Hotel at a Glance: Clarion Inn & Suites of Lake George
Drive just a few miles north of this family-friendly hotel and you'll reach Lake George, where you can reel in trout or sample syrup tapped directly from a maple tree. There's a different type of adventure a mile south of the hotel, where visitors whoosh down water slides at Six Flags' The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom (reopening May 23). These attractions help make Clarion Inn & Suites of Lake George a great base camp for families, who can also browse outlet malls that are a short stroll away.
- Dig into shepherd's pie or grab a growler of beer at The Olde Post Grille, the hotel's Irish-themed restaurant.
- Cheese danishes and fresh waffles are part of the complimentary continental breakfast.
- Swim year-round: The indoor pool is heated; it opens onto a sun deck in warmer months.
- Notable awards: TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Business travelers can take advantage of a 24-hour business center with free Internet and coffee.
Lake George, New York: Outdoor Adventure near the Adirondacks’ Mile-Long Lake
Lake George is not without its admirers—Frommer's calls it “the beating heart of the southeastern Adirondacks,” while 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 on the lake's eastern shore, where there are lifeguards on duty, changing rooms, and a sand volleyball court. For hiking, consider following 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 buy a ticket aboard a Lake George steamship, which cruises past the islands of the Narrows as well as several historic mansions.