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    Occupancy of Fourpeaks accommodations and use of the property is limited to persons and pets covered in our confirming reservation letter. Guest Information  CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)    What to bring.   Fourpeaks Guests have Housekeeping responsibilities.   Deposit Payments and Cancellation Fees.   Limited occupancy.   Bring your pet? Guest Information for Dogs.   No Smoking.   How to Get to Your Rental. and What to do when you get There.   About arranging your arrival time.   Something wrong? Get help right away!   Emergency Information.   (From my mailbag.) "Very unhappy with the degree of hospitality we received."    "To be honest, your website is a mess."   (On the next page.)   10 Best Visitor Information Pages. (Quick Index.)
    Backcountry Living at 'The Cabin.' & Backcountry Living! CLICK & GO!  (On the grouped page.)  Heating with Wood.   Gas lights.    Water safety.   How to work the pitcher pump.    There's a privy (outhouse).    Bathing at Camp.   No campfires.   No hunting or firearms.   Permission by owner.   (From my mailbag.) "the process of making the reservation was problematic."   Is it dangerous to operate the wood stove . . .   The damper on the wood stove did not work so we couldn't bank the fire down.   I'm disappointed to find it's not permitted to have a campfire outdoors.  
    Fourpeaks is a complete vacation. WHAT TO BRING. Fourpeaks accommodations have complete kitchens with dishes, utensiles and lots of extras like trash bags, dishsoap, etc. Beds are supplied with pillows and blankets--but not bed linens and towels. Guests must bring their own bed linens and towels. And drinking water. CLICK HERE for all about what to bring and what NOT to bring at our Frequently Asked Questions.

    CLICK HERE for more about your Housekeeping Responsibilities-- a list of Cleaning Materials Supplied  and a Departure Day Checklist  to help you get it right. HOUSEKEEPING RESPONSIBILITIES. Fourpeaks is a backcountry vacation rental--a private property with no service staff, no chambermaids. Your accommodations will be clean and orderly when you arrive. Our Terms of Rental: "Leave it as you find it.". Floors swept, counter and stove surfaces washed, water containers refilled, trash taken out, furniture and contents back in order like when you came. CLICK HERE for Cleaning Materials Supplied and a Departure Day Checklist.
    Send Deposit Payment by cash or check. FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS.
    A Deposit Payment of one-half the rental amount, by credit card, is required to secure reservations. The balance of rent is due on arrival. Payment is accepted by check, cash or money order. NO REFUNDS for early departure.
    A cancellation fee of 10% of the rental amount applies for reservations cancelled 30 days or more before the rental date. Deposit payments for reservations canceled less than 30 days before the rental date are NOT REFUNDABLE.
    Occupancy of Fourpeaks accommodations and use of the property is limited to persons and pets covered in our confirming reservation letter. OCCUPANCY of the accommodations and use of the property is limited to persons (and pets, if any) covered in a Reservation Letter (which also shows dates, place and price) we send to conclude a booking. Changes or additions to your vacation party must be arranged in advance. This includes day visitors. [CLICK HERE to see Sample Reservation Letter.]
    [MORE ABOUT Occupancy.   Planning a family reunion? Sharing an accommodation with another family or couple.  Planning something with group of friends. ]  
    Read the Rental Terms for Dogs and to meet Tramp Your Canine Vacation Host. A MUST READ for guests with dogs. Guest Information FOR DOGS..
    Your dog is welcome if arranged in advance and covered in our Reservation Letter.
    Your pet must be under your control at all times (on lead or off lead).
    Pets may not be left alone in the buildings.
    [CLICK HERE  if you plan to bring your pet dog to Fourpeaks.  This page is a MUST READ for guests with dogs.]

    Smoking is not permitted in any of the Fourpeaks accommodations. Fourpeaks is a smoke-free vacation place. No smoking is permitted in any of the Fourpeaks accommodations. See Safety First! & the Guest Information.NO SMOKING.
    Fourpeaks is a smoke-free vacation place.
    Smoking is NOT PERMITTED in any of the Fourpeaks living spaces.
    (If you must smoke--please do it out-of-doors, in the privy, on an open porch, screened porch or view deck. Carefully extinguish matches and crush and pick up your butts. Thanks.)

    CLICK HERE for how to get to your rental and what to do when you get there. How to Get to Your Rental and What to Do When You Get There. Fourpeaks is on a New York State Scenic River Corridor. (It' so pretty we decided years ago even a small sign would seem out of place.) And Stonehouse Road in Jay NY 12941 is probably not on your map! Certainly your Fourpeaks rental cabin is not! You need our directions to get there!   And you need the safety/arrival information for guests--"What to Do When You Get There." CLICK HERE for How to Get to Your Rental. and What to do When you get There. Thanks.

    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.
    After 1PM? Flexible. 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.]

