The Adirondack Hub is an extremely unique area of the Adirondacks with many wonderful places to visit. I recently took a trip to Newcomb to visit Kelly and Tony Audino at their new business, the Lake Harris Lodge, which opened at the beginning of the year. They also own the Hoot Owl Lodge, an adorable B&B in Newcomb, but have been working hard on opening the Lake Harris Lodge just down the road - a restaurant, tavern, and glamping site.
When I walked into the Lodge I was blown away by the tall ceilings, large fireplace, and stunning view straight ahead. Our tour started in the kitchen where they were preparing for some holiday parties they were hosting. It’s sparkling clean, new, and smelled delicious. We then moved into the main dining room, where there is a separate dining area towards the front of the building overlooking the lake. This room is available for private rentals if you wanted to host a small dinner event or party.
Some of the tables in this room were from the original Lake Harris House. Tony and his friend built some of the tables in the dining area, but the original green and red tables were planed down, the wood was re-burned, and they were finished to look new and fit with the decor of the rest of the Lodge. The main dining room has beautiful wooden tables that overlook Lake Harris, or sit in front of a large stone fireplace. Tony and his friend did all of the stonework in the Lodge, and it is absolutely stunning. The main dining room will always stay open featuring an Italian-American menu. There is also a large deck for outdoor dining when the weather permits, which will be screened in. They also plan to host wine tastings and live music.
From there, we worked our way into the bar area, which features another stone fireplace with a big leather couch in front of it. This is a great place to hang out with friends or family and enjoy a cocktail by the fire. Every room of the Lodge has a view, and the bar area is no different. The stools at the bar are from the original Lake Harris House and Kelly and Tony took the seats off, had them reupholstered by a friend, and painted the bottoms so they look brand new.
The shelving behind the bar is hemlock wood that was harvested from the nearby Goodnow Flow. The bar top was my favorite part of the whole place. The bar is wood burned by a friend with the history of Newcomb from one side to the other. It was so beautifully done, such a unique touch, and looks absolutely great. The bar will have eight beers on tap, and seems like the perfect spot to grab a drink after a day of snowmobiling, ice fishing, or cross-country skiing in Newcomb.
We walked upstairs to yet another stunning space with views of the lake from the giant windows. The upstairs will be available for private rentals, small weddings, or other small events. While upstairs, Kelly spoke about the tremendous amount of support they have had from the community as they have worked tirelessly on the property. Kelly said there is a man who lives on the lake from Florida who would come over every day while he was there in the summer to help Tony. Women would come over before the holidays to help her decorate, sometimes 15 or more at a time. Kelly stated, “It’s humbling, seriously humbling, the people that would come help out with whatever we needed.” She said they would never be where they are today without the people of the community.
We walked outside afterwards to see another addition to the property, which will include four glamping tents. One is complete and ready for summer 2020. The view overlooking Lake Harris is amazing. The bed frame is a beautiful log frame, and some of the pieces in the tent are from the original Lake Harris House. They plan to add three more tents, and eventually have them available year-round. Each tent also has it’s own bathroom below the Lodge, and just like every other part of the building, they are amazing. Each tent will hold two glampers. They plan to also put in a dock system and two stone fire pits, so this will be a great place to paddle and enjoy in the summer months in the Adirondacks.
I was blown away by the quality of everything on their property. It is so beautifully and tastefully done. Each piece has a story and has been restored or repurposed in such a great way. Winter hours will be Thursday through Sunday in the dining room. They plan to do Sunday brunch with live music and Saturday lunch as well. I will definitely be making a trip back this summer to try out the menu and visit Tony and Kelly again. This is a great addition to Newcomb and the Adirondack Hub. Plan your next getaway to the Adirondacks and make sure to stop at the Lake Harris Lodge for a drink and something to eat after a day of adventuring.
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