The Brampton in Upstate New York Offers Homey Comforts — and Fire Pits

The spirit of hygge, the Danish idea of cozy gatherings, is alive at this Adirondacks lodge

The Brampton is a secluded lodge four hours from New York City.

Guided by the principals of hygge, The Brampton in Warrensburg, near Lake George in upstate New York, exudes the joy and beauty of the simple things in life. Hygge, a Danish word (pronounced hoo-gah), is about creating cozy social gatherings and intimate get-togethers with family and friends. It’s about discovering and sharing personal rituals like adding fresh flowers to a room, placing lit candles through the house, making tea, sitting in the sun in springtime, or sharing a whiskey in wooly socks in winter.


The Brampton is special inside and out. By day you’re surrounded by the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. By night you share the magic of starlit skies and the crackling sounds of a roaring campfire.


The Brampton is a secluded lodge four hours from New York City and two hours from the Hudson Valley. Touted as a year-round lifestyle adult camp, it lets you pick and choose the level of activity that suits your mood. For a mellow getaway, there are nooks and crannies, inside and out, for relaxation; there are outdoor yoga classes, two fireplaces, and a hot tub. There’s an inviting rec room where you can enjoy a game of pool or ping pong.


If you’re more the outdoor type, the Adirondacks won’t disappoint. In warm weather, there’s an array of activities like swimming, hiking, kayaking, and golf. And for some fun in the sun, the Brampton has a speed boat to whisk you away to one of several mini-islands on Lake George for a wonderful picnic and a swim. Each island is equipped with a fire pit, a deck for your blanket or tent, picnic tables, and a bathroom. And, the views are spectacular.

Terry Dagrosa

For accommodations, The Brampton offers several choices. There’s the main lodge, which is one hundred percent hygge. You’ll feel right at home in this cozy, contemporary cabin with six bedrooms that can be booked for a one large party or shared as individual bookings. There’s a vintage VW mini-van on the property that sleeps two with a moon roof for stargazing. Further down, there’s a long wooden staircase that seems to lead to nowhere — but once you reach the top, your eyes are drawn to a large white tent for two. Yes, this is your chance for romantic glamping! There are also two new cabins currently under construction.


To top things off, there’s an onsite chef who cooks all meals, so all you have to think about is what you’re going to do with yourself all day. Sweet, right? Oh, and there’s that fire pit. There's nothing more hygge than sitting around a campfire, sipping whiskey and sharing stories with friends and family old and new.