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Escape to Mirror Lake Retreat for Camping in Dutchess County


Families can go camping or glamping at this updated Hudson Valley campground, then pop into nearby Rhinebeck for more things to do.

Looking for a staycation that appeals to the tent campers and resort-lovers in your family? We have the perfect place — and it may seem somewhat familiar.

The Taconic Retreat and Conference Center in Milan has been renovated and reimagined into Mirror Lake Retreat, a premier camping resort. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the 219-acre property — still owned by the District Church of the Nazarene — will offer full resort-style amenities, outdoor activities, and a variety of accommodations.

Photo courtesy of Mirror Lake Retreat

Photo courtesy of Mirror Lake Retreat

The choice of lodging options and their prices are especially appealing. When fully open, it will include: four lakeside houses (from $350/night), 10 cottage rooms (from $155/night), six lodge rooms (from $79/night), RV sites and rentals (from $65), cabins and shelters (from $45/night), and tent campsites (from $35/night). At press time, the shelters, tent campsites, and lodge rooms were not yet complete.

Wherever you pitch your tent, you’ll have access to full resort amenities, including WiFi, communal fire pits, a soccer field, full multi-purpose gymnasium, hiking trails, and 9 square in the air and gaga pits. Add-on amenities include boat rentals, firewood, golf cart rentals, rock-climbing tower, archery, an ax-throwing range, and a low ropes course.

For those who feel the need to explore outside the retreat, shops, restaurants, and a movie theater are nearby in the charming villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck.