Housing & Facilities

Students are required to live in Hamilton-provided housing. Trust us, you’ll love it!

Located in Keene, N.Y., The Mountain House, home of the Hamilton Adirondack Program, is in the heart of the High Peaks, just a short walk to the popular trailheads for Big Crow, Little Crow and Hurricane mountains.

The program’s home is centrally located to both everyday amenities and many regional resources for student research, internships, and community engagement. It is about 14 miles from Lake Placid and 20 miles from the Adirondack Park Agency and state Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Headquarters. The Mountain House also boasts quick access to a variety of outdoor leadership opportunities and recreational activities, such as hiking, ice and rock climbing, cross-country and downhill skiing, boating and paddling, fly fishing and much more.

The property itself is 35 acres and includes plenty of green space, open porches and the Gulf Brook, a bubbly trout stream. All dietary needs will be accommodated—deliciously so—and sourced largely through local farms and community supported agriculture within a 40-mile radius. Students have the opportunity to do some organic gardening at our community garden plot at Marcy Airfield, in Keene Valley, and there is on-site composting. The Keene Valley Farmers Market, which is in session through mid-October, is less than 5 miles from our front door. When it ends, the Snowy Grocery in Jay picks up for the rest of the season, which is about 6 miles from our front door! These markets allow us to source our foods locally for the entire semester, from fruits and veggies to meats and grains, honey and syrup, and more. And don't worry: We’re also within easy driving distance to Hannaford’s and Price Chopper supermarkets—both open year-round in Lake Placid to satisfy those Gummy Bear and Pop Tart cravings!

The program site also includes wireless internet access, a shared desktop computer (PC), wireless printer, scanner, a projector and screen for class use (and midnight movie screenings!), dependable land lines, spotty cell phone coverage (Verizon is best here), letter mail and package delivery, laundry, and ample parking for personal vehicles.

Students will live, eat and study in one of three structures, pictured and described below:

Originally built in 1890, The Mountain House takes advantage of the Park’s spectacular mountain views. It has been a favorite food and lodging locale for generations, and recently underwent a thorough and thoughtful renovation to preserve the property's history for the 21st century.

The Main House includes a professional kitchen, breakfast nook-pantry space, and dining and living rooms on the first floor. There are wrap-around porches and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Guest rooms (two doubles and two singles) and bathrooms are on the second floor, reserved for program visitors such as our plenary speaker, weekly guest speakers, the occasional visit by friends and family, etc. All meals are prepared and eaten in The Main House. Dinner is the common meal, mandatory at least five nights per week — sourced, prepped, served and cleaned up by students. The shared, coin-operated laundry facilities are also found in this building. Both the Intensive Seminar and the Common Experience Seminar are held here in the dining room/classroom, except when program participants choose to convene off site.

The Gulf Brook Cottage has a ranch-style design, with student rooms, each with a private bathroom, on a single floor, along with a shared common room/study space and kitchenette. Each bedroom boasts its own Adirondack porch. The bedrooms, from left to right (when facing the front of the building) have names: Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Big Slide, and Haystack. Each room is about the same size, with two twin beds (or a king, if put together). The bathrooms all have jetted tubs, as well as separate stand-up showers. Depending on enrollment, students can expect to live in these rooms as singles or doubles.

The Alpine Lodge includes a kitchen, living and dining rooms on the first floor, all of which are used as a shared study/common space. The first floor also includes one student bedroom and its private full bathroom. Additional student rooms and private full bathrooms are on the ground floor. Each room has its own Adirondack porch. Each has a private entrance, with the exception of the first-floor bedroom. The ground-level bedrooms, from left to right (when facing the front of the building) are: Marcy, the largest room with two queen beds; Porter, with two twin beds; and Cascade, with two twin beds. Saddleback is the bedroom on the first floor, with a king bed. Depending on enrollment, students can expect to live in the rooms as singles or doubles. There is also a small office space for quiet study, half bathroom, and foyer at the back of the first floor of the Alpine Lodge.

The Chalet is a one-bedroom cabin with a beautiful two-story interior living space, full kitchen, a full bathroom with large picture windows and laundry on the second floor, a half bathroom on the first floor, a generous deck, and private parking. The Chalet is currently reserved for use by the faculty-in-residence or other program staff/visitors.

Note: Google locates The Mountain House a bit further east-southeast than it actually is. So zoom in using satellite view on the map and then look for the large, relatively open space with three/four easily visible structures, just to the west of the pinned location. The program site is on the south side of Hurricane Road.

Contact Information

Janelle A. Schwartz, Ph.D.

General Director
From learning how to weave an Adirondack Pack Basket, to building a community from the ground up, to igniting in me a passion for the outdoors, to seeing a research project through from start to finish, I can honestly say that learning came in every form. The guest speakers that we were exposed to taught us about policy, conservation, history, art, politics and recreation. We learned how to form our own opinions, think critically and understand differing schools of thought. Without a doubt, I can say that my semester spent in the Adirondacks was not only my favorite thus far, but also the semester in which I learned the most.

Nanu Mehta '18

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