Enjoy cool breezes and comfortable mountain temperatures! Commanding beautiful mountain views and located on the edge of a forest in a wildflower meadow, this lovely new canvas cabin ... a marvelous “glamping” tent ... is built on a deck and fully furnished. Enjoy a comfortable bed with hand-made feather quilts and pretty antique furniture. In the tent, there are lights, oriental rugs, a sofa and decorations. There is a front deck with Adirondack chairs, and off the back is a private porch with beautiful flowers.
We have two glamping tents, Glamp Richard and Glamp Suzanne, which are set about fifty feet apart. Glamp Richard has a king sized water bed, and Glamp Suzanne has two queen beds (very comfortable double high air mattresses). Elsewhere on the property we have two cabins, Authentic Adirondack Bird Camp which has two bedrooms, and Delightful Hobby Farm Guest House which has one bedroom.
Nearby is our renovated barn where there is a lovely new bathroom with an old-fashion claw foot tub --- it has a shower but we encourage folks to enjoy a deep bath with lavender salts. We provide nice towels, soap and such; there is a clothesline outside where we hang the sheets to dry so they get a fresh mountain smell (I’m in love with my clothesline … I wash all the linens in town, then enjoy hanging them out to dry).
Also in the barn is a kitchenette with sink, microwave, toaster, utensils, cutting boards, glasses and the basics for putting together a simple breakfast, making sandwiches or for grilling over the two charcoal grills just outside the door. We have jars of granola and cereal, coffee, tea, sugar and such. There is a small fridge for each of our two tents where we leave butter, cream, ketchup and yogurt for folks.
There is a bonfire with Adirondack chairs around it. We get the fire going at dusk. In the barn are jars of chocolate, graham crackers, marshmellows and sticks so you can make smores.
We have a flock of free ranging chickens that are very sweet and enjoy handouts of leftover salad, bread and such. They can be picked up easily and are very friendly. Also there are four nice ducks that waddle around the property. Outside the barn is a toddler’s swimming pool which we fill up with fresh water a couple times a day so that the ducks can bathe and drink; they are so joyous when they’re in water. The ducks are sweet but shy away from people (oh no! humans!). Unlike the chickens that wander all day and come back together only to sleep, the ducks are co-dependent and stick together all the time; if one duck is separated, they all quack until they get back together. So yes, country life can be noisy with the chickens cackling and the ducks quacking!
We have a gentle old Pony (aptly named PonyBoy) who wanders around the property. He sleeps a lot, flat out in a bed of straw by the chicken coop, or in the grass by the driveway. He also likes to stand right next to our kitchen door outside the window so he can hear the sound of our family and know what’s going on. He likes to bang the screen door open with his nose, or stick his head through the dog door. Sometimes it’s cute; other times it’s just annoying so we shoo him away with a kitchen towel. PonyBoy enjoys carrots, apples, fruit and such; best to toss the food on the ground instead of trying to feed him since he can’t tell the difference between your fingers and a carrot.
And of course there is Sammy Dog, a lab/shepherd mix, who bounds around the property, visiting all our guests, laying down on the porch waiting for people to come home. Be careful coming down the driveway because he sometimes leaps unexpectedly in front of cars all goofy and happy.
We have two cabins, and two glamping tents. The cabins are best set up for visiting dogs, but it’s more difficult to host dogs because it’s easier for them to slip out. Visiting dogs have to be kept on leash unless we can see clearly that your dog has no interest in chasing our chickens or ducks; some dogs could care less about eating the birds and would rather run around with our dog Sammy. We find that small dogs in particular are chicken/duck chasers. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just in their nature!
In the early evening, we get the central bonfire going for people and then leave folks to enjoy. There’s a stack of dry firewood nearby. If you need help, we can get the charcoal grill started for people as well. There is no “light pollution” so the stargazing is incredible up here.
The tents have a “fly” over them so they stay remarkably cool during the day. At night, zip up the canvas windows and doors, and stay cozy under handmade feather quilts. In September and October, we add an electric heater for extra warmth. And yes, the tents are completely waterproof even in a heavy downpour.
The lake is three miles down the winding road …13th Lake it is called and it is just beautiful. Totally natural and quiet with no sign of civilization on its shores. The Hudson River is at the bottom of our mountain; clear beautiful water; you go tubing or rafting with the various rafting companies located right nearby.
The town of North Creek is five miles away off the main Route 28 road but it’s easy to miss so look for the 3 or 4 signs that mark the entrance to “town”. North Creek is a scenic little town with some great restaurants, a grocery store, liquor store, some shopping places and a scenic train called the Saratoga/North Creek Railroad which takes folks in antique train cars along the Hudson River.
Gore Mountain Ski Center is off Route 28 in North Creek. Frequently they run the gondola so for about $18 a person, you can take the gondola to the top of the mountain …. Incredible views, beautiful fresh air, a lovely experience. All kinds of hiking at Gore Mountain.
Another great experience is nearby Garnet Hill Lodge, an historic lodge offering lunches and dinners … beautiful property, amazing views, great food. It’s located right up the road in North River. They rent mountain bikes and have all kinds of walking trails.
