Things To Do
Enjoy plenty of great Adirondack attractions and entertainment while staying at The Stone Lodge. Located on Loon Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Park in beautiful Chestertown, New York.
There are always something fun to do while staying at The Stone Lodge! Seasonality plays into what’s available.
Dining – be sure to stop in for lunch at The Main St Ice Cream Parlor which hosts a true “soda-fountain” delicious menu, gift shop and nostalgic feel which is rare to come by. For dinner try O.P. Frederick’s, good food, casual atmosphere on Loon Lake. Or pick up some treats for the grill.. Nettle Meadow Goat Farm and Cheese Company and Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg. After a hot day on the lake, stop by The Crossroads for soft-serve Ice Cream. The area offers numerous excellent dining options from fantastic tapas try The Bull House or wine bars like barVino in downtown North Creek. The area offers casual eateries & fine dining Friends Lake Inn. For great food after a busy day, at a fair price. Try the Black Mountain or Basil & Wicks.
Shopping– enjoy shopping at the shops on Main Street- antiques, home decorations, and more! (favorites include Hudson River Trading Co, Rustic Charm Pottery and the Crossroads Outdoors & Gifts. For even more shopping either visit the outlets in Lake George, Bolton Landing or Saratoga Springs. Warrensburg, just 15 minutes south is famous for its many antique shops.
Skiing and snowboarding at Gore Mountain – Less than 5 minute drive to the lifts. Gore Mountain boasts 2100’ vertical, 11 lifts, 75 trails and 95% snowmaking, Gore Mountain is a premier ski area of the northeast and just opened a new face of the mountain “Burnt Ridge” with a new quad chair and 4 new trails. The North Creek Ski Bowl also offers night skiing and tubing.
Saratoga & North Creek Railway -enjoy a scenic ride on North Creek’s historic railway. This trip winds its way through the upper Hudson corridor. Once finished visit the Depot Museum.
Whitewater Rafting – This annual pilgrimage begins early spring and continues through the fall. Three great rivers provide thrilling family trips and rafting adventures. Beaver Brook Outfitters and White Water Challengers. These guys specialize in the Hudson River and any conditions mother nature throws at us.
Local Farmers Markets – The Chestertown Farmers Market, open Wednesdays from 10am-1pm; June 20th 2012 -Oct 10th 2012 and The North Creek Farmers Market open Thursdays 3pm-6pm; June 14th 2012 – Oct 4th 2012. Local Farms, Local Food, Local People.
Museums and Galleries – The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake is on the “not to be missed” list but numerous options abound. Open end of May-Late October. Another great museum is the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Very science, hands on, walks you through “Where the wild world of the Adirondacks opens before your eyes”. Very cool.
Water Ski or Wakeboard – The Inverted Wakeboard and Waterski School is located on beautiful Loon Lake, NY. They offer instruction for beginner through advanced. Whether you are learning to get up on two skis or learning to drop one or maybe trying your first roll on a wakeboard, they’ve got you covered.
Scenic Drives -Take a road trip through spectacular scenery of the Gore Mountain Region or head north into the High Peaks. Our favorite drive is usually starting in North Creek-Indian Lake-Long Lake-Tupper Lake-Saranac Lake-Lake Placid-Keene-Keene Valley-Schroon Lake-Chestertown-Wevertown-Back to North Creek. Takes about 4 hours with a stop for lunch. Amazing in the fall.
