A Unique Adirondacks Vacation Experience at Otter Creek Lodge

The Adirondacks in upstate New York are one of America’s oldest vacation destinations. Otter Creek Lodge, built under the pines on 100 private acres overlooking a small lake, carries on that tradition with a truly unique retreat experience abundant in natural beauty and quiet reflection.

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The lodge was crafted in 1990 in an old-fashioned style that pays homage to the original Adirondacks “great camps.” The location is nothing short of idyllic, with designated parklands that segue into a web of state trails accessible by foot as well as by bike, ski, horseback or snowmobile — hundreds of miles of scenic pathways that lead into and through the heart of the Adirondacks.

Otter Creek Lodge itself is a generous 8,000-square-foot vacation home with 12 bedrooms and 10 baths, providing comfortable accommodations for up to 24 guests. This location is ideal for large-group getaways such as class or family reunions, corporate retreats, club trips or wedding parties, offering plenty to do and see onsite and conveniently sheltered from distant neighbors and towns. The lodge is open during all seasons for private functions and overlooks 800 feat of lake frontage with a wide, sandy beach.

The interior of the lodge is decorated in the traditional Adirondack style with a light-colored wood paneling and simple furniture. Guests can relax in the open great room, settling into the leather sofas and armchairs gathered around the oversized stone hearth for a drink and a hearty conversation. The spacious social areas are complete with a wet bar, entertainment center and pool room, allowing large groups to spread out and mingle. The ground-level floor plan also includes two additional sitting rooms and a large screened-in porch with a stunning view of the private lake, an open-air deck, a commercial kitchen (there is a caterer on staff) and a dining room with elbow room for 24.

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Sleeping quarters at Otter Creek Lodge are designed to make the most of the bedrooms views and provide maximum privacy for guests. The upper-level guest rooms include two king suites, four queen suites, and a pair of rooms with a full bed in one side and two singles in the other adjoined by a shared bath. The main floor is home to adjoined rooms with two single beds in each and a shared bathroom; and the lower level has two queen bedrooms and a final full bath.

While the lodge itself is perfectly lovely, it’s really the location and grounds that draw visitors from all over to relax at the lake’s edge beneath the still trees and enjoy the fresh air of the famous Adirondacks. This unique 24-person lodge enjoys exclusive access to a 100-acre wood with a 20-acre lake and a clean, sandy swimming shore — the lodge even provides two complimentary canoes and a raft.

Possibly the biggest draw for visitors to Otter Creek Lodge is the property’s unique equestrian accommodations and vast trail system. The grounds are equipped with a stable that can house up to 18 visiting horses. Guests can stall their own mounts and enjoy access to 65 miles of scenic pathways on the adjacent Otter Creek Horse Trails system. These beautiful nature trails skirt the edge of the lake and lead past several other ponds and lakes for a truly unique and relaxing journey. Amateur botanists and wildflower enthusiasts will especially appreciate the unique ecosystem that thrives at the property’s Little Plunky Pond and the surrounding bog.

During your visit, make the most of the landscape by engaging in the local hunting and fishing scene — the Otter Creek Horse Trail System offers access to Cleveland Lake, Payne Lake, Little Otter Lake and Pitcher Pond — all of which are stocked each year with rainbow and brown trout by the state of New York. These fishing holes and the bass-filled nearby Parson’s Pond are low-traffic hotspots for landing the catch of the day. The lodge grounds also serve as seasonal private hunting grounds for whitetail deer, coyote, fox, pheasant and bear. Contact the lodge owners for information about licenses and guide services.

Other unique day trips in the area include the historic Almanzo Wilder House featured in the Little House on the Prairie book series; the Adirondack Museum of park history; and of course downtown Croghan, with its old-world nostalgia and unique shopping and dining experiences.

Everyone — and their horse — is having a great time this season at Otter Creek Lodge.

Contact the owners and start planning your stay!

