Saranac Lake lies in a valley of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY and is just seventy-five minutes away from New York City on a Shoreline Aviation seaplane. This picturesque village (consisting of three small towns) has close to two hundred buildings listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, making it one of the prettiest places to visit in terms of American architecture. If you are visiting in the summer, you can enjoy all manner of water sports such as fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking on one of three lakes: Upper, Middle or Lower. There are eight parks for hiking, but for the hardier individuals, you can become a “Saranac Lake 6er.” This official challenge, established in 2013, consists of hiking all six area mountains including McKenzie, Scarface, Haystack, Baker, St. Regis and Ampersand mountains.
Set in the Great Adirondack Park on 75 acres of pristine forest, you’ll find one of our favorite places to land our seaplanes. The Point, a perfect example of the Adirondack style of the early 20th century, is a rustic yet elegant resort with a Relais & Chateaux designation, originally built by William Rockefeller. You can choose to stay in his bedroom in the main lodge (Mohawk) with its canopied bed and stone fireplace, or in one of the many beautifully decorated guest rooms. The Point offers many activities, from fishing to golf, but the one activity you shouldn’t miss is a tour of the lake in a wooden lake boat. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time. To learn more about The Point, check out their website at https://thepointresort.com/
The three small towns that comprise Saranac Lake offer gift shops and art galleries well worth perusing. If you’re looking for a full day absorbed in the arts, you can head over to Bluseed Studios, which has been transformed from an old industrial warehouse into a visual and performing arts facility. There’s a wide array of activities for all ages, including classes, exhibitions, and live performances. Food lovers can always find a good meal at one of many fine restaurants such as Red Fox, Left Bank or Fiddlehead Bistro. After a day of rigorous activity, you may want to spend the evening enjoying one of the nightly free concerts in Riverside Park on Lake Flower offered throughout the summer season. You’ll quickly come to understand why Bela Bartok made Saranac Lake his summer home and the inspiration for some of his best works.
If it’s your first time visiting, start at the Saranac Lake Welcome Center on Main Street to get the full scope of where to go and what to do. The mantra for Saranac Lake is, “There’s always a festive spirit in the air….we march to the beat of our drum and we’re proud of it.” You can do some research for your trip ahead of time by checking out https://www.saranaclake.com/. Some of the points of interest we like for the whole family are the Saranac Laboratory Museum, Lake Clear Beach, or the Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife Museum. Saranac Lake has something to offer everyone and getting there on a Shoreline Aviation seaplane is just part of the adventure!
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