Adirondack Cabins in Lake Luzerne
The location in NY's Adirondack Mountains my friends chose was perfect for what we were looking for. The place was called Hide-A-Way Lakefront Cottages on Lake Vanare, which is in the town of Lake Luzerne outside of the village of Lake George. (long story short - there's a lot of lakes)
My bf and I arrived Friday evening with just enough time to catch the sunset over Lake Vanare, a small body of water with a couple islands in the middle. There are camps and similar cottages along most of the lakeshore.
Our group of about 14 people had reserved two cottages - each was equipped with a kitchen, living room with futon, gas stove/fireplace, and multiple bedrooms with queen, twin, and/or bunk beds. They were quaint cabins with only one bathroom to share, which was interesting with about 7 people in each cabin. And while the cottage I stayed in had a nice big kitchen, the other had a nice big living room and then a small kitchen.
Each cabin also came with a fire pit area, charcoal bbq, and some provided ADK chairs.
The shared facilities included a pavilion with picnic tables and grills, ping pong tables, a modern playground, a dock with boats (like a paddle boat and canoes) and a beach with a small roped off area for kiddies and a larger roped off area for adults - a friend and I swam across the lake on Saturday which was a bit cold but not as bad as the Lake George Polar Plunge.
The owners were very nice and accommodating. When I spoke with one, he said they'd had the property for a long time and started renting out the cottages about a dozen years ago. The office, which is also the family's home, has firewood for $5 a pile and there is a (very slow) wifi connection.
Dogs are allowed but for a $20 fee.
Cottage rates range from $135 to $235 per night during off-season, with some right on the lake, some just a short walk, and others even have jacuzzis. During the summer, rates are $170-$250 daily. Weekly rentals are also available.
We had a great time and I would definitely go back.
Business: Hide-A-Way Lakefront Cottages
Where: Lake Luzerne, NY
Cost: $135-$250, depending on the season
Amenities: Nice quaint cottages with gas stoves/fireplaces, fire pit, jacuzzis and lakefront views and access