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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 Skiing & 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.

collage of food plates and wine by the fire

We’ve brought a weekly happy hour back to The Log House Restaurant! Happy hour is from 5pm to 7pm every Friday night, with specials on local craft beers, house wines, cocktails, and appetizers. Stay after happy hour for a hearty dinner served up by our skilled culinary team. They deliver delicious American cuisine with an Adirondack twist, and use only the freshest ingredients.

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 is 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 for downhill skiing or snowboarding.

people skiing

Just 20 minutes away is Gore Mountain, which offers seven mountain areas and a range of trails and terrain. You can also rent equipment and take lessons at Gore, making it a great option even for beginners. 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.

After a day on the slopes, hit the road back to Garnet Hill and dine with us in the Log House. Even if you joined us last night, our diverse menu of dinner entrees means you won’t be eating the same thing twice in a row.

Sunday: Head Out on an Ice Fishing Excursion & 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, and freshly baked pastries. You can also grab housemade bagels and yummy breakfast sandwiches at Izzy’s Market & Deli, which opens at 8am on Sundays.

ice fishing equipment on ice

With so many lakes and ponds to choose from, the Adirondacks is an ice fisherman’s paradise. Book a guided ice fishing trip with Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service and spend the day reeling in lake trout, perch, and northern pike. Their experienced guides will get you set up with all the gear and tips you need, so you’ll be able to focus on having a great 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 is 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 & One Last Time On The Trails

You can’t leave without one more exclusively-available-for-guests breakfast in the Log House. After you fuel up, stay on site to ski or snowshoe our trails one more time. We have so many routes to choose from, you’re sure to discover some new terrain you haven’t explored yet!

After checking out, have a safe journey home, and look ahead to your next trip to North River.

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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