Rent a Lake House with a Boat
Rent a lake house with a boat for an all-new summer family vacation idea
Because summer is meant to be spent not just at the lake, but on it
Ask any avid boater and they'll tell you there are two kinds of people: those who love to boat and those who just don't know it yet. Here in Central New York, lake house rentals make great family getaways - if you can find them, especially if you're looking for pet-friendly lake cabins. But a lake house with a boat included? Well, that would be a game-changer.
Enter The Cove at Sylvan Beach, an all-new cottage community with 70 two- and three-bedroom vacation rentals that come with a bonus that has lake lovers swooning - your own pontoon boat rental for the entire length of your stay.
Docked in a private slip reserved just for you, your boat is yours and yours alone to enjoy as part of your week-long cottage rental. Set out at the break of dawn to savor the most peaceful moments of the morning. Stop by Sylvan Beach Supply Co. for a grab-and-go picnic lunch and stay on the lake all day. Fish, dive, tube, swim or just relax on board. Or enjoy your own nightly sunset ritual, watching the final rays of the setting sun glisten on water over a glass of wine. And yes, you can even bring Fido to these dog-friendly cottages (please see our pet policy).
A pontoon boat makes a day on the lake next level
At The Cove, you don't have to own a boat to vacation with one
Designed with family summer vacations in mind, The Cove at Sylvan Beach is a new concept in lakeside vacation rentals for people who love being near water. Not only is a boat included as part of your stay, but you can also rent jet skis, kayaks, canoes, water bikes and more at the on-site Sylvan Beach Supply Co. to make this one of the best summer family vacations - just add water.
"Getting out on the water is a whole other level of vacation," says Kim Hill, whose family vacations often include a boat rental. A pontoon boat is ideal for people who love the idea of being on a boat but don't have much experience. Not only does the weight and structure of a pontoon boat make it safe for riders, they're also easy to drive.
That's where The Cove offers such a fun way for families to explore a new kind of vacation. Because there simply aren't many places where you can rent a lake house with a boat all at once, making Sylvan Beach and Oneida Lake one of the best lakes for family vacations this summer.
Boating for the health of it
Turns out, there's something to it
Water is not only good for the body. Just being near it, turns out, is also good for our mental state of mind. In his bestselling book "Blue Mind", marine biologist Dr. Wallace Nichols explores the scientific link between water and happiness - including time spent on a boat.
"The mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin and inducing relaxation," he says, "It only makes sense that being on a boat is one of the best ways to access the wellness benefits of water." Well doctor, we couldn't agree more.
Book your stay at The Cove at Sylvan Beach today.
Other things to do at Sylvan Beach
If you can tear yourself away from the boat, there is plenty more for families to do
Sylvan Beach near Syracuse is a favorite summer destination in Central New York, with an expansive beach, hiking trails and local restaurants all within a short walk of The Cove.
The Sylvan Beach Amusement Park offers a roller coaster, rides, games, miniature golf, seasonal events and...ghost tours? Come explore the park after dark if you dare, featured on the SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters.
With more than 20 restaurants, 2 world-class spas, five golf courses and some of Central New York's best nightlife less than 20 minutes away, The Cove's sister property, Turning Stone Resort Casino is also one of the top attractions in the state.
Best places to eat at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake
From pizza to brews to BBQ, no one's leaving here hungry
The Cove has partnered with a convenient local delivery service, Off The Muck Market, to let guests have fresh eggs, local produce and other groceries delivered free for less than the leading grocery stores. Choose from three box sizes, place your order ahead of your visit and everything you need will be ready when you arrive.
While The Cove's full-size kitchens, personal barbeque grills and fire pit make meals and s'mores a fun option for staying in, there are also some great places to dine out nearby.
For family-friendly dining just a short walk away, check out Sylvan Beach classics like Eddie's, a family-owned landmark restaurant serving comfort food and Italian classics since 1934. Or visit its newer establishment, Harpoon Eddie's, in the same family since the 80s serving up burgers, pizza, surf-and-turf and a side of some spectacular sunsets. For easy pickup or free delivery, Pizza King offers New York-style pizza, wings, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks calzones and more.
While you're here, make time to enjoy breakfast at a local landmark, The Pancake House. Originally home to the Sylvan Beach Post Office and General Store back in 1887, today it's as popular among visitors as it is with the locals. Like many eateries that have withstood the test of time with a foot in three centuries, the Pancake House has its own wall of fame with photos of the many famous patrons who've eaten there over the years.
Sylvan Beach Supply Co. has other water sports covered
Find your speed of fun with jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and more
Sylvan Beach Supply Co. is Oneida Lake's brand-new outfitter for all things water sports. (And ice cream.) Here you can rent:
- Paddle Boards
- Water Bikes
- Ski Boats
- Deck Boats
- Fishing Boats and Equipment
- Pontoon Boats (if not staying at The Cove)
You'll also find grab-and-go items from Turning Stone's restaurants, groceries (like ice cream), beer, sundries, sundaes (umm, ice cream), freshly brewed Utica coffee - wait, did someone say ice cream? Well, that's because Sylvan Beach Supply Co. knows nothing says summer like a generous scoop of America's favorite frozen treat. Here, sundaes are a specialty of the house with all kinds of toppings to choose from to make it your own.
Summer's (finally) coming, The Cove is opening soon and reservations are now being accepted. Make yours today. Meanwhile, who's ready for ice cream?