Situated in the Adirondack Park, Moon
Shadow Lodge is located in a resource management zone which provides
guests with an opportunity to enjoy a largely undeveloped natural
space that borders thousands of acres of uninterrupted state protected
Moon Shadow Lodge offers overnight accommodations featuring a Lodge with two
guest rooms with full bath and one dormitory/bunk room. The Lodge
will accommodate 6-8 overnight guests. There is also a guest cottage named "The Nest" which will accommodate a total of 6 guests.
European style service with a continental breakfast buffet and
dinner by request are available for overnight and program guests.
Scheduled meals are catered by a gourmet chef with particular
attention paid to your dietary preferences.
Plant and Wildlife
The acreage surrounding Moon Shadow Lodge is home to several protected
species of plant life of the quaking bogs which are a unique Southern
Adirondack geographic feature. Walking, snowshoeing and skiing
trails are cut through the gently rolling forested land to provide
easy viewing of the active beaver lodge, deer bedding areas, and
black bear dens. Mink, raccoons, wild turkey, ptarmigan, pileated
woodpeckers, and great blue heron are also local residents. Views
from surrounding mountain peaks are spectacular for photography
and gaining an appreciation for the vast surrounding wilderness.
For Overnight Guests and Exclusive Events
Available by Reservation Only
410 Roaring Branch Road
Stony Creek, NY 12878
Sue Catana, proprietor of Moon Shadow Lodge, is a retired university administrator with an active consulting business in the areas of group process facilitation, organizational and leadership development. Click here for more information and for consulting and facilitation services.
Private and Exclusive Use
Moon Shadow Lodge is available for exclusive use for corporate
retreats, workshops, or meetings; private parties, small weddings
and/or receptions; and other special events. When privacy is important
to your event, our exclusive use option is available year round.
Special package rates with or without food service are available.
Your guests can have uninterrupted use of the entire facility
and walking, snowshoeing trails, pond and stream. Use the Lodge
as a jump off point for hiking the thousands of acres of the Adirondack
Park with nearby wilderness lakes and forests. Relax in an atmosphere
of seclusion. Indoor meeting capacity is 15. Cell phone service
is currently unavailable; free WiFi with access to high speed
internet is available. Contact us to get quotes on a unique retreat
experience that we will custom design to meet your event or meeting
News & Events
The Lodge was originally
a barn constructed circa 1868. In the early 1900’s it was
moved to its present location and remodeled into a private home.
There is a town-maintained
Civil War era family cemetery with 2 marked and 5 unmarked gravesites
on the property.
The roughly 37 acre property was purchased in 2003 and completely
renovated to serve as a “micro” conference center
to house both the Facilitation Center and to accommodate day use
and overnight retreat guests. The Lodge features a central use
wood stove, reading room, community gathering area and small group
meeting space. Great effort was taken in remodeling to retain
the original post and beam structure and an Adirondack Great Camp
2015 Price List
Curently under renovation and unavailable for guest use
- Room w/Bath $125/night $600/week (5 nights)
- Bunk Room $50/person/night $225/person/week (5 nights)
- Continental Breakfast
- Lodging $400 / night $1875 / week / (5 nights)
- Meeting Space $150 / day
Meals Catered by Request
- Breakfast $ 7.50 / person
- Combo Lunch $ 9.50 / person (soup/salad, hot/cold deli sandwich
tray, side, beverage)
- Box Lunch $ 7.50 / person (deli sandwich, side, chips, beverage)
- 4 Course Dinner $17.50 / person (soup, salad, entrée,
Available by Request
- Exclusive Dining Occasion
- Special Event Hosting and Catering
For Reservations, call 518-696-2710, or find us on AirBnB or Bookings.com (pending).
The interior of the main lodge is Adirondack Great Camp Style with original hand hewn beams and logs from the 1800's. The stone hearth, chimney and woodstove provide a warm ambiance in the communal area. Two dining areas provide guests with a choice of private meals or an opportunity to mingle with other guests.
Lodging is provided in both the main lodge and a separate building called the Cuckoo's Nest. In the main lodge there are two sleeping rooms, one features a queen bed, the other features two twin beds. The sleeping room in the Cuckoo's Nest features 3-4 twin beds. Each room can accommodate an additional fold-away bed and all rooms have a private bath with shower and toiletries.
The Nest is a newly renovated guest cottage that features a bedroom with two twin beds, a full bath, galley kitchen, dining area, and living area. A day bed and queen futon in the living area can be used for additional guest sleeping, along with a roll-away in the bedroom, to accommodate a total of 6 guests. The Nest is fully heated with both a wood stove, propane heaters and electric baseboard heating system to provide a warm retreat for cold weather months.
