We spent two nights at a 2-bedroom tupa (Kota Tupa) at Lapland Lake and had the most marvelous time!! Walking into the tupa we felt like we had 'come home,' even though this was our first visit. We had only booked one night's stay but decided within 5 minutes that we wanted to stay another night!
The tupa was very well furnished and stocked with everything you might need--from cooking utensils to board games, it was all there! I've stayed at a lot of cabins but most of them were bare-bones when it comes to equipment, so this was amazing!! The wood-burning stove is a great touch, the electric heat is enough to stay warm but the stove gives you the real 'cabin feeling.'
As for the rest of the place--it couldn't have been any better! The owners are extremely friendly and welcoming, the ski rental is easy and they even heat up the sauna every day! The trails are great for cross-country skiing, and if you are so inclined you can even take their lovely dog Kiva for a walk. And not to forget: great Finnish (and other) food! Buy some of the Finnish chocolate they sell, you won't regret it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center offers a touch of Finland in New York's southern Adirondack Mountains! We offer lodging in cozy tupas (housekeeping cottages), a pristine non-motor lake with sandy beach for swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing along with scenic hiking and mountain biking. Visit in winter for the day or overnight to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. Our four-season woodland retreat was proudly operated by former U.S. Olympian Olavi Hirvonen and his family for more than 35 years. New owners Kathy and Paul Zahray offer you their warmest welcome. We offer year round lodging in ten immaculate tupas (housekeeping cottages) featuring up to four bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens (refrigerator-freezer, range, microwave, toaster, electric coffee maker), baths with showers, screened porches, electric heat, wood stoves including all wood stove supplies, outdoor fire pit and BBQ. Our authentic Finnish wood-burning sauna is complimentary year round for overnight guests. Professional massage therapy is available. During the spring, summer and fall seasons overnight guests have access to our stunning 70-acre, motor-free lake with sandy beach. Woods Lake offers exceptional swimming, fishing, kayaking & canoeing with complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boats. Our 30-mile of private hiking and mountain biking trails are available for our lodging guests' use. Our 3-mile self-guided nature trail is a delight for children and adults alike. In the winter months you are welcome to visit for the day or to lodge with us to experience our award-winning cross country ski center. 50Km of scenic ski & snowshoe trails are surrounded by the pristine southern Adirondack Forest Preserve. Trails are available for all abilities, from beginner to expert. Lapland Lake offers meticulous snowcat grooming; well-trained, courteous staff; two-story warming lodge; full rental-retail shops; daily PSIA ski instruction; children's tubing; ice-skating and two food service locations. Tavataan ladulla! See you on the trails! Come join us to experience Adirondack Splendor and Finnish Hospitality! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Hotel Northville