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“Woodland PARADISE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hemlock Hall

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Hemlock Hall
Orange County
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Woodland PARADISE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2009

amazing place to stay!!! The person below me is OBVIOUSLY CRAZY... Paul was probably kidding! He never gets mad, and he's so fun to be around! There is a beautiful lake with a family of loons. The owner, Paul Provost, is a wonderful man who supplies kayaks to go explore the lake and its numerous islands with. The lake is clear- one of the cleanest in the Adirondacks. Many nearby mountains can be climbed in no time at all, and have spectacular views at the top. Fish are plentiful in Blue Mountain Lake, But Catch and release is strongly stressed. We've been there many times, and every stay has been wonderful. Also, the world famous Adirondack museum is just about a mile away. definitely stay here, or even just for dinner!

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2008

My husband, myself and our 6 yr. old son had booked a weekend stay at Hemlock Hall in Blue Mtn. Lake, NY after reviewing its cabin options on the internet. We drove up on a Friday evening arriving in time for 6pm family style dinner at the hotel. After dinner we settled in to our cabin which had a fireplace with kindling and wood available to take the chill off. We are experienced wood burners, as this is how we heat our home year round in downstate NY. We started a fire, making sure that the draft was fully opened. The wood was cured well, and began to burn right away. Smoke started to immediately fill the room at the same time the fire was clearly being pulled up the draft. The smoke alarm was going off. We could not figure out why all the smoke was filling the room and decided we should let someone know in the event that the chimney might have a build up of creosote or some other blockage, etc. My husband went up to get someone while my son/myself could no longer stay in the cabin, but had to go outside on the porch for air. The alarm continued to ring. It was now approx. 8pm and the temp. outside was in the low 50's and declining. A man came down the footpath in a cart speaking in a loud voice, yelling about rookies who come up from the city and can't start a fire. When I realized he wasn't joking, but rather yelling and clearly agitated, I came in from the porch and told my 6yr. old to stay out on the porch. The man came in yelling about fires and people who don't know how to start a fire. When I tried to explain what had happened, and that we burned wood at our regular house he became even more hostile, yelling, etc. My husband came in at this point and we looked at each other realizing that this was a volatile situation we did not want to escalate so we refrained from speaking. The man went to the fire and made a statement that the draft was not in good shape/not good and because of this you had to burn the wood completely vertical and upright at all times. He stood up, retrieved 2 large fans and placed them in front of the doors turning them on to bring in the air. I had already opened all of the windows and doors to get air in, but the smoke was so thick the alarm was still going off. He made a blunt comment that we would have to run the fans with everything open to get the smoke out, then he turned and left. We were faced with a cold and smoke filled room with no where to go---and the fact that it was getting later and would not be a place we could sleep with our young son. We packed up our car, I went to the main office to ask to speak with the owner and was informed that the hostile, volatile man that came to our cabin was in fact the owner. There were no other rooms available for us--we couldn't go back and breathe in the residual smoke, nor could we stay in the cold room for the night. We made the long trek back home exhausted and with all of our belongings smelling of heavy smoke. We are avid hikers, campers, etc. and have never had such a horrible/hostile/stranded experience before. The fireplace was clearly in a state of unsafe disrepair that was being maintained "on the cheap" at our expense. In short --it was so surreal--we experienced being put in an unsafe/harmful environment, yelled at by a hostile person who "ran us out of town and kept our money." Buyer beware.

  • Liked — The lake surroundings
  • Disliked — The owner was hostile and volatile --we felt unsafe--room was not safe
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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43 Thank DoraNewYork
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new york
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2008

Our family of four enjoyed 3 nights at Hemlock Hall and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing, family-friendly vacation spot on a beautiful lake in the Adirondacks. We stayed in one of the cabins that was cozy and clean with a working fireplace and screened in porch. All meals are eaten family-style in the main lodge, but the cabins have mini-kitchenettes for preparing snacks, etc. The food was good and pletiful. The staff was beyond helpful and friendly. Most of the folks we met during our stay were repeat customers, some saying they had been coming to HH for years! There is a lot to do as far as boating, swimming, hiking, or exploring the Adirondack Museum just a few miles up the road. We definitely plan to return!

