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12 of the Best Airbnbs in the Adirondacks

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In northern New York, the Adirondacks region consists of the largest protected parkland in the continental United States — larger even than Yellowstone and Yosemite.

With 6.1 million acres of land, the Adirondacks offers endless outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and more. Maybe that’s why the region attracts more than seven million tourists each year.

While you could choose to stay in a mountain lodge or hotel during your visit, why not opt for a more private (and often more budget-friendly, especially considering the space you get) airbnb in the Adirondacks instead?

You can find a range of airbnb accommodations throughout the region, from luxurious digs on the water to rustic and remote cabins. But the ones below represent the best of the best for your trip-planning consideration.

1. Large Lakefront Home

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Why you should stay: Fun on and off the water in an elegant lake home.

  • Location: Lake George
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $350/night

In the southern part of the Adirondacks is Lake George, a summer haven for water-inclined families — and the who’s who of NYC. You’ll enjoy your own little private slice of the lake when you book a stay in this large lakefront home, big enough for the entire family.

Beyond the comfortable accommodations, soaring ceilings, and expansive windows with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains, the home offers guests access to dock space, use of water toys, eight kayaks, and more. It’s a complete lake vacation, and all you have to do is book it.

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Related read: 10 Beautiful Mountain Resorts in the Adirondacks

2. Ultra Luxury Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Modern, luxury cabin with all the bells and whistles.

  • Location: Remsen, New York
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $495/night

You’ve never seen a treehouse like this before. Stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, vintage-style light fixtures, wood floors, marble and brass bathroom fixtures, and more come together for a space you’ll never want to leave.

A fireplace, bunk beds, french doors, and ample deck space are all just icing on the cake. The location on the southern edge of the Adirondack Park makes this option particularly suitable for those driving up for a stay in the mountains from Utica, Albany, or Syracuse. This one books up quickly, so make your plans as soon as possible.

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3. The River House

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Why you should stay: A rustic lodge with lots of outdoor space.

  • Location: Northville
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $168/night

The River House is another airbnb in the foothills of the Adirondacks, making it an extra convenient pick for anyone driving up from southern New York. The property elevates a more traditional rustic-lodge style to something altogether comfortable, cozy, and Instagram-worthy, with rough wooden beams in the ceilings, Edison bulbs, black iron bed frames, and a large stone fireplace.

The home’s location on the water really sets it apart as you’ll have views of the Sacandaga River and nothing else beyond the trees. It’s an excellent airbnb in the Adirondacks for a family, with one adult bedroom and one additional bedroom with two trundle beds.

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4. Lakefront Adirondack Escape

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Why you should stay: Vintage cabin vibes on the water complete with kayaks and a pier.

  • Location: Tupper Lake
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $205/night

This classic cabin located on Tupper Lake checks all the boxes — wood paneling all around, vaulted ceilings, an expansive deck overlooking the water, and a snug loft space accessible via a wooden ladder.

The property sits on the edge of the lake for uninterrupted views, and a dock stretches out into the calm waves, making the perfect place to launch your kayak or other small boat. It’s also a great spot to pull up an Adirondack chair and soak up the summer sun, even if you never set foot in the water.

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5. Whitetail Loj

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Why you should stay: The cabin experience, upgraded with extra luxury features — like a huge pool!

  • Location: Jay
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $375/night

If you like the idea of staying in a log cabin, but don’t like the idea of “roughing it,” check out this airbnb in the Adirondacks that falls squarely on the luxury end of the spectrum.

The cabin charms with its all-wood decor, deer antler chandeliers, and vintage snowshoes on the walls, but bumps the luxury up with high-end amenities such as a seven-seat saltwater hot tub, an in-ground saltwater pool, an infrared sauna, a game room, gas fireplace, and lawn games. Bocce ball, anyone?

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6. The Blue Jay A-Frame

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Why you should stay: Affordable A-frame for a small family.

  • Location: Jay
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $170/night

This adorable A-frame home is cute as can be, with dark wood paneling and floors accented by a burst of blue. The real perk to this option, though, is its location.

The home sits in the “Ausable Acres” neighborhood, so it’s only a short drive away to some of the Adirondacks’ top spots, from the Olympic sites in Lake Placid to the skiing at White Face Mountain to hiking in Keene Valley.

