Guest Comments about the Lodge
Another great week at Giant’s View. The Drew clan gathered, climbed peaks, built fires, roasted marshmallows, grilled chicken, and drank a few bottles of wine. What could be better!!!
Pat and Thatcher Drew and family - September 2016
I’m only 12, and I’ve been on many vacations, but this was by far the best one! The reason I say this is because usually I go to hot places, but this time it was cold. We got to ski, snowtube, and snowboard. But the best part was in the cabin, we all sat in the living room by the fire and told scary ghost stories and played games.
Michelle and The Smead family from Maryland
It’s the best place we’ve ever stayed! The view and the property is truly unique! We enjoyed sitting on the porch, grilling, gazing at moonlight and listening to the sounds of mother nature. Colors of the fall foliage were absolutely amazing!
Alex and Marguerite
Had a fine time luxuriating in the rustic elegance of your beautiful home. Wonderful views, relaxing environment!
Bill Opperman and Friends
Our second annual week at Giant’s View. Leaves gradually began to turn as the week went on. Hikes: Hurricane, Baxter, Little Porter, and Hopkins (a treasure). The new screened porch was very popular and there was competition for the fabulous rockers!
Sue and John Nolan
Old college roommates and spouses gathered here from around the country and imbued your beautiful property with memories, laughs, teas, and a great time of friendship. Which we could stay MUCH longer.
Vic - September 2015
A house with spectiacular views, constructed with perfect intention and craftsmanship, with the evident presence of children (past).
Pat and Thatcher Drew and their 20- something and hiking friends!
By far one of the best and coziest places to come back to after 10 hours of hiking!
Keara, Alistair, Jesse, Matt, Joe, Stephanie, Zach, Steven, and Nick.
We had a great time around the pit fire and enjoying dinners around the big table! Nature around is beautiful and we spotted several humming birds!
Ed - May 2015
Cross Country skiing at Mr. Van Hoevenberg yesterday and today Jackrabbit trail. Perfect conditions! Thanks so much for politely replying to all our questions. We loved our weekend and hope to be back!
You have an amazing place! We had 7 guys for a couple of days of amazing hiking, sunny days, not a cloud! We had a few first time hikers and first time ADK visitors who are now hooked for llife. Thank you for sharing your home with us!
Thank you once again for the use of your beautiful and perfectly comfortable home. It is the ideal setting for us to enjoy what we love most in our lives – our children, grandchildren, and the incomparable ADKS!
Jim and Pam Metzler
Happy Thanksgiving!! We had the most delightful time here at Giant's View. As frequenters to the Adirondacks, this was a perfect location to relax, eat wonderful food and spend some time with people you love.
The Quell Family
We spend a magnificent week here at Giant's View. We watched the leaves merge from a light color to intense – leaves weren't falling when we arrived but in the breeze today they are falling like confetti, decorating the lawn. It's been a family week of hikes, sitting in the Adirondack chairs, sitting around the fire pit, and steep walks in the surrounding area – all wonderful!
The Nolans - Montreal, CA
We so much enjoyed our stay! I particularly enjoyed the view of Giant's "moods" as they varied with the time of day and the weather. We enjoyed several hikes as weather permitted and our cozy retreat here when it did not. From deer feeding in the back, fires in the fire pit, and walks down the drive with the dog, We had a lovely time.
Marilyn and Greg Naples Florida
This house screamed "welcome home" the moment we stepped inside. It is perfect for our extended family – ages five through 86, teenagers included! Hope we are able to return some day!
Ed, Sue, Rachel and Matt - Ballston Spa New York
Although not our first time in Lake Placid/Keene, it was our first time at Giant's View and hopefully not our last! We had a wonderful time!
It's hard to pack up and leave this beautiful home. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every moment. The views are amazing and we hope to be back. Spent our nights playing cards and ping-pong. Let's not forget about relaxing in front of the fire. Thank you for a perfect weekend.
Charlene and John - Orchard Park New York
Our families really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful place! The hikes and mountains around here are perfect! I absolutely love this place! The loft was pretty snazzy. The rooms were perfect sizes. The couch is absolutely one of the comfiest things ever!
Four days in the Adirondacks was not enough! Giant,s View exceeded all expectations – what a great house and wonderful location.
Ian and Dee from London UK
Second year in a row! Never thought it was possible to have a better time than last year – but we did! This house was made for making special family memories, ones that we will cherish for a life time.
The Cerrone family
We stayed at Giant's View for our Honeymoon and could not have asked for a more romantic get-away! With Keene Valley being right in the center of everything we wanted to do Giant's View was a perfect location for us... we can't wait to come back with friends to enjoy this beautiful cabin!
Thank you Nardelli family for sharing your amazing cabin with us, we love the rustic decorating, game room, peacefulness, VIEWS, fire pit, and just about everything else about Giant's View! We will certainly recommend you to our friends and family.
Thank you - Melissa & Tom Hackett
This rental is truly outstanding! Our family stayed at Giant's View Lodge for several days about a week before Christmas in 2011. The standard cliche definitely fits here......the pictures don't do this place justice. The lodge is very clean and the interior has a very nice flow to it. We loved the living room for its rustic comfort and the kitchen has everything. For us, Giant's View was the perfect getaway.......on a secluded property with outstanding mountain views. We traveled to Lake Placid during the day for shopping and dining, and returned to the comfort of Giant's View by early evening. My whole family would highly recommend Giant's View Lodge to anyone looking for a great Adirondack vacation rental.
If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. This was our third stay. We've had a great time everytime we've been here. Plenty of hiking and great shops in Lake Placid. Be sure to check out the Maple Walnut pie at the Noon Mark Diner.
