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Snowy winter days mean outdoor adventure, cross-country skiing through pine forests, ice skating on a frozen pond, and gleefully tubing down local hills and mountains. It also means warming up and getting cozy with a hot drink and a tasty treat. Saranac Lake has a delightful variety of coffee shops and restaurants perfect for finding ideal sweet indulgences and the best coffees. We’ve sampled... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Dining, Winter
’Tis the season to get out and celebrate the holidays and all things winter. Good thing Saranac Lake has no shortage of winter. In fact, we specialize in it! You might have heard of our annual Winter Carnival, which is a ten-day spectacle that involves outdoor adventure, competition, and lots of that unique village charm giving us our motto: decidedly different. In addition to Winter... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Events, Winter
If a game of King of the Hill that ends in tears and a handful of snow down your collar is your typical day of winter family fun — let me help you out! Saranac Lake is bursting with cool things to do that will leave the whole family smiling from ear to ear. Here are five things for your clan to try on your next Adirondack winter vacation in Saranac... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
In Saranac Lake, we love our history. From the region's earliest inhabitants — the Iroquois people who hunted here — through the first 19th century settlers to the development of the village as a health resort, Saranac Lake has plenty of stories to tell. We celebrate these stories in a lot of ways, including at museums, special events, and through unique tours. We especially love to share the... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Cultural, Heritage
Adventure by definition is “an exciting or remarkable experience," immediately followed by the add-on, “usually involving danger and unknown risks.” How risky you want to get is up to you, but we promise a visit to Saranac Lake is not complete without a little adventure — or a lot of adventure, if that's your thing! Step outside your comfort zone [img:sl-1.jpg] We are a... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Fall, spring, Summer, Winter
Ah, Saranac Lake. Where else can you be sitting on a mountain in the morning and be bopping along to a live band in the evening? This is a village that prides itself on being welcoming. Sure, there’s a young, hip vibe to our downtown and its many offerings, but the good news is that having a kid or two in tow doesn’t mean you’re out of the club. Most of our happenings are kid friendly, and even... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Fall, Family Fun, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation
There is an old lady in Saranac Lake loved by everyone. She is famous, infamous, and in spiffy shape for her age; she's seen a lot of activity in her 92 years. She's the Hotel Saranac  — known as Hot Sara to many locals — and she is the perfect base for your fall vacation in Saranac Lake. [img:sl-1.jpg] Hotel Saranac was built in 1927, full of modern conveniences and unusual architectural... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Cultural, Dining, Fall, Family Fun, foliage, Hiking, Historic Downtown
Biking from Saranac Lake to Norman Ridge Road and back is a ride that takes me back to my home-grown roots. Every view along the way is a view I’ve seen my entire life. They are views that I may not see as frequently now, but they do more for me than any other in the area because they remind me of who I am and where I came from. These views are home, the home that resides deep in my heart. And... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cycling, Fall, Outdoor Recreation
Where the work happens Among a drawer filled with different gemstones that Kristina Mueller — artist and Lake Clear resident — has been collecting, a small silver pineapple charm stands out to me. I pictured it dangling from a silver chain with its charming spiky fronds and grooved skin. It’s no bigger than a thumb print but looks precisely like a pineapple. There were several of them so I... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Arts
Exploring the Great Adirondack Corn Maze “We’ve been here before.” “Are you sure?” “No, not at all.” That’s how it goes in the Great Adirondack Corn Maze. But before we dive into the corn, let’s talk about what the Great Adirondack Corn Maze is. Every year since 2004, the good people at Tucker Farms in Gabriels have carved a complex image into 8 acres of their corn crop. It’s a beautiful... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Fall, Family Fun
Our one-year-old daughter, Lucina, doesn’t find all of our Adirondack adventures as exciting as my wife and I do. Case in point: A couple of weeks ago we took Lucina to the Bloomingdale Bog trail, a straight, level path that passes through mountain-ringed wetlands, and she slept the entire time. A beaver swimming through the channel 10 feet from where we stood wasn’t even enough to arouse her... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family Fun
Fun in the fall. Naturally! Fall is a favorite season for many locals and visitors alike. The days are full of crisp, clean air, and the nights are cool and cozy. You won’t find a prettier place to view the colors of the season. The mountains are painted in bold reds, oranges that pop, and vibrant yellows – a stunning contrast against the deep blue of the lakes. To add to... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Events, Fall
