If the only draw were the muffins, I would still make the 5 hour drive from NYC! Let's start with the buffet breakfast. Innkeepers George and Laurie alternate when it comes to making and hosting breakfasts. The whole wheat muffins are always full of huge chunks of fruit, and are served freshly made every morning. This is aside from the coffee, freshly ground every morning, bread from the Dogwood Bakery, some type of eggs, fruit, cereals, etc. The dining room is comfortable and the kind you can linger in.
My wife and I have been coming here since George and Laurie's opening year. We know the inn as a couple, pre-kids, and now as a family. It is the perfect home-base for cross-country skiing and hiking in the high peaks. It is a no-frills, but exceptionally comfortable and warm inn. It is the perfect destination after a backpack or a camping trip. We savor the clean rooms and bathrooms, the warm main room with a fireplace, games, piano, and guide books. No one looks at you funny if you need to dry out camping equipment in the yard behind the lodge. Most important, we appreciate the friendliness of the inn keepers. We have always viewed KVL as a home away from home. We always feel welcome, and it is consistently with heavy heart that we leave this inn for the city.
But to get back to what is really important: the best muffins north of NYC! And you can eat as many as you want!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Keene Valley Lodge is located in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, in the quaint hamlet of Keene Valley. It is the perfect starting point for all of your adventures in our pristine, wild mountains, whether it be hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, or simply enjoying the fresh mountain air. Relax by the fire or outside on the front porch after an invigorating day in the woods. We offer a wide choice of rooms, from small rooms perfect for the budget hiker, to large suites that can accommodate families or groups of friends. A full buffet breakfast is included with our rooms. We also offer the Phelps Cottage next door to the Lodge, a full house rental that sleeps up to 8 people. We have served our wonderful guests since 1999, a great many of whom have been returning for years. We are happy to share our knowledge of the surrounding mountains and trails, and can recommend the perfect day in the mountains for all levels of enjoyment. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Keene Valley Hotel Keene Valley