We stayed here for my wife's birthday and had a wonderful time. The views were amazing and the house is centrally located so it is great for hiking and day trips to Lake Placid. We did a quick hike up Roostercomb and spent part of a day kicking back in Lake Placid with the locals. The house was amazing and gave us a great spot to relax by the fire and read at night with great views of Giant and surrounding peaks! Unfortunately we had to return to reality after 2 short days but we will be back soon!
This place is a dream and we had a perfect honeymoon here!
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful lodge. The view is outstanding and the accommodations are both comfortable and thoughtfully planned. We were able to cook gourmet meals, take jaunts into town to shop & dine and we also hiked a few mountains.
Our dog, Crosbi thoroughly enjoyed the Lodge, chasing chipmunks and sniffing out the local wildlife neighbors :)
We will certainly be back...with others next time!
Reneé & Adam - Glens Falls, NY
Three couples have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful lodge. In spite of a week of rain, we had great views of Giant, the leaves were cloudy day “brighteners” on our drives to Lake Placid, Elizabethtown, High Peaks Center. Our Whiteface excursion was a “washout” with zero visibility, and we had a train excursion to Saranac Lake on the rainiest day – perfect. Wonderful friends, great food, and a beautiful home in which to enjoy them. The rain bothered us not at all!
Indianapolis friends – Louie & Emily Chenette, Tom & Ursula Roberts, Jerry & Betty Schnur. Thanks so much -- we hope to return.
Great time again! We love staying here! We had a potluck & enjoyed cooking in the big, beautiful kitchen – the views were fantastic. We hiked Adirondack Loj to the Dam and one of us fell into the river ☺. We shopped in Lake Placid and had dinner at the Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood Company – once again great beer, food and company. Thanks again for a memorable experience!
Sarah – Newton, MA | Gillian – Salem, MA | Shaila – Salem, MA | Marissa – Salem, MA | Shannon – Salem, MA | Beth – Nashua, NH | Kelly – Brooklyn, NY
Our 5th year!
We absolutely love this place! Unlike last year the temps stayed above 0 degrees so outdoor activities were enjoyed. Had wonderful dinners at Ausable Inn and Wilderness Inn. Give them a try. Good reading: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. This is a perfect house for a good book and it is funny as hell! Get it at the Mountaineer $14.95
We just finished another relaxing stay at Giant’s View – our 3rd year. After spending a few days travelling through Vermont, staying in hotels, walking into Giant’s View felt like coming home.
Our favorite things about Giant’s View…
• The view (of course)
• The Adirondack décor and old furniture
• The Nardelli kid’s artwork
• The piano
• The basement playroom
• Stargazing at night
Most Enjoyable days…
• Watching loons and a bald eagle at middle Saranac Lake
• Catching frogs at Giant’s Washbowl
• Hiking to Giant’s Nubble
• Riding horses at the Barkeater where you can walk, trot, and canter!
• Daytrip to Shelburne Farms, where we milked a cow and held chickens!
• Hiking up Coon Mt. where we could see Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains
• Relaxing at Giant’s View with a Noonmark pie
• Listening to owls as we fall asleep
Bob, Shannon, Alex & Abigail Van Meter
Your home is even better than we remembered! I thank you for giving me the opportunity to vacation with my four children in an absolutely perfect setting. We hiked 5 more high peaks, ate lots of Noonmark pies, played cards, took a boat tour, trout fished in West Ausable, jumped the cliff and slid in the chutes at Tenderfoot Pools but mostly just enjoyed the view from the deck of Giant’s View.
Pam Lowe - Rochester, NY
The Van Meter’s Favorites
1. Hikes: Mt. Joe & Giant’s Washbowl
2. Horseback rides at the Barkeater
3. Dinner at the Ausable Inn
4. Pies – Aunt Pat’s are the best, but Noonmark’s are close behind.
5. Playroom at Giant’s View (especially the horse and swing)
6. Having a piano to play!
7. The view at “Giant’s View”
Bob, Shannon, Alex & Abigail - Lamberton, NJ
Once again, thank you for a great weekend. The weather was perfect for our excursions – Saturday we went whitewater rafting down the Hudson River and Sunday we climbed Hurricane. The views from Hurricane are tremendous. Giant’s View really has become our home away from home for our Memorial Day vacations. We enjoyed every minute.
The Scotts & The Thompsons
A very comfortable place for our annual x-country ski trip to the Adirondacks. Comfortable surroundings, delightful view, and adequate sleeping accommodations for our group of twelve friends. We hope to return one day.
The Gebhard Party - John, Diana, Jane, Stanley, Gene, Elaine, Sally, Jon, Joe, Paul, Rayna, Terri
This is truly a dream house! To open one’s eyes at 6:30 AM and perceive (while the head is still on the pillow) that a sunrise is about to begin, is a wonderful dream come true. Only a sunrise can raise me from a bed and cause me to grab my watercolors and start sketching so that I may capture it. While my husband was out adventuring – skiing Whiteface and X-Country skiing in parts unknown, I discovered for the first time in 47 years, the meaning of “Peace”. I found it in your beautiful home. Both my husband and I lead incredibly hectic lives. This Christmas break was exactly what we needed. THANK YOU for opening your home to others and for sharing the warmth, beauty, and PEACE.
Lisa and Charlie Hammell - Moorestown, NJ - www.charleshammell.com
What a wonderful place to finish our honeymoon week! We thoroughly enjoyed it – especially sitting out on the deck, wind or coffee in hand, and taking in the magnificent view! Giant Mountain is truly best viewed from your deck – thank you for the opportunity of taking in its splendor!! We even said goodbye to it as we feel like we’re already leaving a friend! Thanks again!
John & Lisa Frey - Rochester, NY