The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a two-week festival of everything that means winter/snow/cold.
110 years of recelebrating winter (2007) has not diminshed the excitement that the townsfolk and visitors feel during the festivities. Parades, King/Queen elections, food vendors get things started. Then you have daily schedule of events: snow-shoe races, cross-country skiing, sledding, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowball fights. There are ice sculptures to vote on and an ice castle to explore. Semi-pro and amateur sports like hockey and snow-volleyball and broomball are open to volunteering participants. They even have stage presentations (plays, murder mysteries) and live entertainment for the enjoyment of all.
Come on up and spend a day or two. See the website below so you know which days will have the events and celebrations in which you are interested
Many camps had spectacular boat houses. If you are interested in learning about this unique architectural style, there is a book called "Adirondack Camps: Homes Away From Home, 1850-1950," by Craig Gilborn and Paul Malo.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, Saranac Lake was the site of over 170 private sanatoria and nursing homes, for the care of people with Tuberculosis. It also was the site of several luxury resorts. Pictured here is The Saranac Inn, on a postcard from the early 1930s. In the early 1970s, the hotel still stood, abandoned. I used to take a boat across the lake and explore the empty hotel. It was a very eerie feeling... especially after I read The Shining and saw the film!
The hotel is totally gone now, but its golf course is still in use.
Many of the Adirondack "Camps" (rustic private homes built by the wealthy) still stand. Here is a beautiful example. And new construction on the Adirondack lakes often mirrors this classic style.