The Fern Lodge

46 Fiddlehead Bay Road , Chestertown, NY 12817 USA (Show map)
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In the midst of the majestic Adirondack Mountains, overlooking pristine Friends Lake, there stands a wondrous guesthouse where luxurious lodgings, sumptuous beds, indulgent baths and unforgettable breakfasts join in an atmosphere of rustic elegance and lakeside living. The Lodge's 5 intimate guest rooms are uncommonly comfortable ~ both rustic and elegant, even magnificent. All guest rooms have king-size beds, large stone fireplaces and wonderful lake and/or mountain views, all have private luxury baths with deep-soaking Jacuzzi tubs, all rooms have a small wet-bar and refrigerator and television. The nightly rate includes an unforgettable breakfast, nightly turndown service, Wi-Fi and a variety of on-site activities. Within the lodge, enjoy relaxing in the mission-influenced classically elegant Adirondack Great room with vaulted log ceilings and magnificent stone fireplace or in the evening gather round the out door fireplace on the screened in porch. The ground floor that walks out to the lake features many relaxing sitting areas, a pool table, the wine cellar, a game table, a nine-person theatre, a sauna and exercise equipment. 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. The garden is the scene of many elopements and petite weddings.




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  • Guest room5.0
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

why you should stay at fern lodge

5 on August 06, 2012

from arrival to leaving we were showered with friendly and knowledgable information and courtesy. everyone should stay at fern lodge at least once. great views of friends lake too.

Clean,friendly,Great attention to detail,awesome location.

5 on March 18, 2012

One of the few really well managed and staffed places out there.

Fern Lodge 8/10

4.6 on August 22, 2010

Beautiful setting, lake and lodge are relaxing. Sharon and Greg as innkeepers are relaxed, welcoming and gracious. They arranged a wonderful first night dinner for us at a nearby superb restaurant and an in room massage for two later in the week.

kayaking weedend & A wounderful time at the Fern Lodge!!!!!

5 on June 23, 2010

From the moment you enter Fern Lodge there is a warm feeling of welcome! A meandering path down to the boat house brings one to a place of quiet beauty on the shores of Friends Lake.

Serene escape

4.6 on March 14, 2010

My husband and I stayed one night for our anniversary. We live right here in the Adirondacks but always enjoyed the Friends Lake Inn which Greg and Sharon previously owned. This was far superior! Unfortunately, the Taylors were away on a much deserved vacation. However, they left their Inn in wonderful hands. I wish I can remember the woman's name but she was fabulous! Sharon left a bottle of wine in our room with a lovely note for our anniversary. It was such a wonderful get-a-way even though it was only a few miles down the road from our home. I highly recommend the Fern Lodge and look forward to staying again in the future.

Romantic Solitude

5 on February 11, 2009

let me say that my husband and I were stunned when we arrived at the Fern Lodge. We had seen the pics on the net and new it was going to be nice, but when we arrived into this heavenly solitude it was breathtaking. Nestled in the Adirondacks right on friends Lake made for a wonderful romantic weekend. The rooms were exquisite. massive king size bed with ulta soft sheet bedding. A beautiful gas fireplace right in our room set the mood. My favorite was the two person jacuzzi in the room, you want to talk relaxing, you have to experience it. My husband and I love to hike and there is endless areas to hike around around the property, We even were able to take a day in skiing at Gore which is only 15 minutes away. Sharon & Greg were such the gracious hosts. Sharon prepared each morning an amazing breakfast which was fuel for our day. Sharon also set up dinner reservations for us at the Friends lake Inn. Like I said a++.. My husband and I are looking forward to returning in the summer so we can take advantage of the Kyaking offered and a ride on Sharon & Greg's electric boat

Fabulous Hidden Treasure

5 on December 03, 2008

Sharon and Greg have thought of ever detail in this lodge. The Fern Lodge is luxurious and so relaxing. We definitely will be back!

beautiful place

4.4 on October 29, 2008

wonderful place, beautiful people, made our stay unforgettable. we are here 2nd time and we will be back again.

pure COUNTRY luxury

4.8 on May 17, 2008

The initial view of the lodge was beautiful,The lodge is gorgeous, and they have 2 cute yellow labs. We stayed in the Cedar room. Great place!

Oh My Goodness...So AMAZING

5 on December 10, 2007

The comfortable, romantic, exceptional, cozy, amazing, and gorgeous, weekend that the two of us enjoyed at The Fern Lodge was spectacular!!!! We never experienced such a great place.

