Entrance to the "hidden" beer cellar

1920s Fireside Stories & Trivia

Our region was one of the Adirondacks earliest tourism destinations. It is known as the “Great Connector.

Lake Clear was of particular strategic importance to the linkage of its waterway, the early pathways of the Native Americans, and finally, the rail which connected the Adirondacks to New York City, Canada and locally Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Those connections along with Lake Clear being in between the iconic Saranac Inn, the largest hotel built in the Adirondacks, and the iconic Paul Smith’s Hotel in addition to our proximity to Canada made our area a hotbed of Prohibition activity. The Lodge itself operated as a Speakeasy in those days. In fact, it is still active today with its hidden door, tables and cellar to make for a wide-ranging set of tales and trivia.