We’ve all heard of Rembrandt and Botticelli, but what many people don’t realize is that there is the option to see their work right here in the Lake George Area. Let’s not forget to mention Rubens, historic forts and preserved homes of world-renowned artists, because the Lake George Area is rich in culture and history to experience right now.
Thanks to an impeccably curated and ever evolving roster of exhibits that have spanned from Georgia O’Keefe to Norman Rockwell to their permanent collection with world-class groups of work from Botticelli, Rembrandt, El Greco, and Rubens the Hyde Collection is a must for anyone looking to experience something out of the ordinary.
The Chapman Museum in downtown Glens Falls is the restored Victorian home of the DeLong family and features the 19th century photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard as well as exhibits about the history of the Glens Falls area. A step in the Chapman is truly like a step back in time to more then a century ago, it’s a reality experience pre-dating reality tv—witness how they lived!
This fort was built on the southern end of Lake George in 1755 as a British Outpost to protect the southern colonies and to serve as a launching site against the French on the northern end of the lake. You may recognize it from James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans”. Witness history coming alive at the fort with demonstrations and encampments!
Located in North Creek’s restored 1871 Adirondack/D&H Railroad Depot, this is where Theodore Roosevelt learned of the death of President McKinley and of his own succession to the presidency of the United Sates. If you’re interested in trains and railroads, this is for you!
The Sembrich is the preserved teaching studio of Opera’s well-known Marcella Sembrich located right on the shores of Lake George. The pink stucco studio is full of Marcella’s old mementos and art, including autographs and letters from Mark Twain, Thomas Edison and Giuseppe Verdi.
If you have younger kids you’ll definitely want to pop into this boundary-breaking destination! This interactive hands-on museum is both educational and fun with multicultural programs and exhibits—play in a world market, sit down to a pretend tea party, or don costumes from far off lands!
Lake George, New York (Begins 210 miles north of New York City)
Beyond all the nonstop, big-time attractions and tourist craziness of Lake George Village at its southern tip, 32-mile-long Lake George is in fact a true Adirondack lake, replete with magnificent mountain scenery.
It’s often the best choice for active families who can then decide how close they want to be to “the action.” The major tourism center is the Village of Lake George at the southern end of the lake, where you’ll find waterfront restaurants with elevated decks, dozens of souvenir shops and arcades, plus Million Dollar Beach, a life-guarded strand with bathhouses and food concessions.
The sky’s the limit for lovers of the outdoors. You can go parasailing over the lake, or hire a water taxi at one of the marinas on Lakeshore Drive, and picnic on a state-owned island. Get a fishing license and drop a line in the early morning at the Steel Pier or in Shepard Park; the latter also is a venue for free concerts on weeknights through Labor Day. History buffs can visit the Fort William Henry Museum, an outpost during the French and Indian War. Just outside the village: horseback-riding, rodeos and white-water rafting on the Hudson or Sacandaga rivers. When you’re hungry, check out George’s Restaurant, a popular steak joint, or, for a panoramic view, try the Shoreline Restaurant or The Boardwalk Restaurant.
WHERE TO STAY: There are scores of lakefront hotels, motels, resorts (including the elegant Sagamore at Bolton Landing and housekeeping cottages from which to choose, with the vast majority of them on the more accessible western side. The Fort William Henry Resort, on a hill overlooking the lake, is one of the better-known lodgings. Hundreds of properties, including hotels, cottages and cabins, line the extensive lakefront.
This article appeared on http://www.newsday.com/travel/weekend-getways-near-new-york-city-1.5299723
Huge, delicious portions of food you could never create yourself and Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and coffee all on a huge wraparound porch with comfortable seating. Need we say more? Right in downtown Glens Falls!
“I wish you could see the place here – there is something so perfect about the mountains and the lake and the trees – Sometimes I want to tear it all to pieces – it seems so perfect – but it is really lovely.” Georgia O’Keeffe on Lake George
Photo Credit: Shack Valley Woodworks
The Lake George Area has long been a destination for creative souls seeking inspiration or refuge for generations. There is something about the towering trees, rocky shores, and endless trails to explore that wake the imagination.
