Eat, Drink, Play in the Snow, and be Merry

Eat, Drink, Play in the Snow, and be Merry

Check out great shopping, awesome snowshoe trails, and all the food.


Perfectly placid ski

In Lake Placid, killer cross-country skiing is never far away. More experienced skiers head into the backcountry where tight turns and the ability to ski on varied, ungroomed terrain is a must. If that’s a little too intense, check out the five cross-country ski areas below. They offer a mix of trails and amenities, from on-site dining and lodging to the best in your-car-is-your-base-lodge skiing.


Q & A with Santa Claus

 If you want to meet Santa Claus yourself, head to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole. The little ones can sit on his lap and even make toys in Santa’s toy workshop, just don’t expect him to answer this many questions if you go there!


A local feast

The Malone region is a historical farming community, and that means good meals and lots of them. It should come as no surprise that with such a devotion to tastiness, the Malone area has some local favorites. The holiday season is a perfect time to indulge in these tasty treats.



Snowmobile hot spots

I don’t know about you, but one of my pet peeves is being hungry during a snowmobile ride. I usually ride prepared with snacks, but stopping at different eateries is one of my favorite parts about the adventure. I’m not a very good hungry snowmobiler. 

Luckily enough, the Adirondacks is packed with delicious spots to pull up on your sled, take a break, and enjoy a great meal. The next time you are traveling through on your ride, check out a couple of these hot spots!


Snowshoe the VIC

Paul Smith’s College owns and operates the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), and in turn opens it to the public. Just 13 miles north of downtown Saranac Lake, the VIC offers a snapshot into the six million acre Adirondack Park. It has mountains, marshes, forests, and streams for you to explore year-round. Located on 3,000 acres with 25 miles of trails — the VIC needs to be on your winter must-do list! 


Festively feasting

The holiday season has a lot of heart-warming elements, but one of the most important is the feasting. Whether it is a couple's getaway for some rare us-time, or a large gathering of family and friends, the many wonderful farms and restaurants along the Adirondack Coast will provide some lovely touches to the festivities.


Weekend warrior

Schroon Lake is a great weekend destination because it’s easy to get to and there’s plenty to do outside of outdoor winter adventure. You can come for the adventure but stay for the nightlife. Check out my list below of hotspots to cozy up to the fire by this winter with a toasty beverage (or beer, whatever you choose) and hang out with friends, family, and the locals. Expect live music, karaoke, and fireplaces.


Treasure hunting in Tupper

Since the holiday season is so often illustrated with winter forest images, the Adirondacks has a lot of built-in Yuletide appeal. Our crystalline snow, abundant evergreens, red berries, and frozen lakes make a perfect backdrop for festivities. You can almost hear those sleigh bells jingling. Tupper Lake is a holiday destination that lets visitors happily check things off that shopping gift list.