So much to do Summers are busy for all of us; getting together with friends can be difficult even if we are retired! When I am able to paddle with a couple of friends, Gretchen and Patti, it is a special day. On this day we agreed to paddle Lake Kushaqua in Onchiota. Lake Kushaqua is an Algonquin word which means, “beautiful place to rest,” and it is also a beautiful... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Camping, Cycling, Dining, Family Fun, Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Shopping
Do you have a favorite season? Sometimes I think spring is my favorite, with the refreshing, sudden bursts of green after a long winter. When it's a snowy day, with almost infinite tiny flakes tumbling through the air, I like winter best. In the end, though, I love fall the most, without a doubt. I love everything about it, from the masses of pumpkins to the cool air and the crunch of crisp... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Fall, Outdoor Recreation
Elevation: 2,878 feet Level: Moderately challenging with very steep final ascent Distance: 3.3 miles one way (6.6 miles in total) Trail type: There-and-back I am an unabashed city person accustomed to walking the hard surfaces of broken sidewalks. More the flaneur than trailblazer, I’m still a novice at hiking mountains. Novice or expert, the views at the top never get old, which is just one... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er, Summer
I have been introduced to something new here in the Adirondacks and once again, I have fallen oh-so-madly in love. Being a gal who seeks adventure — anything to test my physical strength and endurance capacity — it was pretty much a sure bet that sticking me on two wheels and a dirt road in the middle of the Adirondack woods to go explore would end in a whole new love affair for me.  [img:... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Mountain Biking, Outdoor Recreation
There’s nothing quite like the sound of skateboard wheels on cement against a backdrop of “Know Your Enemy” by Rage Against the Machine. If you grew up in the ‘90s, it’s a classic thrasher scene: music blasting from speakers, young people hanging out, the cheers when a trick is landed, and the sound of palms and board slapping the ground when it’s not. But there are some differences, too.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Historic Downtown, Summer
Summer evenings in the Adirondacks wouldn’t be the same without the haunting wail of common loons. The nighttime crescendo is usually a surprise to first-time visitors because nothing sounds quite like it. There’s the crackling of the fire, the lapping of waves upon the rocky shoreline, the chirps and grunts of various frogs, and then a hollow, low tone cuts through it all, rising in pitch to a... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
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We set out early for a morning paddle on Fish Creek. We planned to paddle a half day, then head into town for lunch at Left Bank Café, followed by a massage. We really needed a break from our hectic lives, a day or two to completely let go and just relax, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be out in nature. We wanted to soak in the amazing views and look for wildlife. We were amazed... [Read More]
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Author:Rivka Cilley
Categories:Paddling
Looking to take to the pavement with your road bike?  We have four decidedly different loops to ride! Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride close to downtown or a longer adventure, we have it here for you. [img:sl-1.jpg] Three Lakes Loop 31.4 miles - 1,961 feet elevation gain [img:screen-20shot-2020190522-20at-2011-45-49-20am.png] The lowdown: This ride follows Forest Home Rd.... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Cycling, Fall, spring, Summer
Just off of the main strip in downtown Saranac Lake there lives a rare creature of impressive proportions. First spotted in the spring of 2018, a lawn serpent still thrives on Woodruff Street, where its enormous form threads the waves of grass, much to the delight of the cryptozoologists and curious onlookers alike. Despite the serpent’s ferocious appearance, it’s quite tame. Once you’ve spotted... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts
No matter how old I get, the anticipation of summer makes me think of glowing pink evenings, playing all day, fireworks, soft breezes, hot dogs, and most of all, extra time with family and friends. Summer in Saranac Lake is an ideal place to savor just such time, as the village takes advantage of the fine weather to host an array of wonderful outdoor events, from music to biking, running to... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Events, Summer
Exploring places close to town One of the best things about living in the Adirondacks is that we have so many great places to explore without traveling far. We all benefit from locations right at our doorstep which let us steal away at the end of the day or first thing in the morning, which is particularly useful if our time is limited. Whether you live here or you are vacationing in the area,... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding
For paddlers, the arrival of spring means the ice is moving out and we can start planning new adventures on the water. Paddling doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience, so if you are new to it or lack in experience, a little planning can help you have a fun and stress-free Adirondack adventure. There are several enjoyable, easy paddles close to Saranac Lake, including through downtown, as... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Paddling