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7. The Boathouse on Lake Simond

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Why you should stay: A classic Adirondack camp with a bunk house for kids or traveling friends.

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

A classic Adirondack camp typically includes a few things. Usually, it’s suitable for a large number of guests, self-sustaining, and on the water. This modern take on a classic Adirondack camp includes all that plus a boathouse with its own dock on Lake Simond.

Lake Simond is one of the less popular lakes in the region, creating ample privacy and lots of peace and quiet. Of course, if you fill the bunkhouse with the eight guests it holds, you may have a little less peace and quiet — but the plentiful space makes for great entertaining and parties, too.

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8. Camp Stardust

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Why you should stay: A romantic retreat with lots of privacy and epic kayaking.

  • Location: Piseco
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3+ nights
  • Rates from: $249/night

Camp Stardust is just as magical as the name might make you believe. The cozy cabin sits in on the water in the heart of the Adirondacks, with great shore and mountain views.

The location feels remote, but it’s actually just a short drive down a dirt road from a major highway. However, there’s no cell service. But don’t worry: the fiber optic internet at the cabin allows for a connection with the outside world, if you want it. The water views are pristine every hour of the day, from the foggy mornings to the star-filled nights. The owners describe this as a “kayaking heaven” and says that come winter, it’s “like living in a snow globe.”

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9. Boho Chic Loft

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Why you should stay: Urban style in the (small) city.

  • Location: Lake Placid
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $313/night

Don’t make the mistake of thinking the airbnbs in the Adirondacks are all log cabins and lakeside fire pits. You could easily find this stylish loft in any major city — there’s nothing rustic or mountain-y about it.

Overlooking Lake Placid’s main street, it comes with all the city amenities you don’t want to give up when you escape to the mountains, including walking access to restaurants, shops, and spas. Even with the city setting, though, you still get a little slice of backyard, perfect for stargazing. There’s a ton to do in Lake Placid for non-hikers, including sailing, disc golf, museums, the Olympic center, birdwatching, history tours and more.

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10. Chef’s Retreat

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Why you should stay: For quick access to outdoor fun, especially for skiers.

  • Location: Johnsburg
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $473/night

This recently refurbished, rustic-yet-modern home provides large gathering areas for a small family, but still enough privacy for everyone to have their own space as needed. It has two bedrooms – one with two beds – so no one is stuck sleeping in the living room or sharing a bed with their sibling.

The rustic charm includes wood paneling throughout and stained glass light fixtures depicting the official bird of the Adirondacks (the loon.) One of this property’s best features, though, is its proximity to the ski slopes, just a few minutes’ drive away. Visiting in the summer? Hiking, boating, and more are equally accessible.

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11. Cozy Mountainside A-Frame

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Why you should stay: Pet-friendly A-frame near ski resorts, Lake Placid, and quirky attractions.

  • Location: Jay
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $149/night

This cozy A-frame may be small, but it really delivers when it comes to unique spaces perfect for a weekend of chilling out. From the two expansive decks to the stone fireplace to the large, clawfoot soaking tub to the outdoor fire pit, there are many spots to kick up your feet and enjoy just being in the mountains.

When you do decide to leave your little escape for sightseeing, you’re just a short drive away from Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. This airbnb in the Adirondacks also puts you near some cool sights like High Falls Gorge, The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center, and even “Santa’s Workshop,” a Christmas-themed, old-school amusement park.

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12. Adirondack Chalet

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Why you should stay: A great price on a 10-person, pet-friendly cabin.

  • Location: Warrensburg
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $229/night

Space for nine friends or family members plus a couple of pets? Check. A dedicated, four-car garage just for any off-roading vehicles that you might want to bring? Also check. Eighty acres to explore? Check again. This chalet is truly for those travelers who go big or go home. For those of your fellow travelers who don’t care for all the exploration and related activities, there’s a hot tub, fireplace, and fire pit.

Need extra selling points? You’re close to Gore and Whiteface ski resorts, and there’s a backup generator so you won’t be without power even in heavy winter storms. Downsides? Spotty Wi-Fi, and no air conditioning (not that you need it so much up there, really.)

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