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    How to get TO YOUR RENTAL. How to Get to Your Rental.  &
    CLICK HERE for what to do when you get here. What to do When you Get There.
    A network of modern limited access Interstate Highways connects our Adirondacks with major urban centers--New York, Montreal, Boston, Rochester--all just a few hours away. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   No Fourpeaks Road Signs.   How to get there from New York City.   From western New York State.   From Syracuse. "We have found that going through Utica is the fastest."   From Boston.   From Montreal.   How to get to your rental..   About your arrival time.   About Stonehouse Road.   Getting to Fourpeaks: 3 mistakes to avoid.   Complete Index of Maps.   "Very unhappy with the degree of hospitality we received." (An Email Exchange.)   (On the next page.)   CLICK HERE TO PRINT A SHORTENED COPY of this page to bring along with you when you come. (Thanks.)   No car? Public transportation to Fourpeaks.   Winter road conditions. How to learn and what to do about them.  

    How to get Here: Highways to Fourpeaks. No Fourpeaks Road Signs. There are no Fourpeaks Road Signs. Highway maps, online map programs (Mapquest, Google, etc.) as well as your own auto GPS will have significant errors even finding Stonehouse Road. They will certainly not get you to your Fourpeaks rental or provide the essential arrival information included here. You need the directions on this page. CLICK HERE for easy-to-print version and bring it with you when you come. Thanks.

  • From New York. Take New York Thruway I-87 North (about 150 miles) to Exit at Albany marked "Montreal, Northway, Interstate 87 North." Pay toll at exit and follow signs to Montreal. [Goto Northway.]

  • From Boston. Take Mass Pike I-90 West. In the Albany area take I-787 North (about 6 miles) to Route 7 West (about 3 miles) to I-87 North. This takes you around the Albany urban buildup. [Goto Northway.]

  • From Western NY, PA. Take New York Thruway I90 East. In the Albany area take I-87 North. This is a longer route than going diagonally from Utica, but it's faster, especially in Winter. [Goto Northway.]

    Northway I-87 North to Exit 30 (about 100 miles of very scenic driving) at mileage marker #104. See Essex County Highway Map. Take Route 73 North and West to Route 9N at Keene (about 14 miles) to Upper Jay (6 miles) and continue right on Route 9N following the AuSable River (two miles) to Stonehouse Road on your left between two old Stone Houses. [Goto How to get to your rental..]

  • From Montreal. Take Northway I-87 South past Plattsburgh to exit for AuSable Forks. See Essex County Highway Map. Take Route 9N South following the AuSable River through AuSable Forks to the Village of Jay. In Jay continue on Route 9N (about 2 miles) and find Stonehouse Road on your right between two old Stone Houses. [Goto How to get to your rental..]

    Please don't mess up now! George says:
    Welcome! (Here's how to get to your rental.)

    Phone help is just a moment away. Phone any time of the day.  Turn up Stonehouse Road and stop at Scotty, a brown travel trailer, about a half-mile up on your left. If your cell phone has service, phone Martin 518-524-6726 to say you've arrived. No cell phone service? Phone him using the cell phone on the desk inside Scotty. (Leave a message if he's not in.) Thanks. [Goto What to do after you've phoned.]

    Please don't get lost! [What to do after you've phoned.]
    (1) If you're a guest at Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp or The Cabin, [Goto YOUR CAMP NAME.]
    (2)If you're a guest at Wolf's Nest or Ridge Camp come up to Camp Barn. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile to the end at a rail fence and turn in to gate on your right (#213). Follow about 300 feet (past New Camp) to edge of woods. STOP. DRIVE THE REST OF THE WAY VERY SLOWLY, following the road down to the brook (about 150 feet). Just past the Well House, take the left at the fork in the road up to Camp Barn (150 feet), a large barn structure with equipment and sheds (#213). Meet me at The Office.

