The SpaceTHIS IS A SPECIAIZED LISTING FOR DANCING FERN LODGE, WITH A REDUCED NIGHTLY RATE GEARED TOWARD INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES WHO ARE TRAVELING MID-WEEK. You may also visit Dancing Fern Lodge's main listing. The whole house very comfortably accommodates 7 guests. Reviews can be read on the main listing as well.
Calling all hikers, rock and ice climbers, skiers, snowshoers, ice skaters, bikers, fishermen and river enthusiasts! Dancing Fern Lodge, a secluded 1-4 bedroom lodge, sits on 25 magical acres of woods and stream beds, nestled between the East Branch of the Ausable River and the Oak Ridge section of the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area. Towering White Pines and Hemlocks, wildflower meadows, lush fern glades, trickling stream beds, and glacial moraines and erratics compliment views of the Adirondack Mountain's highest peaks.
Dancing Fern Lodge accommodates individuals as well as small groups and families comfortably. The bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs, all with lovely window views, comfortable mattresses, plenty of bedding and cozy flannel sheets in the winter time. The spacious main bedroom, which we call " the Blue Room" has a king size bed. A second large bedroom has a queen sized bed (Swedish foam mattress with adjustable firmness on each side). An adjacent large bedroom has a daybed which opens up into comfy twin beds. These two bedrooms are connected by swing open French doors, each having its own entrance from the hallway. The 4th cozy bedroom (and smallest) has a full sized bed.
Guests will find the kitchen, dining area and living room highly functional, comfortable, warm feeling and full of Adirondack character. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, silverware, pots, pans, coffee maker,etc. Laundry machines are full sized with soap available for use while visiting. The lodge offers Cable TV, wireless internet access, and a hassle-free propane "wood" stove, where you can cuddle up and stare in to the flames, exhausted by the day's adventures. Season chills are kept out with heat monitors, and your host can light up the wood stove in the basement if temperatures drop severely. The standard for cleanliness is set high. Guests regularly comment on the immaculate and tidy feeling in the house.
The walls of Dancing Fern Lodge are extremely fortunate to be graced with BEAUTIFUL Adirondack wildlife and landscape photographs taken by Caroline Fine, a well know photographer in the area. The artwork she has displayed at the lodge (including cards) are for sale.
There is a propane fired barbeque grill on the covered front porch with seating for outdoor meals. Make sure you bring marshmallows, a guitar and some good stories for evening campfires! The picnic table and fire ring in the yard will provide hours of enjoyment on those evenings when you feel like sitting outside to enjoy the stars and peaceful sounds of night. Firewood is available for $5.00 per bundle if needed.
Trails for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and hikers abound. Guests can explore looping trails on the lodge's property or find their way (through a relatively open canopy) up to the peak of Oak Ridge for a breath taking view. The Jack Rabbit trail, Van Hoevenberg and Cascade cross country ski centers can be reached within moments. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center (downhill skiing) is not more than a 15 minute drive from the lodge. Upon request, guests are welcome to borrow snowshoes (adult and child sizes), as well as snow sleds. There are some fun sledding hills on the property and around Keene.
A short hike north will take you to your hosts farmstead, where they keep chickens, horses and a large garden (spring through late fall). Guests are always welcome to visit the farm, help out with animal chores and might enjoy picking a basket full of organically grown vegetables, then hike "home' through the woods like Little Red Ridinghood to prepare an extra special dinner at the lodge. Don't worry, we've seen red fox here but never a wolf!
Fishermen can access the river right at the bottom of the driveway. For those who like to swim in rivers and lakes, Joseph and Kaycie can direct you to some EXCELLENT swimming holes and beaches. We have tubes for borrowing upon request if you would like to luxuriate in the sun on a hot afternoon and float down river. While the lodge is tucked back in the woods on a hill not visible from the road, triathletes should know that the biking portion of the Ironman goes right by the lodge drive. Dancing Fern Lodge is located just 1 mile from the center of Keene, making it ideal for guests who would like to go for a peaceful morning or evening walk along the river, ending up in town for breakfast or dinner at the ADK Cafe or to grab a muffin and cup of coffee at Cedar Run (or a bottle of wine for later). While in town, you might want to peruse Dart Brook Rustic Goods store, peak in the Adirondack Attic (a high end thrift store), pick up milk or ice cream at Stewarts (convenience store and gas station), or a pint of maple syrup at Black Rooster Maple. Visit our historic little Keene Library, schedule a massage, or surround yourself with the colorful and fragrant plants at East Branch Organics (wine and spirits available there as well).
For more information, please contact us with questions.
* The rate of $125 per night is for 2 guests and one bedroom. If guests need a second bedroom, there will be a $50 fee. Additional guests will be charged $25 per person per night and will be given access to their own room (upon request).
* For emergency purposes, upon registration guests must provide full names of everyone staying at the lodge and ages of all minors.
* Security deposit $225.
* 2 night minimum (2 night stays incur a $50 cleaning fee, 3 or more night bookings do not) Guest AccessGuests will have access to the full first floor (dining area, kitchen, laundry and living room), as well as the bathroom and one bedroom upstairs (more bedrooms available to additional guests).
Interaction with GuestsInteraction with guests varies from group to group, depending on their needs and wishes. The NeighborhoodKeene is a stunningly beautiful quiet little mountain town, with a rich history and filled with active outdoor enthusiasts. Guests can expect to be met with warmth from our townspeople. Getting AroundTrailways has a bus stop in Keene Valley. However, given the rural nature of the area, a car is most useful. For travel around the more immediate area (Keene, Keene Valley, Upper Jay and Jay), a bike can certainly be excellent for transportation during warmer months. The lodge has a big driveway, with plenty of room for multiple vehicles.