As many of you know, we have long envisioned the need for a new nonprofit to serve as the “thread” that ties all of the complex pieces of a hut-to-hut system in the Adirondacks together, an organization that is the champion of this ambitious initiative and one that incorporates existing lodging to the greatest degree possible while seeking to help fill the gaps where new trails and new places of lodging are needed.
I am happy to share with you that Adirondack Hamlets to Huts is the name we have chosen for the new nonprofit moving forward! We are grateful to the Adirondacker focus group who spent an evening in March with us brainstorming possible names for the nonprofit. We are also grateful to those of you who took the time to complete our “name the nonprofit” survey. We received great feedback and lots of participation! It was a challenge to settle upon a name as there were several worthy options on the table.
The name “Adirondack Hamlets to Huts” recognizes that the creation of a hut-to-hut system in the Adirondacks will be community-based, that is, the hut-to-hut routes that we will help establish will start, pass through, and finish in communities throughout the Adirondacks. This is consistent with our mission to help maximize the sustainable tourism economies of the towns and villages across the Adirondacks. The term “hamlets” acknowledges that many of the communities in the Adirondacks are small municipalities that have long been called and continue to be recognized as “hamlets.” The term “huts” is an internationally-known term that refers to places of lodging for hikers and skiers that range from modest dwellings that sleep eight people to elaborate lodges that accommodate 300 people and serve fine food, wine and beer. The “huts” that we envision being part of this Adirondack hut-to-hut system will likewise range from the “rustic to the regal” and include high quality cabin tents, yurts, state-of-the art eco-lodges, bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels, and inns.
We have also selected a logo for Adirondack Hamlets to Huts courtesy of the fine folks at adworkshop in Lake Placid and those of you who so generously provided the financial means to underwrite the logo design process. Thank you!
We believe that the double “Hs” will in due time become recognizable and iconic in their own right and become associated with quality experiences on the trail and in all places of lodging provided. The diamond-shape of the logo intentionally resembles a trail marker as it is our expectation that Adirondack Hamlets to Huts will show hut-to-hut travelers “the way” to good and responsible times and adventures in the woods and on the waters and mountains of the special place that is the Adirondacks.
To be clear, Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACTLS) is the name of the project for which we received grant funding from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS). This project charges us to, in part, conceptualize hut-to-hut routes throughout the Adirondacks. It is the project for which we just facilitated nine community workshops. We will complete the deliverables for the ACTLS project to the NYSDOS by the latter part of 2017. Moving forward, Adirondack Hamlets to Huts will serve as the umbrella organization that coordinates initiatives like the NYSDOS ACTLS project. We appreciate your patience during this transition period.
It is an exciting time for us and there is lots of great work to do as we move from “ideas,” “concepts” and “imaginings” to routes with trails and lodging and the provision of experiences for people to make new memories and write new stories.
We thank you for your words of encouragement throughout this past year, for the insights you have shared with us in regards to places where routes should visit, where trails could be and what places of lodging are interested in becoming part of the hut-to-hut system, for volunteering your time to help us facilitate our workshops, for your donations in dollars that helped us get the Adirondack Loon and Trails Center up and running, and for purchasing items from our modest resale inventory that helps us pay the rent and keep the electricity on.
We need and look forward to your continued support in the year ahead.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for an awesome New Year! Adirondack Hamlets to Huts is in itself a community-in-the-making. There are lots of good times and adventures with friends and family ahead. We look forward to sharing them with you!
Adirondack Hamlets to Huts
2016 Reflections We have made lots of progress this past year, much of it with thanks to you! Here are our year’s highlights:
We completed a project for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation entitled “Conceptual Plan for a Hut-to-Hut Destination-based Trail System for the Five Towns of Long Lake, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Minerva, and North Hudson” that describes over 25 conceptual hut-to-hut routes in those towns.Thanks to Marc Gerstman, Rob Davies, Karyn Richards and Bob Stegemann of the NYSDEC, Walt Linck of the APA, and Bill Farber, the Chair of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. Thanks as well to Town Supervisors Clark Seaman of Long Lake, Brian Wells of Indian Lake, George Canon and Wester Miga of Newcomb, Steve McNally of Minerva and Ron Moore of North Hudson. The report can be found HERE.
We partnered with classes at Clarkson University last fall to conceptualize a“Saranac Lake Circuit,” a paddle/hike/ski loop that starts and finishes in the village of Saranac Lake and circumnavigates Lower Saranac Lake, Oseetah Pond and Lake Flower. The students also designed prototype state-of-the-art eco-lodges. Thanks to the students and their professors Mike Dinan, Shane Rogers and Bill Olsen!
We held a focus group meeting and conducted a survey to help us identify and select a name for the new nonprofit - Adirondack Hamlets to Huts! Thank you focus group participants!
We worked with adworkshop of Lake Placid to help us settle on the name of the nonprofit, develop a position statement (“An Uncommon Trails and Lodging Experience”) and design and select a logo. Thanks adworkshop! Thanks donors!
We wrote and received a $28,000.00 Main Street grant for Tousley Property LLC in the spring (they own the historic Tousley Building that we call home!) from the Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation to replace doors and windows with new ones that maintain the historic character but are more energy efficient. Thank you Bill Madden! Thanks too to Paul Van Cott and Jeremy Evans!
Working with the Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, we helped submit a New York State Environmental Protection Smart Growth Implementation Grant. We were successful and received the $50,000 award! This money will help us and the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation make necessary improvements to our joint Adirondack Loon and Trails Center. Many thanks to Nina Schoch, Audrey Hyson, Martha Van der Voort, Giulia Bellardini and the rest of the loon crew!
We collaborated with the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation on a joint crowdrise online fundraising campaign. This campaign helped us get the Adirondack Loon and Trails Center up and running. Thanks to you!
We have partnered this fall with Professor Kelly Cerialo and her Field Studies in Hospitality class to survey Adirondack lodging operators on their facilities and services. We will co-host with the PSC team a focus group meeting of lodging operators December 1st to share the results of the survey and elicit from them feedback on what a hut-to-hut management system of lodging operations could look like. Thanks to Kelly Cerialo and her students!
We are on the verge of becoming incorporated and on our way toward filing for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Thanks to our Founding Board Members Jan Hesbon, Janice Fitzgerald, and Spencer Morrissey. More to follow on this effort and these fine folks! Deep thanks as well to Amy Smith, Esq., for her creativity and legal assistance that has helped us advance this effort in a major way.
We continue to make progress on the NYSDOS ACTLS grant. We extend much gratitude to Bill Farber of Hamilton County without whom this project would have not gotten off the ground. Many thanks too to Nancy Berkowitz, our NYSDOS ACTLS grant administrator.
From “Imagine” to “Experience”
You Make The Difference
You can help move the hut-to-hut initiative from “Imagine” to “Experience” by supporting us in one of three ways:
1. Make an immediate donation via PayPal by clicking HERE. NOTE: We regrettably are unable to provide a tax deduction at this time for donations made via PayPal because we have yet to receive nonprofit 501(c)(3) status.
2. Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check made out to Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation, Inc. to:
Adirondack Hamlets to Huts
47 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
A donation made this way will provide you with a tax deduction for your gift courtesy of our fiscal sponsor, the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation, Inc.
3. Purchase some maps, books, AHH clothing and/or other fun merchandise that allows us to keep the landlord happy!
PSSST: If you come into the Adirondack Loon and Trails Center and mention that you saw this offer in the newsletter, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase.
Thanks again for your support and well wishes to all!
Adirondack Hamlets to Huts
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Nonprofit on the Way
End of Year Giving
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