Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat

6319 State Rt 30 , Lake Clear, 12945 USA (Show map)

About

Experience "An Era All Its Own" A small resort on 25 acres offering Lodge rooms, romantic suites and private chalets. Awarded National Geographic - Keeping a Sense of Place PLUS the highest eco award from Audubon International 2013. Winter sleigh rides, free trails and snowshoes. Spring/Summer/Fall free canoes/kayaks, trails, Real foods restaurant is our highlight as well, we use local organic sustainable when possible.

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Lovely atmosphere but could be spiffed up a bit

4.2 on January 16, 2014

We were here a few years ago for dinner a few years age and always wanted to come back and stay for a weekend. So this new year's we planned a two night stay. The rooms were very quaint and and atmosphere was lovely as we expected. We were disappointed that the horse drawn carriagess were not running but that is a service outside the hotel and they do not control that. Our original trip was even better with that amenity. We just had breakfast and there were nice warm muffins out of the oven and warm coffee to wake us up. (It was cold for our stay) We also ordered waffles which seemed to be pre-made and warmed up. Not the best but OK with some nice crisp bacon and warm syrup. Service was great and the owners are delightful people. I think if they renewed the curtains and cleaned up a bit it would add to the ambiance making it less old but more cumfy cozy for a winter stay. Would and have recommended to friends!


Delightfully Surprised

3.8 on October 09, 2013

The hosts, Cathy & Ernest, were great hosts and provided a unique and pleasant environment for a lodge / bed and breakfast style retreat. You get what you pay for as pricing is not budget but the value is warranted. I would return.


Wonderful surprise at Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat

5 on August 23, 2013

My boyfriend and I decided to take a much needed brief vacation, but did our planning in a hurry. We didn't know what to expect from the Bed & Breakfast we selected. When we pulled into the drive leading to the lodge, we were very surprised by the unspoiled setting. There were wildflowers in all directions, decorating the property. Several mini-lodges are scattered about the main house, which dates way back (you'll have to look up the date yourself). We ended up in one of the mini-lodges (the Eagle room) which looks out over the lake. For the record, the lake is truly clear. There was more than enough to do--trails to walk where we found a trove of wild blueberries, kayaks and canoes to use, bikes. The food was unbelievable. Ernest provided a bit of context prior to our dinner when he gathered all the diners in the Rathskeller. We learned some interesting history about the lodge and the values and philosophy that guide how things are done today. Chef Cathy accommodated our vegetarian diets with a delicious vegetable strudel, accompanied by an array of side dishes that easily could've been entrees themselves. My boyfriend and I are both over 50 (just slightly in my case), and while we are extremely active and engaged, we were seeking a vacation that took us away from day-to-day concerns. We wanted to unplug. The Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat provided exactly what we wanted, but it's still so close to Saranac and Lake Placid, etc, that we could bop over to check out favorite spots and then return to the peacefulness of the lodge. The owners and their lovely daughter (we didn't get a chance to meet the other kids) were the perfect hosts. I hope they take as much pleasure from sharing their home as my boyfriend and I did in staying with them. We are already planning our return visit.


Our most amazing stay in the Adirondacks

5 on January 13, 2013

Our stay was amazing, Kathy and Ernest pleasantly helped us to enjoy every minute of our stay. The food and wine tasting was more then we would have thought to experience and then some. After we walked the wintery snow cover trails and gazed at the mountains over the lake. Arriving back to the cabin to sit by a beautiful wood burning fire place was the top of our peaceful and refreshing getaway. We will defiantly be returning again and this time for a much longer stay.


Romatic Hide-a-way

5 on October 02, 2010

Welcome home is the first thing I thought upon entering the charming floyer/sitting room. The Hohmeyers are perfectionists in every way... while at the same time you feel their warmth and hospitality and completely at ease roaming their beautiful property on Lake Clear. Our stay couldn't have been more wonderful, relaxing and memorable. Thank you again Ernest and Kathy! Kitty Ryan

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We are glad you felt comfortable on our 25 acre property. I know that this was a unique visit with friends - we hope that you get to have fun together again soon!


