While we love salty sea breezes and crashing waves, there’s something so alluring about a lakeside vacation. Log cabin-esque lodgings with crackling hearths and private porches are tailor-made to inspire romance. Bonfires and lawn games exude nostalgic charm. Postcard-worthy views plus outdoor recreation and pampering amenities seal the deal.
Whether you want to get back to nature or simply relax, these lakeside properties are perfect for your next getaway.
The Sagamore | Bolton Landing, New York
The Sagamore is an institution—dating back to 1883. Perched on the southern end of Green Island, it offers majestic vistas of the Adirondacks and Lake George. Speaking of, guests can drop a line right off the dock or hop aboard The Morgan, a 72-foot replica of a 19th-century touring vessel. The aquatic fun doesn’t end there. Parasailing, water skiing, and wakeboarding are also available. Back on land, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts.
Lake Austin Spa Resort | Austin, Texas
From aqua fitness and stand up paddleboarding to sunset cruises and forest bathing, Lake Austin Spa Resort is all about the water. Ideal for a relaxing couples weekend or laid-back girls getaway, this holistic haven enchants with its scenic surroundings, tranquil atmosphere, and wellness programming. The award-winning spa boasts an extensive menu of more than 100 treatments, including custom therapies and signature services like Manuka Tapping. Hungry? Savor “conscientious cuisine” made with fresh herbs and vegetables grown on-site.
Lake Placid Lodge | Lake Placid, New York
Situated on the shores of Lake Placid, in the heart of the Adirondacks, this exclusive Relais & Châteaux respite is an irresistible blend of luxury, romance, and comfort. The ambiance is warm and woodsy. All 13 guest rooms and 17 cabins are individually appointed with hand-built beds, deep soaking tubs, and stone fireplaces. And with a slew of amenities and location attractions, you certainly won’t have a problem filling your days or nights.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee | Greensboro, Georgia
This Ritz-Carlton is known for its posh properties. And this outpost (75 miles east of Atlanta) is no exception. If its upscale milieu and prime position along the western coast of Lake Oconee aren’t enough to sell you, the myriad activities certainly will. With championship golf and kayaking plus plenty of nostalgia-inducing pursuits such as evening s’mores-making sessions, you can make your trip as peaceful and quiet or action packed as you want.
Big Cedar Lodge | Ridgedale, Missouri
Tucked away in the breathtaking beauty of Ridgedale, overlooking Table Rock Lake and the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is a playground for nature lovers. The design is decidedly rustic with a dose of grandeur, evoking images of 1900s wilderness retreats. Accommodations include cottages, cabins, and intimate rooms. On top of that, the property promises an array of recreational opportunities such as boating, horseback riding, hiking, and some of the best bass fishing in the country.
Mission Point | Mackinac Island, Michigan
Longing for simpler times? Poised on Mackinac Island, Mission Point treats guests to old-school fun (kite flying, croquet, bocce, and more), Midwestern hospitality, and captivating views. Nab an Adirondack chair on the great lawn and watch the boats float by or opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride. When the temperature falls, cozy up with a glass of red in front of the crackling fire. There’s also a full-service salon and spa with a couples treatment sanctuary.
Shore Lodge | McCall, Idaho
Two hours north of Boise in the mountain town of McCall lies Shore Lodge, a 77-key idyl facing the glacier-fed Payette Lake. Of course, the bucolic setting is a major draw. But that’s just the beginning. For adrenaline junkies, there’s cliff jumping and water trampolining. Foodies can feast on Snake River Farms wagyu from Eastern Idaho at The Narrows Steakhouse, which also boasts a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Need to unwind? Burgdorf Hot Springs is nearby.