Adirondacks rustic mountain resort, New York State, USA

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Responsible tourism: Adirondacks rustic mountain resort, New York State, USA

Environment

Wildlife

At Garnet Hill Lodge wildlife is an essential aspect of who we are and why guests come to visit us. Our location provides access to thousands of acres of protected forest and wetlands. The lake has restricted access for human activities including exclusion of motorized boats, no buildings on the shores, limited human access for swimming and canoeing. This engenders a lake that is teaming with birds, fish, beavers and many other animals. We provide access to the Department of Environmental Conservation to launch boats for lake testing and trail access as well as fish releases for spring stocking.

We regularly employ a local naturalist to take guests and visitors on nature walks to point out and discuss the natural wildlife in the area.

Throughout the year we keep 3 bird feeders stocked as well as numerous bird houses throughout the property and hummingbird feeders as well in summer months.

We maintain several open areas for gardens and wildflowers where guests can walk and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. These areas are havens for birds, bees, small animals and insects that thrive on the plant life and water sources. The areas require regular trimming, weeding and landscape maintenance to prevent them from growing over.

We maintain and protect several areas of wetlands on the property where beavers and other wildlife live and thrive.


Buildings
We have made significant renovations and restorations of the Loghouse building which serves as our main lodge. Built in 1936, it has required extensive repairs and enhancements all of which we have accomplished using the same materials and workmanship style that was originally used in the construction of the building. These restorations include:

Replacing the log railing on the patio using Cedar log construction and mortice and tennon joinery. Cedar trees were harvested from a local tree farm.

Replacing entrance way doors with handmade custom doors made by a local craftsman.

Replacing benches in the dining area with handmade custom benches made by a local craftsman.

Cleaning and refurbishing the stone fireplace and mantel to restore it to its former appearance and functional quality

Restoring and preserving our balcony room log railings and re-enforcing them for better safety.

Cleaning and restoring the interior log walls of the lodge to return them to their former beauty and stature.

We have incorporated Garnet stone into our landscaping and stone construction whenever possible. Garnet is the natural resource that was mined in the area from the late 1800’s and is responsible for the creation of the lodge itself and the surrounding community. The stone and its surrounding rock is utilized in our fireplace, foundation and several large garnet boulders are used as part of our entrance way.

We have begun clearing and rehabilitating several foundations from the original mine works to be used as storage sheds and points of interest for guests to appreciate.

Community

Garnet Hill Lodge is an organization that is deeply rooted in the local economy as well as the local community. We have between 30 and 45 employees, depending on the season, all of whom live within 20 minutes of the lodge. We pay all of our employees higher than minimum wage. We often help out employees in need by: providing pay advances and loans, interest free, for necessities like medical expenses, vehicle purchases and maintenance, housing needs etc…

We work with many local businesses to promote tourism and economic growth in our community. In our gift shop, we sell thousands of dollars each year of of locally made garnet jewelry, books written by local authors, crafts of various kinds and locally produced Maple Syrup. We work closely with local rafting companies, Adirondack guides, naturalists, and other recreational entities to provide packages of activities and events for our guests to take advantage of. We work with the Saratoga-North Creek Railway to provide packages for guests to ride the train and stay with us. We shuttle guests to and from the train.
We work closely with the North Creek Business Alliance to promote tourism and economic growth in downtown North Creek.
We work closely with Gore Mountain Ski Center and ORDA to provide Alpine Skiing packages that include lift tickets for the mountain.
We also work with other accommodations in the area so that we can send guests to them when we have no rooms available.
We are members of no less than three Chambers of Commerce: The Gore Mountain Regional Chamber, The Lake George Chamber, and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and we actively support and promote economic growth for our community through them.

Volunteering & charity

We contribute to many different charities over the course of the year. We donate money, overnight stay packages, dinners and trail passes to worthy charities located in our community. These include: The local Train Museum, The Girl Scouts, The local Fire House, Dollars for Scholars, Rotary and many more.
One owner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Gore Mountain Regional Fund which receives donations of funds and distributes them to various non-profit groups throughout the community. Annually we donate our venue with food and wine for the annual distribution to the various groups receiving funding.
The other owner is a member of the Board of Directors of Upper Hudson Musical Arts which puts on as many as 10 musical concerts each year at the Tannery Pond Community Center. Diverse musical artists are featured from around the world. The lodge also often donates room and food for the artists during their stay for their performance.
Both owners also volunteer as singers and piano accompanist for the North Country Singers, a local singing group that puts on 2 concerts a year for the community as well as the local nursing home and retirement center.

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