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    The Deer's Head Inn The Deer's Head Inn (***)
    Fine country dining at the Adirondack's Oldest Inn.
     Lake Placid Restaurants--especially in season and on hot weekends--are hectic, overbooked and impersonal. Just like New York. Visit The Deer's Head Inn in nearby Elizabethtown for fine country dining in the manner of years ago. Just the unique dining experience to complement your Fourpeaks Adirondack vacation.  [For reservations 518-873-6514.]
    CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Location . . . a scenic drive.  Deer's Head Inn Photos.   Three attractive dining roomsMore Deer's Head Inn Photos.   Food Selections from the menu.  A brief history of  The Adirondack's Oldest Inn since 1808.  
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    Daily Menu.
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    Parlor dining room.
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    Cheery fireplace.
    The Deer's Head Inn is located on Court Street in downtown Elizabethtown opposite the County Court. No parking problems. A scenic 30-minute drive from Fourpeaks--Route 9N south through Keene and then up Spruce Hill with wonderful views of the High Peaks when you get to the top. Brooks and streams, interesting old farms and cottages, open fields, a cemetery. Left turn at the stop sign at the bottom of the hill. It's on your right.

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    Dining room.
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    Fine dining.
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    Lounge.
    Choose one the three attractive dining rooms. Look over the menu and wine list and relax. This is unhurried service. If you like a good mixed drink, don't be afraid to order. My "superdry Tanqueray Martini straight-up with olive" always comes out just right--icy cold and NOT watered down.

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    The bar.
    Chef Matt Baldwin has some wonderful selections for you.
    Here is a sample.
    Appetizer. Crab Cakes Lump Crab Cakes Served with Sweet Mango Chutney, Pickled Cucumbers and Cajun Remoulade
    Salad. Duck Salad Duck Confit, Pears, Dried Cranberries and Honey Roasted Curried Pecans on a Bed of Mixed Greens with Maple Vinaigrette
    Main Dishes.
    Caribbean Pork Tenderloin A Combination of Caribbean Spiced Rubbed Pork Loin, Grilled and served with Mango, Red Pepper Chutney, Warm Sweet Potato Salad and Drizzled with Cilantro Infused Oil
    Rosemary Roasted Rack of Lamb finished with Brandied Dijon Lamb Jus-Lie with a hint of pure Adirondack Maple Syrup.
    Prosciutto Wrapped Cod Atlantic Cod wrapped with Parma Ham then fin-ished with a Parmesan Polenta Cake, Warm Tomato Relish and Balsamic Reduction.
    $20-25 per dinner entree. Dinner 7 days a week, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Lunch Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Closed New Years day. Kids Eat Free Tuesday Evenings.
    For full menu see Deer's Head Inn Webpage: www.thedeershead.com/index.htm [Just clip and paste in your browser.]
    The wine selection is high quality and varied. Consider one of the Australian selections. The downunder Chardonnays and Shiraz-Cabernets are stylish additions to the world store of fine wines--at a good price. Ask Matt for help if you're not sure.

    The Adirondack's Oldest Inn--A brief history of the Deer's Head Inn.
    The Deer's Head Inn Although its name had changed over the years there has been at Inn at the center of Elizabethtown since 1808. In that year Simmond's cottage was built as a hostelry on the site of what is now the Grand Union. In 1828 after a catastrophic fire, the remains of that building were moved 300 feet North, where it was reconstructed and renamed The Mansion House. This establishment continued properously for the next forty years and is the same building which is today known as the Deer's Head Inn.

    About the middle of the 19th century it became fashionable for the well-to-do to escape the city for the whole summer and at this time large resort hotels became popular. It was in about 1860 that a new large Inn was built on the site of the original Simmond's cottage and this new establishment was named the Deer's Head Inn. It was a very popular and formal property. The old building was maintained as part of the new resort complex and it was named the Annex.

    The Deer's Head Inn has served other public needs. During the War of 1812, rooms were commandeered by the Army for use as a hospital as troops retreated South from the battle of Plattsburgh. It was used as school space for a time. And as it was a popular gathering spot we can only guess at some of the business and government talks which must have gone on under this roof.

    During Prohibition years the Deer's Head gained its widest notoriety. Ben Stetson, the owner at that time, had the foresight to move the entire contents of the cellar in the main building to a hiding spot under the porch of the Annex. There the valuable supply could be retrieved through a secret door by use of a long pole. When the porch was replaced in 1991 a number of bottles were unearthed. Unfortunately, all of them were empty. Some of these bottles are displayed above the bar today.

    Two serving Presidents have been guests at The Deer's Head Inn. The signatures of Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison may still be seen in the old registration books. Another notable guest was the widow of John Brown, who spent the night while here huisband's body lay in state at the Court House across the street.

    The large hotel fell victim to changing vacation patterns and was demolished in 1968, leaving only The Annex. Today the present Deer's Head Inn carries on a 200 year tradition of hospitality.

    [Notes by John Delarue, former Deer's Head Inn Co-owner, circa 1990. ]

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