2016 Price List
"The Nest" Guest Cottage
- $225 per night minimum 2 nights
- $1000 for 5 night stay;
additional charge for housekeeping service
"The Nest" Bed and Bath only
- $150 per night
"The Nest" Meeting or Special Event
- $175 per day
Food and/or refreshment service available for additional charge. Handicapped Accessible
For Reservations, call 518-696-2710, or find us on AirBnB or Bookings.com (pending).
Floating bogs and backwater areas are created by active beaver populations that build dams on small streams and flood low-lying areas. Beaver use willow and small poplar trees as dam materials. The backwater and bog seen here is a short walk from the main lodge along a century old stone wall.
Guided by the expertise of a local horticulturist the main lodge area is surrounded by rock gardens of perennials which bloom with different color schemes from April through September.
Moon Shadow Lodge got its name from the experience of the current owner on clear, full moon nights when the soft moonlight cast shadows of trees, boulders and buildings, creating a sense of mystery. The name was also influenced by the lyrics of the Cat Stevens song "Moon Shadow."
Stevens wrote this about finding hope in any situation. Be present and joyful. See life as it is, right now, and don't compare it to others' lives, or other times in your life. Every moment in life is rich and unique; whether we are aware of it or not, we are always leaping and hopping on a moonshadow - the inescapable present moment. If we are wrapped up in our whirlpools of worry and concern about what could be, or what has been, we are missing the richness of life as it is.
In the bridge of the song, Stevens seems to be speaking of faith, indicating clearly that, although he is experiencing this ecstasy in the present, despite all the losses and suffering of existence, it is the light that has found him, and not the other way around. He is surrendering to a power greater than himself - the "faithful light." (thanks, Ted - Victoria, Canada, for above 2)
When he appeared on The Chris Isaak Hour in 2009, Stevens said of this song: "I was on a holiday in Spain. I was a kid from the West End (of London) - bright lights, Effects. - I never got to see the moon on its own in the dark, there were always street lamps. So there I was on the edge of the water on a beautiful night with the moon glowing, and suddenly I looked down and saw my shadow. I thought that was so cool, I'd never seen it before." (Songfacts.com)
Oh, I'm bein' followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow---
Leapin and hoppin' on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow---
And if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land,
Oh if I ever lose my hands, Oh if I won't have to work no more.
And if I ever lose my eyes, if my colours all run dry,
Yes if I ever lose my eyes, Oh if I won't have to cry no more.
And if I ever lose my legs, I won't moan, and I won't beg,
Yes if I ever lose my legs, Oh if I won't have to walk no more.
And if I ever lose my mouth, all my teeth, north and south,
Yes if I ever lose my mouth, Oh if I won't have to talk...
Did it take long to find me? I asked the faithful light.
Did it take long to find me? And are you gonna stay the night?
Moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow.
Writer/s: YUSUF ISLAM, CAT STEVENS
BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Lyrics Licensed and Provided By LyricFind
Each Adirondack stream has a unique quality and sound which changes with the seasons. The stream that creates the southern border of the property meanders through dense forest and creates a thriving habitat for native brook trout. The brook trout population ebbs and flows with the damming of the stream by beaver and variations in rainfall each year.
There are walking/snowshoeing/x-country skiing trails through the property that take you around the pond, along old stone walls, along the stream, to the beaver backwater and the Civil War era cemetery. All the trails are mostly flat and an easy distance from the main lodge.
Bordered by miles of Adirondack wilderness, the Moon Shadow Lodge property has abundant wildlife. It is not unusual to see signs of deer, turkey, black bear, ermine, and fox as you move along the trails. Last year a black panther was spotted crossing a neighbor's yard, and the year before we watched a young bull moose walk up the road. Bears often empty our bird feeders and raccoon visit us regularly.
From the North
From I-87 take exit 23, turning right at the light into Warrensburg.
Travel north on 9N through the village to the traffic light intersection
with Rte. 418. Turn left on Rte. 418, take the first right after
crossing the bridge. Follow Rte. 418 along the river for 12 miles
to the main intersection in Stony Creek. Go through the intersection
and follow Roaring Branch Road for 3 miles. The Retreat Center
is on the left side of the road.
From the South
From I-87 take exit 21, turning left onto Rte. 9N. Travel approximately
10 miles to the village of Lake Luzerne. Just past the Central
School take a right into the business district, bearing left at
the bottom of the hill. Turn right at Stone’s Pharmacy and
cross the Hudson River. At the first intersection take a right
toward Stony Creek. Travel 12 miles to main intersection in the
center of Stony Creek. Turn left onto Roaring Branch Road and
travel 3 miles to the Retreat Center. Number 15 on the map below.