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About Garnet Hill Lodge

"Where creating memories is always in season"


Garnet Hill Lodge was built in 1936 by the founder of Hooper Mine - Mr. Frank Hooper.  Located on a gentle hill overlooking a beautiful pristine lake, with miles of private ski and hiking trails and surrounded by forever wild protected state land, the lodge is a unique and special location that offers guests and visitors many options for activity as well as rest and relaxation.  Over the years, the lodge has become nationally known for the excellence of its cross country ski trails and programs.  It is widely acknowledged to be one of the very best Nordic ski centers in the country.

Since December, 2011 Garnet Hill Lodge has been undergoing a transformation under new owners Don Preuninger and Mindy Piper.  After a number of years of less than adequate management and maintenance, the lodge was suffering from a lack of attention and care.  As Don and Mindy took over, they immediately set about the task of correcting and improving the physical shortcomings as well as mending the spirit and outlook of the lodge.  The documentation of much of that journey can be found on their blog at: www.garnet-hill.blogspot.com.

The spirit of Garnet Hill Lodge is to be a place that is a refuge from the pace and pressure of everyday life in the 21st century.  While we don't try to be nostalgic for earlier times, we do seek to utilize those aspects of simpler living that apply to modern life and make them available to our guests.  This includes using simple, wholesome ingredients in the food which we prepare from scratch, offering a natural setting for activities and relaxation, providing down to earth and helpful service and much more.  It is our goal and hope that each guest will experience a deep and meaningful relaxation of stress and pressure during their stay with us, and a sense of life being lived on simpler terms.

Natural Setting, Adirondack Vacation
Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, overlooking pristine Thirteenth Lake, Garnet Hill Lodge offers a storybook Adirondack setting for individuals, couples, and families to escape from the hectic pace of everyday life and surround themselves with the serenity of nature. Our guests can choose to actively engage in hiking, mountain biking, swimming, paddling a kayak/canoe... or just settle into an Adirondack chair on the expansive front lawn with a good book if preferred. Winter opens up 50k of beautifully groomed cross-country ski trails, countless miles of back-country and snowshoe trails. as well as 15 minutes to downhill skiing at Gore Mountain. Our main Log House Lodge is reminiscent of an Adirondack Great Camp. The original structure was built in 1936 and offers a casual, friendly atmosphere with Bed and Breakfast guest service. Our location provides convenient access to many vacation activities, but best of all, it is a unique opportunity for couples and families to reconnect over wholesome outdoor activities. Our full service restaurant is open to the public and nourishes all our guests with freshly prepared, hearty lodge meals.

In the 1936 Log House, our guest rooms are nicely appointed with private baths and comfortable accommodations for 2-5 people. A separate family room with Ping Pong, Pool, and Foosball tables, a big screen TV and board games are a perfect place to relax after an active day outdoors. The Lodge provides quiet sitting areas for individuals and couples as well as a family friendly atmosphere for parents who want to enjoy a special experience with their children. Wi-Fi is available throughout the main lodge building. Two additional lodging options on the property are,
The Teahouse and The Birches... A bit more modern, offering spacious rooms ideal for families of 4-6, all with private baths and televisions in the room. Our Dog-Friendly rooms are located in these two buildings for privacy and convenience.

Balcony Room at Garnet Hill Lodge In its picturesque Adirondack setting, Garnet Hill provides guests the opportunity to restore the balance in their lives. Our rustic environment invites you to step back to more tranquil times. To support this, there are no phones or televisions in the Log House rooms. Staff respectfully receives and delivers messages and a public phone is available for essential calls. Guests can take full advantage of this and bask in the seclusion of Garnet Hill’s mountain environment or drive to nearby towns of North Creek, Lake George or Lake Placid to enjoy the many activities those areas have to offer.
“Whether it’s summer, fall or winter, once you’ve experienced a vacation at Garnet Hill, you will want to make it your family tradition”


 Natural Relaxing Vacation CenterThe Garnet Hill area is a natural paradise for those seeking a break from the hectic rush of everyday life.  In spring, summer or fall, 70 miles of marked and mapped trails provide gentle walks for the nature enthusiast, while the rugged mountain scenery presents the experienced hiker with more vigorous routes and climbs. Snowy, Peaked, Crane, Blue and Chimney Mountains are all nearby.  Fine swimming is offered in the clear waters of Thirteenth Lake, while its beautiful beach will reward those who prefer to just laze in the sun. Boating, canoeing and fishing can also be enjoyed, with rental canoes, kayaks, and rowboats available. Garnet Hill also maintains two tennis courts near the ski/bike shop.  Garnet Hill's extensive cross-country ski trail network is transformed into a mountain bike trail system in the summer and fall.  In addition to the ski trails we have developed an impressive interconnecting network of single-track bike trails - the rides are endless!

Call (518) 251-2444 or 1-800-497-4207 to make a reservation.  We look forward to your stay with us at Garnet Hill Lodge!



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Garnet Hill Lodge & Cross Country Ski Center
Address: 39 Garnet Hill Rd, North River, NY 12856 Phone: 518-251-2444 or 1-800-497-4207
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