I stayed at The Fern Lodge for 5 nights in Autumn.
Overall I was delighted with the experience – it is the first time I've given a place 5 stars.
Fern Lodge in a nutshell:
-One morning I was showering and noticed a pretty photo of a maple tree, bright red, with a ring of fallen leaves around it. Funny, I didn't notice that before I thought. A moment later I realised I was looking out of the window.
-Diving into the lake at 07:00 one October morning. Cold enough to stop your heart, but absolutely crystal clear.
The owners are attentive, as befits a luxury establishment, but not over the top. For example, if my wife and I entered one of the (delightful) public rooms late in the evening, sure enough Sharon would quietly show up five minutes later to light the real wood fire, and to offer us freshly made coffee.
On another occasion, I had persuaded my long suffering wife to go out on a hike that required us to leave before breakfast at 8:00am. We were expecting to leave without anything, but Sharon made a point of getting up early as well to prepare us something to eat.
The property has a nice location, right by the lake. The public rooms are what makes the Fern Lodge special; public rooms you really want to spend time in. Our room was large and spacious, and a nice place to be, with a beautiful bathroom
Out and about:
The two trips I enjoyed the most were to Pine Orchard (I'll remember that for a long time) and our trip up to Pilsbury Mountain (not really a mountain but with stunning views). You will not starve in nearby Chestertown but don't expect fine dining (Luna Pizza is recommended). Really though, I would expect most people come here to be outdoors and in that sense you will not be disappointed.
The price is high but can be justified.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our luxury Adirondack lodging includes a choice of five intimate guest rooms that are uncommonly comfortable ~ both rustic and elegant, even magnificent.Other hotels in the Adirondacks cannot live up to our resort standards. All guest accommodations have king-size beds, large stone fireplaces and wonderful lake and / or mountain views. All rooms have private luxury baths with deep-soaking Jacuzzi tubs, and all rooms have refrigerators. The nightly rate for Adirondack lodging at our Southern Adirondack Mountain resort includes an unforgettable breakfast, an evening boat tour of Friends Lake (seasonal) with wine and hors d'oeuvres, a full "help yourself" honor bar, nightly turndown service with chocolate truffles, Wi-Fi and a wide variety of on-site activities. Consider our private getaway for your elegant Adirondack wedding or honeymoon.In addition to luxury Adirondack lodge style accommodations, enjoy relaxing in the mission-influenced classically elegant Adirondack Great room with vaulted log ceilings and magnificent stone fireplace. In the evening, gather round the out door fireplace on the screened in porch. The ground floor of our hotel on Friends Lake walks out to the lake features many relaxing sitting areas, a pool table, bar, wine cellar, a game table, a nine-person theatre, a sauna and exercise equipment (Bowflex, free-weights, an elliptical, medicine ball, Swiss ball).Our 70-acre wooded property borders on pristine Friends Lake. Use our kayaks or lounge in the sun before a dip in the lake. The lake is well known for small mouth bass fishing. There is very nice hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right here on the property.Our beautiful 24' ELCO electric launch is used for a late afternoon boat tour of beautiful Friends Lake complete with beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Fern Lodge is unmatched among romantic Upstate NY hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fern Hotel Chestertown