On November 15Alex Skjong answered the question:If business or Binghamton University is drawing you to Binghamton, New York, the best way to get there is with NetJets. The service gives you fractional ownership of a private jet (the amount you pay will be proportional to how often you fly) and access to a fleet of jets. Request a compact plane or a 14-seat jet and get to the upstate New York town quickly and comfortably. While on board, you’ll be treated to luxe amenities like gourmet snacks, comfy blankets and, on most planes, Wi-Fi. So you’ll touch down fully prepared for your business meeting or to explore the university town.
On November 12, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Exceptionally well-heeled travelers seeking a glamorous stay in the Adirondacks wilderness head straight for the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel The Point. This former camp of William Avery Rockefeller revives the spirit of the early 19th-century Adirondacks, when the wealthy headed here to rough it. Still charmingly secluded on a 10-acre peninsula on Upper Saranac Lake, the hotel’s rooms feature rustic décor like Adirondack twig furnishings and stone fireplaces. From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to water sports, trail hikes and croquet, you’ll find a variety of outdoor activities near the resort.
The only resort actually on Lake Placid, the Four-Star Lake Placid Lodge is a charming property offering beautiful views of the Adirondacks. The hotel was rebuilt after a 2005 fire destroyed the original, historic main lodge. Its arts and crafts style remains true to the original spirit — the interior is a luxurious take on rustic Americana, with warm colors and traditional furnishings dressed up with plaids, animal prints and florals.
You’ll see water everywhere you turn at the Sagamore Resort, since it sits on a private 72-acre island in Lake George. From golf, tennis and water sports to a myriad of winter activities, this resort is a year-round destination. Two types of accommodations offer you the choice of comfortable rooms at the historic hotel or cabin retreats in spacious lodges. Dining at any of the six restaurants comes with a view; meals are even served aboard the resort’s own replica of a 19th-century touring boat.
On November 12, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:The Adirondacks have a rich history, as the region has seen countless settlements and military posts that date back to the 1700s. Because of this, the area is full of heritage sites such as the Kent-Delord Museum, a 1797 house that served as British officers’ quarters during the Battle of Plattsburg in the War of 1812. Stop by Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage, the Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection and the Six Nations Indians Museum. You’ll learn a plethora about the settlers who inhabited the area and get to visit the once-bloody battlegrounds we merely read about in history books.
History and Old World charm aside, Lake Placid Center for the Arts is the place to go for modern day performing arts in Upstate New York — whether it’s music, film, visual art or dance. The all-in-one center puts on shows of varying sizes and types all year round, and is home to the Lake Placid School of Ballet and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Children’s Theatre.
On November 12, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Since the Adirondacks is known for being a recreational playground —offering every seasonal activity you can think of — there are a lot of activities for the whole family that involve the great outdoors.
The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, for instance, teaches about the animals and wildlife native to Northern New York with indoor exhibits, film screenings and live animals —kids will like to watch the otters play. Winding nature trails lead you through lakes where you’ll likely spot some trout or an immigrant moose. Afterwards, you can eat lunch at the Waterside Café, which has a view of the pond.
For a change of pace, ditch the museum-like grounds and take to the mountains for an easy hike with your little ones. There are several to choose from that don’t exceed three-and-a-half miles. Panther Mountain, Sawyer Mountain and Gurney Lane Nature Trail are just some of the hikes that are appropriately tame but no less scenic.
For some man-made created excitement, you and your kids have a choice of more than 120 rides at New York’s largest theme park, the 140-acre Great Escape. And when you need to cool off, head over to Splashwater Kingdom, the water park. Rides range from roller coasters to tame railroad car rides, which ensures fun for every family member. For young children, there’s a Storytown-themed kids’ area along with a kiddie pool.
On November 11, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Depending on the type of seasonal activities you’re interested in, from May to August or from November to April are the best times to visit the Adirondacks. The warmed summer months are best for those who see themselves kayaking in the sun and hiking up Mount Prospect. During this time, temperatures are in the upper 70s, and therefore, the heritage sites and museums are open for longer hours.
Upstate New York can be brutally cold in the winter, but heavy snowfall leads to the perfect climate for winter sports and cozy lodging. You’ll experience temperatures that range from high 20s to single-digit during this time — so bundling up is an absolute must.
Much less snowfall and mild temperatures between March and May make skiing difficult, and from September to October temperatures range from the 30s to the 60s. It’s easy to see why many travelers avoid these in-between seasons — stick with the summer or winter that are ideal for recreation.
On November 11, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:The next best thing to do in the Adirondacks — after being outside, of course — is to visit some of the area’s numerous heritage sites and museums.
Fort William Henry Museum is a 1755 fort rebuilt from original plans, and the complex includes dungeons, army barracks and an example of an Iroquois longhouse. The onsite museum hosts exhibits involving relics from the French and Indian War. Get a taste of battle in the 18th century as costumed guides provide demonstrations of typical military drills, musket firings, bullet molding and cannons.
To keep things just a bit active, don’t miss the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Built for the 1932 Winter Olympics and renovated for the 1980 Winter Games, it was made famous in the 1980 Olympics as the place where the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviets. The center hosts events year round and has a museum on site where you can see pieces of Olympic history.
The Adirondacks Museum provides a complete history of the area and the glorious mountains it’s named after. You can learn about everything from boating in the Adirondacks to log cabins built in the 1800s at permanent and special exhibits. Check out the replicated one-room schoolhouse or the full-size train car in the middle of the museum.
