7 Ways to Spend a Fantastic Getaway in Bolton Landing
Go beyond the village of Lake George and explore Bolton Landing, a charming Southern Adirondack community, located just a short drive north of the Village. This quintessential lakeside hamlet offers outdoor adventures on and off the water, artisanal wine and craft beverages, 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
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.
How would you like to walk among the treetops in the Adirondacks? Check out 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
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, launch your paddling adventure right from their site. 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 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.
Adirondack Winery has been a staple in the Lake George area since 2008, but have you checked out their Bolton Landing Tasting Room yet? This wine tasting room opened in June of 2017. You'll know you're in the Adirondacks the moment you step foot through the door with the barnwood-style flooring, oak barrel tables, and wood accents.
Whether you're new to the wine world or you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, you'll love the award-winning wines and welcoming atmosphere at this rustic, yet modern winery. Adirondack Winery only sells New York Wines at their tasting rooms, made from New York grapes. Many of the wines channel the local region in their names and flavors, such as Prospect Mountain White NY.
The Adirondack Winery Bolton Landing Tasting Room is on Lakeshore Drive about 10 miles north of Lake George and they're open year-round.
For a great selection of Lake George region-inspired craft beers Bolton Landing Brewing Company is the place to be. This brewery on Lakeshore 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 enjoying a refreshing beer and tasty pub grub. Be sure to ask about their seasonal selections!
Dine Directly on the Lake George Waterfront
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 suggestion: Although they're not located right on the lake, Fredrick'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.
Even if you don’t stay at the historic Sagamore hotel, both the legendary golf course and luxurious spa are two reasons you should visit the AAA Four-Diamond resort!
The 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.