Find the Fresh Air Cure in Saranac Lake

If you believe there’s nothing a little fresh air can’t cure, then a property in Saranac Lake might just be the magic elixir you’re looking for. A former destination for late 19th century tuberculosis patients, Saranac Lake is still a favorite spot for those in search of clean air healing and natural beauty, not to mention some pretty fantastic recreation and a surprisingly sophisticated food scene.

Saranac Lake History

In the early 1800s, wealthy New York City men began vacationing in Saranac Lake for its abundance of hunting and fishing. Among those early visitors was a physician named Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. The doctor later fell ill with tuberculosis and returned to the region in 1873 in hopes that the fresh, dry, cold mountain air would heal him. With no antibiotics or medical treatment at the time, the disease was often fatal, but Trudeau miraculously recovered. And so, in 1884, he founded the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium for TB Patients in Saranac Lake (later renamed the Trudeau Sanatorium).

By the 1920s, Saranac Lake had blossomed into a successful health resort, but local residents wanted to welcome tourists of all types and shake the stigma of a “sick town”. The plans involved opening a number of lodging houses, most notably the Hotel Saranac. The hotel, which opened in 1927, underwent extensive renovations, and reopened in 2018. Today, tourism remains Saranac Lake’s chief source of income, and the iconic Hotel Saranac continues to offer guests vintage-inspired Art deco accommodations.

Village of Saranac Lake

Recently named to USA Today’s list of 10 best small towns with good food, Saranac Lake boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, as well as art-related shops and galleries, and a year-round rotation of live music.

In the summer, the Village of Saranac Lake offers free concerts in Riverside Park on Lake Flower and the Berkeley Green Park, but the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is where this Adirondack Village really shines. Spanning 10 days every February since 1897, the Carnival’s main events include an ice palace and annual parade, which delights young and old with its unique floats, marching bands, bagpipes and famous Lawn Chair Ladies.

Saranac Lake Recreation

When you’ve had enough excitement, the peace and quiet of the wilderness abounds. An outdoor enthusiast’s dream, Saranac Lake offers limitless camping, hiking and hunting in the Adirondack Mountains, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding in Upper Saranac Lake and Flower Lake, and snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling all winter long. Plus, there is always plenty of trout, bass and pike fishing in Saranac’s lakes and streams.

Find Property in or near Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake is the perfect blend of a lively downtown and the quiet, uninterrupted peace you’d expect in the Adirondacks. Just a 20-minute drive from Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, there’s plenty to do in every direction, and the peace and quiet of the untouched wilderness all around.

If you’re thinking about buying acreage in the Adirondack Park, Adirondack MT Land has several plots of land for sale in the Saranac Lake region. Give us call at 518-624-6055 or contact us online to learn more.