The 7 Best Lake George Area Winter Views

The Lake George Area offers up beautiful views all four seasons so don’t let the snow stop you from taking them in this winter. While some require a hike with appropriate gear (snowshoes, spikes, warm clothing) some of the best views can be accessed by car. Not seeing your favorite spot on this list? Share it with us!

  1. Beach Road & the Lake George Southern Basin

The perfect first stop on your next trip to the Lake George Area. You can take this view in from Beach Road in Lake George Village by Million Dollar Beach. Accessible by car, this view doesn’t require any hiking and you can look north for miles of lake and rolling Adirondack Mountains.

      2 & 3.  2 for 1 at Crane Mountain

A challenging winter hike that rewards with not one, but two great winter views! Make sure you bring snowshoes and spikes as this hike is steep with boulders and ladders that you’ll have to climb up. This hike is a 3.2 mile loop with a shorter and steep path one way and a longer but not as steep trail the other way that brings you along a beautiful spring fed mountain ridge pond on the way down; a perfect spot to take a break and take in the view.

  1. Gore Mountain

Skiers and riders should head to Gore Mountain not just for great skiing and riding but beautiful views for miles. With four peaks you’ll get Adirondack vistas in every direction with snowcapped trees surrounding you at each peak.

  1. Brant Lake

Step out on frozen Brant Lake and you’re instantly surrounded by unforgettable 360-degree views. Walk around the lake and see ice fishers and snowmobiles out every weekend. Spend an entire day on the lake for the annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival! Make sure the lake is completely frozen over and safe before you venture out!

  1. The Sagamore

This luxury resort is nestled on its own island on Lake George and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Whether you’re staying for the week or dropping by for a cocktail or meal don’t miss a walk by the lake. If you time your visit right in the late afternoon you’ll witness the suns rays hitting the mountains on the east side of the lake as the moon rises over the same mountains. A magnificent site year round!

  1. West Mountain

While your skiing and riding at West Mountain during the day you’ll find sprawling views to the West of Queensbury and Glens Falls with mountains in the far distance. At night (yes there is night skiing at West Mountain) you’ll see lights from nearby Glens Falls.


Chestertown

When Chestertown was founded in 1799, it was known as Chester Four Corners. A fitting name, as Chestertown is located between four of the northern-most lakes in Warren County. Bordered by Friends Lake, Loon Lake, Brant Lake, and Forest Lake, Chestertown is a great place to settle in for an authentic Adirondack vacation with easy access to endless activities. Although Chestertown is far less tourist oriented than Lake George and Bolton Landing, visitors in the summer can still expect to enjoy boating, hiking and swimming in the lakes around the area, while those visiting in the colder months can take advantage of Dynamite Hill, a town-maintained ski and sledding hill complete with a rope tow, or make the short drive to Gore Mountain. Whatever time of the year you visit, Chestertown offers some of the best food and lodging in the region in a quieter setting than surrounding towns.

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The lakes surrounding Chestertown feature quiet roads winding around the tree-lined shorelines, with spectacular views at all times of the year. With the exception of Loon Lake, which has a public beach, they are all privately owned. However, a stay at historic lodges such as Fern Lodge or Friends Lake Inn will grant you access to Friends Lake, a private oasis off the beaten path. Both luxury hotels offer kayak and canoe access for guests, as well as a romantic setting perfect for a weekend away, wedding or honeymoon. For those looking for a more affordable option, Chestertown is also home to the Chester Inn, which is located on the heart of the main street within walking distance of many of the restaurants in town. The Pine Tree Motel and Cabins are another option, located on State Route 8, which is a quick drive away from all the area has to offer! See more area lodging options here.

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Fern Lodge 

Chestertown offers some of the most popular restaurants in the northern section of the Lake George Area, with menus catering to casual as well as fine dining. A favorite choice for visitors and locals alike is the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. Don’t be fooled by the name; breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as ice cream, are served daily throughout the summer. An organic garden located in the back of the property supplies much of the produce served, and the kitchen is known for their generous serving sizes. Just down the road from the Ice Cream Parlor is The Bullhouse, a steakhouse and bar offering classic cuisine with a South American flare. If steak is what you’re looking for, The Bullhouse offers some of the best you’ll find in the area! On the more upscale side is the Friends Lake Inn, which is home to a farm-to-table menu and one of the countries most extensive and well-respected wine lists. With an 18,000-plus-bottle wine cellar, the Friends Lake in is truly a wine connoisseurs dream. The fine dining menu is one of the more expensive in the region, but worth the cost for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Main Street Ice Cream Parlor

