New York's historic Adirondack Loj was first opened in 1890 by Henry Van Hoevenberg. Van Hoevenburg's dream was to build a place in the Adirondacks where hikers could be as close to nature as possible. Today's Adirondack Loj is a gem in the heart of The High Peaks Region, situated on Heart Lake just 8 miles south of Lake Placid. Van Hoevenberg "built trails up the surrounding High Peaks; led, taught, and encouraged the earliest hikers; and told stories around the campfire," according to www.adk.org.
The Adirondack Loj got its spelling from Melvin Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. Dewey was a main officer of the Lake Placid Club, owners of the Loj from 1927 to 1958. Dewey wanted to have his simplified spelling used to name the Loj.
The Adirondack Loj is owned and operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club, a non-profit organization consisting of over 30,000 members. According to Adirondack Mountain Club Deputy Executive Director John Million, Adirondack Loj “provides an introductory and transitional experience to hikers on different entry levels.” The Adirondack Mountain Club works closely with the New York State Department of Conservation and offers education programs, outreach programs and volunteer trail projects.
“The Loj is a rustic bed and breakfast,” said Deputy Executive Director John Million. “But it’s more than a bed and breakfast, it’s a total wilderness experience.”
The mission of the Adirondack Mountain Club is to promote protection of natural resources as well as encourage responsible outdoor recreation in the Adirondack wilderness.
“For more and more of American society, that wilderness experience is further and further away for them,” Million said. “We find entry points where people can connect with the environment. As long as we can make that connection, we are fulfilling the mission.”
Take in the views of the surrounding High Peaks Region while snowshoe hiking on well-marked trails of the 640-acre Heart Lake property. Relax and enjoy a warm fire in the Loj's Great Room after a day of cross-country skiing on the Mt. Van Hoevenburg Trail that was used for competition during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Savor delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, that are served in the Loj's rustic dining room to the call of a traditional dinner bell. The Loj's comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for socializing and recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from their historic Adirondack library.
Executive Director John Million puts a visit to Adirondack Loj in perspective: “I always say the thickness of our mattresses might not be the same as a luxury hotel in town, but we have fox tracks right outside our door and someone to tell you they are fox tracks. The close interaction we have with the natural environment is what makes our experience different. To connect the outdoors, all you have to do is walk right outside your front door.”
To get there, take the Adirondack Northway (I-87) to Exit 30. Turn left on Route 73 toward Keene and Lake Placid, continue on Route 73 for 26.5 miles. Turn left on Adirondack Loj Road (High Peaks Trailhead sign). It is five miles to the Loj, located at 1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867. 518-523-3441
GPS Coordinates: 44° 10' 57.5" N, 073° 57' 58.6" W