Fall in the Adirondack Mountains is a time of generalized confliction. Coming in search of outdoor tranquillity, you might find yourself vying for a piece of the six million-acre park that more than 10 million visitors have come to enjoy (roughly 137,000 people live here year-round). Here, cabins, lakeside villas and cottages are the accommodation staples. But what about a modern indulgence?
The storied Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, with its glowing white neon rooftop marquee and palazzo-inspired architecture, reopened in January after a $35 million, four-year restoration. The last of the 13 properties that ringed the lake through the 1920s, the Hotel Saranac has been rebranded as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. It features terraced public spaces overlooking the village, a spa, a restaurant and a bar with an adjacent ballroom — 2,362 square feet of original herringbone wood flooring and wood paneling — befitting its Jazz Age beginnings.