Cabin rental nearish NYC?
August 4, 2010 11:34 AM   Subscribe

My birthday's coming up, and I'm looking to rent a cabin in the woods with some friends for a weekend. I'm looking for a good balance of price, proximity to NYC (ideally within 2 hours, any direction, the less the better) and woodsy-ness. Recommendations for either a specific place/rental company/rental website would be super appreciated.

Even regions to look in would be helpful, since I'm not super familiar with the woodsy areas around here. All of my upstate NY knowledge is centered around Lake George and Keene, and that's a little far north.
posted by frankdrebin to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (8 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Use
pretty decent site to find cabins/chalets/cottages.

Check reviews on before booking.
posted by KogeLiz at 12:06 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: I have spent some very nice weekends in the catskills in cabins I have found on Craigslist. Some of the places are closer to 3 hours than 2, but it's totally worth the drive. While you're up there, don't forget to visit Kaaterskill!
posted by orville sash at 12:33 PM on August 4, 2010

Response by poster: I didn't even think of craigslist and tripadvisor. Good leads off both so far!

(Do you have anything by Doogan Nash?)
posted by frankdrebin at 12:41 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: You want Hudson Valley or Catskills/Woodstock area. Beacon, Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Phoenicia are all 'main' areas around which to search. Hunter Mountain is also a category under which properties are advertised, even in the summer. (Vacation Rentals By Owner) is also helpful. Lots of the CL listings will just refer you to their VBRO listing. The problem is that there isn't just one place for individuals wanting to rent out their cabins, and there isn't a "cabin rental chain" type of thing.

You didn't give a price range, which is all over the place, but here are some bookmarks at the more economical end of things:
Rockcut Ledge cottages
Phoenicia Village
Brigham Place - friends have stayed there multiple times and very much enjoyed it.

I would be wary of tripadvisor reviews. One, they won't exist for a lot of places, two, I have come to the conclusion that big whiners post to Tripadvisor. (I will never forget winning a hotel on Priceline which warned of the GIANT BLINKING LIGHTS in the guest rooms, prohibiting sleep, which turned out to be tiny warning lights on the smoke detector.)
posted by micawber at 1:02 PM on August 4, 2010

My friends and I had a really good time at the Camp Taylor Campground last fall. It's about an hour and a half away, in Columbia, NJ.

I've been to some more majestic, forrest-primeval-feeling campgrounds upstate, but they were all more expensive, and well over two hours away.
posted by patnasty at 1:28 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: Can't recommend this place highly enough. I don't know if it will work for all your needs, but it's about an hour and a half from NYC, it's beautiful, and everyone there was so kind. Good hiking in the area. I am absolutely dying to go back: Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 1:51 PM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

Came in to rec Malouf's.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:30 PM on August 4, 2010

Response by poster: This is great, thanks so much, folks. Malouf's isn't what I'm looking for this time, but it looks fantastic, I'll definitely check it out.
posted by frankdrebin at 5:34 AM on August 5, 2010

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