Date of Stay: July 2022
Posted On: 8/1/22 by Darcy P.
“What a beautiful, peaceful location! We stayed here with two families - our family of two adults and a 12-year old, and our friends - two adults with two children of 5 & 8 years old. We were delighted with the place. The three of us stayed in the main cabin which has a queen bedroom and a small bedroom with a twin bed, and the other family stayed in the original cabin which has two twin beds downstairs and two full-size beds upstairs. It might be worth mentioning that the upstairs is accessed via a ladder rather than a true staircase. For this family, it was no problem and the kids loved it! (The ladder hatch can be closed for safety.)
We were lucky enough to have generally great weather so we could spend our days outdoors and enjoy a campfire in the beautiful stone fire-pit every night. The STARS!!! My husband and I loved having our morning coffee on the screen porch watching the mist rise up off the pond. Our son and our friends had a great time fishing and we all had fun with the lawn games provided. It was an easy trip to the Wilmington/Whiteface area and Tupper Lake for excursions. The entire region is just gorgeous!
Bob, the owner, and Roger, the caretaker, were both very welcoming and helpful. Bob checked in with us a few times during our stay and Roger was readily available to answer any questions or take care of any minor issues that arose.
The only way our stay could have been more pleasant is if it could have been longer! We look forward to a return trip!”
“DARCY Thank you very much for your kind and detailed review. I am delighted that you, your family and your friends all enjoyed Shangri-La and I look forward to your return. Best, Bob”
Date of Stay: August 2021
Posted On: 8/13/21 by Linda K.
“This place was fantastic! The nostalgic cabins were rroomy and elaxing. The scenery was beautiful. Our dogs couldn't get enough of the water! Our family enjoyed the lawn games and campfires on the cooler days and visited nearby Meecham lake for the hot beach days. Nothing beats a starry night in the ADKs! Thanks so much for renting to us!”
“Thank you very much, Linda. I look forward to your return. All
best wishes, Bob V.”
Date of Stay: July 2020
Posted On: 9/11/20 by Michael L.
“From the kids...We had a great time this week! We went swimming in the lake almost everyday with our dog Marley. We hiked through some gorgeous trails with stunning views and also spent many hours on the canoes during lazy afternoons. We built campfires and even heard coyotes one night. Yesterday, we went on our first ever 10- mile hike, and we were exhausted. We had a lot of fun here, and we cant wait to come back!! Thank you Mr. Bob. Lucas and Milo Lutzky (ages 14)
From the grown-ups...We all enjoyed our stayed at Shangri-la. We saw beautiful butterflies, frogs and bunnies and colorful flowers all around the property. We especially loved sitting in the screened porch with a glass of red wine and watch the sun go down and listen to the frogs. Later at night, being so deep in the forest, the star filled sky was truly remarkable. Beautiful place, great hikes nearby, very relaxing and quiet - exactly what we were looking for. We plan to come back. Thanks Bob! Juana and Michael (ages withheld ;o)”
“Dear Juana, Michael, Lucas and Milo. What a beautiful description of your time and activities at Shangri-La. Your description is so vivid and real that I can visualize it all. And as you say, the stars at night are so close we can almost reach up and touch them. Thank you and I look forward to your return to Shangri-La. Bob”
Date of Stay: August 2020
Posted On: 9/10/20 by Kelly K.
“Our family of 9 (5 adults and 4 children) along with our two dogs enjoyed a very peaceful stay. This is the perfect place for a family vacation, as it allows for closeness, yet the opportunity to have your own 'space'. My son and his family enjoyed staying in the two story house. My husband and I loved the main house, although the bed was just a bit small for both us and our two dogs ;-) My teenage daughter really enjoyed having her own space in the lovely two bed cabin. The weather was a bit chilly, but the family did enjoy some swimming and catching frogs.
The owner was excellent to speak with and very attentive and the caretakers were wonderful. My only regret is that I did not get the opportunity to meet Barbara, but there is always next time.
We would highly recommend this resort!”
“Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your Shangri-La experience. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with you during your stay and hearing about your various activities. I shall look forward to your return.
In the interim, I send all best wishes to you and your family, Bob”
Date of Stay: August 2020
Posted On: 8/26/20 by Shana F.
