Blue Mountain is turning green again as deciduous tree leaves spring open! The lake and sky probably look more familiar to guests during The Hedges "season" that begins on May 24 and runs through mid-October.
Jamie Thomas Reports on Pre-Opening Efforts
We have a number of things happening at The Hedges that will interest readers. Warriors Den has received a lot of upgrading including new railings on the deck and accessibility improvements inside. Wood for new railings and uprights have arrived for several buildings including Main Lodge and Birch Room. Chris Howe is working on those installations.
Mike Nelson volunteered to improve our bicycle inventory. He repaired some, and made the arrangements for six new bikes arriving before we open.
The Hedges has a liquor license for the 2019 so we're preparing for service in the Benton Dining Room.
I could not be happier with the set up work that has been accomplished. Cabins and rooms are being cleaned and prepared, huge piles of broken limbs and branches have been cleared away, and the entire property has been raked. Quite a bit of painting has been done in Main by Barry Fry as well as in the kitchen area by the maintenance team. The new Adirondack chairs look great on the beach. The tennis courts are scheduled for attention soon, depending on the weather of course.
Last week the staff finished the state-mandated training on sexual and other types of harassment. I have been trained to lead this session and Ms. Jane Hough provided sensitivity and diversity training.
P.S. Did you hear that The Hedges "placed" in the Best of the Adirondacks 2019 survey done by Adirondack.net ? We were voted 2nd in two categories: Best Hotels, Motels & Resorts; and Best Cabins & Cottages!
Crow's Nest News!
The Crow's Nest gift shop is nearly ready for the season. Our primary goal was to preserve the welcoming, homey atmosphere that Pat and her staff created, with products that will remind you of another great stay at The Hedges. This season, we're featuring works by several new regional artists and craftspeople whose photos and brief bios will be posted throughout the shop so you can learn a bit about the people behind the products.
There's also a Hedges 2020 calendar with photos contributed by Hedges guests, reversible laminated placemats with those great green and brown maps that you see in the Benton Dining Room, and some surprises. Stop by for the scent of balsam in the air.
Wide River Too Antiques, Pat's shop in 'downtown' Blue Mountain Lake, will be open again this season with her beautiful selection of home furnishings. Happy shopping!
New York State Department of Transportation is undertaking a Pavement Rehabilitation project in Hamilton County covering a 25.4 mile stretch of State Route 28, starting at the Herkimer County and ending in Blue Mountain Lake. Roadside elements include guide rail, drainage, signs, driveway work, intersection work, and snowmobile crossings. A project this extensive will take many months to complete so be aware that there will be delays.
Abundant Activities in the Adirondacks!
There will be many activities on site this season which will be highlighted when guests check in, and in email newsletters; next one is planned for mid-June. Information about resources and programs in the vicinity of Blue Mountain Lake will also be featured. For example, we've created guides about area fishing and hiking that will be available at the Main Office. Click the logos below to learn what's planned at the Arts Center, the Adirondack Experience museum, and through AARCH (Adirondack Architectural Heritage).
Hedge Clippings features a monthly historical image. This is the Durant Memorial Bridge also known as Pioneer Bridge on the way to Eagle Lake.
The Hedges opens for the season on Friday, May 24 with all 30 family-friendly and adult lodging options, cooked-to-order breakfasts and four-course dinners, and numerous recreation and relaxation opportunities. Through June 16, spring rates are charged. There is availability for lodging this spring, summer and fall; and for breakfast and dinner, by calling 518-352-7325 or email@example.com
Your Input is Valued!
The Hedges appreciates feedback from guests. You'll find this Suggestion Box for the Dining Room this season, but you can also send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
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