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The Best Adirondack Winter Getaways Begin & End At Garnet Hill Lodge

Posted in General, Winter at Garnet Hill

Take Time to Enjoy This 3 – 4 Day Long Winter Weekend Itinerary

Plan a winter weekend to remember and enjoy miles of impeccably groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, a restaurant with delicious Adirondack fare, and charming lodging options. It’s all right here at Garnet Hill Lodge, where you’ll be perfectly positioned for winter explorations throughout the Adirondacks – including downhill skiing at Gore Mountain, only 20 minutes away!

See below for a long winter weekend itinerary that offers a great idea of how your stay with us this winter might go, complete with suggestions on nearby attractions and restaurants to check out.

Friday: The Winter Weekend Begins With A Ski Trip & A Happy Hour

people cross-country skiing

Arrive as soon as you can on Friday to get a head start on your exhilarating winter weekend. Cross-country ski on our 55-kilometer trail network of expertly groomed, cross-country ski trails, and if you need rentals, our Outdoor Center is open from 9am to 4pm. Conveniently, trail passes are complimentary for all Lodge guests. And, at 2,000-feet elevation, we nearly always have snow come wintertime!

cozy bedroom

After a fun cross-country ski or snowshoe excursion, take some time to relax in your cozy room of choice before dinner. Lodging options include Log House Standard Rooms in the main Log House that offer easy access to the restaurant, the Log House Balcony Rooms (wake up to a beautiful, snowy view, and enjoy newly renovated bathrooms!), or the Tea House and Birches Rooms. The last two options are located a short walking distance from the main Log House and offer more spacious accommodations fit for families.

split image of steak meal and wine by fire

We’ve brought Friday night happy hour back to The Log House, our on-site restaurant, just don’t forget to make reservations for in-house dining ahead of time. Our skilled team serves up American cuisine with an Adirondack twist, and uses only the freshest ingredients. Happy hour is from 5pm to 7pm every Friday night, with $4 draft beers and house wines, plus appetizer specials.

Saturday: Stay On Site or Venture Out for More Snowtastic Adventures

omelette, toast, potatoes

Although we do allow day users to make use of our trails and Outdoor Center, breakfast is for lodging guests only and included with your stay! Fuel up before another fun day of winter activities and attractions. You’re welcome to stay on-site to explore our trails (especially if you came later on Friday and didn’t get to yet), or, take a day trip to Lake George, only one hour away from our North River location.

festive lights

Lake George has an exciting winter planned with Ice Castles coming in January 2022, the Winter Carnival (60th anniversary!) every weekend in February, and Winterfest details are still to be announced. If you’re coming prior to that, the Holiday Festival of Lights will take place every single night from November 27 to December 31, 2021, for free, in Shepard Park and beyond; essentially all of Lake George Village, not just the park, will be lit up, including Canada Street and Beach Street.

winter carnival scene

After you enjoy dazzling lights or winter carnival festivities, depending on when you’re visiting, grab some dinner at one of Lake George’s popular restaurants. Just make sure to check hours ahead of time and book reservations if you can. The Lagoon, East Cove Restaurant, and 10 McGillis are a few year-round restaurants in the Village open on Saturday. You could also opt to order takeout if you’re ready to hit the road back to North River.

Of course, you could just hit the road back to Garnet Hill and dine with us in the Log House. Even if you already have, the diverse menu will keep things fresh and exciting. Dinner entrees include everything from elk strip steak to seared salmon to grilled chicken or macaroni and cheese.

Sunday: Head Out on a Snowmobile Trail & Experience North Creek Dining

Delight in our farm fresh breakfast again, or, venture out to nearby North Creek and dine at one of their fantastic cafes. Cafe Sarah is open on Sundays starting at 7am, and they have great breakfast sandwiches, a breakfast burrito, and maple-glazed cinnamon rolls. There’s also Chrissy’s Cafe, opening for the winter season on November 29, 2021, when they will also be open at 7am on Sundays.

couple on snowmobiles

Photo credit: Hudson Tanner

North Creek is conveniently on the way to your next amazing Adirondack winter activity: snowmobiling in Chestertown! C+C Adirondack Snowmobile Tours is highly rated, caters to beginners, and the company offers one- and two-hour tour options daily starting at 9am. Make sure you visit their website and secure reservations ahead of time!

image split in three of OP Fredericks

Depending on timing, grab lunch or dinner in Chestertown, or dine in with us again and soak in the mountain and frozen lake views from the Log House. In Chestertown, OP Frederick’s and Panther Mountain Tavern are open on Sundays until 9pm. In North Creek, becks Tavern, barVino, and The Barking Spider are all open until 9pm or later. Enjoy your meal knowing you’re returning to an ultra-cozy room with us!

Monday: Breakfast Before You Go & More Local Trails to Explore

You can’t leave without one more exclusively-available-for-guests breakfast in the Log House. Stay on site to explore our trails one more time as well, or, if you have time before you head home, check out other nearby cross-country and snowshoe trails, or, downhill skiing.

people skiing

Downhill skiing at Gore Mountain is a mere 20 minutes away! They offer seven mountain areas, each with their own distinct experience, and a range of trails and terrain. This ultra-popular ski resort caters to an influx of winter recreationists each year, so you’ll definitely want to plan ahead to secure your tickets.

Potential Bonus Activity: Moonlit Ski Tour

We offer Moonlit Ski & Snowshoe Tours here at Garnet Hill on nights when the moon is full and the snow is plentiful. You could time your winter excursion with us to include one of these special winter tours!

Happily, most of the full moons for this upcoming season fall in the Friday to Monday long weekend timeframe we’ve laid out here: November 19, 2021 (a Friday); December 18, 2021 (a Saturday); January 17, 2022 (a Monday), and March 18, 2022 (a Friday).

When available, tours are posted on the events page, and are free for guests – just another perk of planning a long winter weekend with us.

Don’t Wait, Lodging Books Up – Secure Your Winter Getaway Today

winter scene

When it comes to winter activities, from snowshoeing to skiing to staying in by a roaring fire, we have it all at Garnet Hill. Skiing and other winter sports are more popular than ever, and lodging books up fast these days, so don’t wait to make your reservation for an authentic Adirondack long winter weekend.

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