As the weather warms and the trees begin to pop, fairs and markets pick up and the makers in the area come forward, offering their craft for all to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a few artists who sell their creations on Etsy. This is by no means exhaustive, but it does begin to illustrate the range of people living and producing beautiful, one-of-a-kind things in our area.
Phylogeny Art has hand painted ornaments and whimsical note cards.
The wooden creations from Shack Valley Woodworks will have you cooking up new Lake George memories for years to come.
The people of the Adirondacks are known for their strength and ingenuity, Adirondack Blacksmith combines both in wrought iron brackets and beautiful coasters.
Jewelry is always a treat, but when it combines local Adirondack Garnet and crisp Sterling Silver, it’s unforgettable.
Shopping online isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls is a local destination for artisan items from pottery to jewelry, woolens to custom soaps. Take a look and schedule a visit.
Another thing to consider, the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne regularly offers classes, maybe you can become a maker yourself!
People always hope for beautiful weather and, for the most part, the Lake George Area delivers, but every once in a while the rain comes down. The trees green up, the flowers get refreshed, and new opportunities present themselves in the way of indoor activities without the guilt of burning a sunny day.
Here’s a quick list of things you can try, if you have other rainy day tips share them with us on Twitter or Facebook, you never know we might get creative with how we thank you!
Roller-skating is one of those activities that stir sweet memories of class field trips and silliness. Visit the Fun Spot in Queensbury to get yourself wheeled up. If you have children with you, the indoor playground is spectacular with nets and areas to climb, you’ll be sure to have a back seat snoozer after the romp! Bonus if the weather turns sunny, they have go-karts and mini-golf outside.
3) Don’t Forget the Library
Honestly, library haves managed to triumph in two completely different ways. The first way is that kids find these massive or quaint buildings chock full of books fascinating. They run their fingers along the spines of the books, feasting on the different sizes and subjects. Some libraries, take Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls as an example, have kept pace with the times offering an internet room for adults, a teen room for, well, for teens, a large room for storytelling hours for younger kids, a play room for even younger kids, not to mention a diverse movie collection and impressive digital inventory. Downstairs in the Folk Life Center there are excellent exhibits as well as a space where movies, special speakers and live music are presented. Again we say, if the sun pops out, there’s no better place to read a book, play on your phone, or sit with a muffin and cup of coffee than City Park just outside the library.
Bay Meadows Golf Club in Queensbury offers indoor PGA Golf Simulators seven-days a week. It’s an incredible way to keep your game up when the rain just won’t let up, or a way for beginners to try their hand at golf without an audience behind you waiting to play through.
5) Go for a Climb
There are several places where you can ditch the umbrellas and climb into a harness and scale indoor rock walls. RockSport in Queensbury has 4,200 square feet of indoor climbing walls, including beginner walls, overhanging walls and bouldering caves. Kids will love hitting the easy button at the top of the climb! Adventure Family Fun Center just past the Great Escape has an indoor climbing wall as well as laser tag, bumper cars, indoor and outdoor go-karts, not to mention a thrilling drop tower. They are also open seven-days a week, rain or shine!
The thing about the museums we have is that they are wildly different, from The Sembrich in Bolton Landing, which is the former teaching studio and lake front retreat of opera singer Marcella Sembrich, to the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls, which has everything from hands-on markets and exhibits to explore, to a staggering collection of children’s artwork and clothing from all over the world. The Hyde Collection boasts a collection few imagine finding outside of a metropolitan area, with pieces in the collection including works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, and Peter Paul Rubens to name just a few.
The moral of this post is that rain or shine; this area is guaranteed to show you a very unforgettable time.
Are you a thrill seeker? If so, the Lake George Area has plenty to offer. We’ve got roller coasters, mountain bike trails, sky adventures, treetop adventures, tubing, whitewater rafting and so much more.
