We spent three nights here and enjoyed it thoroughly. The hosts live on site with their children and friendly dog, although in a separate wing. The inn was recently built for its current purpose, and the guest rooms and common areas are spacious and comfortable, decorated in a traditional Adirondack style -- but clean and contemporary, not at all rustic or musty. Host/owner Sharon and her staff were extremely friendly and helpful with recommendations for activities and restaurants in the area. Breakfasts were more than ample and delicious, with very good variety. The setting on Friends Lake is ideal, with lovely views from several vantage points on the nicely landscaped grounds, and kayaks and canoes for guest use. Early evening cruise on the lake for new guests was a wonderful introduction to this peaceful spot. If you are a wine aficionado, Sharon's husband Greg has a very impressive cellar. Nice touches, like turned down beds with chocolates, are to be expected, given the relatively high price of the accommodations.
- 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