Great Camp Sagamore was purchased by Alfred G. Vanderbilt in 1901.
There should be no question as to how Mirror Lake, just south of Lake Placid, got its name.
77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Packages begin at $245/night
If you want luxury during your Adirondack escape, the Mirror Lake Inn has you covered. Travel + Leisure named it to its 2015 list of the world’s top 500 hotels, and for good reason: The 131-room resort is steps away from Lake Placid’s downtown and picturesque Mirror Lake. The inn’s rooms offer lake views, and if you can drag yourself away from the vista, the resort has two pools, complimentary boats and a private beach. Otherwise, take time to relax at the award-winning spa or indulge at one of three on-site dining options. (One, The View, is Lake Placid’s only four-diamond restaurant—and, according to the wait staff, there’s a proposal every night.)
1 Hedges Road, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.
Rates begin at $245/night
The Hedges is an exercise in tranquility—old wooden, historical lodges (this site has been a vacation spot for more than 100 years) scattered across 12.5 acres along the shore of Blue Mountain Lake in the central portion of the Adirondacks. Spend your days lounging by the lake or out on the water in one of the resort’s kayaks or canoes. Breakfast and dinner are included with your stay, and the meals don’t disappoint. (Order the buttery grits at breakfast.) For couples, The Hedges has rooms in a few adults-only lodges. For a more private experience, or if you are going with the family, stand-alone one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom cabins are available. It’s a friendly place filled with familiar faces—many guests come back every year, unable to resist the resort’s charm.
1051 Rte. 9, Schroon Lake, N.Y.
Rates begin at $109/night
Renovated in 2014, the Adirondack Inn combines the best of outdoorsy charm and modern amenities. Rooms are dressed up in Adirondack-style decor, so you won’t forget you’re in the mountains, but a flat-screen TV and updated bathroom are welcome conveniences. What the Adirondack Inn is about is location. Stay here to be within walking distance to Schroon Lake’s beaches and downtown. Plus, Schroon Lake is just off I-87, 30 minutes north of Lake George.
The best time to view fall foliage is late September through early October. Take a drive on Route 30 between Speculator and Indian Lake for some of the most spectacular views in the region. Blue Mountain Boat Livery offers daily historical boat tours where you can learn about the region while you appreciate the views. Or go for a ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s Fall Foliage Train, which runs between Sept. 12 and Oct. 11.
If you have the kids in tow, they’ll be sure to enjoy the corn maze at Tucker Farms in Gabriels (in Franklin County), which is so big it can take up to a few hours to complete.