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Saranac-Lake is in the heart of one of the most popular recreational playgrounds in the state of New York - the northern Adirondack Mountains, approximately ten miles northwest of Lake Placid. The small village of Saranac Lake is definitely more laid-back and quiet than Lake Placid, with a tranquil shoreline that is lined with gingerbread cottages, most of which were built in the late 1800s. First settled in 1819, Saranac Lake thrived on logging until 1876, when Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, who suffered from tuberculosis, came to Saranac Lake to live out what he believed to be his last months. To his amazement, the fresh mountain air restored his health, thus forming the basis for a curing regimen that established Saranac Lake as a pioneer health resort. Also, author Robert Lewis Stevenson spent the winter of 1888 in a small cottage on Saranac Lake and it is now preserved as a museum. Downtown Saranac Lake offers visitors shopping and other services, plus year-round theater, art galleries and free outdoor summer concerts. Miles of hiking trails surround the village, and other outdoor recreational activities include swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, camping, golf, snowmobiling, ice skating and snowboarding. Saranac Lake hosts an annual ten-day Winter Carnival, which is the oldest winter festival in the eastern United States.

Surrounding areas: Lake Placid, New York (7.7 mi), Whiteface Mountain, New York (11.6 mi), Loon Lake, New York (16.0 mi), Wilmington, New York (16.1 mi), Keene, New York (17.5 mi), Jay, New York (20.3 mi), Augur Lake, New York (32.4 mi)

Saranac Lake Vacation Rentals

Saranac Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn On Lake Placid2125 Saranac AveLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-9555
Edge Of The Lake Motel56 Saranac AveLake Placid, NY7.2 mi.(518) 523-9430
Hotel ST Moritz31 Saranac AveLake Placid, NY7.4 mi.(518) 523-9240
Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Lake Placid1 Olympic DrLake Placid, NY7.8 mi.(518) 523-2556
Hilton Lake Placid Resort1 Mirror Lake DrLake Placid, NY7.8 mi.(518) 523-4411
Adirondack Inn By The Lake2625 Main StLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-2424
Adirondak LojAdirondack Loj RdLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-3441
Best Western Golden Arrow Hotel2559 Main StLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-3353
Econo LodgeCascade RdLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-2812
Econo LodgeLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-2817
Jack Rabbit InnCascade RdLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-0123
Schulte's Motor InnRt 73 Cascade RdLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-3532
Thunderbird Motor InnMain StLake Placid, NY8.1 mi.(518) 523-2439
Edelweiss Motel2806 Wilmington RdLake Placid, NY8.2 mi.(518) 523-3821
Courtyard By Marriott5920 Cascade RdLake Placid, NY9.1 mi.(518) 523-2900

Saranac Lake Weather & Climate

The Adirondack Mountains, near Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, enjoys four specific seasons with winters that are crisp, cold and snowy and warm, pleasant summers with low humidity. In spring and autumn, the days are warm and the evenings cool, perfect for viewing the wildflowers of April or the colors of fall. The average summer temperature is 75 F (24 C) and the average low is 50F (10 C); winter's average high is 27 F (-3 C) and the average low is 5 F (-15 C). The annual precipitation is 39 inches, keeping the forests green and the lakes and streams flowing. As with most mountain climates, the weather can change quickly, however, so be prepared. A sunny day can turn stormy very quickly in the higher elevations. Luckily, the Adirondacks do not experience the devastation of tornadoes, earthquakes or hurricanes as do some other areas of the country. There is no specific rainy season; rather there are both wet and dry spells in every season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 2°F 2.69 in. -
February 29°F 3°F 2.12 in. -
March 38°F 13°F 2.75 in. -
April 50°F 26°F 3.00 in. -
May 64°F 38°F 3.30 in. -
June 73°F 47°F 3.91 in. -
July 77°F 52°F 3.95 in. -
August 75°F 50°F 4.16 in. -
September 67°F 42°F 4.10 in. -
October 55°F 32°F 3.40 in. -
November 41°F 24°F 3.52 in. -
December 30°F 10°F 2.91 in. -

Saranac Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Adirondack Regional airport (SLK) located about 5 miles northwest of Saranac Lake, the Clinton County airport (PLB) located approximately 38 miles northeast of Saranac Lake in Plattsburgh, New York, the Plattsburgh International airport (PBG) located roughly 39 miles northeast of Saranac Lake in Plattsburgh, New York, the Burlington International airport (BTV) located around 49 miles east of Saranac Lake in Burlington, Vermont, the Ogdensburg International airport (OGS) located about 70 miles northwest of Saranac Lake in Ogdensburg, New York, and finally the Floyd Bennett Memorial airport (GFL) located approximately 72 miles south of Saranac Lake in Glens Falls, New York.

Saranac Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Enchanted ForestOld ForgeNY59.8 mi.
Great EscapeLake GeorgeNY65.6 mi.
Magic Forest ParkLake GeorgeNY65.6 mi.
Sherman's Amusement ParkCaroga LakeNY82.9 mi.
Water Parks
Enchanted Forest/Water SafariOld ForgeNY59.8 mi.
Water Slide WorldLake GeorgeNY65.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Saranac Inn Golf & Country ClubSaranac LakeNY 
Saranac Lake Golf ClubRay BrookNY3.1 mi.
Craig Wood Golf & Country ClubLake PlacidNY7.7 mi.
Loon Lake Golf CourseLoon LakeNY16.0 mi.
Tupper Lake Country ClubTupper LakeNY22.8 mi.
Camroden Golf CourseRomeNY23.6 mi.
Delta Knolls Golf CenterRomeNY23.6 mi.
Golf KnollsRomeNY23.6 mi.
Rome Country ClubRomeNY23.6 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country ClubRomeNY23.6 mi.
AuSable Valley Golf CourseAu Sable ForksNY24.1 mi.
Ski Areas
WhitefaceWilmingtonNY16.1 mi.
Gore MountainNorth CreekNY50.1 mi.
Bolton Valley ResortBoltonVT61.8 mi.
SugarbushWarrenVT64.8 mi.
Mad River GlenWaitsfieldVT65.3 mi.
Smugglers NotchJeffersonvilleVT67.8 mi.
Middlebury CollegeHancockVT69.7 mi.
Stowe Mountain ResortStoweVT72.0 mi.
West MountainGlens FallsNY74.3 mi.
Snow RidgeTurinNY79.9 mi.
KillingtonKillingtonVT80.7 mi.
Willard MountainGreenwichNY91.0 mi.
Suicide SixWoodstockVT93.7 mi.
BromleyManchester CenterVT95.8 mi.
Shu-maker MountainLittle FallsNY95.8 mi.
Okemo Mountain ResortLudlowVT96.0 mi.
Ascutney Mountain ResortBrownsvilleVT101.7 mi.
StrattonStratton MountainVT103.5 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH118.1 mi.
State Parks
Adirondack State ParkNY18.5 mi. 
Button Bay State ParkVT40.0 mi. 
Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife MuseumSaranac LakeNY(Science)
Adirondack MuseumBlue Mountain LakeNY36.0 mi.(History)
Penfield Homestead MuseumCrown PointNY43.1 mi.(History)
Shelburne MuseumShelburneVT44.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Utica ZooUticaNY101.0 mi.

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