Lakefront cabin near Saranac Lake

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Route, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, United States
Diane And John

Our lakefront cabin is perfect for a retreat for one or two, and your dog! Located in the Saranac Lakes area, paddling, hiking, and skiing are nearby. Olympic venues and shopping in Lake Placid, the Wild Center and Paul Smith's VIC
for rainy days.

Your host, Diane And John
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Our lakefront cabin is perfect for a retreat for one or two, and your dog! Located in the Saranac Lakes area, paddling, hiking, and skiing are nearby. Olympic venues and shopping in Lake Placid, the Wild Center and Paul Smith's VIC
for rainy days.

The Space

Enjoy our cabin, the "Loon's Nest", on Lake Clear, just 10 miles from Saranac Lake. Located on Rt. 30 in Lake Clear, there is easy access to lots of outdoor fun and adventure. Winter time brings opportunities for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling right out the back door or on nearby trails. In the summer paddling and hiking are the big draws to our area. In September and October the Fall colors are spectacular, you can hike and paddle without the crowds!

Cabin has one bedroom and 1.5 baths. Full bath has a tub/shower combo, half-bath has a stacking washer/dryer. Bedroom has a Queen sized Select Comfort bed with memory foam top, a sliding glass door to a small deck with a view of the lake. Full size futon on enclosed porch can be closed off for privacy. Couch in Living room folds out into full-size bed. This cabin can sleep up to 6, but it will be crowded with 6 adults and luggage. Better if some people are children. Kitchen small, but well equipped, basic spices, condiments and all kitchen utensils provided. Gas Grill is on the deck. We have basic cable, a DVD player, land-line with free calls within U.S., MP3 player/radio and Wi-Fi. There are books to browse and a large mounted map to help you plan your adventures.

We are five minutes from the St. Regis Canoe area boat launch (the largest wilderness canoe area in New York), Paul Smith's Adirondack interpretive Center with hiking trails when there is no snow, snowshoeing and skiing when there is, and activities 10 minutes away. For High Peaks hiking, snowshoeing and ice climbing most trailheads are 45 minutes away. It is 15 minutes to Saranac Lake, 30 to Lake Placid and 25 minutes to Tupper Lake. In the Winter the train tracks turn into a snowmobile route when the snow is deep enough. It isn't very busy, and makes a great cross country ski and snowshoe route. Occasionally, the ice on the lake is good for skating, and many people ice fish throughout the Winter. There are backcountry ski trails nearby. We are 10 minutes from the Paul Smith's VIC where there are groomed and skier-packed trails, and frequently has more snow than Mt. Van Hovenberg ski area. Whiteface Mountain is 45 minutes away.

We can help you plan your activities if you need some ideas.
There are outdoor guides and maps at the cabin, along with restaurant and event guides. Whether it's relaxing and catching up on your reading, watching the beautiful lake, sunsets, and surrounding forests, exploring Lake Placid, Olympic venues and the High Peaks, antiquing, shopping, or just listening to the haunting call of the loons, this cabin (email hidden) to venture out from - or just stay put! Catch a play at the local Pendragon Theater, or events at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. You'll find gift and craft shops, Farmer's markets, art galleries, antiques stores, plenty of restaurants and some of the best golf in the Northeast.

Well behaved dogs accepted on case by case basis. Yard is fenced for small to medium sized dogs.

This is not an isolated cabin, it is right on Rt. 30. The speed limit is 40 MPH. The road is quiet in the evening and at night. It's not a busy road by suburban or city standards. In the Winter when the plow goes by (not late at night unless it is storming) it does shake the house a bit!

Our lake front is accessed by walking over railroad tracks, there are steps up to the tracks, and down to the lake front. The train tracks are not currently in use save for the occasional NYS DOT truck going by.
We have no dock or mooring, nor is there anywhere to launch a boat that can't be hand carried. There is no public boat launch on our lake, which makes it pretty quiet. Boats are available for rent in Saranac Lake for use on the Saranac chain of lakes, which are close by if you'd like to be out on a boat with a motor, and it's a beautiful trip.

We have good swimming at our site, but not a big beach. If you want the beach experience there is a nice one with lots of sand and sun at the other end of the lake, only a 2 mile drive or a shorter paddle.

In the Winter we clear snow from the parking area, walkway and decks prior to your arrival. Once you are here you may need to shovel the walkway, and the parking spots where the plow deposits snow. If there is a big storm while you are here we will come and help you dig out if needed. A snowblower is provided for your use.

Linens, towels for humans and dogs are provided.

Guest Access

The entire cabin excluding the basement, the shed, which has chairs, paddles and life jackets, and fire starter. Also there is a row boat and canoe for your use.

Interaction with Guests

We like to meet you when you arrive, give you the key, show you a few things and answer any questions you might have. Then we leave you to enjoy your stay, checking in by email or text to make sure all is well. We live only a few miles away, and can be easily reached if anything is needed.
By prior arrangement we can be available for dog walks, hikes, paddling or snowshoe outings.

The Neighborhood

The lake is the best thing about our neighborhood. Neighbors keep to themselves mostly. In the summer months a nearby rental cabin has their beach near ours, and you might meet their guests. You can walk down to the Lake Clear outlet and look for otters and fish from the bridge. In winter you can ski and snowshoe on the railroad tracks right out the door.

