Saranac Lake, NY, USA

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Saranac Lake, NY, USA

Find the best place to stay — Saranac Lake

Find your Adirondacks pad in Saranac Lake

From snug mountain cabins with roaring wood fires to timber-fronted lodges with views over the High Peaks, pet-friendly huts to log-built chalets with ski-in access, there are all sorts of Saranac Lake vacation rentals to choose from. That makes it easy to pick the one that you think will suit your sort of trip to the heart of the Adirondacks, whether you want to conquer the Saranac Lake 6er summits starting with Mount Baker, or just want to sip frothy New Yorker beers in the local microbreweries.

Saranac Lake is the gateway to the New York mountains

Saranac Lake is enfolded in an amphitheater of rising peaks. It's sat in the middle of the Adirondacks range, with trailheads and snowshoeing routes wiggling out from the very doorstep of many Saranac Lake vacation rentals. Hikers are never short of something to test their boots on. There's the local rite of passage – the Saranac Lake 6ers – it includes summiting 6 mountains, from McKenzie to Haystack to Baker. And in the winter, some humble ski slopes beckon and cross-country Nordic routes weave all through the forests.

Saranac Lake, connected by the river

The folk of Saranac Lake have made it easy for you to check off all the handsome buildings and smattering of National Register of Historic Places spots in the town by connecting them all with a single pathway – the River Walk. Join that to glimpse the old Electric Light and Power and Railroad Company Complex before hitting Saranac Laboratory Museum and the Bartók Cabin, where dusty test tubes give way to the lodge of the great Hungarian composer. A trip out to the Wild Center, where the award-winning exhibits include live river otters and over-forest boardwalks, is also a must.

Summer and winter in Saranac Lake

Choosing the right season to visit this hub of the Adirondacks depends entirely on what it is you want from your trip. Family visitors coming in the warm summer months between June and August are typically after the open hiking trails and the lakeside enjoyments, the nature walks of the Wild Center and the buzzing restaurants in the town's heart. Those who search for Saranac Lake vacation rentals in the mountains during winter – from December to March – are usually after something more adventure-oriented, perhaps with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing just on the doorstep.

Saranac Lake: the heart of the Adirondack Mountains

You're likely to realize that the natural setting is one of Saranac Lake's major draws as soon as you start to weave and wind your way up the New York interstates towards the town. As the Hudson Valley leaves off, it gives rise to the repetitive peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, glowing blue-green with their spruce-topped peaks rolling into the distance. Closer to the town, the landscapes become pockmarked with mirror-like waters, such as Lake Placid and Saranac Lake itself. The McKenzie Mountain Wilderness dominates on one side, its softwood forests hiding moose along the trails.