If you’re looking for something to do in the Chestertown area, there is much more available than just the lakes that surround the town! Outdoor activities such as biking and hiking are popular, and the Chester Challenge is a great way to experience multiple mountains without traveling too far out of the Lake George Area. All of the trails offer unique views of the foothills of the High Peaks, and the short distance between the trails means that you can complete multiple hikes in a short amount of time. Finish six of the trails and you receive a Chester Challenge pin as a souvenir of completion. For those looking for a different type of outdoor fun, the North Warren Central School tennis courts are open to the public throughout the summer months. Bring your own tennis racquet and balls to enjoy the four tennis courts. Parking is available at no charge. Although the Lake George Area is famous for it’s iconic summer fun, it truly is a year round destination. Dynamite Hill, just outside the town center, is a perfect example of that. This four-season recreation center offers hiking trails in the summer and skiing, sledding, and snowboarding in the winter. The towns’ snowmaking machine insures that this free attraction offers as much fun as possible throughout the colder months.

Visitors to the Lake George Area shouldn’t pass up the chance to visit Chestertown. Conveniently nestled between some of the most pristine parts of the Southern Adirondacks, Chestertown is a perfect stopping point for locals and visitors alike.


Brant Lake

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Just 30 minutes north of Lake George, the hamlet of Brant Lake is the quintessential small Adirondack town, but with a youthful twist that makes it a wonderful destination for those looking for outdoor adventures without the crowds of Lake George. Famous for it’s prestigious children’s summer camps and stunning fall foliage, Brant Lake is home to hikes of all levels, roads perfect for biking, and a pristine lake with a public launch site. The uniqueness of Brant Lake lies in it’s unpretentious feel, and emphasis on enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the 5 mile-long lake and surrounding community. Whether you’re staying for a weekend, or investing in a home along the shore, all are welcome. Take a drive around the single road around the lake, which hugs the shoreline and offers unparalleled views of one of the more private lakes in the Lake George Area.

In the past few years, Brant Lake has experienced a revitalization of the town-center, with the opening of multiple new businesses. The Hub, a hybrid bike shop, bar and cafe, offers locals and visitors alike a relaxed bar atmosphere often accompanied by live music. They also host cycling events around the Brant Lake area, great for those interested in exploring the region by bike. Another new business that has fun for children and adults alike is Stuck in the Mud Pottery, a pottery studio that offers classes throughout the year, as well as handmade ceramics for sale. Stop in to see the work of a local artist, or sign up for a class to learn a new skill. Either way, this new Brant Lake business is sure to quickly become a staple for the regions art enthusiasts.

If you want your trip to the region to be spent outdoors, Brant Lake has more than enough to keep your whole family occupied. EZ Marine and Storage, located on the southern end of the lake, offers boat rentals (including canoes and kayaks!) for a day on the water, and a public beach can be found at the Mill Pond in the center of town. If hiking is more your speed, a quick but challenging hike up Stevens Mountain will reward you with some of the best views of the lake you’ll find. The Brothers, a chain of mountains that extend from the northern end of the lake, make for a longer hike, perfect for a full-day adventure. Brant Lake is also home to the southern entrance of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, a 45,883 acre wilderness area that boasts dozens of lakes, ponds, streams, and hiking trails.

Although Brant Lake is a common day-trip destination for those staying in nearby areas, it can also be an ideal place to set up camp for a weekend, week or summer-long vacation. Cottage rentals are the most common type of lodging in Brant Lake, with Hill Crest Cottages and Raymond Cottages offering private cottages and lake-access to their guests. Another option is the historic Sunset Mountain Lodge, an original 1920’s Adirondack resort revitalized to become not only a stopping point, but also a destination in itself. Guests are welcome to rent out the lodge for large gatherings, family reunions, office parties, etc. or stay in one of the “Housekeeping Cottages”, which are available in varying sizes and come with kitchen facilities. If you’re looking for more options within driving distance of Brant Lake, check out a full list of hotels, motels, rentals, and more here.

