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Peaceful Private Inspiring

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Last updated: 08/31/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Base Rate, $225/night for up to 6 guests
Extra Guests, $25/person/night
No cleaning fee for 3 or more night bookings ($75 for 2 night bookings)

Calling all hikers, rock and ice climbers, skiers, snowshoers, ice skaters, bikers, fishermen and river enthusiasts! Dancing fern lodge, a secluded 3 or 4 bedroom lodge, sits on 25 magical acres of woods and stream beds, nestled between the east branch of the Ausable river and the oak ridge section of the hurricane mountain primitive area. Towering white pines and hemlocks, wildflower meadows, lush fern glades, trickling stream beds, and glacial moraines and erratic compliment views of the Adirondack mountain's highest peaks.

Dancing fern lodge accommodates small groups or families comfortably. The bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs, all with lovely window views, comfortable mattresses, plenty of bedding and cozy flannel sheets in the winter time. The spacious main bedroom, which we call 'the blue room' has a king sized bed. A second large bedroom has a queen sized bed (Swedish foam mattress with adjustable firmness on each side). An adjacent bedroom has a daybed which opens up into two comfy twin beds. These two bedrooms are connected by swing open french doors, each having its own entrance from the hallway. The 4th cozy bedroom (and smallest) has a full sized bed.

Guests will find the kitchen, dining area and living room highly functional, comfortable, warm feeling and full of Adirondack character. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, silverware, pots, pans, coffee maker, etc. Laundry machines are full sized with soap available for use while visiting. The lodge offers cable TV, wireless internet access, and a hassle-free propane 'wood' stove, where you can cuddle up and stare in to the flames, exhausted by the day's adventures. Seasonal chills are kept out with heat monitors, and your hosts can light up the wood stove in the basement if temperatures drop severely. The standard for cleanliness is set high. Guests regularly comment on the immaculate and tidy feeling in the house.

The walls of dancing fern lodge are extremely fortunate to be graced with beautiful Adirondack wildlife and landscape photographs taken by Caroline fine, a well known photographer in the area. The artwork she has displayed at the lodge (including cards), are for sale.

Trails for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers abound. Guests can explore looping trails on the lodge's property or bush whack their way up to the peak of oak ridge for a breath taking view. The Jack Rabbit Trail, Mt.. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center and Cascade Cross Country Ski Center can be reached within moments. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center (downhill skiing) is no more than a 15 minute drive from the lodge. Upon request, guests are welcome to borrow snowshoes (adult and child sizes), as well as snow sleds. There are some fun sledding hills on the property and around Keene.

The yard is expansive and perfect for playing games, stargazing, or roasting marshmallows around a campfire (wood provided at the lodge for a small fee).

A short hike north will take you to your hosts farmstead, where they keep a chickens, horses and a large garden spring thru late fall. Guests are always welcome to visit the farm, help out with animal chores and might enjoy picking a basket full of organically grown veggies, then hike 'home' through the woods like little red riding hood to prepare an extra special dinner at the lodge. We've seen red fox here, but never a wolf!

Fishermen can access the river right at the bottom of the driveway, and for those who like to swim in rivers and lakes, Joe and Kaycie can direct you to some excellent swimming holes and beaches. We have tubes for borrowing upon request if you would like to luxuriate in the sun on a hot afternoon and float down river. Come with your canoe or kayaks and we can recommend some wonderful places to put in.

While the lodge is tucked back in the woods on a hill not visible from the road, triathletes should know that the biking portion of the Ironman goes right by the lodge's driveway!

Dancing fern lodge is located just under 1 mile from the center of Keene, making it ideal for guests who would like to go for a peaceful morning or evening walk along the river, ending up in town for breakfast or dinner at the ADK cafe or to grab a muffin and cup of coffee at Cedar Run (or a bottle of wine for later). While in town, you might want to peruse Dartbrook Rustic Goods store, peak in the Adirondack Attic (a high end thrift store), pick up milk or have an ice cream cone at Stewarts (convenience store and gas station), or a pint of maple syrup at Black Rooster Maple. Visit our historic little Keene library, schedule a massage, or surround yourself with the colorful and fragrant plants at East Branch Organics nursery (wine and spirits available there as well).

