Guidebook for our corner of the Adirondacks

Margaret
Guidebook for our corner of the Adirondacks

Shopping

If you only had one store for everyone, this would be it! The entrance opens into a deli. Stairs up lead to clothing, footwear, local books, children's items and such. Stairs down lead to hunting, fishing and camping supplies in addition to a huge selection of beer, some Oscar's Smoke house products and a few other grocery items. Ethanol free gas and propane fills outside on one side of the store. Soft ice cream and SUPs, paddles etc on the other. And really nice people work here.
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Crossroads
40 Dixon Road
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If you only had one store for everyone, this would be it! The entrance opens into a deli. Stairs up lead to clothing, footwear, local books, children's items and such. Stairs down lead to hunting, fishing and camping supplies in addition to a huge selection of beer, some Oscar's Smoke house products and a few other grocery items. Ethanol free gas and propane fills outside on one side of the store. Soft ice cream and SUPs, paddles etc on the other. And really nice people work here.
This place is filled with a variety handmade items from around the region.
Rustic Charm
6348 U.S. 9
This place is filled with a variety handmade items from around the region.
This little store is on the Eastern shore of Schroon lake in the village of Adirondack. It is walking distance to the town public beach, offers breakfast and lunch in addition to a variety of grocery items and other goods.
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Adirondack General Store
899 County Rte 15
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This little store is on the Eastern shore of Schroon lake in the village of Adirondack. It is walking distance to the town public beach, offers breakfast and lunch in addition to a variety of grocery items and other goods.
Loads of name brand outlets packed into a short stretch of road.
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The Outlets at Lake George
1424 U.S. 9
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Loads of name brand outlets packed into a short stretch of road.
Between the mall and the surrounding shopping plazas, you should be able to get anything you could possibly want....
Aviation Mall
578 Aviation Rd
Between the mall and the surrounding shopping plazas, you should be able to get anything you could possibly want....
Great local store that sells unique home furnishings, gifts, fresh made bread and local produce, meat and cheese. Definitely take a look at this spot!
Pine Cone Mercantile & North Woods Bread Co
1079 U.S. 9
Great local store that sells unique home furnishings, gifts, fresh made bread and local produce, meat and cheese. Definitely take a look at this spot!

Parks & Nature

We love this area because it is not heavily used and there exists a wide variety of trail and experiences. Short hikes, long hikes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, mountains, ponds - anyone can find a trail to suite their mood. Grab a map and explore!
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Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
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We love this area because it is not heavily used and there exists a wide variety of trail and experiences. Short hikes, long hikes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, mountains, ponds - anyone can find a trail to suite their mood. Grab a map and explore!
This is a short, steep hike (about 2 miles round trip). There are many good views along the way. It is easy to get to, just north of Schroon Lake.
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Severance Hill
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This is a short, steep hike (about 2 miles round trip). There are many good views along the way. It is easy to get to, just north of Schroon Lake.
A pleasant public beach, walking distance to the restaurants and shops of Schroon Lake Village.
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Schroon Lake Beach
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A pleasant public beach, walking distance to the restaurants and shops of Schroon Lake Village.
People primarily go here to fish and float (although you're officially not allowed to bath because of the dam...) You could put a boat in the water and paddle north up the river to Schroon Lake. This is all quiet water with camps or forest along the river. If you do go here, PLEASE be mindful of water levels and currents.
Starbuckville Dam
People primarily go here to fish and float (although you're officially not allowed to bath because of the dam...) You could put a boat in the water and paddle north up the river to Schroon Lake. This is all quiet water with camps or forest along the river. If you do go here, PLEASE be mindful of water levels and currents.
This is a very short walk (1 mile round trip) along a beautiful stream under the forest canopy to a pretty little pond that is swimmable. Bring snacks and hang around a while. Bushwhack around the pond. Lots to explore here. If you do go in the pond, remember to use all safety precautions because there are no lifeguards or safety measures in place. You are responsible for your own actions. NEVER jump or dive into a body of water without THOROUGHLY investigating the depth of the water and any rocks, logs etc that may be hidden. The best practice is to find a rock outcrop from which it is easy to slip into and out of the water.
Gull POND
1418 Adirondack Rd
This is a very short walk (1 mile round trip) along a beautiful stream under the forest canopy to a pretty little pond that is swimmable. Bring snacks and hang around a while. Bushwhack around the pond. Lots to explore here. If you do go in the pond, remember to use all safety precautions because there are no lifeguards or safety measures in place. You are responsible for your own actions. NEVER jump or dive into a body of water without THOROUGHLY investigating the depth of the water and any rocks, logs etc that may be hidden. The best practice is to find a rock outcrop from which it is easy to slip into and out of the water.
Check this out if you like exploring natural cave formations. In addition to the standard tour, there are adventure tours where you are guided through some of the underground waterways. We have not been here yet, but it's been around for quite some time and folks have told us we should try it. Check out the website and decide for yourself. They also have many family activities such as disc golf (even in the winter) and a bouldering wall.
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Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
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Check this out if you like exploring natural cave formations. In addition to the standard tour, there are adventure tours where you are guided through some of the underground waterways. We have not been here yet, but it's been around for quite some time and folks have told us we should try it. Check out the website and decide for yourself. They also have many family activities such as disc golf (even in the winter) and a bouldering wall.
This is a relatively new trail and becoming more popular. It is about 2.5 miles each way with about 1000 ft elevation gain on the way in. It is a very interesting hike in that nice views can be had several times on the way to the summit. The summit itself has a large, open rocky top that is perfect for panoramic pictures and picnics. The walk includes a mix of steep sections, flat sections and some ups and downs. Unlike some other mountain trails, (ex. Hadley Mountain- A beautiful view but the trail is constantly up) this provides a nice mix of terrain.
Moxham Mountain
This is a relatively new trail and becoming more popular. It is about 2.5 miles each way with about 1000 ft elevation gain on the way in. It is a very interesting hike in that nice views can be had several times on the way to the summit. The summit itself has a large, open rocky top that is perfect for panoramic pictures and picnics. The walk includes a mix of steep sections, flat sections and some ups and downs. Unlike some other mountain trails, (ex. Hadley Mountain- A beautiful view but the trail is constantly up) this provides a nice mix of terrain.