“We had an amazing stay at the cabins. My husband and I stayed in the original cabin with our 3 daughters. Our oldest, 19, enjoyed having her own space in the second bedroom upstairs. The bunk cabin was perfect for my mother-in-law, while my sister-in-law stayed in the main cabin with her husband and 3 boys. Having 3 cabins was really what brought us here because of everything going on with coronavirus, and it was the best decision we ever made. Plenty of room for everyone, including all of our dogs. We swam, hiked, sat around the campfire and just relaxed and enjoyed each other. We did fish, although all we caught were tiny babies. The kids did cook a tiny catfish over the campfire and all had a little taste. They loved it and will probably never forget it. The entire property is utterly amazing and absolutely beautiful. The stars are unbelievable, and we are hoping to return again!!!”
“Thank you Shana for sharing Shangri-La with your family this year. I am delighted that all had a good time and happy memories were created. I look forward to another stay in the future. And, as you say, the stars and planets never look closer - they stand out at Shangri-La.
Date of Stay: August 2020
Posted On: 8/9/20 by Michelle S.
“WOW.....another relaxing and truly peaceful vacation! The kids had a blast enjoying the time outside, fishing, swimming, jumping off the dock & getting in the boats for a trip around the pond. Our only regret was not staying long enough. It was another amazing time & can't wait til our next visit!! ”
“Thank you Kathy. Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to seeing you next year! All the best, Bob”
Date of Stay: June 2020
Posted On: 8/5/20 by Marc D.
“The property is fantastic, and the caretakers friendly and helpful. There are three living space, the main areas has a kitchen, living room, bedroom, with a smaller room off that bedroom, which then leads to an outdoor screened in porch. The second unit has a mini kitchen, with one large room adjacent that has two beds, and a second floor that has two living spaces with a bed each. The third space has just room for two beds and a sink. This setup is ideal for many family and multifamily types. We loved spending outside time, playing in the water and on the grass. Sipping coffee there, and cocktails later, with even more time in front of the fire at night.”
“Thank you very much Marc and Carla. I am delighted that your whole family enjoyed Shangri-La. As you point out, there are activities for all ages. I look forward to your return as does Shangri-La. Thank you.”
Date of Stay: August 2016
Posted On: 8/18/18 by Kathy J.
“Another great stay at Shangri La with my family! We rented the 1st weekend of Aug. Walked into the main cabin to find that the owners have installed internet service. I have to admit that I was at 1st a little disappointed because I like the kids to be disconnected when we're there but no worries they had no interest. As usual they were outside all day boating, fishing, swimming & taking picnic lunches to the island in this beautiful & private Adirondack setting. We had 4 kids from ages 7 to 17 who have all been coming to Shangri La for the last 4 years & made us promise we'd come back again next Summer. It WAS nice to have the use of our cell phones :) Thanks Bob & Phil!”
“Thank you so much KATHY for sharing the Shangri-La experience of you and your family. I love the promise extracted by your kids - to come back to Shangri-La next summer! I look forward to your return and more good times for you and your family. Thank you. Best, Bob”
Date of Stay: January 2015
Posted On: 7/15/17 by Mark T.
“ For anyone taking a moment to read this. I don't write reviews, or fill out surveys and such. My time is valuable and they take time. With that said I feel our stay at Shangri La was worth my time to review...
Bob couldn't have been a better, more kind, easy to talk to person. I sincerely thank him for allowing my family to stay there. We were really lucky to find this place last min, and he was very accommodating. He called me prior to departure, and while we were there. He answered all questions and provided important details you would want to know via conversation or promptly by email. The gentleman that cares for the property was also great, and lives very close. He stopped by to introduce himself, made sure we didn't need anything, and offered information on the area.
The property was beautiful and well kept. I can't think of anything we were in need of that wasn't provided.
The pond was the prize of the property and we had it all to ourselves. My daughter, our dog Maggie, and I made it out to the island a few times. The property around the pond was well kept enabling us to walk around the entire pond. Our old girl Maggie was so fun to watch as her youth revisited as soon as she was outside, and in the water. She absolutely was in heaven swimming at her leisure. She fetched anything we could throw as far as we could, walked the bank looking for frogs to catch and would swim along side us.
