Address: 6 Montcalm Street
State: New York
This extraordinary 16-unit Circle Court Motel located at the crossroads in Ticonderoga, New York has long standing historic value. It has been in the current owner’s family for four generations or just over a century. Built before 1910, the family elders would rent out the nine bedrooms located in the previous layout of the main structure. Often times to traveling salesmen, or tourists, and those working at the local paper mill. Even family members visiting their relatives who were patients in the local hospital across the road would call this place home. They would host dinners to accommodate guests and even give up their own beds and resort to sleeping on cots in the kitchen. As the need for rooms continued to grow over the years, the motel expanded. Five motel rooms were built in 1953. In 1959, three additional deluxe double units were built and two more in 1965. The four larger deluxe units in the two-story separate building were constructed in 1986. Since the beginning, it has been a family in the community that has welcomed newcomers into their home and now as a motel.
In 2006, the main house on the property was newly updated, insulation added, and a cozy multi-room gas fireplace was constructed. Two additional suites were built. Hardwood floors and beautifully renovated kitchen and dining area is a great location to host large gatherings with family or guests. The motel office is separated but attached to the main house for privacy and accessibility. There is ample parking to lodge guests for boats with trailers or other larger vehicles.
The current family members have operated the Circle Court Motel since 1989 in that same vein as a “Mom and Pop” operation. Not just a job, but a way of life making the environment a friendly and welcoming place to make connections with new guests and maintain current customers. Visibility and accessibility are two stand out features of this centrally located “hub”, which is on the circle; looping together the main roads within the community. It is a great place to provide a room to bass fishermen/women for tournaments, International Paper Company employees, vendors and contractors, those interested in exploring the history of the area, re-enactors, bicyclists, motorcyclists, individuals visiting with local family residents, and people playing in local golf tournaments. Aside from the attractive opportunities to visit nearby Lake George or Lake Champlain, there is so much history to be explored, as well as outdoor adventures and winter sports.
The business generates a lot of activity throughout the year with the busiest months being June – August with leaf peepers coming through in the fall. Many regulars reserve in advance to enjoy their time here. The two suites in the main building separate from the owner’s dwelling could be rented as apartments for extended stay guests, can be operated as additional motel rooms or could accommodate a commercial business. There is also an opportunity to bridge a partnership with North Country Community College to offer college student housing in the off-season for additional income.
In 2016, the owners obtained a local grant in order to improve and completely renovate five of the existing units to maintain efficiency and provide nicely restored accommodations for guests. The grant also provided for upgrades to the main building and office. Installed during this renovation were new air-tight windows and energy efficient wall and attic insulation.
The local community has more opportunities to assist with future projects so be sure to ask the owners on how you can get access!
The opportunity to grow this business is at your fingertips. The current owners have done some minimal advertising but given today’s technological advances, the future looks extremely promising for this facility. By taking a few new approaches it could only further the business capabilities provided by this historic, family-run establishment.