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Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center
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Greenville, New York
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Lapland lakes”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

We went to Lapland Lakes this year after not going for 4 years and it was as great this time as last. The conditions for a no snow year was very good. Little icy but still skiable. The snowshoeing was awesome and the different trails are are real workout. If you do go, treat yourself to Michelle coming to your Tuba and giving you one of the best massages you will ever get. The staff is freindly, helpful and what more tdo you want them a place to ge get exercise, relax and get away from the world.

Room Tip: All the Tuba's are great.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Lapland Lake is such a wonderful treasure! I've visited three times and each time am astounded at the friendly staff, lovely location and charming accommodations. I have only stayed in the tupas when I stay at the Vacation Center, and they are clean, warm and comfortable. The cross country skiing is great (although a little icy this time around), and trails are well-groomed. I would recommend Lapland Lake to anyone who wants a truly relaxing experience in the Adirondacks.

Room Tip: Rent a tupa and you can bring your own food and prepare it in the cottages.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Albany, NY
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2012

A trip to Lapland Lake in winter is a longtime tradition for my husband and me, and also for our children when they were young. This year snowfall has been minimal, yet Olavi Hirvonen, owner, has the grooming skills to make the most of the conditions. We skied for 3 days, but we also walked the snowshoe trails through quiet hardwood forests, and tried the Finnish kick-sled on the frozen lake. The Hirvonens offer many pleasing options for all winter conditions.

The tupas (cottages) are cozy. Once we arrive, our car never leaves our parking spot. We find no reason to leave the property. In addition, Ann and Olavi Hirvonen are owners who are visible and ready to make your stay fun and comfortable. They are visible indoors and out, not like at some resorts where you never see the people whose names are on the brochures. Lapland Lake is the ultimate getaway if you're looking for peace and quiet and the opportunity for outdoor activity.

Room Tip: Each cottage has its own personality. Check them out online.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

My family has enjoyed ski weekends at Lapland Lake for a number of years now, and there's no better place for getting away from it all to focus on great winter exercise, nature, and connecting with family and friends free from distractions and commercialization. Here is comfort without the schlock -- cozy cabins, woodstove, sauna, easy access to wireless internet in lodge but freedom from electronics otherwise, snacks and meals available but great cabin set up for cooking yourself too. They stand out in making nordic skiing family-friendly -- love the kids clubs and ski games, along with the tubing, and other special Finnish outdoor activities when conditions are right and visits with reindeer. Trails in beautiful varied woods are set up to be ideal for beginners, experts, racers, and everyone in between. Many small friendly touches keep it homey but not intrusive, and the owners are great hosts. Olavi grooms the trails to perfection -- even on our trips in warm weather in late March and during this unusually snow-starved January every snowflake has been arranged to maximize great skiing. Wish we could get there more often. Another plus is that its location is easier than many places to travel to (not far from I-90) -- it makes a good meeting place for friends dispersed around the northeast.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Darien, Connecticut
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2012

We visited from the suburbs of NYC, and found just what we needed. It really feels very remote and quiet, and you are forced to unwind. The focus is definitely on skiing, but the whole family had a great time. Everything is very conveniently located within a close walk, and we found all of the services to be great. It is not luxurious, but they provide everything you might need, and are very accommodating. Just a few examples: i) the stove is all set to light when you arrive, and wood, kindling and newspaper are delivered daily (more if request); ii) any supplies you might need are for sale or rent at reasonable prices; iii) the restaurant is actually great, with delicious, homemade desserts; and iv) the sauna is AWESOME.

Lastly, the owners are absolutely wonderful people. I've never encountered such warm, personal service from the owners of a resort (personally placing phone calls to a local restaurant, shipping gear we left behind, etc.).

We will definitely return.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Northampton, MA
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

We visited Lapland Lake the week after Labor Day in 2011. Our 2 bedroom tupa (Adirondack houskeeping cabin) was spotlessly clean and well equipped: we needed nothing but our clothing and personal toiletries. Arriving after the summer season, but before the snows, we had the resort almost entirely to ourselves. After months of work related travel, my wife and I reconnected during walks through the woods and sunning by the lake; watching the reindeer eat windfall apples; barbequing on the grill provided just outside our door; having a proper Finnish suomi (sauna ) followed by a deep tissues massage in my living room. Without cell signal or WiFi in our tupa (but available at the Lodge on site) everything ...just...slowed...down. I don't swim or Nordic ski or canoe, but I will return for the peaceful experience I had at Lapland Lake. P.S. The staff was outstanding.

Room Tip: We stayed in the little red Pulkka Tupa, which has 2 BR, a common room with woodstove; a small parl...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Illinois
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

We rented a 2 bedroom cabin. It had a kitchen, entry room, nice sitting room, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. We were very pleased with the accomodations - nice and quiet. There is a lake within walking distance and we took a short canoe ride in the morning. Would love to stay longer next time.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center
Address: 139 Lapland Lake Rd, Northville, NY 12134-3962
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Region: United States > New York > Northville
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Northville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center offers a touch of Finland in New York's southern Adirondack Mountains! We offer lodging in cozy tupas (housekeeping cottages), a pristine non-motor lake with sandy beach for swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing along with scenic hiking and mountain biking. Visit in winter for the day or overnight to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. Our four-season woodland retreat was proudly operated by former U.S. Olympian Olavi Hirvonen and his family for more than 35 years. New owners Kathy and Paul Zahray offer you their warmest welcome. We offer year round lodging in ten immaculate tupas (housekeeping cottages) featuring up to four bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens (refrigerator-freezer, range, microwave, toaster, electric coffee maker), baths with showers, screened porches, electric heat, wood stoves including all wood stove supplies, outdoor fire pit and BBQ. Our authentic Finnish wood-burning sauna is complimentary year round for overnight guests. Professional massage therapy is available. During the spring, summer and fall seasons overnight guests have access to our stunning 70-acre, motor-free lake with sandy beach. Woods Lake offers exceptional swimming, fishing, kayaking & canoeing with complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boats. Our 30-mile of private hiking and mountain biking trails are available for our lodging guests' use. Our 3-mile self-guided nature trail is a delight for children and adults alike. In the winter months you are welcome to visit for the day or to lodge with us to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. 50Km of scenic ski & snowshoe trails are surrounded by the pristine southern Adirondack Forest Preserve. Trails are available for all abilities, from beginner to expert. Lapland Lake offers meticulous snowcat grooming; well-trained, courteous staff; two-story warming lodge; full rental-retail shops; daily PSIA ski instruction; children's tubing; ice-skating and two food service locations. Tavataan ladulla! See you on the trails! Come join us to experience Adirondack Splendor and Finnish Hospitality! ... more   less 
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