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Adirondack Rock and River Lodge

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615 Alstead Hill Ln, Keene, NY 12942-2410
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#1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Keene
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Rock and River boasts 2 unique lodges at the end of a dirt road surrounded by wilderness. Hikers, climbers and all outdoor lovers count this unique lodging facility as a favorite. Also offers trails, camping and guiding services...
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Explore662958 wrote a review Jul 2022
New Canaan, Connecticut2 contributions
We hired Will, an AMGA certified rock climbing instructor, for a full day rock climbing for novices. The booking was through Ed at Rock & River, who returned my call promptly and equally promptly made arrangements for climbing the next morning . Good follow up. His choice of venues for my two teen boys was appropriate. Although it was a long cliff face, we were the only one on it today. Many good routes. All necessary equipment was neatly packed and in good condition. Will set up top anchors methodically, multiple times for multiple routes. He belayed them on their climbs patiently and with helpful hints. A thoroughly enjoyable day with Rock & River! Would strongly recommend for guiding in the Adirondacks.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Stacy M wrote a review Feb 2020
Ballston Lake, New York17 contributions1 helpful vote
This lodge run by Ed Palen is a gem! A large group of us were there for a backcountry ski, snowshoe and downhill adventure weekend and staying at this lodge was the icing on the cake! Beautiful surroundings and a cozy, comfortable lodge to call home for the long weekend. Highly recommend choosing this as the place to stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Finrod_Felagund wrote a review Sep 2019
Jackson, NJ9 contributions8 helpful votes
Caveat: if you're looking for a 5-star resort, this isn't the place. You won't find TVs in the rooms, A/C or room service. What you will find are clean, modern rooms at the end of a 3-mile country road in a bucolic location. A buffet breakfast (fresh and lots of choices, including oatmeal, fruit, baked goods, Belgian waffles, eggs) is included for the Guide's House guests, and you get to interact with Ed, the owner, at breakfast. He is an absolute encyclopedia of Adirondack lore and information (hiking routes to 46'ers and other peaks, climbing routes, swimming holes, paddling spots--you name it!). The lodge is located at one end of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail (a cross-country route) and is surrounded on three sides by wilderness. It's truly in a beautiful location, especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. On top of the lodging, Rock and River does guided rock and ice climbing, as well as hiking (a fair amount of folks hike 46'ers with R&R guides). I have gone rock climbing a number of times with R&R guides--though not on this trip--and when you do they make up a bagged lunch for you! On this trip the focus was on hiking and I was given some good advice by Ed (as usual!) If you are an outdoors lover you will absolutely adore this place! For those looking for a group rental the Climber's Lodge is a converted barn, including a huge stone fireplace with a climbing wall on the back side (for those rainy Adirondack days). This is absolutely my favorite place to stay in the High Peaks!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Rando_521 wrote a review Oct 2017
Manlius, New York26 contributions12 helpful votes
Booked a guide from Rock and River for a solo rock climbing experience. I cant say enough how great a day it was. Mark, my guide was patient and understanding that I was a beginner. At the same time he pushed me a bit outside my boundaries with encouragement and enthusiasm. The whole experience was wonderful from the early morning I arrived I was greeted warmly, offered some breakfast and asked what they could pack for me for lunch. Ed the owner and his wife went out of the way to ensure a positive experience. I will definitely book another excursion.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: I did not stay at the facility- Only booked a guide
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HappyHikerGirl wrote a review Sep 2017
Madison, New Jersey496 contributions152 helpful votes
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My women's hiking club stayed at the Rock & River Lodge the last weekend of August. We had the Guide House to ourselves. ROOM: I shared Stoddard with a fellow club member. Stoddard is the largest room in the Guide House. Stoddard has a queen size bed, twin, and pull out sofa in addition to a chair, 2 bedside tables and an end table by the sofa. The bathroom is very large and the room has many windows so that you really feel emerged in the great out doors. I think the Stoddard room was built in the last 5-10 years and doesn't feel abused. FOOD: Breakfast was excellent. Freshly baked muffins, bread, butter, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, and scrambled eggs with vegetables were available each morning. The eggs with vegetables were FANTASTIC. The muffins were also great. It's all made from scratch; homey and delicious. GROUNDS: You have to drive down a dirt road to get to the place (made me love it more!). The owners live on the property and there appeared to be a second guest house with other occupants in it while we stayed for a four day weekend. There is a hiking trail on the property in addition to a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden. VERY scenic - it sits in a valley and you are surrounded by mountains. GUIDE HOUSE: Is open to all who are staying on the grounds, our club made sure to lock our rooms when we weren't in them (you never know...). Coffee, tea, water and left over breakfast muffins were often available in the dining hall. At one of the dining hall there are chairs and a sofa with books and games. There is also deck attached to the Guide House, which was simply perfect for our club; after a day of hiking we came back to the house, showered, enjoyed wine and snacks (which we brought with us) on the deck until we were ready to go to dinner. A few of us watched for shooting stars one evening on the deck. It was peaceful, relaxing and fun. T-shirts and mugs are available for purchase - honestly because it was so wonderful I bought a T-shirt (I don't usually buy promo stuff). There are two parts to the Guest House. The newer section has bigger rooms that accommodate more people, the older section of the house has smaller rooms for 1-2 individuals. Either way we had 12 people with us and we had no problems with sleeping, showering, being comfortable and spreading out. BTW - cell service is limited. The best service in the Adirondacks is Verizon, especially around Lake Placid. I have Verizon and was in and out of 1-3G while at the Rock & River - truth be told I didn't care :-) I was able to text my husband good night from Stoddard each night...
