Explore the Lake Placid area – home to two winter Olympics. It’s a beautiful one-hours drive north. Window shop down Main Street, stop for lunch at any number of great luncheon spots, go to the top of the ski jumps and watch the ski jumpers or ariel freestyle skiers practice or compete. Check out the luge or bobsledding. For the adventurer, take a bobsled ride yourself… Lots of places to stop and walk/hike at trail heads along the way! This is also an amazing drive during the autumn foliage!
Make it a Brewery Day! – Believe it or not, people in the Adirondack Mountains love good beer! As a result, numerous micro-breweries have popped up surrounding North Creek, NY that are individually unique and offer an awesome brew tasting experience. Although, you will have to drive from spot to spot (make sure you assign your designated driver!), they are worthy of a visit and are also a lot of fun, summer, fall, winter and spring! Our favorites that are within a 30-45 minute drive of the lodge are Paradox Brewery, Bolton Landing Crewing Co., Lake George Brewery, Adirondack Pub & Brewery, Common Roots Brewing, Davidson Brothers and many, many more! Not into the hops? There are some great local wineries as well, such as Adirondack Winery!
Heritage and History-The history of the Adirondacks is as diverse as it’s geography. A battleground through three wars, the turf of loggers and miners, the vacation destination of Gilded Age magnates and home to two Olympic Games. The depth and breadth of the region’s heritage is only matched by its glorious scenery. You’ll find forts, museums, historic homes and “Great Camps,” excursion railroads and even sunken wrecks in the Adirondacks. Events ranging from Woodsmen’s Field Days to the No-Octane Regatta to a French and Indian War Encampment bring history to life.
Shopping: Fantastic small shops right here on Main St, The Hudson River Trading Co for great gifts, clothing and furniture. Foothills features antiques, collectibles and beautiful items for your home. Poiema and the Vault (hours vary) is a gem inside the old bank building, historic to North Creek. You can even step inside the original vault!
Of course The Outlets just south of Lake George (Exit 20) are always a popular shopping destination for non-skiers who need to keep busy while the others hit up the slopes!
Massage- The Oasis Spa is right next door-. Enjoy a relaxing massage!
Yoga- check out the magnificent yoga studio Yoga in the Adirondacks!
Foodies – Options await! barVino, next door to the Alpine Lodge is a lounge/bar with great wine and beer lists, wine cocktails and great food. 21+ only. Cheese fans?! — be sure to stop in at Nettle Meadow Goat Farm and Cheese Company for some tasty treats and a farm tour! Speaking of farms, if you like meat make sure you visit Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg and/or Jacob & Toney’s Famous Meat Store of the North! The area offers numerous excellent dining options that range from American Fare to more eclectic options. We recommend Basil & Wick’s or Beck’s Tavern for dinner choices great for the whole family. Garnet Hill Lodge has a fantastic menu and great views of the mountains. The Bull House in Chestertown has a great vegan menu.
Exhibits, Museums and Galleries – There are many museums, galleries, and historic sites from The French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Fort Ticonderoga offers an educational experience regarding the areas history. Head up to the Adirondack Experience – great museum that features aspects in line with life in the Adirondacks. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is a great family friendly, kid activity museum. Tannery Pond’s Widlund Gallery is walking distance from the Alpine and features a new artist exhibition every few months. Caution: many museums are subject to seasonality- check if the option is available for the specific season you are interested in before traveling to a sometimes remote location.
The Santanoni Preserve is the largest tract of land donated to the Adirondack Preserve in the last decade. The 12,500 acre preserve is home to the Santanoni Lodge built from 1892-93, owned at that time by Robert C. Pruyn, a prominent Albany banker and businessman. “As one of the earliest examples of the Adirondack Great Camps, Camp Santanoni was regarded at the time of its completion as the grandest of all such Adirondack Camps to date” . Great Camp Santanoni, now owned by New York State and incorporated into the State Forest Preserve, is open to the public. In the summer, visitors can walk or bike 4.7 miles into the camp or take advantage of a beautiful, flat 10-mile ski t
Lake George Village-from miniature golf, to amusement parks, go-karts, lake cruises on beautiful 32-mile long Lake George , visit Lake George Village.
Saratoga– of course the famous horse racing flat track is open through all of August, but the magnificent city of Saratoga is fun to visit year –round.