An Incredible Weekend Getaway: 48 Hours In Lake George
Lake George Village is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. From the luminous waters of the lake itself to the majestic Adirondack foothills, there are endless activities to fill your weekend. Along the shoreline and throughout the village you'll discover eateries and local boutiques you can explore for hours. This weekend getaway itinerary will give you a picture-perfect Lake George experience:
Set sail on the the Lac du Saint Sacrement for a 2 ¼ hour cruise around the Queen of American Lakes. Satisfy your hungry stomach with the dinner buffet before heading to the deck to take in the pristine beauty around the lake. Cruises set sail at 6:30 so arrive a few minutes early for boarding.
When you disembark from the cruise ship, take a stroll down the walkway towards Shepard Park Beach where you'll find some of the best nightlife in the village. Order your drink and head out to the patio for serene views of the lake. You'll also stumble upon live music at many of these establishments, too.
Start your day off with a stroll along Canada Street & Beach Road to explore local boutiques and shops. You'll find everything from rustic Adirondack decor to delicious gourmet treats that might not survive the trip home. When you're ready for breakfast, head over to Caffé Vero for a fantastic cup of coffee and a bite to eat.
Along Canada Street you'll stumble upon Adirondack Winery, which opens at 11am. They use grapes sourced from farm vineyards across New York and some other regions. This allows the fully-licensed New York State Winery to offer a broad selection of over 35 wines. Their tasting room associates will walk you through a variety of wines and help you find the right wine for your preferences.
Lake George has a surprising number of pizzerias serving up spectacular slices. There are two pizza joints close to Adirondack Winery if you're looking for a short walk. Pizza Jerks is just off of Canada Street and serves hand-tossed New York style pies. Right on Canada Street is the Capri, a popular spot with locals and tourists for several decades.
Travel back in time with a visit to Fort William Henry, a key site of the French and Indian War. Explore artifacts, meet soldiers, and see live firing demonstrations of muskets and cannons. Join a guided tour for an in-depth history of the fort.
No trip to Lake George is complete without spending some time on the beach. Slather on the sunscreen before walking down Beach Road to the famed Million Dollar Beach. Take a dip in the water, catch some rays, or join in on a game of volleyball.
Spend a few hours soaking in the summer sun before heading back to your room to get ready for dinner.
Take the scenic route up Lake Shore Drive to Bolton Landing for a romantic evening at The Boathouse Restaurant. Located right on the waterfront, the restaurant offers endless views of the sparkling lake. Their menu features a variety of steak and seafood options perfect for plein air dining.
You've seen the lake by boat and from land, but now it's time for a new perspective. Head to Kayak Lake George to rent a SUP (stand-up paddleboard) for a peaceful morning of paddling. As you make your way out onto the lake, be sure to admire just how pristine its waters are.
After working up an appetite on the lake, head to Prospect Mountain Diner for classic diner favorites. Breakfast is served all day in this local staple that dates back to 1950. Its shining silver exterior is hard to miss and will instantly transport you to another era.
The summit of Prospect Mountain boasts 100-mile views, making it a popular spot for soaking in the region's majestic landscapes. Take your time driving up the mountain and enjoy pit stops at three outlooks before you reach the parking lot. To reach the summit, board the shuttle bus or take a stroll on the nature trails to the top.
After a blissful 48-hours in Lake George, head home with photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Before long, you'll be reminiscing of the clear blue waters. Explore more Lake George itineraries to find inspiration for your next vacation.