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South Meadow Farm Lodge
Ranked #11 of 14 Lake Placid B&B and Inns
Martintown
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Different”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Location is very good for cross-county skiing, and includes pass to Mt. Van Hovenburg, which has great trails. Value is good, but rooms are sparse and boring. Stayed in the Ferny, which is a very large room with a fireplace. However there was only one chair, not table, no water glasses, absolutely no pictures on the wall, and nothing to do with ferns. Could have been so much cosier.

We were alone in the lodge for a couple of nights. We were not sure whether we could use the common area, which was quite nice. Owner did not do brief orientation when we arrived. Checked out the games room, but they were all for young kids. Asked for some games, which they seemed surprised, but did find some which they brought to the room. Would have been a great opportunity to say, come down and play in the great room, but nothing.

This is the first B&B that I've stayed at (several hundred) where the owner sat down to breakfast with you, and served himself first. Owners were friendly enough, but made us feel like we were intruding into their normal day. Breakfast was OK but limited.

Huge potential to be a really great B&B. Owners had been running it for many years, but felt like they were newbies.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sayreville, NJ
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

My husband and I returned from our stay just a couple of days ago. The lodge was beautiful and the owners, Tony & Nancy, were fantastic. We stayed in the Adirondack room, located on the first floor. The bed was very comfortable, we had our own thermostat in the room, and I loved the fact that there was a heat lamp in the bathroom. Even with the heat on in the room, I had that heat lamp going so when I stepped out of the shower, it was toasty warm.

Each morning Nancy made breakfast, from scratch (no pre-mixes). Everyone staying at the lodge has a family style breakfast together at the large dining room table. Each morning, we started off with fresh whole fruit (strawberries, bananas, oranges, apples, grapefruit), oatmeal, coffee/tea, and orange juice. Once everyone finished, we had (day 1) whole wheat walnut pancakes and sausage; (day 2) scrambled eggs with spinach, bacon and homemade cinnamon buns; (day 3) french toast with cinnamon apples, and Canadian bacon. Everyone shared stories at the table each morning. Great food and great conversation makes for a very enjoyable breakfast.

The maple syrup that was on our breakfast table was made by Tony & Nancy. They have their own maple syrup company. You can find it at their own little store on property or in stores on Main Street in Lake Placid.

Everyone that stays at the lodge can get a complimentary ski pass to cross country ski at Mount Van Hoevenberg. While my husband and I did not use them, other people staying there did. They walked out the front door, put their ski's on out on the porch, and skied off into the trees.

I would highly recommend anyone to stay here. If you want to get away from everything, cross country ski, snowshoe or even just enjoy beautiful scenery, you will want to stay here. It is definitely worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Albany, NY
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29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2012

My wife and I have been staying here one weekend a year for cross country skiing for 20 years. It is a great place, wonderful breakfasts, friendly, but not imposing owners. If you like cross country skiing, it just can't be beat because it is right on the back half of the phenomenal Olympic ski trails - you just put on your boots and skis at the lodge and ski 200 yards through the woods and you are on the trail - no need to go to the official ski center to buy a ski pass because South Meadow gives you one right there for free. We've been constantly recommending it to friends over the years and all have loved it.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2010

A lovely location, and the hosts were delightful, but not in your face. Elsewhere during the same vacation we paid more and were less comfortable. VERY nice spot for hiking biking, or skiing. The Wildflower room had a comfortable king size bed and was plenty roomy and clean, with a nice window and individual temperature controls to modulate the fall temperatures. Breakfast was ample and very good (especially pancake and maple syrup day) and we had nice conversation with our hosts over breakfast. On their advice, we ended up taking a hike directly from the lodge to Cascade and Porter--nice not even to have to drive to a trailhead.

