As I am sure you can see by now, we are huge fans of Huttopia. We have visited their location in the White Mountains as well as Southern Maine. When we heard that they opened a new location in the Adirondacks, we had to check it out. It took us just over three hours to reach the Lake George area from Central Mass. Huttopia Adirondacks is tucked up in the mountains and feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
One of the things that Huttopia is great at is choosing locations that feel peaceful and serene yet are only a short drive into town. We appreciate the quite but like to know that we can easily go into town if we want to do an activity.
We drove up the long winding gravel road to the reception area which acts as a base camp while we are there. This beautiful glass walled building is so cozy and welcoming. There is a pot belly stove beside a couch with blankets waiting to be wrapped around you. The cafe is ready to hand you a hot cup of coffee. When you step out to the back deck, you look out over the pool with a beautiful mountain backdrop.
My kids ran straight for the playground to burn off some energy while I checked us in. Finn the pup got to join us on this trip because Huttopia is very dog friendly. We purchased a few bundles of firewood and headed up the trail to our site. There are no cars allowed through the campsite which also lends to the peacefulness. Trolleys are available to help you get your things to camp.
I chose campground number 121 and it was the perfect combination of having privacy while also only being a short walk from the reception area. There is a river that goes through camp, but it is down a steep hill so we couldn’t really see it.
There are basically two choices in tent types when you book: a trappeur which has a bathroom or a canadienne which is the same thing but with no bathroom. If you book a canadienne, there are very clean communal bathrooms and also dish washing stations. Personally, I would pay the extra for the bathroom. It just makes life easier with little kids who have to wee in the middle of the night.
There are also two size tents. Duo means that the tent sleeps two people. The regular tents sleep up to five. They are the perfect size for our family. The first bedroom has a double bed that James and I sleep in. Then there is a bathroom with a toilet and hot shower. On the other side of the bathroom there is a second bedroom with bunk beds. The bottom bunk is full size while the top is a twin sized. All three of my kids slept in the bottom bunk together just for warmth.
In the main part of the tent there is a fully-equipped kitchen with a sink, minifridge, dishes and utensils. There is a fold out table that can be put away if you prefer the open space. Two chairs sit in front of the pot belly stove for lounging.
This location had the coziest beds and bedding. Sometimes camp beds have a plastic-y feel but these beds felt like home. We were also provided with an extra warm blanket for the cold nights. James fed the pot belly stove one time during the night. I slept in my Smart Wool long johns as pajamas and was actually hot.
This is the first time we have glamped in the fall and it was chilly. In fact, we were there on the last weekend before Huttopia closed for the season. While it was cold, we had great sunny weather. I actually love being outside this time of year. There is nothing like taking a fall hike. The weather is more comfortable and the foliage is unbelievable. As long as you are prepared, you will be comfortable. Huttopia Adirondacks is the only location we have been to with a pot belly stove inside of the tents. It kept us warm and toasty. I loved the ambiance of having a fire while the kids appreciated the indoor s’mores.
The deck area at this campsite was great for outdoor living. We had a full outdoor furniture set so that we could sit on the couch while the kids played games at the table. We fenced off the area so the dog could go in and out on his own. I would also recommend bringing a tie out if you have a dog. That really came in handy.
There is also an outdoor fire pit that you can cook on. I know people who can cook amazing camp meals, but I am a glamper at heart. While I love the outdoors, I can’t deal with the full hassle of camping. I don’t want to set up a tent or pack an entire trailer filled with supplies. I like that everything is ready and waiting for us when we arrive. The other great part of Huttopia Adirondacks is that they serve excellent food, so I don’t have to meal plan at all.
The first night, we were so tired from traveling, we just wanted to hang out at the base camp. I had a nice glass of red wine while playing battleship with my son. Lizzie lounged on the couch in from of the fire and worked on a puzzle. James and Harry played one of the many games provided. We ordered a couple of pizzas and listened to the live music.
Huttopia Adirondacks had several fun activities going on for the kids. They made candles the first night and that was a big hit. The next day, they did the scavenger hunt which led them all over the campground looking for QR codes that would lead them to another clue. There was a prize at the end. They even had a magician the second night.
We also got to explore Lake George. Our favorite activities were going on a cruise with The Lake George Steamboat Company, visiting Fort William Henry and driving up Prospect Mountain. If you are visiting during the summer, I would check out Million Dollar Beach as well as one of the many mini golf places that line the road.
Our favorite place to eat was the Boathouse Restaurant. We watched the most beautiful sunset over the lake and the food was amazing.
Dog Friendly Lake George
If you have your dog with you, there was an excellent dog park just down the street. It is called Lake George Dog Park and while it feels like you are lost when you turn down the road, just continue around the corner and there are some beautiful views. There is a huge fenced in area with tunnels for them to run through and a bucket of balls to play with. There is also a fenced in area for smaller dogs.
Dogs are also allowed at the Lake George Dog Beach which is right next to Million Dollar Beach. This area is not fenced in.
On our last morning, we were savoring our crepes and set a family dare. There is a heated pool at Huttopia, but the heater shuts itself off if it goes below 40 degrees. It was 37 degrees the night we were there. So in typical New Englander fashion, we walked down to the pool in a bathing suit, winter jacket and boots. We all jumped in for our polar plunge and then made a run for it. Another perk of having a hot shower in our tent.
My kids normally love riding their bikes around the campsite, but we couldn’t really do that here. The pathways had wood chips and it was very hilly. So if you are considering bringing kids bikes, I would leave them at home.
I really loved our time at Huttopia Adirondacks and am grateful we could experience it during the peak of fall foliage. The Lake George area has plenty going on for kids to enjoy. Be sure to read our guide on the Best Activities in Lake George.
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