The Otter Chalet was beautiful and the hosts were very accommodating. Did not expect the breathtaking view right in the backyard! Definitely recommended!
I try to visit the Adirondacks once a year. Eventually I would love to move there. This is the second time I have stayed within the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. This year my father and I chose an off-time (around Halloween) to visit. Just as the leaves were falling and off peak season hit, Placid and the surrounding area was really quiet. Even for hockey season.
This place is simply stunning. Breath-taking views, the sounds of the wildlife in the background. I hope to go again very soon and enjoy another season (generally trip in the fall). This cabin is not only stunning on the inside, the view from the kitchen looks right on Little Whiteface and Whiteface itself. There is an area for a bonfire and a walkway to the water for fishing or canoeing. A huge plus is being able to bring my dog with me to stay!
Staying at Otter Chalet was such a treat! The place was lovely and quite comfy. I love that there was a complete bathroom on each level of the chalet, with the loft bedroom having its own En suite! The frig was new and huge; accommodating all our food. We took full advantage of the hot tub, kayaked/canoed every day and enjoyed a couple evening campfires. It was also very convenient they had a full size washer/dryer with detergent, provided the paper towels/toilet paper and had nice supply of clean sheets/pillow cases.
The view of White Face Mountain seen from the front of the chalet is quite cool and there is also very nice scenery off to the right and left of the floating dock. Then there is the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge that is basically adjacent to the chalet. It is a nifty place and we visited it at least once a day to see the animals (they had variety of owls, hawks, ospreys, 2 eagles, foxes, coyote, baby deer, bobcats, hens, chickens, roosters, geese, an adorable porcupine and wolves!) and walk along the mile long path that went around part of the rehabilitation property.
We were fortunate guests to also have one of the rehab residents as a regular visitor to our chalet; a wacky juvenile crow we named Joe Crow (aka Russell Crow). He would come by at least once a day and hang out with us for a while; entertaining us with his antics and attitude. He would fly right up and sit on your arm, shoulder and even your head if you let him. He liked to be stroked/petted and when he had enough of that he’d let you know with a scratchy “awwww’ sound. He particularly took great pleasure in playing around with plastic cups and liked shiny things (I ended up giving him one of my beaded bracelets and he took off with it as if he won the lottery!). He made us laugh so much and we were sad when it was time to leave him and the other animals we came to know (most of which were caged for their safety).
There were a couple minor things that could have been improved upon but nothing worth noting here as to deter from our overall wonderful experience ( nothing is perfect!). Otter Chalet had some very nice features, was quite comfortable, included many amenities, had a lovely landscape with gardens of wildflowers and was private enough even with the rehab center nearby. Thank you for a wonderful stay and special memories!
We had a very good week. The pictures and description on the website were deceiving to us as it appeared much larger than it actually is. The 7 acres must include the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge next door as the property that the Chalet is on is probably about 1/2 acre including the parking, Chalet and back yard. Their were two outlets in the kitchen that did not work and the main floor and upstairs bedrooms were NOT large. The sleeping loft was not good for sleeping as it is right above the living room & dining area so unless everyone else was asleep it was quite open to noise. The refrigerator is not in good shape (tape on two door shelves and a broken shelf above the bins). There was no small beach area as the pictures led us to believe. The bottom of the shower curtains were covered in what appeared to be black mold that we could not clean off and were told to just set them aside in the utility room. How would anyone then shower? Thus we had to use them.
That being said, the fire pit was wonderful. We had a fire almost every night and even one morning for breakfast sandwiches. Ten of our twelve enjoyed the hot tub almost daily. Those few that used the sauna enjoyed it. There are several sites to visit in the area such as Lake Placid and all the Olympic sites and Ausable Chasm. There were actually 4 kayaks and a canoe at our dock. We all used them daily. The Ausable River was relatively shallow and slow moving which made for good (although very refreshing) swimming. We enjoyed watching and listening to the local beavers swimming and diving near our dock. We also enjoyed the howling of the wolves next door as well as all the other wildlife. It was back about 1/4 mile from the highway on a very rough dirt 2 way 1 lane drive, so very little if any road noise.
It is yet to be determined if we would return, at least with the 12 people we had. A smaller group may be better.
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