A trip to Lapland Lake in winter is a longtime tradition for my husband and me, and also for our children when they were young. This year snowfall has been minimal, yet Olavi Hirvonen, owner, has the grooming skills to make the most of the conditions. We skied for 3 days, but we also walked the snowshoe trails through quiet hardwood forests, and tried the Finnish kick-sled on the frozen lake. The Hirvonens offer many pleasing options for all winter conditions.
The tupas (cottages) are cozy. Once we arrive, our car never leaves our parking spot. We find no reason to leave the property. In addition, Ann and Olavi Hirvonen are owners who are visible and ready to make your stay fun and comfortable. They are visible indoors and out, not like at some resorts where you never see the people whose names are on the brochures. Lapland Lake is the ultimate getaway if you're looking for peace and quiet and the opportunity for outdoor activity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center offers a touch of Finland in New York's southern Adirondack Mountains! We offer lodging in cozy tupas (housekeeping cottages), a pristine non-motor lake with sandy beach for swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing along with scenic hiking and mountain biking. Visit in winter for the day or overnight to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. Our four-season woodland retreat was proudly operated by former U.S. Olympian Olavi Hirvonen and his family for more than 35 years. New owners Kathy and Paul Zahray offer you their warmest welcome. We offer year round lodging in ten immaculate tupas (housekeeping cottages) featuring up to four bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens (refrigerator-freezer, range, microwave, toaster, electric coffee maker), baths with showers, screened porches, electric heat, wood stoves including all wood stove supplies, outdoor fire pit and BBQ. Our authentic Finnish wood-burning sauna is complimentary year round for overnight guests. Professional massage therapy is available. During the spring, summer and fall seasons overnight guests have access to our stunning 70-acre, motor-free lake with sandy beach. Woods Lake offers exceptional swimming, fishing, kayaking & canoeing with complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boats. Our 30-mile of private hiking and mountain biking trails are available for our lodging guests' use. Our 3-mile self-guided nature trail is a delight for children and adults alike. In the winter months you are welcome to visit for the day or to lodge with us to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. 50Km of scenic ski & snowshoe trails are surrounded by the pristine southern Adirondack Forest Preserve. Trails are available for all abilities, from beginner to expert. Lapland Lake offers meticulous snowcat grooming; well-trained, courteous staff; two-story warming lodge; full rental-retail shops; daily PSIA ski instruction; children's tubing; ice-skating and two food service locations. Tavataan ladulla! See you on the trails! Come join us to experience Adirondack Splendor and Finnish Hospitality! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Hotel Northville