1. North Creek
If heading to the great outdoors is the plan, you can't do better than this vibrant hidden mountain town at the base of soaring Gore Mountain. Unpack at Garnet Hill Lodge or any number of cozy, warm accommodations in the area and spend your days on the rugged Alpine slopes of Gore or the meandering Nordic trails at the North Creek Ski Bowl. Hike and snowshoe the hours away and warm up to a nice meal before calling it a day in front of your crackling fireplace. Don't Miss This: A stop at Barkeater Chocolates is a must if you're in the area. Sure, you can order everything online, but there's nothing like roaming the aisles and taking in the amazing aromas ... and you might even catch a glimpse of the resident ghost!
2. Lake George
The bustling summer vacation village of Lake George takes on a whole new allure when snow blankets the streets, mountains and shoreline. Many hotels, including the famous Fort William Henry Resort stand ready to welcome you and your family for your winter getaway. Consider tackling any one or all of the Lake George 12ster winter hikes to get that blood pumping during the day and then settle in at the cozy Adirondack Pub and Brewery for a refreshing beverage and a great meal! Then, get a good night's sleep so you can get up and do it all again the next day! Restaurants throughout the village are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so try them all. Don't Miss This: If you find yourself here in February, you'll want to attend all of the activities of Lake George Area Winterfest, weekends packed with great food, socially-distanced safe outdoor events such as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, winter “fat tire” mountain biking and tons of children's activities!
Want to get a little deeper into the woods? Cruise a bit along the Northway to this wonderful Adirondack town nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. Chester Challenge hikers who are up to the task will receive a special Winter Challenge pin or patch after they hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe at least part of the six trails between December and March. Would you rather have a one-stop-shop for lodging, dining and activities? Friends Lake Inn with its Snowshoe Center and Cross-Country Trails is perfect for you! Park the car and forget about it until it's time to go home! Cozy fireplace lodging, great dining and myriad activities await.
4. Bolton Landing
Drive the meandering Bolton Road to the home of the stunning Sagamore Resort. But this visit isn't about black-tie formals, necessarily. It's about getting outside, and there are few places that can afford as diverse a set of options as Bolton Landing. Hiking choices are limited only by the time you have to explore the lake shore or the mountains that soar alongside its icy surface. Lake George Land Conservancy can offer some great hiking suggestions and the rugged Tongue Mountain range constantly beckons to the hard-core hiker. Make a quick drive up to The Pinnacle trailhead or let Up Yonda Farm take you on a guiding snowshoe tour with striking views from on high. And when the day draws to a close, enjoy some wonderful elixirs and a great meal in your private outdoor igloo at Bolton Landing Brewing Company or The Barrel before heading back to your cozy room for a well-deserved night's rest!
5. Stony Creek
Tucked away in the western reaches of the Lake George Area is one of our best-kept secrets. Beyond dude ranches, the famous Stony Creek Inn and the Mountain Days Festival, Stony Creek is home to some incredible snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Choose from any number of hotels or motels in the area and then set off for nearby Dean Farm Heritage Trail for some great outdoor recreation opportunities. Or while away your day strolling along the picturesque rivers and streams that make this Adirondack town the gem that it is!
For the family whose members have diverse interests, this sprawling, dynamic town really is the place to be. Hotels and motels are placed conveniently off the Adirondack Northway and along State Route 9, including Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, offering a "Get Snowed Inn" package. In winter, West Mountain is the crown jewel for skiing enthusiasts, but bring along the whole family for some great tubing as well. Ice fish and skate on Glen Lake or Crandall Pond, choose from any number of nature preserves to hike, including the newly expanded Rush Pond Trail. Love to fat bike? Head to the Gurney Lane Recreation Area for 21 km of trails. Cross-country ski or showshoe each one for a truly unique outdoor experience. And for those in the family who prefer to shop the day away, you're in for a treat. Aviation Mall and The Factory Outlets of Lake George alone will keep you warm and occupied for days! Don't Miss This: The Silo Restaurant and Gift Shop is a really charming country store with unique gift ideas. Two words - cider donuts!
