It’s Winter Carnival Season!

Winter is a time of rest and relaxation. The beach fronts are quiet and covered with snow and the birds have long since flown south. Towns thin out during the week, and the crowds in local bars and restaurants are cozy and familiar. As winter takes a seemingly permanent hold, and February rears its frigid head, there’s a din of weekend respite – Winter Carnival Season.

Winter Carnivals in the Lake George Area are a welcome gathering of merrymaking in February. Volunteers huddle all year long to plan events, recruit help, and pray for ice. Visitors plan long weekends around the festivities, no matter the weather. Locals look forward to the influx of business and activity as a precursor of the summer to come. Winter Carnival season is a warm fire in the months-long cold.

LAKE GEORGE WINTER CARNIVAL

When the temperatures fall below freezing for the first time, the race for ice is on. The annual Lake George Winter Carnival, a winter tradition, is an event made for ice yet resilient even when there is none. Beginning in 1961, the Lake George Winter Carnival is a mainstay in Lake George. Restaurants plan specials around weekend events. Ice bars and lounges are carved to delight the carnival-goers. The Lake George Winter Carnival is more than a mere event. It encompasses the whole town for the month of February.

The 2017 carnival begins on Saturday, February 4th, and the first weekend is looking like a doozy. With a laundry list of great events taking place, you’re going to want to get to Lake George Village early. First up are the opening ceremonies, beginning at noon. Held at Shepard’s Park Beach, the opening ceremony is the annual gathering of carnival enthusiasts that officially gets the celebration started. After the opening ceremonies, the Lake George Winter Carnival is off to the races.

If you don’t make the opening ceremonies, make sure you arrive shortly after. At 12:30pm, the first bowls of steaming chili will be served at the Chili Cook-Off. Local restaurants will serve chili anonymously, and carnival-goers get to play judge, taste-testing the entries and voting for their favorites. Past winners include Backstreet BBQ and Mario’s restaurant, so you know the chili will be top-shelf no matter which variations you try.

After you’ve tasted a bowl or two of Lake George Area chili, head over to the Outhouse Races for a real Lake George Winter Carnival tradition. Lasting the test of time, the Outhouse Races have been held since 1983, and continue to be one of the highlights of the carnival. Year-after-year, teams construct hilariously artistic, and hopefully aerodynamic, outhouses. They race on frozen Lake George or on the nearby shore for honor and glory, and only one winner will be crowned. While the winning team is always admired for their speed and ingenuity, the real winners of the event are everyone who witnesses the spectacle.

While the Outhouse Races and the Chili Cook-Off are two highlights of the first weekend of the carnival, Saturday and Sunday both have a full slate of activities to take part in. If you have any room left in your stomach after the chili cook-off, head to the beach and toast a few marshmallows while taking in the fireworks show. On Sunday, watch some real winter action at the Youth Hockey Scrimmage, beginning at 11am. After the game, head on over to the Superbowl Sunday pre-game warm-up and watch the Keg Toss Competition at Shepherd’s Park Beach.

While, at first blush, some of the events may seem to skew toward an older crowd, the Lake George Winter Carnival has always been a family celebration. Most activities, like the arts & crafts every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm, are family favorites.  Kids of all ages are welcome to participate, and every weekend offers new activities to enjoy. Family events include scavenger hunts, games, puzzles, snow hockey, and a puppet theater.

If you can’t make the first weekend, don’t fret. The Lake George Winter Carnival is held every Saturday and Sunday in February. Other must see events include ATV, car, and motorcycle ice races, dog sled rides, a human foosball tournament, a chicken wing cook-off, and the Polar Plunge. The carnival is a month-long celebration of winter. Every weekend is worth attending.

And yes, sometimes the lake doesn’t freeze. Fortunately, the Lake George Winter Carnival has contingency plans in place for most of the frozen lake-based events. The carnival has been held every year since 1961 and a little bit of warm weather won’t stop it. It’s as much a part of Lake George Village as the beaches and Prospect Mountain. The Lake George Winter Carnival is here to stay.

 

BRANT LAKE WINTER CARNIVAL

In a smaller corner of the Lake George Area, the quiet community of Brant Lake is roused from its winter slumber every February by the Brant Lake Winter Carnival. Held on frozen Brant Lake in front of Jimbo’s Club on the Point, the Brant Lake Winter Carnival packs a ton of entertainment into it’s day long wintertime fete!

