Dartbrook Rustic Goods has really beautiful furniture and after an hour of seriously wishing I had a lodge to furnish reality struck. It was time to move along before husband and child decided to abandon me. Before we left though I had to ask if they would recommend a place to stay. I just knew that these artisans would know of a really special place. "Funny you should ask," they said, "there's a great place just behind the store," which it just so happens they designed and own. Had we not stopped and asked we would have totally missed Dartbrook Lodge. I think the photographs speak volumes and also give you just a hint at what the furniture store holds.
From its shingle siding made of tree bark to its hand made furniture it is both whimsy and fine craftsmanship. Dartbrook Lodge is definitively rustic Adirondack. It blends with nature like no other but does not denote roughing it. The bed was very comfy (the kind you could spend all day in) and I love small touches like the handmade soaps in the shower. Dartbrook Lodge is simple and sumptuous and oh so peaceful. I love well planned trips but I love, perhaps even more, what's hidden just around the bend.
Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. It has the unique distinction of being a harmonious mixture of public and private land and is brimming with early American history. It's a place where we have learned from environmental mistakes and have lived to see them rectified. Many prominent families from US history have spent a great deal of time in these old mountains and I can certainly understand why. It is a beautiful part of this country. I hope to go back one day. There is just so much more of the Adirondacks I want to explore.
Not to far from the lodge is High Falls Gorge with its scenic trail (pictured here). Its well worth the easy hike and it is just one of the many beautiful spots throughout the park. If you're lucky you just might find a gem or two of your own.