Scenic beauty, history and vast swaths of open space are what make this Adirondack treasure the ideal Winter escape. The mighty Hudson River that once powered tanneries and factories in Warrensburg continues to carve its way through this peaceful community. Once stately homes stand testament to the town's rich history, including the historic Merrill Magee Inn that continues to welcome guests. But choose from any number of accommodations or restaurants to make your Warrensburg visit a most memorable one. Hike Hackensack Mountain for views of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers, and then settle in at George Henry's for a great meal and libations! Don't Miss This: Oscar's Adirondack Smokehouse is a must see for anybody traveling through the area.
8. Glens Falls
Hometown USA pretty much says it all! Just off the Adirondack Northway sits the former bustling industrial city of Glens Falls. Now more of an arts, fine dining and boutique shopping community, it is perfectly situated for guests to take advantage of great recreational opportunities, as well. Take up residence at the grand Queensbury Hotel, where you'll find yourself walking distance from great shopping and dining options, including dining in a heated igloo. Or, pack up the car for a short drive up to West Mountain Ski Center for a day of shredding and tubing. Once the whole family is sufficiently exhausted, head back to The Queensbury for some delightful outdoor winter dining at Park26! These charming igloos will keep you toasty as you observe goings-on along the city streets while sampling all the delights from the menu. Afterward, step out and enjoy that nightlife!
9. Brant Lake
Among the smaller waterfront communities in the Lake George Area, this hamlet offers all of the recreational opportunities of the more crowded destinations, but in more intimate surroundings. Brant Lake is a favorite ice fishing destination for anglers, so you'll want to plan some time out on the ice. Hike the trails of Bartonville Mountain to beautiful vistas, and snowshoe or cross-country ski all day long before returning to your accommodations to perhaps sit in front of a cozy fire until it's time for dinner. Choose from any number of local restaurants to suit your palate and then get a good night's rest so that you can tackle the great outdoors the next day!
10. Lake Luzerne
Rolling hills, forests, lakes, rivers, streams and plenty of open spaces make Lake Luzerne one of the most ideal Winter vacation destinations in the Lake George Area. Once settled into your accommodations, you'll find this place is a dream-come-true for snowmobile enthusiasts, being situated directly on a vast snowmobile trail network. Guests are invited to bring their own sleds or let local tour guides whisk you away in comfort and confidence. Trail systems run conveniently near restaurants and bars so that you can stop for a quick bite, or warm up with a relaxing meal. Those who care to get a bit more back to nature and do some horseback riding, a remarkably peaceful way to explore the terrain. Hike or snowshoe Potash Mountain or cross-country ski along the babbling rivers and skate along the surface of Lake Luzerne itself until sunset. Don't Miss This: If you don't hit this stop on your snowmobile tour, make a point of stopping at Nettle Meadow Artisan Cheese Shop for some award-winning hand-crafted cheeses and other locally produced goods!
If you've been here for the annual Farm Tour or Maple Days, you have witnessed the wonderful rolling landscape and woodlands that make Thurman a snowmobile enthusiast's ideal winter vacation destination! Once the terrain is covered in snow, the Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club puts that prime acreage to use as one of the premier trail networks in the region. Connecting Lake Luzerne to Speculator, the club links crucial sections of the Adirondack trail. Set your bags down at the Glen Lodge or any number of local hotels and motels and pull those sleds off the trailer. You'll be back when you're back! Stop for a bite at one of the Lake George Area restaurants before hitting the sack so you can wake up early to do it all again!
Following you along your drive to Hague from Bolton is the towering Tongue Mountain Range that subtly invites hiking enthusiasts to tackle its wintry remotes. Take a quick run up to Fifth Peak lean-to for awesome views or circumnavigate the entire tongue for an unforgettable winter hiking odyssey! First, get to your log cabin at Trout House Village Resort and unpack. The mountain isn't going anywhere and neither is the vast network of snowmobile trails waiting for you! The Hague Sno-Goers Club trails are open to sleds and cross-country skiers, so everyone's accommodated. And while in the area, try any number of great restaurants ready to serve up all your favorites.