Summer is approaching and you’re starting to get that itch: that desire to leave the everyday behind and go out on an adventure. You’re looking for a place to get away, to get cozy, to relax amid fresh, piney air, lake views, and trails just outside your door, where quiet time is always on the menu. Saranac Lake is the place to do it, with lodging options that offer visitors the chance to enjoy cozy, classic Adirondack lodging in the heart of outstanding outdoor activities. If you're not a fan of big hotels, and you'd like your own hideaway or you're dreaming of a cozy cottage to call your own for a week or a weekend, Saranac Lake has the perfect little lodging spots for you.
Located in Ray Brook, Moreno's Cottages has been in business since 1923 and while the cottages have been steadily updated over the years, they still capture a retro charm that is perfect for a classic summer vacation. One- and two-bedroom cottages are cozy, comfortable, and perfect for solo travelers, couples, and small families. Each cottage is equipped with all the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, including kitchens or kitchenettes, comfortable bedding, and living space for relaxing and dining. Although Moreno's is within walking distance of dining favorites Tail o' the Pup and Ray Brook Brewhouse, fire pits and BBQ grills at each cabin mean that cookouts and marshmallow roasting can happen right at your Adirondack hideaway.
Staying at Moreno's means being surrounded by wild forest, while still not far from adventures throughout the area, including hiking around scenic McKenzie Pond, paddling on Lake Flower, or strolling Saranac Lake's picturesque downtown. Moreno's is also a sweet home base for short drives to Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.
If we're honest, even those of us who live here want to try out the charming rooms and cabins around Saranac Lake. High on the list is Traverse Lodge, which, under new ownership, has been renovated, revitalized, and makes for another great retreat. Traverse Lodge offers both motel-style rooms and small cabins that feature cheerful, colorful decor, screened porches, mini fridges, fluffy bedding, and a communal fire pit for relaxing under the starry skies.
Traverse Lodge is practically next door to the Adirondack Rail Trail — which in summer means woods walks, cycling, and more — and a number of other attractions, including fantastic dining at local favorites like Blue Line Brewery and La Bella Ristorante, boat rentals at Swiss Marine, and only a few minutes drive from recreation areas such as Dewey Mountain. Don't miss stopping in the main house (not just to check in!) to find information about local adventures and activities; the owners here are longtime Adirondackers who love the area and are happy to help you find a great adventure.
Branch Farm Bed & Breakfast
Just a few minutes drive from downtown Saranac Lake lies a quiet paradise with big charm and even bigger views. Branch Farm Bed & Breakfast is located on the west side of Lake Flower amid thousands of acres of woodland and a long stretch of waterfront. Perfect for relaxation, Branch Farm offers an inn room, as well as small cabins, full of vintage character, up-to-date comfort, and private porches. Choose a sweet chalet with full kitchen or a cozy, two-story cabin with a woodstove ideal for cool evenings.
Guests may bring their own canoe, kayak, or SUP and launch from the inn's dock, or rent a boat nearby. You can even paddle across Lake Flower for a sweet treat at Mountain Mist Custard!
When it's time to get away from it all, to indulge in the quiet life in cozy comfort, explore Saranac Lake's sweet lodging options. While you're here, enjoy special events, summer activities, and more!