Roughing It, Ritz-Style

Four luxurious, rustic retreats.



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Secluded on the shores of a lake in upstate New York, hidden in the woods of Maine, nestled in a valley in small-town Vermont, and tucked away in rural Connecticut, these four sumptuous sanctuaries redefine the rustic retreat to encompass exfoliation, WiFi, and foie gras. Because, really, isn’t dining on four-star cuisine so much more delicious and sleeping on Frette-swaddled feather beds so much easier?

1. ROUGH IT LIKE A ROCKEFELLER
Sit back on the wide porch of this splendid historic lodge on Lake Placid and drink in the majestic water, sky, and mountain views.

Photo courtesy of Garrett Hotel Group

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid, New York

Nestled on the shores of mountain-framed Lake Placid, this splendidly refurbished century-old lodge harks back to the Great Camps era, when industrial millionaires vacationed at their private hunting and fishing retreats in the Adirondacks. And, in that grand camp tradition, this luxurious lodge places a premium on pampering.

Design: Following a devastating fire in 2005, the main lodge was rebuilt and refurbished before reopening last October. The lodge, 11 guest chambers, and 19 cabins exhibit all the classical elements of Adirondack design: rough-hewn exteriors; use of logs, tree trunks, and cedar branches; massive native fieldstone fireplaces; and expansive twig-framed porches. Cozy interiors are styled with rustic twig and birch-bark furniture and accessories handcrafted by local artisans and feature Hudson River School art and accents.

Do: Take a swim or kayak on the lake, hike or mountain-bike along the adjacent four-mile portion of the Jack Rabbit Trail, tee off on the neighboring 18-hole course. At day's end, board the Lodge’s Hacker craft boat for a sunset cruise, then sip brandy and sample s’mores around the evening bonfire.

Dine: Enjoy New American cuisine (entrées $18 to $30) featuring local game, fowl, and produce at Artisans, the intimate on-site restaurant. Or dine on a personalized tasting menu (price to be determined) in the romantic wine cellar.

Details: Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, NY (877) 523-2700

Cost: $350 to $1,550 per night; includes made-to-order breakfast and afternoon tea.

2. CHIC AND DECIDEDLY NOT SHABBY
Indulge your inner pampered camper in one of 14 stylish private cottages in the woods not far from a best-kept-secret Maine beach.

Hidden Pond
Kennebunkport, Maine

Located on the coast of Maine in the old-money enclave of Kennebunkport, this sophisticated year-old retreat isn’t right on the beach. And that’s part of its appeal. Tucked away amid 60 acres of balsam and birch groves, its off-the-beaten-track setting just adds to its carefree charm.

Design: The resort includes a clubhouse handsomely appointed with rustic furnishings crafted by local artisans and 14 distinctive private cottages. Each includes an old-fashioned screened-in porch with swinging daybed or hammock, a private alfresco shower, and lots of hi-tech toys.

Do: Walk or bike the mile down to pristine Goose Rocks Beach or, if you’d rather, take the complimentary “beach safari service.” Or hike a marked nature trail, have a massage in the spa tent, take a plunge in the pool, flex your green thumb in the organic garden, try watercolor painting with the resort’s artist-in-residence.

Dine: You can cook in your cottage’s kitchen or have a private chef do it for you.

Details: Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, ME (888) 967-9050

Cost: $395-$695 per night for one- and two-bedroom cottages, including a delivered continental breakfast and afternoon tea.