Hidden away in Wyoming's Rocky Mountains, not far from Yellowstone…
Starting at $500 per person per night
Timberlock, Timberlake Road, Town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County, New York, United States
Starting at $250 per person per night
Timberlock is a rustic resort that enables its guests to connect to the magnificent lakeside setting and focus on time with family and friends without the distractions of today’s fast paced life. It is one of the oldest summer family resorts in the Adirondacks, surrounded in all directions by miles of New York State forest preserve. Timberlock is not a luxury resort. They still heat the cabins with wood stoves, get light from gas lamps and still walk the same 100-year old paths.
Unique Features: NO ELECTRICITY! It’s true. None of the guest cabins have electricity and, although it may sound impossible, it is often said to be the strongest plus. Propane lights give a warm cheery light suitable for reading. Propane also fires the hot water heater. A wood stove takes the chill out of cooler mountain nights. There is so much to do that no one complains about the absence of TVs.
Accommodations: The cabins are nestled along a half-mile stretch of Indian Lake’s pristine shoreline. Cabins are basic, but comfortable. All have a lake view and plenty of distance between for privacy. Large cabins can accommodate up to eight. Small cabins are suitable for two or three. Both have separate bedrooms, full bath with either tub-shower or stall shower, sitting room, open deck or screen porch, and excellent beds.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the cabins with baths. The cabins without baths are located only steps away from the water’s edge. Occupants share “trail johns” which are nearby and complete with toilet, sink and hot shower. These cabins have two twin beds and small covered porches.
Dining: They serve three delicious meals a day in the historic open-air covered dining porch with sweeping views of the lake. If the weather turns inclement, they can drop the clear curtains and turn on ceiling mounted space heaters if necessary. Meals are hearty, plentiful, varied and healthy and include traditional meat dishes, vegetarian options, and plenty of fresh salads, fruits and vegetables and of course dessert. Whenever possible, they include fresh ingredients grown in the on-site gardens.
Activities: There are many things to do at Timberlock, but some people don’t do much of anything. They sleep and read, cool off in the lake and enjoy the home cooked meals. Others take it on the run, sampling a little of everything. But Timberlock doesn’t care what you do. Everything there is on a take-it or leave-it basis, there are no pre-planned programs other than meal hours. Do what you want when you want. A large sandy beach at center camp features a dock with swing rope, float, huge 25 foot water trampoline that is a favorite with all, and a big sand pile with toys.
Spa & Fitness: There is no on-site spa or fitness center, but with all of the amazing outdoor activities and fresh air though, you won’t need them. A popular new addition to the waterfront, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boards, offer a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the water.
Location: Indian Lake is a town in Hamilton County, New York. The population was 1,352 at the 2010 census. The name is from a lake of the same name that is largely inside the town. There are no permanent stop lights in the town. Indian Lake terms itself the “Moose capital of the Northeast.” Their welcoming sign on Route 28 even features a moose, and several other examples of this claim can be found throughout the town itself.
Closest Airport: The nearest airport to Indian Lake is Saranac Lake (SLK) Airport which is 41.7 miles away. Other nearby airports include Burlington (BTV) (73.3 miles), Albany (ALB) (75.8 miles), Lebanon (LEB) (99.2 miles) and Syracuse (SYR) (103.8 miles).
Children’s Programs: No. Although they welcome your children, they do not have any supervised children’s programs. They do have a teen program. Voyageurs is a teen adventure program for ages 12 to 16. They offer two week sessions, small groups of eight campers, two leaders, an excellent facility, great food and a fun filled program. When in camp the Voyageurs live in a lakeside cabin with one of their co-leaders. The program includes a variety of in-camp activities plus an extended hiking or canoeing trip.
Pet Friendly: No. Pets are not allowed at this property.
Weddings: No. They do not normally host weddings but they may by special request.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: They have a fleet of easy to sail Hobi sailboats, along with a Sunfish and a Precision Day Sailer. They have plenty of Old Town Royalex canoes which carry 2 adults and 2 children. Early morning paddles, picnic excursions and day trips to other lakes and rivers are popular. Easier to handle in the wind and great for kids, they have a number of single and double modern recreational kayaks.