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The Nook - Sweet 2nd Floor efficiency, walk to Saranac Lake downtown

Saranac Lake, NY, USA
  • House450 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

A cozy village hide away, 1 bedroom efficiency, an easy walk to downtown.

This is a unique vacation rental for one or two people. Have the second floor all to yourself in the house where Inner Quest Yoga and Wellness Center operates on the main floor (generally 1 to 2 classes a day weekdays only). The Nook's entrance is separate from the hosts. The main room has a comfortable queen sized bed, loveseat, secretary's desk, dresser and Morris chair. The kitchenette is well equipped with a compact refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and Keurig coffee maker, and other kitchen essentials. The Nook includes a large private bath with a lovely slipper soaking tub with hand held shower and the use of a full bath with stand-up shower directly down the stairs. During the warmer months there is A/C and guests may use the front deck with bistro table and chairs.

Your hosts, Mary and Kevin Bartel, reside in the lower level. They honor their guests privacy but, are happy to assist in making your visit comfortable and making recommendations for outings and dining, etc.!

Guests best suited for The Nook will appreciate the quiet nature of the facility, that there is a shoes off policy, no smoking permitted in or on the premises, and that pets are unable to be accommodated. Check-in time 4 PM (many times earlier - communicate with the hosts to find out), check-out 11 AM.

Wellness Center Offerings

Guests are welcome to attend group yoga, stretch, meditation and tai chi classes complimentary. Appointments may be made for private yoga sessions, yoga therapy, massage or bodywork sessions. Check the bodyworks link above for a menu of services and booking information. As an added benefit to our guests you may receive a 75 minute Swedish Massage or Shiatsu session for the one hour rate.

About our location

The Nook is conveniently located a short walk from Saranac Lakes’ downtown shops, restaurants and artist galleries. The building behind The Nook is BluSeed Studios, featuring art exhibitions, workshops and live music performances. Across the street kitty corner is a small park with a tennis court and basketball court. Less than a mile away is the towns’ municipal beach, park and picnic area at Lake Colby - always a lovely spot to watch the sunset and lower Saranac Lake boat launch, which gives access to the spectacular Saranac chain of lakes.

Saranac Lake

The town of Saranac Lake serves as a great vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts, no matter the time of year! Nearby find great road biking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, snow shoeing and x-c skiing. Downhill skiers may explore Titus, Big Tupper and Whiteface Mountains each approximately 30 minutes away. Saranac Lake’s history continues as a health and wellness getaway location. Come see why Saranac Lake is one of the Northeast's pioneering health resorts and why a get away here in the Great North Woods is plain ole healing. Breath, relax, feel and be.

It’s not really a small space … but certainly a cozy place ... one guest said we may want to put a warning on our site - 'don't be surprised if you end up extending your stay!'

We call the upstairs of our home The Nook, as for us it is two floors above where we dwell and it just has a special good feeling to take refuge. The slanted lower ceilings, the lighting, the feng shui gives us that sense. We wish to share the charm of The Nook at Inner Quest with you - visitors, friends, and family. Perhaps when you come, you’ll share in your words how The Nook provided shelter upon return from your ADK outings.

May you be happy, Mary & Kevin


Mary Bartel

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
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About Mary Bartel

We love the Adirondacks. We moved here together in 1988 so we could live an active yet peaceful mountain lifestyle. We enjoy all seasons playing outdoors: hiking, biking, walking, canoeing, x-c skiing and snow shoeing. Let us help you fall in love with the Adirondacks.

Mary Bartel purchased this House in 2005

Why Mary Bartel chose Saranac Lake

The property was purchased in 2005 to open a Yoga and Wellness Center where locals and visitors could find options for rejuvenating themselves. In June 2013, Kevin and I downsized, sold our home and built an apt. in the basement so we could save money and travel more. In Jan. 2014 the upstairs became available for rent and we decided to turn it into a vacation rental. We felt the nature of the facility, the special services we offer here, and the convenient location to the downtown area would work well for many visitors. We enjoy offering the space and meeting so many nice people.

