A revamped ADK Trail Inn in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks is now open for business! Located between Keene and Upper Jay along the East Branch of the famed Ausable River, this inn makes for the perfect getaway!
Enjoy a true Adirondack vacation as you relax in the peace and quiet of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. This inn is located in world-class hiking, climbing, skiing, fishing and mountain biking areas. It makes the perfect spot to experience the Adirondacks however you see fit.
The ADK Trail Inn, formerly known as the ARK Trail Inn, is surrounded by favorite attractions such as Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, Ausable Chasm, Lake Champlain ferries, Montreal and the ever popular High Peaks hiking.
The inn offers picturesque views and allows you to peacefully awaken to the babble of the river and relax around a crackling campfire at the end of each day.
There are clean and comfortable living quarters, which all feature private baths with a range of affordable prices that will meet each traveler’s need. Traveling with a group? No problem! You can enjoy congregating in the spacious game room or dining room.
We got the chance to ask the owner of the ADK Trail Inn, Amy Stone, our 10 questions regarding her new refurbished business below:
1. How long have you been in the bed and breakfast industry?
We opened the Snow Goose B&B in July 2008 – so 5 years.
2. What are you most excited about for this particular location?
We love the location because it is so beautiful and peaceful. Guests can fall asleep to the sound of the river! The Inn is centrally located in the area so it’s easy for guests to access prime hiking and skiing trails, restaurants and multiple day trip locations. We also love the challenge of renovating the rooms while keeping the Inn’s unique charm alive.
3. What makes this bed and breakfast more unique than others in the area?
Some people feel uncomfortable in traditional B&B settings – they’re afraid they’ll have to “hang out” with the other guests! The Inn offers a little more privacy than most B&B’s as the rooms all have private outside entrances and private baths, but it definitely has the friendliness and personal touches of a B&B. Another unique feature is our game room with ping pong, a pool table and a crackling wood stove in the winter. It’s a great spot for families and friends to have fun in the evenings or on a rainy day.
4. Why did you choose the Adirondacks to initially open a business?
Wayne [co-owner] had a childhood dream of living in the mountains. Once we began visiting the Adirondacks, we instantly felt a connection to the area. We found it harder and harder to go home each time we visited, so finally, we took the plunge and made this home!
5. What is your favorite part about owning bed and breakfasts?
Definitely the guests! We meet so many amazing people from all over the world. We love to hear their stories and celebrate the special moments in their lives as they make memories together. We love introducing newcomers to the stunning beauty that surrounds us!
6. Why did you choose to buy and re-introduce the ARK Trail Inn?
The inn was previously called ARK Trail Inn and was, in fact, still open. The Inn has been a landmark in the Upper Jay/Keene area for decades. The previous owners were ready to retire and we were ready to expand our business. We saw a need for more moderate priced, family, group and pet friendly Adirondack lodging. We were turning away guests every weekend at the Snow Goose B&B (and know that other inns are too) so we felt that restoring and re-introducing this inn would be a great contribution to the economy of the area.
7. What are the benefits to staying in a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel?
You get a lot more personal attention as a guest. We often recommend hikes, make dinner reservations, answer questions about the area, entertain our guests with stories and local lore, etc. It’s like having your own private concierge! Another benefit is the interaction with other guests. Conversations around the breakfast table or the campfire can lead to great connections, swapping hiking stories and information and just plain fun! Many of our guests tell us that they stay in B&B’s so that they can really experience the “personality” of the area.
8. What kind of advice do you have to someone who wants to open their own bed and breakfast?
Spend time in the area where you’re considering opening a B&B so that you understand its needs. Design the business based on your strengths and the needs that you feel best equipped to meet. When you create an environment that you love, you will attract guests who love the same…then you’re both happy! And understand that there is no such thing as competition! The more you network and support the other businesses in the area, the more you are blessed with abundance of ideas and resources.
9. What are some similarities and differences between the ADK Trail Inn and the others that you own, such as the Snow Goose B&B?
Both of our inns are the same in that we believe in excellent customer service and friendliness. Both Inns are designed with a nature-inspired decor which is restful and comfortable. One difference is that breakfast at The ADK Trail Inn is a little simpler – designed to get people out on the trails more quickly. The Snow Goose B&B offers a more elaborate breakfast especially on the weekends. Another difference is that the ADK Trail Inn is able to host young families, groups and pet lovers – something that our other inn is not equipped for.
10. If you could describe the ADK Trail Inn in one word, what would it be?
Welcoming. From our convenient location, to the design of the rooms, to the healthy breakfast, the Inn enables guests to reconnect with nature and their loved ones…making the most of their precious time in the Adirondacks.
Does pet friendly, family oriented and more affordable sound good to you? What question would you ask the new ADK Trail Inn?
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