If you’re looking for a full day of thrills head to Six Flags Great Escape. With roller coasters, waterslides and everything in between, the entire day promises to be a blast.
When you visit the Lake George Area, you need to spend some time ON the lake!
No boat? No worries!
Sightseeing cruises range from a 1-hour tour or a full day trip up the length of the lake and back and may include brunch, entertainment or a fireworks spectacular! The Lake George Steamboat Company has been sailing on Lake George since 1817. That’s right, 199 years! The current fleet of 3 ships offers cruises ranging from the 1 to 4 1/2-hours. The paddlewheeler Minnie-Ha-Ha, whose name means “laughing waters”, offers a 1-hour cruise that’s just right for the little ones and a fireworks cruise on Thursday evenings in July – August. The Mohican, which happens to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sails on a Paradise Bay trip, Island Exploration Cruise and a full lake cruise. The largest ship on the lake, the Lac du St Sacrement, was launched in 1989. Her name means “Lake of the Blessed Sacrament”, the original name given to the lake by the Jesuit priest, Isaac Jogues. The Saint offers brunch and diner cruises and can host up to 400 people for a private party!
Looking for a more intimate tour of the lake? Let an experienced charter guide take you to the sweet spots while you sit back and enjoy the beauty of magnificent Lake George. These guides know the depths, hidden coves and contours of the lake like the back of their hand. And they’d love to share it with you!
“Bolton Boat Tours and Water Sports on Lake George specializes in tubing, cliff jumping, lakeside cabin and mansion spotting, nature and wildlife viewing, morning bass fishing trips, and more on their high end 27′ bow-rider Cobalt. Pack a cooler and sit back and relax!”
It doesn’t matter how you spend time on the lake.
Just be sure you do.
It’s a vacation memory you will cherish for a lifetime.
April gives us showers, that bring May flowers, but it also offers National Library Week and World Book Day. Given that reading is such a universal pursuit, we thought we’d share just a few of the ways that books and authors come from and or focus on this area.
If you have ever needed to visit the urgent care in this area, there is a good chance you visited a Hudson Headwaters Health Network health center. The founder, John Rugge, wrote a book called The Complete Wilderness Paddler along with James West Davidson.
The number of authors who have written about the health and beauty of Lake George is great. There is the lovely Sweet Peas and a White Bridge, On Lake George When Steam Was King by Elsa Kny Steinbeck, forest ranger Frank Leobruno ponders the number of islands in Lake George Reflections, Island History and Lore, and the photographs and books of Seneca Ray Stoddard are widely regarded as some of the most defining representations of this area.
The novel The Last of the Mohicans written by James Fenimore Cooper and masterfully translated to film with Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role, is thought to have been penned in Warrensburg. There is a viewing platform just over the bridge between Downtown Glens Falls and South Glens Falls. A perfect must-see as you grab lunch.
Linwood Barclay writes thrillers and his fictional town of Promise Falls in Never Look Away is modeled off this region and features an amusement park and a newspaper reporter.
Thomas G. Kane has written another page-turner set in Lake George with adventure, politics, and literal fireworks as it takes place on the 4th of July. The book is called Desperate Hours.
JD Spero is a native of Lake George, and currently resides in the area, as she continues to produce YA literature on the heels of her Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award nomination and finalist status in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards for Catcher’s Keeper, a ‘what if’ story centered around the idea of Holden Caulfield being around as John Lennon was killed.
Needless to say, the Lake George Area produces incredible artists and fuels vibrant imaginations to delight audiences near and far. There are more things to see and learn, check out this page on our site.
Foodies rejoice! The Lake George Area is full of flavor–and is also the hometown of famous foodie Rachael Ray! Although she resides in New York City she owns a cabin in Lake Luzerne where she frequently visits, along with her favorite eateries and markets in the area. She even featured the area on her $40 a Day show. Follow her footsteps to taste and see the best that the Lake George Area has to offer on this two day Rachael Ray Tour:
Head to Sutton’s Marketplace for an upscale shopping experience and find everything from home decor, clothing and furniture, to holiday decorations and lots of gourmet treats. Definitely sample some of Rachael’s favorite cider donuts at the bakery or stay for brunch!