Housed in a former church, Bolton Historical Museum also explores the past of the Lake George region with a collection of ice boats, a Smith-Granger rowboat built around 1900, antique photographs of lakeside mansions and antique farming equipment.
Indoor and outdoor exhibits portray the life of Native Americans pre-ice boats at Six Nations Indians Museum. You’ll see a council ground and artifacts like birch bark canoes as well as listening to storytelling lectures.
Arguably one of the most visited sites in the Adirondacks is the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, which houses memorabilia from throughout the famous soprano’s career, including opera costumes and autographed photographs from her contemporaries, such as Brahms and Puccini. Be sure to explore the grounds, which boast views of Lake George.
Other museums include the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage, Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection and Kent-Delord House Museum. The first contains a collection of photographs, letters and memorabilia from Stevenson’s life. Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection has a collection of 17th-century household furnishings, and Kent-Delord House Museum served as British officers’ quarters during the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812.
On November 11, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:The Adirondacks is known for its scenery, villages and artisan shops. But let’s face it: the area is a recreational playground, and packing for all of those activities can seem daunting. We recommend you bring hiking boots, water bottles and active wear if you’re visiting during the summer — that way you’ll be prepared to paddle a lake or hike up a mountain. A camera is a must, as you’ll want to document the beauty of these backwoods. There’s also plenty to do when a blanket of snow covers the area, too. So be sure to bring boots, a down coat and the cold-weather works to prepare for all of the skiing and snowmobiling you’ll be doing.
On November 11, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Northern New York’s Adirondacks offer gorgeous scenery, with abundant lakes and ponds, forests and those majestic mountains. It draws sporty types and outdoor enthusiasts alike, as well as history buffs. Bolton Landing, on the shores of Lake George, earned the nickname “Millionaires Row” after an influx of wealthy urbanites chose to summer here in the 1800s. Today, most of the waterfront mansions have been converted into resorts, but the air of cultural sophistication lives on — experience some of it in our list of the five best things to see and do in the Adirondacks.
1. Lake Placid. Built for the 1932 Winter Olympics and renovated for the 1980 Winter Games, this arena hosts winter and summer skating shows, hockey games and concerts. It was made famous in the 1980 Olympics as the place where the U.S. hockey team beat the seemingly invincible Soviets, an account reenacted in the Hollywood movie Miracle. The center also includes a museum with Olympic paraphernalia.
2. Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage. This modest farmhouse is where the Treasure Island author lived while undergoing treatment for what is believed to have been tuberculosis from 1887 to 1888. Today, the building contains a collection of photographs, letters and memorabilia from Stevenson’s life.
3. Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum. Metropolitan Opera diva Marcella Sembrich used this studio in the early 20th century to teach piano, violin and vocals to promising pupils from Juilliard and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute. The studio was part of her summer lakeside mansion, named Bay View. Today, the museum displays operatic memorabilia from throughout Sembrich’s career, including opera costumes and autographed photographs from her contemporaries, such as Brahms and Puccini. Be sure to explore the grounds, which exhibit great views of Lake George.
4. Lake George. You’ll find everything from lakeside fun to quiet mountain retreats here. In the foothills of the Adirondacks, the area is a center for winter as well as summer sports. Go biking, kayaking, hot air ballooning, fishing, hiking and much more in the warmer months or skiing, skating and snowmobiling when it’s cold outside.
5. The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom Fun Park. New York’s largest theme park has rides, live shows and attractions, including numerous roller coasters, the Raging River Raft Ride, the All-American High-Dive Show and a Storytown-themed kids’ area. Splashwater Kingdom water park features a giant wave pool, waterslides, Adventure River and kiddie pools perfect for cooling off after the rides. A trip to Lake George’s theme park is bound to delight, especially if you’re bringing your whole family.
On November 11, 2011Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Outdoorsy couples will be in for a treat in the Adirondacks. If the pine-scented air and rustic surroundings are any indication, Upstate New York has a lot to offer in the way of secluded romance, particularly involving nature. Lake George is the perfect getaway for those who are looking to stay active. You can go camping, hiking, fishing, boating, biking and the list goes on. Provided you — and your love interest — are the adventurous type, try white water rafting up the Hudson River.
Exceptionally well-heeled traveling couples seeking a glamorous stay in the wilderness head straight for Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel The Point. This former great camp of William Avery Rockefeller revives the spirit of the early 19th-century Adirondacks, when the wealthy came to relax in this wooded paradise. No signs direct visitors to this intimate camp, and a decidedly residential ambience is maintained. The resort has a splendid location on a 10-acre peninsula on Upper Saranac Lake. Rooms feature Adirondack twig furnishings, stone fireplaces, elegant bathrooms and luxe antiques. Gourmet dining figures largely into the experience at The Point, and with a nod to the patrician past, guests don black-tie attire twice weekly at the communal dining table in the resort’s great room.
While you stay at The Point, it’s only natural that you dine in Bolton Landing for impressive views of the mountains, water and lush greenery. Trillium, in particular, boasts some of the most majestic views of Lake George in the area and is pleasantly paired with a casual, stylish atmosphere and a professional staff that provides unsurpassed service. Organic and local ingredients fill the imaginative menu, including Kobe steak sandwiches and honey-and-paprika-glazed duck. The wine list is also impressive — handy for romantic evenings.
Then there’s Artisans. At this much-lauded restaurant located in the cozy Lake Placid Lodge, you’ll find anything from duck consommé to lobster and sweetbread ravioli paired with stunning lake vistas. For an up-close view of the water, opt to dine in the covered balcony during warmer weather.