If you frequently follow our Schroon Lake region blogs, you may have read my Schroon Lake Summer Bucket List, where I confessed having never been to Schroon Lake. Last week I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon in the wonderfully quaint town of Schroon, and I challenge you to do the same!
A friend told me I had to visit Pine Cone Mercantile, so it was my first stop when I got to town. The store was wonderfully and sophisticatedly decorated with an Adirondack flair, modern and chic home furnishings, and handcrafted goods. It was easy to lose track of time as I shopped. The store is run by Lisa Marks, who greets her customers with arms wide open and makes it feel like you're entering her living room rather than her store. In the back of the shop, Lisa’s husband is hard at work running North Woods Bread Co. Fresh breads are baked daily, and a selection of delectable baked goods (gluten free options too!) sits on the counter. The shop also has a new addition where they sell local farm fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses.
Next I stopped at Pitkins for lunch. The bustling diner-like atmosphere gave off a perfect small town feel. I ordered an egg salad sandwich with a side of homemade coleslaw and enjoyed an afternoon lunch to myself, something I seldom do. I left pleasantly full, and recommend you to stop in too!
Before heading home, I stopped by the Schroon Lake Marina to rent a kayak and spend some time on the lake. The sky was overcast and winds made for a challenging paddle and a rocky boat. It was so fun to spend some time on the water and see a wilder version of Schroon Lake. After some time, the sun came out and the lake seemed to both settle and come alive. Turtles were sunbathing on rocks and beautifully colored birds were flying all around. I took some time to just float and enjoy the sun.
My takeaway? Time spent in Schroon Lake is a must if you are planning a trip to the Adirondacks. Time didn't allow me to fully complete my bucket list, so I'll be back. The small town feel coupled with chic shops and stunning views is the perfect basecamp for your next Adirondack getaway. The summer season is starting to pick up in the Adirondacks, and now is the perfect time to book your Schroon Lake stay.