We spent a nice family weekend here and have included highs and lows:
Highs: nice setting, very helpful and friendly staff, pleasant guests, well designed and functional guest spaces stocked with games and seating, nice tents with beautiful new bathroom facilities. We spent a beautiful afternoon canoeing on beautiful Garnet Lake and basically had the entire lake to ourselves.
Lows: The price charged was higher than value received. For a small family, spending over $400 per night we expected more. The appetizers were great but the remainder of the food was average and we often left the meals still feeling hungry. We also would have expected more of an actual meal at lunchtime other than just a sandwich and chips. The quality of the wine served was also very low and a disappointment. There were not enough graham crackers and chocolate for the entire group in the evenings (and the staff had already left the site so nothing could be done). There were also not enough chairs for each guest to sit at the fire. The location of the campsite is also in a very shaded valley and so it is about 10 degrees colder at the site than the sunny parking lot just 50 yards away. We spent each night waking every few hours to rebuild a fire in the tent because it was much colder than we had expected based on weather highs and lows we had researched before. It was clear that all the other guests were also surprised by this. The sites around the area were nothing too spectacular. We hiked to a one of the 'waterfalls' recommended by staff and it really wasn't much more than a large rapid. The beds are also just air mattresses, and I believe the 'queen' is actually a 'full' but I could be wrong. We have stayed at serviced camping experiences all over the world including Africa, Asia and throughout Colorado and California and this was overall a much lower camp site experience and lower nature experience than we have experienced. We expected more at this price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Orenda is an all-inclusive outdoor retreat nestled amongst 40 acres of lush backcountry, rolling hills and along a pristine mountain brook, where guests can enjoy nature at its most spectacular; the Adirondack Mountains, the mighty Hudson River, and the pristine waters of the Lake region. A rustic oasis, Orenda is an ideal getaway for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels, families, couples and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and re-connect with nature. The retreat features 4 spacious and private canvas bungalows, each in their own unique setting, fitted with highest quality camping amenities. Orenda develops customized itineraries based on each guests vacation preferences and provides a variety of activity options including hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, yoga/pilates, white-water rafting, and fun activities for kids such as arts & crafts and painting. In addition, guest will enjoy complimentary savory fireside meals daily, educational outdoor seminars and stargazing at night. ... more less