    THOREAU HOUSE. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road for just 200 feet. Turn into the first driveway on your left. Park near the Woodshed in back. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    GYPSY CAMP. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about 1/4 mile. Gypsy is the second driveway after Scotty. Turn into the open gate on your left. Park near the cedar tree and hammock. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    SUGAR CAMP. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile. Sugar is the third driveway on your left after Scotty. Turn into open gate. Park near the old cellar. (If you miss Sugar Camp you'll find a rail fence at the end of Stonehouse Road. Go back one driveway.) (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    NEW CAMP. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile to the end at a rail fence and turn in to gate on your right (#213). Follow about 400 feet to New Camp on your right. Park in field on your left near privy (outhouse) in the woods. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    THE CABIN. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile to the end at a rail fence and turn in to gate on your right (#213). Follow about 300 feet (past New Camp) to edge of woods. STOP. DRIVE THE REST OF THE WAY VERY SLOWLY, following the road down to the brook (about 150 feet). Just past the Well House, take the right at the fork in the road right up to The Cabin--three buildings--The Shed, The Cabin (itself) and the Screen House. Park by rail fence. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    What to do next. Move in your things and make yourself at home. Look at the greeting letter and safety/information folder on the table. Don't drink the water. Don't use the gas lights or cooking range or make a wood fire unless you feel confident and remember all the Safety First! information.

    We need to know your arrival time. WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT TIME TO EXPECT YOU.
    Let us know when making your reservation. Not sure? Make an estimate. The exact time is not important. But whether it's early afternoon or late, or some other time that we arrange with you, we need to know when to be around to greet you.
    Arrivals are OK any time after 1PM until an hour before sunset. (We'll agree to an earlier arrival time, if at all possible.)
    Except for returning guests, late arrivals are a problem. An hour before sunset. Except for returning guests, late arrivals can be a problem. Arriving after dark at an unfamiliar off-the-road camp--without electric lighting or central heat--may be difficult and unsafe. If your travel plans are fixed, we'll agree to a late arrival, if at all possible. But it's essential for a late arrival that you have carefully studied How to Get to Your Rental. & What to do When you get There. in advance and you bring a printed copy with you.
    Except for returning guests, late arrivals are a problem. Guests who are delayed in transit and expect to arrive after dark should contact us by phone 518-524-6726. We will do our very best to accommodate them. Guests staying at Ridge or Wolf should be prepared to take alternate housing arrangements for the first night of their stay. [CLICK HERE for complete local sun and moon information, including time for sunset.]

    Highways to Fourpeaks: A network of limited access modern Interstates make getting there easy. Explore Fourpeaks Hiking/Walking Trails. Fourpeaks Maps: HIGHWAYS, ROADS & TRAILS
    1. Where in the world is Fourpeaks?. (In the upper right hand corner of New York State.)
    2. New York Cabin Map. NY? NJ? MA? PA? QC? Just hours from Home!
    3. Fourpeaks Trail Map. Hiking/walking trails and beauty spots on our 700 wilderness acres. Location map for backcountry camps. [CLICK HERE for Trail Notes to accompany map.]
    4. Fourpeaks Tree Map. Trail Map with Locator Symbols for our Sugar Maples, Popple (Quaking Aspen), Eastern Pine, White Cedar, Black Spruce, Beech and Hemlock. [CLICK HERE for the complete Guide Visit Our Trees! to accompany map.]
    5. Fourpeaks Topographic Maps. Shows Fourpeaks "Hidden Valley" surrounded by our four 2,000-ft. peaks. 34x42 map for sale.
    6. Map of Stonehouse Road. Take a walk back into history on our pretty one-lane dirt road.
    7. Map of old Stonehouse Road. Stonehouse Road is now open all the way to Hardy Road, Wilmington.
    8. Map of Jay NY AuSable River Beauty Spots with 1/4 mile river walk, shoals and islands, swimming holes and the old Covered Bridge.

    About Stonehouse Road
    Stonehouse Road is a 7/10-mile long one lane dirt road that goes uphill to Fourpeaks. Prettiest country road in the state? It wasn't built for today's highway driving! Observe the 10mph posted speed limit and stay to the center of the road. Meet another vehicle on the way? Read about Stonehouse Road and learn the "Rules of the Road." See the Stonehouse Road Map..

    Getting to Fourpeaks: 3 mistakes to avoid.
    Guests make the wrong turn off Route 73. Guests make the wrong turn off Route 73. They end up in Elizabethtown over an hour late. CLICK HERE to prevent this mistake.
    Guests are stumped once they get here. Guests are stumped once they get to Stonehouse Road. No Fourpeaks signs to guide them. Maybe they drive around asking where Fourpeaks is. (No luck. The locals haven't a clue.) CLICK HERE to prevent this mistake.
    Guests can't figure out that we're not running a 24-hour reception desk. Guests can't figure out that we're not running a 24-hour reception desk. They don't tell us their estimated arrival time. We don't know when to expect them. Maybe we're not home. CLICK HERE to prevent this mistake.
    Make a happy beginning to your Fourpeaks vacation/getaway. Make a happy beginning to your Fourpeaks vacation/getaway. George says: "For a happy beginning to your Fourpeaks vacation/getaway--Please DON'T MAKE THESE MISTAKES." Thanks.