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Stoddard is perfect for a group of friends or family. I think 3 people would be comfortable. ...
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Bruce G wrote a review May 2017
Summertown, Tennessee27 contributions11 helpful votes
We have skied from here, rock climbed with lessons (and with kids!), and eaten here - all great. Imagine two shy kids and their nervous mom going rock climbing for the first time! These people made it fun and safe. The kids still talk about it and want to go again. You can pick up the famous Jack Rabbit Ski trail from here as well. I've never stayed over but the rooms and homes available look wonderful. Don't forget the very friendly dogs.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Julie N wrote a review Jul 2016
Marysville, Ohio, United States36 contributions7 helpful votes
Our trip to Maine was supposed to be the highlight of our vacation, but Rock and River Lodge ended up surpassing it. Gorgeous and serene surroundings, impeccably kept lodging, and the best breakfast of our trip for incredible prices! We hope to book again soon and share this gem with our family.
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Date of stay: June 2016
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: We stayed in Colvin and would book again-great for families
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Thomas K wrote a review Sep 2015
Rochester, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
There are two buildings here. One is for groups, and the other has private rooms. This is a review of the private rooms building. R&R is located a the very end of a 1.5 lane dirt road just north of Keene. The building is fairly new and the rooms are immaculately kept. The six or so upstairs private rooms are well organized and comfy. We all share the same bathroom this is also immaculately clean. It is decorated as a Adirondack room and lodge with lots of wood and slightly rustic. There is a large dining room that serves breakfast featuring excellent baked goods. In the basement there are two rooms with cable TV. Rooms are quiet and enjoyable. There is a ski trail that leads to a beaver dam in the summer, in the winter, it is the one of the major X-country ski trails leading to Lake Placid. Keene is close by with a few good restaurants. Lots of hiking possibilities within a short drive.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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drjamesz wrote a review Sep 2015
Campbell Hall, New York111 contributions67 helpful votes
Stayed in the Guide's lodge with my wife after camping here with my Scout troop a couple of times. It was everything we hoped for - quiet, clean, comfortable. An ADK Camp feel without the need to rent for a week. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. A completely relaxed approach to your stay. This is not a hotel but yet much better than a B +B. You can hit some trails right out the door. Otherwise it's a short drive to all of the High Peak Trailheads. The guides for climbing, etc are wonderful too. Breakfast is a simple affair - some baked goods, make your own waffles and maybe some scrambled eggs with great coffee. Designed to get you out on the trail quickly so don't expect anything fancy. We can't wait to go back. Cell reception is spotty or non-existent. There is Wi-Fi but it's a little finicky and kind of slow. This allows you to really unplug. But it also means do your web research before you come. We stayed in the Stoddard room. I was particularly impressed with the well-thought out tribute to its namesake Seneca Ray Stoddard, a 19th century ADK Photographer. A copy of his guide book and a collection of his photos are in the room and on the walls. A great connection to the old ADK.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Room Tip: In the guide house - all rooms are beautifully appointed. The Colvin and Stoddard rooms are...
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NancyB18938 wrote a review Aug 2015
New Hope, Pennsylvania21 contributions15 helpful votes
I stayed here in a group of 14 mid-Atlantic hikers eager to explore the Adirondacks. The setting is serene and beautiful, well off the beaten path but not far from Keene restaurants, Lake Placid and many great trailheads. The rooms are very clean, nicely decorated in Adirondack style with comfortable beds and ceiling fans - no air conditioning which was not a problem despite unseasonably warm August temps. Excellent breakfast, including homemade muffins and cakes, eggs, bagels, waffles, cereal, granola, fruit - pretty much anything any hiker could reasonably want before a day out on the trails. The owner, Ed, a real veteran of everything Adirondack hiking has to offer, arrives early every morning for breakfast to offer hiking advice. Great stay!
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Date of stay: August 2015
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ADIRONDACK ROCK AND RIVER LODGE - Updated 2022 Reviews (Keene, NY)

Frequently Asked Questions about Adirondack Rock and River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Adirondack Rock and River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Bobsled and Luge Complex (5.0 miles), Cascade Cross Country Center (4.4 miles), and Dartbrook Rustic Goods (2.9 miles).
Is parking available at Adirondack Rock and River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Adirondack Rock and River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include ADK Cafe, Cascade Inn, and Forty Six.
Are there any historical sites close to Adirondack Rock and River Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting John Brown Farm State Historic Site (5.9 miles).