Lakefront Home on Avery Lake

Have you ever seen an old movie where all of the neighbors are leaning over their balconies to gossip? This is how I imagine guests enjoying the indoor/outdoor atmosphere at the Lakefront Home on Avery Lake. Each of Lakefront home’s three private bedrooms, as well as the living room and kitchen, has access to an outdoor deck, with yet another deck leading from the cabin’s front door.

Patio furniture is provided for guests to sit overlooking the lake and the protected state forest land and wildlife preserve. Enjoy the gentle lake breeze, the song of the birds and the twang of the frogs — and forget about texting mom to see what’s for dinner. Instead, take advantage of the great unobstructed acoustics to holler across floor levels and from deck to deck!

Wildlife, and things of that elk

Lakefront home claims residence in Atlanta, Michigan, an unincorporated community that derives great pride from its status as the Elk Capital of Michigan. Atlanta is a beloved hub of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activity in the state, as it is settled in amongst the forested Clear Lake State Park and 11 well-populated natural lakes.

The hope of spotting deer and elk in the region brings many visitors, not to mention the always well-received fall color tours. In the spring, guests to Atlanta can even take part in guided group expeditions to search for morel mushrooms! And for those city-dwelling first-time visitors to the great outdoors, if your crashing footsteps through the trees scare off all of the wildlife within a two-mile radius, you can still get your selfie with one of Atlanta’s most famous inhabitants. Determined not to disappoint, Atlanta keeps one authentic taxidermy elk under lock and key in a glass box as part of its highway entrance sign.

Clear Lake, full hearts

Michigan’s Clear Lake State Park is a 290-acre secluded nature retreat that encloses the 133-acre, 100-foot-deep, spring-fed Clear Lake with 300 feet of clean, sandy beachfront. Clear Lake is routinely stocked with a variety of fish species, including a generous population of trout and smallmouth bass. The park’s gently rolling topography and densely forested woodland make for mildly challenging and fiercely beautiful hiking trails which lead from the main entrance in all directions and continue for up to 70 miles into the heart of the Michigan wild.

For the exercise-averse, trailheads for ORV and snowmobile routes are parked nearby, and a 48.5-mile scenic drive encompasses the area, offering travelers the opportunity to view deer, black bear, snowshoe hare, fox, coyote, raccoon, squirrel, grouse, bald eagle, loon and blue heron, as well as the infamous (and still living) elk. A nature drive is also a local-approved method of taking in the region’s fall color.

Rest and recharge

For guests coming home weary from getting turned around on a 70-mile hiking trail or driving 48 miles slowly enough to get good close-up photos of the elk, the 1,500-square-foot, spacious Lakefront Home is a haven of tranquility and sloth, fully furnished with room for six to sleep comfortably. A well-equipped kitchen and formal dining table with service for six enable guests to whip up a home-cooked meal (after you’ve drawn straws to see who’s on dish duty), and an outdoor fire pit and provided firewood tempt the family to enjoy s’more dessert out under the stars.

Guests can turn in for the night in three large, separate bedrooms: the master suite on the second floor is occupied by a queen size bed and has access to a private bathroom, while the two remaining bedrooms are located on the main floor and contain a double bed and two twins, respectively. A second bathroom is centrally located to sleepers on the main floor.

An island unto itself

Lakefront Home rests on a small island in Avery Lake, one of the regions many great fishing lakes. The cabin site is private and wooded, with open lines of sight to the lake. One side of the island borders a natural wetland habitat populated by birds, frogs and other wildlife. Two-thirds of the remaining lakefront abuts Clear Lake State Park. The island is accessible by car via a paved causeway and bridge, for guests who don’t fancy portaging in.

Once safely installed on the island, guests will love the easy access to the water at Lakefront Home by means of a private dock. Guests are welcome to explore Avery lake using kayaks, canoe, paddle board and a 12-foot aluminum row boat, all included in the rental price. Avery Lake is a unique natural water feature, fed by a collection of fresh-water springs that flow down from the surrounding hills. Careful practices observed by residents of the island keep the water crystal clear and the wilderness quality intact.