For more information, please contact us with questions. While we've been renting Dancing Fern Lodge through local realtors, we've just joined VRBO and are tweaking up our description of the lodge, as well as updated photos since we've changed some furniture and made several improvements.


Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    This is a very child friendly home. We are happy to provide a pack-n-play, high chair, baby gates, a retaining bed 'gate' or training potty upon request. ...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    The bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Strict no pets policy...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books:

    a nice Adirondack selection (wildlife guides, hiking guides, history, etc.), some fiction and a children's selection....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    There is a table in the living room that is ideal for playing games. Also, the lodge has a selection of games for all ages....moreless

  • Stereo:

    small unit with radio and CD's...moreless

  • Television:

    local Burlington Vermont news...moreless

  • Toys:

    If we know that children are coming, we will put out a fun selection of toys....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There are also tables and chairs on the porch and a picnic table on the lawn. Both are quiet lovely places to enjoy a meal on a nice day. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Most rooms have ceiling fans as well as smaller moveable fans for use during hot weather. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    gas propane wood stove...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Upon request, your hosts can lend out tubes (for the river) and some snowshoes (adult and child)....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone:

    long distance national free calling...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    no fragrance laundry soap provided...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In addition to the gas 'woodstove' in the living room, there is a wood stove in the basement which your hosts can light as a back-up if electric goes out or if temps drop to frigid levels. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully stocked with cookware...a very functional space. All you need to bring is your food. A selection of spices and teas are provided....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    full spice rack, tea selection and coffeee...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Table, chairs and a glider on the porch, as well as a picnic table on the lawn near the fire pit....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Bring your own kayaks and/or canoes. We can suggest lots of nearby places to explore. You can rent kayaks and canoes at "Adirondack Lakes and Trails" in Saranac Lake, if you do not have your own....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The yard is expansive for outdoor play. Bring marshmallows if you want to sit around the stone lined fire ring for a campfire. Firewood is available for purchase...nice big bundles for $5. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    There are some beautiful looping trails in the woods behind the lodge for cross country skiers, snowshoers and hikers to enjoy. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Our Community Center (1 mile away) has an outdoor tennis court. We have raquets and balls you can borrow upon request....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Tubes for floating down the river, upon request....moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$225 $225
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,400 $4,650

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $167 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded; 30 nights or more: $75 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Taxes Not included


* rate: $225 per night or $1400 per week

* 2 night minimum (2 night stays incur a cleaning fee of $75). No cleaning fee for 3+ night bookings.

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Last updated: 08/31/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Baxter Mountain Inn
35 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Essex over Lake Champlain to Burlington Vermont
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lake Placid
25 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 87 Northway
0.75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Adirondack Cafe
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
Whiteface Mountain
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Keene (on the river)

Car: Necessary

see description


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Our family of 4 lives on a small homestead in Keene, which is the abutting property north of Dancing Fern Lodge. We feel passionately about our community and the beautiful Adirondacks. While diversified organic farming is largely a part of both our backgrounds, we've downsized our farming ventures so we can sustain our family primarily with homegrown food, our own lumber, and firewood. Joe is a horse lover and works as a farrier (trimming and shoeing horses). He retired from the NYC Fire Department after 20 years of service. While juggling farm and vacation rental ventures, Kaycie whole heartedly embraces her job as "Mama". Travel and adventure is always big on our minds, but our garden, animals and school keep us close to home. All 4 of us love bike riding, skiing, sledding, ice skating hiking, swimming, tubing in the Ausable River, canoeing, kayaking, picking wild berries, good music, good food, telling jokes, reading, and meeting the adventuresome souls who stay at Dancing Fern Lodge.

Why the Owner Chose Keene:
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    Part of Living room - game table

  • Part of Master Bedroom

    Part of Master Bedroom

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