We traveled to the Adirondacks to get in one last ski before the winter ended, and discovered the lovely Trail's End Inn in Keene Valley. Wanting to get away from our otherwise busy, hectic lives, we sought some tranquility mixed with a little elegance, all within our very average budget. We found it.
This is a very well-kept, very unpretentious place to stay. The price was well worth it. We stayed in the Skylight room, which is one of the newer rooms in the back of the inn. There, we had the luxury of our own fireplace (we had a nice fire every evening) and our own whirlpool tub, which was delightful after a long day skiing. The room was incredibly clean (would have passed the "mother" test), and Susan put out a plate of cookies every afternoon that were to die for. (My husband laughed as we drove back to the Inn every day, as I would be saying, "I can't wait to see what kind of cookies we are having today!") Breakfast the next morning was a culinary delight- the next day's breakfast menu was left in our room every day, so we would always know what was cookin', and it never disappointed! My only complaint was that I ate too much.
We loved the accommodations- being able to stroll around the living room, browse through the book of restaurant suggestions, use the computer on the main floor, brew a cup of coffee whenever, and just wander around. We had our own separate entrance (the back rooms are designed this way), and I would have liked to have been able to walk from our room down to breakfast without having to go outside, but it was a small compromise in order to have such a lovely room.
The attention to detail was most impressive. The entire Inn is decorated in the most tasteful Adirondack ambiance, right down to the coasters on the table in the breakfast room. This place was beautifully designed, and very well-maintained. We will be sure to return some day- my only regret is that it won't be soon enough.
This is a very quiet, very out of the way place - if you are looking for alot of action, or someone to wait on your every whim, you'll want to look elsewhere. If you are looking for a place to stay that feels like the kind of place you'd love to come home too, you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in secluded meadows in Keene Valley, the heart of the High Peaks. Private baths, suites, fireplaces, whirlpool or clawfoot tubs are available and there are the sleeping porches in the summer. A full home-cooked breakfast is included. Hiking trails right out our door, 15 minutes to the Olympics Ski venues and 20 minutes from Lake Placid. Private riverfront cottages are available. A phone in every room and the Inn is Wi-Fi connected to high speed internet. ... more less