5 Things to do in Lake George, New York

Feeling like a throwback glamping trip is in order? Consider a trip to the beautiful Adirondacks in upstate New York where the who’s who have been flocking to relax and retreat since the late 1800s. Reserve a cabin or vacation cottage at Lake George Escape and get ready to time travel. BTW, Country Living magazine recently named the town of Lake George to their list of the top small towns in New York. List-making reasons included scenic views, outdoor activity, history, culture, and a lively downtown. Based on that list, we’ve found a few things to do when glamping in Lake George:

  • Scenic Views: From sunrise (check out Prospect Mountain) to sunset (check out Pilot Knob Preserve), Lake George offers plenty of scenery to be seen. The afore-mentioned sunrise/sunset locations can be added to the list that would include the views from the Lake George lakeside trail with wildflowers and steamboat views and the scenic drive on Route 9N (especially in fall).
  • Outdoor Activity: Pick your favorite outdoor activity and you can most probably find it here in Lake George. Wild water fun can include whitewater rafting (check out wildwaters.net) or parasailing over Lake George (check out parasailingadventures.com). Hiking trails include Prospect Mountain (a steep climb but great views); Amy’s Park in Bolton’s Landing (great glimpses of wildlife) and Sleeping Beauty Mountain (again, the views will not disappoint).
  • History: Although it was officially formed as the town of Lake George in 1810, the area has played a major role in history long before then. It was the site of strategic battleground in the French and Indian War and in 1759 it was home to three forts: Fort Gage, Fort George, and Fort William Henry. Visitors today can visit the Fort William Henry Museum. Other historic highlights in the area are Fort Ticonderoga, the Bolton Historical Society Museum for lots of local history, and the Rogers Island Visitor Center which is great for exhibits related to native Americans, the French Indian Wars, and the Revolutionary Era.
  • Culture: The Hyde Collection is a wonderful art museum in Glen Falls with works that span centuries of American and European art. A special exhibit featuring works by Edgar Degas will run through December 2023. The Lake George Dinner Theater is an option with the current production of Sheer Madness running through August 26 while The Sembrich, in Bolton’s Landing, has a variety of musical events running through the summer season.
  • Lively Downtown: Beach Road and Canada Street are Lake George’s busy, bustling main streets filled with shops and restaurants. Handmade gifts, candy shops, clothing and souvenir shops, and even dog-friendly restaurants can be found here. If Fido is along, check out the Adirondack Pub & Brewery.

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June is Great Outdoors Month

Cabins at Yosemite Lakes Campground in Groveland, CA

In 1998, President Bill Clinton declared that seven days in the month of June should be set aside to “celebrate our relationship with nature.” That concept resonated so soundly with Americans that successive administrations morphed those seven days into a whole month of celebrating and communing with nature.

June is upon us again and we probably all feel the need to get outside and commune! So, whether you hike, bike, fish, boat or just plain sit in it, get outside, breath the air, and become one with nature.

June in the great outdoors can include:

Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Welches, OR

Hiking: Hiking doesn’t really require much equipment or any particular level of skill – just some strong legs and lungs, and you’ve got it. Trails abound around the country and we’ve found a few you places you might like to hike. Yosemite National Park has 800 miles of trails to choose from and the scenery is unparalleled! Enjoy the alpine hikes of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s 11,240-foot volcano – two popular hikes are the Tamanawas Falls Trail and the Old Salmon River Trail. Then, relax after a long day on the trails in one of our yurt accommodations at Yosemite Lakes Campground (CA) or Mt. Hood Village (OR).

Cottages in Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, CA

Biking: Take a seat and use pedal power to enjoy the great outdoors on a bike ride. Some great rides could include the 13-mile city-wide tour of Palm Springs, California, which gives you an idea what the town is all about. Or, pedal around Maine’s Acadia National Park on the 45 miles of carriage roads or the 27-mile Park Loop Road. Add to the fun of your great outdoors experience with a stay in a cute cottage at Narrows Too (ME) or Palm Springs RV Resort (CA).

Cabins at Tranquil Timbers in Sturgeon Bay, WI

Fishing: Reel in the big one during Great Outdoors Month.  Try your luck with some deep-sea fishing in the Florida Keys or see what’s biting in the waters of Wisconsin’s Door County. Our cozy cabins at Tranquil Timbers (WI) or a colorful cottage or tiny house in the Keys can serve as your “fishing lodge” while you write your big fish story!

Fishing at Pacific City in Cloverdale, OR

Taking in the View: Sometimes it’s enough to just be outdoors to enjoy the view, the fresh air, and the magic of nature. Take in the sunsets from Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf; feel the effects of the healing vortexes in Sedona’s Red Rock State Park; enjoy the charm of Leavenworth, Washington, a quaint-as-can-be Bavarian-styled village or marvel at Haystack Rock, nature’s sea stack creation that rises 235 from the Pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach, Oregon. You can also enjoy the view from our cozy cabins in Santa Barbara (Rancho Oso) or Oregon (Pacific City), or from our adorable tiny homes in Leavenworth, Washington, or Sedona’s Verde Valley Resort.

Leavenworth Tiny House Village in Leavenworth, WA

Camping: Of course, there is no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than with a good camping trip. Writer Alice Walker said, “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.” Find your perfection and stay with us in one of our Petite Retreats. If you want mountains, we’ve got you covered with locations near Seattle, Maine’s Acadia National Park, beautiful Mt. Hood, and the Adirondacks. If you want seashore, we’ve got you covered with locations in Santa Barbara, the Oregon coast, New Hampshire, and Florida. And if your “perfect” is just gathering friends and family in the great outdoors, we’ve definitely got you covered there!