For an evening of delicious food and awesome entertainment head to the Painted Pony Rodeo and dig into a genuine Texas style BBQ! After the buffet, catch the thrills of the professional rodeo and dance the night away to country music in the Longhorn Saloon.
Continue your Rachael Ray itinerary with a 5-mile scenic drive to the summit of Prospect Mountain where you’ll find a birds eye view of Lake George and a 100-mile view of the mountains beyond.
Drive north to the charming community of Bolton Landing. You’ll travel by the shoreline of “Millionaire’s Row” and see some beautiful homes along the way.
Once in Bolton Landing stop at the Algonquin Restaurant for lunch along the lake and order Rachael’s favorite burger! After lunch head to The Sagamore Resort located on its own island in Lake George. Tour the grounds of this famous historic resort and enjoy a cool drink and dessert on one of its many patios or decks overlooking the lake and mountains.
Wrap up your Rachael Ray tour with a stop at Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg. This smokehouse has been featured on the Rachael Ray show and Rachael often uses their products in her culinary creations. Bring home all the smoked meats, cheeses and locally made products that you can carry! You’ll thank us later!
Looking for more sample itineraries to tour the Lake George Area? Find them here.
Some memories are meant to be shared, and we know people have a lot of special memories from the Lake George Area. We invite all our Twitter followers (follow us if you’re not already!) to tweet your memory and tag it with #lakegeorgememory between April 22nd and May 6th. That’s it and you could win $250 towards a stay or shopping spree in the Lake George Area (Warren County, NY)!
Whether it’s from a day on the lake, a weekend hitting the slopes with your family or an afternoon hike, we want to hear! Is your memory from 25 years ago? 25 days? Doesn’t matter, share it with us using #lakegeorgememory and you’ll be entered, but remember, winners must follow @lakegeorgearea on Twitter to qualify. You can enter once a day during the duration of the contest and it can be just text or text and image.
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Official Rules for Lake George Area Twitter Contest 2016
The Contest is sponsored by the Warren County Department of Tourism, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845 (the “Sponsor”) and administered by Trampoline Design, 11 South Street, Suite 201, Glens Falls, NY 12801 (the “Administrator”).
How to Enter:
To enter the contest, make sure you are following @LakeGeorgeArea on Twitter and tweet a memory you’ve had of the Lake George Area (Warren County, NY) starting with “My #lakegeorgememory…”. Submissions may include just text or text and picture. All tweets must include #lakegeorgememory and must be submitted within contest run date. Entrant must be a member of Twitter. Membership is free. Entrants may only submit one entry per day and anyone using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.
Entries will be considered ineligible if, at the sole discretion of the sponsor, they do not follow the directions described in these Official Rules, or if they contain language or images that are in any way threatening, abusive, offensive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, in breach of confidence, embarrassing to any person or likely to deceive any person, hateful, blasphemous, pornographic, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable or which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or otherwise contrary to any law or appear contrary to the spirit of the contest.
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The contest runs from 12:00am Eastern Standard Time on April 22nd, 2016 and ends at 11:59pm on May 6th, 2016.
No purchase is necessary, but in order to enter the contest you must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law.
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All entries received via the Lake George Area Twitter at the end of the contest period will be considered valid entries for this contest. One winner will be chosen based on content and representation of the Lake George Area and the creativity of the post. Winners will be announced May 12th. Warren County will attempt to inform the winners via Twitter. If we do not hear from winner via the email provided by winner within two weeks, participant will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. This process will be repeated until the prize is successfully awarded. Odds on winning depend upon number of entries received. Decisions of the judges are final. No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted. Prizes are nontransferable.
Winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to a lodging or shopping destination of their choice within Warren County, NY.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The contest is open, excluding employees of Warren County Tourism and/or their affiliated companies, advertising or promotional agencies or members of their families.
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