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 onsite 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 hot breakfast with your choice of 2 eggs with toast and Adirondack home fries, French Toast with Adirondack home fries, or a short stack of pancakes with maple syrup at The White Lion. Other breakfast items available for purchase.
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool, or relax in the sauna and hot tub.
- Add-on: With select options of this deal, you’ll have access to a round-trip shuttle for visiting the nearby mall and outlets.
- Winter activities: You’ll be close to downhill skiing at Gore and West Mountain. There are 82 miles of groomed snowmobile trails crisscrossing the Adirondacks. The is also downhill tubing, cross country skiing, and snow-shoeing.
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.