    Have you scheduled your Fourpeaks Arrival Time? "Very unhappy with the degree of hospitality we received." (An Email Exchange.)


    Subject: REMOVE
    Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 17:30:18 EDT
    From: "KC"@aol.com
    To: YourAdirondackGuide@4peaks.com

    Subject: our stay
    Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 17:54:40 EDT
    From: "KC"@aol.com
    To: YourAdirondackGuide@4peaks.com

    Dear Martin,

    My husband, David, and I just finished a week long stay at the The Cabin.
    Not usually one to criticize, I feel there is something I need to pass on.
    David and I were very unhappy with the degree of hospitality we recieved. I
    am not speaking of the accomadations. In fact, we found The Cabin to be
    quite nice and we enjoyed the area and the isolation.

    The problem- we felt like an inconvenience. We did not expect to be treated
    as though we were at the Hilton, but we did expect some degree of common
    respect. We were treated as tourists who probably were not prepared for the
    primitive setting that we chose. This was not the case. I am sure that you
    have had guests that were unhappy in this respect, but It would be wise not
    to treat eveyone with the same degree of skepticism that we were confronted
    with during our stay.

    Did we love the area and Our cabin, Yes we did. Will we be returning-
    absolutely not. If you wish to encourage return visitors, I would recommend
    that you treat your guests more fairly, not just as an inconvenience to be
    gotten rid of by returning part of thier fee and sending them to a hotel.

    Kim C.

    Subject: Re: our stay
    Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 13:44:54 -0400
    From: MartinAndLouise
    Reply-To: VisitUs@4peaks.com
    Organization: Fourpeaks--Adirondack Backcountry Camps
    To: "KC"@aol.com

    To:   Kim and Dave C.
    At:   [email address deleted]

    Dear Kim,

    I'm sorry to get your note. We must have made a bad first impression.

    Fourpeaks vacation places are fun and private, but the amenities are
    anything but standard, especially at the camps, and we have to
    personally show each accommodation to be sure guests are comfortable--
    and safe. Since the places are spread out over 2-1/2 miles on two
    separate parcels, this takes time and planning. We explain how we
    manage this in our Safety First! and Fourpeaks Rental Terms at http://4peaks.com/foshort.htm

    Five guests were expected on the day you arrived and Louise and
    I had a busy afternoon ahead of us.

    You had arranged your arrival for between 1PM and 2PM, but you
    arrived well after 4PM without phoning ahead. I was on my way
    out the door to jeep some folks up to the Ridge and had time only
    just to show you to the The Cabin and ask you to let yourselves in.
    Louise came by later to show you the gas lighting, water, fireplace
    and kitchen.

    I am truly sorry you thought I was inhospitable when I just didn't
    have time to greet you properly. I wish you had spoken to me about
    this sooner, as I'm sure that we could have gotten over the initial
    unpleasantness. Vacations are or should be a time for general good
    feelings and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at The Cabin anyway.

    Please accept our apologies. Consider another visit. We'll
    extend a 50% discount and go way out of our way to make you
    feel comfortable and at home.

                 Sincerely yours,

                 Martin Schwalbaum

          Member Whiteface Mountain Visitors Bureau
       Member North Country Chamber of Commerce 518-563-1000



    Some help for going crosscountry from Syracuse, instead of the Interstate through Albany.

    Subject: RE: ARRIVING Thursday 09/25/08
    Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 21:21:14 -0400
    From: "Petra H*****"
    To: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    Hi Martin,
    We have found that going through Utica is the fastest. In fact, we now make it even faster by avoiding Utica -- we
    take I-90 to Oneida, then hop on 365 going through Rome, until we hit route 12. We have also tried to go through
    Watertown a couple of times -- it is about as fast as the Utica route, but not as pretty.

    I will call you when we get to your pretty road. Looking forward to seeing you again!
    Petra

    Verbatim email exchanges with guests and prospective guests. Verbatim email exchanges with guests and prospective guests.CLICK HERE for more Fourpeaks Email Exchanges. Verbatim email exchanges with guests and prospective guests. Many of them informative. All of them good clean fun, even those about very serious subjects. Great if you like to read other people's mail.

    Backcountry Living at 'The Cabin.' 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).

    .Are you in this picture? CLICK HERE to find out. 
    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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