  • Liked — family friendly and wholeome atmosphere
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank confplr
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Rochester, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2007

Our family had been going to Hemlock Hall for 15+ years, but life got in the way, and we haven't been since the summer of 2001 (I can't believe it's been that long!) and we are planning a trip for our usual week (the 3rd week of July) in 2008!!! Extra kids in tow (alot can happen in 6 years) will absolutely LOVE it there! It says so much about the people and property that 3 generations can find things to do, together or apart. Here it is August of 2007 and we are already excitedly awaiting the hike to Castle Rock, the rope swing (hope it's still there), the Sandy Beach, pre-breakfast swim (at least for me!), etc. We hope the people we remember are still going and ready for a game of Trivial Pursuit! Everything about Hemlock Hall is a fond memory for us - the place, people, staff, food, etc.

  • Liked — Variety of outdoor activities (swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, etc.)
  • Disliked — You have to call early and quickly to get your usual reservation!
  • Stayed July 2003, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank kgvert
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Long Island
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2007

I will be going to Hemlock Hall with my kids again this summer after having missed the last two. I had been going every summer since 1997, a short time by HH standards, and am looking forward to returning. The pictures from these trips have become a chronicle of my kid’s childhood, now teenagers.

Hemlock Hall is not just a place, it is a state of mind. It is a return to an earlier era where simple pleasures and activities such as Hiking, Kayaking, swimming or just reading a book mark the passage of time punctuated by the ringing of the dinner bell. The hike to Castle Rock is a right of passage.
While not luxurious, it is lovingly maintained. Everything is absolutely unchanged for decades, including the weekly menu. No stress, no decisions, no dinner reservations, meals are served family style, and seating is rotated among the tables to make sure everyone meets everyone else. By the end of your stay, everyone feels like an old friend. There are no phones, TV’s, computers or video games, a healthy thing for overly wired kids. The 100+ year old manor house with a stone fireplace sits up on a hill overlooking the Lake and the grounds are wooded and beautiful. In the evenings, board games are played while Paul invites the little kids to help him bake bread. Something as simple as cookie night becomes an event. This is a very rare and special place.

  • Liked — Beautiful setting, warm friendly atmosphere
  • Stayed August 2004, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Hewlett_LI
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princeton nj
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2006

We spent one night at each of two hotels on Blue Mountain Lake last weekend: Hemlock Hall and The Hedges (see separate review). Hemlock Hall was more family oriented and rustic, with large multi-generational groups, crowds of kids and the liveliness that accompanies that kind of gathering.

Although it was well maintained and clean, it was very, very rustic and clearly hadn't been updated in generations. Equally clearly, the large number of repeat visitors like it just the way it is and proudly point to the fact that the weekly menus haven't changed in decades (turkey on Saturday, beef at 1pm on Sunday, fish on Friday and there are apparently chicken/bisquit and corned beef/cabbage nights as well -- heaping platters served family style at table of 8-10. All is excellently prepared, including freshly baked bread, but no choices...except perhaps a vegetarian option for special requests.) Dinner is at 6 pm and breakfast at 8:30 and guests are seated with others at the tables. Both meals are included in the pricetag (we paid $150), making it a spectacular deal. No alcohol, but lots of other beverages and interesting conversation from the collection of academics and other long-time visitors who have found their way to Hemlock Hall.

We stayed in the Brook Room, first floor in the lodge, and although it was clean and had great windows and nice matresses, it was fairly basic (ie not decorated) and noisy both from the adjoining living rooms and kitchen. We did have a private bath -- complete with toiletries but no hair dryer -- but many rooms don't, so ask.

The lodge is up at the top of a steep hill overlooking the lake. Most cottages have lake views -- some at the higher level and some closer to the water. Be prepared for some steep climbs to the lake front, where there is a large beach that looked especially inviting for kids and a large selection of canoes and kayaks. They also have a sunfish, which the Hedges did not. Nothing is as pristine as at the Hedges, but it's serviceable and ample.

This is a great place for families and many appear to come back 14-15 years in a row. You also don't have to book for a week at a time - most tend to stay 3-5 nights. It's absolutely NOT fancy, but it is clean and doesn't appear to be run down or overtly shabby. The food is excellent, the lake beautiful and the price a real steal. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank princetonreviewer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2006

On our way to Maine for the summer, we always try to stay at Hemlock for one night and day. I cannot say enough about the rooms, service and area. Meal experiences were absolutely great. You cannot forget the experiences with the other guests at meal times. We ordered the lunch to take with us on our trip and it was excellent. Glenn and I had a picnic on the way. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you soon on our way to Maine.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Property: Hemlock Hall
Address: Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812-0110
Region: United States > New York > Blue Mountain Lake
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Blue Mountain Lake
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Hemlock Hall Hotel Blue Mountain Lake
Hemlock Hall Blue Mountain Lake

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