Everything Else

Public beaches and boat launches as close as 5 miles from the house.
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Schroon Lake
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Public beaches and boat launches as close as 5 miles from the house.
Another beautiful lake with a public beach about 5 miles from the house.
Brant Lake
Another beautiful lake with a public beach about 5 miles from the house.
Another beautiful lake with public beach 8 miles from the house.
Loon Lake
Another beautiful lake with public beach 8 miles from the house.
Perfect for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Just a couple miles down the road. Multiple spots to put in a boat close by.
Schroon River
Perfect for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Just a couple miles down the road. Multiple spots to put in a boat close by.
Lake George is the primary tourism draw to this area. It is a long, beautiful lake with many adventure opportunities available. Lake George Village is the quintessential Adirondack tourist town. A myriad of shops, restaurants and bars line the streets. It's often busy and lively day and night.
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Lake George
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Lake George is the primary tourism draw to this area. It is a long, beautiful lake with many adventure opportunities available. Lake George Village is the quintessential Adirondack tourist town. A myriad of shops, restaurants and bars line the streets. It's often busy and lively day and night.

Food Scene

A very unique place - a casual restaurant and bike shop in one! These folks have invested heavily in the area, creating walking and mountain bike trails that begin at their restaurant. Also, very close to Brant Lake Beach.
The Hub Bike Shop
27 Market St
A very unique place - a casual restaurant and bike shop in one! These folks have invested heavily in the area, creating walking and mountain bike trails that begin at their restaurant. Also, very close to Brant Lake Beach.
Main Street has that old time ice cream shop feel. But we go there more often for breakfast or lunch than ice cream. The last couple times the golden beet salad was much better than a beet salad has any right to be. Clothes and souvenirs upstairs.
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Main Street Ice Cream Parlor
6339 Main Street
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Main Street has that old time ice cream shop feel. But we go there more often for breakfast or lunch than ice cream. The last couple times the golden beet salad was much better than a beet salad has any right to be. Clothes and souvenirs upstairs.
Good pizza and pasta and a good selection of local beer.
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Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro & Bar
739 U.S. 9
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Good pizza and pasta and a good selection of local beer.
Famous for their ribs. This place has been around for a long time. Same friendly service and good food.
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Pitkins Restaurant
1085 Main Street
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Famous for their ribs. This place has been around for a long time. Same friendly service and good food.
It doesn't look like too much from the outside, but inside it is attractive and comfortable. There is a good sized bar area in addition to a somewhat partitioned table area. Several signature cocktails are offered along with a rotation of craft beers on tap. The menu is not extensive but focuses on unique takes on seemingly familiar items. I enjoyed their quesadilla with the duck option while a fellow diner thought the Tex-Mex burger was one of the best she ever had. The beef short ribs, a house specialty have received great reviews. Check the website for complete menu and pricing.
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Odd Duck
6332 U.S. 9
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It doesn't look like too much from the outside, but inside it is attractive and comfortable. There is a good sized bar area in addition to a somewhat partitioned table area. Several signature cocktails are offered along with a rotation of craft beers on tap. The menu is not extensive but focuses on unique takes on seemingly familiar items. I enjoyed their quesadilla with the duck option while a fellow diner thought the Tex-Mex burger was one of the best she ever had. The beef short ribs, a house specialty have received great reviews. Check the website for complete menu and pricing.
$1.65 hot dogs! Good, inexpensive fare in a clean comfortable diner setting. Friendly service. Along with the 'dogs they have burgers, Philly cheese steak, chicken and fish fillet sandwiches. Hearty breakfasts too. Check out the full menu on their website.
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New Way Lunch
3748 Main St
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$1.65 hot dogs! Good, inexpensive fare in a clean comfortable diner setting. Friendly service. Along with the 'dogs they have burgers, Philly cheese steak, chicken and fish fillet sandwiches. Hearty breakfasts too. Check out the full menu on their website.
Toad Hill is a relatively large operation with a spacious visitor center/store. Maple season is late February until early April check the website and call other times of the year to see if they are open to the public.
Toad Hill Maple Farm
137 Charles Olds Rd
Toad Hill is a relatively large operation with a spacious visitor center/store. Maple season is late February until early April check the website and call other times of the year to see if they are open to the public.
