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11 Beautiful Cabin Rentals in the Adirondacks

Beautiful Cabin Rentals in the Adirondacks
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The Adirondacks offer travelers an all-natural paradise. So it’s no wonder that New York’s elite spent summers in the 1800s fleeing the city to head to the expansive, woodsy retreat.

Not much has changed since then in terms of its popularity, though you no longer have to be the who’s who of NYC to enjoy the offerings.

With more than 6.1 million acres and more than 31,000 miles of rivers, brooks, and streams, there’s plenty of space for a horde of visitors to spread out and enjoy a little peace, quiet, and solitude.

When you visit the Adirondacks, do like the wealthy once did (and, in many cases, still do) and set up camp at a posh cabin in the middle of the mountains. These 11 cabin rentals in the Adirondacks are an excellent mix of vintage luxury and modern-day convenience, perfect for your hiking, fishing, and sunset-watching pleasure.

1. Camp Stardust

Camp Stardust adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Waterside privacy that still keeps you connected to the outside world.

  • Nearest town: Piseco
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $235/night

Camp Stardust in Piseco Lake is an upscale waterfront cabin. Your cabin is tucked into a grove of lush pines, complete with bright red Adirondack chairs on the front lawn.

During the day, you’ll have views of the lake and rolling hills beyond; at night, the views shift to a spectacularly starry sky thanks to the lack of light pollution, which then eventually gives way to peaceful sunrises as the fog rolls off the lake.

If you can drag yourself away from the views, you’ll find a modestly appointed cabin with all the creature comforts of home, including fairly reliable Wi-Fi to keep you connected to work (or just share a few summer photos on vacay media). No cell phone service and no pets allowed, by the way.

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2. Ausable River Cabin

Ausable River Cabin adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Cute cabin just 15 minutes from downtown Lake Placid.

  • Nearest town: Lake Placid
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

This cabin on the Ausable River is in an incredibly convenient location. You’re less than 15 minutes to Whiteface, one of the best area resorts for skiing and riding — and hiking and mountain biking in the summer.

Even better, this cabin in the Adirondacks is less than 15 minutes from downtown Lake Placid, where the quaint main street provides plenty of shopping and dining. The cabin itself offers a small lawn with a fire pit and deck, outfitted with, of course, Adirondack chairs. Inside the cabin, you have a cozy living space to fit a small family. Other perks include heated floors, a jacuzzi tub, and complimentary firewood.

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3. Harvest Trail Lodge

A Cozy Christmas Cabin adirondacks
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Why you should stay: For a Hallmark-esque winter getaway.

  • Nearest town: Lake Placid
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $599/night

This Lake Placid cabin screams “Christmas getaway.” Every little detail is on point, from the green-and-red decor to the furs draped over the wooden furniture and wood-burning stove crackling in the living room. You can even celebrate the holidays with Fido, since this Adirondacks cabin rental is dog friendly (with a $150 pet fee, though).

Antique snow shoes cover the walls, while plaid throw blankets adorn the end of each log bed. All you need is snow, which, thankfully, the Adirondacks offers in spades once winter hits. You can enjoy the snowfall from the fire pit in the backyard or from beneath the deck, where cords of firewood await your use either inside or outdoors.

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4. Whitetail Loj

Whitetail Loj adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Luxury home with a resort-worthy pool near Lake Placid.

  • Nearest town: Jay
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $500/night

If you’re visiting the Adirondacks in summer, you’ll have plenty of fun hiking the mountains and paddling the streams. But when it comes time for a swim, the best place to splash around will be back at your own cabin — specifically, at this cabin with its huge, in-ground saltwater pool.

Overlooking the pool, patio, and hot tub is an expensive deck so there’s plenty of room to hang out in the sunshine. After you swim, head to the sauna to warm up or gear up for some friendly competition in the game room. However, if you’re visiting in the summer, there’s one perk that may be the most compelling reason to book this cabin: air conditioning. You’d be hard-pressed to find many private homes in the Adirondacks that have it.

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5. Lake Pleasant Log Cabin

Lake Pleasant Log Cabin adirondacks
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Why you should stay: An old-timey home with everything you need for mountain adventures.

  • Nearest town: Speculator
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

This Adirondacks cabin rental on a private tract of land near Lake Pleasant is just the thing for adventuring travelers who don’t have their own gear. The host provides you with everything you need for a day of exploration, no matter what type of exploring you like to do. That includes two kayaks, two paddleboards, a canoe, a telescope, and binoculars. And inside, you’ll have Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

This cool cabin rental actually includes two homes: the historical cabin with the living space and lofted bedroom, plus a totally separate cabin to serve as a private luxurious bedroom suite. There’s lots of outdoor living space around the property, too, including big decks, hammocks, and a freestanding covered deck with great lake views.

