Think lake vacations are only for the summer? Think again. At Saranac Waterfront Lodge in New York's Adirondacks region, the first falling leaves signal the beginning of endless fall fun. From taking a tour of local breweries to hiking along scenic mountain trails, guests can look forward to a wide range of activities by booking their fall getaway now!Set on the shore of Lake Flower, the brand-new Saranac Waterfront Lodge is the best - and safest - place to get easy access to all the local hot spots. Make sure to check out these fall favorites in the Adirondacks region.
Sample the Local BrewsThere's nothing like a refreshing pint of beer on a crisp fall afternoon. Luckily, guests can tap into the many unique breweries in Saranac Lake and the surrounding area.
- Owned by an engineer and a professional beekeeper, Hex & Hop incorporates honey into flavorful brews such as Bob Ross Pale Ale. It even sells raw wildflower honey and refined beeswax. In addition to its taproom in Bloomingdale, New York, Hex & Hop recently opened a tasting room right in downtown Saranac Lake, just minutes from Saranac Waterfront Lodge.
- Making small batches allows the team at Raquette River Brewing to offer traditional favorites such as its New England Style IPA while also experimenting with more creative blends. On the menu are flavors including Mango Wheat, Strawberry Cilantro Wheat, and Salted Caramel Porter. New York wines and snacks from local food trucks are available as well.
- Not only does Big Slide Brewery & Public House serve an ever-rotating selection of seasonal beers, such as its namesake IPA and Giant DIPA, it also offers a farm-to-table menu of tasty pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and more. Weekly events include Oyster Fridays and the brewpub's famous Sunday Brunch.
- At Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, delicious and varied food selections complement the craft beers. Its award-winning signature brew, the English-style Ubu Ale, is always on tap at the three-story property with beer garden.
- A little farther away from Saranac Lake, Paradox Brewery and Ausable Brewing Co. offer convenient stops for guests traveling to the area from Interstate 87. Paradox, located in North Hudson, sets its beers apart by using pure water found only in the granite 600 feet below the Adirondack Park. Ausable, a farm-based brewery in Keeseville, grows three varieties of hops onsite and serves its offerings out of a restored 19th-century barn.
Stay Active While Exploring the AreaCooler temperatures make fall the perfect time to get out and get moving without the summer crowds. Guests looking for active pursuits will find options on the water and the trails.
- Hiking is a wonderful way to see the area's natural beauty, and the Saranac Lake 6ers offer a great place to start. In addition to varying terrain, diverse wildlife, and amazing views, the six mountains give hikers a range of difficulty. Newcomers and families with children should start with the easiest climbs on Mount Baker and St. Regis Mountain, while those who are more experienced can head straight for the highest peak, McKenzie Mountain at 3,822 feet.
- For a more leisurely outing, hikers can conquer the Tupper Lake Triad: Mount Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodman Mountain. Well-maintained, family-friendly trails climb all three summits, leading to panoramic lake and mountain views.
- It might be a bit chilly for a swim, but Saranac Waterfront Lodge also makes it easy to go paddling and boating on Lake Flower, Oseetah Lake, and Kiwassa Lake. Guests can choose to explore via paddleboard, canoe, or kayak from the boat launch that's just a stroll away from the hotel. Plus, an onsite marina is set to open in spring 2021.
Discover the Most Scenic SpotsIn the Adirondack region, gorgeous landscapes can be found around every corner, and Saranac Waterfront Lodge is no exception. The scenery starts right in the hotel's own backyard, with spectacular views of the fall foliage and Lake Flower. For guests who want to venture a little farther - by car or on foot - there are numerous options.
- As visitors ascend the state's fifth-largest peak via Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway, they're treated to breathtaking mountain panoramas as far as the eye can see - as far as Vermont and Canada, in fact. They can also enjoy a snack from New York's highest food truck, the 4610' Grill.
- Wild Walk at The Wild Center offers a different perspective of the area's beauty by putting visitors among the treetops. With a suspended trail of bridges, a four-story staircase inside a towering tree, and soaring replicas of an eagle's nest and a spider's web, Wild Walk is designed to show a different side of nature. Even better: Much of the attraction is accessible to everyone, including wheelchairs and strollers.
- If hikers didn't get enough fabulous views on the Saranac Lake 6ers, Baker Mountain provides another incredible vantage point just a few minutes from Saranac Waterfront Lodge. While the climb is less than a mile, the peak overlooks more than 20 major mountains in their full fall glory.
- In reality, just driving around the Adirondacks region from Saranac Waterfront Lodge can uncover hundreds of places that showcase the fall foliage and scenery. In particular, heading west on Route 3 toward Tupper Lake or south east on Route 73 toward Wilmington, New York, affords endless picture-worthy moments - just don't drive and photograph!