The Property
Romantic getaway. Culinary oasis. Adventure destination. However you choose to savor the Hudson River Valley, Cedar Lakes Estate is a haven for those seeking a return to pristine simplicity.
Uncover the splendor of the Hudson Valley on our 500-acre estate, just 70 miles from New York City. Rolling hills, red-water lakes, sloping lawns, and cedar wood forests –all welcome signs that you have arrived. The raw beauty of your surroundings will be matched only by the rustic elegance of our accommodations and venues.
 
Venues

This beautifully landscaped lawn cascades 100 yards from the Barn to the lake, offering maximum versatility for an outdoor ceremony or gathering.

This intimate indoor space boasts a fireplace and built-in bar, expansive outdoor deck nestled into the treetops and overlooks an outdoor fire pit.

A breathtaking perch to take in the view of the Shawangunk Mountains and beyond. Take in the scenery from the natural grass lawn, peppered with apple trees and wild flowers.

Surrounded by lake views on all sides, this covered pavilion is adorned with a stone fire-pit and handcrafted Douglas-fir picnic tables.

Perched on the peninsula at the south end of the lake, enjoy tree-lined lake views from all sides of this open-air building.

This stone-faced patio surrounds the pool overlooking the lake. Melt into the pillow-top lounge chairs and enjoy the cedar-covered gazebo and built-in stone grill.

Stretching twenty feet over the lake, this deck makes for a peaceful retreat.

Overlooking the lake, reclaimed barn-wood interiors and floor-to-ceiling glass panels characterize our largest venue, with the grandeur of 5,400 square feet.

History
Cedar Lakes Estate has a rich and eccentric history. In the 1920s, the property was used as a summer camp for inner-city youth. For fifty years, young campers escaped New York City to experience a nature retreat at Camp Minisink. Years later, camp alumni still return to their beloved campground for reunions.
Cedar Lakes Estate has a rich and eccentric history. In the 1920s, the property was used as a summer camp for inner-city youth. For fifty years, young campers escaped New York City to experience a nature retreat at Camp Minisink. Years later, camp alumni still return to their beloved campground for reunions.
When the Karvellas family purchased the property in 1990, the land had been desolate for twenty years. Noting the natural beauty of the property, Steve and Lisa Karvellas looked past the six-foot-tall weeds and envisioned something special.
When the Karvellas family purchased the property in 1990, the land had been desolate for twenty years. Noting the natural beauty of the property, Steve and Lisa Karvellas looked past the six-foot-tall weeds and envisioned something special.
The couple decided to return  the property to its campground roots and opened Team USA Sports Camp. The camp operated for many years, growing each year. While the camp served as a training site for elite athletes--- including several Olympic gold medalists and World Cup soccer players—the three Karvellas daughters spent their summer days trampling through the sun-drenched campgrounds.
The couple decided to return the property to its campground roots and opened Team USA Sports Camp. The camp operated for many years, growing each year. While the camp served as a training site for elite athletes--- including several Olympic gold medalists and World Cup soccer players—the three Karvellas daughters spent their summer days trampling through the sun-drenched campgrounds.
After years in the camp business, the Karvellas’ realized it was time for a change. Working with acclaimed architects and interior designers, they created unique and quaint cottages that allowed guests to take in the beauty of the property in comfort.
After years in the camp business, the Karvellas’ realized it was time for a change. Working with acclaimed architects and interior designers, they created unique and quaint cottages that allowed guests to take in the beauty of the property in comfort.
As the property matured, so did the Karvellas daughters.  In 2010, Stephanie and Lisa Marie Karvellas joined the family business. Together they fostered Cedar Lakes Estate into an events facility and destination inn. Aligning their passion for event planning and culinary arts with their love for Cedar Lakes, the Karvellas sisters created their dream careers—and a dream destination for visitors.
As the property matured, so did the Karvellas daughters. In 2010, Stephanie and Lisa Marie Karvellas joined the family business. Together they fostered Cedar Lakes Estate into an events facility and destination inn. Aligning their passion for event planning and culinary arts with their love for Cedar Lakes, the Karvellas sisters created their dream careers—and a dream destination for visitors.
As a family-run operation, we are sensitive and attentive to the needs of you and your loved ones. At Cedar Lakes Estate, you can embrace the simple life while feeling perfectly at home.
As a family-run operation, we are sensitive and attentive to the needs of you and your loved ones. At Cedar Lakes Estate, you can embrace the simple life while feeling perfectly at home.
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About Us
The Property
Lisa & Stephanie Karvellas
Stephanie and Lisa’s earliest memories were on the grounds of Cedar Lakes Estate. Growing up here was any child’s dream-- White Christmases, fresh mountain air and lazy lakeside summer days make up the fabric of their childhood. They fell in love with the peace and tranquility of this special place immediately; even when they left their magical childhood home they would always find their way back.

Stephanie moved down to South Carolina to attend Clemson University where she studied management and more importantly, the elements of a successful party. Always organizing activities for her and her friends, her social planning skills flourished in the small college town.

After college, she moved to New York City to work for one of Manhattan’s high-end wedding planners. Stephanie’s sharp attention to detail and knack for diffusing any and all issues before they arise inspired her to bring these talents to fruition. She quickly discovered that her lifelong passion for party planning would make for a perfect entrepreneurial career. And what better place to begin this career then at her childhood home, Cedar Lakes Estate?

Lisa would also move South for college. As a Jersey Girl in Nashville, Lisa threw herself into the world of Southern Cooking. She wrote food reviews for various Nashville magazines while fulfilling her own culinary fantasies at iconic chicken shacks, ante-bellum dairy farms and forgotten lunch counters.

After graduating summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University, she would become valedictorian of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, officially making her love affair with food a lifelong vocation. Her time in Manhattan allowed her to work directly with some of the world’s finest chefs, from French Master Chef Alain Sailhac to television personality Tom Colicchio. Eager to learn from the masters of the Old World, Lisa moved to Italy where she worked in the Tuscan and Sicilian kitchens. While in Italy, Lisa fell in love with the inherent farm-to-table culture of Italian dining, but even half a world away, Cedar Lakes was never far from her thoughts.

The sisters decided to build a business where they could foster their love for food, event planning, and affection for their childhood home. Now as the Estate’s Co-Founders, they work each day to share their combined passions with their visitors.
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