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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.

You can take the Adirondack Trailways from Albany or Montreal.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad [3] Travel between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.

Get around[edit]

Saranac Lake is safe. Its a kind town night and day. Dig the hills, woods, and water. there is bus service twice daily to Lake Placid. One quality of Saranac Lake is lack of heavy vehicle traffic. Walking is the perfect way to explore the town.

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.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Saranac Lake has several very pleasant Art Shops. It also has book stores (one new, one used) and a fine Army Surplus store. Next door, is a beautiful Native American shop. For healthy, organic food, herbs, and peaceful atmosphere, try Noris. There are some antique stores, but if you want a real adventure, search through The Gold Mine.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Morgan's 11 (pizza, etc.)

Little Italy

Owl's Nest (locally highly-rated pizza)

Hotel Saranac has two restaurants - A.P. Smith for upscale dining and The Boathouse for pub-like fare

The Blue Moon Cafe - Serves a great breakfast with all home-made items. Also serves lunch and great dinner.

Mountain Mist Custard is on the edge of Lake Flower.

China King and China Jade for take-out and sit-in.

Doneleys is home of the best ice cream in the entire world. Open summers only.

Nori's is a great place for organic, vegan food.

Lake Flower Deli is the place for a delicious sandwich.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Waterhole #3 is a favorite of motercyclists and has live music most weekends.
  • A new bar has opened in same building that used to hold Snuffy's Pub named Grizzle T's
  • The Rusty Nail seems like a rough joint, but is usually cool.
  • The Belvadere
  • There are a couple of coffee houses around, such as Greens and Beans at 30 Bloomingdale Ave, and The Blue Moon Cafe at 55 Main St.

The water provided by the village utility comes from McKenzie Pond, and tastes especially good.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street, Phone: 1-800-937-0211, [4]. 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. [5]
  • Lake Flower Inn a quaint, clean, and pretty hideaway located across from Lake Flower.

there is a pond with giant frogs. Check it out.

Get out[edit]

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