Weekend trips in the Adirondacks?

high peaks Mt. Marcy summitAndrea asks via Twitter:

Thinking of a weekend in the Adirondacks for some relaxation and day hikes with the dog. Recs for trails or places to stay?

She's looking to stay overnight, but not outside. And she's also open to the Catskills.

Got a suggestion? Please share!

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Camp Little Notch is in Fort Ann, and is a terrific base to several cool hikes, including the one to the Mount Hope Iron Furnace, which is nearby. They are an ex-GS camp that was sold to a non-profit. Most weekends volunteers are on site to donate some work to get the property ready for the girls' camping session in the summer but they welcome folks who want to come and maybe do some trail-clearing then hike and enjoy the property. So you get to hike AND feel great that you helped out! There is an assortment of sleeping arrangements. Contact them if you plan to go. http://www.friendsofcln.org/

Old forge (2 and a half hours away) has some nice small mountain hikes that my dogs love.

Bald mountain, Rocky Mountain and black bear mountain are all close to each other and are easier for dogs to get up. They're all bald and black bear take a few hours to get up and down while rocky only takes an hour or so. For a more challenging mountain hike there's blue mountain.

Also there's a ton of longer, flatter hikes around that area like Moss and Cascade lake.

There's also a lot of places to stay, from cheap to relatively expensive. The local motel in inlet (a ton close to old forge) even allows dogs.

Airbnb.com lists a lot of great places to stay. Check out at this awesome tree house in the woods of Vermont: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5633

PS: I don't work for airbnb, I just love them.

The Hungry Trout Resort in Wilmington is rustic, has a great restaurant and bar, is on the Au Sable River and is far enough away from Lake Placid to feel off the tourist trail makes a great base for all things Adirondacks.

I'd recommend a weekend trip to Lake Placid if you're looking to stay somewhere overnight. There are a few good hotels in town and several hikes on the way. You can pick anyone of the trails along Rt 73. My favorite is Noonmark Mountain. Spectacular views of the High Peaks and a really nice hike.

If you know someone affiliated with UAlbany - I absolutely love spending a weekend at Dippikill! http://www.dippikill.com/. There is lots of great hiking nearby, and Dippikill cabins are clean, cheap, and lovely.

If you are thinking of the Catskills, there are free campsites in New Paltz/Gardener right near the Shawangunk mountains. Those are hands down, my favorite local(ish) hikes. Minnewaska state park, Peter's Kill, Coxing Entry (we just called it Split Rock), Trapps... it's all lovely!

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