What to Do > Eat, Drink, Shop

Our cabin in the Adirondack Park has been designed to make it easy for you to enjoy nature. You could quite easily spend an entire weekend hiking, skiing, or ‘rivering,’ followed by simply relaxing at the house with a bottle of wine and a home cooked meal. The river view, wood stove, and fire pit at Warner’s Camp are super inviting. Still, we’re accustomed to a ‘foodie’ city lifestyle, so we tend to go out while we’re in the Adirondacks. Here are our favorite local restaurants, bars, shops and evening activities.

Keene, 5 Minute Drive

We adore the little town of Keene! Craft beer, kombucha, fancy sandwiches, and handcrafted furniture— it’s like Brooklyn meets the ADKs. We purchased Warner’s Camp in part due to its close proximity to Keene. Drive over, or bring your bike so you can ride down on a nice day.

ADK Market (shop)

Charming market with organic groceries, craft beer, amazing take out food and baked goods. In the warmer months, you can enjoy a meal with a beer or coffee out on their front porch (dog friendly). We recommend the cranberry club sandwich or the grilled green. They also make a damn good bacon egg and cheese. You should probably grab some freshly baked apple dumplings too because you’re on vacation, right?

Forty Six (restaurant)

Your closest option for dinner and drinks, and it’s a really good one. Also a lovely place to lunch. Forty Six is a recently opened farm to table restaurant. Known for their burgers. We recommend the salmon, and that you save some room for dessert. Rustic chic interior decor. The outdoor seating area is dog friendly. On busy weekend nights, you might need to call in a reservation. Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Cedar Run Bakery (shop)

Another great option for artisanal groceries and baked goods. They sell local cheese from the farm near our house. Most known for their ‘take n’ bake’ meals. Grab a few and heat them up in our double ovens for a delicious home cooked meal minus the effort. We love a good Cedar Run ‘take n’ bake’ after a long day of snowboarding. Try the Chicken Divan and the Butternut Gratin. They also have a wine and spirits shop on the premises.

East Branch Organics (shop)

Located behind Stewart’s gas station— this garden center also sells alcohol! They have a liquor shop with a great wine selection, and also stock craft beer and cider. The beer and cider selection is on point. Nine Pin Rosé Cider, because rosé all day.

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Dartbrook Rustic & Dartbrook South (shop)

Get lost in this high end Adirondack furniture store. They have expanded to two locations in Keene; both are worth exploring. Their speciality is custom made birch furniture, which they craft onsite. The curated, multilevel showrooms create a magical, Wes Anderson-like, camp experience. Taxidermy and kilim pillows galore. They have some high end pieces mixed with more affordable items; well worth a visit.

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Upper Jay & Nearby Towns

Our town of Upper Jay is a small hamlet conveniently located at the intersection of multiple towns and attractions in the High Peaks. Wilmington (the ski town home to Whiteface Mountain) is only 10 minutes away. Lake Placid is a 25 minute drive. Aside from Keene, here’s what’s under 25 minutes from Warner’s Camp.

Adirondack Mountain Coffee (restaurant), 2 Minute Drive, Upper Jay

Your closest option for coffee, breakfast and lunch. Low key spot in our tiny town of Upper Jay. Good, affordable food. Order the sourdough french toast. We challenge you to find better french toast. Walk or bike over in warm weather. Open until 2pm, closed on Mondays.

20 Main Tavern (bar), 14 Minute Drive, Au Sable Forks

We love 20 Main Tavern! Local bar with a cool rustic vibe, pool table, shuffleboard and regular live music. They have a great backyard patio where bands play. A very welcoming environment and fun environment. Just a short drive from our house, straight up 9N. Great place to have a beer.

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Sugar House Creamery (farm shop), 2 Minute Drive, Upper Jay

Makers of artisanal cheese. Yes. You’ll probably notice their staple, Dutch Knuckle, listed as an ingredient in dishes at local restaurants. So good. Our favorite cheese of theirs is the Little Dickens. Stop by their farm store for cheese and groceries. Very cool to see cows grazing in the Adirondack mountains; makes you feel like you’re in Switzerland.

Recovery Lounge (performance venue), 2 Minute Drive, Upper Jay

A local arts venue, just up the road from our house, with a very cool artistic vibe. Lounge on vintage armchairs and sofas as you enjoy the art and/or music. Check the website to see if there’s a production going on during your stay. If so, you’re in for a real treat.

