ADIRONDACK REGION, N.Y. – For the urbanite commuting home after a long, hot week of bumper-to-bumper traffic, steamy subways and noisy cab rides; getting out of town can seem like the best idea of the summer.
What you need is the cool shade of an Adirondack forest, the tranquility of a rippling mountain lake, a peace that isn’t found dodging joggers in your local park.
And you need your quick-fix getaway to be cheap – like recessionary economy cheap. So borrow or dust off that tent from the college back-packing days, fill up a tank and head due north. Don’t stop until you see the “Entering the Adirondack Park” sign. Here is where your weekend starts.
For a few bucks, you can camp, hike and eat your way through your own slice of this six-million-acre wilderness and still get home in time to iron Monday’s pants.
If camping isn’t your thing, most Adirondack destinations offer some amazing package deals:
Summer Blow Out B&B Special; 50% off! through Aug. 30th, 2009
Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake – $139.50, per room, double occupancy room, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts. Bring your friend for FREE! Or come for 1/2 price yourself. Enjoy hiking, canoeing, bowling, croquet, the Sagamore tour, and a wonderful campfire. http://greatcampsagamore.org/
Romance Package – through Dec 31st, 2009
Package includes room accommodations for 1 night, champagne, chocolates and deluxe bathrobes. Call (800) 965-2203 for rates. For more information visit: www.wingatelakegeorge.com
Adirondack Hiking Package – through Oct 31st, 2009
Two nights accommodations in a standard room, breakfast each morning, hiking map of Prospect Mountainwith its hiking entrance within 5 minutes of the hotel. In room GOODIE BASKET with a supply of bottled water, fresh fruit, energy bars, trail mix, sunscreen, bug repellent, Sun visor, Picnic Throw and Walking Stick. For rates and more information visit: www.WingateLakeGeorge.com
2009 Beach Bum Package – through Aug 31st, 2009
$289.99 for up to quad occupancy. Package includes one night accommodation with breakfast for four, parking at the Million Dollar beach, coupon for swimwear, boxed lunch for 4 by Sandwich Works. For more information visit: www.fortwilliamhenry.com.
Champagne Escape Package for Two – through Dec 31st, 2009
$378 to $538. Two Nights Deluxe Accommodations, Breakfast Each Morning of Stay, Dinner for Two Voucher at Bella Luna, and Champagne in Room at time of Arrival. For more information visit:www.fortwilliamhenry.com
Massage Package for Two – through Dec 31st, 2009
Rates start at $644. Package includes one night lodging in a Jacuzzi room, two one hour massages, a bath basket for two, breakfast in bed, and a romantic three course candle lit dinner for two. For more information visit: www.friendslake.com