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On Halsey Straight's old farm, at the end of Stonehouse Road, it's just a short way through big Camp Field, down past the brook by a stone wall that marks the edge of cultivated land. In big pines and spruce at the edge of a small meadow with views of Clement's Mountain, The Sag and the old farmhouse field beyond, "The Cabin" is where Fourpeaks all started. For location see Fourpeaks Trail Map label [TC] and CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at The Cabin.
The main building is "The Cabin" (living room and complete kitchen/dining room, 600 sq. ft.), rented as part of a three-building Adirondack cabin complex along with "The Shed" (two bedrooms and washroom, 280 sq. ft.) and "The Screen House" (a Summer dining room under the pines, 260 sq.ft.). There's a big stone fireplace at The Cabin, a covered porch and a fenced-in yard. A privy (outhouse). Three buildings, five rooms, Non-smoking, Pets welcome, 880 sq.ft. in all, max. 6 persons. Single or double occupancy, $645/3 nights, $1290/week. CLICK HERE for a seasonal offer, promptly delivered. 11% Sales/Occupancy Tax applies to all rentals of less than one week duration. A Deposit Payment is required to secure reservation. Cancellation fees apply. See Guest Information for occupancy limitations and financial arrangements. Discount Prices.
"The Cabin" Amenities Summary
Bedrooms/beds: Bedroom with handmade birch log double bed plus Kid's bedroom with two cots at "The Shed." Foldout double sofa by the fireplace at "The Cabin." Blankets and pillows supplied. [CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about what to bring, including bed linens and towels.]
Full Kitchen: Sink, full size cooking range with oven, 7 cubic foot refrigerator, dining service for 8 persons and a complete selection of utensils, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, including a toaster, a tea pot and 3 kinds of coffee makers.
Toilet: Outside Privy (outhouse). [ CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps.]
Water/washing: Old-fashion pitcher pump at the kitchen sink delivers water from "mini-cisterns." Big stand pump at the Well House for more. See How to work the pitcher pumps. It's fun. CLICK HERE for all about limited water at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps, especially in Winter. CLICK HERE for bathing and showering at camp.
Lighting: Gas lighting. No electricity. (Bring electric reading lamps, extra candles, if you like. No kerosene, gasoline or other lighting permitted.)
Fireplace/heating: Stone fireplace built in, Jotul 18in. woodstove at "The Cabin." Firewood supplied. Vermont Castings fireplace propane (gas) heater at "The Shed."
Porches: Covered porch with Adirondack chairs and table.
Additional: Furnished "Screen House" for Summer dining. Outside picnic table. Hammock. Charcoal barbeque grill.
Miscellaneous: Dish soap, hand soap, sponge/pot scrubber, Comet cleaner, firewood, dish towels, toilet paper, trash bags, matches, candles, biscuit mix, honey, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. are all supplied. [ Planning your visit? CLICK HERE for more helpful information on setting up housekeeping.]
The Cabin Inside and Outside. [Click on Iamge For Full Size]
Scrubbing Up at our Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps. How do we do it at camp with limited water and no electricty? We bathe the time-tested oldfashion ways of years ago. Pump the water by hand. Heat it on the stove. Then bathe from a bucket with just a rag. Or sit in a big tin washtub. Or an old-fashion claw-foot bathtub like a cowboy just off the range. New! Hot showers with a new-fangled portable shower. That's luxury camping! The shower is quick and convenient. Ask for one when you get here. Either way it's all educational and fun, to learn how to get scrubbed up in a backcountry setting. CLICK HERE for Hot showers and those Oldfashion Ways.
Backcountry Living (for Guests).
The cabins at Fourpeaks are spread out on a 700-acre property, 2-1/2 miles end to end. To maintain a safe, orderly, and clean place to live, the good will and cooperation of our guests are essential. This webpage will provide you a working familiarity with backcountry life and methods for heating, lighting and water use. Living off-the-grid is fun and educational. Insure your personal safety and comfort by learning how it works.
If you're considering a Fourpeaks vacation rental, CLICK HERE for Backcountry Living (for Guests).
Access to our Backcountry Camps. Fourpeaks is open year-round. There's auto access to The Cabin, Sugar Camp, New Camp, Gypsy Camp and Thoreau House, so you can drive right to them. But there's no "front desk" at Fourpeaks. so you need to find out how to get to your rental. CLICK HERE for How to Get to Your Rental.and What to do When you get There.
