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The 12 BEST Places to Stay in the Adirondack Mountains

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

One of my favorite things about being a photographer is the fact that I live in the Adirondacks. Some people love street photography, photos in front of barns and cornfields, or in-studio photography - but I am obsessed with the Adirondack Mountains. I have an endless supply of stunning backdrops for my photos!

The ADKs are truly incredible.

Do you like hiking? Skiing? Fishing? Boating? How about cute little vacation towns? Snowmobiles? Wildlife?

Honestly, I think that the Adirondack region has something for everybody (but if you hate cold weather, just be careful when you choose to visit).

If you are getting married and looking for a honeymoon destination - or are planning to elope - the Adirondacks might be the perfect option. And if you're looking for a cozy getaway with your spouse or your entire family, the ADKs should be near the top of your list.

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Below is a list of 12 of the BEST places to stay in the Adirondacks:

1. Warners Camp | Upper Jay

This riverfront cabin near Lake Placid is a "recently renovated 1800's guesthouse." Even through the renovations, it has maintained the cozy, aged character that I love about the Adirondacks. It's close to Whiteface Mountain - one of the 46 ADK high peaks - which has a highway that takes you almost all the way to the peak without breaking a sweat!

2. The Inn at Erlowest | Lake George

If you like historic castles, this is the place for you. The Inn at Erlowest is a luxurious resort with impeccable customer service and a prime location. Backed by many awards (AAA 4 diamond award, 2019 Wedding Wire Couple's Choice, Best Romantic Inn In New York State, 2019 The Knot Best of Weddings, 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence), this Inn is guaranteed to go above and beyond your expectations. Lake George is a busy vacation destination and has dozens of cute shops, great restaurants, boat rentals, and pretty much everything else you need for your getaway.

3. GO - Cottages | Lake Placid

Located in Lake Placid, NY, the GO - Cottages are cute little getaways for you and your significant other. Choose your pick between a 2 bedroom cottage or the adorable studio cottage - whichever suits you best. Minutes from hiking trails, high peaks, cute coffee shops + diners, these cottages are sure to capture your heart!

4. Brookside Cabin | Keene Valley

This ADORABLE cabin is also located in Keene Valley. It sits by Johns Brook and is also within minutes of hiking trails, food, a tennis club, shopping and more. Tucked away in the trees, this cabin is full of rustic Adirondack charm that you will not want to miss out on.

5. Silver Bear Cabin | Keene

Built in 2007, this cabin is full of charm with high ceilings and beautiful natural light. It is 15 minutes from Whiteface so it is perfect for those who love adventures, skiing, or hiking. The cabin overlooks the village of Keene, and you can walk to town in a few short minutes. This place is a must-see!

6. Friends Lake Inn | Chestertown

This top rated Adirondack hotel overlooks Friends Lake in and has its own access for swimming or canoeing on the water. With 17 guest rooms to choose from (including some with lake views and fireplaces) you'll have a hard time choosing which room you love the most. They also have an acclaimed restaurant (New-American cuisine) that boasts of a superior wine collection. Awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, you will definitely want to consider staying at this gem!

7. Mirror Lake Inn | Lake Placid

Family owned since the 1930’s, this full service resort provides an exuberant amount of amenities and activities. This Inn boasts of an authentic Adirondack experience and have earned the AAA Four-Diamond, “Exceptional” award for over 30 years. From an indoor heated pool, an outdoor heated pool, a private beach, a fitness center, tennis, golfing, a spa and more, there will be no shortage of activities for you to enjoy.

8. Heaven Too | Lake Placid

This single-floor, three bedroom home that is private while also only 2 miles above the town of Keene. This house includes two fireplaces, a large and open living room and a wrap around deck with beautiful views. It is 15 miles from Lake Placid and 25 miles from Lake Champlain. Your house-trained furry friends are welcomed for an additional $10 a day. If you're looking for a secluded yet conveniently placed home, then Heave Too is for you!

9. Whiteface Lodge | Lake Placid

The Whiteface Lodge should probably jump up to the top of the list. This resort boasts more accolades than you can probably think of: AAA Four Diamond Hotel, Forbes Four Star Property, CBS “5 Best Ski Lodges in the U.S.," etc. Plus, the Whiteface Lodge is about as 'Adirondack' as you can get with many handcrafted ADK furnishings and lumber that was "hand-milled on site." It is (understandably) probably one of the most popular wedding destinations in the Adirondack State Park.

10. Come Bye Lodge | Keene

This adorable cabin welcomes your dogs (the yard is completely fenced in!) as well as your adventurous soul. Recently constructed, this cabin is perfect for an Adirondack getaway that is walking distance to downtown Keene. If you want a cozy, rustic, authentic Adirondack place to stay, check out this quaint 'lil cabin.

11. Rocky Brook Lodge | Keene Valley

Hiking trails, water frontage, privacy, walking distance to town - what more could you ask for? This cozy home is a perfect getaway for just about anyone, because who doesn't love a stone fireplace? And for the more adventurous, there is a lean-to and fire pit on the property to complete the rugged Adirondack experience!

12. High Rock Fort | Keene

Visiting the ADKs with a large family or with a bunch of friends? The High Rock Fort might be your best bet, because it sleeps 12-14 guests. This beautiful home has a 'cabin' feel on the inside and out. The walls are covered in knotty pine, it has two fire pits and a wood burning stove, and a variety of Adirondack furniture. The open floor plan and high ceilings would most likely keep it feeling spacious even with a large group of guests.

It's hard to go wrong when visiting the Adirondacks. There are so many cozy places to stay with stunning views, surrounded by the countless activities that the ADKs have to offer. While you're here, don't forget to book a photoshoot to capture the memories!

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Laura Pinckard is an intimate wedding and elopement photographer in the Adirondacks. She is based in Schroon Lake, NY but travels just about anywhere. Whether you're getting married in New York, the West Coast, or planning a destination wedding in Europe, feel free to reach out.

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