Main inn closed for renovations until 2008. This sturdy wood-and-stone lodge hotel, opened in 1915 within the Bear Mountain State Park, is undergoing an ongoing $10-million renovation. This landmark of park architecture is being brought back to its rustic glory and Adirondack charm. The interior of the main lodge features original chestnut log posts and beams, massive stone fireplaces, timber framing, birch and iron light fixtures, and plenty of animal trophies. Accommodations -- for now only the Overlook and Stone lodges a mile from the main inn across Hessian Lake are open -- are simple. Those in the main inn have been undergoing renovation for the past 3 years and eventually will be transformed into suites. Still, about $100 for a double in such splendid surroundings constitutes a bargain. The inn's cozy Lobby Lounge, with its vaulted ceilings and handsome fireplace, is a great spot to relax after a day on the hiking trails. Kids will love all the activities just outside the door, including visiting the Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center, swimming in the lake, and hopping on the fantastic new Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round. For weekend stays, it's advisable to make reservations at least a month in advance.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010