What does your ideal trip to Lake Martin look like? Ask anyone, and the answers you get could be completely different. For some, travelling with their close family members could equal perfection, while some prefer to bring the whole extended family along for the fun. Others may choose to leave the family at home, and make it a Girls Trip or Guys Getaway. Some may take an opportunity to have a romantic weekend with their special someone. But still there are those that just want to have peaceful, quiet alone time, surrounded by the tranquility of nature. There is no right or wrong answer to the question, but how you answer that question determines how you will pick out the perfect lodging option for your trip. It’s important to put some thought into this question to make sure you have the best trip ever when you visit Lake Martin. No worries though-there are plenty of great options of places to stay in the Lake Martin area-and there is an option for every possible travelling situation that you can think up.
Here are five things to think about before making a decision on where to stay on your next trip to Lake Martin:
- Who all is coming along?
- How long is your trip?
- Will you be eating out or do you prefer to have the amenities of home and be able to prepare your own meals?
- Does your dream trip involve waking up to the lake outside your door, or are you ok with driving a few minutes to see water?
- Do you prefer a more luxurious or rustic experience, or are you looking for something unique?
The Hank Williams Cabin
If you answered unique on #5, this one is for you. You can experience a great spot in country music history, and stay at the Hank Williams Cabin. The music legend stayed in the cabin and composed the song “Kaw-liga” in August 1952, reaching #1 on the country music charts in 1953. The cabin was built in 1946 and was restored to it’s original condition in 2001 as a tribute to Hank Williams and his music. It looks just the way it did when Hank himself was there. The cabin is on the property of Children’s Harbor, a non-profit that provides free camps to seriously ill children. Money raised from rentals of the Hank Williams Cabin goes to help keep funding their mission of providing these opportunities for children.
There are a variety of hotels in the area-some even offering free breakfast. You probably won’t be doing a lot of cooking in your room, but there are plenty of great restaurants in Alexander City and Dadeville, and you could definitely eat out someplace different for every meal. If you want to explore our culinary diversity, a hotel is a great option for your trip no matter how many people are in your party, or who you are travelling with. Our hotels provide a comfortable stay and are frequently used by solo travelers, those traveling for business, sports teams, fishermen, families, and groups of friends. You can reach out directly to the properties to set up room blocks if you need more space for more people. With the exception of Creekside Lodge, most of our hotels are located in town, and are just a few minutes away from the lake. Really, here a few minutes means just that. You are never too far from water when you are here. You will also be just a couple of minutes away from Alexander City’s historic downtown, which is also something you are going to want to add to your list of things to do.
Do you prefer to have all of the luxuries of home available to you during your stay, and do you prefer to be able to prepare your meals at home? If so, a vacation rental in Lake Martin could be a good option for you. Houses and condos are available in all shapes and sizes, and many have lake access. While all are unique and offer different amenities, most offer all the things needed to prepare and serve any meal you would at home. Many also include washers and dryers so you can wash clothes if needed while on your trip. Some even include fishing equipment, car seats, strollers, games and toys, etc. These are really great for longer term stays since you will feel like you are at home, but can also be used for a weekend getaway. Just make sure you check to see if there is a minimum stay involved, as some may require that you stay 2 or more nights. Since they are all different, each will be able to accommodate a different amount of people. However, if you are travelling with others, and want to be able to all be together in a communal area, while still maintaining your own privacy, you will like the vacation rental atmosphere that usually offers a traditional living room and dining room, but separate bedrooms and often separate bathrooms. By using the online booking platforms, you have the ability to communicate directly with the owners. You can message back and forth and ask questions about the house or condo before you even book.
Bed and Breakfasts
If you enjoy a unique travel experience or a romantic getaway, you may want to check out one of our beautiful Bed and Breakfasts in Lake Martin. Each of our bed and breakfasts offer a wonderful homemade breakfast to start your day. Mistletoe Bough Bed and Breakfast is located in downtown Alexander City. If you are a history buff, you will love this place-this Queen Anne mansion was built in 1895 and is on the National Historic Register. It has been restored to the feeling of that era, and is a beautiful step back in time. If you prefer to be on the water, Paradise Inn Bed and Breakfast on Lake Martin is a great option. They are located right on the lake, and offer complimentary use of a paddle boat, kayaks, floats, and fishing equipment. You can even bring your own boat and tie up to their private dock. If you are planning a romantic getaway, you would certainly make your sweetie’s day by choosing one of these. If you are travelling with more people though, talk to the management from either house about the possibility of renting multiple rooms.
With our area being known for the outdoors, we could not talk about places to stay at Lake Martin and not mention camping. Wind Creek State Park offers some of the best camping in the south. But let’s be honest, the term camping means different things to different people. RVing has become a favorite American pastime. RVers travel the land to find the coolest places to visit and camp, and we are so blessed that we have such wonderful camping in Alexander City. Wind Creek State Park is home to one of the largest state-operated campgrounds in the United States, having 586 campsites. 157 of those are waterfront and overlook the shores of Lake Martin. All campsites have water and electrical hook ups, and 268 sites have sewer hook ups. This is a great stop to put on your RV bucket list. If you like camping, but want to really experience the great outdoors by sleeping outside in it, you can do that, as tent camping is also allowed at Wind Creek State Park. However, there are some that don’t have an RV, and aren’t comfortable sleeping on the ground in a tent. That’s ok-for those of us who want to enjoy the outdoors, but in a more comfortable way, there are also cabins available for rent. The cabins overlook the water and are great for a family or friends getaway, as they have two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. Some of the cabins are also pet friendly, so you can bring the entire family-even the furry members of your crew. They allow you to have the waterside views and access, with the comforts of central heat and air, a microwave, toaster, refrigerator, and yes, a coffee maker. You will need that for those early mornings out on the water fishing. The one thing to know about the cabins before you go though is that you will need to bring your own bed linens, pillows, bath linens, and cooking and eating utensils.