Things to do: Upon arriving at Northern Lights, you have many options on how to spend your time. In the spring, summer and fall, rent a canoe from the Stillwater Shop. While there, do a little shopping, you will find a great selection of gifts, souvenirs, and lodge décor items. Hiking opportunities include an excursion into the Five Ponds or Pepperbox wilderness areas. Mountain bike our dirt roads and venture into the Independence Wild Forest via back roads such as the Basket Factory Rd or the McCarthy Rd. Should you wish to venture out in a boat (the absolute best way to see the reservoir), the free public boat launch is 1/4 mile away from the B&B. You may rent a small outboard or pontoon boat from the Stillwater Shop or enjoy a paddle in a canoe. Fishing opportunities abound on the Reservoir as well as shore line fishing in the Beaver River, below the dam. You will primarily encounter small mouth bass, splake, late trout and perch. The Norridgewock River Boat Cruise provides a leisurely tour of the Reservoir. This is a great way to spend an afternoon and hear the history of the area as well as visit Beaver River Station and enjoy lunch at the Norridgewock Lodge. They are off-grid with no roads to get there!
You may meander the nature trail on our property, sit in the lean-to, or just sit and relax. Far away from sources of light pollution, you will find exceptional star gazing opportunities and maybe be fortuante enough to encounter the Aurora Borealis.
A scenic drive will take you through the Big Moose Lake area and then on to Inlet or Old Forge. In Big Moose you will see the historic stone chapel where tours are available one day a week in the summer time. Between Stillwater and Rte 28 you will encounter numerous trail heads for hiking, snowshoeing or back country cross country skiing.
Old Forge provides shopping, day trips to McCauley Mtn., our exceptional Art Center - View - numerous restaurants and don't miss the historic Strand Theatre in the heart of town. Seaplane rides can be arranged by visiting Payne's Air Service or contracting with them to pick you up here at the Reservoir. Horseback riding is available in Inlet at Adirondack Saddle tours.
If you are not into hiking, there are lots of beautiful drives to take for a day - a visit to the Wild Center, The Blue Mtn Museum, the Sagamore, a cruise on the Durant on Raquette Lake, would all be a day's excursion from Stillwater. Or head up towards the Thousand Islands and visit the wineries, including Tug Hill Vineyards just outside of Lowville.
Winter brings opportunities for snowmobiling on the extensive trail system of NYS; you may sled from our door. Downhill skiing opportunities can be found at McCauley Mtn in Old Forge and Snow Ridge ski Center in Turin. Groomed cross country ski trails can be found in Inlet. Dinners can be enjoyed at the Stillwater restaurant 1/4 mile from the B&B or a short drive to Big Moose, Inlet, Old Forge or Lowville will provide many more choices.
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Lowville, NY 13367
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