Hungry Trout Restaurant / RF Mcdougall’s Pub (restaurant, bar), 10 Minute Drive, Wilmington

The Hungry Trout, a fishing resort located on our Ausable river, offers two dining options with charming ambience and good food. The Hungry Trout Restaurant and Bar looks just like you would image a rustic club lounge did 50 years ago. The pub down downstairs is more casual. It’s worth taking a look at both to see what’s more your scene. We recommend the local campfire trout, which you can order at either restaurant. Oh and enjoy the river views!

Hint: Take a short hike to the Wilmington Flumes, located across the road from the Hungry Trout, before or after dinner.

Baxter Mountain Tavern (restaurant), 12 Minute Drive, Keene/Elizabethtown

Super cozy restaurant with cabin decor. The fireplace lounge in the center makes you feel like you’re dining in someone’s living room. The food is quality and nostalgic. We recommend the pork chop. Close to the house and many hiking trails.

The Deer’s Head Inn (restaurant), 23 Minute Drive, Elizabethtown

Adorable inn with farm to table food. Eating here makes us feel like we’re back in Brooklyn (while keeping with the ADK theme). Well worth the short drive. They also have a pool table.

Ausable Inn (restaurant), 13 Minute Drive, Keene Valley

Great place to eat outside or grab a drink post hike. Located in the center of Keene Valley, near many hiking trail heads. The food is good too, we recommend the burgers. Dogs are permitted on the front porch.

Pourman’s Taphouse (bar, restaurant), 11 Minute Drive, Wilmington

Your typical sports bar, located inside an old ski lodge. Low key and close to the house. Good pub food and live music on Saturdays. There’s a pool table and a dartboard. This is a popular destination for post-skiing food and beer. Try the steak sandwich. Closed on Monday & Tuesday. 

Old Mountain Coffee (shop, restaurant), 13 Minute Drive, Keene Valley

This trendy coffee shop also serves local beer & kombucha on draft. Try the mountain bread! On Wednesday nights, they serve homemade pizza (5 – 7:30pm). Stop by anytime during the day for small baked goods, sandwiches, coffee & beer. Located in Keene Valley, hiking central. Should you need it, they offer WiFi and a place to work remotely.

A&W (restaurant), 11 Minute Drive, Wilmington

A retro classic! Step back in time and visit one of the last remaining A&W restaurants. Currently open May-October only. You can eat outside underneath the old drive-thru area, or dine in the original retro diner. Order the cheese curds, corndog nuggets, and a root beer float, duh. Maybe squeeze some hiking in after this meal.

Lake Placid, 25 Minute Drive

Shouldn’t need much of an introduction. For those unfamiliar with Lake Placid, it’s charming. A quaint Olympic Village with lakeside shops and restaurants. The entire town has a very nostalgic feel to it. Built up for the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. You can drive through either Keene or Wilmington to reach Lake Placid from Warner’s Camp. There’s plenty to do in Lake Placid, more options than we’ll list. Below are our favorites.

Big Slide Brewery (restaurant)

We love Big Slide. Located off the main strip, this craft brewery offers farm to table food. We highly recommend the artisanal pizzas. The restaurant has a modern industrial interior. There’s also patio you can enjoy during the warmer months with your dog. Big Slide IPA is a really good beer. Order a flight and check out what else they have to offer as well.

Liquids & Solids (restaurant)

Unique and creative small plates. Farm to table. Go here. The best food in the area is arguably found at Liquids & Solids; feels more like you are dining out in lower Manhattan. Their cocktail game is on point. Order the Balsamic Fizz. Closed on Mondays, located off the main strip.

The Cottage (restaurant)

Super charming lakefront restaurant. The Cottage is directly adjacent to Mirror Lake, with a couple patios located on the beach. The most adorable place to eat in Lake Placid. Offering casual food (burgers, fancy sandwiches) as well as creative bunch cocktails, wine and beer. Part of Mirror Lake Inn. If you’re looking for a fancier, more substantial, meal you can also try Taste Bistro (located inside Mirror Lake Inn). The bistro is good, but we adore the Cottage on the lake!

Top of the Park (bar, restaurant)

A rooftop bar overlooking Mirror Lake. Known for their custom cocktails, they also stock an impressive beer and wine selection. Last time we were there, they had kombucha cocktails on the menu. Yes. One of our favorite spots in the area. Offering high quality artisanal small plates; great as appetizers or you could easily make an entire meal out of them. Open until midnight, serving food until 10pm.

