Golf in Saranac Lake
Saranac Inn Golf & Country Club. Seymour Dunn, the Scottish architect and professional golfer, designed this course at the turn of the 20th century. Golf Digest magazine gives the par-72, 6,631-yard championship course 4½ stars. Greens fees are $65, including a cart. The complex includes a restaurant as well as a 10-room motel ($) with rooms overlooking the first tee. 125 Rte. 46, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983. 518/891–1402. www.saranacinn.com..
Thendara Golf Club. The 6,435-yard, par-72 course here was designed by Donald Ross and has a challenging back 9 holes. It rated four stars from Golf Digest magazine in 2004. Greens fees are $35, excluding carts. Rte. 28, just west of Old Forge, Thendara, NY, 13472. 315/369–3136. www.thendaragolfclub.com.
Take a Tour
Adirondack Flying Service offers 20-minute flights over either the High Peaks region or Lake Placid and the Whiteface area. Flights are $40 per person, with a minimum of two passengers. Rte. 73, Lake Placid, NY. 518/523–2473. flyanywhere.com.
Adirondack Architectural Heritage, a nonprofit historic-preservation organization, runs tours of Saranac Lake, Bolton Landing, Big Moose Lake, Wilmington and the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, Camp Santanoni, White Pine Camp, and other camps. Tours cost between $30 and $55 for nonmembers, and some include lunch. Civic Center, 1790 Main St., Suite 37, Keeseville, NY. 518/834–9328. www.aarch.org.
The horse-loving owner of Adirondack Saddle Tours, a 25-year native, offers several foliage and wilderness tours through the Adirondacks, some of which end in Old Forge, one of the more popular tourist destinations in the Adirondacks. Other destinations for the tours, which take between an hour to 5½ hours, include Cascade Falls, High Peaks, and Moss Lake. Cost is $30–$125. Tours go year-round, weather permitting. 4 Uncas Rd., Eagle Bay, NY. 877/795–7488. www.adkhorse.com.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad tours are offered by Amtrak for summer travelers and those taking in the lush fall foliage of the southwestern portion of the Adirondacks. The service runs from Utica, to the south of the park, through Old Forge, Thendara, and several other small communities and into Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Running July through October, it's $36 round-trip. Union Station, Utica, NY. 315/724–0700.