Frequently Asked Questions
Check out answers to frequently asked questions below!
Non-season specific questions and other policies.
Where can I view availability for a lodging stay?
- Please visit this page and choose the season you're interested in. Then, use the "Check Availability" button on the following page.
Do you have a minimum stay?
- Yes; depending on the season we generally have a 2-3 night minimum.
What is there to do in your area?
- The Adirondack's are home to many diverse activities, from paddling and hiking to pottery and cooking classes, and because of that we created a dedicated section on this site! Click here to see things to do in our area.
How far are you from New York City?
- Depending on traffic and road conditions, we are approximately 5.5 hours from New York City!
How far are you from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake?
- We are approximately 25 minutes from Lake Placid, 15 minutes from Saranac Lake, and 25 minutes from Tupper Lake.
Do you have pet-friendly lodging?
- Yes! Three of our cabins (Sundown, April Melody, and November Moon) are pet-friendly, and your furry-friends are welcome on our property (but please keep them on a leash :)
Do you have WiFi (and other electronics such as TVs and phones) in your lodgings?
- We do provide free WiFi in the Main Lodge lobby. However, we are a "disconnect to reconnect" Lodge among woods and water. Our suites, cabins, or chalets do not have wifi, televisions, or phones; our guests find this a relaxing getaway.
What cellphone service providers work best in your area?
- On property, Verizon and other carriers that use their cell towers typically have service. However, AT&T and other carriers should work in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid.
What is your cancellation policy?
- We are a small family-run property that is saving and preparing our limited, unique specialty lodging for you.
- If you are concerned about potential cancellation or your dates changing, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Our cancellation policy (below) applies to all reservations and circumstances due to the limited nature of our experiences and lodgings.
- Your 50% deposit to hold your lodging is refundable minus a 10% booking fee + tax* if cancellation is received in writing 30 days before your arrival date. If cancellation is within 29 days of your arrival, the 50% holding deposit that is paid upon booking is non-refundable. Full payment for your reservation is taken 7 days prior to arrival and is non-refundable at that time. Prices, restaurant offerings, and other information subject to change. One night stays, when available, require a 100% deposit and are non-refundable.
- Dinner Packages do not include any beverages in the restaurant/bar, store, or beer/wine cellar. Package/meal items are non-refundable. All classes, meals, and activities are non-refundable 7 days prior to arrival as we are planning for and holding your limited class/meal/activity space or seat.
*10% of the reservation total.
Winter Speakeasy & Sleigh Ride Related Questions
Questions related to our Speakeasy & Sleigh Ride Winter Season.
How can I book a sleigh ride?
- Pre-season, you can sign up for for a waitlist to be the first to be notified when booking becomes available. However, our lodging guests are given priority times and booking for the lantern-lit Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy experience. Winter season lodging booking opens before booking for the sleigh ride season, so you can book a lodging to secure* a spot for the Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Experience. Or, feel free to join the waitlist on our sleigh ride page to be notified when regular booking becomes available!
- In season (approximately mid-December to March), you can book a sleigh ride online by using the form about halfway down this page.
*Please keep in mind that we cannot control the weather and other circumstances, so we can never absolutely guarantee a ride.
How can I make a reservation? Do I have to stay with you to do the Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Experience?
- You can book lodging with the Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Experience online here. You do not have to be staying with us to take part in our Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Dinner Experience! However, lodging guests are given priority for sleigh ride booking. You can book the Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Dinner Experience without lodging here. The time you reserve online is when the sleigh ride departs; your Speakeasy Dinner will follow when you return from your ride.
What is your cancellation policy for the Sleigh Ride & Speakeasy Experience?
- Experiences at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat are limited availability and therefore non-refundable. Refunds will only be provided in the event that the local farm or Lake Clear Lodge are required to cancel. If the event of little snow, Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides has a winter wagon to continue offering rides. Please consider travel insurance if you are concerned about cancellation. By the Lake Clear Lodge providing a non-refundable deposit policy, you could get your entire trip cost (including other expenses you might have incurred) covered by a travel insurance provider. If our deposit policy was partially refundable, you would receive no benefit from any travel insurance providers that we discovered. Depending on the company, a quick search provided plans starting around $40 depending on the total trip cost, which can help provide peace of mind. We are not affiliated with any company; please be sure to research what company will be best for you. Not all companies provide full coverage. We are not responsible for any partial coverage of a provider or any product you purchase.
