10 Things We Love About Christmas in the Adirondacks


In today’s busy world, your winter holiday should be a time to relax, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy all the delights that “come but once a year.” With that in mind, Christmas in the Adirondacks is the perfect time to make a romantic getaway to Friends Lake Inn. We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of ten of our favorite things about the Christmas season. Read on to find out how you can find them all at our charming Adirondack hotel near Lake George!


1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The winter weather is ideal for skiing, but it’s just as perfect for a romantic night of cozying up by the fireplace in one of our luxurious guest rooms. Pamper yourself and your significant other with our Adirondack romance package, which guarantees a Jacuzzi for blissfully unwinding together.


2. A Gift For Your Loved One

Christmas time, the season of giving, is the perfect time of year to show someone special just how much they mean to you. Surprise them with an unforgettable romantic weekend at our award-winning Adirondack hotel. Celebrating an anniversary or birthday? We have a gift certificate for that.


3. A Gift For Yourself

You work hard all year, so don’t forget to reward yourself with a little vacation time this winter. Break out of your daily routine with some excitement on the slopes, and treat yourself later to a three-course meal in our gourmet dining room. You’ve more than earned it.


4. Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together

Riding through a field of snow at twilight as stars glimmer above and sleigh bells softly jingle through the night—what could be more romantic? We’ll let you decide with our sleigh ride package.


5. Winter Wonderlands

Those stunning leaves may have fallen from the trees, but only to be replaced by pure white snow and gleaming icicles. The unparalleled beauty of the Adirondacks in winter is not to be missed, so experience it firsthand with one of our many winter sports packages, or choose our Ski Gore package and see a breathtaking aerial view from Gore Mountain.


6. A Cup of Good Cheer

There’s something about cold weather that makes a drink so enticing, especially when it’s that Imperial Stout you’ve been waiting for all year. Try a seasonal, local brew in our taproom, or join us for a sumptuous five-course Chilean wine dinner on December 12.


7. Festive Feasting

Bountiful meals are one of the most ancient wintertime traditions, celebrating a plentiful harvest. You’ll find no shortage of them at Friends Lake, from a fine dining experience in our New American gourmet dining room to complimentary country breakfasts for two. Get in the holiday spirit of togetherness by joining our Executive Chef Scott Dewar for a two-hour cooking lesson with our Cooking with the Chef package.


8. The Winter Olympics

True, the next worldwide Winter Olympics won’t happen until 2018, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the spirit of them with one of our skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling packages. The Winter Olympics museum in Lake Placid is an excellent choice for a day trip, and our Olympic Passport package gets you two passes to all of the nearby Olympic sites.


9. Grandma’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

We have to admit that we couldn’t find the top-secret recipe for those melt-in-your-mouth baked treats that you look forward to every year. However, we think you’ll be just as satisfied with the homemade chocolate chip cookies that come with our sleigh ride package, and we have even more desserts in our gourmet dining room for a decadent finish to your romantic candlelit dinner.


10. A Kiss At Midnight

Even when Christmas ends, the holiday season keeps swinging. Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration that features an evening of music with Rich Oritz and a champagne pour at midnight. This night always sells out, so make your reservation today.


Parting Thought….


We hope you’ll choose to celebrate Christmas in the Adirondacks with us. What are your favorite things about the Christmas time in the Adirondacks? Are you looking forward to a Friends Lake Inn getaway this winter? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.