White Lake, New York
The Chatwal Lodge
What it is
A new lakefront compound of 11 spacious suites, with a locavore restaurant helmed by a Napa expat and a throwback rec center (cue shuffleboard).
What it isn't
Limited. Experiences for guests range from canoeing and croquet in summer, snowshoeing and ice skating in the powdery months of winter.
What we think
Railroad baron Chester W. Chapin scooped up 18,000 acres here as his own private game reserve back in 1891. Now, this parcel—complete with a soaring beam lodge inspired by the Adirondack great camps set right on the water—will feel like your own private getaway, no railroad baron-ing needed. Every room is ginormous and tricked out as if for a Ralph Lauren country photo shoot, with truly sumptuous amenities that include loaner iPads, Bose stereos, Saatva organic mattresses, a clawfoot tub and Toto bidet, and Malin & Goetz toiletries. We particularly love the 825 square foot Eagle Watch room for its fireplace and lake views; the 1,172-square foot Top Ridge has a charming log canopy bed that feels like it was crafted for a fairytale.
You're here because
You’ve meant to take fly fishing classes for years, and here they have guides on staff. Translation? Your “A River Runs Through It” moment is just hours away.
The lodge’s Chef, Jesse Kloskey, honed his knives in Michelin-starred restaurants of Napa…and it shows. Tonight, ensconced in your plaid and twig chair, you’re so obsessed with your dry aged local venison loin with dried cherry and rye crackers you’re going to order seconds.
Restaurants & Bars
Rustic Grill - The Chatwal Lodge’s main restaurant helmed by Chef Jesse Kloskey and featuring refined rustic American cuisine.
Timber Lobby Lounge - Available to guests seven days a week, the curated menu features farm-fresh offerings, as well as pastries and breads from local bakeries served under a soaring wood-beamed ceiling.
Just over two hours drive from lower Manhattan, just up the road from Lake Superior State Park (where you can roam 1409 acres home to bear, turkey and white-tail deer).