Kippagh Cottage is the epitome of provincial Frenchness. Sneak away to this rustic sanctuary (from $150/night), situated near small-town diversions like the Saturday Farmers Market or a nearby antiques gallery. Bring a picnic to the spectacular sculpture maze Opus 40, grab a Kingston-brewed pint of Keegan Ales Citra Pale Ale with a side of truffle fries at the The Dutch Ale House, then return to the cottage for barbecuing, hammocking, and stargazing.
By public transit: Take a two hour 40 minute ride on Adirondack Trailways to Saugerties, then a five-minute taxi ride to the cottage.
By car: Two hours, 20 minutes
If you’d rather not splurge on The Sagamore, but want the same access to Lake George’s stunning setting, consider pitching a tent on one of the 44 islands (out of 170!) in the region. Glen Island, Long Island, and Narrow Island are among New York State’s most picturesque campsites -- complete with a dock, fireplace, picnic table, privy, and toilet facility -- and cost just $28 per night. Pack your inflatable stand-up paddleboard to explore cliff-jumping spots and get frisky in secluded inlets.
By public transit: Take a five-hour Adirondack Trailways bus ride to Lake George.
By car: Four-hour drive