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By JANE CARON Contributing Writer
November 26, 2002: Adirondacks: The Guidebook. Winter 2002.
Published by The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, NY.
CLICK & GO.(On this page.) The Wawbeek deserves the praise and sterling reputation . . . Fourpeaks is a place like no other! Guest Notes: "and you were the perfect host - friendly, available but not intrusive . . ." Press-Republican Text & Photo Credits for this page. the perfect conterpoint for a standard 'Hotel' vacation." (An Email Exchange.) More pages in An Adirondack Miscellany: Newspaper reports, Magazine articles and Book notices.
The Wawbeek on Upper Saranac Lake deserves the praise and sterling reputation it has earned. Owners Norm and Nancy Howard took over the turn of the century Great Camp in the winter of '94 and have buffed and polished the gem back to its original brilliance.
As a guest at the Wawbeek you can choose from among several styles of accommodations: Mountain House - a turn of the century lodge with knotty pine paneling throughout, features a massive stone fireplace in the great room as well as six bedroom suites; Lake House Lodge - offering cozy rooms with fireplaces, decks and spectacular views; Carriage House - with its private entrances and handicap accessibility; or the family friendly Bungabeek cottage.
The Wawbeek restaurant - an architectural treasure - sits on a rock promontory overlooking Upper Saranac Lake and the high peaks. Drawing on his experience with Cunard when his job included responsibility for the QE2, Howard has created an elegant, tasteful and welcoming restaurant worthy of several Michelin stars. Selections from Executive Chef Eric Rottner's winter menu include Babba Gunush, baked Brie and stuffed rainbow trout.
"We've found that there are very few places in the Park that deliver this kind of experience," say the Howards. "Our objective is the restoration of the soul for our guests."
Fourpeak's seven camps are nestled in the hills of Ebenezer, Rattlesnake Knob, Wainwright and Basset mountains. No phones, no electricity (exception: Thoreau House), no indoor plumbing and no bother from the outside world.
Schwalbaum, a New York City native transplanted to the region in the 1960's, began renting camps in 1988. Although they have the look and feel of century-old dwellings, The Cabin - built in 1946 -is the oldest camp on the property. Thoreau House, a freehand copy of Henry David Thoreau's cabin on Walden Pond, will be completed this winter.
A get-away at Fourpeaks, even for a few days, isn't inexpensive. There is no restaurant, each camp is equipped with a 'privy' , gas powered lights, a refrigerator and stove. You'll have to bring your own drinking water, and depending on your choice of camp may have to hike-in with your supplies, but the experience is one-of-a-kind.
Families and groups of friends can -and do- stay at Four Peaks. The Cabin can accommodate 1-6 persons; Ridge Camp up to 8; Gypsy, Sugar Camp and Thoreau up to 4; New Camp and Wolf's Nest just 2. Dogs are welcomed guests.
While the amenities may seem rustic, or even primitive, it's worth mentioning that camp décor is neither. Oriental carpets, antique dressers, Adirondack chairs, stunning stepbacks, and captivating fireplaces and woodstoves are the norm. Fourpeaks Camp is a place like no other!
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800-953-2656 or 518-359-2656
Fourpeaks Adirondack Backcountry Camps
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"the perfect conterpoint for a standard 'Hotel' vacation."
(An Email Exchange.)
Subject: Interview for Winter Guidebook
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 10:19:51 -0500 From: "Jane Caron" firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization: Caron and Company
My name is Jane Caron, I am a professional writer who provides featurer> pieces on many subjects for the Press Republican. I am writing their Winter
Guidebook again this year and would like to feature Fourpeaks in the
segment, 'Stay awhile in style'.
Would it be possible to visit with you this week for a brief interview and
It would take approximately 1 hour.
Your place sounds fantastic - and the perfect contrepoint for a standard
'Hotel' vacation. I hope you'll allow us to come and visit.
Looking forward to hearing from you -
Caron & Company
Subject: Re: Interview for Winter Guidebook
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 10:53:33 -0500
From: Your Adirondack Guide Martin@4peaks.com
Organization: Fourpeaks--Adirondack Backcountry Camps
To: Jane Caron email@example.com
Let me tell you that your email was most welcome. I very much like the idea
"the perfect conterpoint for a standard 'Hotel' vacation."
When we spoke and you reminded me of the LPVB [Lake Placid Visitors Bureau]
hospitality program encounter years ago I was even more pleased.
I carried away with me a pleasant impression sharing views on tourism
at our brief meeting.
See you tomorrow.
#1846 "and you were the perfect host - friendly, available but not intrusive . . ."
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001
From: linda g*** firstname.lastname@example.org
we just wanted to tell you that the three of us enjoyed ourselves enormously at fourpeaks - we
did everything we wanted, we hiked, we slept, we played in the grass, we relaxed, we enjoyed
new barn and you were the perfect host - friendly, available but not intrusive...we will
definitely return...thank you for a great experience - you are blessed to live in a beautiful
area...it was hard coming back to the city noises and pollution - oh well - see you soon
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