Cast a line

Apart from being a great place to swim — Avery Lake has a shallow, sandy bottom and is clear enough to see your feet — it is also a prosperous fishing spot. The high quality of the water makes it hospitable for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Previous guests have been highly successful at fly fishing, particularly after the annual hex hatch in early June. Some guests have even brought their own electric trolling motor and attached it to the provided row boat for quicker transport around the lake.

While you’re trolling, keep an eye on the water’s edge for the varied wildlife that flocks there to hydrate. Previous reports include sightings of deer, elk, black bears, beavers, otters and mink, as well as a wide spectrum of smaller critters. Avery Lake is also home to pairs of nesting loons that fill the dawn and dusk with their haunting cry during the warmer months. Ducks and Canadian geese are frequent visitors.

A room with a view

For the islands less adventurous visitors, a spectacular view of the water and surrounding vegetation is available from the comfort of Lakefront Home’s cozy living area through large picture windows. These windows face west over the most beautiful side of the island, ensuring that each vibrant sunset that illuminates the lake and the island’s rolling hills reaches into the house to soothe the vacationer’s soul.

While the wide view from the window and the quietude of the dock may instill a sense of isolation in the busy guest accustomed to the constant connections of modern life, fear not — modern conveniences are not so far away. Lakeside Home is equidistant from the towns of Atlanta and Lewiston, clocking only a nine-mile drive to restaurants, grocery stores and the local library. The sportsman will also find three scenic golf courses (Gaylord, Garland Resort and Tree Tops) within an hour’s drive.

Book direct

Visitors to Lakefront Home can plan their trip, dates and activities with rental owners Daniel and Cheryl. This book-direct model enables guests to speak with a couple of fun-loving local residents with a storehouse of knowledge and experience — gained through their own visits to Avery Lake, which began in the late ‘60s — about the area’s best scenery and tourist opportunities, such as day trips down the Au Sable River through the Huron National Forest.

Lakefront Home is a family heirloom of sorts, full of memories of summers spent on outdoors, while the lake is an unchanging staple of island life. Daniel and Cheryl are world-travelers, but always come back to Avery Lake. They would love to share their home with you. Lakefront Home is a seasonal rental, available for weekly rentals in the summer months, or for shorter stays during the spring and fall. Upon request, the home can also be reserved for months at a time.

You can see pricing details and a booking calendar for Lakefront Home at http://bit.ly/RentMICabins-LakesideHome or, find other great properties at www.RentMichiganCabins.com

Enjoy a Unique Vacation Experience in a New York Cabin Rental

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It’s true! New York vacation cottages, cabins, lodges and homes offer a unique vacation experience. An experience that cannot be matched by hotels. Just as unique is our website RentNewYorkCabins.com. What makes us different is “how you book” your rental. You book directly with New York vacation rental owners or local managers. Wait …Isn’t that how vacationers used to book their rentals before commission-style websites took over? Indeed. In fact, you should be cautious when booking through 3rd party websites – you are likely paying more for the same rental to cover the booking commission.

Browse through our growing selection of New York Vacation Rentals. We have rentals in the popular areas of NY such as Lake George, Tupper Lake, Fishkill, and more!

When it’s time to plan your New York adventure with family or friends; connect and book direct at RentNewYorkCabins.com. It’s Cabin Time™

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RentMichiganCabins.com: Find a “Kozy” Cabin in Curtis, MI

Kozy’s Resort is your year-round destination for vacation fun. Need something that accommodates the whole clan? Rent our 2 bedroom cabin, and if you still can’t fit, rent several cabins. We have 6 cabin rentals at Kozy’s Resort! We can accommodate a variety of group sizes. The beautiful sunsets are breath-taking. Curtis is nestled among three lakes and offers four season recreational activities.

