Visiting Johnsburg: Come Inside!

The Town of Johnsburg undeniably offers breathtaking scenery and exciting outdoor recreation. The chance to spend time outside, enjoying nature and experiencing the beauty of the Adirondacks, is what draws so many of us to the area. But Johnsburg doesn’t disappoint when it’s time to come inside from the Great Outdoors. We’re sharing some ideas of fun things to do when indoor activities are the order of the day:

Immerse Yourself in History & Culture

A forerunner in the skiing, railroad, and mining industries, as well as home to the spot where Theodore Roosevelt learned he would be president, Johnsburg is a hotbed of history and culture.

Start off with a visit to the North Creek Depot Museum. Located in the renovated former North Creek Railroad Station, the North Creek Depot Museum features a model railroad diorama of the region, a history of skiing exhibit, and a cultural heritage center. The museum site is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a New York State Theodore Roosevelt Historic Site.

At the Tannery Pond Community Center, you can catch a community theater production by the Our Town Theatre Group or check out the latest exhibition in the Widlund Art Gallery. The Community Center also frequently hosts musical performances and other community events. A full schedule of events is available on its website.

Try Some Good Eats

Tired of chain restaurants and looking for some great-tasting, homemade meals? From coffee and breakfast all the way through to after-dinner drinks, Johnsburg has your local dining experience covered.

Start your day off right by grabbing a hearty breakfast at Cafe Sarah, Izzy’s Market & Deli, Chrissy’s Cafe, or the Full Belly Deli. Each features specialties ranging from fresh-baked pastries and signature espresso drinks to breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and omelettes. As a bonus, these eateries are all open for lunch, too!

When it’s time for dinner, give the German-inspired menu at Beck’s Tavern a try, or dig in to a creative take on traditional American and Adirondack comfort food at Basil & Wick’s. Afterward, stop by the Barking Spider, a favorite hangout for locals, or Bar Vino, a wine bar with a generous craft beer menu, for a drink and a late-night bite.

And, if you’ve never had the good fortune to try anything from Barkeater Chocolates, visiting their store should be a must-do the next time you’re in North Creek. It’s a great place to grab a delicious snack or find the perfect gift for the hard-to-shop-for.

Find Something Special in Unique Shops Or Pamper Yourself

There are lots of charming, eclectic shops to be found in Johnsburg.

Hudson River Trading Company has been a staple in North Creek, and destination for visitors, for more than two decades. It offers furnishings, lighting, and decor for your home or camp, along with clothing and accessories.

Hunters, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts can stock up at Streamside Fly Shop & Outfitters and North Creek Trading Post.

For jewelry lovers, Garnet Studio, near Gore Mountain, offers a broad range of handcrafted jewelry using locally sourced garnet.

Camp Garuda, open in summertime only, is a great stop for funky antique finds, as is Foothills of the Adirondacks. If antiques aren’t your thing, be sure to stop by Poiema, a gift shop and boutique full of character.

And, if you’re in town between June 20 and September 19 of this year, you can stop by the North Creek Farmer’s Market on Thursdays from 2 pm – 6 pm. While the market can take place outdoors, it moves inside in the event of inclement weather so you and your family can enjoy the selection of fresh food and other artisan products from local vendors no matter what!

After you’ve had your fill of shopping, be sure to make an appointment at Oasis Massage Spa or Trimmers salon to treat yourself to some pampering and relaxation.

Visit Johnsburg in Rain or Shine

As this list makes clear, there’s as much to do indoors in Johnsburg as there is to do outside. Tourists can rest assured their visit will be worthwhile no matter what the sometimes fickle Upstate New York weather brings. So what are you waiting for? Come see for yourself!