Camp Loon is a special place. Built and renovated with family in mind, with love and care...Camp Loon has become a perfect gathering place for friends and family. This little slice of Adirondack heaven sits on just under 3 acres, backed up to "state land" that will never be developed. With over 100 feet of shoreline, including lakefront, as well as a peninsula and a quiet little "pond" area. The property is serene, special and awesome for exploring!
The abstract of the property dates back to the early 1900's, as just a beautiful piece of land. In the late 1980's Blake and Linda Pomeroy purchased the parcel from Harvey and Betty Dunckel. Blake had hopes of building a rough hunting cabin on the property.....and constructed a simple "A" frame structure. The neighbors share stories of Blake sitting on the front steps with his shotgun, waiting for a big buck (or maybe a bear) to wander through!
In 1997 Mark Bibbens and his wife, Renee, purchased the property and shell of a cabin from the Pomeroy's, as a family vacation getaway. Mark traveled from their home in Pennsylvania every weekend for over a year working on the camp. By trade Mark was a home inspector, and paid attention to every detail. The interior was framed out, the back porch was enclosed and converted into bedrooms, the interior was finished with tongue and grove knotty pine...every board cut and stained by Mark, his family and friends. The kitchen cabinets custom made. The front porch enclosed. New foundation piers poured. Septic system designed and installed (don't think an outhouse would fly these days!!!) The exterior sided. Dock and boat house built.
All with love, care and attention to detail.
Sadly, nine years later, Renee passed away. Mark and their children still enjoyed visiting Camp Loon...a place to come together as a family and enjoy nature and together time. In 2008 Mark remarried, and introduced Cheryl to life in the Adirondacks. Together they continued to meticulously maintain the Camp Loon property, and opened their doors (and hearts) to guests. Over the next nine years they shared their Adirondack camp with dozens of families and groups of friends from all over the country.
In 2009, our family became a renter of Mark and Cheryl Bibbens. We stayed at their camp "The Sixth Lake Retreat" on the south side of the lake. During our first stay, we met Mark and Cheryl, and immediately became friends! Their hospitality, warm hearts, down-to-earth, and genuine kindness was contagious! Over the next few years, we spent time together at their ADK camps, as well as each other's homes in the Rochester area. We always enjoyed (and longed for) the Bibbens to ask if we could come up and "help them" at camp! A weekend of "work" at camp is really not a weekend of work at all...especially when spent with friends!
In 2014, or so, we seriously started looking for our own little slice of heaven in the Adirondacks....a camp or cottage we could call our own, and share with others, just like Mark and Cheryl had done.
In May of 2017 we came up to camp to help Mark and Cheryl open up for the 2017 season. It was the first time we actually stayed at Camp Loon. It was as if our everyday stresses shed away as we walked across the footbridge. The first night, we sat out on the porch swing, listening to the peepers and the loons and the quietness. And we knew Camp Loon might just be the place we had dreamed of having for so many years.
Toward the end of our stay, we celebrated a successful camp opening weekend with a trip to the Scream'n Eagle for some pizza, wings and "beverages". During dinner we popped the question....
"Mark and Cheryl, would you ever consider......" and they said "yes"!
It has been such a pleasure and a blessing, fulfilling our dream this way! We realize how fortunate we are not only for the opportunity to call Camp Loon ours, but also for our friendship with Mark and Cheryl, the chance to honor the history and special memories made at Camp Loon by their family and others, and also for our family and friends that we get to share this amazing place with!
Our first trip to the Adirondacks was in September 1991,
just before we were engaged. We fell in love in the Adirondacks,
with each other, and with the area!
We continued to visit the Adirondacks every year, even as our family grew. Every year it was the vacation choice...offering lots to do
and the chance to unwind together!
In 2009 we began staying on 6th Lake, at the 6th Lake Retreat, hosted by Mark & Cheryl Bibbens...and we were hooked! 6th Lake is very special!! Like the other Adirondack lakes, it is a crystal clear, mountain filtered body of water. However, it is one of the smaller lakes, perfect for canoeing, kayaking and swimming...without the worries of excessive boat traffic. PLUS....6th Lake is connected to 7th Lake...
a more expansive lake with jaw dropping views of the mountains
and evergreen covered state lands!
In 2017, a dream that was sparked many years ago, became a reality, and we purchased Camp Loon from our beloved friends, Mark & Cheryl.
Camp Loon is very special...and we look forward to sharing it with you!
Our family truly loves the Adirondacks, and all that it has to offer...quiet, lazy days at camp or exciting adventures white water rafting or discovering a new place to eat! Listening to the loons, fishing or just dipping our toes in the lake. Our family memories are heavily ingrained with time spent together, with each other, and friends in the Adirondacks.
We look forward to hosting you, your family and friends....in the hopes you will gather, unplug, unwind and connect
with your loved ones and nature!
The Adirondacks, Inlet NY...."Where Mountains & Memories Meet"
The Lathans....Gina, Jeff, Josh, Adrianna & Jonny