Saranac Lake Region
Saranac Lake has all the makings of a great mountain town – natural beauty, rich history, and a robust arts and culture scene. It even has the small-town charm and spirited energy to match. Whether you yearn for outdoor adventure, seek pleasure from the finer things in life, or desire a perfect balance of the two, Saranac Lake has something decidedly different for everyone to enjoy.

Saranac Lake has been one of the premier vacation destinations in the Adirondacks for over a century. The town's natural beauty, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, and rich cultural offerings entice visitors from across the country. Eclectic, bold, and proudly unique, Saranac Lake provides a rejuvenating respite from the everyday. It's a place of perfect harmony, where weary hikers and artisans can find common ground. With a rich history and a bright future, Saranac Lake is a must-see for any Adirondack adventurer.

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Saranac Lake Arts & Culture

Saranac Lake's prominence as a cultural hub within the Adirondacks is rooted in its rich, and sometimes wild, history. Surrounded by vast wilderness, the region began attracting outdoorsmen in the mid-1800s. Hunters would stay in comfortable cabins and pay local guides to help them navigate the region. In the late 1800s, a visiting Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau discovered that the town's fresh mountain air helped soothe the symptoms of Tuberculosis. This led to a town-wide transformation as local homes were converted into "cure cottages" and the Trudeau Sanatorium was built, bringing hundreds of patients, their visitors, and new workers to the region.

All of a sudden, Saranac Lake was prospering. The town's new-found affluence attracted the interest of wealthy families who saw the opportunity to enjoy unsullied nature without sacrificing the conveniences of a modern town. A few of these families purchased huge tracts of land on which they built lavish private camps, known as Great Camps, where they hosted and entertained family, friends, and affluent guests. Before long, Saranac Lake was a coveted vacation destination for presidents, film stars, and billionaire business men alike. In addition to their wealth, these Great Camp families and their visitors brought with them arts and culture befitting of their financial status.

While few of the Great Camps are still in use today, the arts and culture offerings in Saranac Lake are stronger than ever. Art galleries line the main and side streets of downtown, displaying medium-spanning artwork from local and regional artists. Classes are available at Blue Seed Studio for those who wish to hone their own talents, and dance classes are available for all ages at the Dance Sanctuary. The Pendragon Theater puts on several plays and musicals each year, and hosts a wide range of traveling productions and musical artists. Live music is often found in local bars and restaurants, and the Berkeley Green hosts musical acts every Wednesday in the summer.

Hike the Saranac 6ers

Saranac Lake is surrounded by mountains, making it a haven for hikers in all seasons. To satisfy adventure-hungry outdoorsmen and women, Saranac Lake created the Saranac 6er challenge. Inspired by the 46er challenge in the Adirondack High Peaks, this beginner and family-friendly version tackles six mountains under 4,000 feet surrounding Saranac Lake. Difficulty and distance range from 2,452-foot Baker to 3,822-foot McKenzie, so you can dive right in or slowly work your way up to the higher peaks.

Once you've hiked all six, you will be dubbed a Saranac 6er and can ring the victory bell in Saranac Lake's Berkeley Green gazebo. If you submit proof of your summits to the Village, they'll even send you a 6er patch and sticker and add your name to the official Saranac 6er Member Roster! Looking for an even bigger challenge? Hike all six mountains in the winter months to become a Winter 6er, or tackle them all in a single day to earn the impressive title of an Ultra-6er!

 
Real Adirondack Stories
Saranac Lake has so much to offer and there is a little something for everyone. Discover why we're "decidedly different" from anywhere else in the Adirondacks.
Island Camping on the Saranacs
– Natasha Bristol

I left promptly; the summer afternoon was sunny and a soft summer breeze floated lazily through the air. My bags were waiting for me at home, packed full of all my favorite floral dresses and sparkly sandals.

90 Miles with Fran Yardley & Burdette Parks

This year, I will be 70 and I'm going to do the 90 Miler again. This may be my final year, but I'm just going to do it.

Breathe, SUP, Rejuvenate, Repeat

It's a perfect morning to do SUP Yoga and I feel blessed to be on the calm, pristine Adirondack waters.

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