There are so many awesome activities within a short drive. Saranac Lake has many great shops and restaurants and so does Lake Placid, the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is an amazing Natural History center.
Balsam Lodge is a wonderful historic home on the shore of pristine and beautiful Loon Lake. This is a great place for family reunions or other big groups. There are 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms so no need to share 1 or 2 bathrooms between 10 people.
There is fantastic fishing on Loon Lake and nearby streams. You will catch small-mouth bass, northern pike, a few elusive large-mouth bass, a very rare rainbow trout (on the lake, there are plenty in the streams) and perch.
Loon Lake is a private lake that is great for canoeing and kayaking. The swimming is amazing too! There is a dock for launching the boats. We have Adirondack chairs on the porch which is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the amazing views.
There is basically an unlimited number of places where you can go hiking and mountain biking nearby. Check out the local trails, videos, trail maps and recommendations. Also feel free to comment in this section on your favorite trails.
The Loons are our favorite wildlife to see and hear but there is so much more to be seen in the region of the Adirondacks; deer, moose, black bear, eagles, ospreys, hawks, kestrels, owls, mergansers, and many more species.