How should we dress for the sleigh ride?
- For the sleigh ride: dress warmly in outdoor winter gear for the weather. Hat, gloves, ski pants, etc. We recommend you check the temperature before your ride and dress appropriately. The ride is approximately 30 minutes in length. The farm does provide a limited number of blankets, but they recommend bringing your own if you wish!
- For the Speakeasy Dinner: we encourage you to dress in 1920s attire, but it is certainly not required. Resort casual is the minimum dress code; as if you were going to a friends house for dinner. E.g., no ripped jeans, etc.
Fun Facts About the Lodge
- We are the longest operating lodge in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park that began as a stagecoach inn. Founded by Cathy Hohmeyer's family in 1886. Ernest Hohmeyer's family, first generation European immigrants revitalized the Lodge over 50 years ago. Unknown to Cathy and Ernest until after they were married and doing their first web site in the 1990's was the discovery Cathy's family had built it - neither one knew!
- The Lodge is in the window of NYS' only wilderness canoe region and 18,000 acre four-season playground.
- Our area is one of the Adirondacks earliest tourism destinations. It is known as the "Great Connector," which was originally a waterway route with the Native Americans and became the pioneer trails and eventually road and rail corridors.
- Einstein was on Lake Clear.
- Due to the Adirondack Great Camps and Grand Hotels our area became a hotbed for Bootlegging activities during the 1920s, and the Lodge was open during Prohibition and the Speakeasy days.
- We are one of the last of the original Adirondack lodges open to the public built in the Great Camp style experiential style with 25 acres, private beach, wooded interpretive trails, sleigh rides, canoeing, kayaks and bicycles on property. Our 1886 Main Lodge houses a USA TODAY featured beer cellar with the Adirondacks largest selection of craft import beers.
- We are a National Geographic Traveler award winner for "keeping a sense of place" with an Adirondack Alps restaurant, chalets with fireplaces, lake-view suites with Jacuzzi's and a Lakeview Retreat Center.
- In that Great Camp style that became known for nature-based experiences, we do Adirondack Discovery activities from lantern-lit sleigh rides and History of Adirondack Food Events to traditional cooking classes, History of Beer Workshops, and wellness retreats as our woods became world famous as the "healing woods."
- 2021 Feature Article on Only In Your State: "Lake Clear Lodge And Retreat Is An All-Inclusive New York Trip You Won’t Want To Miss"
- 2020 Feature Article on Only In Your State: "See The Charming Town Of Lake Clear In New York Like Never Before On This Delightful Sleigh Ride"
- 2020 Featured In December Issue of Strictly Business: "A Hidden Treasure"
- 2020 Feature Article on Big Frog 104: "Adirondacks in Winter: Take a Lantern Lit Sleigh Or Sunset Stagecoach Ride"
- 2020 Feature Article on Lite 98.7: "Snuggle Up in a Lakefront Cabin at The Perfect Adirondack Retreat" and Featured on "11 Unique NY Experiences for the Ultimate Winter Bucket List" by Lite 98.7
- 2019 Feature Article on Only In Your State: "Lake Clear Lodge Has The Best Lantern-Lit Sleigh Ride In New York"
- 2019 Feature Article on Only In Your State: "Escape Away To This Lakefront Lodge In New York For The Perfect Winter Retreat"
- 2018 Booking.com Guest Review Award
- 2018 New York State Cuisine Trail Inclusion
- 2017 Featured in Adirondack Experience Museum New Exhibit
- 2017 Booking.com Guest Review Award
- 2016 Celebration of 130 Years
- 2016 (November) Featured in "These 5 Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in New York Are Pure Magic" by Only In Your State
- 2015 USA TODAY Feature
- 2013 Audubon International “Platinum 5 Green Leaf” Eco Award
- 2012 Audubon International "4 Green Leaf" Eco Award
- 2011 Inclusion Adirondack Style Great Camps & Lodges
- 2010 Top 10 New York State Romantic Inns
- 2009 National Geographic Traveler Award “Keeping a Sense of Place”
- 2008 "Five Forks" Review, Watertown Daily Times