One evening last week, I had dinner for the first time at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake, NY. It’s a super cool location, right on the lake front, with an excellent view (and pretty good pizza). The Adirondack Hotel also boasts an interesting local history, similar to that of many of the 19th century leisure hotels that were once fervent tourist destinations in the Adirondack mountains. The structure that stands at this location today is not the original hotel – a fire in the 1850s destroyed the original structure, (formerly known as ‘Kellog’s House,’) and it was rebuilt to its current condition in 1900.
One notable feature of the hotel design are two verandas that overlook 14 miles of Long Lake. The Hotel’s website describes its interiors as such:
“The Adirondack Hotel features two dining areas. The Victorian Room, with original tin ceilings, fireplaces and Victorian furnishings, glows with elegance. When you’d prefer casual dining, our Lake Street Cafe offers lunch and dinner daily, amidst the ambiance of our 19th century lake view hotel.” (source)
Theree are several interesting pieces in the collections of the Adirondack Museum that piece together the history of the hotel, and the locals and travelers who have frequented it since the turn of the century.
Here, you can see a flyer from a Thanksgiving Festival event that was held at the Adirondack Hotel on November 25, 1915. It reads, “Thanksgiving Festival at the Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake, N.Y.,Thursday Evening November 25, 1915. Proceeds for St. Henry’s Church. Turkey supper. All are cordially invited. Music, La Pell’s Orchestra. Tickets $2.00.”
Here is a gelatin silver print, with the Adirondack Hotel just visible in the background. The image is dated to ca. 1910 – 1920, and the description on the museum’s online database reads: “Gelatin silver print, attached to black paper album page. Scenic image looking out over the roof of a leanto with Long Lake’s bridge and the Adirondack Hotel in the background. Photograph most likely taken by donor’s Uncle ‘Bront.'”
Here is a photograph from a postcard, featuring the view of the Adirondack Hotel from across Long Lake. The description reads, “Gelatin Silver Print. Real Photo Postcard. ”Printed verso: ”PHOTOGRAPH / POST CARD / FROM STUDIO OF / EASTERN ILLUSTRATING CO BELFAST ME / CORRESPONDENCE / FOR THE ADDRESS” Handwritten on negative near bottom of picture: ’ADIRONDACK HOTEL, LONG LAKE, N.Y. 51”. Shows hotel from the lake.”
You can check out the Museum’s Online Collections Database here.
See the map below for the Hotel’s location:
Unfortunately, there was not an overabundance history to be found online for the Adirondack Hotel. I am certain that Long Lake locals who have lived beside the structure their entire lives have a wealth of knowledge – and I encourage anyone who has any more information about the Hotel to comment on this post and add to the discussion! This Hotel represents such an interesting period in leisure travel in the Adirondack region, and is certainly a destination worth the view.
– Adirondack Hotel website
– Long Lake NY website
– History of Long Lake
– Adirondack Hotel on Wikipedia
– Thanksgiving Festival Flyer, ADK Museum Collections
– Gelatin Silver Print, ADK Museum Collections
– Postcard Photograph, ADK Museum Collections