Curtis Michigan lodging near Seney National Wildlife Refuge and the Manistique Lakes is the perfect 4-season vacation distination.
Curtis, Michigan is an Upper Peninsula vacation waiting for you to explore its waters, unique festivals, small town charm and many restaurants, helpful shops and antiques.Curtis cabins, cottages, lodges and vacation homes are located in the heart of the largest lake complex of the Upper Peninsula. This waterfront town is surrounded by Manistique lakes including Round Lake and Big Manistique Lake. A combination of the 6 lakes total to over 20,000 acres of water enjoyment for those that love to fish sturgeon, blue gill, walleye and more. Recreational activities such as skiing, tubing, paddle boarding, swimming, and more can all be done on these lakes.

Round Lake is popular for rock bass and smallmouth bass. Big Lake is full of redhorse, bluegill, walleye, lake herring, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Big lake is one of the largest lakes in the U.P. Many events include Art on the Lake, Biggest Little Town Parade, Fourth of July Celebration, Oktoberfest, The Walleye Jamboree, and Pure Curtis Weekend.

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Kozy’s Resort has a variety of resort amenities. Free mini golf is nearby and we have boating and fishing supply rentals at the resort. You water park is just out the front door, so get ready for boating, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, swimming, jet skiing, sailing and more. Our lake front has a sandy bottom of 300 feet all the way out to the drop-off. Light house tours are unique and there numerous lights and lighthouses located in northeastern Michigan.

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Pet friendly New York Cabin Rentals

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Looking to bring your four legged friend on your next vacation? At RentNewYorkCabins.com, we have 40 properties that are pet friendly. Many vacationers travel with their pets, so we provide a growing selection of pet friendly options for New York vacation rentals.

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How to find pet friendly vacation rentals on our website? It’s simple! We have a narrow your search tool on the left hand side of the website. At the bottom of the search tool is where you’ll have the option to select pet friendly.

We have three cabins in Fort Ann, NY we list three charming vacation rentals that are pet friendly! The following properties are managed by Northern Living Resort and can be found right on Hadlock Lake.

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The Lakefront Lookout holds 12 guests. This cottage was remodeled in 2016 and filled with contemporary furnishings. The open concept living, dining, and kitchen area lead out to the deck where you can enjoy the lake view. Extra features include a bar area, pool table, five flat screen TV’s, an outside patio and more. Only a short drive away from Lake George!

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The Hadlock Haven holds 10 guests and would make a perfect family vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. This is a tri-level cabin rental that overlooks the scenic Hadlock Lake. Free use of a canoes/kayaks are provided for guests to explore. Nothing is better than a pet friendly cabin rental in Fort Ann, NY!

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Finally, the third rental in Fort Ann, NY managed by Northern Living Resort is the Hadlock Lake Front. Inside you will find three bedrooms, unique decor, fully equipped kitchen and spacious great room. Guests here enjoy swimming, kayaking, fishing; And during the winter have access to ice fishing and snowmobiling.

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Northern Living has additional pet friendly vacation rentals in Lake George, NY. Cabin time here means sandy beaches plus spectacular lake and mountain views. The village of Lake George has a great mix of shops and attractions – year around. During Winter, make Lake George your destination for a unique cross-country skiing experience.

At each of these vacation rentals, you get the opportunity to enjoy an Adirondack vacation with your pets!

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Kentucky Lake Cabins in Tennessee

kentucky1We are excited to introduce our growing selection of Kentucky Lake cabins for rent in Tennessee. Did you know Kentucky Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world? This massive body of water has approximately 160,000 acres of water. Kentucky Lake is known for its outstanding recreational opportunities. When fishing on Kentucky Lake, get ready to catch some crappie, bass, bluegill, or catfish. Don’t have a boat? No problem, Kentucky Lake offers all sorts of boat rentals from fishing boats to pontoon boats and jet skis. This is an outdoorsman paradise!

