Indoors and out, there's no place like winter in the Adirondacks
Good Eats and Winter Fun
Snowy winter days mean outdoor adventure, cross-country skiing through pine forests, ice skating on a frozen pond, and gleefully tubing down local hills and mountains. It also means warming up and getting cozy with a hot drink and a tasty treat. Saranac Lake has a delightful variety of coffee shops and restaurants perfect for finding ideal sweet indulgences and the best coffees. We’ve sampled everything — really! — to give you the best advice on where to go and all the goodies you can and should try.
Malone winter activities
The Malone region is home to a wide range of events and activities that are sure to keep families happy year-round. Even in the colder months there's plenty going on, from tubing to snowmobiling to indoor golf to shopping. Malone's winter activities offer something for everyone - whether you're looking to explore or spend a leisurely day in town.
Have snowmobile, will travel
Schroon Lake is perfectly situated to be a basecamp for a wide array of snowmobiling adventures. There’s a mix of groomed and un-groomed trails to follow, and since many of them connect to each other, riders can create their own loops. Stay out for an afternoon, or take several days to hop from town to town. Whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy seeing the beauty of the Adirondacks in winter — quiet forests, ice-covered lakes, and snowy mountains all await. And whether you decide to stay in Schroon or venture into the nearby communities, along the way you’ll find options for lodging, dining, gassing up, getting repairs, and buying or renting gear.
Perfect comfort foods
Comfort food. While this can be different dishes for different people, the meaning doesn’t change: it’s food that makes us feel good. Perhaps the thought of a warm bowl of soup is what gets you through a hike. Or maybe a hearty portion of mac and cheese calls your name on these cold winter days. Either way, Lake Placid has no shortage of options for comfort food. Grab your closest friends and head to town — you’ll be sure to find those nostalgic foods while creating new memories.
Learn, explore, grow
Part of the fun of going to a new place, whether for a weeklong vacation or a day, is exploring and learning something new. Tupper Lake is home to award-winning attractions that engage minds young and old, offering memorable and fun learning experiences and activities. All you have to do is bring your curiosity!
Trekking with CATS
Since its beginning in 2009, the Champlain Area Trails' (CATS) ever-growing trail network has featured relatively short, easy-to-moderate hikes with big payoffs in outstanding views. CATS trails showcase a rich tapestry of scenic woodlands, wildlife habitats, pastoral farmland, historic villages and wetlands, ponds, rivers, and streams including the Boquet River and Lake Champlain.
When winter snow comes, many of the trails provide outstanding snowshoeing experiences. Here are some of the best.
Get close to winter
While some places muddle through the winter, the Whiteface Region thrives in the snow! Though lovely in the summer, winter brings new life to the charming village and wild landscape of this one-of-a-kind Adirondack destination. Imagine snow-capped mountains, glassy lakes, and fun-filled destinations that are even more magical this very special time of year. From Christmas card-worthy scenery to experiences the whole family will enjoy, the Whiteface Region has everything necessary to shake you free from cabin fever and make you fall in love with winter.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to winter? Visit these amazing Whiteface Region attractions!
Central Adirondack ice fishing
As snow blankets the Adirondacks in white and cold temperatures creep across our deep lakes, the landscape is transformed into a frozen winter wonderland. Entire ice fishing communities pop up on lakes, rivers, and ponds – a sure sign that the fish are biting!