Take a turn onto Brandy Brook Avenue from the main road that heads into Saranac Lake, and you’ll find a large dirt lot and a modest building with a smartly-decorated-but-otherwise-unassuming facade. Behind the building’s rustic exterior, a little bit of magic happens. This is the home of Pendragon Theatre, a staple of the Saranac Lake community that’s celebrating its 40th season this year.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Theatre
In search of a big catch? Wet a line in Saranac Lake!  Endless lakes, ponds, rivers, brooks, and streams flow through the region, making it a prime location for Adirondack fishing. By boat or by land, from early spring to late fall — the fish are as plentiful as the places to fish.  [img:rs69228-0q1a5353scr.jpg] Because the opportunities are endless, we have paired up six... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Fishing
Fiddlehead Bistro is a work of art. If you’re in downtown Saranac Lake you can’t miss it — it’s the bright yellow building on the corner of Broadway and Dorsey streets, right next to the Saranac River. Detailing on the outside is simple. There’s a nod to the restaurant’s namesake flora, and a small iron snail that says a lot about the food. It’s delicate... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Dining
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:
Sumitted by guest writer Rivka Cilley Our dog Raquette starts getting excited the moment we take out our paddles. He knows that he is in for a long day of relaxing on the water.  We are expecting an easy day on the water with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The paddle from State Bridge to Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake is a great trip for kayaking on open water in a scenic, island... [Read More]
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Author:Rivka Cilley
Categories:Paddling
I am drawn to water like a moth to light. The sound is therapeutic, the movement is hypnotic. Simply put, a day on the water is good for the soul. My love affair with water has lead me to countless towns that hug the water's edge. While the water is a draw, it takes more than that to make a place a cool paddling town. It needs the combo of water galore and water ingrained in day-to-day... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Paddling
Last spring I was invited to take a much-overdue trip up the Saranac River from from Lake Flower to Kiwassa Lake for some family-fun activities on the water. I jumped at the opportunity since I hadn’t been on a boat trip on the Saranacs in years — that's way too long!  [img:camp.jpg] Setting out We loaded up the coolers, towels, kids gear, and adult gear, and headed out on Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling
Longing for an extraordinary nature experience? Consider the Saranac Lake region's St. Regis Canoe Area, where you can sample most of the outdoor activities the Adirondacks has to offer. It's basically a giant buffet of absolutely gorgeous woods-and-water experiences. The best part is, you have options — you can go full Adirondacks and camp here, or you can make the short... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Paddling
There’s nothing more Saranac Lake than Third Thursday ArtWalks, an event that's been a tradition in this village for more than 20 years. The format is pretty simple: Every third Thursday in June through September, the galleries open their doors and showcase their artwork. Art and the artists who created it literally spill onto the streets from 5-7:30 p.m. And in true... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Events
When it comes to quality of life, there is no place like the Adirondacks. It’s true, a lot of people visit the region to explore the outdoors, but the same mountains, lakes, and fresh air that inspire the adventurous also make it the perfect place for rejuvenation and indulgence. And for the record, indulging doesn’t always mean a day at the spa, but it certainly can!  Morning Shake off... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:Wellness, Winter
We refer to Saranac Lake as decidedly different for a reason. We are very proud to be a hub of eccentricity in the Adirondacks. Because of this, the town is also known for its vibrant local arts scene. For generations it has attracted artists and other creative types, leading it to become the arts haven it is today. Downtown Saranac Lake has several galleries that feature and celebrate... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Arts, Winter
Winter should not stop anyone from fishing. Cold temperatures beckon to the dedicated angler, who regards ice on frozen lakes the same way most people think of milkshakes: the thicker, the better. Snug shelters and fish finding skills come to the fore in this sport, since techniques like fly casting are unable to be practiced under the ice. Here are some special spots and... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fishing, Winter
What to Expect The Saranac Laboratory Museum is open year-round Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5, children are free. Visitors typically spend 30 minutes to one hour exploring the museum. Exhibits are self-guided, however staff is always on hand to help guide visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions. While at the museum:  Tour the main... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Exhibits, Historic Downtown
A captivating place to visit any time of year, Saranac Lake especially glistens in the winter. While some dread the cold and snow that winter brings, others see it as a perfect time to bask in the peaceful nature and serene beauty of the season. If you are the latter, Saranac Lake is for you! Saranac Lake offers a true variety of accommodations, from mom-and-pop run motels to a historic... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Winter
