April seemed like three months. The summer lasted maybe two weeks. 2020 has felt like five years. So who's to say how long the 12 days of Christmas will be? Let's just assume we'll be looking for some holiday cheer all through the cold season. And Saranac Waterfront Lodge is just the place to find it.
Stop hibernating and get out to explore the winter wonderland of Saranac Lake, New York, and the surrounding area. Whether Christmas lasts 12 days or 120, here's a countdown of the activities that guests will find when they stay at Saranac Waterfront Lodge.
Countless Kids Rejoicing
Keeping the children entertained inside all winter can be a huge challenge. At Saranac Waterfront Lodge, there's no reason you can't take them out for some family fun. Start with an afternoon at Mount Pisgah Recreation Center, which offers tubing in addition to skiing. People of all ages will love zooming along the two inner tube runs, perfect for racing your relatives down the mountain. There's also a rope tow to pull tubers back to the top.
For a tamer ride, visit the beautiful Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake's historic William Morris Park. The enclosed (and therefore warm!) carousel features a menagerie of hand-carved woodland animals so unique that kids will have a hard time choosing their ride. Celebrating a special occasion? Check out the rental options for the carousel and private room. (Note: The Adirondack Carousel is currently closed until further notice due to the pandemic.)
30 (or More) Minutes Sleigh-Riding
The Adirondacks offer lovely weather for a sleigh ride together. From a family daytime outing with beautiful mountain views to a romantic excursion along lantern-lit trails, visitors have plenty of options to see the area by horse-drawn sleigh throughout the winter.
Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat partners with local farms, which operate the sleighs and receive the proceeds. Rides can also be paired with the lodge's Speakeasy Dinner for a fun night out. At Lake Placid Sleigh Rides, passengers enjoy heated seats and complimentary hot cocoa. No snow? Its sleighs are equipped with wheels so you won't miss out on the scenic journey.
10 Days of Carnival Fun
Originating in the late 19th century, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has grown into a 10-day event with sporting contests, performances, parades, firework displays, and more. The 2021 edition is set for Feb. 5-14, although organizers are still determining the final schedule, given health concerns. Typical events include broomball, curling, snowshoe and skiing races, ultimate Frisbee, and a ladies' fry pan toss. This season's theme is — appropriately — "Mask-erade."
The centerpiece of the annual carnival is the Ice Palace, built on the shores of Lake Flower, right next to Saranac Waterfront Lodge. Community volunteers construct the palace using as many as 4,000 blocks of ice harvested from the lake. Colored lights inside create a magical world enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
And a Magical Downtown Stroll
Just a short walk from the hotel, guests find a number of charming boutiques in downtown Saranac Lake. Shop for holiday gifts at the Village Mercantile, a community-owned department store. Find your next fireside read at The Book Nook, or get a custom souvenir at Bear Essentials Apparel. Stop for a hot chocolate to warm up as you stroll the streets and marvel at the idyllic setting, surrounded by snowy rooftops and twinkling lights.
Local artisans also come together every year for December's Sparkle Village Arts & Crafts Fair, where you'll discover handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts and decorations, from paintings, photos, and jewelry to candles, pottery, and more. Because of the pandemic, the 2020 event has gone virtual, but shoppers can still browse and purchase vendors' goods online throughout the month of December.
Find Joy All Winter Long
If you want a winter getaway that puts you in the middle of all the fun, book now at Saranac Waterfront Lodge. Not only is it convenient to town and local attractions, it also offers plenty of amenities and activities onsite. Don't wait until spring — these days, you never know how long that will take to get here.