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2019 Best Of The Adirondacks

The voters have spoken, and the results are in! Below are the Adirondacks' best things to do, places to eat and drink, places to stay, and places to shop for 2019, according to your votes.


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Things To Do

Best Downhill Skiing

WINNER: Gore Mountain
2nd: Whiteface Mountain
3rd: McCauley Mountain Ski Area
4th: Oak Mountain Ski Area
5th (TIE): Titus Mountain and West Mountain Ski Area

Best Nordic Skiing

WINNER: Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center
2nd: Garnet Hill Lodge & Nordic Ski Center
3rd: McCauley Mountain Ski Area
4th: Mt. Van Hoevenberg
5th: Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails

Best Fire Tower Hike

WINNER: Bald Mountain
2nd: Blue Mountain
3rd: Goodnow Mountain
4th: Hurricane Mountain
5th: St. Regis Mountain

Best Biking

WINNER: McCauley Mountain
2nd: Lake Champlain Bikeways
3rd: Camp Santanoni Historic Area
4th: Whiteface Mountain Bike Park
5th: Barkeater Trails Alliance

Best Golf Course

WINNER: Thendara Golf Club
2nd: Cronin's Golf Resort
3rd: Inlet Golf Club
4th: Tupper Lake Golf Club
5th: High Peaks Golf Course

Best Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP & Whitewater Rafting

WINNER: Wild Waters Outdoor Center
2nd: Adirondack River Outfitters
3rd: Adventure Sports Rafting Company
4th: Sacandaga Outdoor Center
5th: Ticnker's Moose River Paddling Trails

Best Tours & Guides

WINNER: Raquette Lake Navigation Company
2nd: Adirondack Scenic Railroad
3rd: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
4th: Natural Stone Bridge & Caves
5th: Adirondack Mountain Outfitters

Best Rainy Day Activities

WINNER: The Wild Center
2nd: Adirondack Experience
3rd: Strand Theatre of Old Forge
4th: Adirondack Zombie Hunters
5th: Adirondack History Museum

Best Museums & The Arts

WINNER: The Wild Center
2nd: Adirondack Experience
3rd: Kurt Gardner Photography Gallery
4th: Adirondack History Museum
5th (TIE): Fort Ticonderoga and View Arts Center

Food & Drink

Best Restaurants in the Southern Region

WINNER: barVino
2nd: The Grist Mill
3rd: Main Street Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
4th: New Way Lunch
5th: UpRiver Cafe

Best Restaurants in the Northern Region

WINNER: Smoke Signals
2nd: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
3rd: Lisa G's
4th: The Hungry Trout Restaurant
5th (TIE): Great Adirondack Brewing Company and Tail o' the Pup

Best Restaurants in the Eastern Region

WINNER: Cafe Adirondack
2nd: Noon Mark Diner
3rd: Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro and Bar
4th: Garnet Hill's Log House Restaurant
5th: Flanagan's Pub & Grill

Best Restaurants in the Western Region

WINNER: Walt's Diner
2nd: Indian Lake Restaurant and Tavern
3rd: The Adirondack Hotel on Long Lake
4th: Five Corners Cafe
5th: Misters Bistro

Best Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

WINNER: Raquette River Brewing
2nd: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
3rd: Fulton Chain Craft Brewery
4th: Paradox Brewery
5th: Adirondack Pub & Brewery

Best Bar

WINNER: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
2nd: Misters Bistro
3rd: Daikers
4th: Tow Bar
5th: The Back Door Bar


Best Cabins & Cottages

WINNER: Morningside Camps & Cottages
2nd: The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake
3rd: The Kenmore Cottages
4th: Northwood Cabins
5th: Trout House Village Resort

Best Hotels, Motels & Resorts

WINNER: Hemlock Hall
2nd: The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake
3rd: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
4th: The Whiteface Lodge
5th: Great Pines Resort

Best Bed & Breakfasts and Inns

WINNER: The Adirondack Inn
2nd: Rocky Acres Inn B&B
3rd: The Big Moose Inn
4th: The Glen Lodge
5th: The Woods Inn

Best Camping

WINNER: Fish Creek Pond Campground
2nd: Nick's Lake Campground
3rd: Old Forge Camping Resort
4th: Rollins Pond Campground
5th (TIE): Limekiln Lake State Campground and Rogers Rock Campground


Best Sporting Goods Stores

WINNER: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
2nd: The Mountaineer
3rd: Crossroads Outdoors Country Store and Sport Shop
4th: High Peaks Cyclery
5th: Placid Planet Bicycles

Best Gifts & Souvenirs

WINNER: Spruce & Hemlock
2nd: Love is in the Adirondacks/on Lake George
3rd: Old Forge Hardware
4th: Kurt Gardner Photography Gallery
5th: Pure Placid