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An Adirondack Mountain Retreat, this sweet one-room cabin is perched on a granite outcropping facing Whiteface Mountain, on a trail that leads laterally to Brown's Notch and on to The Lookout. One-quarter mile above "The Cabin," Wolf's Nest is halfway up the side of Wainwright Mountain. For location see Fourpeaks Trail Map label [WN] and CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Wolf's Nest.
Clear views of Whiteface Mountain from inside or from the open deck. A built-in fireplace keeps "Wolf's Nest" cozy in all weather. The complete kitchen includes a refigerator, cooking range and stone dry sink. No well, an ample supply of water provided in containers. Privy. One building, with open view deck, Non-smoking, Pets welcome, 250 sq.ft., max. 2 persons. Single or double occupancy, $525/3 nights, $1050/week. CLICK HERE for a seasonal offer, promptly delivered. 11% Sales/Occupancy Tax applies to all rentals of less than one week duration. A Deposit Payment is required to secure reservation. Cancellation fees apply. See Guest Information for occupancy limitations and financial arrangements. Discount Prices.
"Wolf's Nest" Amenities Summary
Bedrooms/beds: One double bed. Blankets and pillows supplied. [CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about what to bring, including bed linens and towels.]
Full Kitchen: Dry sink, 20 inch cooking range with oven, 4 cubic foot refrigerator, dining service for 4 persons and a complete selection of utensils, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, including a toaster, a tea pot and 3 kinds of coffee makers.
Toilet: Outside Privy (outhouse). [ CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps.]
Water/washing: Old-fashion pitcher pump at the kitchen sink delivers a limited supply of water from "mini-cisterns". See How to work the pitcher pumps. It's fun. CLICK HERE for all about limited water at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps, especially in Winter. CLICK HERE for bathing and showering at camp.
NOTE: Wolf's Nest is a dry camp. Water is supplied in "mini-cistern" containers on arrival. There is no well for additional water nearby.
Lighting: Gas lighting. No electricity. (Bring electric reading lamps, extra candles, if you like. No kerosene, gasoline or other lighting permitted.)
Fireplace/heating: Built-in fireplace. Firewood supplied.
Porches: Open deck with Adirondack benches.
Additional: Outside picnic table. Hammock. Charcoal barbeque grill.
Miscellaneous: Dish soap, hand soap, sponge/pot scrubber, Comet cleaner, firewood, dish towels, toilet paper, trash bags, matches, candles, biscuit mix, honey, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. are all supplied. [ Planning your visit? CLICK HERE for more helpful information on setting up housekeeping.]
Wolf's Nest Inside and Outside. [Click on Iamge For Full Size]
CLICK HERE for MORE WOLF PHOTOS!
Irene Hand Haying, Millard's Wolf scupture and 2006 Arboreal Engineering at Wolf's Nest.
Scrubbing Up at our Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps. How do we do it at camp with limited water and no electricty? We bathe the time-tested oldfashion ways of years ago. Pump the water by hand. Heat it on the stove. Then bathe from a bucket with just a rag. Or sit in a big tin washtub. Or an old-fashion claw-foot bathtub like a cowboy just off the range. New! Hot showers with a new-fangled portable shower. That's luxury camping! The shower is quick and convenient. Ask for one when you get here. Either way it's all educational and fun, to learn how to get scrubbed up in a backcountry setting. CLICK HERE for Hot showers and those Oldfashion Ways.
Backcountry Living (for Guests).
The cabins at Fourpeaks are spread out on a 700-acre property, 2-1/2 miles end to end. To maintain a safe, orderly, and clean place to live, the good will and cooperation of our guests are essential. This webpage will provide you a working familiarity with backcountry life and methods for heating, lighting and water use. Living off-the-grid is fun and educational. Insure your personal safety and comfort by learning how it works.
If you're considering a Fourpeaks vacation rental, CLICK HERE for Backcountry Living (for Guests).
Access to our Backcountry Camps. Fourpeaks is open year-round. There's auto access to The Cabin, Sugar Camp, New Camp, Gypsy Camp and Thoreau House, so you can drive right to them. But there's no "front desk" at Fourpeaks. so you need to find out how to get to your rental. CLICK HERE for How to Get to Your Rental.and What to do When you get There.
