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Saranac Lake

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Saranac Lake [1] is a village in the Adirondacks, New York State. It lies in the towns of Harrietstown, St. Armand, and North Elba, inside the boundaries of Adirondack State Park.

Get in[edit]

  • Adirondack Regional Airport (IATA: SLK)(ICAO: KSLK), [2] and rent a car there.

Get around[edit]

There is bus service twice daily to Lake Placid.

Harrietstown Town Hall.jpg
Paul Smith's Electric Light and Power and Railroad Company, Saranac Lake, NY.JPG

See[edit][add listing]

The River Walk - There is a path along the Saranac River through most of the village.

The first building you will see on your walk is the Paul Smith's Electric Light and Power and Railroad Company Building. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Next to the Paul Smith building is the dam that creates the only lake in Saranac Lake, Lake Flower. Next to the dam is a small power house and next to that a very good Italian Joint. Across Mail Street is River Park, which has a band stand, the Saranac Lake Bears and where you can find a boat that will take you on a tour of the lake.

Following Main Street north you cross River Street which leads east to Lake Placid and west to Tupper Lake; the 2 other towns that make up the Tri-Lakes area. And you come to the Harriettstown Town Hall and its beautiful clock tower.


The Annual Winter Carnival -- Saranac Lake is home to one of the nation's oldest Winter Carnivals each February

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hike
  • Water Sports
  • There is a small, but nice, museum in the basement of the Saranac Lake Free Library.
  • During the winter, there is a grand castle of ice located on Lake Flower.
  • Fourth of July fireworks near Lake Flower.
  • Enjoy a play at Pendragon Theater.
  • Visit the Visitor Interperative Center and Wildlife Sanctuary located in Paul Smiths.
  • Lake Colby has a nice beach and places to picnic in the grass near the water.
  • Saranac Lake is in the six million acre Adirondack Park. There are endless hiking and paddling opportunities nearby.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Saranac Lake has several very pleasant Art Shops and a book store. For healthy, organic food, herbs, and peaceful atmosphere, try Noris. There are some antique stores.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Fiddlehead Bistro
  • The Left Bank Cafe
  • Little Italy
  • Owl's Nest (locally highly-rated pizza)
  • Hotel Saranac has two restaurants - The Campfire for moderately upscale dining and The Great Hall Bar pub-like fare
  • The Blue Moon Cafe - Serves a great breakfast with all home-made items. Also serves lunch and dinner.
  • Mountain Mist Custard is on the edge of Lake Flower.
  • No. One Chinese, China Jade and Asian Buffet for Chinese food.
  • Doneleys and Mountain Mist for ice cream. Open summers only.
  • Nori's is a great place for organic, vegan food.
  • Lake Flower Deli is the place for a delicious sandwich.
  • DJ's Rustic is a diner open for Breakfast/Brunch.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Waterhole #3 is a has live music most weekends.
  • Grizzle T's
  • The Rusty Nail seems like a rough joint, but is usually cool.
  • The Belvedere
  • Origins on Main Street is a new and very popular coffee sho[/restaurant.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street, Phone: 1-800-937-0211, [3]. The hotel evokes the quaint charm of yesteryear. Restaurants, board game library, wireless internet.
  • The Saranac Club and Inn is a full service five-star luxury inn located on "Millionaire's Row" in Saranac Lake village and recipient of numerous awards. Toll-free in USA, 1-866-595-9800. [4]
  • Lake Flower Inn a quaint, clean, and pretty hideaway located across from Lake Flower.

Get out[edit]

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