What’s more, there are no bad seasons in the Adirondacks. It’s as raw on snowy winter days as it is on sunny summer days—all it takes is an affinity for the great outdoors. “Higher mountains, more snowfall, clearer lakes, cleaner air—obviously I’m biased, but it’s more of a back-to-nature feel than the Catskills,” says Sense of Shelf founder Madeline Ritaccio, a native upstate New York entrepreneur, has owned a family cabin in the Adirondacks for decades. “I still can’t get reliable cell phone reception there, and that’s part of the charm.”
If you’re arriving from New York City, it’s about a five- to six-minute drive (admittedly, much faster than heading to The three-hour manageable journey in the Catskills and Hudson Valley is more arduous). But even if road trips aren’t your thing, Cape Air offers flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Adirondack Regional Airport. In fact, it’s often the hard-earned destinations that are most rewarding — and that’s the case here.
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WHERE TO STAY
As mentioned earlier, the Adirondacks are known for their rugged big campsites , these camps are from s to 11s. While many fell into disrepair after the Great Recession, a few are still standing — and a select few, including The Point Resort on Upper Saranac Lake, are still booking rooms. “The Point was built from 1933 to 1933 for William Avery Rockefeller II and offers What the Rockefeller family craved when they escaped the hustle and bustle of New York City,” Maiurano said, with outdoor activities ranging from hiking, boating, canoeing and fishing in the summer to snowshoeing, ice skating and more in the winter. The all-inclusive hotel is North America’s first Relais and Châteaux property with 11 bedrooms.
Rest area in Eastwind Lake Placid.
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