Our two remote camps, Wolf's Nest and Ridge Camp, are rented to guests who hike in. (Wolf's Nest, 5/8 mile or Ridge Camp 1-1/2 miles.) Guests at those camps meet us at our Camp Barn Office. A full orientation to camp precedes the visit. Firewood plus propane for lighting and cooking are already in place at camp. Wash water is at the Well House at Ridge, but wash water must be carried up for Wolf. Extra backpacks and a cargo sled are available for loan.
No guest vehicles. Except for short access roads off Stonehouse Road (to Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp and The Cabin), the use of guest vehicles on Fourpeaks roads and trails is strictly forbidden.
[More about access and other travel related information, including Winter Road Condirions, Public Transportation, and more at Frequently Asked Questions.]
Meet Our Guests! at "The Cabin." The Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book. is a fun way to learn about our Adirondack backcountry vacations. Who came. Where they're from. Where they stayed. The Season. What they did here. Photos. Letters and Guest Book entries. CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book pages. Find Paul's beautiful winter photos of the The Cabin. The Russell kids take a cowboy bath. And more.
Pet-friendly vacations. Romantic getaways. Solo Guests Families with Kids.
Barbara and Danny. 10 1 They come up from Brooklyn NY for a romantic winter weekend. "What a wonderful time we had at the Cabin. Everything was just right. We got engaged while we were there!."
Rodman and Elise A Spring Vacation at The Cabin. 25 New York, NY, explored all around, made pretty meals for two, watercolors. ". . . made us feel even more like this was our own private rustic home.."
Colleen and Gary 38 3 Matthew, Brian, Kelsey 2 Geddy and Scout. This page features Brian's 12 drawings of camp. Not to be missed! They're from Ballston Spa NY, hiking, artwork. "We had an outstanding weekend. The hikes were not too difficult for the kids to complete."
Dean and Mike, father and son at Fourpeaks. 4 Summers at Fourpeaks, staying at Wolf's Nest and Ridge Camp. 76 Rochester NY, hiking, fishing and hanging out. "Fourpeaks gives us one week each year to realize what is really important.."
'J.C.' with his kid brother, Mom and Dad. 4 2 'J.C.' makes some discoveries and tells 'the next kid' all about it. "To the next kid: are you having fun? I hope so. have you seen witeface mt.? you can see it from nearby if you hike the trail up to the Ridge camp.."
Obbie Family 12 2 1 Canandaigua NY "Mostly, we got what we crave: peace and quiet and all the sights and sounds (and lack of sounds) that we've come to love at your place after six visits."
Melissa. A busy professional from Wilmington DE Melissa brings Lucy on a return visit late October. 15 1 Wilmington DE
Karri and Tim. Hammock R&R and a panorama view the world from our Adirondack mountains. 54 Ephrata PA. "It was really nice to hear civilization silenced by omnipresent nature - in our daily lives it's the other way around, nature silenced by omnipresent civilization."
The Fourpeaks Story begins on a ski weekend at Whiteface with my first wife in '67. I can't remember if the kids were there or not. With a busy new business in the city, I was looking for a "wilderness" place, lots of trees and space, to get away to whenever I wanted. I had in mind cheap land, lots of it, not suitable for building development. I started asking around at the realtors, focusing on the lower priced offerings. Breakfast at the Golden Arrow across from the old hotel, I spotted an old lady at the cash register, looked just like my Bubba, a greyhead Zeide nearby. The old couple pointed the way to Wilmington. A few days later Dan Deighan, the land-savvy real estate man from Placid, was driving me up Stonehouse Road in a four-wheeler through a foot of snow. I wrote about it in a poem, "Camp." CLICK HERE for the full story about The Cabin, my first camp. For the other camps, CLICK on one of the image links above. CLICK HERE to hear The Whole Fourpeaks Story--1967 to Today, 7 camps, 3 barns, 1 Stone House, 700 acres and 40 years later.
These photos of The Cabin interior shows the sense of beauty and skill in execution Dennis brings to the craft. There's more of them to see here on the Fourpeaks webpage. Find them at 4 Outdoor Guys from CT, about the guys visit to The Cabin, more at The Cabin home page, Me and Noah Rondeau and a really fine presentation at his photo gallery www.web.mac.com/denbarn/iWeb/Site%205/Photos.html. Beautiful!.
