Hotel at a Glance: Lake Clear Lodge
In the 1880s, the upscale Adirondack lodges were opened to the public in hopes of inspiring a sense of awe for New York's great outdoors. They're set on private land surrounded by lakes and forests. Lake Clear Lodge is one of the last original still open to the public, and National Geographic Traveler recognized the lodge for "Keeping a Sense of Place." The lodge's hand-built wooden structure has been preserved, fireplaces and rustic decor abound, and there's an onsite restaurant featuring local food.
- 25 acres of private land are crisscrossed with biking and hiking trails; borrow a free bike to go exploring.
- Farm-to-fork cuisine is served at the onsite restaurant; all ingredients are sourced from producers within a 100-mile radius. Try a garden-vegetable strudel or a smoked Old-World roast.
- Drink up: The lodge's cellar features 300 specialty beers and 350 specialty wines.
- Onsite culinary classes: Learn how to cook organic vegetable dishes and local meats, or how to pair wines and brews with dinner.
- Charming rooms feature quilts and knotted-pine paneling. Chalets and suites feature amenities such as fireplaces and cathedral ceilings.
Lake Clear, New York: Great Camps and Forests in Adirondacks
Lake Clear is a hamlet surrounded by lakes and forests. It's been a popular spot for tourists since the construction of Adirondack Great Camps—luxurious cabins and lodges designed as long-term summer getaways for wealthy families—in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, visitors still come to commune with northeastern New York's expanse of forested wilderness. When staying in Lake Clear, you'll be within a half hour's drive of Lake Placid. You'll also be near Whiteface Lake Placid, a ski resort that offers mountain biking, horseback riding, and other activities in warmer months.