Adirondack Vacation Attractions & Entertainment
Our suggestions of “what to do while you are here” at The Alpine Lodge for the Winter Season
WINTER ATTRACTIONS (also refer to year-round attractions below)
Check out the improvements at Gore Mountain this year! Take your final run down The Pipeline to The Ski Bowl-and grab the shuttle “home” to the lodge. For something different, check out the recently reopened Hickory Hill in Warrensburg. They have just t-bars and poma lifts but some really unbelievable “Expert” ski terrain (and intermediate!)
Take a Winter Safari- hire local guide/Naturalist for a snowshoe or cross-country ski into terrain known only to locals. A really special experience- not to be missed!
3) Take a day trip up to Lake Placid. It's a beautiful one-hour 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 aerial freestyle skiers practice or compete. Check out the luge or bobsledding going, even take a bobsled ride yourself. Save room for a piece of pie at The Noonmark diner in Keene Valley on the way home.
Just take a drive… drive over to Brant Lake via Route 8 (make sure you go around the backside-Palisades Road) and drive over the mountain to Hague and back down Rt 9N to Bolton Landing. Stretch your legs and check out the nice shops or get a drink or dinner at any of the nice restaurants along Main Street in Bolton Landing- go sit at the park and enjoy the magnificent view of frozen Lake George in icy splendor.
After skiing is over, check out the tubing at The Ski Bowl – they have night skiing too! Make sure you stop at barVino Wine Shop to grab a bottle of wine to enjoy in front of the fire when you get back!
Try snowshoeing at Garnet Hill, Natural Stone Bridge Park, or Gore Mountain- its quiet and beautiful- you’ll be delightfully surprised at the unique winter experience!
Cross-country ski at our local nationally ranked cross-country ski area Garnet Hill or Cunningham’s Ski Barn. Don’t forget to stop in their pub afterwards or at the wine bar, barVino in North Creek on the way home. There are a number of other cross-country ski options; Cunningham’s Ski Barn, the Warrensburg Trails along the river and the Caroline Fish Trail System in Chestertown.
Winter horseback riding or engage a “one-horse open sleigh” and go over hill and dale at The Circle B Ranch in nearby Chestertown. Check out Main Street Ice Cream for lunch (or just ice cream!) afterwards. Don’t forget to check out the really nice gift shop upstairs.
Experience the rush of snowmobiling at C&C Adirondack Snowmobile Tours over frozen Loon Lake or in the winter wonderland of the Adirondack woods.
Get a massage and take a nap. Have a licensed massage therapist come right to your room or enjoy “The Oasis” a spa right next door! Enjoy a massage followed by a nap. Spend the rest of the day having lunch, dinner, or libations at one of the many great options here in town. Check out our shopping here in town-Adirondack rustic furniture, housewares & gifts at Hudson River Trading Co. and a nice selection of collectibles/antiques at Foothills. Keep an eye out for the bald eagle often seen looping out over Main Street and the River!
YEAR ROUND ATTRACTIONS
Explore the Lake Placid area - home to two winter Olympics. www.lakeplacid.com 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…. www.mountvanhovenburg.com. 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.
Massage- The Oasis Spa is right next door-. Enjoy a relaxing massage!
Yoga- check out Suzanne’s magnificent yoga studio www.yogaintheadirondacks.com
Foodies - be sure to stop in at Nettle Meadow Goat Farm and Cheese Company www.nettlemeadow.com 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.
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. www.visitlakegeorge.com.
The Santanoni Preserve www.newcombny.com/newsantanonigreatcamp.html 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.
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. http://www.sncrr.com. 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 http://www.visitlakegeorge.com.
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 www.adkmuseum.org The Durant Boat Tour on Raquette Lake www.raquettelakenavigation.com is very lovely- especially for lunch or dinner. The Great Camp Sagamore Tour www.greatcampsagamore.org 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 www.greatcampsagamore.org 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 www.Visitlakegeorge.com
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 www.lakegeorgeshoreline.com and www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com. Or head north to Raquette Lake; the Pohl Family offers a magnificent cruise with lunch and/or dinner and a very interesting historical narrative. www.raquettelakenavigation.com
Natural and Outdoor Attractions- Take a Garnet Mine Tour at Barton’s mines http://www.garnetminetours.com, See the Alpaca’s at http://www.goremountainfarm.com, 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 http://www.Visitlakegeorge.com. 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. http://www.adk.com. 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 (http://www.croninsgolfresort.com) 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 . http://www.visitadirondacks.com
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 http://www.adkbirds.com.
Balloon Flights- many options available. Fly over the Glens Falls, Lake George area Call for telephone numbers. http://www.adirondackballoonflights.com.
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