A Decidedly Different Winter
Sure, this winter is going to be different than years past, but the charm and magic of Saranac Lake continue to march on. From countless adventures to local food, beer, and art, and the incomparable Winter Carnival, winter in Saranac Lake is decidedly different and completely unforgettable!
The Adirondacks may be known for the luxuriousness of the Great Camp era, when magnates spent days in the lap of wilderness luxury. Those days may be gone, but the tradition continues through the lovely lodging options available in Saranac Lake.
From the stately and classic Hotel Saranac to the new eco-luxe Saranac Waterfront Lodge, the hotels and motels of Saranac Lake allow visitors to replicate the Great Camp era without having to build their own 40-room “cabin.”
But Adirondack elegance also oozes from local bed and breakfasts, inns, and lodges. Eat a catered breakfast while cuddled under a thick blanket or set out early for a winter hike that’s close to where you’re staying. However you choose to stay in Saranac Lake, you’ll want to be back sooner rather than later.
Downtown Saranac Lake isn’t a place, it’s an experience. Art is everywhere you look, and it’s easy to take a piece of the Adirondacks home with you.
Browse scenic photos, watch a master painter recreate an amazing landscape, or enjoy public displays of art. There are galleries with hand-made crafts, and local artists, photographers, and artisans are often on hand to talk about their work and what makes it special.
There are also plenty of shops and restaurants, most with local flare and fare. Place an order at the Winter Farmers Park-It or get farm-to-table food cooked fresh. Hot coffee and cold local beer can be had before, during, or after your perfect Saranac Lake day.
And as the winter deepens, so does the excitement of Winter Carnival. With an ice palace, special events, and general merriment, Carnival warms the hearts and souls of all who attend.
Hundreds of miles of trails are found in and around Saranac Lake. Some of those trails are great for snowshoeing, others are wonderful for Nordic skiing, and there’s even a few groomers to cruise downhill on.
Crisp air and fresh snow can lead to other adventures as well. Ice fishing is a time-tested tradition, and local shops and guides can help outfit your party and take you where the fish are biting. And of course, the village of Saranac Lake - replete with snow crunching underfoot - is a walkable paradise no matter the season.
There’s also the half-dozen peaks of the Saranac Lake 6er hiking challenge. From Baker Mountain - a short but beautiful hike right in town - to the historic fire tower atop St. Regis Mountain, the 6er hikes can be done to earn the winter finisher’s patch or on their own.
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