Accommodations and Camping
This area is best appreciated for the natural beauty of the lake and surroundings, so camping or looking further up the lake for accommodations is suggested. If being in the heart of the touristy-ness is preferred, perhaps consider a chain, as the franchises are most likely to provide the expected level of quality.
To make reservations at the 68-site Lake George Battleground State Campground (off Beach Rd., 518/668-3348) or the 251-site Hearthstone Point (Rte. 9N north of the village, 518/668-5193), call 800/456-CAMP.
Dozens of small motels are located along Rtes. 9 and 9N. These are classic Adirondack 1950s-style properties. It’s highly recommended to ask to see the room before committing, as many are outdated or well worn from waterlogged families making themselves at home over the years. Value is questionable and the level of service and amenities often does not match the rates.
One option to consider for nearby lodging is the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark (89 Six Flags Dr., 888/708-2684 $149–239). Though the attached waterpark and proximity to the theme park makes this a natural draw for families, the hotel’s 200 reasonably priced rooms are clean and comfortable and offer microwave and fridge, while the attractive Adirondack lobby with massive stone fireplace makes a nice contrast to the area’s largely motel-style offerings.
The 1950s diner chain, Johnny Rockets, with dancing servers, cheese fries, and malteds, as well as several other restaurants are on the property. This resort is one of few open year-round, with Holiday in the Park packages including entrance to the theme park’s ice-skating, sledding, live music, and holiday light festival.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition