About This Listing
Three miles from downtown Lake Placid with its world-class amenities, this seasonal woodland cabin has trails that lead to a monastic post and beam lean-to in the forest and a little mountain with spectacular views. An intimate retreat.
Ideal for a couple or tight group/family of 3. Secluded garden with outdoor dining and grilling. It is a perfect base for an abundance of recreational activities in the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Private trails with access to NY State Wild Forest. We built a lean-to last year on our trail. It's available for picnicing. If you have overflow guests or are interested in camping out, please inquire.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts are experienced and helpful with suggestions for backcountry adventure and attractions in town(s). Karen and Pete will be as interactive as the guests desire.
Private yet not far from village amenities that include great dining, movie theatre, town beach, tennis, etc.
Once downtown there is a free trolley.
Other Things to Note
In the cabin there is an incinolet toilet, a modern alternative to a flush toilet, spotty wifi and sketchy cell phone reception, although both available nearby.
No pets. We have a friendly dog named Ander. No smoking indoors. We request that you please honor our retreat-like setting.
We stayed at the cottage for a weekend in October. The hosts were excellent, very friendly and accessible living on the property (but not too close). The cottage was great, quiet yet not far from Lake Placid. The atmosphere of the cottage was lovely, including many books for adults as well as the 9-year-old in the group (who loved the cottage). The only negative was a lack of connectivity (wifi from the main house was mostly nonexistent although that seemed to be a temporary problem and the cellular signal was unreliable). There was firewood and a space heater available and they had prepared a fire in the wood stove prior to our arrival which was a nice touch. There was a kitchen sink with cold and hot water; the shower was warm but not hot. The property is large and there are hikes with views both on the property and longer hikes that continue onto state land.
Spent two very pleasant days at the Woodland Cabin. Karen greeted us as we pulled up into the driveway and was very helpful in giving us ideas on what to do. The cabin is very cozy and homey with lots of interesting books to read and big windows with a nice view of the trees on their property. Cold nights were no problem with a rustic wood burning stove and if required an electric space heater, we kept very warm. I was a bit nervous about using the incinolet toilet at first but it was actually pretty cool and very easy to use. As you are out in the woods pretty much, you will hear the usual wildlife sounds so if you are not acclimated to that and are a light sleeper, you may want to bring ear plugs or you are going to be wondering what made that noise. The property itself is amazing, well maintained with a nice 20-30 min easy hike trail with an abundance of moss coverage straight out of a fairy tale. We can't wait to be back!
We had a fabulous experience at Woodland Cabin in Lake Placid. Both Karen and Peter were incredibly warm and gracious hosts. The grounds were absolutely lovely, and the location a few miles outside of town couldn't be beat. The cabin itself was thoughtfully and creatively decorated and was a welcome, cozy and relaxing sanctuary after days outdoors. We love the area and plan to make it back up that way often and hope to have the opportunity to stay there again. Highly recommended!
This cabin is wonderful & we highly recommend staying here. The hosts were extremely gracious & provided great tips for exploring the area. The property has a wonderful trail and lean to that we're so much fun to explore. It's quite magical & if we are ever in the area again, we'll definitely book this cabin again.
Karen and Peter were wonderful hosts, and as other reviews had mentioned, were there to offer many (fabulous) recommendations about the area. At the same time, the cabin felt like a very private space, which was also important to us. It was cozy, wonderfully decorated, felt remote and "in the woods," yet comfortable and close to town by car. The hike behind their home was an unexpected treat, which we felt very lucky to see during the peak of the leaves changing color! We had a wonderful trip and hope to be back!
The Woodland Cabin is a sacred place for us. On our second visit, we were unfortunately grounded (no hiking - sad face) due to a back injury, but still awakened and inspired by the peaceful, natural, and authentic environment, surroundings, and (website hidden) outside, wood burning stove inside, view of the forest, and a garden hang out spot outside our door - magic! Well, in this case real life for a short time. We miss it already and we are looking forward to our return next year; and we will hike!
Thank you Karen and Peter.
About the Host, Karen (& Peter)
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