    Need Anything? Please don't keep it to yourself! Need Anything? Please don't keep it to yourself! Something wrong? A problem? Get help right away!
    Fourpeaks Housekeeping and Engineering offices are open all day (and into the night as well.) Gas light mantle busted? Are you out of sugar, candles, pepper, dishsoap? No gas? Phone 518-524-6726 or come to Camp Barn right away. We'll make it right. Promptly. Courteously. Thanks.
    Before we get there you can help yourself. Help for How to work the Pitcher Pumps, How to light the gas lights, and (most important) the five easy steps for a safe woodfire are all right there in the Information Folder at your rental.  Got a Complaint? Please don't keep it to yourself. CLICK HERE for guest complaints and more on the subject "I appreciate your telling me about the pepper grinder and the mattress cover "   (An Email Exchange.)

    CLICK HERE for Emergency Information and a directory of local services. EMERGENCY INFORMATION  for Fourpeaks Guests. What to do. YOUR HOST IS THERE TO HELP!  In any Emergency Situation phone right away or come to Camp Barn for help and assistance day or night.   For information about what is available, CLICK HERE for a thorough directory of local emergency services. A copy is distributed to guests on arrival.
    Worried about poison ivy? CLICK HERE for Poison Ivy information and help.

    Old-fashion hand pump right at camp, located at the kitchen sink or at Well House nearby. Old-fashion outdoor toilet (privy, outhouse) right at camp. 4-Star Wilderness Camping amenities.Parlor stove, Franklin stove, free-standing fireplace/woodstove.4-Star Wilderness Camping 4-Star Wilderness Camping. Enjoy the quiet and beauty of untrammeled Nature in considerable comfort with no equipment and no experience required. View the Graphic Amenities Summary for heating, lighting, kitchens, water supply, screened porch or deck, and more. Get help deciding which Fourpeaks Cabin is right for you.

    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"

    Subject: our stay
    Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 17:54:40 EDT
    From: "KC"

    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
    Organization: Fourpeaks--Adirondack Backcountry Camps
    To: "KC"

    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 Guest Information at

    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

    August 7, 2013 "To be honest, your website is a mess."
    Subject: Website Feedback
    From: marie****
    Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 01:51:45 -0700
    Hi, I am not actually a potential customer. I just came across your website. Reading on I know that you are offering something great and your place is really wonderful.
    But the thing is, to be honest, your website is a mess. I think it's about time that you invest in your website since the internet world does not somewhat find your website pleasing and you may be losing a lot of potential customer because they might lose interest in your lodge because your website content is messy. Just a tip sir. Good luck on your business.

    Subject: But the thing is, to be honest, your website is a mess.
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 07:33:02 -0400
    To: marie****
    Dear Mai,
    Thanks for your email (copy below) proving valuable feedback on my webpage
    I put this page up March 1997 and have been rewriting and adding to it ever since. As a result it's a bit of an antique, like an old book. This fits well with our backcountry style of vacationing, living like folks did that settled the land here 200 years ago. The webpage offers lots to read and learn about. Not flashy with graphic tricks like something by a recent graduate of "How to Build a Webpage."
    Besides, it's too fragile and complex to fix.
    Trash it, and start over? Not on your life. Folk looking for what I have to offer--a private getaway in a place of great natural beauty. "A vacation away from it all . . ." They find it! And that keeps Fourpeaks a (small but happy) going business.
    Visit here one day yourself and discover the quiet and seclusion of the Adirondack wilderness. To help out, your feedback has earned you a 25% discount off listed rates. Save this email and let me know when and where. CLICK
    Thanks again for your feedback. Best wishes,

    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.

    Sample Fourpeaks Reservation Letter
    (Names and prices changed to protect the innocent.)

    Fourpeaks--Adirondack Backcountry Camps * Phone 518-524-6726
    Stonehouse Road * P.O. Box 76 * Jay NY 12941

    To: Tom and Lisa Guest        RES#1345
    At:        212/nnn-nnnn


    Dear Tom and Lisa,

    I'm very happy to have you back! Your Fourpeaks vacation/
    getaway is reserved for . . .
    yourselves (2 persons) with Skie Pooch.
    ARRIVING Monday 05/18/09
    STAYING AT Sugar Camp for 5 days.
    DEPARTING Friday 05/22/09
    RENTAL PRICE $999.00
    ROOM TAX $109.89 [See NOTE below.]
    TOTAL COST $1108.89

    1) REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Make sure the place and dates are correct. (Remember to let me know your estimated arrival time and phone from Scotty when you get here.) Thanks.
    2) CLICK for deposit payment.

    For your personal safety and comfort while visiting, as well as where to go, what to bring, cancellation fees, your housekeeping responsibilities, and more, please read our Safety First! and Guest Information at http:/

    You can preview the fun of backcountry living by visiting online before you come. Look especially for changes and improvements in in our trail markings and signage. "A 700-acre private rest and playground." Hiking, walks and beauty spots. Things to do here and nearby. Meet Our Guests!

    And call on me any time for activity information, or anything you need or would like to ask about. My phone is mobile and my hours are flexible (518-524-6726).

    As a Fourpeaks Frequent Flyer this Plan #1 rental reflects a 15% reduction from the listed rate. See for more.

    Your Adirondack Guide,
    Note: NYS/Essex County 11% Occupancy Tax applies to Fourpeaks rentals of less than 7 days duration.

    Member Whiteface Mountain Visitors Bureau Member Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau
    .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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