By CRISTINE MEIXNER
HOPE - When Rose Polmateer stopped operating The Polmateer Cabins on State Route 30 here in 1989, after 57 years, it was the end of an era.
Cabin rentals were popular in the Adirondacks for many years, but the time came when travelers and visitors wanted more amenities. Even almost four acres between the beautiful Sacandaga River and The Adirondack Trail could not compensate.
When The Polmateer Cabins were resurrected in 2009 as The Cabins in Hope, owners David and Donna Terry combined early 20th century ambience with up-to-date 21st century amenities. The original period furniture maintains the roadside character of the renovated rustic cabins, while Internet access provides the information superhighway.
A small refrigerator with the morning's feature, microwave, coffeemaker and mini-pantry come stocked with everything one needs for a cold or hot customized breakfast.
Each of the three heated and cooled one-room cabins has a screened front porch, privacy and pleasant views. The "upper and lower yards" are perfect for leisurely strolls and relaxing moments. Guests are encouraged to feed the pet trout with treats stored in each cabin's pantry.
In the tradition of bed and breakfasts, the bathroom is "down the hall." In Adirondack-speak, that means a short walk across the lawn.
"We are privileged to continue over a half-century lodging tradition by providing our guests with comfortable surroundings and visual refreshment," the Terrys say. "We are combining the best of 20th century rustic Adirondack Mountains ambience with 21st century travel amenities to make your stay memorable."
Cabins are available from Memorial Day to Columbus Day; an additional cottage in Benson is available year-round.
The Town of Hope is so small it does not have even its own post office. It is 200 miles from Manhattan's mid-town and 235 miles from Boston.
The Cabins In Hope is at 791 State Route 30. Rates range from $100 to $145 a night based on season, number of guests and length of stay. For reservations call (518) 924-HOPE (4673) or 904-910-1701 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.