Getting around

No public transit here. Adirondack International Airport is right up the road, direct flights from Boston's Logan airport come in 3 times daily. We can pick you up and take you to the airport if needed.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 3 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $925 /week
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $45
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • This house is amazing! One of our best vacations ever. The lake is gorgeous and we got to see the local loons. After long hikes it's nice to go home and take a dip in the lake. Diane (email hidden) and was extremely responsive and helpful. I asked her about the camp I went to 20 years ago and she put me in touch with the new owners so that I could make a visit. We would definitely love to come back here!

    July 2014
  • A great cabin and great, personable hosts who went above and beyond. The cabin is in a beautiful setting and furnished beyond expectations. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or stay again.

    May 2014
  • We had a great time at John and Diane's cabin. It was everything we imagined. John was there when we arrived and gave us great information about the cabin and the area. His outdoor experience was invaluable in that we experienced the winter weather we came looking for. The cabin was clean, cozy and comfortable. The location was ideal in that we spent some time on the frozen lake out the back door, along the snowed-over train tracks and also snowshoeing at the Paul Smith/VIC area close by. The proximity to Lake Placid was such that we made 2 trips there during our stay. The cabin was easy to find and close to several grocery stores. We even made a day trip to Montreal which was closer than we initially thought it would be. We highly recommend John and Diane's cabin for anyone looking for a great winter getaway. We hope to be there again someday.

    December 2013
  • Diane and John's place was lovely — pretty much exactly what we had in mind for a weekend getaway, with a cozy sitting area overlooking a beautiful view. We spent some time hiking around the Paul Smith College visitor information center, and cooked most of our meals at the cabin. Their directions for finding the place were also easy to understand, which was important since we came in later than expected.

    December 2013
  • Cozy cabin on beautiful lake clear. We had a wonderful stay and especially enjoyed going out in the canoe and kayak. Hope to visit again soon!

    October 2013
  • We enjoyed a lovely stay at Diane and John's place. We messed up communications (a failed laptop and UK phones) prior to our arrival and they were very tolerant and helpful about it. The house itself was excellent for 3 of us, it provided everything we needed to explore the surrounding area during our 5 day stay and we were very glad of the things Diane left for us in the house as we arrived late after a longer than expected journey. The kitchen/dining area was well equipped and we cooked most days, we also used the BBQ a couple of times and ate outside when it didn't rain! We loved the views from the deck over the lake and heard and saw loons calling, along with plenty of other bird life - fantastic. There was plenty of space in the comfortable living room and John had left plenty of guide books and maps to read which was really useful for Adirondack newbies!

    John also recommended a visit to the Adirondack Wild Centre in nearby Tupper Lake where we learnt about the natural history of the region - it is an excellent place, full of really well set up exhibits. Diane and John very kindly let us use their kayak and canoe on Lake Clear and we had a lovely time exploring and would have done more if the weather had been kinder. The walking nearby is excellent, we had an evening walk up Mount Baker above Saranac Lake and went up Mount St Regis in the mist! We would love to come back and do more.

    September 2013
  • We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend at the Loon's Nest! The cabin is equipped with anything you need to feel at home and we enjoyed spending time on the deck with a view of beautiful Lake Clear. Parker (the dog) couldn't get enough of the private lake access and it was great to have the use of the canoe to row around the lake a bit as well!
    We would definitely visit again...(email hidden)!
    Thanks for having us!

    September 2013
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Diane and John's place. It was a great "home base" from which we could explore Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, and more. Just the right size for the two of us, and very comfy. Being from Minnesota originally, having the call of loons greet us in the morning and close out the day brought back a little bit of our home.

    Diane was a very welcoming host and very easy to communicate with, both before and during our stay. I would gladly recommend their place to friends who wanted a place to stay in this wonderful part of NY State.

    September 2013
  • Diane met us and provided thorough intro to the house which was very well equipped. AND she had provided several staples foodwise to get us off to a good start! Great place for nature lovers, kayaking, bird watching (saw several loons up close), swimming, hiking available to all levels of ability at nearby Paul Smith College.
    Enjoyed dining inside or out. The kitchen is very cozy. Too many cooks will have collisions. Overall clean, comfortable, good location, quick responses to any questions. Highly recommend.

    August 2013
  • Diane and John's cabin was absolutely lovely and cozy. It was the perfect location for a relaxing weekend away. The view of the lake from the beach is stunning! The place was very clean and comfortable and they made sure we were all set upon arrival. There were helpful instructions to make sure your stay was easy and enjoyable. Diane and John were also kind enough to have breakfast and coffee and juice for us as well.
    Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We would love to be back soon!

    August 2013
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Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Onondaga School of Therpeutic Massage, Humboldt State University, Cazenovia College
USDA Forest Service/Massage Lake Placid
Diane is originally from Central New York and spent part of her summers on Lake Clear where our camp is. She has her own massage practice in Lake Placid, is a recovering Federal Employee, having worked for the US Forest Service as an Interpretive Naturalist for 15 years, and once had a career (email hidden)hn works for the US Forest Service as a Forester, loves gardening and is learning about Permaculture. We both enjoy hiking, paddling, skiing, traveling and enjoying all our area has to offer. We live in Gabriels with our dogs, Polo and Bandit. We lived over 20 years in Northern California, but have always wanted to live in the northern Adirondacks. We love sharing our Adirondacks with you. Whether you just want advice on where to go and what there is to do, or we can provide tour guide services (and therapeutic massage at the camp) if arranged in advance of your stay.
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