We currently have six vacation rentals on Kentucky Lake. The two main Kentucky Lake Resorts are the “Woods & Water, LLC” and the “Kentucky Lake Cabins”.

watersedgeThe Water’s Edge Cabin is part of the Woods & Water, LLC. This three bedroom, two bathroom cottage rental is pet friendly and rests right alongside Kentucky Lake. Listen to the waves lap the shore as you and your family/friends relax on the two deck areas.

oakThe Oak View Cabin is also part of the Woods & Water, LLC. Reconnect with nature when you stay at this vacation rental. This heavily wooded property is surrounded by 70 miles of trails and Kentucky Lake. Cabin time here includes boating, ATVing, golfing, fishing and more! Gather a group of up to six guests and your four legged friend and experience what Stewart, TN has to offer.

orchardThe Orchard View Cabin is another vacation rental where you can enjoy cabin time on Kentucky Lake. This Woods & Water, LLC property allows you to enjoy a woods and water adventure. Only 1.5 hours away from Nashville, TN! The Orchard View Cabin has a fully stocked kitchen, spacious dining and living area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and holds up to six guests.

kentucky2Imagine having your morning cup of coffee and looking at this view of Kentucky Lake. The Lake Shore Cabin is one of the larger vacation rentals options The Woods & Water, LLC has to offer. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, it holds up to ten guests. Cabin adventures here include evening bon fires, play on the beach, and relaxing on the decks. Enjoy day trips to the local history museums, antique shops, performing arts center, bird watching sites, pearl farms, civil war sites, wineries and so much more.

kitchenLooking are a super affordable cabin rental on Kentucky Lake? The two kitchenette cabins are only a three to four minute walk away from Kentucky Lake. Rates starting at just $65/nt! Nearby surprises include public beaches and swimming pools.

kentuckySo, if your looking for Kentucky Lake cabin rentals for a larger group, check out the Log Home Rental, part of the Kentucky Lake Cabins. This is a great option for large groups who are looking for a modern cottage getaway. This is also a pet friendly resort. View more pictures and details here.

We hope you enjoy our growing selection of Kentucky Lake vacation rentals. At RentTennesseeCabins.com, you plan and book directly with the resort owner/manager. Booking direct means vacationers avoid paying booking website traveler fees, plus vacationers get the opportunity to ask questions to the experts.

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Our Top 3 River Towns in Minnesota

While there are many lists regarding favorite towns in Minnesota, we had a hard time finding someone’s favorite towns along the Mississippi River. Why neglect this mighty river that has shaped the way America travelled, traded and toured? We have compiled 4 of our favorite towns along the Mississippi River so sit back and enjoy the ride.

Hastings:

In this charming small riverside town shaped by not only the Mississippi River but the Vermillion River and St. Croix River. This historical town has plenty of recreational opportunities. Take in the Vermillion Falls, Point Douglas Beach, St. Croix River and the Mississippi River. You can even take a beautiful dinner cruise along the St. Croix.  For those looking for more adventure, hiking and biking trails are everywhere along Hastings. Don’t forget to check out the Extreme Sandbox, a heavy equipment adventure unique in the Midwest! Be sure to check out Great River Wine Trail map as well because Alexis Bailly Vineyard, the first winery in Minnesota! For more information and places to stay in Hastings, please click here: Hastings Rentals

Otsego:

There is a reason why this community is growing at a rapid pace and it’s no secret. The way this town works together and plays together is evident. To enjoy this community like the locals, take in all the recreational activities. You can hike, bike or ski the Woodland Trails, canoe or fish the Elk River, go extreme at the ERX Motor Park and Car Race, or just simply relax on the beach at Lake Orono or enjoy the blissful sounds of the Thursday night riverfront concert series in the summer.

Brainerd:

Brainerd straddles the Mississippi River and is one of the largest cities in Minnesota. Its close proximity to the Twin Cities (only 2 hours away) is one great reason why you would vacation here but there are plenty more.  What makes this unique is the Pioneer Village, Wildlife Park, Dogsleds, Casinos, and loads of lake activities, adventure sports and trails. Not to mention, the spas, restaurants, and fine dining. To see vacation rentals in Brainerd, please click here: Brainerd Rentals