Our two remote camps, Wolf's Nest and Ridge Camp, are rented to guests who hike in. (Wolf's Nest, 5/8 mile or Ridge Camp 1-1/2 miles.) Guests at those camps meet us at our Camp Barn Office. A full orientation to camp precedes the visit. Firewood plus propane for lighting and cooking are already in place at camp. Wash water is at the Well House at Ridge, but wash water must be carried up for Wolf. Extra backpacks and a cargo sled are available for loan.
No guest vehicles. Except for short access roads off Stonehouse Road (to Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp and The Cabin), the use of guest vehicles on Fourpeaks roads and trails is strictly forbidden.
[More about access and other travel related information, including Winter Road Condirions, Public Transportation, and more at Frequently Asked Questions.]
Meet Our Guests at Wolf's Nest! The Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book. is a fun way to learn about our Adirondack backcountry vacations. Who came. Where they're from. Where they stayed. The Season. What they did here. Photos, Letters and Guest Book entries. CLICK HERE for our Photo Guest Book.
Pet-friendly vacations. Romantic getaways. Solo Guests Families with Kids.
Ed and Carol 21 Athol MA "A wonderful opportunity to get away from it all in the serenity and beauty of the Adirondacks."
Kip and Jamie 10 1 Brooklyn, NY "We stayed at Wolf's Nest and had an absolute blast."
Ann's Solo Visit 3 1 Walkkill NY "Enjoyed my solitude, way up there in Wolf's nest all by myself!!"
Rebecca and Tina 5 Auburn IN "It was wonderful to be out in nature with no one else around. "
Jenny and Martin. Hiking, R&R with biscuits for breakfast. 14 Philadelphia PA ". . . nice to get away from the city and clear our heads for a few days.."
Liz and Brendan's Honeymoon. 36 Washington DC Quiet time by the fireplace, hiking The Lookout. [EXTRA! A wedding photo album.]"What a treat!"
Jo and Brendan hike to Wolf's Nest in Winter. Here for 6 months working in International Relief, they live on a barge near London. 5 "Hey Martin! All the best."
WOLF'S NEST ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
'03 Irene Hay Cutting at Wolf's Nest
Millard Wyman's '02 "Wolf" Sculpture.
'06 Trevor and Martin give support to an old limb.
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The Fourpeaks Story: 1967 to Today.
The Fourpeaks Story begins on a ski weekend at Whiteface with my first wife in '67. I can't remember if the kids were there or not. With a busy new business in the city, I was looking for a "wilderness" place, lots of trees and space, to get away to whenever I wanted. I had in mind cheap land, lots of it, not suitable for building development. I started asking around at the realtors, focusing on the lower priced offerings. Breakfast at the Golden Arrow across from the old hotel, I spotted an old lady at the cash register, looked just like my Bubba, a greyhead Zeide nearby. The old couple pointed the way to Wilmington. A few days later Dan Deighan, the land-savvy real estate man from Placid, was driving me up Stonehouse Road in a four-wheeler through a foot of snow. I wrote about it in a poem, "Camp." CLICK HERE for the full story about The Cabin, my first camp. For the other camps, CLICK on one of the image links above. CLICK HERE to hear The Whole Fourpeaks Story--1967 to Today, 7 camps, 3 barns, 1 Stone House, 700 acres and 40 years later.
#1183 "Wolf's Nest will always seem like a home away from home to us . . . it was so restful and serene and inviting that it felt like our own secret place."
Subject: Re: Your Fourpeaks visit 08/27/03 to Wolf's Nest
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 00:19:06 -0400
From: "Karen I****"
no, we are sorry we haven't sent YOU a thank you note. please forgive us. we
had the most wonderful time at Wolf's Nest and were so sad to leave. it was
a very magical place. and it's a secure feeling to know that such a restful
spot exists a scant 5 hours from the city. i haven't had a chance to scan in
photos yet, but as soon as i do, i will send some. i'll go sign the guestbook now...
we really enjoyed the poetry.
xo karen & francis
Date : 10/23/2003
Time : 12:30 AM
Name : Karen I*** & Francis T****
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Location : NY, NY
Comments : Wolf's Nest will always seem like a home
away from home to us. we were only there a few days but it was so
restful and serene and inviting that it felt like our own secret
place. and there was even a pump shower! what fun!
we also spent one night at Gypsy, which was beautiful...Mars was at
its closest point ever and we watched it all night as it traversed the sky.
it is incredible to know that such a special place exists only 5
hours from Manhattan. thanks Martin for the wonderful time - you are
the greatest host.
xoxo k & f
#1709 "Our cabin was comfortable, with personal touches that made us feel especially snug."
