Coyaba Travel's Adirondack
Fall Foliage, Small Group Escorted Tour!
Experience the Magnificent Fall Foliage During Peak "Leaf Peeper" Season
October 2, 2023 to October 5, 2023
Join our small group of very special people to experience the magnificent Adirondack Mountains during the height of "leaf-peeper" season. Coyaba Travel's Adirondack Fall Foliage Escorted Tour Package includes hotel accommodations for three nights (double and single), prix fixe dining at popular Adirondack-inspired restaurants, and admission fees (unless otherwise noted) covering a well-balanced array of hand-picked, low-impact activities that will afford you an overview of the natural beauty and history for which this region is well known. And, most importantly, the blaze of fall colors will provide a spectacular backdrop while meandering through historic sites and along dramatic rivers, waterfalls and other scenery. Nature-lovers, artists and photographers, in particular, will relish the opportunity to revel in an environment unique to New York State in all its beauty.
Our journey will originate in Saratoga Springs, NY on Monday, 10/02/23 and end in this charming historic town - known for horse racing and healing springs - on Thursday, 10/06/23. We have negotiated advantageous guestroom rates at one of our favorite hotels in the heart of Saratoga's downtown both prior to the start of our northern adventure as well as immediately following the conclusion of our trip. Should you decide to spend a few days in Saratoga Springs at either or both ends of the tour, we will be happy to share our recommendations for local dining, shopping, and sightseeing while you are visiting the delightful town on your own. In fact, we may even join you if invited!
Space is VERY limited. Please get in touch with us right away if you would like to experience some of the Adirondack's notable highlights during the climax of the fall foliage season.
Here are the exciting details!
Saratoga Springs/Lake George/Lake Placid
Our Adirondack Fall Foliage Escorted Tour will begin in Saratoga Springs, NY in the morning (9 a.m. departure) on Monday, 10/02/23 and return to this charming historic town in the afternoon on Thursday, 10/05/23.
Our first stop will be picturesque Lake George as we embark on a one-hour, narrated, historic sightseeing cruise on The Horicon where you will discover the local history of the Revolutionary and French and Indian Wars while enjoying the magnificent color palette of the breathtaking fall foliage cradling this majestic lake.
Following our return to dry land, we will head to 10 McGillis Public House for lunch before making our way through the Adirondack Mountains. After lunch, our trip will continue to Lake Placid for check-in at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Hotel which boasts an amazing view of pristine Mirror Lake, Whiteface Mountain, and the quaint village of Lake Placid. Cocktails at the Adirondack Great Room Bar (optional, on own) will be followed by a special dinner prepared for us by our host hotel.
Lake Placid/Saranac Lake
After breakfast at our host hotel, we will be headed to the Olympic Legacy Sites where we have arranged for a private guided tour to view the Olympic Museum Exhibit Gallery of Lake Placid's two historic Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980).
Our Fall Foliage expedition then proceeds to Mount Van Hoevenberg (MVH) - site of the 1932 bobsled and the 1980 bobsled, cross-country ski, and biathlon competitions. Our personal tour guide will introduce us to the facilities at MVH including the world-class, state-of-the-art combined bobsled-skeleton sliding track used for World Championships and various International competitions. Our tour will include the new Mountain Pass Lodge which has the only indoor, push-start training facility of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. MVH also has 55 kilometers (34 miles) of cross-country ski and biathalon trails used in the 1980 Olympics and numerous National and International competitions.
We continue to the Olympic Jumping Complex at Intervale, home of the 1932 and 1980 Ski Jump competitions. Our guide will show us this stunning facility including the brand new Skyride, an eight-passenger gondola ride to transport us up to the base of the two impressive Ski Jumping Towers. On the larger 120-meter Ski Jump Tower, the scenic glass-enclosed elevator ride up gives a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Adirondacks in all their fall glory. The Tower’s Sky Deck observation level offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Lake Placid region - the kind that would usually require an hours-long hike up a mountain - all accessible in just a 30-second elevator ride.
Our next stop will be High Falls Gorge where a private luncheon awaits us. Immediately following, we will take in the breathtaking Fall Foliage walk alongside the West Branch AuSable River and the High Falls Gorge with its four majestic waterfalls cascading over rocks and through deep crevices carved billions of years ago. Located below the eastern base of Whiteface Mountain, the half mile trail meanders along groomed paths through the forest and along sturdy walkways (suitable for the physically challenged) mounted to the rock walls of the gorge above the rushing waterfalls and rapidly descending river waters. Various observation locations, see-through platforms, and steel bridges provide awe-inspiring views of nature’s ongoing work. A quarter-mile round trip, wheelchair accessible path, brings guests of all ages to the center of the falls without stairs to witness what Native Americans named “The Ancient Valley of Foaming Water”.
After our pleasant outdoor stroll, we return to Lake Placid where you can wander around this picturesque village with its lovely view of Mirror Lake (with places to sit and enjoy a coffee, ice cream or popcorn) and patronize the delightful shops along charming Main Street.
Dinner this evening will be at the popular, Adirondack-inspired Black Bear Restaurant down the hill from our host hotel. A special menu has been designed for our group.
The Wild Center/Tupper Lake
No trip to Upstate New York would be complete without a visit to The Wild Center whose mission is "to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and offer an example for the world."
