Adirondack Eco Lodges and Resorts: “Green” New York Hotels

Adirondacks, New York
Adirondacks. Photo credit: Moto Vermont

Adirondack Eco Lodges and Resorts comprise rustic, yet elegant abodes in upstate New York. These historic and cozy accommodation houses, suites are appreciated by “green” travelers and anyone who want to stay by the lake or tucked away in the wilderness. Adirondack Eco Lodges bring travelers up and close with nature.

In recent times, three local properties were recipients of the Audubon International Platinum 5 Leaf Status. This is the highest Eco Lodging rating award in North America. The honorees included Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn of Saranac Lake and Hohmeyer’s Lake Clear Lodge in Lake Clear. This accolade is reserved for properties who adhered to and applied strict guidelines to their operation as it relates to environment and nature conservation and preservation. This include, but is not limited to, energy saving principles and the use of renewable energy sources. Looking after the natural resources and refrained from any action that could harm or deplete them. Engaging in community outreach programs and guest education for the cause. These are vital deeds of many eco lodges, which underscore the concept of sustainability and accentuate the importance of causing the least impact on the natural environment, the land, and the wildlife.

Adirondack Eco Lodges range from log homes to “green” hotels.

It should be noted that not every eco lodge may facilitate each exact eco concept. Further, the ecological principles recognized by individual properties may vary, somewhat, from region to region. However, universally the goal is the same. Certain eco lodges may adapt the traditions of the indigenous peoples’ living in the community in which they operate. This is, sustainable lifestyles depicted for centuries and include organic farming, the building of structures using recycled materials, and viable hunting practices. Many eco lodge operators work with the local community to help preserve the peoples’ cultures, build schools, and support and promote the work of local artists and artisans.

Adirondack Eco Lodges
Elk Lake Lodge, New York

Adirondack Eco Lodges and Resorts also include Elk Lake Lodge in North Hudson, The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa, The Point on Upper Saranac Lake, and Pollywogg Holler.

The Adirondacks immense natural beauty and sheer size is incredible and complement the Adirondack Eco Lodges. Extending over six million acres, the Adirondacks comprises seven distinct regional destinations, each unique in terms of scenery and adventures. The lake region has over 600 bodies of water, some ideal for canoeing. Hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid reach more than 2,000 miles long and wind through the forest. The walking routes traverse pass waterfalls, reaching pinnacles with sweeping vista views of the peak, forest and lake landscape.


Article by: Tiffany Huggins

| December 5, 2015