Subject: Guestbook Entry
Date : 11/6/2000
Name : Evangeline and S****
Email : email@example.com
Location : Brooklyn, NY
Comments : Our stay at Wolf's Nest was absolutely idyllic. We visited in
mid-October and enjoyed brilliant fall foliage and fabulous weather. Our cabin was comfortable,
with personal touches that made us feel especially snug. We hiked daily, catching sight of a
jackrabbit, and seeing scores of geese on their way south. We settled in to the serene rhythms
of nature. And we made biscuits --- dozens of them! I especially loved the marmalade. Now, back
in the city, the sight of a tree branch or a rare moment of quiet sends me right back to Wolf's
Nest, and I am content. We will be back! Our only recommendation is more comfortable seating on
the Wolf's Nest porch.
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Subject: Re: Guestbook Entry
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2000
From: Martin fourpeaks@f*****.net
Evangeline and Shane-- Thanks for your Guest Book entry. Glad you liked the place. Please come back.
Should we put some Adirondack chairs at Wolf?
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Subject: Re: Guestbook Entry
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000
From: "Evangeline Thorp" firstname.lastname@example.org
Adirondacks chairs would be very nice!
I am sending photos soon!
Thanks, Van and Shane
#1325 "We want you to know that we appreciate you not mentioning what had happened in NYC etc." [Reference to "9-11"]
Subject: Re: Your Fourpeaks visit 09/08/01 to Wolf's Nest
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001
Hi, of course our vacation was wonderful, as we expected it would be. We
can only think of one thing that would have made things a little better, a
pair of Adirondack chairs or something a little softer to sit on. Maybe
some cushions on the cabin chairs? We want you to know that we appreciate
you not mentioning what had happened in NYC etc. It made our vacation that
much more wonderful. When we stopped to get gas, we felt like we were in
the Twilight Zone. Weird.
See you next year, The F***s
A footnote from Your Fourpeaks Host.
October 2001: New, more comfortable kitchen chairs, a rocker and a pair of Adirondack chairs to keep company with the hardback cedar bench we started with. More suggestions?
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Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001
Subject: A Barn Swallow Story.
To: Mary and Denny Furey 671
TO OUR FELLOW NEWYORKERS: We are deeply saddened by
the recent horrific events that happened in our home
town. Just back from a family visit there we
experienced firsthand the difficulty of "getting
back to normal." We hope this newsletter brings you
a sense of the restorative potential in the natural
world around us.
Dear Mary and Denny,
Our most welcome Summer visitors return in June to the very same
place by the Stone House back door. Busy weeks on end with mud
and straw, they fix up and add on to their nest from last year.
[CLICK HERE for full text of A Barn Swallow Story.]
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Subject: Re: A Barn Swallow Story.
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001
It has been some return home..........We miss our vacation. Made some
biscuits, very good. Had french vanilla ice cream with your "Seville" on
it. To die for!!! Keeping life simple, and enjoying every moment. Thank
you for everything.
Denny & Mary
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Subject: Re: A Barn Swallow Story.
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001
Thanks for the note.
I was thinking of you and Denny just the other day at Wolf. Arranging the
furniture a little to make it more comfortable and put out 2 Adirondack
1849 "I find myself thinking of it often. Mike and I would live there if we could."
Subject: Re: A Road Story
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:08:11 -0400
I know we talked a little about your road trip in July when Mike and I were at
Fourpeaks, but this comes at a good time for me. The pavement seems a little hard
for me right now. I suppose I need to find a little quiet, a little nature. I wish it was
already time for our next visit, but I think I am going to need to look for it here.
To much going on right now, but I find myself thinking of it often. I am sure you probably
don't get a lot of father son teams at Fourpeaks, but Mike and I would live
there if we could. It is our place to re center and find new respect for each other.
Thank you Martin for this beautiful poem. It made me remember Fourpeaks, Wolfs Nest,
the summer and You. We will take you up on your dinner offer next trip.
