Feet tired? Get on a horse. Circle B in Chestertown, fifteen minutes from North Creek, is a working 500-acre ranch that’s been in Chris Boggia’s family for 46 years. His crew leads both beginner and experienced riders on ambles through pine woods and across fields with mountain views, with a little cantering thrown in. (Rides start at $26 an hour; hayrides and winter sleigh rides also available.)
To stretch your legs afterward, head back north on Route 28 to Thirteenth Lake (follow signs for Garnet Hill Lodge to reach Thirteenth Lake Road). A two-mile long trail winds along one side of the lake—watch (and listen) for loons, the quintessential Adirondack bird with a crazy, cackling call.
On your way back to civilization, stop at SensibiliTeas. Housed in a former shirt factory in Glens Falls, about 45 minutes south of North Creek, the store offers 475 varieties of loose teas, lined up in sniffable tin containers along the long shelves.