The Big Moose Inn, under new management as of spring 2010, delivers all the ambience of a historic inn and Adirondack "great camp" along with the modern amenities that I hate to give up when I travel. The inn retains its turn-of-the-20th-century look (and closely resembles an old postcard photo I have of the place when it was "Burdick's Camp") but offers comfy rooms with modern bathrooms. There was no cell phone service (as is true throughout much of the Adirondacks) but Big Moose offers free super fast wireless internet so you can skype with your loved ones or check email. Framed newspaper articles on the walls of the inn recall the famous Chester Gillette/Grace Brown murder on Big Moose Lake that was later novelized by Theodore Dreiser in his book An American Tragedy. I was traveling alone so had booked a queen-sized room, but they upgraded me to the king-sized Pine Cone Room, with a magnificent view of the lake, at no extra charge. The bed was comfortable. Some pesky flying bugs (like little green gnats) swirled around the lamp as I read in bed, but that's the kind of thing to expect when staying right on a lake. The bullfrogs and loons I heard calling across the lake as I drifted off to sleep more than compensated for the annoyance of those bugs! The inn is medium sized (about 17 rooms?) and was a good fit for a woman traveling alone. Other guests were friendly and I could socialize when I felt like it and be alone when I wanted. A continental breakfast buffet was included in the room price. It was filling, though no protein other than hard-boiled eggs. You can take your breakfast out on the front deck and look out over the lake as you sip your coffee--awesome! Lunch and dinner are served in both the restaurant and the bar. I ate dinner in the bar, which was a friendly, casual place to mingle. The ceasar salad with salmon scampi was delicious. Several docks with Adirondack chairs are an inviting place to lounge and read. Canoes and kayaks are available to borrow. I intend to visit again, and this time I'll bring my husband so he can enjoy this gem of an inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Big Moose Inn is located on picturesque Big Moose Lake in the central Adirondacks. This peaceful and relaxing setting is a perfect summer getaway that allows you to feel at home without all of the extra stresses of your daily life. The Adirondack Mountains surrounding the Big Moose Inn offer great summer fun, especially on it’s bountiful lakes mid-summer. After a day of hiking, horseback riding, boating or Adirondack fishing, kick off your boots and sit by the Big Moose Inn fireplace or wood stove and enjoy the ambiance, the food, the ale and our Adirondack lake country inn. During the warm summer months you can cap off your day by relaxing on the porch in one of our rocking chairs. After the sun has set you can mingle with the other guests next to our bonfire and listen for the sounds of the loons on the lake. The Big Moose Inn offers free use of our canoes, kayaks and paddle boats to all of our overnight guests. If a game of checkers is more your speed, why not enjoy them on our floating gazebo dock, one of three docks the Big Moose Inn offers our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Moose Hotel Eagle Bay