Authentically Adirondack, decidedly different
Saranac Lake is a small town with an urban flair, a spirited hub of activity that draws an eclectic mix of the creative, the innovative, and the outdoors-bound. Stroll through downtown on a sunny day and the cool breeze will carry the sound of music and laughter to your ears. There are shops, galleries, restaurants, and even a skateboard park to check out, and the people here are friendly. Maybe it’s the fresh air, or maybe it’s the town’s quirky vibe, but either way everyone you meet will be happy you came. So talk to a stranger, dance to the band, and meet the artists who set up their easels in the parks.
It’s all connected
Saranac Lake shines for its way with people, but it wouldn’t be anything without the Adirondacks. Head out of downtown in any direction and you’ll immediately see how accessible nature is here. Lakes 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, and each has its own set of attractions to enjoy.
We’re down with getting out
We take the outdoors seriously, and that mentality takes center stage in the summer. If you’re into the downtown scene, there are free outdoor concerts a couple of times a week (funk, jam, folk, gypsy jazz, and more!), free art events throughout the summer (local painters, sculptors, printmakers, and more!), and the Saturday farmers markets are amazing (locally produced produce, bread, soap, jewelry, and more!). Yeah, it’s all good.
Downtown is a great place to visit, and it’s also a great basecamp. The Saranac River snakes through the community, providing a paddler’s route to nearby lakes and campsites. Hiking the Saranac Lake 6ers can begin with Mount Baker, the small mountain that’s right in town, but completing the challenge will take you to increasingly difficult-to-reach peaks — but the views are totally worth it. Before heading out, rent equipment — including bikes, canoes, and stand up paddle boards — and buy supplies at one of our many gear shops.
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 view from local sources.