So … Enjoy amazing mountain day views and glorious stargazing by night ... this might be the most special vacation you’ve ever had! Quiet and tranquil … safely and privately located at the edge of our Hobby Farm where you can enjoy a beautiful tent, ducks and chickens, a sweet lab dog and a gentle pony.. If you're looking for additional space, we have other cottages on the property as well ...
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS:
We live on the property so we're around to make recommendations for swimming, rafting and dining. We get the nightly bonfire going, and keep the common kitchen and bathroom clean, but otherwise leave guests to enjoy themselves on their own. During the day, we’re pretty busy with the mowing, firewood, painting projects and laundry, but it is pleasant to spend some time with our guests to hear about life outside the Adirondacks!
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
We have two other rental cottage on our property and have great reviews from previous guests. If you look at my Profile, you'll be able to see our other listings as well as our reviews. We love hosting folks!!!!
HISTORY OF CAMPING
'Camping out' is becoming merely a name for moving out of one’s permanent habitation and dwelling for a few weeks in a well-built lodge, smaller than one’s home, but as comfortable and almost as convenient; with tables, chairs and crockery, carpets and curtains, beds with sheets and blankets on real bedsteads, a stove and its full outfit of cooking utensils, wherefrom meals are served in the regular ways of civilization… This misnamed camping out has become a fashion which seems likely to last till the shores are as thronged as the towns, and the woods are spoiled for real campers…."
~ Rowland Evans Robinson, In New England
Fields and Woods, 1896
"From my experience and observation, I am thoroughly convinced that camp-life in dry places, and at a reasonable altitude above the water, especially in a pine grove, has a wonderful effect in benefitting and restoring weak lungs."
~ The Adirondacks as a Health Resort, 1886
Our guests come here to relax and be quiet; please go along with this.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:
Things to bring: bug dope, something warm for chilly nights, some stories about what's happening elsewhere (we're kinda buried in the country up here!) and some newspapers for starting fires (we're always short).
Things NOT to bring: water bottles. Our well is 800 feet deep and has clear wonderful water to drink.
WHAT IS GLAMPING?
“Glamping” --- a combination of glamorous and camping --- has recently become popular with vacation travelers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to be outside in a beautiful natural environment without the hassle of pitching a tent or sleeping on the ground. The idea of roughing it during a camping trip might sound appealing to many vacationers if it weren't for having to consider, gather, purchase, pack and then carry in everything you need to go camping. That is where “glamping” comes in --- it’s an already set-up tent with a beautiful bed, a nearby hot shower and fairy lights. The trend is growing in popularity --- starting in Europe --- now here in the United State: glamorous camping, otherwise known as glamping.
When “glamping”, there’s no tent to pitch and no sleeping bag to unroll. Instead, visitors arrive to find a beautiful canvas tent set up on a wooden platform, a bed made up with nice linens, a beautiful nearby bathroom nearby and a blazing fire with Adirondack lawn chairs around it. Add gorgeous views of Gore Mountain, a scenic Hobby Farm with its scenic gardens and a few gentle farm animals set amoungst acres of Adirondack wildflowers, and it’s a slice of heaven.
We own 50 acres of land so it’s very private and quiet, and safe! We have open meadows to walk, woods to explore and even the road we’re on is wonderful for walking; you’ll pass by some wonderful old cemeteries and farmhouses.
Many of our guests come from NYC and struggle with the whole car rental thing and the hassle of driving. So here’s a way to make it easier for you to get here … (and to build up our glamping business):
Take the Amtrak train from Penn Station on Friday morning at 8:15 and arrive at 12:30 in Fort Edward/Glens Falls where we will pick you up in a Lincoln Continental (okay, it’s 15 years old but low mileage and a wonderful gift from my father) and within an hour, you’ll be glamping! On Sunday, we’ll bring you back to catch a 5:45 train, getting you all relaxed and back in the city by 9:45.
Round trip train tickets are $63 per person. For another $63 each way, we’ll get your group back and forth to the local train station. Our car fits four people plus the driver (me!)
And while you’re here, feel free to borrow our little Oldsmobile car to get to town, the lake, out to eat and such! No charge … And if you don’t drive, we’re happy to do some grocery shopping for you, drop you off rafting or at the lake, and such….
So get out of that hot city and come enjoy the cool mountain breezes!
Note: We use the Friday train as an example but are happy to help you with your schedule.
Located in the southern Adirondacks near the town of North Creek and a half hour northwest of Lake George ... 47 acres of private beautiful land with views, trails, meadows and woods .. we have three cottages (we live in one and rent the other two) and this year added two glamping tents. There is an historic cemetery next door, a quiet country road for more walking. It is a very safe, quiet country neighborhood with historic farmhouses, open land and nice woods.
For dining and shopping, enjoy North Creek which is five miles down the road. Day trips through the Adirondacks take you through amazing scenery, by beautiful lakes, through small country towns.
Right in our little town there are 5 rafting companies, a zip line, a garnet jewelry studio, an abandoned garnet mine to tour and a beautiful historic lodge.
13th Lake is just down the road .. pristine, quiet, scenic. There are numerous nearby lakes with sand beaches and playgrounds, and lots of kid stuff to do in Lake George.