Hotel at a Glance: Wingate by Wyndham of Lake George
The southern tip of Lake George is just half a mile from this family-friendly hotel, making it a great headquarters for exploring the lakefront and all the southern Adirondacks has to offer. Recharge in the morning with the inn’s complimentary hot breakfast buffet before a day of hiking, shopping, or chasing adrenaline at Six Flags Great Escape.
- In-room amenities: refrigerators, microwaves, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs with HBO
- Take a dip in the indoor heated pool and hot tub.
- Break a sweat in the hotel’s fitness center, where you can work out on an exercise bike, treadmill, and elliptical.
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.