The Lakeside Retreats That Will Take Your Breath Away

So you’re not going to the beach this year. So what? Getting a little respite from the summer heat is still well within your reach, even if you only have a couple of days to yourself. Summers at the lake are making a comeback—and getting a serious do-over—in 2017. Gone are the bad barbecues, insect bites, and bunk beds, and in their place has arrived something a whole lot more interesting. Get ready to put on your adventure gear; these idyllic lakeside spots are definitely off the radar.

If you’re looking for a quieter way of life, Stout’s Island Lake, Wisconsin, is just the detoxifying spot you need to recharge your batteries. A twenty-seven acre private island, the lakeside spot is accessible only by a local ferry service, isolated entirely from the hustle and bustle of nearby tourist traps. The single shingled lakeside lodge is a dream in itself, having been built in 1903 with the primary purpose of entertaining its guests. Entertain it will; the private cocktail lounge, games room, and tennis court harken back to a calmer way of life, reigniting life’s simplest pleasures.

What’s in a name? A whole lot, it turns out— especially when it comes to Camp Solitude, New York. Restored back to its 1890s glory days, this lakeside retreat is accessible by boat from the equally accurately named Lake Placid. As traditional as lake cabins come, the house at Camp Solitude is more than just a throwback; it is as authentic as its 19th century roots. The main camp comes fitted with its own stone fireplace, overhead beams, and polished wood floors, giving the area an old world charm. Spend your days fishing, swimming, and rowing, all in the privacy of the most laid-back camp in the area.

Canada enjoys a natural splendour unlike any other place on earth, and it’s a country that deserves exploration. While Alberta does offer up plenty of grandiose spots (the Fairmont Banff Springs Spa being, perhaps, the most renowned of the bunch), there’s a lot to be said about taking a less extravagant turn for your next vacation. Boasting thirty-three rooms, the Moraine Lake Lodge is a more intimate affair, putting its guests in the front row of the natural show. The starting point for some of the most impressive hikes in the region, the lodge is the ultimate entry place for adventure. Spend your summer days outside and your summer evenings curled up at the lodge.

At Rocky Mountain Ranch, Idaho, there’s even more to be discovered. As well as housing one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States, the area is surrounded by the Idaho Rockies, which can be spotted well in the distance. One of the wildest places in the entire country, the place is a world apart from your everyday life, giving you the chance to connect with nature like never before. The Rocky Mountain Ranch is an entirely private affair, placing you directly in the lap of the wild Rockies. Discover a side of the region as it’s never been seen before and fall well and truly in love with nature.

Maine, of course, has its fair share of lakes and amongst the watery stretches, there are some real gems to be discovered. Migis Lodge in Maine’s Sebago Lake is both accessible and off the beaten track, offering up that rare duo of ease and isolation. The Migis Lodge is a family friendly affair, attracting returning guests for years on end. Of course, the private boathouse, water skiing facilities, fishing, and regular meals have a lot to answer for, but it’s the lake that really pulls out the big guns. Reserve your spot and find a holiday home away from home.


Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.