What makes this House unique

The Nook is like home yet a floor below there are holistic services such as yoga, stretch, and tai chi group or private classes, yoga therapy, massage and other body work services available. The schedule of classes is light offering weekday classes where guests may participate at no extra charge.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
        • Queen bed, night stand, love Seat, side table, Secretary's desks, Morris chair, dresser, nice lighting for relaxing, reading or working, closet with shelves and hangers. A homey feel.


        • 1 Bathroom
          • There is a large full bath next to The Nook with a soaking tub and hand held shower. There is full bath with shower on the main floor directly below.

          Location Type

            • Village
              Located in the village, a 10 minute walk from the main downtown area. Restaurants, shops, artist galleries and more.


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


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Thermostat in main room.
                        • Internet
                          Wi-Fi password provided upon arrival.
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Parking
                          Parking lot in back of the building.
                        • Towels Provided


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Keurig Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Paper plates and plastic cups, plus glassware and wine goblets. Silverware, bread knife, wine opener, and more.
                            • Kitchen
                              It's a kitchen 'nook'. A small prep area, no stove or oven. There is only a small bathroom sink; which we discourage its use for clean-up of food stuff.
                            • Microwave
                            • Pantry Items
                              S/P, Sugar, milk, coffee and tea.
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Toaster
                              Basic 2 slice toaster.


                                • Dining
                                  Spring, Summer, Fall outdoor front deck with Bistro table and chairs.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 2 people


                                    • Books
                                      Local Adk coffee table types of book, brochures on area attractions, things to do and see. Holistic magazines.
                                    • Games


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Front Deck with Bistro table and 2 chairs


                                            • not suitable for children
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • churches
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing


                                                                    • This location is unique located in a Yoga & Wellness Center. Create your own spa like package attending group classes complimentary or by appointment a private class, yoga therapy, massage or body work.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      24 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      A Cozy Nook with some surprises

                                                                      Charles F.

                                                                      Cozy even at -20 below. A very comfortable and functional space. Plenty of seating, desk for working and a kitchenette. Parking is spacious.

                                                                      Mary is right on top of things. Customer centric; a real people person. It was a pleasure working with her.

                                                                      The two surprises? I brought in a Costco folding chair - better posture for my back (I bring or buy these on most trips $16), Mary asked about it and she got my spiel. She enlightened me to Structural Yoga Therapy. I had a session and it has been very helpful. Now that’s value added. I plan to return.

                                                                      Surprise #2 - Nori’s health food store and cafe - given my diet (low carb, vegan) but there many nice places to eat in this wonderful town.

                                                                      A great experience I recommend to others.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      So nice to host you and work with you too. I look forward to seeing how you again. All the best to you and your wife in the New Year.

                                                                      We enjoyed the cozy and spaciousness of “The Nook”

                                                                      Diane A.

                                                                      We enjoyed this cozy space nd would definitely stay here again. Would love to explore in the Summer as I’m not a skier.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you Diane. It was nice to meet you and your husband. Thanks so much for the skating tickets, my husband and I had a lovely time at the event ... great seats!

                                                                      Very comfortable and relaxing

                                                                      Lee J.

                                                                      Bed is way to comfortable, can't get out of it till 10. Everything you need for that getaway. Great home base for all the hiking in the area.

                                                                      Perfect little set up with mini kitchen, bedroom and bath.

                                                                      Robert J.Orange, CT

                                                                      Great place and Mary made everything easy and enjoyable. She also arranged a specialized yoga/stretch session for me the day before IRONMAN Lake Placid. I'll be back.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      It was our pleasure to host you. See you soon again. Hope you liked the printed sequence of the exercises I presented to you. Be well. Mary


                                                                      John T.

                                                                      It was very clean and it was a great stay.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Sweet, thank you for booking The Nook.

                                                                      Cozy and charming

                                                                      Jaime J.

                                                                      The Nook provided a wonderful and relaxing retreat for a 2-night midweek escape. My husband and I both loved and appreciated the little touches that Mary put into decorating and appointing the space. I particularly enjoyed the gorgeous slipper soak tub after a chilly hike up Cascade Mountain. Very relaxing. Highly recommend breakfast (and dinner) at the Blue Moon cafe. Honestly, the best meal that we've had out in a long time. We will be back for sure!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks for the review. We wish our guests to feel cozy and at home. Do come again!


                                                                      Saranac Lake, NY, USA

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