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Unique Hikers’ Lodge Gets Fresh New Look

June 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Adirondack News

Adirondack Mountain Club LogoKEENE VALLEY, N.Y. – The Johns Brook Lodge (JBL), a hikers’ oasis in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, is opening for its regular season on June 24 with a fresh look and enhanced services.

JBL, which was built by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) in 1925, is 3.5 miles from the nearest road and provides access to some of the best hiking in the Northeast. This spring, ADK volunteers, under the leadership of expert craftsmen Rich Preis, gave the lodge’s two main bunk rooms a major facelift.

“Both bunk rooms were insulated and paneled with knotty pine tongue-and-groove paneling,” said Nathan Stokes, who chairs ADK’s JBL committee. “Transom windows were installed that provide much-needed light without adding to the energy footprint of this backcountry facility. The upgrades transformed the bunk rooms into light and airy spaces even on a dreary, rainy day.”

Johns Brook Lodge great roomThe improvements were made in the fourth year of a five-year project to rejuvenate the lodge and improve the visitor experience. Over the past few years, the JBL great room has been insulated and paneled, the kitchen has been renovated, windows have been replaced, the family bunk rooms have been upgraded, and the staff cabin has been expanded.

Service at JBL is also getting an upgrade thanks to a new volunteer host program. On weekends this summer, trained volunteer hosts will greet and direct arriving guests, explain services, operate the JBL store, and provide hikers with information about ADK and the surrounding backcountry. Volunteers will take meals with guests to continue their interactions and will assist staff in a variety of ways.

Johns Brook Lodge Family RoomWith two, four-bunk family rooms and two larger bunk rooms, JBL can accommodate up to 28 guests. During the summer, accommodations include hearty meals prepared by ADK staff. JBL is also open during the spring and fall, but guests must pack in their own food during the “caretaker” seasons.

Johns Brook LodgeJBL is located in an inholding in the eastern High Peak Wilderness Area, along the Phelps Trail. The lodge is 5.6 miles from the summit of Mount Marcy, New York’s highest peak, and is also in close proximity to other high peaks (peaks over 4,000 feet), including Gothics, Armstrong Mountain, Big Slide Mountain and Upper and Lower Wolf Jaw. Most JBL guests hike in from the Garden parking lot in Keene Valley.

ADK also operates the Adirondak Loj and a wilderness campground at the end of Adirondack Loj Road, about 8 miles south of Lake Placid. For reservations at ADK’s lodges or campground, call (518) 523-3441 daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of New York’s Forest Preserve. ADK is a nonprofit membership organization that helps protect the Forest Preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation.

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Your Adirondack Base Camp

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Miscellania

Hey, did you know that Schroon Lake, New York is:

Easy to get to, Close to Everything?

Let’s see:

  1. Nestled in the Magnificent Adirondack Park? …… check
  2. Scenic Mountain Landscapes?….. check
  3. Endless Waterways, Beaches, and Wilderness?….. check
  4. Arts Community?….. check
  5. Main Street with General Store, Cafes, and Restuarants?….. check
  6. Authentic Adirondack Experience?….. check
  7. Saavy Travelers, Rugged Outdoors-people, and Families?….. check

Schroon Lake, NY is Adirondack Base Camp
Well, obviously it must be Your Adirondack Base Camp.
Check them out if you’re planning a trip to the Adirondacks.

Update: North Warren, NY too?!!

North Warren, NY - Another Adirondack Base Camp

Update II:Old Forge is “Adirondack Base Camp” for visitors who launch out near and far seeking everything from serenity to adventure.”

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The Highest Located Hotel

May 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Stevens House, Lake Placid, Essex County, NY

Lake Placid NY, circa 1911. “Stevens House and Mirror Lake, Whiteface Mountain seen in distance nearest house”
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A Green Hotel Tour

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments · News

“A Green Hotel Tour with Co-owner Jenn Holderied”

What does a Green Hotel Room Look Like?

Making money in hotels is as much about good marketing as it is about efficient operations. “Sustainable”, “Environmentally-friendly”, “Green”….whatever you want to call it, if done right it’s simply “Smart”. So if your curious about how the Greenest Resort in North America does it, here’s your chance.

Green Hotel Room

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, NY
Thursday May 20, 3:30pm, in the Lobby at 2559 Main Street

All hotel owners, managers, staff, tourism officials, planners, and the public are invited to attend. Refreshments provided. Admission is free. Presented by ADKCAP.

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Doing the 46, During the 46-46-46

April 22nd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Destination Marketing

So I get this Tweet today:

Elevate Your Rate w/the 46 Adirondacks High Peaks: Starting 2day we’ will match R rates 2 the elevations for 46 Days

I’m thinking that someone could theoretically climb the 46 relevant daily peaks during this special. Not only that, you could easily also add 46 Pints and 46 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

So really, it should be “Doing the 46-46-46, During the 46-46-46.

The 46er Peak List

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Winter In The Adirondacks

January 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Adirondack Life


Sleigh Ride - Saranac Lake - NY - 1895AMPERSAND, N.Y., Jan. 26. — For the past week fine clear, cold weather has prevailed, and the air has been of that bracing kind that only those who have been in the Adirondacks in the Winter know of. The last four nights the mercury has been below zero, and the ice on the lakes and ponds is from ten to twelve inches in thickness.  The last four nights the mercury has been below zero, and the ice on the lakes and ponds is from ten to twelve inches in thickness.  The sleighing on Saranac Lake, from one end to the other, is superb, and the driveway in the afternoon presents a pretty sight, with its many handsome turnouts filled with pleasure seekers.

The present season is by far the gayest Winter ever seen here.  That the Northern Woods is a good a place for those seeking health and pleasure as a warmer climate has been fully established and is beyond doubt.  The toboggan slide in front of the Hotel Ampersand, running down the lake, has been a source of much pleasure.  Instead of using toboggans here, small bobs, holding about six, have taken their place.  After reaching the ice they run for about half a mile.  A good-sized place is kept on the lake clear from snow for skating.  A number of the young men stopping at the hotel spend their mornings in hunting foxes and rabbits, which gives them an appetite that is something appalling.

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Lodge v. Inn – Close Battle Mirror Lake Wins

January 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Destination Marketing

I know all you jet-setting leisure travelers have been waiting all year for The List to come out – well, here it is:

T+L 500 World’s Best Hotel 2009

Lake Placid - View from the Lake Placid Lodge

Lake Placid - View from the Lake Placid Lodge

These sorts of places, even if they were within my meager budget, would not be my choice for a travel experience.  But that’s just me.  I have no idea how these were chosen or if the voting is Carter-approved, but I’d be willing to bet a shoe-shine and valet-parking that most any “willing” hotel could make this gargantuan list.

Maybe I’m just being cynical.

In any case, two of our local standouts have made the list.  The Mirror Lake Inn and the Lake Placid Lodge both get a mention.  The Inn beat the Lodge by just shy of one point.  Clearly MLI’s superior PR tactics gave them the extra edge in beating what I would say is the nicest place within the Blue Line.  One thing for sure, I’ll take an 84 in Lake Placid over a 95 in India any day.

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