In the 1880s, a collection of upscale Adirondack lodges were opened to the public in hopes of inspiring a sense of awe for New York’s great outdoors. They’re set on private land surrounded by lakes and forests. Lake Clear Lodge is one of the last original still open to the public, and National Geographic Traveler recognized the lodge for “Keeping a Sense of Place.” The lodge’s hand-built wooden structure has been preserved, fireplaces and rustic decor abound, and there’s an onsite restaurant featuring local food.
25 acres of private land are criss-crossed with cross-country ski and hiking trails; borrow a free pair of snowshoes to go exploring, or whisk yourself through the snow on a sleigh ride.
Farm-to-fork cuisine is served at the onsite restaurant; all ingredients are sourced from producers within a 100-mile radius. Try a garden-vegetable strudel or a smoked Old-World roast.
Drink up: The lodge’s cellar features 300 specialty beers and 350 specialty wines.
Onsite culinary classes: Learn how to cook organic vegetable dishes and local meats, or how to pair wines and brews with dinner.
Charming roomsfeature quilts and knotted-pine paneling. Chalets and suites feature amenities such as fireplaces and cathedral ceilings.
Lake Clear, New York: Great Camps and Forests in Adirondacks
Lake Clear is a hamlet surrounded by lakes and forests. It’s been a popular spot for tourists since the construction of Adirondack Great Camps—luxurious cabins and lodges designed as long-term summer getaways for wealthy families—in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, visitors still come to commune with northeastern New York’s expanse of forested wilderness. When staying in Lake Clear, you’ll be within a half hour’s drive of Lake Placid. You’ll also be near Whiteface Lake Placid, a ski resort that offers mountain biking, horseback riding, and other activities in warmer months.
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What You Get
2-night stay for two in a lodge bedroom
Option 1: $225 to check in Wednesday (up to a $398 value)
Option 2: $257 to check in Wednesday with a cross country ski package for two (up to a $446 value)
Option 3: $299 to check in Friday with daily breakfast and a ski package for two (up to a $476 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 3/6/15
Travel by: 4/30/15
Blackout dates: Not valid for travel 2/13–2/15/15.
Cancellation policy & fees: Must submit cancellation in writing; all cancellations subject to $50 fee; 22-day cancellation notice required or fee of applicable 1-night’s stay up to Groupon price applies