Located just across the upper Hudson from the Hamlet of North Creek, our mountain home sits overlooking the bridge where, on his way to the North Creek train station from a camp near Mount Marcy, Theodore Roosevelt was met with a telegram informing him that he would succeed William McKinley as President of the United States after his assassination.
Fortunately, just across this bridge sits down town North Creek and approximately one mile away are the Gore Mountain ski bowl and Adirondack Railway station. The Saratoga North Creek Railroad trains run multiple times daily to Saratoga Springs, and our home is just 3 miles from the Gore Mountain base lodge.
Just a few of the great places right over the river on main street are the North Creek Depot Museum, Cafe Sarah, barVino, Barkeater Chocolates, Trapper's Tavern, Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant, the Barking Spider bar, shopping at the Hudson River Trading Company and Foothills gift shop, and Pete's Aah's for dine-in or take-out pizza!
The Adirondacks boast ones of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country. Watch as rich autumn colors travel from valley to mountain peak. Experience the subtle shift of air as summer bursts into a colorful array of reds, purples and yellows – and watch as the seasons change before your eyes. As August wanes across the six-million-acre park, the leaves begin to change, eventually bursting into full color beginning in the Adirondack Mountains in early September. The best time to see fall foliage in the Adirondacks is September - October.
Throughout the fall season there are historical evenings with Teddy Roosevelt in North Creek, Jazz weekends in Lake George, foliage festivals, Lake George Restaurant week, the Adirondack hot air balloon festival, and September brings the Gore Mountain Leaf Cruncher Run, a 5k trail run through the trails surrounding the base area of Gore. Be sure not to miss the Annual Gore Mountain Harvest Festival in October on Columbus Day weekend for a HUGE ski sale, rock climbing wall, bungy jumping, live entertainment, scenic gondola rides, and general merrymaking! Local vendors sell Adirondack furniture and art work.
Have our entire home to yourself with three bedrooms upstairs: one master with a queen size bed, one guest with a queen size bed, and one guest with two twin beds & a full bed. In the living room there are two couches, one of which pulls out into a full bed. There are two full bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. The entry/mudroom has a washer and dryer, boot and glove dryers, and large cubbies for skis and hiking equipment.
There are hardwood floors throughout the home, a wood stove as well as oil furnace, a 60 inch movie projector screen with 7.1 surround sound. Granite countertops, stainless appliances, dishwasher, tall dining table great for entertaining, outdoor fireplace, gas grill on the deck, and tons of parking. You don't have to tell your in-laws but you can read their emails while hiding away at our mountain retreat because there is high speed internet at the house.
In the winter the ski lifts turn 7 days a week, but there are also miles upon miles of trails for snowshoeing and snowmobiling, as well as ice skating and tubing at the North Creek Ski Bowl.
Some of our favorite things to do and places to go during the warmer months are white water rafting on the Hudson River; The Adirondack Museum; mountain lakes like Blue Mountain Lake, Raquette Lake, Minerva Lake, or Thirteenth Lake; hiking up Crane or Prospect Mountain (or any other!); hiring a guide to take you for a hike or a special local fishing spot; kayaking; golfing; driving to Lake Placid or Fort Ticonderoga; dining & shopping in North Creek; having a camp fire; swimming in Lake Abanakee; playing tennis on the open air courts at the North Creek Ski Bowl; or exploring some of the surrounding small towns.
Our home is 3 hours 50 minutes from New York City,
3 hours 57 minutes from Boston,
2 hours 35 minutes from Montreal,
1 hour 27 minutes from Lake Placid,
30 minutes from Lake George.
If you are not familiar with Gore, Karl's dad would be more than happy to show you around the mountain, glades, back country trails, and other winter hikes.
Please be respectful of the space and refrain from smoking in the house.
Take your shoes off in the mudroom and leave everything that was there when you arrived and we'll be all good! Bring slippers if you have them. It is helpful if you strip the beds used and leave bedding and towels in the laundry room on your way out. Have fun and enjoy your stay in the great Adirondacks!
Check-in and check-out is flexible if there is no one else before or after.
We do have a wood burning stove, but please if you use the wood stove and empty the coals, dispose of them in the outdoor fire place; do not leave them in the bucket or any other container in or near the house as they will stay very hot for a long time.
I will email you most current house details and links to area attractions a week or so before your stay.
A group of us stayed for a weekend of spring rafting. The lodge is a great place to stay in the area. Very well appointed, characterful and spacious enough to fit a party of 7 comfortably and in short walking distance to restaurants and bars in town.
Ed, Karl's father, gave us very detailed instruction on the how to find the house and on the operation of the heating, stove etc. Very helpful and it was nice to meet his 5 month old Alaskan Malamute too.
Everyone agreed they would look into renting again if they were back in the area in the future. Very pleased.
Karl's Cabin was Beautiful!! The home is 100 years old and the upgrades they did to it were amazing, but they still kept the mountain charm which I lived . We brought food and they had every cooking inte sol you could ask for. You can have a fire inside or outside! We decided to do both. It was a perfect weekend getaway with me and a few of my girlfriends.
House was great. Home was nice blend of rustic Adirondack theme with all modern conveniences. Will be back soon !
The cabin was lovely--exactly as advertised. It easily sleeps 7 and the common spaces were clean and comfortable. I particularly appreciated Karl's detailed instructions and guide to local attractions.
A few friends and I stayed at Karl's house over the weekend. The house was absolutely beautiful, and Karl and Ed were both incredibly communicative and helpful. The entire process was seamless.
The house is even better than the pictures! Ed was there to greet us and help us bring our things in. He made sure we had everything we needed before he left. We were coming from the Boston area and meeting my husband's family halfway as they are from Buffalo. It was the perfect place for us all to be together. We used the projector every night for movies! At the end of the weekend, we all said we would love to stay there again!
Karl was a fantastic host. He was responsive and provided suggested activities and restaurants that aligned with our tastes. We enjoyed all of his suggestions! The house provided a warm and cozy experience, and the location was in excellent proximity to Main Street, where we could grab baked goods from the cafe and supplies from the grocery store. We loved our stay and would definitely plan a trip to Karl's house again!
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