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2020 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 2020, according to your votes.


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Things To Do

Best Downhill Skiing

WINNER: McCauley Mountain Ski Area
2nd: Gore Mountain
3rd: Whiteface Mountain
4th: Oak Mountain Ski Center
5th (TIE): Mt. Pisgah Recreation Center / Titus Mountain

Best Nordic Skiing

WINNER: McCauley Mountain Ski Area
2nd: Garnet Hill Outdoor Center
3rd: Cascade Ski Center
4th: Paul Smith's College VIC
5th: Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Best Hike

WINNER: Bald Mountain
2nd: Blue Mountain
3rd: Whiteface Mountain
4th: Cascade Mountain
5th: Algonquin Peak

Best Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP & Whitewater Rafting

WINNER: Adirondack River Outfitters
2nd: Tickner's Moose River Paddling Trails
3rd: Sacandaga Outdoor Center
4th: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
5th: Adirondac Rafting Company

Best Guided Tours & Guide Services

WINNER: Raquette Lake Navigation Company
2nd: Adirondack River Outfitters
3rd: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
4th: Frisky Otter Tours
5th (TIE): Helms Aero Service / Mountain Mystics Guide Company

Best Indoor Attraction

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

Food & Drink

Best Restaurants in the Southern Region

WINNER: barVino
2nd: Basil & Wick's
3rd: The Grist Mill
4th: The Friends Lake Inn
5th (TIE): The Pizza Shop / UpRiver Cafe

Best Restaurants in the Northern Region

WINNER: Big Slide Brewery
2nd: Great Adirondack Brewing Company
3rd: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
4th: Smoke Signals
5th: Lisa G's

Best Restaurants in the Eastern Region

WINNER: The Adirondack Hotel on Long Lake
2nd: Flanagan's Pub & Grill
3rd: Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro and Bar
4th: Cafe Adirondack
5th: Noon Mark Diner

Best Restaurants in the Western Region

WINNER: The Big Moose Inn
2nd: Adirondack Dog House
3rd: The Toboggan Inn
4th: Screamen Eagle
5th: Walt's Diner

Best Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

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

Best Bar

WINNER: Waterhole
2nd: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
3rd: The Big Moose Inn
4th: Daikers
5th: Flanagan's Pub & Grill


Best Cabins & Cottages

WINNER: Steamboat Landing on Blue Mountain Lake
2nd: The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake
3rd: Old Forge Camping Resort
4th: The Kenmore Cottages
5th: Covewood Lodge

Best Hotels, Motels & Resorts

WINNER: The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake
2nd: Great Pines Resort
3rd: The Woods Inn
4th: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
5th: The Big Moose Inn

Best Bed & Breakfasts and Inns

WINNER: The Big Moose Inn
2nd: The Woods Inn
3rd: The Friends Lake Inn
4th: Snow Goose Bed & Breakfast
5th: Schroon Lake Bed & Breakfast

Best Campgrounds

WINNER: Old Forge Camping Resort
2nd: Fish Creek Pond Campground
3rd: Nick's Lake Campground
4th: Limekiln Lake State Campground
5th: Golden Beach Campground


Best Sporting Goods Stores

WINNER: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
2nd: The Mountaineer
3rd: Pedals & Petals
4th: The Fallen Arch
5th: Blue Line Sports

Best Gifts & Souvenirs

WINNER: Life in the ADK
2nd: Kurt Gardner Photography Gallery
3rd: Old Forge Hardware
4th: Hoss's Country Corner
5th: Hollisters Trading Post


Previous Winners: 2019 | 2018