Things To Do

The Lodge is centrally located to many destinations.

  • Walking distance to Point Au Roche State Park
  • Minutes to Mooney Bay Marina offering all your boating needs
  • 15 minutes to Plattsburgh State University
  • 15 minutes to downtown Plattsburgh
  • 15 minutes to Grand Isle Ferry servicing NY to Vermont all year round
  • 45 minutes to Whiteface Mountain for downhill skiing/snow boarding/mountain biking
  • 60 minutes to Lake Placid
  • 60 minutes to Montreal
  • 60 minutes to Burlington, VT.

Point Au Roche State Park  – Located directly across the street from the lodge, the park offers 12 miles of trails with views of Lake Champlain.  The lake is less than a mile walk from the lodge.  There is also a sandy beach and boat launch within the park. The red star on the map designates the lodge Map of the park

The Adirondack Region of Northern New York includes the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park. The Park is bigger than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.  The region is best known for its mountains (including the highest peaks in New York) and lakes (more shoreline than Vermont and New Hampshire combined). In addition the villages, farms, museums, restaurants, and a wide variety of artisan shops also characterize the Adirondacks.  http://visitadirondacks.com/

 Ausable Chasm  Open all year and is one of the oldest attractions in North America. Explore the Chasm on nature trails with scenic vistas and waterfalls. Rent tubes or go rafting in the Chasm for the perfect summer adventure.  Some fun events include lantern tours, gemstone mining and now since they are open year round,  take a wonderful winter tour to see frozen waterfalls  and 150 ft icicles. They also offer a winter waterfall walk, snowshoes and ice cleat tours.  Located off exit 34 or 35 off I-87. 800 537 1211. http://www.ausablechasm.com/

The Champlain Wine Company  This cozy wine shop is a great place to enjoy wine tastings from the local area as well as other regions of New York State without the drive.  While you are there enjoy their wine accessories and gift baskets. http://www.thechamplainwinecompany.com/

Lake Placid offers plenty of choices. There are a variety of attractions to choose from in the Lake Placid/High Peaks Region, which is considered a substantial attraction in itself. Aside from the Adirondack’s visual splendor, it offers natural wonders, Olympic venues for the sports enthusiast, museums for the intellectual and old-fashioned theme parks for the young-at-heart. http://www.lakeplacid.com/

Whiteface Mountain At Whiteface, you’ll find some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in North America. It has the greatest vertical drop this side of the Rockies and is the only ski area in the East to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games.  Take the gondola up to the top of the mountain for beautiful scenic views.  http://www.whiteface.com/

Burlington, Vermont is the largest city on Lake Champlain and in Vermont.  With a thriving waterfront, an aquarium and many choices for dining and live entertainment. Travel a few miles north or south and you will find wide open pastures gently rolling to the lakes edge with cottages and the peace and quiet of Vermont’s natural heritage.  Burlington is only a 60-minute drive from the Lodge.  There are a few different ways to get there. By ferry or take a drive around the Lake Champlain Islands.   http://www.vermont.org/Visit_Vermont/

Montreal, Quebec-Canada is truly one of the great cities of the world and is only a 60-minute drive north of the Lodge. There are too many attractions to name them all, from the Olympic Park & Tower to the Biodome, the Montreal Botanical Gardens, the Planetarium, the Casino de Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, boat tours on the St. Lawrence, the LaRonde Amusement Park and more around every corner! Passport needed to cross at the border.  http://www.montreal.com/

The New Land Trust The Land Trust is a non-profit organization that exists for community use and is supported by the community.  There are over 20 trails on 287 acres, where you can XC ski, snowshoe, walk, bird-watch, or enjoy a picnic. It is a gem of recreational opportunity.  http://www.newlandtrust.org/

Kayaking  - Kayak Shack rents kayaks and paddle boards from Baggs Landing or at the Plattsburgh City Beach 518-566-0505  www.kayak-shack.com

Fishing Lake Champlain Fishing Lake Champlain is 120 miles long, ten miles wide and approx.  390 plus feet deep. Fishing occurs along the scenic New York shores of Lake Champlain. The western shore offers the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains and extraordinary sunsets. To the east, the Vermont Green Mountains provide us with gorgeous sunrises.

Here are a few fishing guides for lake, pond stream and river fishing

Parc Safari A one-of-a-kind in Quebec, a genuine automobile safari! Drive your car inside the wildlife reserve and experience a privileged contact with giraffes, zebras, ostriches, buffalo and more than 800 other animals coming from five continents. Bring your bathing suit. Slides, waterfalls and swimming await you. You will have the opportunity to refresh yourself on the slides of Waterfalls Lake, to swim at Crocodile Lake, to ‘go down the tubes’ at Tiwi Beach, to enjoy the water fountains at the Dino Wading Pool.  This is about a 30-minute drive from the Lodge. Passport needed to cross at the border.  http://www.parcsafari.com/en/

LOCAL MUSEUMS 

**Some of these museums are seasonal or have limited hours, please call or check their website before visiting

 Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection & Museum-9618 State Rte 9 Chazy, N.Y Opened in 1924, the museum was created by Alice T. Miner, a pioneer in the colonial revivement movement and wife of William H. Miner, railroad industrialist. You will see 15 rooms filled with period furniture, miniature furniture, a vast china collection, porcelain and glass, a superb collection of early samplers and other textiles, War of 1812 muskets, Revolutionary War cannon balls, dolls and other early Americana. (518) 846-7336. www.minermuseum.org

Kent-Delord House- 17 Cumberland Avenue, Plattsburgh, N.Y.  An exceptional museum, home of the Delord family for three generations (1810 – 1913). Furnished with family belongings, including a collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, Canton porcelain, Royal Crown Derby, Sandwich glass and monogrammed silver. Family portraits are attributed to well known early American artists. The Federal-style garden was laid out according to an 1812 design. Other gardens include a colorful Victorian garden, antique roses and a garden of herbs. The barn provides space for many programs, including summer concerts.  (518) 561-1035. www.kentdelordhouse.org

Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center – 31 Washington Road The Center features a diorama and exhibits telling the story of the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814. It is an excellent place to begin your exploration of the rich military history of Plattsburgh and the Champlain Valley. (518) 566-1814 www.battleofplattsburgh.org

Plattsburgh Art Museum Plattsburgh State Expanding upon Andre Malraux’s concept of a Museum Without Walls, the Plattsburgh State Art Museum has become an open visual art resource for the college and the Northern Adirondack/Champlain Valley region. The Plattsburgh Art Museum is comprised of over 4,600 works of art and artifacts in several permanent collections ranging from antiquities to contemporary art. The collections are displayed within our main galleries, a developing sculpture park and exhibition areas throughout campus.

The Museum is the repository of one of the most complete collections in the country of the works of Rockwell Kent and the home of the Rockwell Kent Gallery and Collection.  organizations.plattsburgh.edu/museum

Champlain Valley Transportation Museum The mission of the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum is to preserve, interpret, exhibit, and educate regarding transportation history and artifacts in the Champlain Valley.  12 Museum Way membershi7.wix.com/cvt-museum#!    518-324-6666

North Country Underground Railroad Museum The NCUGRHA researches, preserves and interprets the history of the Underground Railroad, slavery and abolition along the Upper Hudson River-Champlain Canal-Lake Champlain corridor of northeast New York  1131 Mace Chasm Road near Ausable Chasm  518-834-5180 northcountryundergroundrailroad.com/museum.ph