Set amid pines, balsams, birches and maples in a quiet Saranac Lake neighborhood, the shingle-style Porcupine was built in 1902 by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, poet, editor and close friend of Mark Twain. Aldrich’s son Charles suffered from tuberculosis, and two of the guest rooms include glassed-in cure porches, glorious perches for view­ing fall foliage. The staircase and public spaces are Victorian-era grand, and upstairs rooms are comfortably large, decorated with antiques and queen- or king-size beds.