8 Stunning Places to Propose in the Lake George Area

Written by Jaynie Ellis

Cover Photo: Kacey O’Brien


You’ve picked out the ring, you’ve set the date, and now you need to find the place. Look no further. Here are 8 stunning locations to pop the question in the Lake George Area: 

1. The Sagamore Resort

Bolton Landing

This historically renowned destination on Green Island has gorgeous scenes for many different proposal ideas. Walk hand-in-hand along a waterfront promenade; take in the “Queen of American Lakes” and sprawling grounds from the second-floor balcony; reserve a cozy table for a romantic candlelit dinner; or climb aboard The Morgan, Sagamore’s private steamboat, for a cocktail cruise and merriment. The Sagamore Resort is also an elegant venue to say “I do!”.

Photo Credit: Kacey O’Brien 

2. The Pinnacle

Bolton Landing     

The Pinnacle truly upholds its name. This 2.1 mile (out and back) easy-moderate hiking trail is in the charming small town of Bolton Landing. These cliffs are the location for nature lovers to get engaged, with 270º views of Lake George, the Narrows, and the Tongue Mountain range.

Photo Credit: Jaynie Ellis 

3. Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

 Lake George

Much like The Pinnacle, Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob is an easy-moderate hike with breathtaking views of the southern Lake George basin. Made up of two trails leading to picturesque proposal spots, the Orange markers bring you to a dreamy wooden gazebo overlooking small hamlet communities, Harris Bay, and Speaker Heck Island. While the Blue markers meander off to seasonal waterfall that is well worth a glorious springtime trek to pop the question.

4. Adirondack Balloon Festival (Seasonal)

Glens Falls 

The Adirondack Balloon Festival is an annual fall event, the unofficial start to the season in the Lake George Area, and a great opportunity to propose to your partner. Colorful hot air balloons and special shapes dot clear blue skies all weekend long. Sunset (or Moonglow) flights with luminous balloons against the blue/purple hues of dusk are very popular. And, even the sunrise flights in the crisp, morning air draws large crowds to Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Opening and closing nights consist of fewer balloon flights at Crandall Park if you want to join a smaller group of onlookers. A handful of participating pilots offer private basket rides for a romantic bird’s-eye view of the mountainous Lake George Area landscape and beyond.

Photo Credit: Jaynie Ellis 

5. Ice Castles (Seasonal)

Lake George

Festival Commons in the Lake George Village transforms into a winter wonderland during the first months of the New Year. Get down on one knee within the magical fortresses that are Ice Castles. As part of this seasonal attraction, the Artic Alcove was created for such intimate gatherings (reservations required). During the day, Ice Castles sparkles naturally from the sun’s reflection on thousands of hand-crafted icicles. At night, it is lit by a rainbow of LEDs embedded within the ice; the Mystic Light Walk lends the perfect setting for photo ops to “freeze the moment”. Then toast to your engagement over the ice bar at the Polar Pub!

Photo Credit: Kacey O’Brien 

6. Sleigh Rides at Circle B Ranch (Seasonal)


Dash through the snow on a romantic winter sleigh ride through sprawling, open fields and snowy evergreen forests at Circle B Ranch in Chestertown. Glide through Adirondack trails on a Vis-à-Vis or larger classic sleigh drawn by beautiful Draft Horses. Cozy up to your partner on the padded velvet or leather seats and enjoy a 45-minute ride, giving you plenty of time to work up the courage. Afterwards you will be treated to refreshments and a make-your-own s’mores bar while warming up around an outdoor fire pit. A moment to remember – right out of a Hallmark movie!

Did you fall in love with the area as well? Across the way are two grand boutique hotels – Friends Lake Inn and Fern Lodge – that specialize in couples’ getaways, intimate elopements, petit weddings, and authentic Adirondack honeymoons.

Photo Credit: Jaynie Ellis

7. Natural Stone Bridge & Caves


Take a self-guided, awe-inspiring tour at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves. Traverse up and down stone steps, along gravel trails, and across wooden bridges to picturesque overlooks perfect for a proposal. Here, active explorers will find naturally impressive views of the Adirondacks that they can’t get anywhere else. These caverns and other landmarks have been carved out by the rushing Trout Brook, including the largest marble cave entrance on the East Coast – a very suitable spot to get down on one knee.

Take Note: Natural Stone Bridge & Caves is open late spring through the fall, and reopens again in the winter for snowshoeing.

Photo Credit: Kacey O’Brien 

8. Fireworks Cruises (Seasonal)

Lake George Steamboat Company & Lake George Waterfront Cruises, Lake George

Climb aboard the Lake George Steamboat Company’s flagship steamer, or the Lake George Waterfront Cruises iconic wooden boats, for a fairy-tale Fireworks Cruise. You can’t get any closer to the spectacular displays than on the Lac du Saint Sacrement, Adirondac, or Horicon. Departing just after dusk, the ships float through the glassy water for a little over an hour as you tour the southern shores of Lake George while taking in the show. The clear, dark sky above the lake is the perfect backdrop for the explosion of colors.

Want to extend the evening by enjoying a romantic dinner beforehand? Lake George Steamboat Company also offers a Dinner & Fireworks Cruise option. Set sail for some sunset sightseeing, a delicious dinner buffet, cocktail bar, live entertainment topside, photo ops., and more! Propose during dinner or wait until the fireworks show for the sparks to fly. Your partner will not just be oohing and aahing at the fireworks, but also that shiny new ring on their finger!