This is a small, family owned business that has been a labor of love for many years. They give tours and have samples during maple season, late February until early April. Really nice folks and only 15 minutes from the house. Check the website or call for information.
Maple Knoll Farm
784 14th Rd
This is a small, family owned business that has been a labor of love for many years. They give tours and have samples during maple season, late February until early April. Really nice folks and only 15 minutes from the house. Check the website or call for information.
Really good pizza. They have several other items on the menu, but we've only had the pizza and we were "wowed". Beware that it gets very busy. There are tables but no table service. You order at the register when you walk in and they call your name when you're order is ready. They have a large parking lot across the street that also has a lean-to and picnic tables in case its too crowded for you inside. Eliminate your wait time and view the menu online and order ahead of time.
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DeCesare's Pizzeria
938 U.S. 9
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Really good pizza. They have several other items on the menu, but we've only had the pizza and we were "wowed". Beware that it gets very busy. There are tables but no table service. You order at the register when you walk in and they call your name when you're order is ready. They have a large parking lot across the street that also has a lean-to and picnic tables in case its too crowded for you inside. Eliminate your wait time and view the menu online and order ahead of time.
Upscale dining, casual atmosphere. We've had some delicious meals here.
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Bistro LeRoux
668 New York 149
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Upscale dining, casual atmosphere. We've had some delicious meals here.
They have both a bistro for lighter fare and a formal dining room.
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Friends Lake Inn
963 Friends Lake Road
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They have both a bistro for lighter fare and a formal dining room.

Drinks & Nightlife

Just a few years ago, this place was the owner's "hobby". They have grown tremendously as has the quality and variety of their product. Their Beaver Bite IPA is very popular but recently I've preferred their Gose.
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Paradox Brewery
154 U.S. 9
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Just a few years ago, this place was the owner's "hobby". They have grown tremendously as has the quality and variety of their product. Their Beaver Bite IPA is very popular but recently I've preferred their Gose.

Essentials

Good basic grocery store, nice people and close to the house.
Tops Friendly Markets
6308 U.S. 9
Good basic grocery store, nice people and close to the house.
Because sometimes you need a good, basic hardware store. Loads of stuff. In the very back of the store is an ever changing array of unfinished furniture built by the previous owner. Basic, sturdy and very reasonably priced, we've purchased several of his creations and finished them ourselves. They also sell bread and local maple syrup.
Mountain Hardware LLC
6260 U.S. 9
Because sometimes you need a good, basic hardware store. Loads of stuff. In the very back of the store is an ever changing array of unfinished furniture built by the previous owner. Basic, sturdy and very reasonably priced, we've purchased several of his creations and finished them ourselves. They also sell bread and local maple syrup.
Across the street from Mountain Hardware, these 2 stores complement each other nicely. Stephenson is more building materials, Mountain hardware is - hardware - and camping stuff, grills etc.
Stephenson Lumber Co. Inc.
6267 U.S. 9
Across the street from Mountain Hardware, these 2 stores complement each other nicely. Stephenson is more building materials, Mountain hardware is - hardware - and camping stuff, grills etc.
A good place to stop and pick up information about the area. During business hours, there is someone eager to answer your questions and help you find the information you need. Even is it's closed, there is a good deal of information posted on the front deck.
North Warren Chamber of Commerce
3 Dynamite Hill Rd
A good place to stop and pick up information about the area. During business hours, there is someone eager to answer your questions and help you find the information you need. Even is it's closed, there is a good deal of information posted on the front deck.

Arts & Culture

Check out the website for the schedule of gallery showings and musical events.
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Tannery Pond
228 Main Street
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Check out the website for the schedule of gallery showings and musical events.
The premier opera and musical theatre producing organization in the Adirondacks, but unfortunately the entire 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic. They will be having a virtual gala on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 7PM if you'd like to check them out.
Seagle Festival
999 Charley Hill Rd
The premier opera and musical theatre producing organization in the Adirondacks, but unfortunately the entire 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic. They will be having a virtual gala on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 7PM if you'd like to check them out.