Hotel at a Glance: Fort William Henry Hotel
In 1855, the stately Fort William Henry Hotel opened along Lake George’s south shore in upstate New York. Today, the hotel comprises a cluster of buildings and several restaurants on an 18-acre swath of land. Some guest rooms overlook Lake George, and others offer views of the Adirondack Mountains.
- Stately accommodations: The furniture and decor hearken back to 19th-century elegance in the grand rooms, while premium rooms provide modern comforts and contemporary style.
- Enjoy a meal at the onsite White Lion restaurant or grab a drink at the newly renovated Tankard Tavern. This deal comes with up to $10 breakfast credit per stay at The White Lion.
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool, or relax in the sauna and hot tub.
- Summer activities include the Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park, hot air balloon flights, pontoon boat tours, golf, hiking, and more.
Lake George, New York: Outdoor Adventure in the Adirondacks’
Lake George is not without its admirers—Frommer’s calls it “the beating heart of the southeastern Adirondacks,” and local lore has it that Thomas Jefferson proclaimed it “the most beautiful water I ever saw.” More than 200 years after Jefferson’s declaration, the 32-mile-long lake is still a popular spot for sailing, swimming, and hiking in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. For the best swimming conditions, head to Million Dollar Beach, where there are lifeguards on duty, changing rooms, and a sand volleyball court. For hiking, follow the trail that leads to Shelving Rock Falls, a 50-foot cascade rushing down a series of boulders.
There are two great ways to see the beauty that Jefferson raved about. The first is to take a shuttle or hike 2 miles to the top of Prospect Mountain, which towers over Lake George at 2,030 feet. On a clear day, you can see 100 miles in any direction. The second option is to board a Lake George steamship, which cruises past the islands of the Narrows as well as several historic mansions.