The Ultimate Tupper Lake NY Elopement Guide

Have you been considering eloping in Tupper Lake? I’m so here for it! Part of the Tri-Lakes region in the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake is such a beautiful location, offering a blend of natural beauty, seclusion, and local charm. Unlike the more crowded tourist spots, Tupper Lake allows for a more intimate and private elopement experience.

Here, you’ll find a variety of scenic locations, from lakesides to forest trails and mountain views. Plus, there are many great accommodations, activities, and restaurant options to make your elopement experience that much more enjoyable! So let’s dive into all of that and help you create the day of your dreams with this Tupper Lake, NY, elopement guide.

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Best Time to Elope in Tupper Lake NY

Tupper Lake is a great place to elope all year round, depending on your vision for your day. Each season has its distinct characteristics, so you need to weigh all the pros and cons before choosing your date.

Spring in Tupper Lake is normally very unpredictable. In early spring, you might still experience snow and cooler temps, while late spring is definitely more pleasant, and everything starts blooming. So if you want to elope here during spring, I recommend preparing for the possibility of rain – grab rain jackets, and a change of clothes.

Summer here is beautiful, with warm, comfortable weather and plenty of sunshine. Daytime is great for outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating, and just exploring the Adirondacks. If you want your elopement to stretch into the later hours of the day – nights are cooler, so always bring layers. Summer is a popular tourist season, so make sure you book your stay and activities ahead of time. And I also recommend eloping on a weekday or planning for a sunrise or sunset ceremony to get as much privacy as possible.

Fall in Tupper Lake is gorgeous, with the colorful foliage all around. Early fall is a great option for an elopement because the weather is still nice and comfortable, and you get to experience the nice, colorful scenery. Late fall gets cooler and brings more rain and unpredictability to the weather, with the potential of early snowfall. 

During winter, Tupper Lake transforms into a winter wonderland with snow-covered landscapes and opportunities to include adventurous winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in your elopement. Temperatures are cold, often below freezing, and snowfall is frequent, which adds to the scenic beauty but requires careful planning for an elopement. Not all locations will be accessible during the winter, as well. This is a great season to choose a cozy cabin for your celebration and some intimate indoor elopement portraits, too!

Pro Tip: The weather in Tupper Lake, as well as in ADK in general, can be rather unpredictable, so I always recommend (and help my couples come up with) backup plans in case of adverse weather to keep safe and comfortable!

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6 Best Tupper Lake Elopement Locations

Tupper Lake and its surrounding areas have a variety of beautiful locations that are perfect for an adventurous, intimate elopement. Check out some of my suggestions!

The Wild Center

The Wild Center is an interactive nature museum set on 81 acres. It’s known for its indoor exhibits and amazing outdoor experiences and scenery. If you choose to elope in the Wild Center, they offer both indoor and outdoor options, which is SO helpful in case you do need to use your backup plan for any reason!

Bog River Falls

Bog River Falls features cascading waterfalls and is surrounded by dense forest, offering a secluded and intimate setting for your elopement. It’s a little bit of a hike to get here but the picturesque views on the way make it that much nicer!

Mount Arab

A great option for couples who don’t mind a bit of a hike, Mount Arab offers a fire tower at the summit, providing a stunning 360-degree view of the surrounding Adirondack landscape. The area at the top is relatively spacious, allowing for a small elopement ceremony. 

Little Wolf Beach

If you’d like to have a beachy vibe elopement, Little Wolf Beach on the Little Wolf Pond offers a sandy shore and clear waters, set against a backdrop of forests and beautiful open skies. The waterfront is a magical location for the ceremony!

Tupper Lake Country Club/Golf Club

The Tupper Lake country club provides a more traditional venue with well-kept grounds and a view of the mountains. It offers the convenience of on-site facilities and services, making it a good choice for couples looking for a mix of natural beauty and comfort. There are indoor and outdoor options for your big day, which is always helpful when planning an elopement, if you’re worried about the weather! And if you’re like me and love golfing, this is the perfect spot for you! 

