Friday, December 11, 2009

Escape From NY-Dartbrook Lodge, Adirondacks

On the other end of the spectrum from Whiteface Lodge, is the small  Dartbrook Lodge. It's in a 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' town, called Keene, but it's completely charming, and quiet, and has more the feel of a weekend cabin of your own in the Adirondacks, than a full-service property like Whiteface. The cabins are tastefully done, have all organic sheets and towels, and the details are just right. The owners even did the landscaping right, planting meadow flowers and leaving the grass high around the cabins, so the cabins don't look manicured, but like they belong. Next door is Cedar Run, a breakfast and lunch spot that has simple and delicious everything, plus items you can take out. And dinner at Tip A Canoe just across the street is great, so at the end of a long day out skiing or hiking, you can just walk to dinner. The wine list is smart, and the food is thoughtful and uncomplicated. On the other side of the cabins is the Dartbrook Rustic Goods Store, and it has everything from the best local artisan Adirondack mirror or table, to locally made balsam fir hand washing gel. The guys who own Dartbrook are so passionate about the area, and happy to share their secrets about where to go and what to do. It's about 15 minutes from Lake Placid, and 10 minutes from Keene Valley, with fantastic views along the way, of glassy lakes lined with birch trees.

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