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Peaceful Private Inspiring

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 7 comfortably

Base Rate, $225/night for up to 6 guests

Extra Guests, $25/person/night

No cleaning fee for 3 or more night bookings ($75 for 2 night bookings)

Calling all hikers, rock and ice climbers, skiers, snowshoers, ice skaters, bikers, fishermen and river enthusiasts! Dancing fern lodge, a secluded 3 or 4 bedroom lodge, sits on 25 magical acres of woods and stream beds, nestled between the east branch of the Ausable river and the oak ridge section of the hurricane mountain primitive area. Towering white pines and hemlocks, wildflower meadows, lush fern glades, trickling stream beds, and glacial moraines and erratic compliment views of the Adirondack mountain's highest peaks.

Dancing fern lodge accommodates small groups or families comfortably. The bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs, all with lovely window views, comfortable mattresses, plenty of bedding and cozy flannel sheets in the winter time. The spacious main bedroom, which we call 'the blue room' has a king sized bed. A second large bedroom has a queen sized bed (Swedish foam mattress with adjustable firmness on each side). An adjacent bedroom has a daybed which opens up into two comfy twin beds. These two bedrooms are connected by swing open french doors, each having its own entrance from the hallway. The 4th cozy bedroom (and smallest) has a full sized bed.

Guests will find the kitchen, dining area and living room highly functional, comfortable, warm feeling and full of Adirondack character. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, silverware, pots, pans, coffee maker, etc. Laundry machines are full sized with soap available for use while visiting. The lodge offers cable TV, wireless internet access, and a hassle-free propane 'wood' stove, where you can cuddle up and stare in to the flames, exhausted by the day's adventures. Seasonal chills are kept out with heat monitors, and your hosts can light up the wood stove in the basement if temperatures drop severely. The standard for cleanliness is set high. Guests regularly comment on the immaculate and tidy feeling in the house.

The walls of dancing fern lodge are extremely fortunate to be graced with beautiful Adirondack wildlife and landscape photographs taken by Caroline fine, a well known photographer in the area. The artwork she has displayed at the lodge (including cards), are for sale.

Trails for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers abound. Guests can explore looping trails on the lodge's property or bush whack their way up to the peak of oak ridge for a breath taking view. The Jack Rabbit Trail, Mt.. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center and Cascade Cross Country Ski Center can be reached within moments. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center (downhill skiing) is no more than a 15 minute drive from the lodge. Upon request, guests are welcome to borrow snowshoes (adult and child sizes), as well as snow sleds. There are some fun sledding hills on the property and around Keene.

The yard is expansive and perfect for playing games, stargazing, or roasting marshmallows around a campfire (wood provided at the lodge for a small fee).

A short hike north will take you to your hosts farmstead, where they keep a chickens, horses and a large garden spring thru late fall. Guests are always welcome to visit the farm, help out with animal chores and might enjoy picking a basket full of organically grown veggies, then hike 'home' through the woods like little red riding hood to prepare an extra special dinner at the lodge. We've seen red fox here, but never a wolf!

Fishermen can access the river right at the bottom of the driveway, and for those who like to swim in rivers and lakes, Joe and Kaycie can direct you to some excellent swimming holes and beaches. We have tubes for borrowing upon request if you would like to luxuriate in the sun on a hot afternoon and float down river. Come with your canoe or kayaks and we can recommend some wonderful places to put in.

While the lodge is tucked back in the woods on a hill not visible from the road, triathletes should know that the biking portion of the Ironman goes right by the lodge's driveway!

Dancing fern lodge is located just under 1 mile from the center of Keene, making it ideal for guests who would like to go for a peaceful morning or evening walk along the river, ending up in town for breakfast or dinner at the ADK cafe or to grab a muffin and cup of coffee at Cedar Run (or a bottle of wine for later). While in town, you might want to peruse Dartbrook Rustic Goods store, peak in the Adirondack Attic (a high end thrift store), pick up milk or have an ice cream cone at Stewarts (convenience store and gas station), or a pint of maple syrup at Black Rooster Maple. Visit our historic little Keene library, schedule a massage, or surround yourself with the colorful and fragrant plants at East Branch Organics nursery (wine and spirits available there as well).

For more information, please contact us with questions. While we've been renting Dancing Fern Lodge through local realtors, we've just joined VRBO and are tweaking up our description of the lodge, as well as updated photos since we've changed some furniture and made several improvements.

More Details

Kaycie and Joseph D'Auria
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Kaycie and Joseph D'Auria

Our family of 4 lives on a small homestead in Keene, which is the abutting property north of Dancing Fern Lodge. We feel passionately about our community and the beautiful Adirondacks. While diversified organic farming is largely a part of both our backgrounds, we've downsized our farming ventures so we can sustain our family primarily with homegrown food, our own lumber, and firewood. Joe is a horse lover and works as a farrier (trimming and shoeing horses). He retired from the NYC Fire Department after 20 years of service. While juggling farm and vacation rental ventures, Kaycie whole heartedly embraces her job as "Mama". Travel and adventure is always big on our minds, but our garden, animals and school keep us close to home. All 4 of us love bike riding, skiing, sledding, ice skating hiking, swimming, tubing in the Ausable River, canoeing, kayaking, picking wild berries, good music, good food, telling jokes, reading, and meeting the adventuresome souls who stay at Dancing Fern Lodge.

Kaycie and Joseph D'Auria purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Kaycie and Joseph D'Auria chose Keene

see description


Keene Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • All beds in the house are very comfortable, made with cozy flannel sheets during the cooler months.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Peaceful Private Inspiring
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

A Welcome Vacation in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Dancing Fern Lodge. The house is clean and well stocked with very comfortable beds. We especially enjoyed the birds around the house. There were hummingbirds that came to the front garden daily that we could see through the big picture window in the living room. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous house that felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

This house was absolutely incredible! We had 4 adults and 3 kids and there was comfortably room for everyone. The owners' communication was excellent and we cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Friendly!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful gem! Our family was in the area for a family reunion and this home allowed us to have the space to all stay together. Tucked back off the road it felt like you were back in the forest. Easy access to everything though. The kitchen was stocked with everything you could need to cook meals including spices and coffee! Firewood was available for a minimal fee and hanging out by the fire pit was our favorite evening activity. Lots of space for the kids (ages 10, 7 and 4) to run around and play. They even had toys, movies and board games that were kid friendly and very appreciated! Sleeping areas were super comfy and cozy! Kaycie and Joe - Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! You took care of every question and need that we had. One of our most relaxed and carefree vacations ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oasis in the High Peaks

  • 5 of 5

Climbing friends and I had a wonderful long weekend in this home and could not have been more pleased. The home is clean, spacious and well stocked within the heart of Keene and just minutes away from some of the best climbing and hiking in the area. The rooms are large with lots of natural light, great beds and plenty of room to spread out. Kitchen is well stocked with newer appliances and a great dining area to gather as a group for meals. The grounds are huge (even have trails to wander within the property) and the local wildlife was plentiful. The owners were very helpful, responsive and extremely accommodating. The pictures truly don't do this rental justice. I have rented from VRBO for years and stayed in dozens of homes and this may be one of the best experiences I have had to date. If you're looking for something close to all the wonders in the area and can't see how you could do better than this house. Happy trails!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Baxter Mountain Inn
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Essex over Lake Champlain to Burlington Vermont
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Lake Placid
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Route 87 Northway
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Adirondack Cafe
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Whiteface Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Keene (on the river)
Car: necessary

see description


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

* rate: $225 per night or $1400 per week
* 2 night minimum (2 night stays incur a cleaning fee of $75). No cleaning fee for 3+ night bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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