Plattsburgh, New York, on the shore of Lake Champlain near the Canadian border, serves as a less expensive base of operations for travelers to the Adirondack Park than inns and lodges in the mountains. Major attractions like Lake Placid are an hour’s drive away, and Montreal is only 60 miles north. Expect to find chain motels around the interstate and mom-and-pop operations in the city.
Along the Interstate
Interstate 87, the Adirondack Northway, curves around Plattsburgh to the west. Nine chain motels, including Best Western, La Quinta, Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites have properties at the Cornelia Street interchange. Microtel Inn & Suites Plattsburgh, just west of the interstate won the chain’s Top 20 award in 2010. Three of the four motels at the Moffitt Road interchange are privately owned. The fourth is a Super 8 with a swimming pool and free WiFi. The Rip Van Winkle Motel rents standard rooms, a cabin and efficiency apartments with full kitchens.
The Golden Gate Motel
The Golden Gate Motel, located in northeast Plattsburgh with 200 feet of sandy beach on Lake Champlain, is the only lakefront motel in the city. A full-size indoor tennis court is an unexpected amenity in this reasonably priced motel. Bring your own racquet, and expect to pay a small fee to play. Standard motel units, redesigned as suites, have stocked kitchenettes, dining areas and separate bathrooms. Golden Gate Motel doesn’t have dining facilities, but a fast food restaurant is a short walk away.
Ausable Chasm, about 15 miles south of Plattsburgh is a gorge cut by the Ausable River. A popular tourist destination since the late 19th century, the chasm offers adventurous guests cliff top walking tours, hikes along the river’s shore, tubing and rafting. Visitors must purchase admission for all of the attractions. Accommodations include a campground, cabins and a budget friendly motel. Small motel rooms have the basics – a double bed or two twins, cable and a bathroom. Camping cabins rent at the same rate as the motel rooms but have room for four guests.
Bed and Breakfast
Point Au Roche Lodge, an upscale bed and breakfast adjacent to Point Au Roche State Park, has seasonal views of the lake and Vermont’s Green Mountains. Eight guest rooms, each with a private bath, feature rustic Adirondack décor. With advance notice, the innkeeper will stock the refrigerator in your room with beverages. The lodge rents bicycles and provides free Wi-Fi. Sunnyside Bed & Breakfast’s expansive lawn stretches to the shore of Lake Champlain. Rooms have either shared or private baths, and breakfast is served on request.