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Camp Driftwood
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Indian Lake
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Reviewed October 16, 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, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mrswapking
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Reviewed September 22, 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, traveled with family
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1  Thank mooseriver
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Reviewed August 7, 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, traveled with friends
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1  Thank ojo963t
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Reviewed February 16, 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!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank pearl87
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Reviewed October 28, 2008

Cute summer cabins on a gorgeous lake. Poor choice in the fall.

My fiance and I stayed here in late October trying to catch the fall colors. After being told on the phone 6 weeks before arriving that we would be given a cabin, Apple, that had been winterized we found out that someone else had gotten there first and asked for Apple so we were moved to a different cabin, Cedar. It hadn't been winterized. We could see daylight through the walls. The temperature dropped to 27*F and we found ourselves with a choice of heating options. We could either wake up every two hours to put three more logs in the woodstove or use the gas wall heater. The drawback there was that when the wall heater cycled on it sounded like a jet engine taking off. Needless to say we didn't sleep very well.

The fully equipped kitchen wasn't. One steelwool scrubbing pad. No other soap or sponges. We found the cabin supplied with a book of matches with 4 matches left in it to light both the woodstove and the antique cooking stove with no pilot. There was no firewood in the cabin, but we were free to use our rental car to haul wood from the stack 100' away. But we had to collect our own kindling. Not so bad when it's still light out. We arrived around sunset.

They were generous enough to leave one partial roll of toilet paper though, so we had exactly enough of that. For a $20 charge they did put a pile of mismatched sheets out for us so we could make the bed. We borrowed all the wool army blankets from all the other beds in the cabin to try to stay warm. Kind of like sleeping under one of those lead blankets they use for x-rays.

Summary; Great place to stay in the summer if you live close enough to drive in with all your stuff from home. If you're traveling by plane find somewhere else with more thoughtful hosts.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank qwerty510
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at Camp Driftwood for four nights in June. Our cabin was called the Willow and was conveniently located just off the main road but was quietly tucked away in the surrounding woods so that we did not hear any traffic from the road. The cabin was big enough to fit 6 people. It offered us a perfect little romatic getaway. We enjoyed the outdoor firepit which was situated over a woodsy area where we roasted marshmallows on several occasions. We made BBQ each night using our own compact grill. Inside the cabin's wooden interior was a comfortable living/dining area with skylights, a wood-burning stove, a fully stocked kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The furnishings were rustic and simple. We had no problems with hot water or water pressure. The cabin was clean and we supplied our own towels and bedsheets. We used the lifejackets and rowboats supplied by the camp and went out on the lake on several occasions. The water and surrounding area was beautiful. The was also a small little island just off the camp where we rowed past. I read in one of the maps that there was a small cove nearby where you could dock your boat go on a short hike which offered gorgeous lakeside views. Unfortunately, I read about it after we went rowing and wasn't able to see it. We used the Adirondack Rafting Company about 10 minutes from the camp for our rafting excursion. The company was very professional and we had a wonderful first time rafting trip. Our guide was terrific and I highly recommend them. On our last day we went to visit Blue Mountain Lake and hiked the Castle Rock trail. For a non-hiker I found it to be moderately strenuous with rewarding views of Blue Mountain lake and its small islands. I would definately return to Camp Driftwood possibly next spring for some more relaxing and white-water rafting.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank evenstar944
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Reviewed March 28, 2008

Our family spent a week at Indian Lake and used our cabin at Camp Driftwood as base camp for a variety of outdoor activities. Our family consisted of two older middle aged parents, three adult "children" (ages 25, 20, and 17 years old at the time), and our old dog. We liked being right by the lake and although we brought two of our own kayaks, we found it convenient to use the ones made available by the owners to tour the lake. I was recovering from a serious foot injury, and wanted a place I could kick back and read, sunbathe and swim while the adventurers went off and climbed mountains. This fit the bill perfectly.

We made our reservations pretty late--I would recommend no later than February for a good choice of cabins. But the owner had pity on us and allowed us to book the only cabin that was open the week we had available.--Hemlock Cabin, which is usually limited to four. While the cabin was a bit cramped for five big people, we didn't mind--we were just happy the owner had mercy on us so that we could spend a week at Indian Lake!

The cabin itself was rustic and simple, with lots of wood surfaces and walls. The bathroom and kitchen were adequate, although appliances and sinks were old, everything worked well and was clean. The cabin living room had a nice wood stove--which we actually fired up a couple of early mornings to take the chill from the air. We also used the little grill just off the front porch to roast hot dogs and marshmallows one night.

I loved being a just a short walk from the lake and that the property had both beach and boulder access to the water. It was a bit inconvenient to have no cell phone reception (couldn't easily make plans with relatives that lived a couple hours away--but hey it's the Adirondacks!)--the kids did pick up their wireless messages from the top of Snowy Mountain one day. But we all thought it was great to be removed from it all and really enjoyed the peace, quiet and remoteness of the location. We're planning to return this summer--can't wait!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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1  Thank YellowRose125
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Additional Information about Camp Driftwood

Address: 124 Driftwood Trl, Indian Lake, NY 12842-2033
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Location: 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: $110 - $1,802 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique cottages on 870 feet of wooded Indian Lake shoreline ... more   less 
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Camp Driftwood Indian Lake

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