Lakeside Cabin Adventures in New Hampshire

Last August, my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces invited us to stay with them at Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg, New Hampshire for the weekend. The cabin was located at the very tip of New Hampshire, basically in the middle of nowhere. We were bordering Canada, even! It was a six hour drive from where we live in Connecticut, but since it was my brother-in-law’s family tradition, we were more than happy to become a part of the yearly trek into the northern woods.

Where to Stay: Our Lakeside Cabin

Our Cabin at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

Tall Timber has multiple lakeside and woodside cabins, as well as eight lodge rooms. The six of us decided to stay in Maple Cabin right on the lake. Maple was one of the larger cabins. It was two stories high, whereas the surrounding cabins had only one ground level. In total, Maple Cabin had 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, including a jacuzzi, yaaaas! This cabin would have been perfect for a family of eight—if only my parents could have made the trip! We ended up having way more than enough space with two twin beds and a full bed left untouched.

Travel Tip: Plan far in advance during peak season (June – August) because their cabins get booked quickly!

Tall Timber Lodge, NHOur Cabin at Tall Timber Lodge, NHBedroom in Tall Timber Lodge, Pittsburg, New Hampshire

Where to Eat

There are not many food options in the middle of nowhere. Who would have guessed? Our particular cabin had a fully equipped kitchen, however not every cabin had that luxury. Since my sister struggled with finding a nearby grocery store, the best place to eat was at Tall Timber Lodge’s Rainbow Grille & Tavern, which is located at the main lodge. We had breakfast and dinner there, and loved it!

Travel Tip: Locals like to eat at the Rainbow Grille & Tavern as well, so you must make reservations ahead of time to guarantee yourself a table!


Things to Do at Tall Timber Lodge

We were able to fill in our weekend with tons of relaxing, outdoor activities. We swam, canoed around the lake, played with some ducklings, went on a fun boat ride, tried biking (I was too short for the ones they had), dined at the Rainbow Grille & Tavern, and enjoyed the sunset. Each night, I worked on finishing my 1000-piece puzzle with my sister—that was our family tradition.

Waking up in a Cloud

Back Lake at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

We arrived on Friday night, so we couldn’t see much of the lake before going to bed. However, we woke up the next day to a heavy blanket of fog pressed up against our windows! Actually, I woke up to the fog. Dan slept through the whole thing. I’m still bitter about it to this day, but I was happy to share this surreal moment with my sister and niece, Madison. After taking my pictures, I went back to sleep and dreamt that I was in the middle of the lake in the fog, floating around like Peter Pan and Wendy! Wouldn’t that be amazing to do in real life?

Playing with some Brave Ducklings!

Friendly ducks at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

There was a family of cute ducklings that walked around the campsite greeting people. These ducklings were so bold and fun! They literally nipped at my toes with curiosity. It didn’t hurt—I have a parakeet that does worse—but it was a surprise. Madison loved them, but whenever she turned around, they’d try to nibble at her diaper. Those funny ducklings!

Canoeing Around the Lake

Canoeing at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

Canoeing at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

My very first canoeing experience was at Tall Timber Lodge. Dan says I did pretty well, but we both know that he did most of the paddling. You can help yourself to any canoe on the property at no additional cost. That means free, people! Tall Timber supplies you with life jackets and oars, too. The water at the lake was always very calm.

Cruising on the Back Lake

Boating in Back Lake at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

If you’re looking for something with more speed than a canoe, Tall Timber Lodge offers small motor boat rentals. We rented one for a day (although this was not free) and cruised around the lake. It was Madison’s first time in a boat and she seemed to have a great time in her water wings! The weather was absolutely perfect.

My Brother-in-law and Niece

A Beautiful Sunset Over the Lake

Sunset at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

On the last night, the family of ducklings came back to watch the sun set over the water with us. This moment couldn’t get any more picturesque.

Sunset at Tall Timber Lodge, NHSunset at Tall Timber Lodge, NH

When we first agreed to vacation with my sister and brother-in-law, we were worried that New Hampshire would be boring and simply not worth the six hour drive, but we were so happy to be proven wrong! It was nice to put our electronics away and just enjoy nature. We hope this post inspires you to plan trips like this, where you get off the grid and focus on spending time outside with family!

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    • September 6, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      New England is quite beautiful during the summer and fall. I hope you get to visit someday! 🙂

  1. August 22, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Uhm… I’m about to head over to you so you can take me to these fancy & pretty lakeside cabins (and to Block Island of course!). That was so nice of your sister and brother-in-law to invite you guys to their family tradition.

    It’s a bummer that your cabin’s kitchen didn’t come fully equipped, but you did get to eat like the locals do so that’s always a good experience!

    Canoeing looks like so much fun! I’ve only ever dealt with kayaking but that tires me so easily so I’m sure canoeing would probably be the same experience for me xD Glad you had tons of fun, Kim! Also, you niece is so frigging adorable. Like I said before – halfsies for the win :p

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      You should definitely visit me on the east coast sometime, Eena! I can show you around all my favorite spots. It may take a few hours by car but well worth it! Canoeing was tiring too, haha. I can’t tell you which one is worse/better though.