#0388 "What a wonderful time we had last December at the Cabin. Everything was just right. We got engaged while we were there!"
Subject: A Chickadee Story
From: Barbara Fr*** email@example.com
To: "Your Adirondack Guide." Martin@4peaks.com
Thanks for the newsletter. It helped me remember that we never wrote you to
tell you what a wonderful time we had last December at the Cabin. Everything
was just right. We got engaged while we were there! (Sorry we didn't tell
you then -- we were enjoying having a secret for a few days.) Unfortunately
our pictures (taken on a disposable camera) are pretty pitiful, but we were
just thrilled to see ourselves on George's website! Have you decided whether
he has a Buddhist nature? Seems like a safe bet.
Enjoy the spring, and we hope to see you again soon. Barbara and Danny
A footnote from Your Fourpeaks Host.
Never got any pictures from them, but CLICK HERE to see the photos I took of Barbara and Danny with George at The Cabin and the Office while they were here at Fourpeaks.
#1580 "John and I enjoyed our Honeymoon at Fourpeaks! The Cabin was wonderful!"
Subject: THANK YOU!
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000
From: "P***, Donna J, BMSLS" firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Martin, Just wanted to send a note to let you know how very much John and I enjoyed
our Honeymoon at Fourpeaks! The Cabin was wonderful! We loved getting back
more to the basics of life, so to speak. We were plenty warm, impressed with
the excellent array of cookware available [we love to cook and made some
great meals there!], and how sweet it was that you brought us the biscuit
fixin's. We made those right up the next morning and enjoyed them with that
Being there made our Honeymoon the kind we REALLY wanted. Relaxing with no
phones or TVs, trails to hike (what a great view from the Lookout trail),
and just general all-around enjoyment of our surroundings.
We will definitely be return guests, and are just dying to bring our
favorite couple there with us. They will also enjoy Fourpeaks!
Thank you again for a wonderful place to be together on our Honeymoon!
Sincerely, Donna Pertgen
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Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000
Name : Donna P*** Email : email@example.com
Location : Cicero, NY
Comments : Our honeymoon ther
e was wonderful! Our Chocolate Lab, Jeremiah, enjoyed it as much as we did! We will definitely return to your wonderful resort!
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Subject: RE: A Barn Swallow Story.
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001
From: "P***, Donna J, NNCER" firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin, Last year we honeymooned at your wonderful Four Peaks the week of 10/8. We
planned on returning this year for our first anniversary on 10/7, but I was
quite pregnant and due the day before (10/6). Our little son was born on
10/2. We plan on brining our son, Jacob, to Four Peaks--maybe as early as
next year. We so much enjoyed our stay there. It was, for us, the perfect
honeymoon! And we want our son to appreciate the beauty of it all as well.
You can bet he will grow up knowing all about Four Peaks.
Thank you for continuing to send us your e-mails!
Sincerely, Donna (and John) Pertgen
#0986 "Our kids had a great time running from the Shed to the Cabin and to the Screen House. Very rustic--the furnishings are very lux."
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Name : L.& E. Bene
Email : email@example.com
Location : New Jersey
Comments : Martin, sorry it took us so long to reply! We had an
absolutely wonderful time in mid-August at The Cabin. Our kids had a great
time running from the Shed to the Cabin and to the Screen House. It was the most unusual place we have ever stayed. Very rustic--the furnishings are very lux. Did a lot of hiking,
outdoor cooking and biking. We loved going down to the river and sunning on
the rocks while the kids played--we even had a BBQ lunch there one day. The
kids loved heating water and taking a bath by candlelight.
We really enjoyed ourselves and you shouldn't change a thing!
Many thanks from the Bene family!
Are you in this picture? Fourpeaks hosts now welcome paying guests to a 700-acre rest and playground for vacations in the Adirondack Great Camp tradition. Couples appreciate Fourpeaks secluded settings. Outdoor loving families have fun exploring our accessible wilderness. Folks with dogs enjoy the open spaces to run their pets. A private nature rereat. For a vacation away from it all. Are you in this picture? CLICK HERE to find out! [More about this at Frequently Asked Questions.]
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