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SPRING - SUMMER - FALL ATTRACTIONS (also refer to year-round attractions below)

Saratoga-North Creek Railroad-enjoy a scenic ride on North Creek’s historic railway. See an original turntable and the Depot Museum. Special events include train robberies, lunch excursions, fall foliage and Thomas the Train and Polar Express. Not to be missed (in Potterville) is Railroads on Parade; a model railroad extravaganza- 5000 square feet with 5 magical miniature worlds of model trains.

Whitewater Rafting- begins in early spring  and continues through the summer and fall. Three great rivers provide thrilling family trips and rafting adventures. For a rafting guide

Museums and Galleries- Caution: many museums are subject to seasonality- check if the option is available for the specific season you are interested in before traveling to a sometimes remote location.

The Adirondack Museum (open only May-October) in Blue Mountain Lake is on the “not to be missed” list The Durant Boat Tour on Raquette Lake is very lovely- especially for lunch or dinner. The Great Camp Sagamore Tour is another destination in the same area that is historically and architecturally significant and very interesting.

Visit a “Great Camp” (open only June-October) - The Great Camp Sagamore is in Raquette lake (close to The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake).Take the 2-hour guided tour only offered at specific times to see 27 authentic buildings of the wilderness estate of the Vanderbuilt Family from 1901-1954. Now a National Historic Landmark dedicated to education, interpretation and historic preservation.

Scenic Drives-Take a road trip through spectacular scenery. Request a map of Scenic Byways of the Adirondacks at

Cruises: Take a scenic ride on beautiful Lake George. Numerous cruise options (some are lunch/brunch or dinner cruises) emanate from Lake George Village see and Or head north to Raquette Lake; the Pohl Family offers a magnificent cruise with lunch and/or dinner and a very interesting historical narrative.

Natural and Outdoor Attractions- Take a Garnet Mine Tour at Barton’s mines, See the Alpaca’s at, Have a high-ropes/zip line family adventure at the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course  or at the local high-ropes/zip line course AND paintball at Whitewater Challengers See the largest cave entrance in the east, waterfalls and gorge on a self-guided scenic walking tour Natural Stone Bridge and Caves. Take a scenic Gondola Ride at Gore Mountain. Gore mountain also has great mountain biking trails; new mini-golf, climbing wall, single-track and more!

Fishing: 160-ish lakes, ponds and 1000 miles of steams and rivers offer some of the finest fishing In the country…. Fishing licenses are readily available at most town and city Clerk’s offices. Call for an Adirondack Fishing Guide at Warren County Tourism 800-365-1050 X2769, or see Hire a local guide for the ultimate experience…

Hiking- Everywhere in the Adirondacks includes great hiking and numerous official state trailheads. We would love to suggest options for you that range from a lovely scenic walk right out the back door to an all-out full days hike up to a peak. Some favorites of ours: Crane Mountain, Blue Ledges, Pharoah Mountain Wilderness Region, Buck Mountain, Tongue Mountain and the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Region. Our fabulous local trails are right out the door! Click here for more details.

Golfing- There are numerous beautiful courses within ½ hour’s drive of North Creek that range from very “local” 9 hole courses ( to the famed Donald Ross course at The Sagamore.

Canoeing and Kayaking- the area is known for its waterways. Enjoy a tour of Lake George with Lake George Kayak Co. or perhaps take a clinic from Wild Waters Outdoor center. Bring your own kayaks or canoe to explore the multitude of lakes and rivers in the area .

River Tubing and Float Trips- Enjoy a unique experience of tubing down the Sacandaga through the whitewater. Tube tours and guided rafting adventures. ,

Rodeos- It might be hard to believe, but Warren County has a number of dude ranches and rodeos available,,

Horseback Riding- There are numerous options for horseback riding throughout a variety of scenic trails, very close by is the Circle B Ranch

Bird Watching - too many options to mention here. For a free Adirondack birding map go to

Balloon Flights- many options available. Fly over the Glens Falls, Lake George area Call for telephone numbers.

Bicycling (both road riding and mountain biking) in the area is fantastic with miles and miles of low traffic scenic riding. Contact us for maps and good ideas for great biking routes.

Visit The Fern Lodge in Chestertown New York- Experience the tradition of rustic Adirondack elegance at its finest. This Adirondack hotel is nestled on the shores of beautiful Friends Lake, where guests can try their hand at kayaking, fishing, or cross-country skiing right on the property. A lazy late afternoon boat tour with beverages and hors d'oeuvres is surpassed only by the experience of hearing the amazing calls of the Loon at dusk. Fern Lodge has three lovely guest rooms, all with fireplaces and one-of-a-kind touches, lovely views, and jacuzzi tubs... perfect for an Adirondack getaway or honeymoon



Explore the Lake Placid area - home to two winter Olympics. It’s a beautiful one-hours drive north. Window shop down Main Street, stop for lunch at any number of great luncheon spots, go to the top of the ski jumps and watch the ski jumpers or ariel freestyle skiers practice or compete. Check out the luge or bobsledding going. For the adventurer, take a bobsled ride yourself…. Lots of places to stop and walk/hike at trail heads along the way!

