14 Great Vacation Properties Near Lakes and Rivers Across The U.S.

by Rachel Friedman

14 Great Vacation Properties Near Lakes and Rivers Across The U.S.

by Rachel Friedman

For most travelers, crystal-clear blue waters and white-sand beaches are top of mind when thinking of their next vacation. When dreaming of future getaways, search for waterside properties near meandering rivers and sparkling lakes; it’s not only the ideal backdrop, but full of recreational activities and natural beauty. The best part: It's your very own private space. Here are 14 cabins, airBnBs, vacation homes, and even hotels that are all near lakes and rivers across America.

For most travelers, crystal-clear blue waters and white-sand beaches are top of mind when thinking of their next vacation. When dreaming of future getaways, search for waterside properties near meandering rivers and sparkling lakes; it’s not only the ideal backdrop, but full of recreational activities and natural beauty. The best part: It's your very own private space. Here are 14 cabins, airBnBs, vacation homes, and even hotels that are all near lakes and rivers across America.

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The Landing Resort & Spa / Courtesy of the property
The Sagamore Resort
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The Sagamore Resort - Bolton Landing, New York

Just a four-hour drive from New York City, the historic Sagamore Resort, located directly on the shores of Lake George, offers city dwellers a peaceful, lakeside retreat. With 390 different rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, and plentiful on-lake activities, The Sagamore Resort offers an experience fit for the whole group. 

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Just a four-hour drive from New York City, the historic Sagamore Resort, located directly on the shores of Lake George, offers city dwellers a peaceful, lakeside retreat. With 390 different rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, and plentiful on-lake activities, The Sagamore Resort offers an experience fit for the whole group. 

Lakefront Cottage
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Lakefront Cottage - Chelan, Washington

This waterfront cottage, located on Lake Chelan’s south shore, offers travelers a private dock, boat, and jet ski lift. Sleeping up to eight people, this retreat is ideal for a family or small group craving a relaxing getaway with a beautiful backdrop of natural beauty.

This waterfront cottage, located on Lake Chelan’s south shore, offers travelers a private dock, boat, and jet ski lift. Sleeping up to eight people, this retreat is ideal for a family or small group craving a relaxing getaway with a beautiful backdrop of natural beauty.

The Galt House Hotel
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The Galt House Hotel - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville’s only waterfront hotel, The Galt House Hotel boasts unparalleled views of the Ohio River. Sitting on the river bank, the hotel dates back to the 1800s and is in walking distance to some of the city’s most famous attractions, including the KFC Yum Center, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory. Be sure to visit Swizzle Dinner & Drinks, the hotel’s retro-style revolving supper club, offering enticing culinary options and panoramic views of the Ohio River. 

Louisville’s only waterfront hotel, The Galt House Hotel boasts unparalleled views of the Ohio River. Sitting on the river bank, the hotel dates back to the 1800’s and is in walking distance to some of the city’s most famous attractions, including the KFC Yum Center, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory. Be sure to visit Swizzle Dinner & Drinks, the hotel’s retro-style revolving supper club, offering enticing culinary options and panoramic views of the Ohio River. 

Grand View Lodge
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Grand View Lodge - Nisswa, Minnesota

Situated on Gull Lake, Grand View Lodge has been offering guests the ultimate outdoor retreat since 1916. Pontoon cruises, banana tubing, paddle boarding, fishing, and other lake activities are just some of the water pastimes that await travelers. The resort also offers beer and wine tastings, a waterfront pool, live music, and more.

Situated on Gull Lake, Grand View Lodge has been offering guests the ultimate outdoor retreat since 1916. Pontoon cruises, banana tubing, paddle boarding, fishing, and other lake activities are just some of the water pastimes that await travelers. The resort also offers beer and wine tastings, a waterfront pool, live music, and more.

The Landing Resort & Spa
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The Landing Resort & Spa - Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The Landing Resort & Spa is a 84-room luxe property located on the stunning shores of South Lake Tahoe. While the resort has no shortage of activities for land lovers (like live music, a golf course, and spa), water lovers can choose from boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, fishing excursions, and other lake activities.

The Landing Resort & Spa is a 84-room luxe property located on the stunning shores of South Lake Tahoe. While the resort has no shortage of activities for land lovers (like live music, a golf course, and spa), water lovers can choose from boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, fishing excursions, and other lake activities.

The Drake, a Hilton Hotel
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The Drake, a Hilton Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

Located across the shores of Lake Michigan, the historic Drake Hotel offers easy access to lakefront activities, such as riding bikes, shopping, and beach activities such as beach volleyball. Opening its doors in 1920, no other Chicago hotel has received such acclaim as the Drake, hosting a slew of icons - including Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Walt Disney, and Charles Lindbergh. 

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Located across the shores of Lake Michigan, the historic Drake Hotel offers easy access to lakefront activities, such as riding bikes, shopping, and beach activities such as beach volleyball. Opening its doors in 1920, no other Chicago hotel has received such acclaim as the Drake, hosting a slew of icons - including Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Walt Disney, and Charles Lindbergh. 