Although less than 1000 people live in Brant Lake year-round, the hamlet is home to both casual and fine-dining restaurants. The Lazy Moose Garden Market combines a homey general store vibe with beautiful greenhouse plants. Grab a freshly made sub from the deli (which uses Oscars Smokehouse meats) and make your table pop with flowers from their gardens. They also offer breakfast sandwiches, we recommend The Sunset! For a fine-dining option, visit Jimbo’s Club at the Point. Nestled along the shoreline of the lake at the historic Point o’ Pines Girls Camp, Jimbo’s is only open to the public from December to March. However, during that time it’s home to some of the best cuisine in the region. The surrounding towns of Chestertown, Pottersville, Lake George, and Warrensburg offer even more dining options. Check them out here.

Whatever the length of your stay, Brant Lake offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of daily life. Enjoy the untouched beauty of this hamlet on the lake, the roads or the trails. A quick drive from Lake George Village makes this the perfect stop while exploring the area.


Pet Friendly Fun

Arguably one of the worst parts of leaving for vacation is waving goodbye to your furry family members as you set off towards your destination. From hikes and dog friendly beaches, to events centered around all things canine, the Lake George Area has you covered for dog friendly fun!

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Battlegrounds and Hearthstone Campgrounds

Both DEC run campsites are pet friendly, but make sure to come prepared with records of rabies shots! Dogs must remain leashed, reasonably quiet, and out of the day use area.

Lake George RV Park

Similar to the DEC campsites in terms of needing proof of rabies shots and leashes, the Lake George RV Park also features Charlie’s Bark Park for guests and their dogs, a two acre off-leash park with all the amenities a vacationing pooch could want. Designated large and small dog areas, dog washing station, pet treat vending machine and water fountain, synthetic turf play area, and walking trails are all features of the park.

LG RV Darn cute boy and dogDaggett Lake Campsites

Located in Warrensburg, Daggett Lake Campsites also require dogs to be leashed (seeing a theme here?) and they even have a dog sitter is available if you’re interested in a day of humans-only fun! Dogs are also allowed at the designated dog beach, but are asked to stay out of the swimming area.

Tin Teepee

This Brant Lake campsite offers hiking trails, a pool, pond access, and ATV trail systems. Pets are welcome!

Lodging

Many hotels in the area allow pets, but for a fee. If you have your heart set on a specific hotel not listed among the hotels with free lodging for pets below, give them a call and see what they offer!

Colonial Court

A truly pet-friendly motel in Bolton Landing, Colonial Court offers pet sitting and dog walking services, along with pet supplies! Pets stay free, and are allowed in most areas around the facilities. They also offer an extensive list of tips to keep your critters happy and safe before you leave, during your travels and throughout your stay!

Motel 6

Affordable and welcoming to pets, Motel 6 is a great option right outside Lake George Village, within walking distance of all the activities and restaurants that the Village has to offer.

Red Roof Inn

Offering free lodging for one pet per room, the Red Roof Inn is conveniently located between Glens Falls and Lake George, close to both West Mountain and the Village making it the perfect location for a full range of activities throughout the entire year! Kids 17 and under also stay free with an adult.

Parks and Beaches

Dog Beach

Lake George’s famous Dog Beach is the perfect place to relax and cool off with other dogs and their owners. The stretch of beach, which is located between Lake George Steamboat Company and Million Dollar Beach, provides a safe place for pups of all ages to play in one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. The Dog Cabin, located in Lake George Village, runs the beach and is a great place to find all the essentials for mans best friend!

Lake George Battlefield Park

If water isn’t what you’re looking for, Lake George’s Battlefield Park offers an area for dogs to run, play Frisbee, and enjoy the sunshine. Right across from the lake and from Dog Beach, it’s a beautiful place to stretch your dog’s legs (and yours!).

Shepard Park and Charles R. Wood Park

Enjoy a walk along the lake after exploring the village. Dogs are allowed, although swimming should be limited to Dog Beach.

Events

Woof Stock

June 18th and 19th, head to Chestertown to enjoy a weekend of doggie fun. Events include a diving pool, police canine demonstrations, agility and lure chasing activities, disc catching, groomers and specialty dog food vendors, as well as adoption agencies! Both human and dog treats are available, and the “My Dog Has Talent Show” is not to be missed!

Pet Fest

An event focused around all things dog, Pet Fest is a Glens Falls Collaborative event that features the Warren County Sheriff Departments K-9 Unit, low-cost microchipping, demonstrations on Pet First Aid and CPR, Hudson the Railroad Puppy, and many other pet-related activities and goods! The first Pet Fest was held on May 21, 2016, but you can expect it to become an annual event that both you and your pup will look forward to.


