- 1 week
The Adirondack Mountains are one of New York's grandest natural features which have seen visitors flocking to them for over a hundred years. Whether you're looking to ski, hike, play in the water, or just enjoy the good food and crisp mountain air, this is a region that you should spend some time in.
Kick things off in style in the city of Saratoga Springs, known for its legendary race track and mineral rich water that is said to have healing properties. Head to the Roosevelt Baths and Spa in the Saratoga Spa State Park to enjoy one of the famous mineral baths (call and schedule your appointment in advance) when you arrive and then spend the rest of your stay taking in the city's legendary dining and nightlife. Spend two nights in Saratoga before moving on.
Drive north to find Lake George. The lake itself is stunning and offers a huge array of water activities in the summer, but titular town of the area is fairly rowdy. If that's not to your liking head to nearby Warrensburg, where you can stay at the delightful Cornerstone Victorian. This will put you within easy distance from the lake where you can enjoy a two night stay without having to deal with the crowds. In the winter things around Lake George are pretty quiet, but the beauty of the region still makes it worth at least a stop.
Next will be the neighboring towns of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Either one makes for a good base of operations. Lake Placid is a bit larger and has a more robust nightlife scene, while Saranac Lake attracts a more mellow crowd. Both offer plenty of great dining options and, best of all, access to tons of great outdoor adventures. In the summer there are hikes to go on, boats to kick out into the many lakes that dot the region and picnic spots galore. Winter brings all manner of snow sports from snowboarding to snowshoeing. Both towns are open year-round, although some seasons (due to melting snow April is referred to as 'mud season') tend to be a bit slower.
Thousand Islands Wineries and Distilleries
- 2 days
Thanks to the development of a cold-resistant grape, the shores of the St Lawrence River, which separates New York state from Canada, have developed a small, but hearty, vineyard scene. You'll also find lots of breweries and distilleries. It is still overshadowed by the Finger Lakes, which is all the more reason to get out and explore this hidden gem yourself.
Start on the banks of the St Lawrence River where you'll find basic, but pleasant, accommodation options in the towns of Clayton, Alexandria Bay and Cape Vincent. A good starting point is Thousand Islands Winery, for multi-award winning reds, located just outside of Alexandrian Bay. After that it's a short drive to Clayton Distillery for a little moonshine and the ultra-popular Coyote Moon Vineyards outside of Clayton. For a good dinner, head to the Coal Docks which serves great seafood dishes with local wine pairings.
On day two, drive to Sackets Harbor, a very charming town on the shore of Lake Ontario. You'll pass a few vineyards on the way and when you roll into town you can get some great food and sample local beers at the Sackets Harbor Brewing Company.