Your Adirondack Vacation With Local Adventures
Around Lapland Lake
Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center is conveniently located in the Southern Adirondacks within the famed 6-million acre Adirondack State Park. A wealth of activities await our guests. With over 30 miles of
hiking and biking trails on our private property and with state land surrounding us, visitors may travel in any direction to discover wonderful waterfalls and day hikes. By car, an array of museums, antique and other unique shops, golfing, fishing, boating, mountain climbing, horseback riding and river rafting await!
Right here in Benson visit Hilltop Orchards where, in the fall, you may purchase Benson-grown apples, cider, homemade jams and fresh-baked pies.
Our closest towns are the villages of Northville and Mayfield situated on the beautiful shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake. Known for superior fishing, the
Sacandaga offers world-record size northern pike, walleye, pikerel, perch, bullhead, small and largemouth bass, landlocked salmon, along with the occasional brown and lake trout. There are also entertaining boat cruises and boat rentals. Enjoy dining at The Timeless Tavern, Lanzi's
on the Lake and Sport Island Pub. A variety of casual
eateries are available including pizza, subs, ice cream and
Chinese fare. Several antique shops, including the wonderful
Red Barn and Sisters Emporium, The Adirondack Country Store,
Newberry's 5 & 10 and North Country Florist and Gifts are
located in Northville. Stop in to see the rustic furniture created by Russ Gleaves and Bill Coffey. Play a round at the Sacandaga Golf Club or mini golf at Grandview. Horseback riding is offered at Solid Rock Ranch
(offering trail rides on gentle, rescued horses). Public tennis courts are located in the Village. And be certain to settle in for SVAN Song Sundays during July and August when a different local band will perform each week followed by an hour of amateur acoustic open mic performances, 5-7pm. Travel time: 15 min.
Traveling north, visit the Village of Wells. John Van Alstyne’s sculpture studio is well worth a visit. His
and his wife's works were featured at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Pine Orchard” is a gentle hike into an old growth forest with virgin white pine trees that five people can’t hug! Also near Wells is Auger Falls, a short walk through the woods to a roaring waterfall. Continue north to the Village of Speculator with unique shops and restaurants. Charlie John’s store is well worth the stop! Also of interest is the Speculator Department Store and Nordic Woods Gifts. Stop by McComb’s Oak Hill Maple Farm for a tour of the sugar house. King of the Frosties is a great spot for a bite to eat or a refreshing ice cream cone. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Commongrounds Café. For dinner, be sure to try Melody Lodge or the Inn at Speculator. Yum! And stop by Airdville Antiques and Clock Repair in Lake Pleasant (please call ahead).
Continue on through Indian Lake to Blue Mountain Lake and the
Adirondack Museum, world-renowned for its fabulous exhibits informing visitors of the history of the great Adirondacks. The Museum also hosts a variety of programs and special events throughout the summer. Travel time to Blue Mountain Lake: 1hr. 45 min.
Traveling east will take you on a splendid ride along the GreatSacandaga Lake, past the Conklingville Dam (eagles frequently nest nearby) into the village of Lake Luzerne. Bennett’s Horseback Riding and
several rafting companies are popular here as is the UpRiver
Cafe, well worth a visit for lunch or old-fashioned ice cream!
Continue east to Lake George, home to multiple theme parks for all ages, many restaurants and home of the Minne-Ha-Ha, a steam-powered paddlewheel boat that will take you on a cruise around the beautiful shores of Lake George. Nearby Warrensburg annually hosts the “World’s Largest Garage Sale”. Travel time: Lake Luzerne 45 min.; Lake George 1hr. 15min. Just 9 miles south of Lake George is the city of Glens Falls. The Hyde Collection contains important European Old Master and American works of art and European antiques. Also on display are temporary exhibitions and new acquisitions. After visiting the museum, stop by the many factory outlets in Glens Falls – worth the visit!