Organized by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance and a small group of organizers, the carnival delivers on its promise of winter fun. The fifth annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th from 11 am until dusk. Like most other winter events, the carnival is all about enjoying the season. People stand around bonfires in the snow, warming their hands and sharing a laugh or two. Old friends catch up, and new friends are made in the midst of wonderful and lively events.

A few of the competitions at the Brant Lake Winter Carnival are absolute standouts. The outhouse races, set to kick off at 4pm, are a cherished highlight at the carnival. Prize money for the winning team often reaches several hundred dollars, but the race is always more about the glory of a win. While the outhouse races are a well-known contest, the fry pan toss is unique to Brant Lake in the winter carnival scene. Contestants are broken into men’s, women’s, and children’s divisions, and they attempt to throw a frying pan as far as possible. People vary up their techniques and methods, but the result is always the same: exceptional family entertainment.

Family entertainment has been the name of the game since the Brant Lake Winter Carnival began. According to organizer Cindy Mead, the carnival “brings people into our area so they see what a great place it is to visit.” With a full slate of winter classics scheduled for the day, it’s hard to argue that point. Family-friendly events include broom ball, snowshoe softball, and curling courtesy of the Lake Placid Curling Club. Broomball, an import from Canada, is a game similar to ice hockey. Teams use sticks and a round ball to try and outscore their opponents. Snowshoe softball is pretty self-explanatory, and it sounds like one heck of a workout. The human foosball competition requires teams of six, so bring friends if you plan to compete, or make some new ones when you get on the ice.

The list of activities at the Brant Lake Winter Carnival doesn’t stop there. Some of the other winter classics include sledding, ice skating, and a hockey shootout. There will also be vintage snowmobile rides, snowshoe races on the ice, an ice fishing derby, and a longest icicle contest. The local Boy Scouts will be grilling typical carnival fare such as hamburgers and hot dogs throughout the day. Jimbo’s Club on the Point will be selling alcohol and have a lunch menu available. All-in-all, the Brant Lake Winter Carnival is a solid day on the water, frozen as it may be.

Ice should not be an issue on Brant Lake this year, despite some recent warm temperatures. According to Committee Chairman Brandon Himoff, the ice will be monitored periodically leading up to the event, but as of now ice safety is not a concern. It looks like the Brant Lake Winter Carnival is set to go off without a hitch.

As night falls, the Brant Lake Winter Carnival will come to an end. A fireworks show will cap the event, and Brant Lake will be quiet once again, rightfully tired after a day packed with races, friends and snow. For all those who didn’t quite bring home the top prize, there’s always next winter to look forward to.

When winter is over, the ski trails turn brown and the ice bars melt. Frozen lakes are open water once again, and cozy winter communities transition into bustling summer towns. Waterfront restaurants fill to capacity, the rental marinas are sold out, and the beaches are a sea of swimsuits. The summer is long and warm, but winter is always on its way. And when those first snowflakes fall, and the lakes form a sheen of ice, you’ll know. Winter Carnival Season is here.

Brant Lake Winter Carnival photos courtesy of Brandon J. Himoff.


5 Things to Know About Winter in the Lake George Area

1. There are plenty of dining options.

While some restaurants shut down for the season there are still so many places to choose from if you know where to look. If you want to stay right in Lake George try The Garrison on Beach Road. The great menu, cozy interior and drink selection will have you lingering for hours. Craft beer lovers should head to 163 Tap Room on Canada Street where you’ll find 16 rotating regional craft beer on tap, good food and some seriously in-the-know bartenders and wait staff. They’ll answer your questions on the beer and the area. Shopping at the Outlets? Swing by Sammy D’s Café who ranked #7 on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2017. All their breads and baked goods are homemade and they roast their own meats. So good!

In downtown Glens Falls you’ll find everything from Thai to Mexican and gourmet comfort food to the best hot dogs in upstate New York. The restaurants are open year-round but some are closed on Mondays so call ahead!

Heading to North Creek for some skiing and riding at Gore Mountain? Try Basil & Wicks for great food and drinks, live music and a great atmosphere. Fancy a nice glass of wine and some small plates? Check out BarVino, an Adirondack wine bar with a NYC twist. To warm up with hot chocolate or coffee and baked good try Café Sarah in downtown North Creek

For a full list of places to eat in the Lake George Area go here.

2. From cozy cabins to resorts with all the amenities there is something for everyone.

Hit the slopes at Gore Mountain and enjoy a relaxing stay at the Copperfield Inn on Main Street in North Creek. You’ll love the amenities and the location only minutes from Gore Mountain and walking distance to many great North Creek restaurants and stores.

