Nestled in the southwest corner of Rensselaer County in the heart of New York’s Capital District, on the southern tip of gorgeous Crystal Lake, beautiful and bucolic Averill Park offers an unsurpassed combination of serene country living and easy access to some of the area’s best outdoor locations and most heralded urban downtowns.
Part of the Town of Sand Lake, Averill Park was founded in the 1890s by Sand Lake native and prominent New York State lawyer James Averill out of his private land holdings. Since then, this stunning hamlet has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the premiere communities of the area — a peaceful haven surrounded by extraordinary scenery, yet perfectly situated for quick commutes to the most prominent businesses and institutions of burgeoning Tech Valley, plus the best shopping to be found in the Capital District and some of the most heralded entertainment venues of the Northeast.
For lovers of the outdoors, Crystal Lake and nearby Glass Lake, Crooked Lake and Burden Lake offer some of the best fishing around. Bullhead, bass, lake trout and panfish abound, making the quartet of lakes prime targets for local anglers looking for a fresh catch. All the lakes can be fished from shore or boat, or on the ice in the winter.
The 175-acre Cherry Plain State Park is just a quick 11-mile trip to the east. This concise gem of a state park features a sandy beach on its own Black River Pond — complete with bathhouse and comfort station — plus bridle paths, biking and hiking trails, and plentiful fresh water fishing. In the winter ice fishing is allowed, and the trails and paths convert to use for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing once the snow falls. The park also offers 10 trailer sites, 10 lakeside tent sites, and 10 “hike-in” tent sites for overnight stays.
But Averill Park promises much more than just abundant opportunities to enjoy the Great Outdoors. The highly popular and locally-owned Lakeview Restaurant, long renowned as the hamlet’s neighborhood gathering place, is located right on the shore of Crystal Lake. Housed in a beautiful historic building dating to the 1800s, the Lakeview is the ideal spot for casual family dining with its classic American cuisine and shimmering views of the lake.
Burden Lake is home to the semi-private Burden Lake Country Club with its 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course and all-season clubhouse featuring Jack Kelly’s Tavern by the Green. The clubhouse added three golf simulators and daily lunch hours in the tavern in 2014, and in the winter the golf course is open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Kay’s Pizza — formerly Kay’s Burden Lake Restaurant — is also located on the shore of the lake, and is a perennial winner of the Albany Times Union’s readers poll for Best Pizza. And the lake itself is carefully maintained with the assistance of the Burden Lake Association, who actively clear its waters of non-native and invasive vegetation to help sustain its environmental balance.
And finally, The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake — formerly the Crooked Lake House, with a century of tradition behind it — is one of the premier wedding venues in the Capital District. This spectacular 20,000-sq-ft facility is also frequently used for corporate events and other large organizational social gatherings.
And yet, for all Averill Park has to offer in its immediate environs, there’s still more within easy reach. Jiminy Peak Ski Resort in Hancock, Massachusetts is just a 30-minute drive away, and the beautiful Tanglewood music center, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is just 45 minutes away in Lennox and Stockbridge. Stellar Saratoga Springs, home to the superlative Saratoga Performing Arts Center and world-famous Saratoga Race Track are a mere 45 minutes to the north. And Saratoga serves as gateway to the majestic Adirondacks, one of the most accessible and scenic areas in the entire country.
Given all its many charms, its perfect location and its balance of country serenity and urban convenience, Averill Park is surely one of the most perfect places any family could call home. Contact us today for the opportunity to see this wondrous hidden gem for yourself.
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