Best wishes, Dean.
From: Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)
Sent: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 9:23 pm
Subject: A Road Story
I've traveled the road to camp maybe thousands of times in all
the years. A five hour drive up from the city, you could say I
know every turn and tree. And the states of mind as well, that
come along with it. The frustration stuck in traffic, before
getting out to where it's open and less travelled. The impatient
sense of fun with a just a girlfriend alongide, some food and
wine. The noisy excitement with all the kids aboard and Albert
on a family visit. And just me after breaking up with her, alone
and empty, away for months. There's a spot on 73 where the road
turns up into the mountains by Keene. I feel it every time.
On Stonehouse road, except for the Peckham place and a few
culverts, the landmarks are all natural. A high sandpit ringed
with great pine at the top, a deep hollow on the Granite Company
land, the sag, a swamp, and giant maple opposite Perkins. We cut
one years ago that died. It took forever and the broad stump
defied Willy's saw to the end. Three feet across, you can still
find it on the right near Sugar. He spotted another one not long
ago, but I told him to let it be. Time enough when it falls down
on it's own. (Not likely we'll bring that in any time soon.)
Anticipation builds in increments along with the rise in
elevation, till it levels out for good at Halsey Straight's place.
His farmhouse spruce, grown tall and majestic, now join the
canopy of oak and maple above. Stretched out ahead with a gentle
curve, the road feels peaceful, like home. Years ago Mitch made a
fine color photo of it in Fall. Looks like a cathedral interior
with bright stained glass around. I'll find it and put it on the
webpage. I framed some of his other stuff in the kitchen at The
Snowbound in Winter, even for just a day or two, feels like
shipboard at sea. Nothing on the horizon and nothing expected
either, considering the location. The town plows their part right
away, but I tell Willy not to rush with my quarter-mile driveway.
I don't need anything, no guests for a while, and I enjoy the
isolation. White and deep, with no tracks but my own, I shovel a
path to the privy, for the exercise. Later, traveling on it, even
with good studded tires, you develop a special sense of control,
like skiing. Maintain momentum, keep the wheels in track, and
brake gently or not at all.
Spring thaw, for a brief period, the road is nearly unnavigable.
Ditches and culverts clogged with mud and trash, water comes down
hard making deep cuts in the sandy soil. You must take care to
stay off the shoulders no matter what. Up from the city in this
season many years ago, I found a barricade, "Road Closed." I
moved it over, and went up. Only a mile to the end, the blocked
and broken road that day gave me the feel of my backcountry. They
came a few days ago and plowed it smooth, but there are wet soft
spots in it still and it'll be a while before it dries out enough
for proper planing and shaping the ditches again.
Time to clear the road to Ridge. Winter guests spoke of deadfall
on the way. Got to High Meadow early on and cleared some good
sized popple there. But I was more concerned about mud and water
on the long flat after Great Rock. Billy's strongest with the
chain saw. He came up after work just yesterday and we went up
together. It was dry on the grade and we picked up rotten birch
and broken limbs of all kinds. On the flat I put my wheels high
on the side for traction just to be sure. No need. The water cuts
Kevin put in last Summer, though they made for bumpy travel at the
time, did fine. One really troublesome big jack pine, several
trees hung up overhead, and lots of smaller stuff. We picked up
birch at the view spot and entirely cleared the "go-round" that
connects to the corner swamp and the ridge beyond. All oak mostly.
We cut and loaded the blocks for firewood. It was near dark by the
time we got done. Billy wants to come back to get birch bark for a
decoration at his new house. And harvest more oak that's down. I
Thanks for reading this. Pick your road with care. Get off hard
pavement onto a nature track. Take time to look around, enjoy the
quiet. And stay awhile. With just this in mind, I took a roadtrip
this Winter. It took considerable effort and application to get
far enough away from the miles of housing developments, Walmarts,
national chain hotels, and the food and other outlets of all
kinds. Read about it-- http://4peaks.com/pprdhome.htm
I can make finding quiet much easier for you. Visit my Fourpeaks,
a natural place just hours from home. Get the views--
Enjoy the comfort and seclusion of a real Adirondack cabin--
Make some time to experience it! (Availability Calendar.)
Your Adirondack Guide,
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