This Lakeside Town Is One Of The Best Spots In The Northeast For A Couples Trip

Upstate New York is filled with hidden gems. From charming small towns to quaint lakeside escapes, exploring this portion of the state is full proof that the Empire State is much more than the bright lights and skyscrapers of New York City. If you and your special someone are looking for a romantic destination for a weekend outing in a serene and picturesque setting, there's one spot in particular that will give lovebirds a great place to nest for the weekend: Saranac Lake.

Saranac Lake is a picturesque village in the Adirondack region of New York, and makes for a lovely getaway for couples. Whether it's simply a scenic drive or something more physically enduring, like embarking on a hike through the Adirondacks, Saranac Lake has everything you need to spend some quality time with your loved one. While there's plenty of activity in the area, what's perhaps most compelling about Saranac Lake is you don't have to overly-plan a massive itinerary. Oftentimes, simply taking in the impeccable views of the towering trees and the peaceful lake is just what the doctor ordered.

Romantic settings in Saranac Lake

What is it about Saranac Lake that makes it especially romantic? For starters, this remote respite feels exclusive, like couples will have the entire area to themselves. This is especially true if couples stay in a cabin or cottage closely situated to the water. Some of the top cabin rental companies in the area are White Pine Camp, Moreno's Cottages, Absolutely Adirondacks, Adirondack Vacations, and The Sawyer's Cottage.

While it would be completely understandable if you only chose to chill in your cabin or cottage, there are some activities in town that might lure you out of your comfort to explore. If you're most interested in embarking in the outdoors, whether it's during peak fall foliage, in the warm spring and summer months, or in the frigid winters, Saranac Lake has you covered. This destination is especially great for birding and fishing, including ice-fishing in the colder months. In the summertime, consider getting out on the water by renting a boat from HK Boat Rentals or consider a sailboat through Sail Adirondacks.

Restaurants and attractions

Whether it's a fast casual meal or a romantic sit down, Saranac Lake has some seriously impressive eateries. For a casual bite and beverages, head to Campfire Adirondack Bar & Grill, Nonna Fina Pizzeria, or Hex and Hop Brewing. For a great Italian meal, Belvedere Restaurant is simply stellar. Like the name suggests, Sunset Bistro is one of the best dinner spots in town to dine while watching the unbelievably beautiful sunset over the lake.

Simply strolling around the downtown area is a great way to spend an afternoon. Shops like The Village Mercantile and The Book Nook give that small town charm of roaming through local mom and pop shops. Music lovers should check out Hotel Saranac's Friday night music series, featuring a rotation of live bands.

For a truly unique experience, head to Adirondack Aviation to take a scenic flight over the Adirondacks. They offer 45-minute flight trips year round. There's nothing more memorable than jetting through the skies over one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country, especially if you're in the company of your special someone.