Lake George: One of America’s Coziest Mountain Towns
As winter descends upon the northeast, few may be thinking of a second home on Lake George, but as Expedia recently recognized in their list of America’s Coziest Mountain Towns, Lake George has some pretty significant year-round appeal. From ice fishing and cross country skiing to stone fireplaces and hot toddies, a second home on Lake George is the perfect cure for the winter blues.
Tucked away in the southeastern Adirondack Mountains, Lake George offers winter wanderers the perfect rustic retreat. In fact, there are plenty of fun things to do in Lake George all winter long. The early snowfall is ideal for snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, tubing, skiing, ice skating and winter hikes. There’s even a polar plunge into the icy waters of Lake George every year on January 1, and a winter carnival that runs every weekend in February. If outdoor activities aren’t for you, there’s always outlet shopping and plenty of restaurants and bars that are open year-round.
Living on Lake George
With a population of less than 4,000 residents, Lake George is truly a cozy mountain town, yet easy to access via New York’s Interstate 87. At just over 200 miles north of New York City, Lake George is ideal for a quick weekend getaway, and its long history for attracting the affluent and sophisticated is evidenced by its distinctive lakefront properties, waterfront estates and luxury Adirondack homes.
The lake, which was also named one of the Top 10 Clearest Lakes in the US, is 32 miles long and 3 miles wide with depths of up to 200 feet, yet most winters the ice is thick enough to allow for ice skating and snowmobiling. In addition to the Town of Lake George, there are also many other Adirondack Towns that border the lake, including Diamond Point, Bolton Landing, Hague and Ticonderoga.
Lonnie Lawrence is a licensed real estate broker and lifetime resident of Lake George. Her 40+ years of experience and vast knowledge of the region have made her an expert on Lake George Real Estate.