Guidebook for a Great Adirondack Summer Experience

Christine
Guidebook for a Great Adirondack Summer Experience

Nature education, low-key, and up-close adventure

One of the premier attractions in the Adirondacks for all ages.
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The Wild Center
45 Museum Drive
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One of the premier attractions in the Adirondacks for all ages.
15 minutes from our land, Garnet is simply a jewel of a lake in the Adirondacks. From an early morning paddle with mist wisping up and loons calling out, to picnics and swimming, Garnet also features a great road for a walk.
Garnet Lake
15 minutes from our land, Garnet is simply a jewel of a lake in the Adirondacks. From an early morning paddle with mist wisping up and loons calling out, to picnics and swimming, Garnet also features a great road for a walk.
So cool and about 30 minutes from our land. Educational, great for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a half-day excursion. Oh, you'll pass an ice cream stand on the way in. Just sayin'. (Awesome gift shop too.)
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Natural Stone Bridge & Caves
535 Stone Bridge Road
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So cool and about 30 minutes from our land. Educational, great for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a half-day excursion. Oh, you'll pass an ice cream stand on the way in. Just sayin'. (Awesome gift shop too.)
History and living and interactive exhibits showcasing the Adirondacks... fabulous for all. True story: host created this museum's branding in the 1990s as a consultant!
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Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
9097 New York 30
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History and living and interactive exhibits showcasing the Adirondacks... fabulous for all. True story: host created this museum's branding in the 1990s as a consultant!
On the national historic register. Forage for garnet rocks, see the amazing quarry, then shop for purely ADK jewelry made by local artists at great prices. Newly re-opened in 2022! We love this activity! Tours 7 days a week at 10:30, 12:30 and 3 pm. Couple it with a meal at Garnet Hill Lodge nearby and you have a fantastic half-day trip.
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Garnet Mine Tours
1126 Barton Mines Road
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On the national historic register. Forage for garnet rocks, see the amazing quarry, then shop for purely ADK jewelry made by local artists at great prices. Newly re-opened in 2022! We love this activity! Tours 7 days a week at 10:30, 12:30 and 3 pm. Couple it with a meal at Garnet Hill Lodge nearby and you have a fantastic half-day trip.

Food scene

The mussels (fixed any way chef decides) and small plates are simply scrumptious. A short drive into North Creek.
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barVino and barVino cellar
272 Main Street
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The mussels (fixed any way chef decides) and small plates are simply scrumptious. A short drive into North Creek.
One of our personal favorites for a casual yet exquisite dining (and wine) experience. The cuisine is amazing. Entertainment on summer nights, outdoor or screened porch are the the way to go. Ask us to make reservations for you. Mark loves New Glampshire guests!
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The Owl at Twilight
1322 County Road 29
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One of our personal favorites for a casual yet exquisite dining (and wine) experience. The cuisine is amazing. Entertainment on summer nights, outdoor or screened porch are the the way to go. Ask us to make reservations for you. Mark loves New Glampshire guests!
The scones. The flourless chocolate torte. The yummies just keep coming. Make your camp coffee and head into North Creek for the baked goods. Sarah's rocks. Period.
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Cafe Sarah
260 Main Street
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The scones. The flourless chocolate torte. The yummies just keep coming. Make your camp coffee and head into North Creek for the baked goods. Sarah's rocks. Period.
New pizza place as of 2020 in North Creek. They survived a COVID-era opening! Great pizza with gluten-free options.
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Hey Days 267
267 Main Street
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New pizza place as of 2020 in North Creek. They survived a COVID-era opening! Great pizza with gluten-free options.
Grub with German-inspired food, local hang-out with a pub atmosphere. Lovely outdoor fire pit.
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becks TAVERN
881 Peaceful Valley Rd
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Grub with German-inspired food, local hang-out with a pub atmosphere. Lovely outdoor fire pit.
We love Izzy's. Simply the best sandwiches in a relaxing atmosphere. Say hi to Chef Jake for us!
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Izzy's Market & Deli
282 Main Street
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We love Izzy's. Simply the best sandwiches in a relaxing atmosphere. Say hi to Chef Jake for us!
Looking for an upscale meal in a relaxing setting? This is just the spot. A bit pricey, but worth every dollar. Our favorite thing to do is order small plates and linger on the spacious and lovely patio!
The Bond 1786
3 Hudson Street
Looking for an upscale meal in a relaxing setting? This is just the spot. A bit pricey, but worth every dollar. Our favorite thing to do is order small plates and linger on the spacious and lovely patio!

Adirondack Adventures Classics

So. Much. Fun. Great for families and folks with lots of energy. A great way to learn local history and be outside.
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Revolution Rail Co.
3 Railroad Pl
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So. Much. Fun. Great for families and folks with lots of energy. A great way to learn local history and be outside.
One of the best rafting companies in the area.
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Square Eddy Expeditions
282 Main Street
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One of the best rafting companies in the area.
One of the best rafting outfits locally.
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Wild Waters Outdoor Center
1123 New York 28
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One of the best rafting outfits locally.
From gondola rides to the summit and world-class biking and hiking in the summer, to the 4th steepest vertical drop in the northeast and great skiing in the winter, Gore has it all. Less than 15 minutes from our land.
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Gore Mountain
793 Peaceful Valley Road
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From gondola rides to the summit and world-class biking and hiking in the summer, to the 4th steepest vertical drop in the northeast and great skiing in the winter, Gore has it all. Less than 15 minutes from our land.
We have not sampled this ourselves, but hear it is amazing. Most highly rated in the area.
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Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course
35 Westwood Forest Lane
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We have not sampled this ourselves, but hear it is amazing. Most highly rated in the area.
Astonishing mosaic set of walls architected by local artist Kate Hartley and volunteers spanning over a decade. Grab snacks from Cafe Sarah or Izzy's and take it all in!
North Creek Mosaic Project
261 Main Street
Astonishing mosaic set of walls architected by local artist Kate Hartley and volunteers spanning over a decade. Grab snacks from Cafe Sarah or Izzy's and take it all in!