Kickback Cove
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Kickback Cove - Spicewood. Texas

This unique Airbnb gives guests the opportunity to cross glamping off their bucket list. The remote retreat is located directly on the Pedernales River, in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Kickback Cove offers travelers direct boat access, a two-person kayak, outside heated shower, hot tub, and air conditioning or heating.

This unique Airbnb gives guests the opportunity to cross glamping off their bucket list. The remote retreat is located directly on the Pedernales River, in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Kickback Cove offers travelers direct boat access, a two-person kayak, outside heated shower, hot tub, and air conditioning or heating.

Coeur d'Alene Resort
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Coeur d'Alene Resort - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Resort is located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene and offers guests upscale accommodations including, a spa, dining, outdoor activities, and much more. Voted “America’s Most Beautiful Golf Course” by Golf Digest, golf enthusiasts should not miss playing a game on the resort’s lakefront golf course, especially the famous “14th Hole” -- a 22,000-ton movable island golf green floating on the lake.

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Coeur d’Alene Resort is located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene and offers guests upscale accommodations including, a spa, dining, outdoor activities, and much more. Voted “America’s Most Beautiful Golf Course” by Golf Digest, golf enthusiasts should not miss playing a game on the resort’s lakefront golf course, especially the famous “14th Hole” -- a 22,000-ton movable island golf green floating on the lake.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
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The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Greensboro, Georgia

Family-friendly Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee sits on 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline, just 90 minutes from Atlanta. The peaceful retreat, which just debuted a multi-million dollar transformation, offers guests an abundance of lakeside activities, including lakeside chiminea dining, s’mores by the lake, boat rentals, and more.

Family-friendly Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee sits on 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline, just 90 minutes from Atlanta. The peaceful retreat, which just debuted a multi-million dollar transformation, offers guests an abundance of lakeside activities, including lakeside chiminea dining, s’mores by the lake, boat rentals, and more.

On the Lake in Havasu
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On the Water in Havasu - Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Kick back in Lake Havasu City on dazzling Lake Havasu. This lakeside home sits directly on the lake and offers a porch with stunning views of the water. Sleeping up to four people, the deck has a table that sits up to eight, along with a couch, grill, wireless speakers, and a private buoy to tie a boat.

Kick back in Lake Havasu City on dazzling Lake Havasu. This lakeside home sits directly on the lake and offers a porch with stunning views of the water. Sleeping up to four people, the deck has a table that sits up to eight, along with a couch, grill, wireless speakers, and a private buoy to tie a boat.

Canoe Bay
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Canoe Bay - Chetek, Wisconsin

Situated on pristine Dead Goose Lake, Canoe Bay offers 300 acres of remote nature and beautiful surroundings. This adults-only Relais & Châteaux property features multiple accommodations, ranging from tiny houses to lakeside cottages. Guests can take part in several activities on the lake, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and paddle boarding.

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Situated on pristine Dead Goose Lake, Canoe Bay offers 300 acres of remote nature and beautiful surroundings. This adults-only Relais & Châteaux property features multiple accommodations, ranging from tiny houses to lakeside cottages. Guests can take part in several activities on the lake, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and paddle boarding.

The Joshua Treehouse
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The Joshua Treehouse - Bridgewater, Virginia

Nestled among towering pine trees, this exclusive retreat allows guests to experience the ultimate hideaway. Located approximately 100 yards from North River, this treehouse provides visitors with views of the water and includes use of two kayaks, a canoe, a campfire pit, and more.

Nestled among towering pine trees, this exclusive retreat allows guests to experience the ultimate hideaway. Located approximately 100 yards from North River, this treehouse provides visitors with views of the water and includes use of two kayaks, a canoe, a campfire pit, and more.

Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Cheekside Resort & Spa
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Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Cheekside Resort & Spa - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Experience the beauty of the West at the Rustic Inn located near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Enjoy the luxuries of a boutique hotel, with well-appointed accommodations and relaxing spa, or explore the rugged West with scenic float trips, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing on Snake River with a backdrop of the Teton Range.

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Experience the beauty of the West at the Rustic Inn located near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Enjoy the luxuries of a boutique hotel, with well-appointed accommodations and relaxing spa, or explore the rugged West with scenic float trips, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing on Snake River with a backdrop of the Teton Range.

Cabin on Table Rock Lake
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Cabin on Table Rock Lake, Missouri

Craving a remote cabin retreat? Look no further than this vacation rental on Table Rock Lake. Spend the day boating, swimming, and fishing; then spend the night stargazing in the hot tub. There’s plenty to do in the nearby town from shopping to golfing. 

Craving a remote cabin retreat? Look no further than this vacation rental on Table Rock Lake. Spend the day boating, swimming, and fishing; then spend the night stargazing in the hot tub. There’s plenty to do in the nearby town from shopping to golfing. 

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