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Rooms & Rates

Eagles Nest, 2nd floor lake view

Click "enlarge" at left to see more photos. Located in our Lakehouse, just a few hundred yards from Lake Clear, this spacious second-floor lodging was made for rest and relaxation. A open, one room with private bath with shower, this suite features a crafted queen size bed. Includes breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Reflections Suite, jacuzzi and fireplace

A spa suite. Located within yards of the shores of Lake Clear, this romantic lodging offers a queen bed and separate sitting area with fold-out sofa. The Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom has a romantic view of the room's centerpiece: an Old-World antique woodburning woodstove. Ski or snowshoe from your door or have a private sleigh pick you up for a romantic lantern lit ride

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Woodsmoke suite, jacuzzi, fireplace

A spa suite. This suite features full kitchen, living room with large woodburing fireplace, and gorgeous lake views. The spa-style bath features double-soaking jacuzzi tub and separate stall shower. This is the downstairs suite of the Guesthaus. Full kitchen amenities - breakfast available in our dining room at extra cost. Master bedroom plus augment bedroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Sunset Pine Suite, jacuzzi

Click "enlarge" at left to see more photos. Just yards from the beach, this romantic hideway includes a king bed, separate sitting area with pull-out sofa, and double jacuzzi tub with lake view. This is a private suite on one end of the Lakehouse. Includes breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Pine Room in Lodge, tub/shower

One bedroom Lodge room with private bath, custom pine interior with 2 large windows. Choose a room with one king bed or two twin beds during confirmation.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

April Melody Chalet, fireplace, kitchen

Click "enlarge" at left to see more photos! April Melody: A cozy 900 sq foot 2-bedroom private chalet with woodburning fireplace and custom wood accents. Relax, watch the fire, and enjoy the Adirondack craftsmanship of the partial cathedral ceiling in the living areas. Hike, ski or bike outside your door. Full kitchen amenities - breakfast available in our dining room at extra cost. Woodland view, the lake front is "just around the corner".

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Writer's Chalet, steamshower, fireplace

Click "enlarge" at left to see more photos. This eco-conscious lodging features wonderful wood accents that originated from trees felled where the building now stands. Sink into luxurious leather couches and enjoy the romantic crackle of the woodstove in the living area. Or enjoy the distant sunset beachview. Pamper yourself with the king bed and aromatherapy steam shower. Escape to read - or write a good book in the cozy 2nd floor loft. Includes breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Guides cabin, jacuzzi, fireplace

See more photos by clicking enlarge at left. Guide's Cabin: Snuggle into this private, cozy, one room spa chalet. Beautiful custom wood and fabric interior. Watch a colorful sunset over Lake Clear through the large picture window over the spacious lawn. Relax in the double jacuzzi tub near the queen bed as you watch a woodburning fireplace. Includes breakfast. see more photos https://picasaweb.google.com/oldworldeatery

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Loons Watch Suite

Loons Watch Suite, kitchen, fireplace, jet tub

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Canopy Room, king bed

Canopy Room, king bed, shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

November Moon, fireplace

November Moon, fireplace, kitchen

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

25 acre estate, Airport, Countryside, Lakefront, Small town, Village

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 75 miles

Directions to property:

At the junction or Rts 186 and 30, just 2 miles from the Adirondack Airport (SLK),8 miles west of Saranac Lake,20 minutes from Lake Placid,NY. Plattsburgh International Airport is the closest major airport, we are a 2.5 hour drive north of Albany,NY. Two hours south of Montreal, 2 hours from Ottawa, 3.5hours from Syracuse, NY. From Saranac Lake take rt 186 west, turn onto 186 west - we are 4 miles down on the right - sign says THE LODGE.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Adirondack Museum, Robert Louis Stevenson House, Historic Saranac Lake, Artist Walks, Wellness Walks, Olympic Venues, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Spa, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Lake front, canoes,kayaks, bicycles, Wine and Beer Cellar, cooking classes, wellness retreats

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sleigh Rides, Wine & Beer Cellar with Tastings, Weddings/Family Reunions, Cooking Classes, Massage and Unique Spa Services nearby, SCUBA and snorkel, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Table Tennis

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Please keep all areas inside smoke free
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Private chalets great for families
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required In two the private chalets

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: occasional one nighters if available
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% required to hold your chosen lodging
  • Cancellations: Deposit non-refundable 30 days, bookable in full towards a future stay of same duration/package

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Ernest & Cathy Hohmeyer

Languages spoken

German

About the innkeepers

We may be woodworking, cooking in the kitchen, cross-country skiing or greeting you at the front door!! Occasionally we make it down to the lake to canoe or kayak!

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Meals

Breakfast

Breakfast inclusion depends on package booked

  • Time Served: 8-9 specified at check in
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, GAPS