Skiing at West Mountain? Stay at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls and take their shuttle to West Mountain for a day, or night, of skiing. It’s gorgeous architecture, grand lobby, indoor pool, restaurant, and lounge will pull your right in.

Looking for a cozy cabin where the entire family can stay? The Summerwind Lodge sits on the shores of Lake George in Bolton. This lodge can accommodate groups of up to 14 and pets are allowed!

Find a list of everything from cabins to resorts in the Lake George Area here.

3. There is something going every weekend here, choose which is best for you!

February in the Lake George Area means Winter Carnival time! From February 4th-26th every weekend is packed with events and activities for all ages and every Saturday you’ll find s’mores and fireworks at Shepard Park.

We love getting outside in the winter and the abundance of ice and fire bars in the Lake George Area help warm us up. Every Saturday through February 18th you’ll find fire bars, cocktails and delicious food at Winterfest at the Inn at Erlowest. Head to Fort William Henry February 10-12 for the Polar Ice Bar.

Country fans should book their trips the weekend of February 16th for the Brantley Gilbert Concert at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The next night you can head to West Mountain for Fire on the Mountain, a Fireworks and Torchlight Parade complete with live music, great drinks and food specials.

Families looking to get away for a weekend of winter fun shuld head to Silver Bay YMCA for their Adirondack Winter Fun weekend February 17th-20th. Make sure you bring your ice skates, snowshoes and cross-country skis!

Need plans for February break? Drop the kids off at the Three Day Holiday Camp for Kids at Gore Mountain or the February Break for Kids Weekend at West Mountain and enjoy a romantic weekend with your significant other.

Find outhouse races, winter sports, broomball tournaments, music, and food at the Brant Lake Winter Carnival February 25th!

Find a full list of events here.

4. There are multiple ski mountains and each offer something very different.

Looking for a full day, weekend or week of skiing? Head to Gore Mountain in North Creek. With four peaks and 115 trails you won’t get tired of any terrain. For even more trails and an ever wider range of activities including Nordic skiing and snowshoeing head to the North Creek Ski Bowl at the foot of Little Gore Mountain. Families, beginners and freestylers should head to West Mountain in Queensbury where 30 trails offer up everything from easy to expert terrain. Book a lesson with one of their instructors or hit the terrain park which offers up the longest jump in the Northeast! At night the lights turn on and you can ski until 9pm Monday through Saturday. Free skiing? We’ve got that too. The Dynamite Hill Recreation Area has a rope tow, night skiing and snowmaking on their drop of about 65 feet. You’ll also find cross country ski trails, snowshoeing, a tubing hill, skate rink, and warming hut at the recreation area.

5. It’s not just about skiing and riding in the winter, there are plenty of things to do!

Whether you want to round out your ski trip with more activities or aren’t a skier or rider, there are plenty of options. Are you indoorsy? No problem. Spend the day shopping at the Factory Outlets of Lake George and follow it with a wine tasting at Adirondack Winery. If you’re really looking to escape winter stay at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark and you won’t need to go outside for days. Choose from four places within the lodge to dine at, spend the day in the indoor waterpark, hit the spa, and wrap up the day relaxing in your luxury suite. Click here for a full list of winter indoor activities.

If you’re in need of some fresh air, there are endless opportunities for you. For a range of activities including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and fat biking check out one of the many parks in Queensbury. Want to go sledding? If you have your own tube head to the Lake George Rec Center where you’ll find a steep hill with plenty of speed. If you need to rent check out the tubing at West Mountain and Tubby Tubes.


Winterfest at Erlowest

THE NEWEST ICE BAR IN TOWN ISN’T ICE AT ALL – IT’S FIRE!

Winterfest at Erlowest has put a new spin on the winter ice bar craze with fire bars, tables, places and pits!  In 2017, Winterfest runs for 5 consecutive Saturdays so you still have three chances to experience Winterfest on February 4th, 11th and 18th!

We took the quick drive to The Inn at Erlowest last Saturday to check out this latest wintertime pastime and weren’t disappointed.  If you’ve never been to Erlowest before, you’re in for a treat.  From the moment you turn off Lake Shore Drive onto the Erlowest grounds, you have a view of the magnificent 1898 stone castle and Lake George behind it.

Erlowest boasts a grand ballroom perfect for hosting large events but the best part of the castle is the massive stone veranda overlooking Lake GeorgeThat’s where we spent most of our night.  Two bars were set up for Winterfest, one at each end of the veranda.  Two complimentary drink tickets are included with admission.

