Plan One of the Best Adirondacks Getaways this Summer

Just outside the idyllic hamlet of Chestertown, you’ll find one of the best destinations for your Adirondacks getaways. Picturesque forests and untouched nature surround our luxurious boutique hotel—creating the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation. Folks have been retreating to the Adirondacks for decades to escape the daily grind and stresses of city life. At Friends Lake Inn, you’ll feel a world away!

When you start planning your summer Adirondacks getaways, there are a few things to keep in mind. This area of Upstate NY is remote, so you’ll want to stay in a place where everything is on-site. This includes dining options, hiking trails, and comfortable accommodations—our boutique hotel has all that and more! Our beautiful hotel and grounds are the perfect setting for special occasions, anniversaries, romantic getaways, or just a place to escape because you deserve it. You’ll find everything you could ever want in a mountain getaway and more at our upscale lodging!

As a guest at our Adirondack Hotel, you’ll quickly see that our welcoming and professional hospitality members have your best interests in mind. We’re happy to recommend the best things to do in the area and beyond. The menu at our on-site restaurant is seasonal and creative. We have two spaces, the more casual Birch Bistro and our elegant Main Dining Room, for more intimate meals. Retreating back to your guest room will be one of the best parts of your Adirondacks getaways; each room is beautifully designed and full of the necessary amenities for the most memorable trip. Check our upcoming summer availability and book your stay today! 

Photo of a steamboat on Lake George, NY, one of the best places for your Adirondacks Getaways

Best Things to do on Your Adirondacks Getaways

Sometimes the best Adirondacks getaways include a minimal amount of activity: relaxing by the lake, catching up on a good book, or enjoying a glass of wine on the porch. But for those who recharge with adventures and new experiences, there are so many fun things to do near our boutique hotel in Chestertown and the Lake George area. Here are the top ten things to do on your summer Adirondacks getaways: 

  1. Friends Lake is a short walk from our hotel, a quiet and secluded place for a morning or afternoon hike along the shore. Bring a picnic for a longer excursion, or get out on the water in a kayak.
  2.  Our neighbors at Circle B Ranch offer horseback riding excursions and classic horse-drawn carriage rides during the summer. 
  3. While Gore Mountain Ski Resort is one of the largest and most popular Adirondacks ski areas, they offer a long list of summer activities during the warmer months. From scenic lift rides and hiking trails to mountain biking and disc golf, you’ll find plenty to do here for a full day of fun. 
  4. Visit Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, home to the northeast’s most significant natural marble cave entrance.
  5. The Lake George Steamboat Company has been operating on the lake since 1817, offering visitors a lovely way to experience the water with sunset and dinner cruises. 
  6. The best Adirondacks getaways include whitewater rafting, tubing, or ziplining with the guides at the Adirondack Adventure Center.
  7. One of the best things to do on your Adirondacks getaways is the excursions with Revolution Rail, perfect for couples! You can peddle your rail bike together and take in the stunning Adirondack scenery. 
  8. Head down to the charming main street in Chestertown for small-town boutiques, the local pub for a beer, or the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor for an old-fashioned treat. 
  9. While you’ll find hiking trails on our property during your Adirondacks getaways, there are also some extraordinary hiking opportunities in the Lake George area. Read more here about the top six to check out. 
  10. Finish your big day of adventure back at Friends Lake Inn, either out by the firepit for s’mores, adult beverages, and lively conversation. Relax in one of our shared spaces or in the privacy of your guest room, where you’ll have all you need for a cozy evening. 
Photo of the view from one of our guest rooms. The ideal destination for your next Adirondacks getaways

Luxurious Lodging at our Adirondacks Hotel

As you plan your summer Adirondacks getaways, you can look no further for your lodging accommodations. All guest rooms are differently-themed, each to charmingly reflect the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Each is unique in decor and amenities offered—we have many return guests who choose a different experience each time. Rooms are split into Lake Rooms, Tree Rooms, Bird Rooms, and our secluded cabin with a private outdoor firepit and full kitchen. Depending on which route you take, you’ll have a cozy fireplace, a balcony or porch, or a window seat to admire the lovely view and much more for one of the most Adirondacks getaways. 

Not all lodging properties in the Adirondacks offer on-site dining; in fact, our restaurant is a culinary destination for those heading to the area for day trips as well. We’re known for creating wholesome and hearty meals with unforgettable and personal service. Though our Main Dining Room is a beautiful space with white tablecloths and historic woodwork, the atmosphere is never stuffy, we offer a laid-back approach to delicious food and time spent with friends, family, and your partner. Our farm-to-table menu is perfectly paired with our award-winning wine selection. 

In the acreage surrounding our luxury boutique hotel, you’ll find plenty of wilderness to explore. We have our own curated trail system weaving through the forest, perfect for a day exploring in the sunshine and fresh air. In the evenings, spend time by the outdoor fire pit, in our unique tranquility room, or with a lively game of pool or watch a movie in our shared media room. There are so many things to do in the Adirondacks during your stay, many of which you won’t need to leave our property to experience. Plan for summer now and book your room today!