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10 Romantic Getaways in the Adirondacks for a Two-Person Stay

by Holly Riddle
Updated November 19, 2021

Romantic Getaways in the Adirondacks
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Looking for a romantic getaway from an East Coast city? Escape to the mountains of the Adirondacks for a secluded, tranquil retreat.

The Adirondacks offer near-endless dramatic vistas perfect for enjoying mountain and water views with your sweetheart in privacy. Just about every couple can find something to love about the region even beyond the views (and beyond each other, of course).

Active and adventure-loving couples will like the plentiful hiking and paddling options, or even more daring options like zip lining, kite surfing, or helicopter tours. Couples looking for a slower pace will appreciate the abundant cozy cabins outfitted with hot tubs, pools, fireplaces, and other high-end amenities. Couples interested in culture and dining will enjoy the vibrant artisan and food scenes, and most people can find something interesting in the rich history spread between the many Adirondack villages.

Ready to see what awaits you and your sweetie? Here are 10 favorite romantic getaway spots in the ADKs.

Related Read: 10 Beautiful Mountain Resorts in the Adirondacks

1. Camp Orenda

Camp Orenda adirondacks
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Why you should stay: A totally stress-free glamping experience.

  • Location: Johnsburg
  • Sleeps: 2-4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $265/night (per person)

The Adirondacks are known for the region’s “Great Camps” — large and luxurious camping compounds once owned by wealthy families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Travelers can experience a little bit of that Adirondack history and culture with a stay at Camp Orenda, an authentic ADK backcountry retreat.

Featured in a range of travel publications from National Geographic to Travel + Leisure, Camp Orenda offers safari-style canvas tents like you might see in your favorite vintage Hollywood film. They’re a great place for a romantic Adirondacks stay, with the right amount of glamor and rustic vibes to be perfectly charming.

There are several tents, some of which have easy access to the camp’s common areas, while others are a bit more quiet, surrounded by ancient trees and nestled beside babbling brooks.

Whichever tent you choose, you’ll enjoy the camp’s all-inclusive pricing, which ensures you’re outfitted with all the meals, drinks, firewood, Wi-Fi, and outdoor adventure gear you’ll need while visiting.

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Follow ’em: @CampOrenda

Related Read: 11 Beautiful Cabin Rentals in the Adirondacks

2. The Sagamore

The Sagamore
Photo: The Sagamore

Why you should stay: Historic luxury in the heart of the Adirondacks.

  • Location: Bolton Landing
  • Sleeps: 2-12
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $299/night

If camping and glamping aren’t your jams, you’re going to want to consider The Sagamore for your romantic Adirondacks escape. One of the most well-known luxury resorts in the region, the resort has hosted prestigious vacationing families since the late 1800s.

Since then, The Sagamore has grown to include a range of accommodations options, all beautifully maintained to reflect the property’s historic past. Couples who enjoy the resort vibe will find plenty to keep them entertained without ever branching off the property, including a handful of bars and restaurants, a spa, golf course, and more. But there’s plenty nearby in Bolton Landing if you’re in the mood for a couples’ hike or wine tasting.

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Follow ’em: @theSagamoreResort

3. Ultra Luxury Treehouse

Ultra Luxury Treehouse adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Sleep in the trees with luxury in spades.

  • Location: Remsen
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $449/night

The small town of Remsen is on the western border of the Adirondack Park, so while the destination won’t fully immerse you in the Adirondack culture, it will get you close enough to have easy access to the wilderness. It’s also very convenient if you’re driving from larger cities like Albany, Syracuse or Utica. And if you’re going to be in the woods, why not stay in a tree?  This ultra luxury treehouse is one of the most romantic Adirondack stays available — it’s not the treehouse of your youth.

Absolutely gorgeous from floor to ceiling, this treehouse will definitely impress your sweetheart, from the gourmet kitchen and wall-to-wall windows to the luxurious furnishings and chandelier-topped bedroom. The home is an excellent place to get a taste of the high life — get it?

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4. Lake Placid Hilltop Lodge

Lake Placid Hilltop Lodge adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Classic Adirondack cabin with unbeatable views

  • Location: Lake Placid
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $420/night

Sometimes, a romantic retreat for just the two of you isn’t always an option. So if you have to make time for romance as part of a larger family vacation, why not stay somewhere where everyone can spread out? If that’s your plan, look to larger accommodations like this Lake Placid hilltop lodge.

With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and huge common spaces (including outdoor space), you’ll be able to stretch out and find cozy moments alone when you want them — but everyone can still come together to enjoy meals, fireside chats, and group movie nights.

The location is pretty fantastic, too. From the cabin, you can glimpse the dramatic slopes of Whiteface Mountain. And if you hop in your car, you can be near the shopping, entertainment, and dining downtown in Lake Placid within minutes.

