (sleeps 6-8) Bunkhouse (sleeps 5-6 WARM WEATHER ONLY) 2 Bath
Rev. Mike Catanzaro
About Rev. Mike Catanzaro
Our family (Mike Catanzaro and Linda Potter; kids Nicole, Tucker and Arlo) moved to nearby Canton, NY in 2008 when Mike became the pastor of the Canton First Presbyterian Church (www.ChurchOnThePark.org). Our house in town is the church owned manse, and our purchase of the North Shore was to provide equity for our family, a place to enjoy as our kids grew up and, hopefully, a home to which Linda and Mike will move to full time when they retire. When not being 'Rev. Mike,' Mike plays guitar and sings in the Hazel Pearl Band, does projects in the shop, is learning Tai Chi and is an avid fisherperson running a modest charter business on the lake ('Fishing For Kids'). Linda has worn many hats in her life (running non-profits, working in development, managing the local Farmers Market, artisan baking) but really found her 'thing' while in Canton becoming a retreat coach for women and following a trip to Malawi (East Africa), and together the five other woman on the trip, went on to establish the 'Widows of Grace Widow's Fund' which endeavors to assist women and orphans living in extreme poverty in that country (www.womenofgracewidowsfund.org). Daughter Nicole is currently in graduate school at Syracuse University studying Library and Archival Science and water skis every chance she gets; son Tucker is 17 and a senior applying to colleges and is mad about fishing and knee-boarding; and, last but not least, Arlo is 15 and in the 10th grade and loves playing Gin Rummy, watching MASH, and exploring the stunning world of his imagination.
Rev. Mike Catanzaro purchased this House in 2004
Why Rev. Mike Catanzaro chose Hermon
Built in 1947, the North Shore was the first camp erected at the North End of the lake. All materials were moved over the ice to the site (called 'Picnic Point' by the old timers, and favored as prime swimming spot due to the natural soft, sandy lake bottom) as there were no roads in until many years later. In 1939 the concrete docks were formed (all mixed by hand!). In 2012 we celebrated our 75th year. During that span, many additions and improvements have been made to the house and site: bunk house (originally known as 'the little camp' which once boasted a galley kitchen, shower and toilet), double-slip boat house (renovated in 2004), shop/garage, second bathroom, kitchen addition, woodshed (built 2013) and expansive screened in porch (tongue and groove ceiling & walls installed in 2012). The North Shore is rented only a few weeks out of the year (we're living there full time during the summer otherwise; and are out there most weekends throughout the year). As such, the cottage is fully stocked and equipped with just about everything one can imagine. One could literally bring clothes, toiletries and food; wanting for nothing else.
What makes this House unique
Though there are many lovely homes on this tremendously beautiful lake, our location really makes this a unique vacation spot. Located at the North end of the lake, we enjoy direct sunshine from sunrise to sunset, a wonderful waterfront which is great for young children and older folks due to the ease of accessibility and gentle sloping sandy bottom. And, as we sit out on the point, we always enjoy a lovely breeze, with no bugs and just about as few skeeters and blackflies as you can imagine while still being located in a lovely wooded spot in the 'North Country.' (In 10 years we can count on one hand the number of times we've needed bug repellent, all in the spring during black fly season; even then, more of a convenience than a requirement.) We also have the benefit of well water for drinking (delicious) and non-potable uses.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We loved the house. Very welcoming. Beautiful place on the lake. Screened in porch was great. Nice large yard. Enjoyed the swimming area. Very enjoyable and relaxing vacation spot.
Perfect summer getaway
Everything was easy, available and just what we were looking for -- a week of relaxation at the lake! Plenty of toys both inside and out to keep us as busy --or not -- as we liked. Couldn't ask for a nicer host in Mike, thanks again for sharing your beautiful property.
Photos do not do this house and lake proper justice. House has every possible amenity, tons of boats, toys and things to do. Extremely clean and well kept. Appreciated Mike taking us out fishing to show us the "spots" and his hospitality at every turn. Firewood was even included. Front porch overlooking the lake is fantastic. Would recommend without hesitation or reservation (well, you should get a reservation). Looking forward to returning next summer.
No schedules to keep here!
This was our 2nd trip to Mike and Linda's home on Trout Lake. First trip was with extended family 3 years ago. We were so happy with our first visit that we knew we would be back. This visit was just with immediate family (4 adults and 2 teens). Beautiful piece property on the North Shore; wish we could post pictures here (we took so many). So much provided with the home inside and out; definitely a home away from home. Family enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, swimming (floating dock hit with kids), fishing (off dock and from boat), sailing (husband's favorite thing to do) and Mike personally took time from his schedule to take kids tubing/water skiing. Reading in the quiet mornings by the water and lots of laughs playing cards in the screened-in porch every night before heading out to campfire for s'mores! The hospitality of the Catanzaro family is exceptional.
A wonderful family who really knows how to enjoy lake life. We were thrilled to have them back as our guests.
Beautiful and peaceful time for all!
Our family of 7 and two additional small children had plenty of room and loads of fun at the cottage on Trout Lake. The swimming was excellent for both adults and children. The fishing boat was ideal and there were many other water activities to enjoy. The cottage was very clean and definitely adequate in space. Our favorite hangout was the huge screened in porch. The owner was very accommodating in every way. We were looking for a peaceful, quiet, and relaxing rental and found it here!
Great Family Vacation
A fantastic lake house on a crystal clear lake! The home is comfortable, clean, fully stocked with all the amenities, and a view that looks like it comes from a magazine! Our family of 5 had plenty of room, and when the other 4 extended family members showed up - we still had plenty of room! The bunkhouse was a hit with the kids along with the kayaks, tubes, canoe and fishing boat. We took advantage of all it had to offer. The owner welcomed us like we were apart of his family. Evenings were spent staring at the sky full of stars and watching movies from the enormous movie collection. It was an easy trip into town for groceries (the roads are a little bumpy) but the scenery is beautiful.....deer, ponds with a beaver den, milk farms and lots of open spaces. If your looking for family bonding, peace and tranquility ....this is the place.
A delightful and gracious family we were pleased to have as our guests.
Located just outside the Adirondack Park, the North Shore is a two hour drive from both the Canadian national capital of Ottawa and the ski jumps and shopping of Lake Placid and the High Peaks area (with its spectacular fall foliage). The 1000 Island region of the St. Lawrence River and the newly opened Wild Museum in Tupper Lake are just 1 hour away. Restaurants and grocery stores in Canton and Gouverneur are 30 minutes away. Short of the rare rainy day though, we find most folks who come as guests quickly experience a 'pace adjustment' and find it difficult to leave the water's edge. If you're truly seeking a break from it all, and some genuine peace and quiet this is the place for you!