Long Lake, NY

Two ice cream shops- I knew I had come to the right place. After a five hour bus ride from NYC, I finally arrived in Long Lake, a little town in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains. Even with less than a thousand residents, this quirky spot is full of things to do and see. For starters, where else can you find a toilet seat inlaid with fishing tackle? And at Hoss’s store you can get a moose-shaped hat while picking up that toothpaste you forgot. But once you are finished exploring the oddities of mountain life there is ample opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous lake. Swimming, canoeing, water skiing, and tubing are widely available. Seaplane rides are also a great way to get that “postcard picture” of the sunset over the mountains. Once the sun does set, most things in town close. But don’t worry, because there are more than enough bars just getting started. My personal favorite was the Cellar. On the outskirts of town, the Cellar serves food during the day and then cranks up the tunes at 10pm. They have a digital jukebox where you can pick any song you’ve ever heard of and a nice outdoor patio (as long as it’s not raining). Even though I had never heard of it before my visit, I have to say Long Lake is a lovely place with a character quite its own.


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