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

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Mary Bartel
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

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 Adirondacks

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

​Mary and Kevin,

We had a great time in Saranac Lake. We were able to enjoy the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and Lakes. On any vacation, there is always a need to come back to “home base” after a long day. The Nook provided a warm and comfortable place to rest. We especially liked

the meditation/yoga class provided. We would definitely

stay again!
Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saranac Lake in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 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.
  • 1 Bedroom, 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Terrace ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

The Nook - Sweet 2nd Floor efficiency, walk to Saranac Lake downtown
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 30 reviews

Perfect little retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for two nights and it was a lovely, restorative experience. The space is immaculate, the bed is a dream, and the whole space is as cozy as can be. Mary was wonderful too. There is also massage place downstairs that we took advantage of too-highly recommend all around. Thanks, Mary!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julia, thanks for the review. So pleased you had a pleasant stay - it's our aim to make our guests feel at home - comfy, cozy and at ease. Come again - each season in the Adirondacks offers such splendor, especially when you get 'Back in the Healing Woods.' Kind regards, Mary
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We liked the location of the nook easy to get around.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great weekend in October.The fall colors were great to see on the train ride to Lake Placid.Also The Wild center is an awesome place to visit many things to do.Eating experience is not to bad overall,we had a great meal at Downhill grill.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice clean great stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two nights here while on a road trip through Penn and NY. We enjoyed our stay here very much. The location is about a five minute walk to downtown Saranac Lake. We walked downtown both nights we were there for dinner. Ate at the Left Bank Café and the Downhill Grill. Both locations were very good. Drove down to Lake Placid while we were there and had lunch at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. Also nice. Walked downtown Lake Placid and visited the Olympic ski jump. Make sure you go up to the top. Great views.

The Nook is very easy to find via our GPS. As noted this is the second floor location in a house with a business run out of. Private entrance to the steps to get upstairs to the Nook. I felt the size of the unit was terrific for the two of us. Nice breeze through the windows so we did not need to use the air conditioner. While there is traffic on the main street in front of the house, it was not loud or annoying. Granted, we were there in September and not during peak season. The facility was very clean and the bed was quite comfortable for us. Small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are in the hallway between the living area and bathroom. No stove but not an issue for us as we wanted to eat out each night. We met the owner, Mary, who is very nice. She has provided information on places to eat, things to do and places to visit. If you climb Mt Baker while there, it is an uphill trek but well worth the views. Do not hesitate to book the Nook. It is clean, cozy, in a good location. We felt very safe while there and even during our evening walks to downtown. Thank you Mary for allowing us to stay at the Nook.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review. Like others you found the convenience of The Nook to walking downtown for dining and shops and as a nice hub for exploring, within close proximity, the village of Lake Placid for its attractions and more dining options. We take pride in proving a private, clean, cozy place to rest. My business, a very small yoga/wellness center, hosts a handful of classes during the week only (guests may attend for free) plus, private yoga therapy and meditation instruction. There is also massage and energy work available on site which can add to a holistic rejuvenating stay. We live onsite in the lower level, separate entrance, easily accessible if needed. Do come again!
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Pretty Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

It was sooo cute! I loved the little nook that we stayed at. Very at home, nice bath tub, small kitchen area and a very nice bedroom. The only down fall I would say is there wasn't much privacy as one might think. We have a curtain to block off anyone seeing us up stairs but that's it! People do walk through downstairs to get to the studio. We didn't have an actual door, so warning on that..

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Octavia. I feel a little clarification might help future guests. The entrance for The Nook is also the entrance for The Yoga Studio class guests. The Nook being upstairs and The Studio below if anyone were to look up the stairs they would see a curtain. In this way Nook guests could walk to and from the bedroom and bathroom in privacy. Both the bedroom and bathroom have doors. Studio guests do not have access to the upstairs. Sorry you felt that was not private ... our first comment in that regard. Actually many guests enjoy the fact that they may attend classes during their stay for free; there are no classes on the weekend.
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Very pleasant and comfortable stay at the Nook!

  • 4 of 5

We found the Nook a perfect place for our weekend stay. While at the Nook, we celebrated our anniversary , spent a day at Saranac Lake and Lake Placid then picked up our son at a nearby Massaweepie Scout Camp. Great location for day trips within minutes of Lake Placid. Really enjoyed an experience at Rail Explorers on pedal-powered rail cars along the historic Adirondack Scenic Railroad located right behind the property. Very comfortable, meticulously clean and organized with all the needed amenities for two. We would have preferred a TV but the availability of WIFI was a plus. Highly recommended and would stay there again when vacationing in the area. The Nook was a pleasant surprise when all the area hotels were booked. Thank you Mary and Kevin.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great space, great location, and super hosts

  • 5 of 5

The Nook was a great base for a few days. It's a perfect setup for a couple spending some time around Saranac Lake region. Easy to find and a short walk to anything downtown. Just up the road from the town beach and a quick run to Paul Smiths/St Regis area if you're heading that way for anything. Mary and Kevin are loaded with tips for things to do: hikes, climbs, beaches, food - you name it, they'll have a list of where it is.

We had a great time and you will too. Don't miss the Nook.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Saranac Lake
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Captain Cook's
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Saranac Inn
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Amtrak - Westport, NY
Nearest Motorway
55 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Blue Moon Cafe
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Whiteface Mtn.
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Colby
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saranac Lake, New York

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer '17
24 Jun 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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