Traveling south on Rte. 30 stop by Lake View Orchards (open Sept-Nov) for apples, cider donuts and more! Havlick's
Snowshoe Co. offers fun shopping opportunities. Then proceed
to Gloversville to the Adirondack Stained Glass Works, where
artisans working in the Tiffany style create beautiful
stained glass creations. In historic Johnstown you will find
the oldest working courthouse in America. The Historical
Society will provide you with a walking tour map that will
take you back to the Revolutionary War and Native American
days. Sir William Johnson's home is here with wonderful
lawns for a picnic lunch. Continue onto Eagle Mills Cider
Mill for gem stone mining, delicious baked goods and ice
cream (apples and cider in the fall). Also in Broadalbin,
stop by the Dairy Frost for taste-tempting treats! And visit Animal Land, the largest zoo in Upstate NY with over 500 animals, and Springer’s Farm where the young and the young-at-heart enjoy feeding the baby farm animals in their petting areas. Travel time: Johnstown 30 min.; Broadalbin 20 min. from Johnstown.
To the east is the charming Victorian city of Saratoga Springs! The horses are racing at the fabulous thoroughbred (late July-early September) and harness tracks. Saratoga Performing Arts Center is summer home to the New York City Ballet in July and the Philadelphia Orchestra in August. Special pop/rock concerts are scheduled through the summer and early fall. Tickets may be purchased for seating inside the amphitheater or, if the weather is clear, there’s no better lawn seat in the world! Saratoga boasts an incredible array of unique architecture, fascinating shops, restaurants and museums and is home to Skidmore College and the Tang Museum! Schedule time at the Crystal Spa on Broadway. Ah-h-h! We understand the Children’s Museum is a must-see. There is just too much to list. You won’t be disappointed by a day spent in this fascinating, intimate city! Travel time: 1 hr.
Drive west just 16 miles to Caroga Lake and visit the Homestead Museum. The Caroga Historical Society hosts summer concerts and afternoon workshops featuring local craftspeople. Drive south to the Timberland Blueberry Farm and pick your own berries or buy today's pre-packed berries and jam, too. On your return, stop and watch the moto-cross action at Royal Mountain! Further south, by appointment, is Beaver Sprite, a beaver sanctuary with Saturday evening programs throughout the summer (call for details). Travel time: Caroga Lake 20 min.; Dolgeville 45 min.
Further southwest you will pass Saltsman's Hotel, serving country-style cooking for over a century. Then travel through "Amish Country" where you can purchase hickory furniture, homemade pies, breads and Amish cheese at the cheese factory in Palatine Bridge. You may even pass an Amish barn-raising! The Canajoharie Art Museum, located in the historic town library across from the Beechnut Factory, has original Remington bronzes, 21 works by Winslow Homer, Bierstadt, Andrew Wyeth and more! You are now traveling through the Mohawk Valley where there are several forts, museums and interesting stops all dating back to the 1700's. Travel time: Canajoharie 55 min.
Driving north from Caroga Lake, stop by the Caroga Lake Historical Museum or play a round of golf on the beautiful Nick Stoner Golf Course. Continuing north you'll pass many trailheads to great hikes (details at Lapland Lake's office). Travel time to Arietta: 35 min.
Historic, picturesque Cooperstown is two hours south of Lapland Lake. Enjoy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmers' Museum, Fenimore House Museum and Glimmerglass Opera. South near Cobleskill adults and children will love the Iroquois Indian Museum with plentiful hands-on activities. Next door is Howe Caverns. Take a sweater (constant 52 degrees) and explore the world of caves. There is even an underground boat ride! Travel time: 1 hr. 45 min.
This is just a sampling of wonderful things to do and see while staying at
Lapland Lake! We have brochures from many of the attractions mentioned here. We hope you will enjoy visiting our vast neighborhood or simply enjoying lazy days on our sandy beach. There are no motors on our lake, so you are apt to see and hear our beautiful loons-in-residence. Staff members are always on hand and are happy to offer advice and make reservations on your behalf at area attractions or dinner nearby. We look forward to sharing the great
Adirondacks with you!