Make sure to try the signature mulled wine cocktail!

If you find you’re starting to get chilly, head into the ballroom where food stations and passed hors d’ouevres offer
Chef Adam Padilla’s 4-Diamond fare!  Yum!

Representatives from some of Lake George’s premiere businesses are on hand with information about the area, free activities and samples.
Make sure to visit the
Wax ‘n’ Wix table where you can make your own candle to take home!

And the music!  When we were there, a saxophonist played jazz in the ballroom and live rock and roll was outside!

Scattered on the veranda are high top and low top fire tables where guests can sit, sip and enjoy the view.  Or, if you prefer the warmth of a wood fire, sit around the fireplace or fire pit overlooking the lake.  Bean bag toss games and life size jenga make the atmosphere all the more fun.  There’s a hot chocolate station (we added a little extra fire from the bar to ours), s’mores and plenty of good conversation.

The best part of the night was the sunset!  Winter in Lake George is a gorgeous sight.  The sun, low in the sky, combines with the clouds to create beautiful hues of pink.  Aahhh!

Winterfest starts at 3:00 PM and goes until about 8:00 PMWe found it was a slow start which was nice, making it easy to find a chair at a fire table and get to all the activities.  It was steady until about 6:30 PM when the crowd thickened a bit.  For us, that was just fine, more people to chat with and challenge to a game of jenga!

Insider Tip: 

We decided to go all out and stay the night in one of The Inn at Erlowest’s exquisitely appointed suitesIt added to the romance of the evening  and waking up to a view of Lake George is unforgettable.  Not to mention the out-of-this world breakfast that’s included in your stay!

If you’re still looking for something to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, book a suite, buy a few tickets to Winterfest (reduced by 25% for Inn guests) and head to Lake George.  There is still availability for both Valentine’s Day weekends!


Lake George Area Weekend To Do

It’s another busy weekend in the Lake George Area.
Ice bars, ice fishing, art, constellations, ski races and psychic powers await.
How will you choose?

Funky Ice Fest

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This Weekend

Adirondack Pub & Brewery

This year’s theme is “Interactive Ice” so expect lots of surprises and wear gloves!  They’ve got Ice Bars, Ice Pianos, Interactive Ice Sculptures, Ice Tables & Chairs, a bonfire, music, local brews, food and more.  It’s the epitome of winter funk!
Hours: Friday at 4pm, Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 1pm
BYOV (Bring your own vinyl) for the DJ and he’ll make sure it takes a spin!


Brant Lake Bob Whitford Ice Fishing Tournament

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Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Brant Lake

Winter fun! Contests for the largest fish in 3 species: perch, trout, and crappy. Tri-Lakes Business Association will be offering free soup at The Boathouse on Palisades Road so stop by, come inside and warm up! 50/50 raffle tickets are available in Chestertown at The Crossroads and Panther Mountain House on State Route 9. Proceeds benefit the Bob Whitford scholarship.


Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge

This Weekend
The Sagamore Resort

It’s the Hottest and the Coolest!  18,000 pounds of crystal-clear ice transformed into a fully functional bar featuring exquisite ice carvings.  Come see this spectacular site – enjoy a cocktail and then warm up next to the lakeside bonfire or enjoy live music inside at Caldwell’s or Mr. Brown’s Pub.  Grab a bite at the Chili and Chowder Lounge or La Bella Vita where they will be serving hors d’ oeuvres and authentic Italian specialties.
Hours: Friday – 4-10pm, Saturday – 12-10pm, Sunday – 12-4pm.
An unforgettable experience!


Winterfest at Erlowest

Saturday, January 28 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM
The Inn at Erlowest

Come out and experience Lake George from the Erlowest fire place patio, courtyard and terrace while enjoying fire bars, signature cocktails, s’more station and delicious food prepared by Executive Chef Adam Padilla.  Local restaurants will offer beverage and food samples in the Erlowest Ballroom while live music plays.  A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Lake George Region for Women in Need local charity. Come warm up at Erlowest this winter season while giving back to those in need.


Creative Spirits: Tangles and Teas

Creative Spirits: Tangles and Tea
Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 PM
The Hyde Collection

Fun for teens and adults!  Enjoy a selection of tea and delicious pastries inspired by The Hyde Collection’s first rate collection of art.  Create your own artwork with beautiful patterns and textures using colored pencil and ink pen.  At the end of the day, you can take home your own adult coloring book page based on one of the masterpieces in the collection.  Please call to reserve.