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Rooms & Rates


Our newest room features a modern rustic motif a free form branch king-size bed, a walk out patio to the lake with its own fiepit, sitting area in front of the stone fireplace, jaccuzzi separate from the bath also fireside, a rain forest shower, WiFi, small wet bar/refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The spectacular king-size Stickley bed and fireplace dominates our only non-rustic room.

The room is Mission styled with a beautiful Stickley bedroom set which beautifully complements the warm oak paneling/wainscoting. The luxury bath features a steam shower with deluge shower head and body sprays, a deep soaking Jacuzzi tub and copper sink. A fireside sitting area, wet bar and a refrigerator are in the room. Wi-Fi throughout the lodge is available to you. Look out over the lake on your open-air porch. This room is located on the main floor off the Great Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


A magnificent king-size re-claimed barn beam bed in a cozy log cabin motif greets you in front of a beautiful stone fireplace.

The luxury bath features a two-person steam shower with deluge shower head and body sprays, a two-person deep soaking Jacuzzi tub and dual copper sinks. A fireside sitting area, and a refrigerator are in this rustic Adirondack accommodation. Wi-Fi throughout the lodge is available to you. Look out over the lake on your open-air porch. This room is located on the main floor, off of the Great Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The great cedar king-size bed takes center stage under the vaulted ceiling in this appealingly elegant and rustic western–influenced accommodation.

The luxury bath features a two-person steam shower with deluge shower head and body sprays, a two-person deep soaking jaccuzzi tub and dual sinks. A fireside sitting area, television and a refrigerator are in the room. Wi-Fi throughout the lodge is available to you. Private screened-in mountain view porch. This room is located upstairs on the 1st floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Our premier junior suite features a magnanimous free form yellow birch tree bed under a vaulted log ceiling.

A double sided fireplace separates the bedroom from the fireside sitting room. The sitting room boasts a luxurious two person Jacuzzi tub to soak indulgently in front of a romantic fire. The luxury bath features a two-person steam shower with deluge shower head and body sprays and dual sinks. A refrigerator is also in the room. Wi-Fi is available throughout this Adirondack lodging. Private screened-in porch overlooking the lake. This room is located upstairs on the 1st floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

The Loft at the Remington

Enirely separate from The Fern Lodge ;this in-town upstairs loft apartment with 4 large bedrooms is part of the historic Remington Building - 10 minutes from Friends Lake in the small downtown area of Chestertown.Each very large bedroom with private bath features a king-size bed, a small sitting area with pull-out couch, flat screen tv, air-conditioning. There is a common area (for all guests' use) with a double-faced fireplace in the open living room-dining room-kitchen area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 16
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Extra Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Countryside, Lakefront, Mountains


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 75 miles

Directions to property:

From Albany and Points South (4 ½ hours from NYC) Take the NY Thruway to exit 24 in Albany and take exit 1N (after the toll) to I-87 North (the Adirondack "Northway"). Drive approx. 1 1/2 hours, take exit 25 *(Chestertown/Brant Lake). Make a LEFT off the exit ramp onto Route 8 WEST. Drive 3 ½ miles, then make a LEFT onto Friends Lake Road. Bear right at the fork, drive 1 mile, then make a RIGHT onto the continuation of Friends Lake Road. After passing Friends Lake Inn, take your 2nd left (Indian Springs Road is the first Road) onto Hill Park Road. Go almost to the end. Take a right on Fiddlehead Bay Road. Go over the bridge, stay to the right- we are the last one in. Brown House with army green trim.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Downhill skiing at Gore Mountain, Horseback riding, Dynamite Hill for sledding, snowshoing, xc skiing, skiing for the kids with a free rope tow and iceskating in winter. In summer enjoy the running or mountain biking trails. Excellent road biking., Outlet Stores, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Billiards, Conference Rooms, Copier, Library, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Sauna, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Workout facility , steam shower, 9-person theatre, sauna, beach and boathouse, lakeside firepit, Hot tub under the stars

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: not specific
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No All rooms have one king-size bed
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We do request a deposit by check or credit card number to confirm your stay. To confirm a reservation of one night, a 100% deposit is requested.
  • Cancellations: If a cancellation is made 14 days or more prior to your arrival date, you may elect to either apply the entire amount of your deposit towards a future stay within the next year or receive a refund of your deposit. If a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to your arrival date, no refund will be possible regardless of the reason. Should it be necessary for you to depart earlier than your confirmed reservation dates, you will be responsible for all of the original room nights booked from your intended stay.
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Sharon and Greg Taylor

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About the innkeepers

Skiing, hiking, biking, cooking, wine

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  • Time Served: 8-10
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Wood-fired pizza

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