Salt of the Earth Bistro (restaurant)

A very cool restaurant inside an old house, off the main strip. You’ll notice the big red sign on your right as you drive into town. Interesting decor and an even more interesting menu. Fun, trendy, fancy. You might need a reservation on busy weekend nights. Closed on Tuesdays.

Lake Placid Brewery & Pub (bar, restaurant)

Because beer tastes better when it’s local, right? Big Slide’s ‘mother’ brew house. Come sip on Lake Placid’s famous Ubu Ale. Good pub food as well. We recommend the maple melt or the shepherd’s pie. In warmer months, you can sit out on their front patio which is located directly across from Lake Placid Public Beach.

The Breakfast Club (restaurant)

Impressive views of Mirror Lake. This place is the the spot for, you guessed it, breakfast. Order the Apple, Sausage & Brie Rösti. True to its name, the interior has a super 80’s vibe. They offer a variety of brunch cocktails. We especially love this spot in the winter— sit here and watch the dogs pull sleds across the frozen lake. Feels like you’re inside a snow globe.

Basecamp Cafe (restaurant)

A cute little cafe offering brunch cocktails and delicious foods! Good coffee. Very pleasant environment. The Bonfire Ruben is really good, as is the avocado toast. Oh and you can order Bourbon Bacon Cream Cheese with your bagel… Open until 2pm. On Main St.

Artisans (restaurant)

If you’re looking to splurge on a fancy meal, try Artisans at Lake Placid Lodge. Breathtakingly gorgeous views of Lake Placid. This farm to table food is to die for, and the lodge is fun to explore. Easy on your stomach, hard on your wallet.

Twigs (shop)

A very cool antique shop that you’ll hit right before arriving in downtown Lake Placid with a large selection of rustic old things. A few of the Warner’s Camp goodies came from this spot. Worth a wander.

Goose Watch & Swedish Hill Wine Tasting Rooms (shop)

Made in NY. Taste some award-winning New York wine from the Finger Lakes wine country. Goose Watch is located on Main St, and Swedish Hill is located off the main strip, next to Twigs. The sister wineries offer deals for tasting at both locations. We’re all about that dry white Viognier from Goose Watch.

Saratoga Olive Oil Store (shop)

Quaint shop with lake views. Wander in here to taste an impressive variety of olive oils and vinegars. They offer unlimited complimentary tastings with fresh bread every day. A fun before dinner activity if you’re eating near Main St.

Smoke Signals (restaurant)

Located on the main strip, Smoke Signals has an amazing porch that overlooks Mirror Lake. You might need to wait up to an hour for a table near the Lake, but it’s worth it. Put your name down and then explore the shops and bars in the area as you wait. Quality smoked meats! Order their mac & cheese as a side.

Zig Zags (bar)

Drink where the Olympic team drinks. A local, Olympic themed dive bar. They keep their fireball on ice. Pool, foosball, darts. If dive bars are at all your thing, go here. Craft beer and cider on draft. Open until 3am. The party is at Zig Zags.

Late Night

We’re in the country. Most of the area shuts down pretty early. Prepare accordingly. If you’re driving in late and looking for a meal, or if you’re just used to city living and like to stay out late, here’s what we recommend:

20 Main Tavern (bar), Open until 1:30am, Au Sable Forks

You’re closest option for late night fun and one of our favorite bars. See above description. For food, you can order pizza from the nearby Mad River Pizza (open until 2am on weekend nights) and enjoy it at 20 Main, or take it back to Warner’s Camp.

Pickled Pig (restaurant, bar), Open until 2am, Lake Placid

A popular spot with excellent pulled pork, ribs, poutine, etc. They also have a good draft beer selection. It’s a fun place to hang out at night, as well as during the day. They have a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs out front. The outside is dog friendly.

Wiseguys (bar), Open until 3am, Lake Placid

Sports bar and grill. Large pub with plenty of seating, pool, and occasional live music. Decent late night food.

Zig Zags (bar), Open until 3am, Lake Placid

Local Olympic themed dive bar. See above description!

Roomer’s (club), Open until 3am, Lake Placid

If you absolutely must… Roomer’s Night Club is located on the main strip, across from Zig Zags. This local, small-town dance club is a popular drinking spot for young people. Enough said.

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Please, drive responsibly. If you’re planning to go out without a DD, we recommend reserving a taxi well in advance (24 hours or earlier). Try ADK Express or message us on Instagram for tips on how to get rides in the area (Uber & Lyft services are limited here).