An Afternoon with Katie Manning Hilton, Psychic Medium

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Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Psychic Medium Katie Manning Hilton returns to GFCC’s Heritage Hall for an exciting afternoon of readings and connections.  Miss Manning Hilton has worked with families and individuals hoping to gain some closure around their loved one’s passing. Please note: all readings should be considered for the purpose of entertainment.  A portion of ticket sales will be used to support the Moreau Emergency Squad.


Gore Mountain Restaurant Race

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Monday, January 30 at 9:00 AM
Gore Mountain

Join in some rivalry competition, or just cheer racers on at Gore Mountain Restaurant Race on our recreational race course at 11am! Sign up for your favorite restaurant (see teams below) between 9-10:30am in the base lodge and vie for standings.  The race will be on a dual slalom course. Two runs per racer, one on each course.  It’s $5 to race and you’ll be rewarded with a coupon for $5 towards the restaurant you represent.


Planetarium Show at Up Yonda Farm

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Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 PM
Up Yonda Farm

Come learn about the winter sky in our planetarium.  You will learn how to identify some of the major constellations and stars, while hearing Native American and Greek stories of how they were created.  This is a great indoor activity for a cold winters day.  It’s fun for kids and adults!


Exhibit Opening: Still, a solo exhibition of work by Sarah Sweeney


Saturday, January 28 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery

Join us for the opening reception of Still, the newest series of work from photographer, Sarah Sweeney.  In this show, Sarah utilizes large scale photographs created from archival pigment prints and animations created from video footage captured at different sites in Iceland.  Each work is constructed from dozens of images of the landscape combined with images of tourists taken at the same location.


Taking a Romantic Getaway in the Lake George Area

The Lake George Area is known for being a family vacation destination, but it’s also a favorite for romantic getaways. Who doesn’t dream about having a romantic weekend as a couple? Imagine a twinkling candle and a table for two—an anniversary toast or a Valentine’s Day marriage proposal, you never know! Stop imagining and start planning your romantic getaway in the Lake George Area today!

Bon Appétit for two!

The local food scene in the Lake George Area makes it a great place for food lovers. Bistro Leroux, in Lake George, has a 91% Trip Advisor rating and is designed for lingering over plates of locally sourced food. The co-owner, Chef Tiff, is a vegetarian, and while there are plenty of incredible cuts of meat and seafood offered, the whole and half plate menu features options for vegetarians, vegans and those needing to eat gluten-free. Walk in and discover yourself in a romantically lit venue, with cozy seats and an inviting bar. Definitely call ahead for reservations!

A breathtaking option for romance and a treat for the palate is exploring the Top of the World Grille. The food is largely sourced from the on-site farm, as well as from other local farmers and food artisans. The view once you arrive on property affords a gorgeous vantage of Lake George to the north. Once inside the restaurant, the tile floor, wood interior, and view of the golf course will make you feel as if you’ve been whisked to a far away place. A favorite venue for weddings, the grounds are gorgeous and the meals are unforgettable!

If you imagine a traditional, Italian restaurant when you think of romance, then Mario’s Restaurant in Lake George should be on your radar. Arrive hand-in-hand and then settle in for a leisurely meal with tasty Italian fare and seats that invite you to slow down, gaze at your love, and sip red wine. Reservations are a good plan.

Romantic Nights into Morning

Voted #1 as New York’s most romantic inn, The Lamplight Inn B&B in Lake Luzerne sits on acres of lawn surrounded by towering white pines and wooded mountain trails. Enjoy a glass of wine on their wraparound porch, work on a jigsaw puzzle in the cozy Great Room and enjoy breakfast in the spacious sun porch.

Does your idea of romance lean more towards sleeping in late, calling for room service, and taking a short walk nearby for drinks? We can take care of that too! The Inn at Erlowest looks like a castle and guarantees you’ll sleep like royalty. This stone building perched atop the western shore of Lake George is spectacular, from the food to the accommodations. If you aren’t already married, this place will definitely plant the idea!

The new Courtyard Marriott in the village of Lake George mixes the option to stay in with the ease of walking out the front door to countless options for cocktails, dinner or the best slice of pizza you’ve ever had. Enjoy a lake view room, a balcony, the indoor pool, or perhaps a couples work out in the fitness room. Stay for a night, or a week, the hotel is happy to welcome you!

The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls is another option for couples. The recently renovated downtown jewel is a stately presence across from the beautiful City Park. Boasting 113 rooms and 11 suites, The Q also has an intimate bar and Park 26, a lovely restaurant featuring American Cuisine. Sit beneath twinkling white lights in the outdoor seating, listen to live local music or enjoy the quaint chimes of nearby City Hall’s clock tower on the hour.

