North of New York City, a few hours past the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, the Adirondack Mountains are a perfect place for outdoor lovers to really connect with nature. Home to the Adirondack Park, a 5,000-square-mile preserve that's more than half the size of Vermont, the 'Dacks offer truly world-class hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fly fishing, boating, and more year-round. Our West Coast friends may scoff at such a statement, but one day spent in pursuit of a 46'er summit and you'll be quick to agree—the Adirondacks aren't for the faint of heart.
Beyond the many mountains to climb and explore, the region's charming small towns are worth a visit as well. Just be sure to visit old school gear shop The Mountaineer in Keene Valley—a pilgrimage for any self-respecting Northeast outdoor enthusiast—while exploring the most beautiful natural landscapes in the Northeast United States (shout out all the angry Mainers reading this).
Oh, it's also home to some seriously spot-on cabins too, of course. Below are our 16 picks of the best Adirondack cabin rentals in the region.
16 Best Cabins for an Adirondack Vacation Weekend
Vibe: That Good, Good Kind of Cabin in the Woods
A riverside 1800s guesthouse turned modern cabin in the woods? Say less. This cabin was modernized without losing its charm, thanks to owners who kept the original exposed beams and hardwood floors, added a wood-burning stove, and seamlessly updated the décor to give off all the right hunting-chic vibes. This place isn’t just easy on the eyes though, it’s easy on the soul and body as well—the beautiful cedar barrel-built sauna out back is perfect for sweating out all the bad energy you’ve been holding onto these last few months. A short drive to both Whiteface Ski Resort and Lake Placid there's no shortage of outdoor activities to partake in as well.
Vibe: Literally Lakefront
Set on Fourth Lake, this Adirondack lake house sits right on the water. The historic boathouse features a private dock, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and fire pits, in-house boat slips, homey mid-mod farmhouse design, and of course, uninterrupted lake views.
Vibe: Double Duty
Get two for the price of one at this unique location. Not only is there a cozy cabin, but yards away, a 30 foot watchtower converted into an extra bedroom. Why? Why not. Featuring 360-degree views of the surrounding 38 acres and beyond, sleep soundly in the watchtower way up in the air and under the stars, then climb down the ladder to cook breakfast in the main house.
Vibe: ADK Chalet
Accessed by a 1,300-foot driveway, this stylish and rustic cabin offers up vintage furniture, thoughtful design, and cozy vibes. The perfect place to rent with some friends, spend your stay in the chic interior around the central wood stove, explore 10 private acres, or make the short trip to Adirondack Park and the quaint town of Dogleville.
Vibe: Lakeside Luxe
Located on the shores of Lake George, this newly renovated vacation home features unique nooks and crannies, and a screened-in porch for bug-free outdoor chilling. Although the surrounding area offers up plenty of outdoor activities, cabin-dwellers can walk just a few steps to the protected cove right outside the front door for some wading or head to the nearby community beach for swimming or paddle board and boat rental.
Vibe: A for Amenities
This lakeside cabin is located in a tranquil residential neighborhood with tennis courts, lake access, and private hiking and cross-country trails. Although modestly sized, the cozy interior is family-friendly, with a bunkroom for the kids and a sleeping loft for the adults. A spacious screened-in porch is a perfect place for a morning cup, and Whiteface and Lake Placid are within a 30-minute drive for some Northeast skiing.
Vibe: One S’more Night
A peaceful escape that involves sleeping under the stars? Sign us up. A peaceful escape that involves sleeping under the stars in a motorized roll-out king-size bed? Take all our money. While our love for sleeping bags and mattress pads runs deep, it doesn’t quite run deep enough to choose sleeping on the ground over sleeping on a comfortable, plush mattress (adulting, amiright?). This Evergreen A-Frame sleeps four adults comfortably and has a fire pit ideal for making s’mores, which I think we can all agree is the perfect pre-stargazing snack. If its booked, check out the owner's other cabin nearby.
Vibe: Babbling Brook Bliss
With 38,000 acres of public lands and hiking trails nearby this cozy cabin to explore at will, take a few inhales of your new pine-scented surroundings and ease back into your long-missed favorite state of being – the one where you’re at peace with the world. This cabin, a spacious and cozy mountain home with hints of modern updates throughout (wifi for WFH), is a place where nights are best spent stargazing from the above ground deck and days are best spent dipping into the brook just downhill – there’s no denying the therapeutic surroundings of water and forest. For daytime activities, spend time lakeside and rent some kayaks at nearby Schroon Lake or Lake George.
Vibe: Fit for Two
A gas outdoor fire pit, hot tub, sauna, and heated patio await you at this elevated tiny home. Besides spa-like amenities (including a hot tub and sauna), the modest studio footprint features an open floor plan with a living area, kitchen, sleeping area, restroom, and sweeping mountain views sure to impress your SO.
Vibe: Cliffside n' chill
This almost-treehouse sits perched on the edge of an outcropping above Black River, with plenty of openings and windows to enjoy the view. Fair warning, rustic furnishings, an outdoor fire pit for cooking, and a porta-potty make this experience more glamping than a traditional cabin stay, but you won't regret it.
Vibe: Easy A
True to its name, this renovated A-Frame has a modern style with pops of blue that extend from the kitchen all the way up to the rafters. The open-concept living and dining area makes for an inviting communal space, which is perfect for crashing after a long day of hiking, skiing, or exploring all things Adirondacks.
Vibe: Livin' Lodge
This log home takes full advantage of its hilltop perch to bask in the stunning views of the Whiteface Mountain through floor-to-ceiling windows. From the large stone fireplace to the birch accents and an oversized wood pendant light, the home’s rustic decor runs top to bottom. Kick it on the wraparound porch and for aprés, don’t miss that jacuzzi.
Vibe: Rustic on the Ridge
Stay at the Timber-Frame Retreat and, in 20 minutes or less, you could find yourself at Whiteface Mountain or some of the area’s best hiking and mountain biking trails. Indoors, it’s the epitome of cabin life: a cozy living room plus fireplace, taxidermy deer heads mounted on the wall, and a vaulted ceiling with wooden beams. In addition to the cabin, there’s also a lean-to right outside, so you can choose your own adventure.
Vibe: A Restored Repose
This historic hideout blends old with new and style with function in the scenic High Peaks regions of the Adirondacks. The half-cedar shake and half-stone exterior shows its age (in a good way) while the interior has handcut, locally-sourced hardwood floors and a fully-updated kitchen. The cherry on top is how easy it is to access popular spots like Lake Placid, Keene Valley, and Whiteface.
Vibe: Brand Spankin’ New
Right in the heart of the ‘dacks, with two lakes both within walking distance, this cabin is perfect if you’re looking for a place that’s centrally located. Modern furnishings and a to-the-point rustic aesthetic fill the tiny footprint of this dwelling (coffee snobs, beware the Keurig and BYO Chemex). Juniper Hill might be pretty micro, but there’s no shortage of room to roam right outside the door.
Vibe: The Glass Cabin
This modern rental features gorgeous views of the surrounding property overlooking the rolling hills and valleys of the Adirondacks. Enjoy them from inside, where floor-to-ceiling windows take up much of the facade or from the outdoor fire pit and covered hot tub. With heated floors, a full kitchen and a queen-sized bed tucked into a cozy corner, you’ll have all you need for a weekend with a partner, or a solo-retreat.