Lake Cruises -Take a scenic ride on beautiful Lake George. Numerous cruise options are available. Some offer lunch, brunch and/or dinner cruises. Most will launch from the center of Lake George Village (Million Dollar Beach). Parking usually always available, which consists of a debit card kiosk token to drop on the windshield. www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com
Natural and Outdoor Attractions – Take a Garnet Mine Tour at Barton’s mines www.garnetminetours.com, See the Alpaca’s at www.goremountainfarm.com, Have a family adventure at the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course www.adirondackextreme.com, with an amazing ropes course high in the trees of Bolton Landing. See the largest cave entrance in the east, waterfalls and gorge on a self-guided walking tour at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park www.stonebridgeandcaves.com
Fishing – 160-ish lakes, ponds and 1000 miles of streams and rivers offer some of the finest fishing in the country…. Fishing licenses are readily available. Try the local sportsmans shops. Nemec’s ( 4036 Main Street, Warrensburg, NY (518) 623-2049), offers everything you need for a great weekend out. If fly fishing is your focus. I would go for someone a bit more specialized. A local guide for the ultimate experience is your best bet… Outback Outfitter Guide Service. Offers some of the best packages around. You can contact Jake at www.outbackoutfitter.com
Hiking – Everywhere in the Adirondacks includes great hiking and numerous official state trail heads. We would love to suggest options for you that range from a lovely scenic walk right out the back door to an all-out full days hike up to a peak. Some favorites of ours: Crane Mountain (only 10 minutes from the cabin), Blue Ledges, Pharoah Mountain Wilderness Region, Buck Mountain, Tongue Mountain and the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Region. www.adk.org
Golf – There are numerous beautiful courses within ½ hour’s drive of North Creek that range from very “local” 18 hole courses www.croninsgolfresort.com which is rarely crowded and plays along the Hudson River, to the famed Donald Ross course (a bit of expensive and you have to call ahead for a tee time) at The Sagamore. www.thesagamore.com/golf.htm
Canoeing and Kayaking – The Adirondacks is known for its waterways. Enjoy a tour of Lake George with Lake George Kayak Co www.lakegeorgekayak.com or perhaps take a clinic from Wild Waters Outdoor center www.wildwaters.net. Bring your own kayaks or canoe to explore the multitude of lakes and rivers in the area or use our kayaks here on beautiful Friends Lake. www.visitadirondacks.com
River Tubing – Enjoy a unique experience of tubing down the Hudson through the whitewater. No long bus rides and takes about two hours. For Tube tours and guided rafting adventures try: www.beaverbrook.net
Rodeos – It might be hard to believe, but Warren County has a number of dude ranches and rodeos available www.1000acres.com, www.paintedponyrodeo.com, www.ridinhy.com. Hey – who doesn’t love a rodeo clown after a couple micro-brews?
Horseback Riding – There are numerous options for horseback riding along a variety of scenic trails. Very close is Circle B Ranch www.circlebranch.net and Loon Lake Riding Stables 518-494-5168.
Bird watching – Not exactly my cup of tea. There are so many beautiful birds just make the Adirondacks home. Each season brings a new flock or species. Its cool though, I can see how it could become ones hobby. For a free Adirondack birding map is offered at: www.adkbirds.com.
Balloon Flights – many options available. Fly over the Glens Falls, Lake George area Call for telephone numbers. www.adirondackballoonflights.com.
Lake George Village – From miniature golf, shopping, amusement parks, waterslide parks, mini golf and go-karts on beautiful 32-mile long Lake George , visit Lake George Village www.lakegeorge.com/things-to-do/.
Saratoga – The famous horse racing flat track is open through all of August, but the magnificent city of Saratoga is fun to visit year round www.saratoga.com.
Bicycling – The area is fantastic with miles and miles of low traffic scenic riding. Visit Bike Adirondacks for maps and good ideas for great biking routes. www.bikeadirondacks.org
Cross-country ski and snowshoe – Garnet Hill www.garnet-hill.com , Cunningham’s Ski Barn www.cunninghamsskibarn.com , and others including unlimited acres access on state land. We personally enjoy skiing up the old (unused in winter) railroad tracks or on the 20 acres immediately behind the cabin.
Snowmobiling – If you have your own machines join the North Warren Trailblazers at www.northernwarrentrailblazers.snowclubs.com for miles and miles of groomed trails close by… If you would like to rent “sleds” there are numerous local options for guided 1 and 2 hour trips for single or double riders. Explore both beautiful pine woods and/or open frozen lake terrain… Lake George Snowmobile Tours offers rentals and a great ride up Prospect Mountain. http://www.lgboatrental.com/index.asp?lg=1&w=pages&r=0&pid=6
Winter Horseback riding – Circle B Ranch www.circlebranch.net ! Sleigh ride sand hay rides are also available!
Lake Placid – Only an hour or so away and home to two winter olympics. www.lakeplacid.com It’s a beautiful one-hour drive north. Window shop down Main Street, stop for lunch at any number of great lunch spots, go to the top of the ski jumps and watch the ski jumpers or ariel freestyle skiers practice or compete. Check out the luge or bobsledding going. For the adventurer, take a bobsled ride yourself…. www.mountvanhovenburg.com. Lots of places to stop and walk/hike at trail heads along the way!
The Stone Lodge – 99 Blythewood IslandRd. Chestertown, NY 12817
Phone: (518) 494-2012