Ever wonder what you would do if you had a mid-life crisis? Buy a fast car, 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 had no clue what to expect when they embarked on their adventure of resort ownership. They brought with them two sons, Thomas and Scott, as well as a desire to succeed in the face of adversity. Together, they set out to revive an old Adirondack resort.
Twin Pines on Trout Lake has been in constant operation as a resort since 1918. Originally, as an "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 took over the business. Constant renovation and building has gone on in the last 30 years.
Tom currently lives on the property as well as his son Thomas Jr., a principal at a nearby high school, Karen, his wife, and Liam and Meghan, his children. Although Scott visits, he, his wife Maggie and their children, Andrew and Sarah, live in Minnesota. Living and working in the same location has afforded the McGurl’s the opportunity to both accommodate their guests' needs and form amazing friendships over the years.
We at Twin Pines Resort thank you for allowing us to be a part of your memorable times at Trout Lake. Whether it is seeing children happily playing on the beach, watching our guests enjoy s'mores by the campfire or seeing fellow patrons sailing on the lake, you have provided us with boundless memories. 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 summer days gone by and allow family memories to flourish.
The McGurl Family