Also note worthy is the large wooden bird nest posted on the bank of the pond, outside the cabin. I have learned the resident birds are Tree Swallows, and this time of year (July) they were busy feeding their young. If we stood too close they became very protective and occasionally would buzzed our heads.
The pond was well stocked with brook trout, and fishing was a good source of entertainment. We landed countless trout, and a few small bullhead.
The rental manager told me of a large pond behind the property that holds land locked Atlantic salmon, the name of the pond escapes me. I drove to its closet parking area and walked a trail down to the pond. There was a beautiful log home estate, where I launched my pack raft. I never expected to catch anything... However I did manage to land one small Atlantic salmon, and it was really an uplifting moment for me, and well worth the trip.
Our family has discussed returning to the rental next year with other family members.
“Thank you Mark for taking the time to share your interesting and fun experiences at Shangri-La. We look forward to your return with your expanded family and your further enjoyment of the Shangri-La Adirondack experience.”
Date of Stay: August 2015
Posted On: 9/8/16 by Kathy J.
“I spent the last week of Aug with my family at Shangri La. My Mom, my 2 sons & their kids - 6 of my grandchildren ages 5 to 15. There are 3 lovely cabins. My Mom & I took the main cabin, it has 2 cozy bedrooms with very comfy beds, my sons & 4 kids in the 2nd cabin which sleeps 6 & the two fifteen yr olds in the 2 bed bunk cabin, perfect. The pond is beautiful & serene with an island in the middle of it. The main cabin has a screened in porch overlooking the pond & very early mornings were a favorite time of day to have my coffee out there & wait for the birdlife that visits the pond. I watched Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Kingfisher & Teal & Black Ducks in the peace & quiet. I could hear the loons calling from nearby Debar pond. There is a land phone line in the main cabin but no internet service & cell phone service is sketchy. This sounded frightening to the kids before we left but without the distraction of their various devices the kids were outside all day, every day. A canoe & rowboat are provided & we brought some inflatable rafts from home. Bob Valentine, the owner, kindly stocked the pond with Brook Trout before we arrived & there was never a dull moment for the kids while fishing. They caught & released most of the fish but kept 4 big ones they had gathered over the week & we roasted them on the grill before we left on Sat morning. Along with the boating & fishing, we were swimming, hiking, playing badminton & croquet. The kids played hide n seek & ghost in the graveyard games at night & packed up lunches to take over to the island for picnics a few afternoons. They were well tired out at the end of the day. We had loosely planned a trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake for a rainy day but we had no rain & none of us wanted to leave Shangri La for an entire day.There is a TV with satellite service in the 2nd cabin - the only time it was on was at night when the kids were settling down for bed. Minus the internet devices I was able to have conversations with my grandkids all week with them actually looking at me while we talked. Now I know what color their eyes are. We had a wonderful time & I know that all of us especially the kids will remember our week warmly for the rest of our lives. If youre looking for real quality time with your family in a tranquil Adirondack setting Shangri La is the place to go.Thank you Bob & Phil!”
Date of Stay: October 2013
Posted On: 10/5/13 by Debbie B.
“Away from city lights, the Milky Way was spectacular. And the silence, except for my companions, was golden. Stunning foliage colors nestled in among the deep greens of the pines and spruce. I found it difficult to tear myself away from the tranquil pond for a day's jaunt to nearby Montreal, and while that trip was enjoyable and educational, I welcomed returning to Shangri-la - a delightful place for rest and rejuvenation. ”
Date of Stay: September 2013
Posted On: 10/4/13 by Pat C.
“Beautiful. Perfect for everyone, young and old. Lawns, surrounded by forest. The pond is outstanding for the canoe or rowboat, with lunch on the island. Spent many hours in an Adirondack chair, reading at the lake edge. Coffee on the deck in the morning, enjoying mist rising from the pond, listening to fish splash.”
Date of Stay: August 2013
Posted On: 9/6/13 by andrew L.
“We had an amazing time at Shangri-La. It's away from the typical tourist cities, but close enough to still explore them if you'd like. You are completely secluded and have access to a private pond and plenty of indoor space to relax. I used the location for multiple photoshoots during my stay because of how unique and picturesque it is. It's great for large groups or families with plenty of beds spread out between 3 separate cabins. Bob was a great help and had some great recommendations for photo locations as well as areas close by to check out. I would definitely recommend staying here if you get the chance!”
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