The Best Adirondack Lodging for 2023

If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2023 is to travel more, then a getaway to Upstate New York is calling your name, and our Adirondack lodging—Friends Lake Inn—is one of the best places to stay in the gorgeous untouched wilderness of the Adirondacks. Whether you’re coming to this area to get off the grid, unwind, and relax, or hoping to experience the abundance of outdoor recreation on hikes, bike rides, and tours, making our Adirondack lodging your home base starts your adventure off on the right foot. 

Of course, one of the best reasons to visit this area is to experience all the great things to do in the Adirondacks, but there’s nothing better than making Friends Lake Inn your home base. We’re the only boutique hotel in the area offering a long list of amazing amenities– which means luxurious accommodations, elegant farm-to-table dining, and private access to nature trails (plus beautiful gardens, ponds, and so much more).

Our Adirondack Hotel is the best of both worlds, where elegance and rustic go hand in hand. The atmosphere is peaceful, perfect for a nature-focused retreat that is absolutely ideal for couples looking to escape the city for a few days. We have everything you need on-site—including delicious dining options morning, noon, and night. From the minute you leave the city noise behind and arrive at our lush forested paradise, you’ll feel the stress melt away and breathe a pleasant sigh of relief. Book your room today!

Adirondack Lodging, beautiful guest suite at Friends Lake Inn

Luxurious Adirondack Lodging for Your Next Romantic Getaway

The Adirondacks have been a popular destination for romantic getaways and wellness retreats; historians often refer to it as where the idea of a “vacation” was first invented in the late 1800s. Back then, it was more about camping and roughing it in the wilderness, but today our focus is much more on luxurious accommodations and pampering.

Here are five reasons to make our Adirondack lodging your next destination: 

  1. Our Inn is in the ideal Upstate New York location for a quick or leisurely getaway. We’re about four hours from the major metropolitan areas of New York City and Boston, MA, and we’re also just about two hours from Syracuse, NY, and a little over an hour from Albany, NY. And it doesn’t hurt that these will be some of the most scenic drives
  2. You’ll step from your vehicle and breathe the freshest air the minute you arrive. Our hospitality professionals will welcome you with open arms and ensure you’re checked in, comfortable, and settled into your guest room. 
  3. Our 18 guest room accommodations at our Adirondack Lodging are second to none! From spacious king suites and luxurious Lake Rooms to our cozy Bird Rooms and private cabin, there’s an excellent choice for any vacation style at Friends Lake Inn. 
  4. Not all Adirondack lodging prosperities offer the extensive dining options that you’ll find at our Inn. All menus offer a farm-to-table experience, but the setting is up to you. The Birch Bistro provides a laid-back, casual atmosphere, while our Main Dining Room exudes a historical elegance ideal for intimate and romantic meals. 
  5. As a guest at our Adirondack lodging, nature is all around you! You don’t have to go far to find some of the best hiking opportunities, days on the lake, or nearby popular attractions.
Adirondack Lodging, beautiful view of a pristine lake

The Best Things to do in the Adirondacks in 2023

Now that you’ve chosen our Upstate New York Hotel as your Adirondack lodging, it’s time to start filling your itinerary. Whether that’s enjoying the expansive wooded areas, lake shores, or the charming small villages near our hotel.Here are the top things to do in the Adirondacks during your stay:

  1. While you’ll find plenty of hiking opportunities on our stunning property, the Lake George area, just 20 minutes away, is one of the most popular destinations for nature walks. The Pinnacle route is one of the best hikes for stunning views of Lake George. 
  2. While you’re out that way, book a boat cruise on Lake George and enjoy the beautiful wilderness from the water. Or, for a more thrilling water excursion, try some whitewater rafting with Adirondack Adventures.
  3. Of course, due to the large collection of lakes and rivers in this area, you’re going to want to find some of our treasured waterfalls in the area. There are five stunning examples within an hour’s drive from our Adirondack lodging, including Beaver Meadow Falls, Auger Falls, and Shelving Rock Falls. 
  4. Gore Mountain Resort is one of the most popular wintertime destinations for skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing, but they offer warm weather activities that are fun and memorable, including hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, and Skyrides!
  5. Go rail riding with Revolution Rail – it’s a unique and relatively easy journey, and it takes you through some of the best scenery in the Adirondacks.
  6. Head to the Adirondack Adventure Center for some tubing, zip lining, and more. The truly adventurous will want to experience the 63 feet free fall and the Tree Top Adventure Course. 
  7. Visit Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, home to the largest natural marble cave entrance in the northeast. Highlights include old Sawmill Site Waterfalls, Artists’ Gorge, and several caves with hiking trails.
  8. During the fall, one of our favorite things to do in take a scenic drive to fully experience the vibrant and fiery autumnal colors that take over the Adirondack forests. Here’s a great route to check out from our Adirondack lodging property. 
  9. One of the best things that sets us apart from other Adirondacks lodging options is our lovely on-site restaurant. Join us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our casual cafe or more fine dining space at the Inn. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the amazing things you’ll experience on a magical getaway to the Adirondacks! Be sure to ask our welcoming staff members for directions or more personalized itineraries. Head over to our availability calendar and book your room today.