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7 Ways to Spend a Fantastic Getaway in Bolton Landing

Go beyond the village of Lake George and check out Bolton Landing, a charming southern Adirondack community. This quintessential lakeside hamlet offers outdoor adventures on and off the water, craft beer, picturesque waterfront dining, and more.

Below we've highlighted seven must-do activities for your Bolton Landing getaway:

Explore a Nature Center or Take a Hike

view from summit
Summit of Cat Mountain, photo credit: Alan Nudi

Strap on your hiking boots! Bolton Landing has hiking trails for everyone, from those for beginners (which are also family-friendly), to more challenging hikes.

Up Yonda Farm is an excellent place to start for easy, fun hiking. This is an environmental education center featuring over 70 acres of land overlooking Lake George. More than just a place to hike, this organization also hosts public nature programs and exhibits at their facility. Pay a small admission fee to access their trail system, which comprises several trails, most of which are fairly short. You can also snowshoe here in the winter.

If you're seeking to get up in the mountains, Cat Mountain and Thomas Mountain offer majestic views of Lake George - you can see almost the entire lake from Cat. These hikes are mostly moderate with a few strenuous spots.

Challenge Yourself to the Ultimate Treetop Obstacle Course

two women on a treetop platform

How would you like to walk among the treetops in the Adirondacks? Visit Adirondack Extreme's aerial adventure course in Bolton Landing.

Explore nature in a whole new way - from 10 to 60 feet high above the ground. The course includes suspended bridges, swinging surprises, nets, ladders, and more.

Adirondack Extreme's operating season typically runs from April through November, weather depending. Book your trip to the adventure course and get ready to unleash your inner monkey.

Plan an Adventure on the Waters of Lake George

people riding in a pontoon

Bolton Landing offers direct access to Lake George, so here's your chance to explore another section of the lake through paddling or boating.

The Lake George Kayak Company specializes in kayak, canoe, and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals; you can also take lessons and purchase gear here. Then, begin your paddling adventure right from their property. If it's your first time paddling in the area, let them know. The knowledgeable staff can help you pick out what you need and guide you on your way.

Interested in a larger watercraft? Start with Bolton Boat Rentals and take your group out on one of their boats - you could also couple this activity with water skiing or fishing. They've been in business for over 40 years and know how to create the best possible boating excursion for their customers.

Try Handcrafted, Lake George-Inspired Brews

beer taps at Bolton Landing Brewing Company

For a great selection of Lake George region-inspired craft beers, Bolton Landing Brewing Company is the place to be. This brewery on Lake Shore Drive is in the heart of Bolton Landing. They serve handcrafted beer from a minimum of six taps along with light fare from their 'bites' pub menu.

You'll find a comfortable bar area indoors with plenty of tables and chairs, and outdoor seating on their spacious patio, so it's easy to hang out while enjoying a refreshing beer and tasty pub grub. Be sure to ask about their seasonal selections.

Bonus Spot: Craving craft cocktails instead? Check out The Gem! This charming cocktail bar in Bolton Landing serves world-class food and beverages to their guests. Relax inside at their cozy bar or enjoy a refreshing cocktail outside near the fire pits.

Dine Directly on the Lake George Waterfront

food and drinks on a patio table overlooking a lake

No getaway to Lake George is complete without visiting some of the region's exceptional dining options. In Bolton Landing, you'll discover a wide range of restaurants, some of which are located on the waterfront, offering guests scenic views of the lake.

Two of the community's waterfront restaurants include the Tavern on the Lake at Blue Water Manor and The Algonquin Restaurant. Both are open seasonally from spring through fall and have extensive food and drink menus. Sip a cocktail while enjoying the views, and order yourself a plate of delicious cuisine.

Bonus Spot: Although they're not located right on the lake, Frederick's Restaurant has comfortable outdoor dining and live music on their patio during the summer months, as well as fireplaces indoors for winter dining. They're open year round.

Explore the Sagamore Resort’s Premier Facilities

aerial view of golf course

Even if you don’t stay overnight at the historic Sagamore hotel, both the legendary golf course and luxurious spa are two reasons you should visit the AAA Four-Diamond resort's facilities.

Their 18-hole, par 70 championship golf course is located on the mainland a few miles away from the hotel property. Featuring a natural wooded setting with beautiful views of the lake, the Sagamore Golf Course is a true gem in the southeastern Adirondacks. Enjoy challenging holes, deep bunkers, a practice range, and an award-winning pro shop.

Back at the Sagamore hotel, the Lake George Spa awaits! This peaceful sanctuary welcomes guests who are looking to rejuvenate their senses and relax. There are 14 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy space, and a variety of spa services to experience. The spa is open year-round; the golf course is available seasonally from late spring through mid-fall.

Immerse Yourself in Culture, History & The Arts at The Sembrich

inside museum with grand piano

Open seasonally, The Sembrich is a cultural hub in Bolton Landing that is part museum, part music venue, and part nature preserve. If you're vacationing in the summer, they have a popular music festival that they put on each year in addition to other concerts, films, and children's programs. The facility is steeped in history, being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and having been in continuous operation since 1937.

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