Who We Are and Why We Do This
Ever wonder what you would do if you had
a mid-life crisis? Buy a fast car, or a
boat, or maybe take a world tour? Bet you never
would have thought of buying an aging
Adirondack resort! But to each their
own. Tom is a retired school teacher of
23 years and his late wife, Mary Lou, had been a
school principal for 20 years.
Both knew little when they embarked on
their adventure of resort ownership. They brought with them
two sons, T.D. and Scott, and a desire to
succeed in the face of adversity.
Together they set out to rebuild and
resurrect a struggling entity.
Twin Pines on Trout Lake has been in
constant operation as a resort since
1918. Originally, as a "informal adult
resort", Twin Pines boasted a full meal
plan provided by European chefs, a 75
person staff and numerous guest rooms.
In the early 1970's, informal adult resorts fell from popularity and
the original owners decided to redirect
the business to hotel type
accommodations. Most of the single units
were reorganized into multi bedroom
dwellings with kitchens. In 1986, the McGurl family purchased Twin Pines since. Constant
renovation and building has gone on in
the last 20 years.
Tom currently lives on
the property as well as T.D. (a
principal at a nearby high
school) Karen, his wife, and children
Liam and Meghan. Although Scott visits,
he and his wife Maggie and their
children Andrew and Sarah live in
Minnesota. Living and
working in the same location has
afforded the McGurls the opportunity to
accommodate their guests' needs.
We at Twin Pines thank you for
allowing us to be
a part of your fond memories. Whether
it is children at the beach, s'mores at
the campfire, or sailing, we are grateful for your
loyalty over the years.
If you have not stayed with us
before, try a summer at Twin Pines on
Trout Lake. Step into quiet summers
gone by and allow family memories which
will last a lifetime to flourish.
The McGurl Family