It’s December 21 in the Adirondacks, the sun rises at 7:30 a.m. and sets at 4:30 p.m.; it seems it wouldn’t leave much of a window for anything to be done. Don’t let those short winter solstice hours fool you — they assuredly will not put a halt to adventure in the Adirondacks. Missing image (https://www.saranaclake.com/f/images/Jackrabbit%201.png) A few years ago, on this same... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Winter Specialties A few weeks ago, the Saranac Lake Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held around the New Year as it always is. And so Wren, my dog, and I did our part covering a segment of the count area, hiking through the winter snow, and counting birds as we went. One of the hopes of the CBC was to find the “winter finches” — those sought-after species which are generally more common at... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Fall, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Winter
Did you know there is a railroad track that goes all the way from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake? I knew about it, but I never paid it much attention until I started to think about its potential as a cross-country ski. Winter hit early in the Adirondacks this year and I was ready to set this idea into action. I headed out that morning with one goal in mind — to ski from Lake Placid... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Winter is here and Saranac Lake is ready to celebrate  Photos by Mark Kurtz Photography Winter Carnival is what happens when you take Saranac Lake and throw it into a cauldron, sprinkle in a clever theme, and boil it down until all that’s left is a sweet syrup of feisty good humor. When Winter Carnival is on you can’t walk through downtown, let alone buy a cup of coffee,... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Events, Winter
Like many Adirondack towns, Saranac Lake has a hometown ski hill. Here is where local children have learned to ski for generations. Saranac Lake started skiing in 1892 when the first pair of skis came to town, courtesy of John R. Booth of Ottawa (yes, it was news).  [img:044a2722.jpg] Mt. Pisgah, after the peak which revealed the promised land in the Bible, has snowmaking, two main... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Skiing, Winter
The Saranac Lake 6ers: Baker, St. Regis, Scarface, Haystack, Ampersand, and McKenzie. You hiked them one-by-one in the summer and marveled at the variety of views they afforded — distant High Peaks and uniquely shaped lakes. So now what? Time to try them in winter, that’s what! In the Adirondacks, nice summer hikes turn into full-blown adventures in the winter. It’s a beautiful... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Saranac Lake 6er, Winter
Submitted by guest blogger Kaet Wild. Being from Buffalo, snow is nothing new to me, but somehow, I had never gotten into cross-country skiing. But, when a friend brought it to my attention as a possibility, it appeared to be a cheaper alternative to downhill skiing. Plus, I could bring my dogs along... sold! “Have any plans for tomorrow morning?” my good bud, Tyler, asked. “Let’s... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Don’t stay inside this winter Climbing a mountain in the winter requires a lot of preparation and a bunch of gear. It’s fun, beautiful, and rewarding but it’s also a lot of work. The good news is snowshoeing doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!  If you’re new to snowshoeing or you’re simply looking for a way to get out for a few hours, Saranac Lake’s cross-... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoeing, Winter
Saranac Lake is well known for its stunning scenery, unique charm, and outdoor adventure. Perhaps a lesser known fact is all the gems you can find downtown. I was immediately taken in with this idyllic village when I first visited it a few years ago for Winter Carnival. I remember the first time I walked down Main Street, noticing all the different and interesting stores that you couldn... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Shopping
The VIC Paul Smith’s College owns and operates the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), and in turn opens it to the public. Just 13 miles north of downtown Saranac Lake, the VIC offers a snapshot into the six million acre Adirondack Park. It has mountains, marshes, forests, and streams for you to explore year-round. Located on 3,000 acres with 25 miles of trails — the VIC... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoeing, Winter
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year in the Adirondack Mountains. In our house, the day after Thanksgiving marks the first day of the holiday season. On this day, it has become a tradition for us to welcome the holiday spirit by cutting down our Christmas tree at a local tree farm. Over the years, we have had numerous people encourage us to visit Moody Tree Farm, and this year, we... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
Categories:Shopping, Winter
Who really cares about eating when they are on vacation? Well, everyone of course. If you are like me, you want to hit the best local spots while you’re in town. You want to know where to get a good craft cocktail and where to eat a farm-to-table dinner. Downtown Saranac Lake has become a hub of unique and locally sourced restaurants. Here are some suggestions of where to eat while you’re in town... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Dining

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