Are you looking for stunning natural panoramas? Summer is the perfect time to set off on a vacation to a natural retreat where you and the family can relax in the sun and experience the rustic atmosphere of a first-class lodge.
You don't have to be an outdoor lover to enjoy some peace and quiet in a lakeside paradise. The best lake hotels feature high-end dining, luxurious amenities, and private balconies and terraces to give guests the chance to observe breathtaking panoramas in the privacy of their rooms. As there are plenty of lakeside retreats to choose from, it's important to know which ones have been most highly rated by frequent travelers. Before you book your next trip, consider one of these popular lodges.
1. The Whiteface Lodge, New York
According to TripAdvisor, one of the most enticing aspects of the Whiteface Lodge is its prime location near beaches, the Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails and Lake Placid Center for the Arts, giving guests a wide range of daily activities to choose from.
After you've spent the day enjoying the outdoors by the crystal blue shores of Lake Placid, kick back and relax at the resort's full-service spa or the outdoor or indoor pool. The hotel is also known for its restaurant featuring a mouthwatering menu, and its bar and lounge which offers truly unique cocktail creations.
2. Moraine Lake Lodge, Alberta, Canada
The Moraine Lake Lodge is one of the Rocky Mountains' most frequented hotels by travelers who want to spend evenings relaxing around a fire and their days canoeing or hiking. Rates include everything from a full breakfast buffet to guided hikes and all-day canoeing. The location is also ideal, as Canada's famous Banff Upper Hot Springs are only a short distance away for a dip.
However, if you're looking for a hotel packed with technology and plasma televisions, the Moraine Lake Lodge may not be the place for you. The accommodation focuses on encouraging guests to disconnect from the rest of the world and soak in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lush forests. Each room is designed to look like a traditional log cabin with wood-burning fireplaces.
Are you looking to book your room for the fall or winter? If you run out of wood and are in the mood to cozy up with your travel companions by the fire, staff will leave refills right outside your door. Private balconies also give visitors a VIP viewing experience of the serene Moraine Lake.
3. Umstead Hotel and Spa, North Carolina
The Umstead Hotel and Spa is among the most tranquil accommodations in all of North Carolina. It's ideal for couples looking to put their feet up and spend some quality time together, as the world-class spa offers high-end Swedish massages and afternoon tea accompanied by a professional harpist.
Surrounded by a three-acre lake and hiking trails, the hotel is also the adventure traveler's paradise. The William B. Umstead State Park is less than one mile away as well for guests eager to explore all the area has to offer.
4. Mirror Lake Inn, New York
From the minute you enter the historic Mirror lake Inn, you know you're staying at a one-of-a-kind hotel. Your room key comes accompanied by warm baked cookies and attentive staff who take your luggage to your sleeping quarters. The Five Star Alliance noted that the resort ensures guests get the best views of Mirror Lake with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies.
Activities including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating are available to visitors in the summer. In the winter, cross-country skiing is a hit along with bobsledding on famous trails that were used in both the 1932 and 1980 Olympics.