When it comes to finding amazing fall colors and gorgeous natural scenery you don’t have to venture much further than Upstate New York.
Coming from Toronto I was looking for somewhere close and well-connected where my girlfriend that I could spend a few days exploring.
Looking at the map eventually settled on Lake Placid, the unofficial capital of the Adirondack Mountains.
We ended up spending 4 days in the Lake Placid area – two days right in the heart of Lake Placid and two days about 30 minutes away in a town called Keene.
Feel free to check out my post on the Mirror Lake Inn which is where I stayed when I was in Lake Placid.
During our time in Keene we spent two incredible nights at the Bark Eater Inn and if you’re looking for somewhere secluded and cozy to stay during your visit to the area then this is where you’re definitely going to want to check out.
In this post I want to share with you the experience that I had at the Bark Eater Inn so that you can get a better idea of what to expect if you’re planning a visit. I’m also hoping that this review will convince you to stay at the Bark Eater, even if you’re going to be spending most of your time in Lake Placid.
Alright, let’s just jump right into it!
The Bark Eater Inn: A Five Star B&B in Upstate New York
Just outside of Keene, a small town in Upstate New York, is where you’ll find the beautiful Bark Eater Inn.
In 2013 the property was purchased by the current owners who took the following 3 years to renovate, restore, and upgrade everything that you’ll find that the inn today.
However, this isn’t where the history of the Bark Eater Inn begins.
The property has acted as accommodation in one form or another for more than 150 years and it was originally a stagecoach stop on the old road to Lake Placid.
It was closed for quite some time after peaking in popularity in the 80s and 90s and both locals and tourists are happy that the Bark Eater is in operation once more.
These days you can enjoy a quaint and cozy experience at the Bark Eater – it’s close enough to everything that you don’t have to spend hours in the car to take advantage of any nearby activities yet it’s far enough away that you’re able to take advantage of a more secluded and peaceful stay.
A Bark Eater Inn Review: My Experience at the B&B
Check-In and Interior
Driving up to the Bark Eater I was immediately impressed with the serene surroundings.
The rolling landscape and heavily wooded property of the inn put me at ease and it was great to get out of the car and breathe some of that fresh Adirondack air without hearing any other people or cars.
I walked into the Bark Eater and I was immediately greeted by Tyler, the young man working at the property.
He gave me some quick information about the inn and then showed me to my room on the second floor.
I quickly dropped off my luggage in the room and came back downstairs to check out the main floor of the inn.
At the entrance I noticed a jar of home baked cookies so I grabbed one of those and walked around the different rooms on the ground level.
Since the Bark Eater was originally a stagecoach stop there is a very familiar, welcoming, and cozy vibe when you’re walking through the different rooms,
There is still a very “old-timey” feeling to it and this helps to add to the overall travel experience that you’re able to enjoy here at the Bark Eater.
There are quite a few different seating areas, one of which is right in front of the original fireplace this was definitely my favorite place to sit down and relax after a long day of exploring.
Once I was done exploring the ground level I finally made my way back to the room to give it a further look.
During my stay at the Bark Eater Inn I was in the “Birch” room on the second floor.
The room was spacious, well equipped, and very bright and airy thanks to the large windows and minimalist design.
Underneath the window right when you walk in was a double bed, perfect for two people, and at the other side of the room was a small sitting area with a couch and a comfortable chair that my girlfriend spent quite a few hours lounging in.
The design was simple, nothing pretentious at all or over the top, and this really helped to make you feel more at home and relaxed rather than having to watch yourself around too many different trinkets or high-end furniture.
For me the best part about the room were the large windows and right away we opened them all so that we could enjoy the early fall breeze and the sounds of the surrounding nature.
Even with other guests staying at the inn I never heard anything else going on in the room so it never felt awkward and we never had to worry about making any noise during our stay.
Overall, I found the room to be perfectly well equipped for two people for a short-term stay and my girlfriend and I really appreciated all of the small details little touches that made up the living space.
Given the more traditional design and laid-back feeling of the rest of the property I was quite surprised to find a very modern bathroom here at the Bark Eater.
Everything was seemingly brand new and there was a selection of amenities available to choose from.
The different amenities included goat’s milk soap, shampoo, body lotion, conditioner, and there were plenty of towels available.
The modern design contrasted uniquely with the more traditional layout of the rest of the property and both my girlfriend and I really appreciated the fully equipped and spacious bathroom during our stay.
Depending on the type of room that you choose prices for the Bark Eater Inn range from $155 up to $175 per night.
As far as I can tell there is a two-night minimum stay although I’m sure you could arrange something else if you contact the property directly.
I would imagine that you could find a better rate if you’re traveling during the off-season but given the quality of the inn as well as everything else included I would consider this to be quite a fair and competitive rate.
Accommodation and hotels in Lake Placid and the surrounding area can be quite expensive so being able to find anything under $200 per night that’s well-reviewed and offers a high standard of service can be tricky.
As a B&B/inn you can expect a full breakfast each morning which is home-cooked by Meghan and absolutely delicious.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates so that you can secure the best possible rate and avoid any issues with availability.
One of my favorite things about the Bark Eater was its location.
The property is located about 25-minutes from the business district of Lake Placid and it’s set on more than 200 acres of wooded land.
During your stay it’s possible to go hiking, cross country skiing, and even swimming without having to leave the property.
There is a ton of space that you or your kids can explore and both my girlfriend and I spent a few hours wandering around the woods and relaxing near the on-site garden.
Just a short drive away is the very small town of Keene where you can find a few different restaurants, bakeries, and other small shops.
Also not too far away are a variety of different hiking trails and other opportunities for outdoor adventure depending on what you’re looking to experience during your visit.
Like I said, one of the best aspects of the Bark Eater is its serene location and if you’re looking for something a little secluded and off the beaten path then this is definitely the place for you.
Lake Placid and the Adirondack Mountains are both amazing places to visit, especially during the fall season with the cool weather and all of the incredible colors.
With so many different hotels, B&B’s, and inns to choose from in the area it can be pretty tricky to find somewhere that’s definitely worth staying.
Having checked out a few of the different options for accommodation I can wholeheartedly recommend the Bark Eater Inn and even more so if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and serene that still offers a prime location for exploring the area.
The heartwarming hospitality, great location, beautiful property, and well equipped rooms helped to make the Bark Eater Inn one of the best places I’ve stayed recently and you’re definitely going to want to check it out if you’re planning a trip to Lake Placid.
- Bark Eater Inn website
- TripAdvisor (read other guest reviews)
- Things to Do in Lake Placid
- Check out my other hotel reviews