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We're renting a cabin in the Southern Adirondack area (closest small town is Wells) for a week in July. Are there any good restaurants nearby? We'll probably cook many of our meals and will bring our own staple supplies, but I'm wondering if local Hounds can point us in the direction of good grocery sources -- particularly for produce. All recs appreciated!

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  1. Produce is tough to find in the Adirondacks. Speculator has a half-way decent grocery store (Charlie John's). I do not know of any farm markets though.

    Good restaurants in Speculator - Melody Lodge (Great! Has linen tablecloths etc but is casual in an Adirondack lodge kind of way. Make reservations on weekends for sure.) and Swifty's (Simple bar food - but good).


    I am not aware of anything in Wells.

    Have a great trip, but bring your own produce!

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    1. re: Cindy

      By the way, here is the best web site for events etc. for the region:


      1. re: Cindy

        Cindy, thanks for your recommendations. I checked out the events website and see that there's a Farmers market at a local ski area on Thursdays, so maybe we will be able to get some fresh veggies to replenish our supplies!

    2. I know Wells is further South but there is a great restaurant about an hour away at Friends Lake Inn (www.friendslake.com). My wife and I have been their several times but, unfortunately, not in the past couple of years.

      Get there early enough to do some shopping in the wine shop downstairs for some good, and inexpensive, wine.

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      1. re: tomcott

        Thanks for this additional recommendation - it doesn't look that far away from Wells, so we just may check it out!

      2. Is there anything in (or near) Northville?

        1. The only place I know of is in Speculator, about 40 minutes away, Melody Lodge. Really GOOD, very authentic Adirondack lodge.


          Two places also a bit of a haul:

          Merrill Magee House http://www.merrillmageehouse.com/

          Davidson Bros. http://www.davidsonbrothers.com/

          1. The Owl at Twilight in Olmstedville is excellent.

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            1. re: markabauman

              Second the Owl at Twilight ... Always happy to support a great restaurant and great people ... this post is from June about renting a cabin in July

            2. I thought Saratoga and Lake George were the South Adirondacks? I am not sure where Wells is, but if you're anywhere near LG, there are plenty of good places to choose from. Oscars Smokehouse in Warren is the bomb! Stock up your cabin with all their goodies and you will be quite content.

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              1. re: netmover

                Second Oscar's Smokehouse, but it's in Warrensburg, not Warren.

                1. re: PSZaas

                  Exactly! Thanks for reminding me...it's been awhile. Where is Wells in relation?

              2. Warrensburg is about 40 miles east of Wells on Rts 9 and 28. It's usually on the way into the Adirondacks, depending on when they're coming from, of course. That's why there are several provisioners there. A great chowhound destination, because of Oscars.

                1. I'm going to also recommend Friends Lake Inn - truly terrific every time we've been. Their breakfast is excellent also, and their wine shop very cute. Oscar's Smokehouse is also great (I believe Friends Lake still uses a lot of their meats). There are some large grocery stores in the Glens Falls/Queensbury area if you are heading through there - the selection is typically very good and the produce fresh.