  2. August 22, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Wow, it sounds like you had an absolutely magical weekend in New Hampshire! What a gorgeous surroundings, and your cabin looks so beautiful! Those ducklings are so cute, I love them! Also, canoeing is so much fun I love it! Ha! Great post Kim, I’m happy you and Dan have had such a great time!

    I hope you have a lovely Tuesday,

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Michael! The ducklings were such a delightful surprise!

  3. August 22, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I’m obsessed with your pics they are SO GOOD. I really love the ducks!!

    I also love the stuffed moose in the bed! I haven’t been to NH yet but definitely want to get up there especially after reading this post!


    • September 6, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      This cabin vacation is totally your style, Rachel. You should plan a trip like this sometime (and invite me)! The stuffed moose is actually my nieces, hehe, lucky her!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      For sure. I wish I was back on vacation now. Thanks for reading, Camila!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      This was probably the most relaxing trip that Dan and I have ever taken (besides Florida!)

  4. Amy
    August 22, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This looks dreamy! I’d love to visit New Hampshire.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Since it’s in the corner of the U.S., I feel like most people forget New Hampshire, but it’s a great state for people who love nature!

  5. August 22, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    The lake looks so serene and wonderful, that boat ride must’ve been awesome! Those ducklings are also so cute!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Joyce! It was my niece’s first time on the boat, and she seemed to have a good time too! Those ducklings made me soo happy!

  6. August 22, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    This looks so peaceful. What a great way to relax and enjoy with family. I really love being surround my nature and your pictures of the lake is stunning. Definitely worth the six hour drive. I don’t even remember my last “family” vacation because its been that long. But if I were to plan one, this would definitely be it. Thank you for sharing Kim. Enjoy your week.


    • September 6, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your comment, Nikki. It is never too late to plan your next family vacation!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      It was a great vacation!

  7. August 22, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    OMG! It looks so beautiful! I love lake views. They look peaceful and fun.

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Everything about this place was beautiful! The woods, the lake, the cabin, the wildlife. If only we saw a moose! Apparently, there are a ton of moose in the area.

  8. August 22, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    That cabin is gorgeous and looks really cozy. I have never been to a cabin and I would definitely stay there. Being around nature like that looks so relaxing and peaceful!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      We had stayed in tiny cabins before, but nothing this extravagant (for cabin living). It was incredibly cozy and fun so I hope you get to plan something like this in the near future!

  9. August 22, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    My last family vacation was a 10 day trip through Cambridge, London, and Paris! // Ahh a cabin by the lake! The last time I stayed at a cabin by the lake was two summers ago! I was there for a week with a program and it was so wonderful and peaceful but also so full of life! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      AUDREY! You have such nice family vacations! My family has never been to Europe. Since my parents are older, I think we will stick to domestic trips, haha. You described cabin life so perfectly, “peaceful and full of life.”

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Cindy Elena! We definitely had a ton of activities to fill up our time during the long weekend! And agreed, this would be perfect for Labor Day weekend.

  10. Keri Elaine
    August 22, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I see why your brother-in-law likes to go every year! I’m staring at your beautiful photos pretending I am there Hahaha. This place is beautiful and is that little cutie your niece?
    Keri Elaine

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      If only I could bring everyone I know to this place, hehe. Yes! I have two nieces (1.5 and 2.5 years old).

  11. August 22, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    This is such a chilled out place to relax and unwind with your loved ones. It radiates a traditional, vintage and calm kind of thing which is somehow mindblowing and peaceful to me. Looks like you really enjoyed your time together 🙂

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you for your beautiful comment, Milly! This place was so peaceful yet full of life!

  12. August 22, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    This cabin looks beautiful and I love your list of things to do too! My last family holiday was in Spain – it was so much fun to explore a different part of the world with my family. Love your photos!

    Heather xx

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks Heather! There must have been so many things to do and see in Spain! Seems like a great family vacation spot.

  13. August 22, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    This looks like such a fun getaway! Best way to relax in the summer time. Super cute cottage too.
    Hope you’re enjoying the last few moments of summer!


    • September 6, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Same to you! And this place was certainly a great way to spend the end of summer.

  14. August 22, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    gorgeous photography! the close of up the ducks makes me smile, I can only imagine experiencing it in person. what a beautiful weekend, looks so relaxing and fun at the same time!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Lauren! The duck photo was taken with an iPhone, so you can imagine how close the ducks were in real life!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Definitely a must-do for your travel bucket list!

  15. August 23, 2017 / 7:11 am

    This is the most beautiful place! How cool is that to have a lodge by the lake, the perfect place to calm down and relax. Have a great week

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  16. August 23, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I would love to spend a weekend in New Hampshire! That cabin seems so cozy and lovely, Kim! 😉

  17. Gabrielle
    August 23, 2017 / 10:20 am

    An annual trek into the woods with family sounds like such a lovely occasion! The accompanying photo to ‘Waking up in a Cloud’ is breathtakingly beautiful, wow!!

