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
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Fall/Winter/Early spring pricing is $130 night and $750 for 7 nights. Late Spring/Summer/early Fall is $150/night $925 week.
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 early 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 comfortable futon on enclosed porch can be closed off for privacy. Kitchen is 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 and lots of brochures and guides with things to do and places to go.
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 in front of the cabin 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. There are backcountry ski trails nearby. The Paul Smith's VIC has groomed and skier-packed trails, and frequently has more snow than Mt. Van Hovenberg ski area. Whiteface Mountain and Titus Mountain are about 45 minutes away.
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 is a great place 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.
The entire cabin excluding the basement, the shed, which has chairs, paddles and life jackets, and fire starter. Also there is a row boat, kayak 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 lake is the best thing about our neighborhood. Neighbors keep to themselves, most are year round residents. 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.
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.
There is no smoking allowed in the cabin or on our property.
Due to the proximity of our neighbors, we ask you to keep the noise down from 10 PM to 6 AM.
Please leave your shoes by the door and not wear them around the house, as much as possible. You might want to bring slippers to wear.
Dogs have lived in this house, and yours may be welcome, too, if your pooch is approved by the hosts. Please do not leave your dog outside while you are gone, or overnight. Either take him with you, or leave him inside the cabin. Don't feed the dog or leave any food outdoors as it could attract Bears.
Relaxing and having fun is the most important thing on this list! Be sure to watch the sunset...
Diane and John were great hosts! Providing lots of information on local hiking and stuff to do around the area! The cabin itself is beautiful, all the comforts one could want in a quant little cabin out of the way. An absolutely great choice to stay here if your looking for someplace on the Adirondacks.
Thank you Diane and John for a wonderful experience over the winter holidays. The cabin was clean, cozy and fully equipped. I would definitely come back in the future!
Great experience, everything just as pictured and described. Very easy to communicate. Diane and John were very responsive to any questions. Check in and check out was a breeze. The cabin was spacious and clean. Comfortable beds.
Thank you to Diane and John for a wonderful honeymoon! We were able to bring our 3 furbabies with us, which made our stay extra special. The cabin was just as perfect in person..it was warm and cozy. Our pups enjoyed running around the fenced in yard and walking along the tracks. The views from the bedroom and closed in porch were gorgeous! It was wonderful to have all the comforts of home. Diane gave us ideas for great places to walk the pups..wish it didn't rain so much, so we could have explored more. We are looking forward to going back next September. To sum up our stay in one word...PEACEFUL!!!
The cabin was a wonderful retreat after a week of meetings in Saratoga Springs! The cabin was exactly as described. If you are looking for a peaceful spot to relax while being able to go paddling on a tranquil lake and hiking only minutes away this is the spot. You will truly feel you are immersed in the Adirondacks right down to the decor inside the cabin. The kitchen was perfect for making nearly all our meals and the bed allowed for several nights of dreamy slumber. We will stay here again for sure!
The home was fully equipped, clean and a sense of home. Furniture was comfy and very well heated throughout the whole house. We loved the extra bath, we could get on the trails faster. Hiking was great!! Much beauty in the area
Thank you Diane for such a wonderful stay! Your cottage and your hospitality were nothing short of amazing. I hope we can come back one day to relax by the lake once more!
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 as a Radio DJ.
John 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.