Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

A Cabin Getaway in the Adirondack Mountains

It doesn’t get much better than staying in a quiet lakeside cabin. Growing up in Otter Tail County, a county that has more lakes than any other county in the United States, meant that we both spent a large portion of our childhood hanging out at the lake, and it’s still one of our favorite things to do today. So, when we went to visit our friends, Evan and Hilary, in New York’s Adirondack Mountains last summer and they suggested renting a lake cabin for the weekend, we enthusiastically agreed.

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Our cabin at Morningside Camps and Cottages was right on the shores of Minerva Lake. There are 19 cabins on site, and they are located on an 80 acre property within the Adirondack Mountains. We reserved camp #10 and couldn’t have been happier with it—the log cabin was absolutely adorable with its wood burning stone fireplace, views overlooking the lake, and woodsy decorations.

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

The cabin came with a fully stocked kitchen, one bathroom, three bedrooms (sleeping room for 8), and a wraparound porch with seating outside. We also had access to hiking trails, canoes, kayaks, sand volleyball court, nice sandy beach, and lakeside bonfire pit.

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

There were six of us staying in the cabin for the weekend, so the three bedrooms worked out perfectly—one for each couple. Plus, because we were staying at the cabins in early May, we were some of the only people there. It was incredibly peaceful, relaxing and a great place to get away from it all for a couple of days.

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Our weekend was spent hiking, paddling on the water, playing games, cooking up some delicious meals, watching sunsets, and honestly, plenty of relaxing. We all had a crazy summer ahead of us, so it was nice to have down time with good friends. We also spent some time planning for our Icelandic road trip that was taking place with Evan and Hilary the following month!

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

In addition to walking into town to check out the general store and ogle at the craftsmanship of the canoes at the Adirondack Canoe Company, we hiked the Moxham Mountain trail. The trail is 2.7 miles from the parking lot to the 2,418 foot summit, and it has an elevation gain of 1,152 feet. When the trail was developed, it was created in a way to minimize steep uphill climbs and optimize the views along the way.

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

It was an enjoyable hike; it wasn’t too strenuous and the views were great, especially from the summit where you could see expansive landscapes of mountains, forests and lakes below. We encountered quite a bit of wind throughout the hike, especially at the summit, so I was glad I had a fleece with to keep me warm—it got cold up there! Thankfully, we lucked out and dodged the rain on the hike, as well. Just as we finished the hike and got back into our vehicles, the skies opened up and the rain came down.

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

Morningside Camps and Cottages, Minerva, New York, Adirondack Mountains

I’m not sure if we were quite ready to check out of the cabins when our weekend was over, but luckily we had plenty of great adventures on the horizon to look forward to. We took a scenic drive out of the Adirondacks and stopped at a diner for a delicious lunch. Then, it was time to make our way to the Southern Finger Lakes region for even more road tripping fun!

 

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  • gwen
    Posted at 09:30h, 16 February Reply

    this looks so amazing! thanks for sharing. you have a really great blog, and I look forward to reading about your travels!

  • Amelie Gagne
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    Posted at 03:44h, 18 February Reply

    Holy crap, that just looks like freaking heaven. I need me this right about now. I seem to notice you have a drone? Can I ask which one you have? Shopping around… 😉

  • Gokul Raj
    Posted at 04:23h, 18 February Reply

    Paradise…nothing else can describe this place. Such a great place away from the chaos of the city. I would never wanna leave this place.
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  • Marcus and Mel
    Posted at 05:11h, 18 February Reply

    This looks so peaceful and relaxing. Going off into the wilderness or paddling across the lakes. Although we have plenty of countryside where we live in Wales you are never actually that far from a village or town.
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  • Nisha
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    Posted at 11:01h, 18 February Reply

    I can stay there forever! Such a charm into the wilderness away from the chaotic city life. I loved the interiors, the furniture, the rooms and the porch. Three bedrooms is quite a lot., like a bungalow. Just loved everything about it. 🙂

  • Allison
    Posted at 18:25h, 18 February Reply

    What a fantastic escape. I love a waterfront cabin and that roaring fire looks so cozy. I fear it will be a while before I am back in New York but I would love to check out the Adirondack Mountains.

  • Punita Malhotra
    Posted at 03:10h, 19 February Reply

    Sounds absolutely amazing! I can picture all of you there, the sound of laughter ringing in the air, lazying by the lake, in the middle of that drop-dead gorgeous setting, just enjoying each other’s company. That cottage is like something out of a movie! Incredible.

  • Mike Cotton
    Posted at 06:58h, 19 February Reply

    It’s been a few years since I’ve visited Upstate New York but I remember my time there fondly. The untold rolling hills and beautiful forests are a hikers dream. And who doesn’t love a secluded cabin in the woods?

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 07:46h, 19 February Reply

    After all the horrific movies on cabin horrors I vowed never to go anywhere near cabins. But this article changed my perspective. The cabin is so beautiful and it is decorated in a minimalistic and lovely manner. The surrounding natural beauty is eye pleasing.
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  • Vicki Louise
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    Posted at 21:14h, 19 February Reply

    This cabin looks amazing! The prefect place to escape for a while and enjoy some quiet serenity on the lake. I would never have thought this was in upstate New York though!

  • Rhonda Albom
    Posted at 03:00h, 20 February Reply

    It looks so peaceful and serene on the lake. The log cabin with ‘just out the door’ access to a lake to canoe on brings back childhood memories
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  • Marc
    Posted at 08:56h, 21 February Reply

    Wow what an amazing cabin and view!

    Looks like a great place to take the family and kayaks.

    Great pictures too.
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  • Our Seaside Baby
    Posted at 15:25h, 21 February Reply

    What an amazing getaway! I’d love to stay in that cabin. The view across the lake is stunning and looks so calm. Wished we had something similar in the UK. Polly
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  • Gregory Cohen
    Posted at 22:58h, 21 February Reply

    I spent two weeks every summer at Morning side Cottages during the mid 70;s. It is some of my favorite childhood memories. I lived in NYC and this place was a yearly haven for my family. I live in florida and some day I will take my child and wife up there for a week or two. Someday. I wonder if the general store you could hike to through the woods is still there. They always had a sign out in front of that store that said “Fresh happy eggs from happy chickens”. I remember hiking to it through the woods seeing chipmunks hunting for nuts between the trees. As a city kid I learned to fish on that lake, and learned to swim so I could go to a platform in the swimming area. I saw my first circus there, the Great American Circus. I thought of them today, because that old mud show had a hair act. I saw the Lewis and Clark circus tonight and they had a hair act too (A girl swings from a hook in her hair). It made me think of my summers here.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:07h, 03 March Reply

      That’s so awesome–fun to hear that! Hope you can make it up there with your family sometime. Not sure if it’s the same one, but we did hike through the woods to a general store, so it might still be there. Love hearing all those fun memories–thanks for sharing!!
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  • Anna Rice
    Posted at 13:48h, 09 March Reply

    This looks so nice! I’ve never been to the Adirondacks despite living most of my life in NYC and Boston… maybe this summer!
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