Adirondacks Travel Guide

Timberlock resort is a haven for trail rides, canoeing on Indian Lake, and even workshop sessions where kids can help make a birdhouse or decorate picture frames with bark and other woodsy finds.

A great choice for beginners, thanks to its free, guided nature tours up a two-mile path with summit views of the Adirondack High Peaks region.

Take the Charlotte-Essex Ferry to historic Essex, NY, a former shipping hub now home to stone houses and antiques shops.

Rainer Schnaars named his bakery after his favorite band, the Blue Brothers, and is where the gregarious, bearded 49-year-old creates pastries like a flaky apple strudel or a decadent Black Forest cherry cake.

The Vanderbilts’ fairy-tale lodge.

Guests gather at sunset to sip an Ubu Ale or a Lake Placid IPA. The brewery has won a slew of awards, including best in New York State at the TAP beer festival in 2005 and 2007.

Try a bobsled run. It’s the only bobsled, luge, and skeleton track east of the Rockies. There’s also a network of cross-country ski trails.

The shop has everything you need to explore the lake, from paddleboats and kayaks to hydro bikes.

Embark on a Gilded Age expedition here for exhibitions of the region’s history: logging, boating, and handmade furniture. Pick up lunch at the museum’s café.

Olympic Pedigree: Figure skater-turned-movie star Sonja Henie took one gold medal at the Olympic Center’s rink in 1932. Nearly five decades later, during the 1980 Winter Games, American speed skater Eric Heiden won five gold medals, while the U.S.

Climb trails through the northern peaks of the park or backcountry canoe in the St. Regis wilderness area.

Here bridges crisscross a clear, cold stream of water that flows through jagged rocks.

Have walking guide Ernie La Prairie take you out in his wooden rowboat for an island picnic. Last stop: the outfitter’s store, which stocks heavenly scented balsam pillows.

Choose from dozens of active pursuits. Two standouts: Strapping into a bobsled (equipped with blades in the winter, and wheels in the summer), or riding a gondola up Whiteface Mountain and hiking down to the lake shores.

The ferry has operated continuously since 1756.