Books and Bootleggers Event In Saratoga Springs

Hello, friends of Silver Spruce Inn! Maureen Werther, author of “Them That Has. . . The Story of a 1790’s Adirondack House and the People Who Made It Famous,” will host a book signing and sampling of locally distilled bourbons, vodkas and other spirits from small batch distilleries in and around the Adirondacks.

The event will take place this Wednesday, August 2nd at Saratoga CoWorks at 153 Regent Street in Saratoga Springs from 5-7pm. The event is open to the public and, in addition to books and spirits, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Maureen Werther will be available to talk about the genesis of her book and relate some of the amazing stories about the beautiful home that is now known as the Silver Spruce Inn in Schroon Lake, NY.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Please come and bring a friend!

Thanks for Hugely Successful Book Launch and Open House at Silver Spruce Inn!

We had a marvelous turnout to celebrate the launch of the new book by Maureen Werther, “Them That Has…The Story of a 1790’s Adirondack House and the People Who Made it Famous. Guests showed up by the dozens to purchase a signed copy of the book and to have a tour of Silver Spruce Inn.

We thought we’d share some photos of the event with you here. And, please contact us 518-532-7031 or send us an email request on our
Contact” page.  We look forward to hearing from all of you and having you back as guests of the Inn very soon!

Linda Durfee Sakmar and her son Connor, are descendants of the home’s most famous owner, Sallie Miller Smith. Sharing a photo op with the book’s author, Maureen Werther.

Silver Spruce owner, Phyllis Rogers and author Maureen Werther are busy helping visitors and signing books.


Phyllis and husband, Eldon posing with copies of “Them That Has…”

We were also excited to even have an article about our event published in Sunday issue of The Saratogian newspaper. So happy that people in Saratoga County will learn about our beautiful hidden gem in Schroon Lake!http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20170527/local-author-celebrates-launch-of-new-book


After a lovely winter hiatus in New Mexico, we are back home at our beloved Silver Spruce Inn and working hard to have it in pristine condition and ready for the coming season.

Spring cleaning at the Inn, however, is no easy task! With six guest rooms and six baths, a huge living and dining room, 50-foot long enclosed porch with ceiling to floor windows – not to mention the Prohibition-era “speakeasy” and the owners’ quarters – there is a lot to do!

One of the best things about the Inn is its authenticity. When my husband and I bought it nearly 20 years ago, we devoted ourselves to preserving it and remaining true to the Adirondack style and decor of the place.

Did you know, for example, that even the curtain rods are the original iron, with period finials.? The walls are paneled in full-cut western cedar, and the dining area fireplace has what local residents like to call a “five-Santa chimney.” Some of the locals still tell stories of Sallie Smith, the original owner, throwing great parties and roasting oysters in the enormous hearth.

The incredibly tall barn windows are the same vintage as the Inn and were purchased from the village school during the barn’s construction in the 90s.

And the formal gardens, which we added soon after we became the new owners, boast flower species that are indigenous to the area.

Now that we’ve dusted and polished acres of hardwood walls, floors and furniture, scrubbed half a dozen clawed-foot soaking tubs, and washed more than 60 wiindows to let the beautiful outdoors shine in, we are ready to welcome the first of our guests this coming week.

For those of you who’ve stayed as guests of the Inn, we look forward to seeing you again this season. And, for those of you who are just learning about us, welcome! We are happy to share the magic, history and charm of Silver Spruce Inn with you.

A Message From Silver Spruce Inn


As we ready the Inn for the start of our 30th year as your hosts, we are excited about the coming spring/summer season in the beautiful Adirondacks.  Those of you who have been guests of Silver Spruce Inn know that it is a treasure nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks.  For those of you just starting to think about spending time in and around Schroon Lake and the Lake George/North Country region, we welcome you to visit our website and check out our beautiful guest rooms, dining and lounging areas, and of course, the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Silver Spruce Inn’s sensational formal gardens, where we have held many a festive occasion, are being readied, guestrooms and common areas are getting an impeccable spring cleaning following a winter of tightly shut windows, and wicker furniture is coming out of storage and carefully arranged on our signature 50-foot long porch.

While there are so many things to do here in the Adirondacks and so many special events to anticipate, we at the Inn are in the midst of booking guests for one of the biggest yearly events – Americade.  Held in the village of Lake George since the early 80s, Americade 2016 kicks off on June 4th and will attract over 50,000 motorcyclists and passengers.

The village of Lake George bursts at the seams for this one of a kind event as it plays host to riders, expos, music, and food.  Americade organizers sponsor group rides across some of the most beautiful routes of the Adirondacks, including Schroon Lake.  Over the years, Americade riders have discovered the Silver Spruce Inn during their rides, and we have happily welcomed them as our guests.

We’re excited to open our doors again this year to returning Americade guests, as well as newcomers to the Inn, who want to enjoy the comforts that we offer after a long day of riding and touring.  We have eight beautifully appointed guest rooms, all decorated in authentic Adirondack style and each with their own private bath.

Our large, yet cozy dining area is a wonderful space to sip coffee and enjoy the amazing breakfast for which Silver Spruce Inn has become famous.   And, did you know that Silver Spruce Inn’s fascinating history includes being home to a locally well known – and extremely popular– Prohibition Era speakeasy?

Guests of the Inn can amble down to the fieldstone tavern and be transported back in time. Be sure to check out the lavish bar transplanted to our B&B from the original Waldorf Astoria.  Retrace the steps taken by speakeasy clients as they scurried along the secret passageway to avoid getting caught by Prohibition enforcers.  Guests are welcome to bring their own “libation” and relax by the huge open hearth fireplace.  What a great way to spend an evening, after a day of riding, visiting motorcycle expos, and taking advantage of all the Americade rally has to offer!

If you are planning to join the thousands of other motorcycle fans for Americade 2016, we encourage you to contact us now to secure your accommodations.  We are currently accepting reservations and the Inn is sure to fill up quickly.  So, give us a call or send us an email.  We can’t wait to welcome you to Silver Spruce Inn.