Percheron Draft Horses stand by the 1886 Main Lodge Gazebo with hand-crafted sleigh in tow at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat.

Winter Stay, Speakeasy, & Sleigh Rides

Shh, you’ll need a password to get in…we were open during the 1920’s you know and some interesting things happened here in these Sylvan woods, a mere 2 hours away from those Canadian rum runners and those of us who had “spirit(s)”! Some which we will tell you, others we’ll leave you clues to discover. And speaking of history, as now the oldest operating lodge in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park, beginning in 1886 with Cathy (Fisher-Otis, now Hohmeyer) family who conceived it as a stagecoach inn, we keep this National Geographic Traveler award winning “sense of place,” with lantern-lit sleigh rides! The result is a magical, mysterious and fun place to re-live an iconic Adirondack winter experience (and we may the only ones left where you can do this in one place, so book now!) which includes: 

  • Crackling Fire & a Place to Snuggle – Great Lodge Style
    Your own secluded chalets hand-crafted by 3 generations of family. Contemplate, rejuvenate from the crackling embers of your own fireplace or book a lake-view suite with bubbling Jacuzzi. 
  • Speakeasy Dinner Experience
    You will need a password to get in. You’ll have to find the hidden door first. Once in the 1920’s Speakeasy with immense fireplace, beware we may be raided! It was illegal to drink you know during the Prohibition. Luckily for you, we have hidden tables…provided you can find them of course. A 1920’s dinner awaits inspired from the original Lodge menu.

The lantern-lit sleigh rides at the Lodge are provided through local farms. As proceeds go to them and the rides are availability, regulation, and weather dependent, the included sleigh ride ticket in our Stay & Speakeasy Experience Package will be confirmed upon your arrival.

Added Great Camp Experiences

In Great Camp tradition, as one of the last original Great Camps still open to the public, the following experiences are added to your booking.

Lantern-lit Sleigh Ride Ticket
Lantern-lit Sleigh Ride Ticket
Lantern-lit Sleigh Ride Ticket
Experience a magical lantern-lit Sleigh Ride on our property with Percheron Draft Horses from Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides. Experience books out fast; reserve your lodging today to secure your ticket.
The only lantern-lit sleigh rides in the Adirondacks! Meander over nature trails to the shores of serene Lake Clear, lit by real kerosene lanterns. *Subject to availability.
Speakeasy Dinner Experience
Speakeasy Dinner Experience One Evening
Speakeasy Dinner Experience
Explore one of the last original Adirondack Lodges with a 3-course Speakeasy Dinner. You'll need a password to get in, and we might even be raided by a 1920s Copper!
Great Camp Dining, History of Adirondack Food Tasting Dinners, and much more await you at our Adirondack Alps Restaurant.
Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, and Groomed Nature Trails
Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, and Groomed Nature Trails
Enjoy cross-country skis and snowshoes for use on our nature trails!
With the growing popularity of our lantern-lit sleigh ride trails, two generations of family carefully designed a meandering cross country ski and snowshoe trail on our 25 acres.

Winter 2020-2021 Sleigh Ride Information

A ticket for a group sleigh ride is included with your stay. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please click here or read the Winter Updates on the bottom of our homepage.

Looking to book the Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Experience without staying with us? You can do so by clicking here.

Add To Your Winter Experience

Create your own experience with add-on activities, workshops, event tickets, culinary events, and so much more.

History of Prohibition Spirits Workshop & Tasting
Our area was a hotbed of activity during the prohibition. Lake Clear was a water and land taxi route between two famous hotels, and the train station at Lake Clear was where the main line from New York City split.
Enjoy a 30-minute History of Beer workshop and tasting with Ernest Hohmeyer!
1920s Fireside Stories & Trivia
Our region was one of the Adirondacks earliest tourism destinations. It is known as the “Great Connector.
Thermogenic Foods Cooking Demonstration
It's almost winter - time to be making foods that heat you up from the inside out (and control weight gain too! Learn the foods and spices plus some recipes that make foods “thermogenic.”
From 30-minute cooking demonstrations before you enjoy our Classic Dining experience to weekend-long culinary immersions in Traditional Food preparations & Nutritional Energetics.
Experience Details

This is our experience for lodging stays between Dec 18, 2020 and Mar 08, 2021. A two-night minimum is required for all lodging stays.

*January - March the Lodge operates on a weekend basis; stays available Thursday - Monday only.

*For the Fall the Adirondack Alps Restaurant is only open on weekends; stays of any length are required to span a Friday or Saturday.