If I could think of any criticism, the shower was low for my husband, so if you're 6ft tall you might choose a different room. The room was not highly appointed, but on the other hand I didn't feel like I was staying in my old Auntie Mildred's quaint and dusty spare bedroom with various knicknacks spread around, as happens in some BandB's

We found the hosts very friendly and accomodating. We arrived a day later than our original reservation due to my husband having a bad cold on the day of our departure, and they adjusted our schedule without a word of complaint. They also gave us a bag of ice to keep our cooler chilled when we merely asked for directions to a convenience store. About the one or two negative reviews below, I suppose if you expect someone to follow you around and make sure your needs are met 24/7 this might not be your place. Perhaps you need to stay at one of the upscale hotels in town with a round the clock staff to bring you a television or room service at your convenience. We prefer the independence, and the rates here were much lower at the time we visited than at the 'mid-to-better' hotels in town. I look forward to being able to return sometime, and perhaps bring friends. It would be a great place for a group.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2010

We came for a Lake Placid Wedding along with 200 other out of towners... Everyone stayed at the Comfort Inn where the reception was held, but we chose South Meadow Farm Lodge and we were not disappointed. Since we arrived after 8pm on a Friday night, there was a pleasant note welcoming us and telling us exactly where to find our room. The no vacancy sign goes up after 8pm because only registered guests are expected after that hour. (The family needs a few hours of time off after working each and every day too). Nancy and her whole family were extremely polite and helpful, and will fulfill your requests, if possible if you only ask them! Each 8 am breakfast included hot oatmeal fresh fruit, coffee, milk,oj, eggs with bacon or sausage, a coffee cake or pancakes or muffins etc. It was enough to keep us full well into the early afternoon. The Birdsnest was a very basic but clean room, which was perfect for our needs. We were out and about each day, since there is so much to see and to do in the area. It was nice knowing we would be returning to quiet rest and relaxation each evening. The thought of television or phone never crossed our minds and we would definitely return for future trips. Do stop in at their Maple syrup store on the premesis, where you'll find plenty of affordable breakfast treats for family and friends!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga Springs, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

We stayed at South Meadow for a week and would return. I read the reviews posted here and admittedly was a bit apprehensive, but ended up having a pleasant experience. In late July/early August, Lake Placid becomes home to rugby and lacrosse tourneys, and downtown LP becomes quite crazy. I'm so glad we were able to return to peace and quiet each night.

The first thing I look for is cleanliness; the owners keep the rooms and property meticulously clean. We stayed in a less expensive room, but it hardly disappointed. It was very spacious and overlooked the meadows. There are hairdryers, but you do need to bring your own toiletries (shampoo, soap). There are no TVs, so you can catch up on your reading (plus you don't have to worry about the person next door w/ the TV blaring in wee hours of the night). Wi-fi was spotty as was cell phone service, so if you must be connected every single moment, this might not be for you.

Breakfast was served on time every morning, and the owners and the family dine with the guests. In addition to hot oatmeal, granola cereal and fresh fruit, a special addition was prepared (e.g., scrambled eggs and bacon, waffles, muffins) and all was very good. Since we were there for a length of time, we got to know the owners. They are very nice people, and if you need anything all you need to do is ask and they will accommodate (or try to) your request. There is a large community refrigerator and microwave for guest use, as well as plates (ask for silverware and wine glasses) if you want to do take out.

It is true that they run the maple sugar farm; the products (especially the maple cream) are excellent!

If you x-country ski and/or mtn bike, you could not ask for a better location. The Mt Van Hovenberg trails are right behind the property.

Overall, we would gladly return.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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New England
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2009

I came off the nordic ski trails to check the place out and did not get a positive vibe. I was talking about renting the entire place and the tour of the place was half-hearted, at best. There was no interest in accommodating any special requests. Would be worth considering if you have skiers that want to ski for different lengths of time. Everyone can ski to and from VanHo trails which connect to the property.

Stayed February 2006, travelled solo
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Property: South Meadow Farm Lodge
Address: 67 Sugarworks Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946-4223
Region: United States > New York > Lake Placid
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Ranked #11 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Lake Placid
Number of rooms: 7

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