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Related Read: 11 Unique Places to Stay in New York State

5. Whiteface Lodge

Whiteface Lodge adirondacks
Photo: White Face Lodge

Why you should stay: Modern luxury within walking distance to romantic Lake Placid restaurants.

  • Location: Lake Placid
  • Sleeps: 2-12
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $395/night

For all the amenities of a luxury resort, look to Whiteface Lodge, one of the more modern romantic Adirondack retreats. It’s relatively new, but still channels that classic ADK feel with rustic woodwork and twig art.

The property offers cozy guest rooms as well as expansive suites, so you can choose the option that’s best for you and your favorite person. The lodge also boasts one of the best spas in the region, so you’d do well to book a couples’ treatment during your stay.

When you’re ready to leave, you’re within walking distance of downtown Lake Placid, perfect for an elegant dinner date or scenic walk around Mirror Lake.

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Follow ’em: @WhitefaceLodge

6. The Blue Jay A-frame

The Blue Jay Aframe adirondacks
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Why you should stay: A cozy retreat in the middle of nothing.

  • Location: Jay
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

If your perfect romantic getaway includes more cuddling by the fireside than window shopping or fine dining, you may just love the Blue Jay A-frame.

Adorable, cozy, and cute, this small cabin in Jay (one of the Adirondacks’ more remote villages) has everything you need for comfortable one-on-one time with your honey. Bright and airy, the cabin offers plenty of living and dining space on the first floor and a totally private upstairs sleeping space. Head over to Jay Mountain if you want to stretch your legs on a beautiful hike.

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Follow ’em: @thebluejayframe

7. The Keene Honeymoon Cabin

The Keene Honeymoon Cabin adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Rustic romance in the woods near some of the ADK’s highest peaks.

  • Location: Keene
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $195/night

The Keene Honeymoon Cabin is the definition of rustic romance. You’ll feel worlds away from everything in this secluded log cabin, surrounded by thick pines and hardwoods on all sides. Plan to spend a lot of your time in this romantic Adirondacks getaway sipping coffee or cocktails from the Adirondack-style rocking chairs on the front porch. When you’re ready to head out, tackle one of the challenging high-elevation peaks near Keene, NY.

The bedroom is bedecked in fairy lights, creating a romantic and intimate setting. Elsewhere, the cabin checks all the boxes for convenient amenities, including a partial kitchen and full bathroom with both a walk-in shower and a jacuzzi-style soaking tub – maybe a bubble bath is in order?

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8. Saranac Waterfront Lodge

romantic getaways adirondacks
Photo: Saranac Waterfront Lodge

Why you should stay: Choose your adjective: brand-new, luxurious, waterfront, romantic…

  • Location: Saranac Lake
  • Rates from: $171/night

Many of the Adirondacks’ lodges and resorts are historic structures beloved by generations of vacationers for decades, but if you really enjoy staying in new properties, you might want to book a room at Saranac Waterfront Lodge.

Brand-spanking-new, this hotel on Flower Lake’s shoreline just opened its doors in 2021. On the contemporary side, the property offers a range of guest rooms and suites with water and village views, an on-site pub, and easy walking access to downtown Saranac Lake. While staying here, you may consider taking a cruise on the lake — they’re only $40 per person and include a tour around the lake as well as guide to point out sights and wildlife along the way.

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Follow ’em: @saranacwaterfrontlodge

9. Waterfront Artisan Cottage

Waterfront Artisan Cottage adirondacks
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Why you should stay: Your own little slice of shorefront.

  • Location: Tupper Lake
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

This waterfront artisan cottage is a cute little hideaway on Tupper Lake, just steps from your own private dock and the water. Enjoy the water views from your porch, the dock, or from the comfort of one of the Adirondack chairs circled around an outdoor fire pit.

The small cabin is just big enough for two to enjoy and the real draw is the waterfront locale; it’s a great spot for a summer visit. That said, fall is beautiful with New England foliage, and when the snow falls, you’re just a quick drive from downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobile tours, and even ice-fishing classes. Of course, the home also has a stone fireplace inside — just the thing for creating a romantic atmosphere.

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10. The Boathouse on Fourth Lake

The Boathouse on Fourth Lake adirondacks
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Why you should stay here: It’s not near the water — it’s on the water.

  • Location: Old Forge
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $399 night

If you prefer more of a New England waterfront vibe than the Adirondack cottage feel, you’ll want to check out the Boathouse on Fourth Lake. Right on the water, with its own dock, the boathouse is bright and airy, with plenty of windows and New England farmhouse-esque décor.

The big kitchen is a great spot to cook up a romantic meal together, while the large master bedroom makes for a comfy, cozy spot to snuggle up as you watch the waters out your windows. Regardless of the season, you likely won’t be able to pull yourself away from the private back deck, which stretches the length of the house and hangs right over the waves.

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