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 two 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.
- 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. Guests receive 20% off lift tickets at Gore Mountain Ski center.
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 tourist destination. Visitors can check out the nearby skiing, or head out to take a guided snowmobile tour through the Adirondacks. Every weekend in February, Lake George hosts its Winter Carnival, with activities such as cook-offs, “Glacier” golf, races, and scavenger hunts.