Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Season at Garnet Hill Lodge

Welcome to summer at Garnet Hill Lodge! 
Lodge Patio (small)
Spring passed by quickly as we worked to prepare for an exciting summer of activity & events.  Pleasant spring temperatures and sufficient rain to raise the water level of the mighty Hudson River has continued bringing guests for the wonderful hiking and exciting rafting conditions. Rafting continues through the summer and fall.

We have made significant improvements to the rooms, ammenities, and property over the last several months and we hope you get a chance to enjoy them.   Planting of new flower beds and gardens helped us bring the landscape to life after our long cold winter. As you can see, we've installed a beautiful new railing on the patio of the Loghouse and a new dock has been installed at the beach as well.

Beach (small)
Summer Time Activities
Explore the woods and waters at Garnet Hill and the surrounding area… on foot, bicycle, canoe, kayak, raft or train! Hike the numerous trails at Garnet Hill and the neighboring Siamese Ponds Wilderness or hike to OK Slip Falls - the newest nearby destination on recently acquired state land. Contact our Guest Services desk about raft & stay packages for rafting on the Mighty Hudson River Gorge. The opportunities for mild to wild adventures are endless… Join us this summer and make some wonderful memories!

Hop in the car to take in more Adirondack sights & sounds…
Natural Stone Bridges & Caves in Pottersville
  • Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek (concerts, workshops & gallery)
  • Arts Center in Blue Mountain Lake (concerts & more!)
Play a round at one (or all) of the top-notch golf courses in the area…
  • Cedar River Golf Course
  •  High Peaks Golf Course Club
  • Cronin’s Golf Resort
  • Sagamore Golf Club  
Nordic Skiing and Winter Trail Maintenance
Our trail maintenance and winter preparations are in full swing at this time. We've been mowing, clearing, leaf blowing and trimming along all of the trails during the spring months and have signage, grading, bridge building and tree cutting underway for the summer and fall.
We will also be opening a small trail around the tennis courts near the Ski Shop to allow for skiers, especially beginners, to have easier access to the Putty Pond trails for lessons and training. So while winter is still many months away, we'll be hard at work making sure our wintertime experience is every bit as good as our summertime experience.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

And So Another Year Begins

So here we are once again starting a new year.  There's been a lot going on since we last had a chance to post pictures so here are some of the highlights:

New Years Eve Dinner with music and Ballroom dancing with MC Paul Loguercia.  A great night to remember.

Mindy's niece Abigail dancing with son Andrew.

Clowning around

 Family photo 

Just Mindy and Don ringing in the new year

The week of Jan. 12th was Senior Week and we went on some very nice outings and treks.
 Naturalist Judith Harper led a group on a hike through Don's property in Johnsburg to show some of the wildlife and land features there.

Standing on a beaver dam

The snow came early this year.  Skiing at Thanksgiving

The Skishop is all set for another great season

And everyone's ready to go

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Dinner

Ski Director Ivy Mulligan giving a backcountry survival talk

And bridge building and trail maintenance

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mellow Autumn and Winter Preparations

Starting the day after we published the last blog entry it has been one exciting happening after another keeping us all on our toes.  One of our biggest events was the Teddy Roosevelt Dinner that we hosted where the Roosevelt impersonator Joe Weigand performed marvelously to give a very real sense of the man and what he stood for.  

 Hay rides were enjoyed by many of our guests this season as the leaf colors were outstanding and the weather was beautiful and comfortable as well.

On Sept. 14th Joe Wiegand gave a riveting performance as Teddy Roosevelt, telling us of his origins, career and especially his storied ride from the Newcomb forest to the North Creek train station on his way to take the oath of office as President of the United States. 

And was gracious to take this photo with Mindy and me as well as with many other fans.

 The following day, Sept 15th, a beautiful wedding was held on our lawn and a great time was had by all.

 The food was delicious

And the wedding couple enjoyed a very special day.

Throughout the fall we've had numerous bus tours bring guests for lunch and dinner.  They all have enjoyed themselves immensley

Meanwhile, preparations for the coming winter season go on as planned.  We're making some fairly significant improvements to the Ski Shop that we think will be well received.  Ivy Mulligan has been busy ordering the gear and merchandise that people have been asking for, as well as reorganizing the retail space in the shop to better display it all.

Behind the counter and the ski tuning center will be more accessible

Mindy's Dad, Dennis is staying with us for a few weeks and will be helping out with a variety of tasks.  Here he's putting on another coating of polyurathane onto the new lunch counter we've put in.  Mark Millington designed and built it.

 We've been putting a lot of effort into upgrading the signage throughout the property.  We'll get close to half of all the signage on the trail system repainted and refurbished for this season.  The remainder we'll leave for next year.

New signs for the trails down to the Ski Shop as well.

Here is the beginnings of a bridge replacement project on Hooper Loop

 The foundation is in

And the decking goes on

Here, Mark is working on one of the grooming snowmobiles to get it ready for the season.