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Central Adirondack Region Suggestions….

  • The Fulton Chain of Lakes includes 8 separate lakes and is a great excuse to rent a ski boat or pontoon and cruise from First to Fifth Lake (afterwards you must portage to get to the other ones).

  • Have lunch on Fourth Lake at Northwoods Inn (insiders tip: they’re pet friendly).

  • Daikers is great for their killer patio high in the trees above Fourth Lake. Their menu is big and tasty and so are their drinks!

  • Old Forge Pond begins the Fulton Chain of Lakes but is not included in that 8 count.
  • Kayak around Big Moose Lake or rent stand up paddle boards from The Big Moose Inn. There are mysterious islands to explore and spectacular, over the top boat houses.
  • For a nice, family style dinner make reservations at The Old Mill, an Old Forge institution.
  • Tony Harper’s Pizza & Clam Shack is a must. So don’t be surprised when you end up there more than once!
  • If you’re in need of some ‘mainstream’ for an evening take a step back in time at Strand Theatre where concessions include ice cream!
  • Forget your figure and visit the family owned Donut Shop; your choices are regular and cinnamon (an Adirondack tradition). And shoot some pictures of their landmark sign.
  • Walk around Moss Lake, a National Natural Landmark, and spot osprey if you’re lucky.
  • Old Forge Hardware is a great stop on your way into town to get you in the mountain spirit. Find everything you never knew you needed.
  • Tour the Vanderbilt family’s wilderness estate, Great Camp Sagamore.
  • Empty your pockets at Wilderness Interiors, the “fluffy store”, on Main Street amongst the other Old Forge shops.
  • Drive out to Blue Mountain for a hike, visit the museum, and stop in Long Lake for soft serve at Custard’s Last Stand.
  • For the best boat rental call ahead to Clark’s Marina in Inlet then feast on Moose Tracks at Northern Lights Creamery (Is it obvious I consumed a lot on ice cream on this trip?)