Tupper Lake Waterfront Park

Situated along the lake, the Tupper Lake Waterfront Park offers a variety of landscapes, from open grassy areas to secluded spots by the water. Whether you’re looking for a lakeside setting or head on deeper in the park, there are plenty of options for your elopement day. Here you’ll also find some of the best sunset views in the ADK!

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How to Make Your Elopement in Tupper Lake Legal

You must obtain a New York marriage license in person to make your elopement official. You can get the license anywhere in the state. Find specific and most up-to-date information about the requirements here!

Once you have picked out your date and location, you must find an officiant and one witness. I’m happy to recommend an officiant and serve as your witness if you want to avoid bringing anyone along! I also happen to be ordained, so if you want me to officiate your wedding, I’d be happy to do so!

Depending on your chosen location, you might need to get a permit. If it’s a privately owned location, you will need to coordinate the event with staff beforehand. That’s something I help my clients with all the time! 

Tupper Lake Elopement Activities

I highly encourage you to make your day even more special and personal by including fun elopement activities, something you both LOVE doing or always wanted to try out! There are many cool things to do in or around Tupper Lake!

  • Go stargazing at The Wild Center
  • Canoeing on Tupper Lake
  • Hiking in the Adirondacks
  • Fishing Expeditions
  • Picnicking at Little Wolf Beach
  • Visiting Local Breweries
  • Go Kayaking

If you’re looking for more elopement activity ideas, here are some more!

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What to Pack for Your Elopement

The packing list will vary from couple to couple, and I always help my clients figure out what to bring with them for their particular elopement day. However, there are some basics you should take with you for your Tupper Lake elopement!

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Extra layers
  • Wedding attire (if you’re not hiking in it)
  • Downloaded trail map for offline use
  • Proper footwear
  • Extra socks
  • Handwarmers
  • Headlamps or a flashlight
  • More water
  • Vow books
  • Marriage licenses
  • Rings
  • A sturdy backpack that would carry all those goods you bring!

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Where to Stay in Tupper Lake

Whether you’re looking for a room with a lakeview, a cozy cabin, or you want to go camping for your elopement, there are plenty of places to stay at in Tupper Lake! Here are some ideas!

If you are planning on camping:

If you’d like to stay in a cozy cabin:

  • Lakefront Crescent Moon Cabin on Little Wolf Pond: Situated right on the waters edge, this cabin has a beautiful lake view, and it also offers you access to go swimming, canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding! They allow dogs, but must be included on reservation.
  • Lakefront Adirondack Escape: Another beautiful lakefront home, where you can enjoy nice views while getting ready for your big day, or stay for a while and enjoy your alone time celebrating together. It’s close to the Wild Center if you plan to elope there or just want to check it out after your big day!
  • Cabin in Tupper Lake: A short walk away from Little Wolf Beach and the Wild Center you’ll find another cozy cottage for your stay in Tupper Lake. Here you can also enjoy plenty of water activities, sit by the firepit when the season permits and go kayaking!

Where to Eat in Tupper Lake NY

You’ll probably be hungry and looking for a way to celebrate your elopement day, so here are some places you could check out in Tupper Lake!

  • Little Italy is a local gem known for its delicious pizza and other speciality Italian dishes!
  • Raquette River Brewing is a great spot if you want to support local and enjoy craft beer. Here you’ll find a varied selection of food trucks serving delicious meals that go great with your drinks!
  • Skyline Ice Cream is the place to be if you want to celebrate your elopement with a dessert! There’s soft serves, gelatos, milkshakes, and more! They also have lactose free options, if you’re lactose intolerant!
  • Amado is another local favorite for people looking for a unique dining experience. This restaurant offers great food, drinks and overall nice atmosphere for your meal.
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Hire the Perfect Photographer to Help You Elope in Tupper Lake

Look for a photographer who not only knows Tupper Lake and its best locations but also resonates with your style and personality. As your Tupper Lake elopement photographer, I’m here to make sure your love story is told most authentically and beautifully as possible while planning out your elopement day so it’s your version of the best day ever! My Tupper Lake elopement packages include not only gorgeous photos, but I’m also going to assist you in planning out your entire day! You can learn more about me and my packages here! And if you’re ready to get straight to inquiring, reach out to me here, and let’s make your dream elopement day happen together!

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