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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 - 7 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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

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.

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:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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.


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The Nook - Sweet 2nd Floor efficiency, walk to Saranac Lake downtown
average rating of 4.8 based on 38 reviews
Orange, CT

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

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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Corpus Christi, TX

Cozy, clean, and very convenient!

  • 5 of 5

Nice, very clean, and cozy. Mary, our host, was great. The Nook is very convenient to the village, hikes, and sightseeing. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Cozy Nook with some surprises

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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We enjoyed the cozy and spaciousness of “The Nook”

  • 4 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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!
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Very comfortable and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was very clean and it was a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sweet, thank you for booking The Nook.
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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

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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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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