What makes saranac lake so cool?
Saranac Lake is buzzing with activity any time of year. In the winter, you will see people wearing down parkas exiting vehicles with skis strapped to the roof. Musicians and artists sip coffee in the windows of cafes and restaurants, while bundled-up people of all ages stroll in and out of shops and galleries.
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Saranac Lake is ready for the casual explorer. Driving Route 86 delivers the goods right from your car window, especially along the 16-mile stretch of road from the center of town to Paul Smiths. In Paul Smiths, spend the day exploring the Visitor Interpretive Center's 25 miles of trails, which are open from dawn to dusk. These lovely paths range from flat, 1-mile loops to a 9-mile round-trip, 900-foot elevation gain climb up Jenkins Mountain.
Hike up St. Regis Mountain, one of the Saranac Lake 6ers, for breathtaking, 360-degree views from the summit's newly rebuilt fire tower. The greatest reward in hiking often comes at the top, but that isn’t the case here — there's beautiful scenery to enjoy the whole trek up and down.
Experience a Real Downtown
When you are ready for action, downtown Saranac Lake is it. This gorgeous area is loaded with funky shops and friendly people. Stroll the main strip — and drink a maple latte or eat fresh baked pastries — and wonder what it would be like to live in such a cool small town.
If you’re looking for a chill weekend getaway, this is the place. The weather is ideal for exploring the great outdoors, there’s plenty to see and do, and we have lodging where you can rest your head. What are you waiting for?