1. Saddle Up Stables
An old-fashioned horse stable with trails overlooking Lake George, it offers guide-led rides (even for toddlers). 3513 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George; ridingstables.com.
2. Oscar’s Adirondack Smoke House
If you’re cooking your own meals, load up here on bacon for breakfast, ham for lunch, and sausages for dinner. 22 Raymond Lane, Warrensburg; oscarsadksmokehouse.com.
3. Nettle Meadow Farm and Creamery
Visit this farm and animal sanctuary for some luscious soft goat cheese — or just to nuzzle a goat or a sheep. 484 South Johnsburg Road, Warrensburg; nettlemeadow.com.
4. Hornbeck Boats
Stop in to see how Peter Hornbeck handcrafts his canoes (which he’s been doing for 35 years) — or take one out for a test paddle. 131 Trout Brook Road, Olmstedville; hornbeckboats.com.
5. Adirondack Museum
Learn more about the region at this interactive temple to its history, classic architecture, and rugged way of life. 9097 New York Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake; adkmuseum.org.
6. Raquette Lake Navigation Company
Take a lunch or dinner cruise on Raquette Lake, and stop in at some of the region’s historical Great Camps, such as Sagamore. 254 Antlers Road, Raquette Lake; raquettelakenavigation.com.
7. Hoss’s Country Corner
The twig-work entrance is just the beginning: Woolrich blankets, maple syrup, live bait. … This emporium encapsulates what it means to spend time in the Adirondacks. 1142 Main Street, Long Lake; hossscountrycorner.com.
8. Tail o’ the Pup BBQ
Get a rack of ribs, lobster, or clams, and sit at one of the picnic tables as the kids play on nearby swings made from old ski lifts. 1152 Route 86, Ray Brook; tailofthepupbbq.com.
9. White Pine Camp
This Great Camp offers historical walking tours of its beautiful lakeside grounds, peppered with stories of past (well-heeled) residents’ summers. 432 White Pine Road, Paul Smiths; whitepinecamp.com.
10. Whiteface Lodge
This large, modern hotel built in the old style has excellent food, nice rooms, nightly s’mores, and easy access to the nearby Olympic area in Lake Placid. 7 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid; thewhitefacelodge.com.
11. Dartbrook Lodge
Visit the rustic-goods shop or stay in one of the cabins, all decorated in a refined Adirondack style by co-owners Steve Pounian and Jay Haws, a New York City designer. Since many trailheads are in Keene, Dartbrook is a great home base for hikers. 2835 New York Route 73, Keene; dartbrooklodge.com.
12. Ausable Chasm
This family-run operation leads rafting tours and facilitates tubing in sections of the awe-inspiring two mile chasm, and it maintains trails for walking along the rim. 2144 Route 9, Keeseville; ausablechasm.com.