A fun part of every snowmobiling trip are the stops along the trail. Giving yourself and your group pre-planned breaks for rest and refreshment adds to the delightful time, no matter how long or short your loop may be.
As thrilling as it is rocketing along the trail, it is just as important to refuel; both the sled, and the appetite. Hanging up the helmets and enjoying a good meal is part of the fun, too. Here are some welcoming pit stops.
The Newcomb Cafe & Campground is an excellent spot to get gas at one of their pumps and/or stop for a homestyle breakfast or lunch. From there you can hop on a number of trails around the Newcomb area that connect to other communities like Long Lake or Indian Lake.
Just down the road is the Lake Harris Lodge. They have a full bar, serve lunch and dinner, and have several stone fireplaces to warm up by. They serve American-Italian style food and have local beers on draft at the bar, and the lodge overlooks Lake Harris. You can come right off the trails to a hot meal.
All downtown dining in Schroon Lake is available to the snowmobile owners who park their machines on the gazebo park grounds. After the ice is firmly set and tested, it can be safe to sled across the frozen Schroon Lake, but do be careful. It's an easy walk to find many fine places, but here's a look at the two pubs.
The Timberwolf Pub is a local gathering place. It can be difficult to choose from the delicious menu, but the soups are home-made and the burgers are fresh so you can't go wrong either way. Their motto is "good food, good company, and good times." Join them for breakfast with daily specials, lunch with homemade soups, and dinner.
Flanagan's Pub & Grill is a Irish Pub. They have daily specials, and today, I had the peppermint hot chocolate. Homemade. I could tell. When the menu says “The Best Wings in the Adirondacks,” I have to check them out. There are many varieties and I am planning to try them all. The menu has some welcome side trails and appetizers. After five the dinner menu features some hearty meals sure to satisfy the hungriest snowmobiler. We went for my favorite appetizer, the gluten-free coconut shrimp which is so good I have to share, so we also got the Nachos Deluxe, with fresh jalepenos.
St. Patrick's Day is Flanagan's anniversary, so that's also a great time to stop in. But then again, any time is.
Sticks & Stones Bistro & Bar is at the edge of town, with plenty of parking. The rustic interior with stone fireplace is a warm and welcoming space in winter. The owner is particularly proud of the special Italian pizza oven. There are sandwiches, bistro salads, and evening entrees like scallops, fresh fettucine, and steaks. Make sure you check out the burger of the day!
Even my gluten-free self can enjoy one of their signature desserts, the adult root beer float with vanilla bean ice cream, but there are many more. Like table-side s'mores and molten lava cake. They also specialize in craft beer, boutique wine, and handcrafted cocktails.
With such a range of possibilities, and so many trails, the Adirondack Hub makes a wonderful choice to spend your day sledding. After a full day of fun, find a place to stay. Try more of the delicious dining. Explore more trails!