Weekend Getaways Near New York City

Fort William Henry
Fort William Henry

Lake George, New York (Begins 210 miles north of New York City)

Beyond all the nonstop, big-time attractions and tourist craziness of Lake George Village at its southern tip, 32-mile-long Lake George is in fact a true Adirondack lake, replete with magnificent mountain scenery.

It’s often the best choice for active families who can then decide how close they want to be to “the action.” The major tourism center is the Village of Lake George at the southern end of the lake, where you’ll find waterfront restaurants with elevated decks, dozens of souvenir shops and arcades, plus Million Dollar Beach, a life-guarded strand with bathhouses and food concessions.

The sky’s the limit for lovers of the outdoors. You can go parasailing over the lake, or hire a water taxi at one of the marinas on Lakeshore Drive, and picnic on a state-owned island. Get a fishing license and drop a line in the early morning at the Steel Pier or in Shepard Park; the latter also is a venue for free concerts on weeknights through Labor Day. History buffs can visit the Fort William Henry Museum, an outpost during the French and Indian War. Just outside the village: horseback-riding, rodeos and white-water rafting on the Hudson or Sacandaga rivers. When you’re hungry, check out George’s Restaurant, a popular steak joint, or, for a panoramic view, try the Shoreline Restaurant or The Boardwalk Restaurant.

WHERE TO STAY: There are scores of lakefront hotels, motels, resorts (including the elegant Sagamore at Bolton Landing and housekeeping cottages from which to choose, with the vast majority of them on the more accessible western side. The Fort William Henry Resort, on a hill overlooking the lake, is one of the better-known lodgings. Hundreds of properties, including hotels, cottages and cabins, line the extensive lakefront.

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By JENNIFER BERGER   jennifer.berger@newsday.com


10 Best Beaches for Families in 2016

Million Dollar Beach
Million Dollar Beach

March 30, 2016 – Family Vacation Critic

Beaches are what family vacation dreams are made of. We save our pennies for simple days on the sand, building sandcastles, riding waves, playing volleyball, picnicking, and most importantly — spending quality time with loved ones.

These beaches, hand picked by our editors, offer opportunities to do all of the above (and more), plus all of the amenities families need at a beach — pristine, relatively calm waters, restrooms, showers, parking, and nearby accommodations, restaurants and other fun diversions, from historic sites to fireworks.

Million Dollar Beach – Lake George, New York
Admission is free at Million Dollar Beach, as are the stunning, panoramic views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. Restrooms, showers, a volleyball area, snack stand, picnic tables and grills are also included, and swimming is ideal for all ages, with calm waters and lifeguards on duty. Another reason for families to plan a visit to Million Dollar Beach and Lake George — the area is known for its wealth of vacation rentals.

Insider Tip: Head to nearby Lake George Village for fireworks over the lake. The shows commence July 4 and then run every Thursday through August.

Hotel Recommendation: Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center


Top 10 Clearest Lakes in the U.S.

Photo Courtesy of Aimee Lindell
Photo Courtesy of Aimee Lindell

Known as the Queen of American Lakes, this 32-mile long lake is one of the most beautiful in the United States. Located in the southeastern Adirondack State Park, Lake George gathers more than 50,000 summer visitors who seek the beautiful views of the deep blue water. Guests to the area can also enjoy a number of water-based activities ranging from water-skiing and jet-skiing to rafting and kayaking.

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11 Best Places to Rent a Summer Lake House

Sunset on the Lake
Sunset on the Lake

May 19, 2016 ~ Trip Advisor Vacation Rentals Blog

11 Great Places To Rent A Summer Lake House

Forget the oceanfront hotel. We’re all about a stunning lake house this summer.

Who wants sand between their toes and salt in their b-suits, anyway? Okay, so we’re not totally against the beach. But there’s another type of vacation that was made for America: a classic summer cottage on the lake. Or a cozy cabin. How about an eight-bedroom summer lodge for a full-family affair?

You get the point.

America boasts some of the best lake destinations in the world for outdoor recreation, incredible scenery and action-packed adventure. In other words: the perfect combination of activities for a thrilling (or relaxing) summer escape.

A summer lake house often comes with kayaks, canoes, paddleboards or even your own personal boat for use (assuming you have a license)! Sure you could opt for the hotel a few miles inland, but why not stay just steps to the water and hiking trails? Plus you’ll enjoy substantial privacy. Just you and the great outdoors. And your vacation mates, of course.

But with so many great lake house options, where should you choose? Enter TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals. We’ve bypassed the touristy, crowded lakes – nobody wants to share the bay with other jet skiers, after all – and instead identified 11 amazing summer lake retreats that aren’t quite as…occupied. You’ll find affordable summer cottages and cabins in each of these spots just waiting for you to make new lifelong memories.

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

This 32-mile-long “Queen of American Lakes” is chock-full of summer lodging, attractions, eateries and just about any form of recreation you can name. Take your pick: parasailing, fishing, diving, jet skiing, hiking, golfing, mini-golf, horseback riding and more. If you’ve got kids in tow, you can spend a day at the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom, New York’s largest amusement park. Hikers gravitate to Prospect Mountain, which offers panoramic views from the top. Among the cleanest and clearest of major US lakes, Lake George is as splendid today as when Thomas Jefferson described it as “…without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw."

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