  18. August 23, 2017 / 11:33 am

    OhmyGosh! This place looks magical. I love how it’s surrounded by natural beauty and the interiors look so warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

  19. August 23, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    OMG your photos are fabulous, Kim!!! What a dream place!!!! So relaxing and peaceful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len

  20. August 23, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    That cabin looks so cute & cozy. I haven’t gone canoeing yet but I’m sure I’d love it as I love kayaking. Looks like a lovely, mellow vacation.

    Kara Aragon

  21. August 23, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    What a cute and cozy cabin! I’ve never been to New Hampshire before, so it was nice to see a bit of it in this post. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  22. Adi
    August 23, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Looks like so much fun!! The photos are beautiful!
    Adi xx

  23. August 23, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    This place looks like a total dream!! I want to visit!!
    your photography is gorgeous, amazing
    Grey Canvas

  24. August 24, 2017 / 12:56 am

    This really does look like a magical place. Lakeside Cabins are my kind of holiday – Unfortunately there aren’t too many here in Australia though!
    My next family Vacay is to Vanuatu in a weeks time XX

  25. August 24, 2017 / 2:22 am

    This looks like a really relaxing getaway to escape from everything. I like the idea of waking up in a cloud! & playing with ducks is always fun.

    TFM Life & Style blog

  26. August 24, 2017 / 5:09 am

    Always wanted to stay in a lakeside cabin – this looks like such a nice stay! The early morning photo of the lake and the fog is just amazing! Have a lovely weekend!

    Miriam xx

  27. August 24, 2017 / 11:53 am

    This looks like the perfect outdoors trip! That cabin looks so cozy and the location is beautiful. I love any trip that involves lots of outdoor activities. And the photo of the ducks is amazing! I always love your travel posts x

    Kara x |

  28. August 24, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful spot for a vacation out in nature. The rooms are so nice and spacious! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of your family and love those ducks!
    xo Yvonne

  29. August 24, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I guess you had a wonderful time, weekends in a quiet and natural place with family is always a good idea! The photos are beautiful!

  30. August 24, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    This looks like a dream! We love the cozy cabin feel SO much. We usually hit up a cabin in the mountains during winter so we can get more snowboarding in, but I’ve been dying to so a summer cabin trip somewhere!

  31. August 25, 2017 / 3:34 am

    Another perfect destination and pictures from there !
    Just perfect !

  32. August 25, 2017 / 9:59 am

    You are all so beautiful and nice (and the ducks too!)! This place is so beautiful, so unreal… I’d love to be in a place and a house like that 🙂

  33. August 25, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    What a lovely place, perfect to relax and unwind. Looks like you guys are really having a good time. Wouldnt mind spending a weekend in that cabin with my loved ones as well.

    Jessica |

  34. August 26, 2017 / 1:19 am

    The lodge looks so cozy and I definitely feel like staying in a lodge in nature is a good way to disconnect from technology. I love unplugging! It’s so good for the mind and soul.


  35. August 26, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    This looks such a pretty place to relax and the ducks look too cute x

    Pink Frenzy

  36. August 26, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I want to go canoeing and play with ducklings! Your photos are gorgeous, as always 🙂


    • September 6, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Julia! I hope you can make a visit someday. It’s very woodsy in New Hampshire.

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      There was so much to do at the lakeside cabin, it’s hard not to have fun!

  37. August 26, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    This totally reminds me of the trips I would take to Deer Creek Maryland. We’d stay in a house like this and have so much fun cooking up a storm and exploring the area. Sounds like a fun weekend!

    xx Yasmin

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      Ooh I would probably love Deer Creek. Definitely googling that place now!

  38. August 27, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Wow, you guys were so close to Canada! Sounds like the long drive was worth it because the cabin looks so beautiful! Even more that you get to have a view of the lake ;). Everything looks so home-friendly. I always enjoy living like a local and preparing my own food when I’m traveling.

    Those ducks are so cute! You and Dan are super adorbs out on the canoe. Glad all of you had fun!

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks for reading, Nancy! And I know right?! We probably could have walked to Canada where we were (not really, but maybe!) And for some reason, I always prefer a home-cooked meal over eating out too.

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you! Most were taken with my DSLR and a few with my iPhone.

  39. August 27, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    This is my type of vacation! I just love cabins (especially if they’re on a lake), and I love canoeing as well. My dad and I used to go canoeing all the time when I was a kid. It’s so relaxing! That photo of the ducks is super cute too!

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      I love that you and your dad would canoe together! That is something I would like to try with my dad. And I didn’t think this would be my type of vacation until I went! New Hampshire was perfect.

  40. August 27, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    This looks like the perfect nature retreat! The hubby and I have yet to spend some time in nature this summer, isn’t that sad? I hope to get in at least a hike before it’s over.

    Rina Samantha

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Hope you get a chance to get out there before it gets too cold! 🙂

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Totally agree. Being surrounded by nature always calms me down!

  41. August 29, 2017 / 7:30 am

    This looks like such a fun family vacation, Kim. And your niece is just too adorable!

    • September 6, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks for reading, Teesh! I never really cared for babies until I had my nieces to look over!

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