FAQ’s

Nestled among high trees, rolling hills and along a pristine mountain brook, Orenda is a place where you can enjoy an Authentic Adirondack Experience and nature at its most spectacular: the Adirondack Mountains, the mighty Hudson River, and the pristine waters of the lake region.

Take long hikes on winding paths and mountain trails, wade barefoot in cool streams, canoe on tranquil lakes or just gaze at the star filled night sky all while enjoying the sounds of the wild.

Canvas Cabins & Common Areas

Are there bathroom facilities?

The Bathhouse is centrally located on the retreat for easy access. There are two uni-sex bathrooms including heated seats, central washbasin, personal storage all within this charming Adirondack style building. Fresh hand towels and all natural, bio-degradable hand soap is provided.

Where do we bathe?

Being in the backcountry doesn't mean sacrificing the luxury of modern conveniences. At Orenda it means embracing the great outdoors. Bathe in our open air, heated shower house. Enjoy the sensation of bathing underneath the forest canopy, enjoying the sounds and smells of nature. All natural, bio-degradable body wash, shampoo and conditioner is provided by "Kiss My Face".

Please do not bring any other bathing products that are not Eco-friendly.

Are the Canvas Cabins heated?

All of our Canvas Cabins are equipped with wood burning inspired, electric heating stoves provided for your comfort.

All bedding is provided includes: Throw Blankets, Down Comforters, Fleece blankets and linens. Extra blankets are provided in each Canvas Cabin.

Is there electricity?

All of our Canvas Cabins are outfitted with interior lighting with convenience outlets for your use. There are many other outlets situated in all our structures

What happens in inclement weather?

Rain or Shine, its all part of the adventure at Orenda. Orenda's structures and Canvas Cabins are all weatherproof and spacious for everyone to be comfortable. A large rain canopy is erected around the base-camp fireplace for all to enjoy. There are many activities to enjoy on and off site during inclement weather. We also have found it becomes a nice time to connect with you friends and family.
Our staff will be more than willing to provide you options.

Can we pitch a tent in place of Canvas Cabins?

We do not allow the pitching of personal tents other than used in an educational setting.

Food & Beverage

Can you accommmodate any dietary/heatlh requirements.?

Yes. Our highly skilled, culinary staff creates wonderful varieties of foods to satisfy any dietary need. You will be asked to complete several questions at the time of making your reservation where you can select your dietary restriction.

Is outside food allowed?

We provide all food during your stay. We ask you to refrain from bringing food items as secure space is limited and improper storage can lead to unwanted visitors.

Are Alcoholic beverages for sale at Orenda?

We do not sell or provide alcoholic beverages.

Is Alcohol permitted?

We encourage BYOB during your stay and recommend that you bring enough for your entire stay prior to your arrival. We have a common area that has wine coolers and beverage refrigerators for chilling wine and beer. All glassware is provided as well as ice and coolers for your use.

What meals are inlcuded?

All meals are included during your stay. Lunch is not provided on arrival or departures days. We provide a hearty Adirondack breakfast spread, to a convenient lunch to go, providing you a choice of delicious sandwhiches or salads, with fresh fruit, variety of snacks as well as a stocked soft drink and tea bar. The evening begins with tastefully prepared back country cuisine, ending with delectable homemade deserts. Smores are available

What are time are meals served?

Breakfast 7:00 am - 10:00am

Lunch: Orders in by 9:30am for 10:30am pickup.

Crudite & Hors doeuvres: 5:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm
Desert service to follow.

Smores supplies available all times.

What if we decide to go have dinner in town, can we pro rate the cost?

You’re more than welcome to enjoy an evening in town if you desire. However the Rate for each client is non-negotiable

Outings & Excursions

Do we have to do the activities listed or can we choose our own?

We can customize your stay to create an amazing adventure. You are more than welcome to do as you please. We encourage individuality.

Is it required to know how to swim to participate in water activities?

If you cannot swim, you will be required to wear a life preserver during all water activities.

What equipment/gear do I need to bring? And what could you provide?

We provide you with a complete gear checklist prior to your arrival. If you do not have certain items we will try to accommodate you or recommend the right product to purchase. We offer hydration packs, water bottles, backpacks, towels for water activities and headlamps are some of the items provided for your use during your stay.

Common Inquiries

What time is Check In/Check out?

Check In is at 1:00pm daily.
Check out is 11:00am daily.

Please inform our staff if you plan on arriving early.

Is there cell phone service and/or WiFi?

There is limited cell phone service available at Orenda. WiFi is available. We encourage leaving the technology behind and getting back to nature during your stay. There is a land line for emergency use only.

What is the minimum to reserve the entire retreat.

We require a minimum of a reservation of 14 guests to block out the retreat. (Weekends Only)

We require a minimum of a reservation of 12 guests to block out the retreat. (Weekdays Only)

How far is the nearest town? ATM or Bank?

North Creek is the closest village, just a few minutes away with with many services; bank, medical, pharmacy, grocery store, shopping, and small boutique shops. It is important to plan ahead and purchase any items that are needed for your stay.

What happens in the case of an Emergency?

Our staff are knowledgable in basic CPR and First-Aid. North Creek, Warrensburg Urgent Care Centers or Glens Falls Hospital are the closet medical facilities respectivley. The local Paramedics and First Responders have an amazing response time and are very proficient handling all circumstances in the back-country. We provide an onsite land line telephone to reach our 24 hr on-call staff or 911 in any event.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Orenda does permit animals, however they must be well behaved and under control. We do not require dogs to be on leashes, however there is a leash law in the park. Pet owners are responsible for their pets and must clean up after them. Please ask our staff for waste receptacle locations.

We do require a $45.00 one time fee per animal.

Is there wildlife on Orenda?

Orenda is located in the Adirondack back-country, where there is an abundance of wildlife. We take every precaution to prevent any encounters that are not wanted. This is their home that we are sharing; as long as we respect our surroundings and their habitat, encounters are very unlikely.

Are there black flies?

Black flies and insects naturally live in the area. Orenda is in an open wooded setting and depending on the season, you will see a bug or two. That being said, Orenda sits in a fantastic location that naturally discourages flies. Because we sit at the foot of Mill Creek and inside a valley, there is a slight breeze that dries the area and makes it undesirable for bugs. This is all due to the natural layout and region in general. Wood smoke from the cook fires and the main fire pit further deter black flies and other insects in the area.

Are there ticks?

We at Orenda, have NOT seen any ticks in the area. However, we are following the ongoing studies closely and the Southern Adirondacks have been determined to be the northern edge of their habitat. This means our guests have to be aware of the existence of these insects and do a quick check of themselves after hiking. Precautions can be taken and the Orenda staff are very knowledgeable on the subject.

Are there bears?

The Adirondacks are home to the Black Bear. While bear have been spotted in the area, none visit the retreat. Orenda’s cooking and cleaning staff follow a strict cleanliness policy and control where food is stored. Further, these timid creatures tend to avoid humans and Orenda due to our noise and the fires / lights throughout the retreat.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Cancellation Policy
- Reservations cancelled 30 days before arrival date will be refunded 90% of total fee, 10% applied for a service fee.
- Reservations cancelled after 30 days to arrival date will forfeit 100% of total fee.
- There is a 5% fee for changing your reservation date.
- There is a 3% fee for reservations cancelled 48 hrs after original booking date.
- All offsite activities are pre-arranged prior to your arrival. Any activities that are cancelled 7 days prior to your arrival date or during your stay, will result in 100% forfeiture of total fee if Camp Orenda Ltd cannot obtain a refund from our outfitters.