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“5 Days in Apple Cabin, Feb 19-24”
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Camp Driftwood
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Indian Lake
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Syracuse, New York
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“5 Days in Apple Cabin, Feb 19-24”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

I was looking for an excursion away from urban civilization, work, computers, email, and so forth - a week along with my girlfriend.

I stayed in the Apple cabin from February 19th-24th. We had a great time relaxing in front of the warm fireplace/stove, reading books and drinking wine. It was nice to get away from the world, with no cell service (verizon) or internet. Both are available nearby though, as referenced in the guide book/manual left in the cabin for us.

The cabin itself is in good condition. It is sturdy, warm (centrally heated), and has hot & cold water for drinking/showering/dishwashing/etc. All furniture and beds were clean, and there was no problems whatsoever with appearances, smells, or anything else you might worry about in this type of cabin setup.

There was a large stock of firewood available for the fireplace, though the logs I retrieved from outside were a little wet. A short bake in the kitchen's oven got them ready to burn quickly, though.

The kitchen has all the utensils and cookware you might need, and the fridge/freezer, microwave, gas stove & oven work perfectly.

BRING FOOD! The town nearby has very, very bare essentials and that's it.
Other things to bring - dish towels, dish soap, bath towels, toiletries, bath soap, lighters/matches, blankets, bedsheets (1 queen, 2 twins, 2 bunkbeds), extra pillows (for lounging comfortably in front of the fire). Music/movies as desired.

You have a great view of Indian lake from the cabin. It was too cold to lounge outside in the screened-in porch, but anyone going during bug season would find that a nice addon. There are an abundance of chairs and benches to relax on.
There is also an outdoor stone fireplace on the outside portion of the porch (not screened in) for use, but again due to the cold we forewent its use.

The lake was frozen over during our stay and we did a "hike" through the cabin/campgrounds, along the lake, and envied all the beautiful cabins along the shoreline.

There are numerous trailheads nearby within driving distance as well as skiing/snowboard, tubing, etc. There are some quaint touristy towns (North Creek) close by, as well as an Alpaca farm(!) that the owners will give a lovely tour of, to include petting the Alpacas (kindly stop by their giftshop for an Alpaca wool hat or pair of gloves - you won't regret it).

If you want to eat out, there are a few restaurants as well as bars nearby, meeting the upper and lower range of options you might expect for a region that sees a medium amount of visitors. The rule that "everything tastes better when you're camping" does apply to the cabin stay, though. So don't shortchange yourself by relying on eating out all the time!

Room Tip: I can only comment on Apple cabin, but the rooms were (1) queen bed; (2) 2x twin beds, and (3) 2x bu...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

We spent 3 nights at Camp Driftwood recently. Stayed in Maple cabin which had 3 bedrooms, screened porch, bathroom with shower, living room, kitchen. This is a rustic cabin in the woods. Clean , basic and comfortable. We found the place to be quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed a canoe ride and swimming in the beautiful lake. We found trails to hike nearby. We had a campfire each night and appreciated the free firewood. We had a lovely dinner at a fine dining restaurant 45 minutes away that the owners recommended ( Owl at Twilight in Olmsted) and another meal that was a pig roast at the local firehall. If you stay here, you will need to bring supplies that you would bring for camping: dishsoap, sponge ,foil, food storage containers, garbage bags, extra matches, etc. The nearby grocery store closed a few years ago, but we brought our own food from home. Great place and we'll be back..

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

My husband, teenage daughter, and I just spent a long weekend at Camp Driftwood on Indian Lake. It was a fantastic experience. The owners were welcoming and informative in spite of our arrival at 10:00 p.m. They had already turned the heat on for us. The 3-bedroom cabin (Balsam) was right on the water, and was lovely and uniquely decorated---in fact the walls were so covered with amazing and interesting things that we discovered something "new" every time we took a look.

There were also plenty of canoes and kayaks available as well as a sunfish, nice swimming dock (too cold while we were there), and easy access to the hamlet of Indian Lake and some good restaurants. We would have loved to stay for a longer period of time. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this camp to other visitors who are looking for a great Adirondack experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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mattydale,ny
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Reviewed 16 October 2009

we have stayed at camp driftwood for 5 years straight. great place.great cabins.free firewood. all access to the boats and canoes. no charge. not alot in the area especially when we go in the fall. but the area is great.the owners are friendly the cabins are clean and well stocked with everything.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Old Forge NY
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

Beautiful cabins on the lake large enough for six people. Our family stayed at Camp Driftwood for a week and could not have been happier. We were able to BBQ everyday for lunch or dinner and roast marshmallows at night over the campfire. The kitchen was stocked and cozy. Our family will definitely be returning to Camp Driftwood next season.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Oxford, England
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

Ever wanted to stay in a rustic cabin by a lake with wonderful hiking trails all around? Camp Driftwood is your answer. We stayed in Poplar cabin (3-4 bedrooms) - they do have smaller cabins also. Clean, well-equipped, nice kitchen and good shower - all you need! There was free wood for the wood burner and the fire pit and a nice screened in porch to enjoy in the evenings. No mobile/cell phone signal and no internet - PERFECT! I've already booked 2 weeks for 2010.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed in "The Apple" at Camp Driftwood for Valentine's Day weekend. Neither of really knew what to expect. . . . we were pleasantly surprised. The cabin was very comfortable and located right on the beautiful Indian Lake. The cabin had central heat, but even with 20 degree temperatures, the wood burning stove kept the cabin comfy and cozy. We are already planning our trip back next year!

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Property: Camp Driftwood
Address: 124 Driftwood Trl, Indian Lake, NY 12842-2033
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Region: United States > New York > Indian Lake
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Indian Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique cottages on 870 feet of wooded Indian Lake shoreline ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Camp Driftwood Indian Lake

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