Heritage and History-The history of the Adirondacks is as diverse as its geography. A battleground through three wars, the turf of loggers and miners, the vacation destination of Gilded Age magnates and home to two Olympic Games, the depth and breadth of the region's heritage is only matched by its glorious scenery. You'll find forts, museums, historic homes and "Great Camps," excursion railroads and even sunken wrecks in the Adirondacks. Events ranging from Woodsmen's Field Days to the No-Octane Regatta to a French and Indian War Encampment bring history to life.

Shopping: Fantastic small shops right here on Main St, The Hudson River Trading Co  for great gifts, clothing and furniture. The Exchange is a consignment marketplace featuring all Adirondack artisans.  Foothill features antiques and collectibles. And more nice shops!

Of course The Outlets just south of Lake George (Exit 20) are always a popular stopping off point or destination for non-skiers.

Guide Service- for the quintessential Adirondack experience that only locals know!,,

Massage- The Oasis Spa is right next door-. Enjoy a relaxing massage!

Yoga- check out Suzanne’s magnificent yoga studio

Foodies - be sure to stop in at Nettle Meadow Goat Farm and Cheese Company and Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg. The area offers numerous excellent dining options from trendy wine bars (barVino is right next to The Alpine Lodge!) to casual eateries, to fine dining.

Cooking Classes- check out the special food and wine events at,, and

Exhibits, Museums and Galleries – There are many museums, galleries, and historic sites from The French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Caution: many museums are subject to seasonality- check if the option is available for the specific season you are interested in before traveling to a sometimes remote location.

The Santanoni Preserve  is the largest tract of land donated to the Adirondack Preserve in the last decade. The 12,500 acre preserve is home to the Santanoni Lodge built from 1892-93, owned at that time by Robert C. Pruyn, a prominent Albany banker and businessman. "As one of the earliest examples of the Adirondack Great Camps, Camp Santanoni was regarded at the time of its completion as the grandest of all such Adirondack Camps to date" . Great Camp Santanoni, now owned by New York State and incorporated into the State Forest Preserve, is open to the public. In the summer, visitors can walk or bike 4.7 miles into the camp or take advantage of a beautiful, flat 10-mile ski t

Lake George Village-from miniature golf, to amusement parks, go-karts, lake cruises on beautiful 32-mile long Lake George , visit Lake George Village.

Saratoga- of course the famous horse racing flat track is open through all of August, but the magnificent city of Saratoga is fun to visit year –round.


WINTER ATTRACTIONS (also refer to year-round attractions below)
Located just minutes from Gore Mountain in North Creek NY, the most scenic Upstate NY attractions and events are at your Gore Mountain Regionfingertips when you stay at Alpine Lodge Adirondack motel.

Downhill ski at Gore Mountain - A short 5 minute drive to the lifts. A shuttle operates on weekends and holidays between downtown North Creek-Ski Bowl and Gore. Gore Mountain boasts 2100’ vertical, 11 lifts, 75 trails and 95% snowmaking, Gore is a premier ski area of the northeast. The North Creek Ski Bowl is within offers night skiing and tubing. Whiteface Mountain  is 1 hour away and West Mountain  is 45 minutes south.

Night skiing at The North Creek Ski Bowl!

Ice-skating- bring your skates! At the ski bowl there is a beautifully maintained covered skating rink also at Dynamite Hill in Chestertown.

Tubing- great tubing at - The North Creek Ski Bowl.  Or try Tubby’s Tubes Co Slide Park in Lake Luzerne.

Sledding and Tobogganing: check out Dynamite Hill in Chestertown for great sliding like you remember from your youth. Also has a rope tow- great for little skiers. Free. Open at night. 494-2722 

Cross-country ski and snowshoe at Garnet Hill, Cunninghams Ski Barn and others including unlimited acres access on state land. Check out for maps and guidebooks. We personally enjoy skiing up the old (unused in winter) railroad tracks immediately behind the Lodge. Unbelievable back country ski and snowshoeing are available right out our front door.  Natural Stone Bridge and Caves offers guided night-time snowshoeing through their beautiful property. Please note: Great Camp Santanoni is a great snowshoe or ski destination.

Snowmobiling - If you have your own machines join the North Warren Trailblazers for miles and miles of groomed trails close by… If you would like to rent “sleds” there are numerous local options for guided 1 and 2 hour trips for single or double riders. Explore both beautiful pine woods and/or open frozen lake terrain. For more information on snowmobile rentals, visit

Snowtrain- Saratoga to North Creek service Friday, Saturday and Sunday from January-March. Saratoga North Creek Railroad Snowtrain

Take a great day trip to The Wild Center  a museum of the Adirondacks Natural History or to Lake Placid

Horseback riding - Winter horseback riding at the Circle B Ranch -Sleigh ride sand hay rides too!

Shopping: Fantastic small shops right here on Main St, The Hudson River Trading Co  for great gifts, clothing and furniture. The Exchange is a consignment marketplace featuring all Adirondack artisans.  Foothill features antiques and collectibles. And more nice shops!

Of course The Outlets just south of Lake George (Exit 20) are a popular stopping off point or destination for non-skiers.

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