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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
If you’re looking for a place right on Lake George that has attractions, restaurants and shopping all within walking distance of each other that isn’t Lake George Village, look no further than Bolton Landing. During the day you can wander the quaint and beautiful town, which is peppered with small boutiques and sidewalk cafes by the beach. At night dress up and have a drink or go out to dinner at one of the area’s fine restaurants overlooking Lake George. It’s never far from adventure and attractions and whether you’re looking for a Four-Diamond resort or a B&B on the lake to rest your head at night, Bolton Landing has it all.
Oh the boutiques! Head to Serendipity Boutique for the best clothing brands and unique jewelry. On the hunt for antiques? Sumptuous Settings Antiques located in a magnificent French Chateau mansion on Lake George. For everything Lake George and to take home that special souvenir, visit Local where it’s all about the lake. For one-of-a-kind Adirondack inspired books, art and jewelry head to Trees Adirondack Gifts and Books.
Fuel up or wind down by heading to one of Bolton Landing’s great dining options. Start your day with breakfast at Bolton Beans, a restaurant located in a vintage train car right on Main Street. Enjoy a great lunch menu and beautiful views of Huddle Bay at The Algonquin. For dinner, head to The Huddle for fine dining and a great bar selection (favorite dishes include the Osso Bucco and Fish Tacos). For a variety of culinary options you can head to The Sagamore and choose from eight unique dining venues for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Bolton Landing has great hiking and awesome views. If you’re an experienced hiker eager for a challenge, try the Tongue Mountain Range Trail, an 11.8 mile loop that brings you along the shores of Lake George and over three peaks on the range. If you’re looking for an easier trek try Cat and Thomas Mountains or hit the Pinnacle just down the road which is a quick mile up and back. All peaks offer great views! If you’re not afraid of heights and want to spend time high in the trees, head to Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. It’s the United States’ largest aerial tree top adventure park with over 1.5 miles of thrilling aerial adventures. When it’s time to hit the water head to Lake George Kayak Co and rent kayaks, canoes or SUPs for an hour, a half day or a full day.
Along with great hiking, shopping and dining, Bolton Landing offers great attractions and events that you don’t want to miss. Visit the Sembrich Opera Museum, the old teaching studio of the Metropolitan Opera Diva, Marcella Sembrich. If you’re a chamber music fan, check out their concert and film series. For an educational day for the whole family, head to Up Yonda Farm, an environmental education center with a museum, sugarhouse and butterfly garden. During the summer you can enjoy free concerts on Tuesday nights at Rogers Park. A great opportunity to cook out and relax with family and friends lakeside. Set sail on Lake George aboard The Morgan, the Sagamore’s 72-foot replica of the 18th century touring venture. You’ll be treated to the best views of the lake on these 1.5 hour cruises.
Bolton Landing is most well known for The Sagamore, a Victorian-era resort located on its own private island in Lake George. It has a golf course, spa, multiple dining venues, and a beautiful outdoor pool. Don’t miss out on their Glacier Ice Bar in the winter! If you’re more of a B&B person, check out the Boathouse Bed & Breakfast, the only B&B located directly on Lake George, and enjoy their three-course breakfast and the historic home.