|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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
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!
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!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.