Nestled within the Adirondack Mountains about 21 miles southwest of Saranac Lake, The Wild Center features acres of forest and a plethora of wildlife. Known as the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, the center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits and programs are designed to open new ways to look into our relationship with nature. The 115-acres include a stunning Wild Walk (a trail across tree tops via a wide, secure wooden walkway designed to mimic a spider's web and bald eagle's nest). The Museum features wildlife, videos, and displays which focus on the natural history of the region, including the geology and ecology of the Adirondack Park. We will have a private tour guide to take us around the indoor and outdoor attractions.
Whether young or old, this is a place to be experienced!
Our day will conclude with dinner will be at one of our favorite area restaurants, The Red Fox - a top dining establishment located in nearby Saranac Lake.
Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain/Saratoga Springs
Following breakfast and check-out at our host hotel, our route will take us back to Saratoga Springs. Mark and I will be headed to the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway in Wilmington, NY (en route between Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs) which is an outstanding driving experience. This road leads you directly to the summit of the mountain, with gorgeous views spanning hundreds of miles of wilderness reaching as far as Vermont (and Canada?). Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of the Adirondack Park as its High Peaks so apparent and so easily accessible.
First opened in 1936 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the paved road to the summit rises over 2,300 feet in five miles from the Toll House entrance. Wildflowers, indigenous to the mountain terrain, grow roadside, serving as a living museum of forest ecology - all of which is built over the one billion year-old Anorthosite bedrock boulders. Along the way up are nine designated spots where you are encouraged to stop, enjoy the views, take a few photos, and discover more about the mountain surroundings from the posted information signs.
At the summit, there are a few things you don't often find atop a peak: a castle built from native stone, a restaurant and gift shop, an elevator carved deep inside the mountain top itself, and a truly spectacular 360-degree, panoramic view of unparalleled captivation that is the Adirondack Park.
The price of this optional drive up the mountain runs $20 for the vehicle and driver, $20 for each additional passenger and is NOT included in the cost of the tour. You pay at the Toll Booth entrance.
We will also be stopping for lunch somewhere en route. Again, NOT included in the cost of the tour as the restaurants we queried were unsure whether they would remain open at this time due to staffing challenges.
While you are indeed invited to do so, there is no obligation to join us on our homeward leg of the trip. You are welcome to further explore the town of Lake Placid on your own following check-out of the hotel, if you wish, or head directly back to Saratoga Springs. Mark will prepare directions for the entire program, including the ride back.
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US!
COYABA TRAVEL'S ADIRONDACK FALL FOLIAGE
SMALL GROUP ESCORTED TOUR
Please note that the following information is based on our 2022 Tour and is given as an estimate for 2023. Pricing will be confirmed in early 2023 when reservations open up for this exciting adventure.
Coyaba Travel's Exclusive Adirondack Fall Foliage Escorted Tour Package Includes:
Three Nights at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Hotel
Double and Single Rates Available
Lake View or Traditional (ROH) View
Breakfast and Dinner Each Day; Most Lunches
Coyaba Travel's Private Sightseeing Tours:
Admission to, and a Private Guided Tour of, the Olympic Legacy Sites
Admission to High Falls Gorge
Admission to, and a Private Guided Tour of, The Wild Center
Dining (Included) Details:
Full Breakfast (buffet or sit-down @ hotel's discretion) daily
10 McGillis Public House (Lake George)
The High Falls Gorge Cafe (Wilmington)
The Crowne Plaza Hotel (The Great Room or a Private Dining Room at the hotel's discretion)
The Black Bear (Lake Placid)
The Red Fox (Saranac Lake)
Note: All meals are prix fixe with three or four entree choices, including at least one vegetarian option.
Coffee, tea, and soda, and taxes and gratuities are included. Bar tabs are NOT included.
Lunch at The Wild Center (cafe, on own)
Bar tabs (alcoholic beverages)
Entrance fee to Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway ($16 for the vehicle and driver, $9 for each additional passenger as of 4/10/22) for those participants who wish to take this drive on their way back to Saratoga Springs
Transportation (see below)
Hotel Housekeeper's gratuity (recommended min. $5 per day per room)
Due to the extraordinarily high cost of hiring a motorcoach for this tour, we will be driving in our own private vehicles. We will be happy to help coordinate carpooling for those who prefer not to drive.
Double (2 persons per room)
Mirror Lake View: $2,200 per Couple
Traditional (RoH) View: $2,000 per Couple
Single (1 person per room)
Mirror Lake View: $1,450 per Person
Traditional (RoH) View: $1,325 per Person
Due to the time element involved, and in consideration of hotel and other supplier payment policies, payment in full is needed to guarantee your place on this trip.
NO HOLDS WITHOUT PAYMENT IN FULL!
Please make your check out to Coyaba Travel, take a photo of the front and back sides of the check, and e-mail both sides to CoyabaTravel@gmail.com. Then mail the check to us at P.O. Box 4634, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. We do not accept credit or debit cards as payment.
Reservations for this trip will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with receipt of full payment as determining factor (thus, our recommendation to e-mail a copy of both sides of the completed check prior to mailing it). Upon receipt of your payment, we will send you a written Confirmation which will be followed up with details about the trip about a week or so prior to our departure.
SPACE IS LIMITED! If interested, please e-mail CoyabaTravel@gmail.com or call (518) 290-6818.
Refunds will be given for cancellations made in writing prior to 8/01/23, less a 20% service charge. After 8/01/23, we regret we are unable to make any refunds.
Any questions, please do not hesitate to call us (518) 290-6818.
Or e-mail CoyabaTravel@gmail.com.