Authentically autumn, decidedly different
Can you feel it? There’s excitement in the air as summer winds down and the mountain breeze picks up a hint of winter. That energy emanates from the music, art, waterways, and mountains of Saranac Lake, a place that always feels like home to adventure seekers and creative types. Stroll downtown and enjoy the distinct urban vibe of this place — there are shops, galleries, restaurants, and even a skateboard park to check out, and the people here are naturally friendly. Just don’t ignore the bright fall color palette as you explore. Nature is beckoning, and there are few places where it’s more accessible.
A hub of activity
It’s true that people define this interesting community, but the village wouldn’t be anything without the Adirondacks. Lakes and rivers for paddling, trails for hiking, and roads for cycling all intertwine to connect outlying communities like Lake Clear, Paul Smith’s, Bloomingdale, and Gabriels. Each has its own spin on Adirondack life, each has its own set of attractions to enjoy, and the autumn colors are second to none.
Oh, the sights you’ll see
With the bright fall foliage on full display, there’s no better time to get out in Saranac Lake. The Saranac River snakes through the village, providing a paddling route to nearby lakes and campsites. Hiking the Saranac Lake 6ers can begin with Mount Baker, the small mountain that’s right in town. Completing the challenge will take you to increasingly difficult-to-reach peaks, but the increasingly stunning fall views are totally worth it. And speaking of views, be sure to get a couple of mountain bike runs in on Mount Pisgah’s flow trails before the snow flies. Before heading out, rent equipment — including bikes, canoes, and stand up paddle boards — and buy supplies at one of our many gear shops.
If you’re more into being downtown, you’ll love Saranac Lake’s vibrant arts scene. Talented artists bring our amazing fall colors indoors, and gallery openings and concerts are a regular occurrence. Free concerts happen throughout the season, and you'll find a range of styles like funk, jam, folk, punk, and gypsy jazz, all performed by a mix of local and traveling acts. Our amazing farmers market still happens every Saturday in Riverside Park, then it moves into the town hall for the winter months. Downtown you’ll also find great food, great coffee, and a host of interesting shops to explore during your visit. Yeah, it’s all good.
Pay us a visit this autumn and travel light, breathe deep, and enjoy life Saranac Lake style! Find out more with our Visitor's Guide to Saranac Lake, and get the inside scoop from local sources.