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2021 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 2021, according to your votes.


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Things To Do

Best Downhill Skiing

WINNER: Gore Mountain
2nd: McCauley Mountain Ski Area
3rd: Whiteface Mountain
4th: Oak Mountain Ski Center
5th: Titus Mountain

Best Nordic Skiing

WINNER: Lapland Lake XC Ski & Vacation Center
2nd: Garnet Hill Outdoor Center
3rd: Paul Smith's College VIC
4th: Adirondack Woodcraft Camps
5th: McCauley Mountain Ski Area

Best Hike

WINNER: Bald Mountain
2nd: Blue Mountain
3rd: Castle Rock
4th: Ampersand Mountain
5th: Cascade Mountain

Best Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP & Whitewater Rafting

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

Best Guided Tours & Guide Services

WINNER: Raquette Lake Navigation Company
2nd: The Hungry Trout Fly Shop
3rd: Natural Stone Bridge & Caves
4th: 3-way tie

Best Indoor Attraction

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

Food & Drink

Best Restaurants in the Southern Region

WINNER: barVino
2nd: Basil & Wick's
3rd: The Oxbow Inn
4th: The Friends Lake Inn
5th: Main Street Ice Cream Parlor

Best Restaurants in the Northern Region

WINNER: Great Adirondack Brewing Company
2nd: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
3rd: Big Slide Brewery
4th: Smoke Signals
5th: The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn

Best Restaurants in the Eastern Region

WINNER:The Adirondack Hotel on Long Lake
2nd: Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro and Bar
3rd: The Log House Restaurant at Garnet Hill Lodge
4th: Pitkin's Restaurant
5th: Cafe Adirondack

Best Restaurants in the Western Region

WINNER: The Little Fox
2nd: Misters Bistro
3rd: The Toboggan Inn
4th: The Big Moose Inn
5th: Adirondack Dog House

Best Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

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

Best Bar

WINNER: Grizle-T's
2nd: Daikers
3rd: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
4th: The Oxbow Inn
5th: The Big Moose Inn


Best Cabins & Cottages

WINNER: Steamboat Landing on Blue Mountain Lake
2nd: The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake
3rd: Lapland Lake XC Ski & Vacation Center
4th: White Lake Lodges
5th: 3-way tie

Best Hotels, Motels & Resorts

WINNER: Great Pines Resort
2nd: The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake
3rd: Garnet Hill Lodge
4th: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
5th: Blue Ridge Motel

Best Bed & Breakfasts and Inns

WINNER: Fern Lodge
2nd: The Big Moose Inn
3rd: Rocky Acres Inn B&B
4th: The Woods Inn
5th: The Friends Lake Inn

Best Campgrounds

WINNER: Old Forge Camping Resort
2nd: Fish Creek Pond Campground
3rd: Nick's Lake Campground
4th: Golden Beach Campground
5th: Singing Waters RV Park


Best Sporting Goods Stores

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

Best Gifts & Souvenirs

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


Previous Winners: 2020 | 2019 | 2018