Nestled among high trees, rolling hills and along a pristine mountain brook, Orenda is a place where you can enjoy an Authentic Adirondack Camping Experience and nature at its most spectacular: the Adirondack Mountains, the mighty Hudson River of New York, 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. Adirondack camping is an experience like no other. Read through our FAQ’s to answer any questions you may have!
Canvas Cabins & Common Areas
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.
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.
Please do not bring any other bathing products that are not Eco-friendly.
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.
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
Weather changes without notice, this is all part of experiencing the back country. 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. 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.
We do not allow the pitching of personal tents other than used in an educational setting.
Food & Beverage
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.
We provide all food during your stay. We do not allow any outside food brought onto the retreat.
We do not sell or provide alcoholic beverages.
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.
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 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 a campfire classic, Smores!
Breakfast 7:30am - 9:30am
Lunch: Orders in by 9:30am for 10:30am pickup.
S'mores Bar arranged for evening desert.
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
We can customize your stay to create an amazing adventure. You are more than welcome to do as you please. We encourage individuality.
If you cannot swim, you will be required to wear a life preserver during all water activities.
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 bug spray are some of the items provided for your use during your stay.
Check In is at 1:00pm daily.
Check out is 11:00am daily.
Please inform our staff if you plan on arriving early.
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.
We require a minimum of a reservation of 12 full rate bookings. to block out the retreat.
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.
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.
Orenda does not permit any type of pets on the retreat for general bookings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Glamping lets you connect with and experience nature in an unforgettable way. Glamping provides an opportunity to relax and recharge when life becomes hectic. Instead of waking up and stepping out of the door of your house into the grind, you can wake up and step out of the door of your canvas cabin into your own private natural retreat. Fresh air and absolute leisure...what more could you ask for?
When we first created Orenda, the term "Glamping" did not exist in our world. With the amazing Media coverage we received and notoriety, we have become one of the leaders in the Glamping Industry ,where many new start ups are using our model. We don't refer to Orenda as a Glamping location.
Orenda is unique in our philosophy and mission as to how we operate. Our main purpose is to provide our guests with a safe and secure environment in a rugged back country setting. What seperate's Orenda from all other Glamping or similar outdoor business's is that we focus on the natural element of being outdoors. We are not just a hobby business looking to charge people way too much money to stay the night in a tent and not offer anything else. We just happen to have very high end accommodations in the woods and really know what were doing.