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    Why Wellness?

    Imagine a wooded path that leads you to a still, peaceful clearing. You notice other paths lead here. This is the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat. We believe it an ancient rejuvenating portal. To us there was only one destiny.

    Path of Wellness Experience

    Executive Chef & co-owner Cathy Hohmeyer is an occupational therapist who came to understand that nutrition can be a major contributor to recuperation.

    Path of Fate

    Cathy’s family originally built the Lodge in the 1800’s. Native American reverence for nature based foods, pioneer land-to-table was the basis of their cuisine. This was fused later with Ernest’s families Old World traditions of slow roasts, bone broths and “Nature Parks.” Ernest was a national award winning founding director of an Adirondack Park economic organization known for integrating business, community and environment to create sustainable pathways.


    Cathy and Ernest had no idea that her family built the Lodge until after they were married.

    Path of History

    The Adirondack Park and in particular Saranac Lake area became famous in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s for the “mountain cure” of TB patients and the era of the “cure cottages” began. Wellness roots here is one of the oldest in the United States

    Today’s Path

    Chef Cathy is known as the “Adirondack Wellness Chef, a founding member of the Adirondack Wellness Network, Adirondack Chapter Chair of the Weston Price Foundation based on nutrient dense, and natural foods. Ernest continues his work in sustainable development.

    Together with the family they created a non-profit Adirondack Spirit focusing on wellness sponsoring for the first time in an Adirondack Wellness Summit and working to develop the Park as a world renowned wellness destination.

    A Path for Tomorrow

    It is only natural that nature-based wellness offerings are a major pathway of what we do and believe in. We are a 5 Green Leaf Eco Lodge and a National Geographic Traveler award winner for “Keeping a sense of Place.”

    We encourage guests to build their own path to wellness.

    Options are nearly limitless with simply stay, dine and self-directed nature-based activities from paddling and skiing to exhilarating scuba diving and romantic lantern-lit sleigh rides.

    Mind, Body & Soul

    Integrate this with a more educational experience from wellness cooking weekends to holistic retreats.

    …By discovering our nature, we hope you will re-connect with yours.

    Choose Your Wellness Path

    We acknowledge that humans are complex, multi-dimensional beings, each on their own unique path. There are many ways to follow that path, and we offer many options to discover.

    The Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat offers informal wellness family vacations to personally designed retreats to focus on an individual goal. Each of the wellness advocates is a passionate, experienced specialist in his or her area of expertise, here to empower you in whatever you’re seeking to enhance, be it your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health.

    From walking in nature, and paddling a canoe with the loons on beautiful Lake Clear, to sun gazing, to yoga and cooking classes - you can choose your level of discovery and involvement.