Discover Great Camps tucked away on private lakes, charming cabins offering rustic pleasures, small towns packed with unique dining, and so much more.
As we head out of 2019 and into 2020, we thought we'd take a moment to savor the best Adirondack stories of 2019. From travel inspired by guilty pleasures to really diving into the experience our small towns have to offer, here are a few of our favorite stories from this year.
Dark Skies Travel
If you ever come across a map of the United States at night, you'll notice a deep, dark spot at the northern tip of New York State, just below the Canadian border. That's the Adirondack Park, where light pollution is so rare, the night sky so brilliant, that stargazing and meteor shower chasing is an absolute must-experience. From the Perseids in August to the Quadrantids in January, don't miss nature's dazzling display. If you're lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights!
For guided stargazing experiences, head to Tupper Lake's Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory for free star gazing, weather permitting.
Whether you're looking for a quiet, rustic getaway on the water, or need a grand Great Camp-style compound complete with a hot tub and room for everyone in the family – including the dog – the Adirondacks have a cabin to fit. Feel like a Gilded Age tycoon when you book a stay at White Pine Camp or Great Camp Sagamore, both historic Adirondack Great Camps with storied pasts. Find a quiet spot at Elk Lake Lodge, a family-friendly lodge situated in a private reserve on a private lake. Or delight in finding a cabin or cottage right on the water and spend your days lazing on a dock, casting a line for native trout, or simply curled up by the fire with a good book.
Guilty Pleasure Travel
If you're looking to indulge yourself on your next trip to the Adirondacks, look no further. From spa days to the best place for artisanal cheese in the Adirondacks, our guilty pleasure travel piece will help you create a memorable and decadent trip. Stop by celebrated microbreweries to try locally made ales, sip wine along wine trails, shop till you drop, or swing by for maple sugaring season and taste the liquid gold treats made with maple syrup.
This year was all about reinforcing good practices when it comes to exploring the outdoors. Heading into the woods, even if it's just for what you think is going to be a short hike, without planning for the weather and conditions is downright dangerous. We walk you through how to be prepared for the wilderness of the Adirondacks, regardless of whether you're heading out for the afternoon or overnight.
Small Adirondack Towns
Many associate the Adirondacks with epic wilderness and mountain peaks. And while that's the reality, there are more than 100 communities that call the Adirondacks home. From where to find the best authentic French cuisines, hint: you'll find it on the left bank in Saranac Lake, to where to stay within walking distance of a vibrant downtown, check out our small towns and start planning your next Adirondack adventure.