Friday, June 29, 2012
When In The New York Adirondacks Mr. Modtomic Stays At The King Hendrick Motel. Well, It's Where We Stayed For Our Week Long Visit Anyway. Status: Modtomic Approved!
We drove all up and down the "strip" through Lake George and up north of town along route 9 but eventually decided to try the King Hendrick Motel out. We got a little unattached cabin type room for the full week for $400. I thought that was a deal. Again, let me qualify this by saying that it is not a Pristine Holiday Inn Select or the like. It is perfectly adequate for the somewhat adventurous traveler on a less than "price no object" budget.
The folks running the King Hendrick Motel had only just acquired and opened the place weeks
before we showed up on their doorstep looking for a cheap roof to put over our heads and a
bed to rest our road weary backs. We ALWAYS ask to see the room we'll be staying in when
staying anywhere but the most corporate hotels. Sometimes even then. It's a little bit
inconvenient but we have learned our lesson the hard way. We took a quick look around Cabin
1 here and forked over the dough! None of these pictures are of Cabin 1 since by the time I got
around to shooting the motel we had thoroughly made a mess of the place!
Oh yeah, we woke up every morning, left the bed a mess and towels all over the floor only to find
the bed freshly made and the bathroom back in order later that evening when rolling in after a hard
day of steamboating, horseback riding (yup, she got the Mr. on a horse...after something like 30
years), rapid shooting, mini golfing, arcade playing, and antique hunting! The owners still had
some details to finish up and some projects to get to - WiFi was sceduled to go live the day After
we left! - but they were taking care of business! Turns out that a lot of these places are only open
in the summer time! I guess that leads to a fair bit of ownership turnover. The new owners of the
King Hendrick Motel seemed to have the enthusiasm to make it a success.
Cool looking pool! We spent a good half day playing in it. The owners seemed to take real pride
in the grounds surrounding the cabins and rooms. There were so many opportunities to shoot
beautiful flowers and garden views that I probably could have done a posting JUST on that! The
lawn was neatly mowed and the bushes were nicely trimmed. All the lights on the lamp poles
work and there is a place for kids to be kids. A yard probably nicer and better kept than most
of ours! One thing I must qualify: we got a little bit of a break because they weren't quite ready
for us - no WiFi - and we struck a deal for staying a whole week from weekday to weekday, so
you might pay a little more for the same room. The owners were super nice, exceptionally
reasonable and excited to be running a nifty little joint. That bodes well for anybody adventurous
enough to stray off the beaten path and willing to try an independently owned / operated motel.