Adirondack Activities

Our Adirondack hotel features exceptional activities for year round fun. Friends Lake Inn, a romantic hotel set in the heart of the Adirondacks, offers its guests a destination for unforgettable getaways without leaving the property.

Our welcoming lodging provides the atmosphere of a private lake vacation home with the benefits of on-site dining, concierge services, and special event planning assistance.

Private lake Access at an Adirondack Inn

Private Lake Access

Friends Lake is quiet oasis located just across from our Adirondack inn.

Access is only permitted to the vacation homes surrounded the lake and Friends Lake Inn.

Guests can enjoy complimentary rentals of our kayaks and canoes, including paddles and life jackets, to explore the lake with.

Pool and Sauna at a Lake George Area Inn

Pool and Sauna

Enjoy relaxing around our large heated pool surrounded by lush gardens.

The pool is open every day from June – September. There are two bathrooms with showers at the pool, along with a sauna, chaise lounges, tables, beach towels, and umbrellas provided for our guests’ enjoyment.

Property Trails - On Site Trails at a Lake George Area Hotel

Property Trails

Guests of Friends Lake Inn have access to over 30 km of well-marked hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails directly from our property.

Order a picnic from our front desk or rent snowshoes or skis from our Nordic Ski Center and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful Adirondack woods. See Trail Map

Nordic Ski Trails in the Adirondacks

Nordic Ski Center

Our Nordic Ski Center offers trail passes, snowshoe, and ski rentals on weekends during the winter season.

Enjoy exploring miles of trails right from our property, and then come back and warm up with great food and drinks at Friends Lake Taproom.

Join us for exceptional romantic getaways in upstate NY.

Upstate NY Hiking


Enjoy hiking wooded paths, along streams, and up to summits with endless views.

Read our guide for the best hiking in the Adirondacks, including the best local hikes for beginner, intermediate, and experienced hikers, or you can simply hike straight from our Adirondack hotel on over 30 km of well-marked trails (see trail map.)

Kayaking in Upstate New York

Canoeing & Kayaking

The Adirondack Region is the perfect location to reconnect to nature and enjoy scenic canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding.

Our guests enjoy private access to Friends Lake, where you are welcome to take out your own equipment or enjoy complimentary use of our canoes and kayaks.

Mountain Biking in the Adirondacks


Experiencing the region by bicycle is an incredible way to see the Adirondacks – either by road and more rugged mountain trails.

Visit for maps of trails and routes for all levels of abilities.

Cross Country Skiing near Lake George

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

There is no better way to explore the Adirondack winter wonderland! Rent equipment at our Nordic Ski Center and enjoy miles of quiet wooded trails starting at right at our back door (see trail map.)

We also offer several winter adventure packages, includes our popular Full Moon Cross Country or Snowshoe Package.

Gore Mountain Skiing

Downhill Skiing

We are located a short drive from Gore Mountain, New York State’s largest mountain, offering over 100 trails for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers.

Read more about planning the perfect Gore Mountain winter getaway!

Snowmobiling in the AdirondacksSnowmobiling

The southern Adirondacks are one the East Coast's premier snowmobiling destinations with more than 200 miles of trails running through region.

Book our Snowmobile Excursion Package or contact us for more information on trails and equipment rentals.

Fort William Henry MuseumFort William Henry Museum

Featured on the “Today Show” and SyFy's "Ghost Hunters,” experience the living history at this 1700’s Colonial fortress. Enjoy guided fort and ghost tours, watch live firings of musket and cannon, musket ball molding demonstration, special events, and unique hands-on learning experiences for kids.

Open: May – October.   Admission: $7.95 - $16.95.

Visit: for details.

The Courthouse Gallery in Lake GeorgeThe Courthouse Gallery

Located in the historic Old County Courthouse in Lake George, The Courthouse Gallery features rotating exhibits of regional and national contemporary visual artists in a variety of media. The gallery also hosts numerous classes, workshops, and readings.

Open: Year Around, Tuesday – Saturday during exhibitions.   Admission: Free.

Visit: to see upcoming exhibits.

Art in Chestertown, NYArt in Chestertown

Charming local gallery featuring regional “North Country” artists in downtown Chestertown.

Open: Seasonal, Saturday-Sunday.   Admission: Free.

Visit: for current hours and artist exhibits.

Town of Chester Museum of Local HistoryTown of Chester Museum of Local History

Run by the Historical Society of the Town of Chester, the small museum includes a variety of artifacts and materials illustrating the history of the Town of Chester, including its exploration, early settlement, and development.

Open: Summer Season, Wednesday – Saturday.   Admission: Free.

Visit: for details.

Lake George Historical Association & MuseumLake George Historical Association & Museum

Catch a glimpse into the past and discover the rich history of the Lake George region. Exhibits include the restored Warren County Courthouse and Jail, Native American history, and other unique local artifacts.

Open: Late May- Mid October.   Admission: Free.

Visit: for more information.

Lake Placid Olympic MuseumLake Placid Olympic Museum

The only Olympic museum in North America that tells the story of two Winter Games – 1932 and 1980. Displays include exhibits of Lake Placid’s rich history and Olympic achievement through the years.

See our Olympic Passport Package for the perfect getaway in the Adirondacks.

Learn more about the Museum at

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Sham "Rock" the Block

March 14 - 15, 2015.

Two-day block party on Lower Amherst Street in the village of Lake George. Enjoy live music, Celtic games, traditional Irish food and drinks, artisan crafts, kid’s activities, plus the St Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday at noon. Read more...

Admission: Free.

Arts & Crafts Festival

May 23 - 24, 2015.

Benefitting the Bolton Landing Emergency Squad, explore a great selection and local and regional artists, artisans and crafters in Rogers Memorial Park.

Admission: Free. Elvis Festival

May 28 - 31, 2015.

Celebrate the King of Rock and Roll on beautiful Lake George! Event includes free concert, lake cruises, class car parade, and shows by the world’s top Elvis tribute artists.

Admission: Buy tickets online at

Strawberry Festival and Craft Show

July 4th, 2015.

Celebrate Independence Day and all things strawberry in Chestertown! Enjoy sampling delicious shortcake, ice cream, malts, and sundaes while touring artisan booths.

Admission: Free.

SummerFest - Music & Fireworks

July 11th, 2015.

Enjoy a hometown summer celebration in Chestertown with activities, games, and music.

Admission: Free.

Lake George Music Festival

August 17-27, 2015.

Enjoy stirring performances by world-class classical musicians, including professionals, current students or faculty, or alumni from prestigious institutions including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera the symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, and many more. The public is invited to attend this series of live concerts, open rehearsals, workshops, and various outreach events. Read more...

Admission: Free.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 17-20, 2015.

Experience the largest and oldest hot air balloon festival on the East Coast. Events include a massive balloon launch, balloon rides, musical performances, a car show, food, and craft vendors. Read more...

Admission: Free.

World's Largest Garage Sale

October 3-4, 2015.

This annual sale has something for everyone with hundreds of vendors offering antiques, collectibles, clothing, furniture, food, and more. Come find your next treasure! Admission: Free. Learn more at

Lake George Oktoberfest Fall Festival

Mid-October, TBD.

“Street-Wide” German & Bavarian Celebration Lake George Village. Enjoy live music, traditional German food, German Bier Garden, contests, arts & crafts show, and fireworks over the Lake.