Hiking

Just a few minutes from our land. A short and medium challenge hike. Good for the experienced hiker or the very fit. There is a lake on top! Rumor has it that there is a Civil War trunk of Yankee soldier payroll in coins buried somewhere around here.... From Adirondack.Net: There are many stops for views along the way offering great rewards as you go! The shortest route to the summit is about 1.4 miles with an ascent of about 1150 feet. There is also a natural stone bridge over Putnam Brook. Rocks, rocks and more rocks! Crane Mountain is a steep, rocky hike which makes it both challenging and more interesting for the little ones. There are a few ladders near the summit of Crane Mountain that can be challenging for small children. Tips for hiking Crane Mountain: Wear shoes with excellent traction as the terrain is very rocky. Dress in layers; this hike will get your heart pumping! While this was a very steep climb, there is also a less-steep option that goes around the pond. We chose the steep climb up and the longer winding route past the pond on the way down. Pay attention to trail markers - if you miss one, you may find yourself feeling lost. Plan to make a day of it! For a family with relatively young children, this was a 4-hour hike.
Crane Mountain Trailhead
Just a few minutes from our land. A short and medium challenge hike. Good for the experienced hiker or the very fit. There is a lake on top! Rumor has it that there is a Civil War trunk of Yankee soldier payroll in coins buried somewhere around here.... From Adirondack.Net: There are many stops for views along the way offering great rewards as you go! The shortest route to the summit is about 1.4 miles with an ascent of about 1150 feet. There is also a natural stone bridge over Putnam Brook. Rocks, rocks and more rocks! Crane Mountain is a steep, rocky hike which makes it both challenging and more interesting for the little ones. There are a few ladders near the summit of Crane Mountain that can be challenging for small children. Tips for hiking Crane Mountain: Wear shoes with excellent traction as the terrain is very rocky. Dress in layers; this hike will get your heart pumping! While this was a very steep climb, there is also a less-steep option that goes around the pond. We chose the steep climb up and the longer winding route past the pond on the way down. Pay attention to trail markers - if you miss one, you may find yourself feeling lost. Plan to make a day of it! For a family with relatively young children, this was a 4-hour hike.
Easy, short hike with lovely falls. Great for youngsters and elders alike. Gentle with few slopes. Sturdy sneakers will be ok. We recommend this to all. On the way to Speculator and Lake Pleasant, so fits perfectly into an afternoon jaunt.
Auger Falls Trailhead
Easy, short hike with lovely falls. Great for youngsters and elders alike. Gentle with few slopes. Sturdy sneakers will be ok. We recommend this to all. On the way to Speculator and Lake Pleasant, so fits perfectly into an afternoon jaunt.

City/town information

Lake Pleasant (the actual lake) 's northern end is here. Lovely little beach, grassy pocket park, ice cream stand, Mountain Deli, and General Store all make this a lovely outing. Thursday afternoons in the summer also has the Farmers Market here
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Speculator
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Lake Pleasant (the actual lake) 's northern end is here. Lovely little beach, grassy pocket park, ice cream stand, Mountain Deli, and General Store all make this a lovely outing. Thursday afternoons in the summer also has the Farmers Market here
Our town! Has all you need from bank to groceries, pharmacy, dining from pizza and high-end plates, concerts and farmers market, boutique shops. It is modest and totally authentic.
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North Creek
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Our town! Has all you need from bank to groceries, pharmacy, dining from pizza and high-end plates, concerts and farmers market, boutique shops. It is modest and totally authentic.

Music, Art, Cultural Scene

Check out local artist shows, concerts, etc. Just 15 minutes into North Creek.
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Tannery Pond
228 Main Street
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Check out local artist shows, concerts, etc. Just 15 minutes into North Creek.

The Lakes!

One of our favorite lakes. GREAT free public beach with ice cream nearby (Stewart's Shops). Big enough to be fun, super and clean public beach, not as over-run as Lake George, a fantastic place for a day of boating, beaching and picnicking.
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Schroon Lake
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One of our favorite lakes. GREAT free public beach with ice cream nearby (Stewart's Shops). Big enough to be fun, super and clean public beach, not as over-run as Lake George, a fantastic place for a day of boating, beaching and picnicking.
At 26 miles long, this lake is one of the GEMS of our USA. From serene to boardwalk busy, Lake George is so popular that it is sometimes over-run. Great for families who want that village and fun experience. Here are the parasailing, boat rides, trendy restaurants, arcades, etc.
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Lake George
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At 26 miles long, this lake is one of the GEMS of our USA. From serene to boardwalk busy, Lake George is so popular that it is sometimes over-run. Great for families who want that village and fun experience. Here are the parasailing, boat rides, trendy restaurants, arcades, etc.
Solid outfit with quality rentals. Out of Bolton Landing, a perfect place to set sail on Lake George.
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Chic's Marina
4782 Lake Shore Drive
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Solid outfit with quality rentals. Out of Bolton Landing, a perfect place to set sail on Lake George.