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6. The Boathouse

The Boathouse Adirondacks
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Why you should stay: You can’t be any closer to the water without being in the water.

  • Nearest town: Tupper Lake
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $473/night

Maybe being steps from the water isn’t close enough for you. Maybe you want to be literally on the water. And in that case, The Boathouse is without a doubt the best cabin rental in the Adirondacks for you.

The cabin sits above the Lake Simond shoreline; you’re so close that if you opened a living room window and climbed out, you’d fall in. The cabin comes with its own dock, where you can park your boat or simply jump off for a swim. The home comes with kayaks and a canoe, but there’s plenty of space to hang out on the decks before and after it’s your turn to paddle.

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7. Quiet Adirondack Lake Cabin

A Private Lake Cabin adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Middle-of-nowhere getaway near amazing mountain recreation.

  • Nearest town: Glenfield
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $356/night

If you want to tour the best museums and attractions in the Adirondacks, this may not be the place for you. But if you want to have a private retreat on the water and be near amazing hiking, biking, and parks, well, this is the ideal cabin. On a private lake, this cabin is amazing for summer and fall getaways, with a dock, a canoe, kayaks and water toys — though the roaring fireplace and outdoor fire pit are delightful in the winter.

Whatever season you visit, though, you’re sure to love this cabin’s desirable level of privacy. Inside, there’s lots of seating and space to spread out, with two bathrooms, a big kitchen, and a loft space overlooking the living area.

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8. A Waterfront Log Cabin Retreat

A Waterfront Log Cabin Retreat adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Great cabin getaway for big groups near an impossibly quaint small town.

  • Nearest town: Old Forge
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 4+ nights
  • Rates from: $720/night

This waterfront log cabin is ideal for traveling groups of friends or big extended families who need tons of space, especially with five bedrooms. But it also has lots of ways to keep everyone entertained in your group, too. The expansive lawn offers a fire ring with ample seating and a slew of kayaks you can launch from the home’s private dock.

Inside, a huge fireplace takes up one wall of the living room with the bedrooms jutting out in alternate directions to create some privacy. This cabin also isn’t too remote, which is nice if some members of the group want to go off and explore Old Forge on their own for a while.

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9. Warner’s Camp

Warner’s Camp adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Stylish, Instagram-ready getaway for a friends’ weekend in the mountains.

  • Nearest town: Upper Jay
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $378/night

Warner’s Camp is just about as stylish as it gets when it comes to cabin rentals in the Adirondacks. And it really is a “camp.” It includes a renovated 1800’s-era guesthouse and an outdoor sauna, as well as an outdoor fire pit – and it’s all next to a flower river, just like a real summer camp.

The guesthouse is decked out in Architectural Digest-worthy decor, with gaslamp light fixtures, shiplap-style ceilings, exposed wooden beams and bricks, and cushy leather and wood furniture. Outside, the river is all yours, and it’s the perfect depth for wading or fly fishing.

If you want to stay dry, take a seat in the Adirondack chairs around the fire ring, surrounded by strung market lights. Too buggy? You can still enjoy the views from the cozy screened-in porch.

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10. Little Peak Chalet

Little Peak Chalet adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Classic A-frame steps from Whiteface Mountain.

  • Nearest town: Wilmington
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $178/night

Headed to the Adirondacks for ski season? You’ll want to book a stay at the Little Peak Chalet. This A-frame cabin is one of the few rentals available in the tiny town of Wilmington, home to Whiteface Mountain. That makes it easy to wake up and be first in line on a pow day, though you’ll be equally close to the Olympic Center and the resort’s cross-country trail system.

The home is a bit small for four, but if you don’t mind cozy quarters, it’s hard to beat the price.

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11. A Vacation Destination Full of History

A Vacation Destination Full of History adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Sleep in a historical building on nearly 1,000 acres of wilderness.

  • Nearest town: Upper Jay
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

It doesn’t get any more unique than this historical icehouse when it comes to Adirondack cabin rentals. The renovated space is on more than 900 acres of private wilderness. The home was originally built to store ice through the summer to serve the “Great Camps” (the name for the wealthy elites’ Adirondack vacation homes) in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Now, the ice house is stylish both inside and out, with all the creature comforts you might need, including air conditioning. The expansive private outdoor space gives lots of options for hiking, biking, and other outdoor fun, with absolutely zero chance of bumping into anyone else.

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