Farmers’ Markets

You already know summer in the Adirondack region is amazing for a lot of reasons. We have world-renowned mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests; but one of the hidden treasures of the area is the local produce and goods. In practically every town in Warren County, you can find a Farmers’ Market featuring locally sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy, and more! You can hit up any of the below markets throughout the week during the summer.

Lake George

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Every Wednesday from 10am-3pm, the Lake George Farmers’ Market takes over Shepard Park in the heart of the Village. The Farmers’ Market goes beyond vegetables, also offering visitors fresh dairy products and seafood. Take a walk through the selections, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy your finds while taking in views of Million Dollar Beach and the famous Lake George Steamboats.

Brant Lake

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Brant Lake offers an impressive selection at their Farmers’ Market, open Tuesday and Saturday from 10am-3pm during the summer. Stop by their location on Route 9 before a day on the boat or a drive around the secluded beauty of one of the regions more private lakes

Chestertown

The Chestertown Farmers’ Market has become an area staple in the past few years; featuring live music, wine from local vineyards, handcrafted woodwork, organic produce, and a wide variety of unique selections you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else. Located at the Chester Town Hall, the market is just a quick walk away from great restaurants and a local art gallery! Check it out on Wednesdays during the summer, from 10am-2pm.

Warrensburg

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Proud to be a “producer only” market, the Warrensburg Riverview Farmers’ Market limits its sales to products made in the region, assuring that what you get there is truly Adirondack exclusive! Cut flowers, maple syrup and honey are all offered, along with meat, poultry and vegetables. Find the Farmers’ Market on the banks of the Schroon River in the Warrensburg Mills Historic District, from 3-6pm on Fridays.

Glens Falls

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A perfect stop during a day of exploring Downtown Glens Falls, the Glens Falls Farmers’ Market is conveniently located in the South Street Pavilion, just a short walk from many shopping and dining options. The Glens Falls Farmers’ Market features the most vendors out of all the markets on our list, and offers a wide variety of goods, including soaps, aromatherapy products, fresh bread, wine, cheese, and local vegetables! Stop by every Saturday, 8am-noon. During the winter this Farmers’ Market moves inside the Sanford Street School so you can purchase fresh produce all year long.

Queensbury

The Queensbury Farmers’ Market is located on Route 9 at Davidson Brothers Brewery. Open on Mondays from 3-6pm, this market is a perfect stop for fresh produce as you’re heading up to Lake George or coming home from work. The Queensbury market runs from June through October.

Bolton Landing

Located just north of Lake George Village, the Bolton Landing Farmers’ Market draws locals and tourists alike with its wide selection of farm fresh produce, as well as locally created crafts. You can find all your favorite local fruits and vegetables right alongside pottery, hand-made textiles and wool products, candles, jewelry, furniture, and much more, and purchase them right from the artist. Live music and special events are offered every week from the end of June to the beginning of September.

North Creek

Rain or shine, you’ll be able to find a variety of locally made products at the North Creek Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 3-6 pm. Located on the lawn of the Tri-County Nursing home on Ski Bowl Road, the market features live music and the occasional special event! Check out their website for more details.

Can’t make it to a Farmers’ Market? Check out the Glens Falls Food Co-Op, located at 11 South Street in Glens Falls for local produce Tuesday through Sunday from 9am-7pm!


Girls Weekend in Brant Lake

 

College get togethers with girlfriends can sometimes mean struggling to come up with activities. Every bit as important as catching up with one another and taking a break from the grind of our busy lives, is the chance take in local attractions. If thrill seeking and roller coasters aren’t the pace you are craving, and you desire more solitude than bustle, you might consider Brant Lake.

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You have to stop at Jacobs & Toney in Warrensburg on your way up for picnic supplies, because who really wants to cook: their amazing subs will keep you fed longer than you’d imagine, while you are there you can pick up a six pack (or two) and don’t miss the local sweets. If you want to stop for a dine-in option, try The Hub, located in the center of town near the falls, and plan to explore the area by bike.

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The drive along the lake is simply beautiful, unless of course you don’t follow directions.

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Stop at the Lazy Moose for unforgettable Adirondack gifts including honey goodness, maple products, and of course lots of plaid. And with spring on our doorstep they are also the place to pick up any gardening supplies you might need.

