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Where to stay around the Adirondack Rail Trail 

In the Adirondacks, a wild corridor cuts through the backcountry, weaving charming mountain towns together with seamless travel via a finished trail system. Through the towns of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid, outdoor recreators can venture deep into the woods, taking in the majestic scenery of the Adirondacks while traversing a wide and well-kept trail to their favorite towns and trails. The 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail offers endless outdoor fun during every season, but is a sight to behold in winter. Snowmobile across the regions, or snowshoe and cross-country ski to your heart’s content. With days of exploring to do on the trail, you’ll need some place convenient and cozy to rest your head. Discover the lodging opportunities that await just off the trail!

A man snowmobiles on a bright sunny day on soft powdery snow.

Trailhead by Weekender 

Trailhead by Weekender is a must-book on our list, mainly for its stunning interior design and cozy atmosphere. Newly renovated, the Trailhead Inn has been breathing new life into Tupper Lake’s lodging scene, with modern flare and classic woodsy touches to its design. A chic stay just rugged enough for the adventurous types, you’ll find accommodations fit for your party’s weekend or week-long adventures. Sitting among central downtown businesses and just a step off the trail, you’ll be able to unwind in a pristine room reminiscent of the Adirondack scenery you’re surrounded by here. 

A modern and rustic hotel room.

The Wolf Den

If you're looking for a more private escape off the trail, The Wolf Den offers the calm you’re searching for after a day of adventuring. A spacious lakefront property, this cozy corner of Little Wolf Lake offers a tranquil escape into the peace and quiet of an Adirondack winter. Including 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms and 4 baths, the cabin gives you and your party plenty of space to spread out and relax. If the trails are a bit too wild one of the days of your trip, the lower level offers theater seating, games, and a ping pong table, so you can tuck away and enjoy a day indoors. 

A dark green kitchen in a country-style home.

Red Top Inn Motel

The Red Top Inn Motel offers everything you need in an Adirondack stay. Choose between your own (seasonal) cabin or motel room, and create your adventure from there! The motel offers easy access to the rest of the region, including Bog River Waterfalls, Coney and Goodman Mountain trailheads, and of course the Adirondack Rail Trail. Their prime location on Tupper Lake gives you a scenic view to wake up to in the morning, as you settle into a rustic stay in the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. 

A calm winter scene of a frozen lake with an island in the middle.
Photo courtesy of Red Top Inn Motel's Facebook page


Main Street Restaurant

For good food all day long, stop into Main Street Restaurant, an adorable nook in the Junction neighborhood. The restaurant serves up a wide array of comfort food, from full breakfast platters to French Onion soup and shrimp scampi for dinner, or just a milkshake if that’s what you’re in the mood for on a cold winter’s day (we won’t judge). Blanketed in snow, Main Street Restaurant looks like it jumped out of a story book right into town. The restaurant is also conveniently located right off the Adirondack Rail Trail, and snowmobilers have plenty of space to park and unwind after a day on the trails.

A restaurant sign in the snow.
Photo courtesy of Main Street Restaurant's Facebook page

Raquette River Brewing

A staple after any outdoor adventure around Tupper Lake, Raquette River Brewing is an outdoorsman's pick for good post-trail drinks and a vibrant gathering space for the end of the day. With a roaring fireplace, plenty of seating, and a long list of unique IPAs, lagers, and more, you’ll have your work cut out for you as you tried to decide between all the choices. Step outside to their Food Truck Alley, where you can order mouthwatering woodfired pizzas from Fusion Street Food, or try burgers, hotdogs, nachos, and poutine from L.J.’s Food Truck. Bring your goodies inside and keep the party going!

A woman in snow gear laughs with a drink in her hand while at a brewery.

Stay and play around the trail this winter

This winter, you don’t have to look far off the Adirondack Rail Trail for the perfect place to rest your head. From motels and inns to cabins and private stays, you can choose how you spend your time off the trail, and regroup for days and days of Rail Trail adventuring! Don’t forget to stop in town for some shopping along Park Street, or stumble along the many attractions around this season.