Timberlock in the Adirondacks

Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 08:15 AM
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Timberlock in the Adirondacks

My family and I are thinking about going to Timberlock this summer. It seems very expensive (over $4,000 for a week for a family of 4--including 2 young children.) Does anyone know anything about this place? Is it worth the price?
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Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 09:38 AM
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There are lots and lots of places to stay in the Adirondacks, including the Indian Lake area. With 2 small kids you can rent a small house/cabin/cottage for far, far less and still enjoy the area.

Indian Lake is a pretty area, but not worth spending $4000 for a week.
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Old Jan 11th, 2010, 11:17 AM
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Here is my suggestion - If you can be VERY flexible with the week, call Morningside Camps and see if they have any cancellations. Try calling in early to mid-February, as deposits are due about then from returning visitors (who have priority). If you keep calling them you just might get in -- and believe me, you will be thrilled and so will your kids.

The lake is very small, but it has no motor boats which means kids can go out in row boats, kayaks, canoes, flotation devices, whatever... There are usually other kids there to hang out with and the adults are friendly too. The cabins are nice - not fancy (except the new one) - but nice.

There is good hiking in the area and larger lakes too.

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We (two families with boys) did stay at Timberlock a few years ago. We had stayed at Purity Spring Resort (less expensive) in NH for some years prior, and went back to Purity Springs after this. So I can give you some comparison points for those two, anyway.

Timberlocks offered some activities that you couldn't get at Purity Springs: archery, horse-riding, sunfish-sized sailboats and a bigger lake, and a really cool woodworking shop where you can make cool stuff. However most of these have an age limit for safety reasons, and our kids were too young to use them.

Timberlocks didn't have much for little kids. There is a ''playroom'' that is mostly empty and dusty with a few toys. PH has a supervised playhouse and playground and quiet little paddly beach areas.

Timberlocks is more expensive than the amenities warrent, imho. The cabins are quite rustic, with dim gas lighting and mice scurrying around in the attic. The food is plain too: Think lunchmeat sandwiches and iceberg salad on an outdoor porch (picnic style). PS has a dining room with waitress service, and menu choices, and even a lobster dinner one night.

Your family might enjoy Timberlocks more if the kids are at least 14 (or so), and if you like the more rustic vibe. But I didn't enjoy paying more for less.
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I've been going to Timberlock on and off for 42 years. It's not for everyone, but I do have to add that I love that place. I do not want more. I love that the cabins have no power, that the accommodations are rustic. I loved it as a kid, and now I love it as an adult. There just is no more relaxing mountain vacation. It's got a great vibe, and is a great homebase from which to explore that area of the park.

The camp itself is located on a remote part of the lake that is not overbuilt by any stretch of the imagination.
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