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For a little more adventure, explore the lake by kayak, canoe or SUP or swim from one of the beaches, both private and public.
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Sunrise to sunset, the views are breathtaking from every vantage point.

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Check out The Sagamore Resort and Bolton Landing for another Girls’ Weekend getaway.


Family-Friendly Fishing Hotspots in the Lake George Area

The Lake George Area is full of outstanding public fishing opportunities; from crystal clear lakes to rivers, streams and ponds. While the adventurous can find plenty of backcountry ponds and rivers, there are enough family friendly fishing holes to keep you busy all summer long, even if you don’t have a boat. Don’t forget to purchase your NYS fishing license for those 16 and up.

Here are some fun, accessible spots worth mentioning:

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Hudson River (Queensbury)

This public boat launch, located at the end of Big Boom Road (exit 18), has a couple docks and some shoreline available within walking distance. Though not a trout area, expect to catch your share of sunfish, bass, pike, and perch.

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Crandall Pond (Glens Falls)

Located a short drive from downtown Glens Falls, Crandall Park’s spring-fed pond offers bridges, platforms, and a few different areas for the whole family to explore. A variety of fish can be caught here, even in the heat of summer. Springtime sees the annual fishing derby, while summer and fall are great for bass, pickerel, and panfish.

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Hovey Pond (Queensbury)

Resting quietly between the main roads through Queensbury (Lafayette St, Queensbury), this small but beautiful pond contains a variety of fish— from surprisingly big bass and pike, to trout and panfish. Expect accessibility and a large amount of shoreline available to fish.

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Glen Lake (Queensbury)

A small canoe/kayak public launch is located next to the Docksider Restaurant in Queensbury. This is Lake George’s smaller, quieter neighbor to the south and it offers an amazing variety of species, from trout and smallmouth to pike, perch & largemouth bass. A canoe or kayak opens up a whole world of opportunity and exciting shoreline.

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Lake Luzerne (Lake Luzerne)

Just over the mountain from Queensbury (Rt. 9N), Lake Luzerne is a quiet, less populated lake. It also boasts a couple beaches and a public boat launch, walkable shoreline, and gorgeous Adirondack scenery. Expect an abundance of bass, perch, and panfish.

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Schroon River (Warrensburg)

Make the drive to exit 24 off I-87 in Bolton. Venture to the public fishing areas dotting each side of the Schroon River, a classic Adirondack river, its cool, swift waters teeming with all varieties of trout, as well as some smallmouth bass and perch. Be aware of the water levels here as they can vary greatly with the weather.

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Brant Lake (Brant Lake)

Cool, scenic Brant Lake, located just over the mountain from Hague on Lake George, is a low-key getaway for locals and seasonal residents. Here you’ll find a few different areas to launch a canoe or kayak, as well as some public shoreline to drop a line. Expect trout in the cooler months, while bass season heats up in the summer.

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Schroon River (Warrensburg)

The quaint Adirondack village of Warrensburg offers several access-friendly hotspots along the Schroon River. Expect some variation of fast water and some slow, deep pools for any type of fishing. Small beach-like areas and walkable shoreline offer great opportunities for trout, bass, panfish, and pickerel.

Hudson River in North River & North Creek

Though sought after by advanced fly fishermen, these fast waters also offer quieter respite along various shoreline breaks of water. Expect all varieties of trout and some smallmouth bass in shallower, clear water with a rocky bottom. If you’re here in the warmer months, you’ll find your share of whitewater enthusiasts (rafts, kayaks, tubes).

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Hudson River in Thurman

One of the prettiest views along the Hudson River is in little-known Thurman, along Rt. 28, just north of Warrensburg. Be aware of water levels for the little ones and make sure to stop by the area’s only fish hatchery on the way (145 Echo Lake Rd, Warrensburg).

Shepard Park on Lake George

What’s a fishing trip in the Lake George Area without fishing one of the country’s most scenic lakes? While much of the lake is not available to the public in the thick of the summer months, you can find the public dock here on the southwest shore a good opportunity to drop a line. A variety of trout, bass, pike, and perch are up for grabs.

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Thirteenth Lake 

Thirteenth lake in North River is a backwoods experience minus the hike. An accessible gravel path leads from the parking lot to a canoe launch where you’ll have a chance at landing native Adirondack brook trout.

Feeling adventurous? A network of hiking trails loop around the lake’s east side, offering access to lakeside campsites and gin clear mountain ponds.

Happy Fishing from all of us in the Lake George area!