Cheers to Love and Beer!

It isn’t all about eating and sleeping, there is also toasting and tasting to be done. The Lake George Area has more craft breweries and wineries than you might imagine! The Adirondack Pub & Brewery has a hearty menu of beers they brew on-site, while 163 Tap Room offers an impressive and rotating roster of local, regional, national, and international beers. Between the two, any couple should be able to find something worthy of their toast. If beer’s your thing, Davidson Brothers and Mean Max Brewery are conveniently located across the street from one another on Glen Street in Glens Falls.

Adirondack Winery on Canada Street in Lake George offers a variety of tasting options as well as wonderful partnerships at places like Dunham’s Bay Resort. Adirondack Wine Merchants is a wonderful wine and spirit shop with proprietors who will help you find the perfect bottle, which you might choose to enjoy back in your room. Or, if the idea of a hot air balloon with champagne or mimosas gives you butterflies, take your love on high with Adirondack Balloon Flights!

The Lake George Area was made for love, in fact there are even keepsakes made by a company called, wait for it, Love is on Lake George. Take your love to the lake and return home more in love than ever!


Ice Bars Stay Frozen Through February

The Lake George Area has been iced. All over the region, massive blocks of ice are being chunked and chiseled to form exquisite masterpieces. Frigid specialty drinks are being poured into martini glasses and down ice luges. Bundled up visitors are settling on frozen stools and elbowing up to bars crafted from ice. The Ice Bar Phenomenon has hit the Lake George Area.

The first ice bars were carved in January, but the ice bar season is about to hit its stride. Several ice bars will be put to good use in February, pouring up chilled drinks to help locals and out-of-towners alike achieve that warm winter glow. So bundle up, gather your friends, and order a drink. It’s Ice Bar Season.

Fort William Henry’s combination of historic significance and breathtaking views of Lake George makes for a perfect location for an Ice Bar. The second annual Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry will be serving up specialty beverages, hot chocolate drinks, chili, homemade soups, and more. Don’t worry about the cold, as there will be a bonfire on site to help keep your hands and feet warm. If the food at the ice bar doesn’t fill you up, the Tankard Taverne will be serving pub grub such as New England clam chowder, a prime rib French dip, and fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Guests are welcome to check out the bar on Friday and Saturday, February 10th-11th, starting at 4 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Saturday. If you prefer your ice bar to have an amazing view, the Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry should be on your to-do list.

King Neptune’s Pub & Nightclub is next on the ice event circuit. They’ll be serving food and drinks at their Ice Lounge, carved by local ice artist Tim O’Brien. King Neptune’s is a mainstay on the shores of Lake George, highlighted by two outdoor decks and three full-service bars. Set to feature ice tables, ice benches, and several sculptures, the ice lounge will be a happening place. In addition to daily specials at the restaurant and exceptional warm drinks in the lounge, King Neptune’s has live music every weekend. The Ice Lounge will be open to guests anytime King Neptune’s is open, with the ice set to melt away on February 26th. King Neptune’s Ice Lounge is a great place to warm up with a drink and some music after a day at the Lake George Winter Carnival.

Dunham’s Bay Resort will be hosting their third annual Ice Bar Weekend on February 2nd-4th. Dunham’s Bay Resort knows how to throw a great event, and with the views of Lake George and Dunham’s Bay that they have, their ice bar is sure to be an event worth attending. Their ice bar will feature drink specials, warm refreshments like hot chocolate and coffee, and smores to help keep you cozy and satisfied. For a different view of Lake George while you’re downing your drink, Dunham’s Bay Resort’s ice bar is a great choice.

Last but not least, the Inn at Erlowest continues their Winterfest at Erlowest event every Saturday through February 18th. Looking to join the ice bar season but offering something a bit different, Winterfest at Erlowest will feature fire bars on their outdoor patio. Along with specialty drinks, Winterfest at Erlowest will be serving food samples from Executive Chef Adam Padilla, as well as food and drink from local businesses and live entertainment. Guests must have a ticket to enter the ballroom and sample food, but guests do not need a ticket to check out the fire bars. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

And of course, January ice bars are still frozen and serving drinks. For some icy fun during the last weekend in January, head to the Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge at the Sagamore Resort, or Funky Ice Fest at Adirondack Pub & Brewery. Whether you attend just one of the ice bars or grab a drink at them all, it’s definitely ice bar season in the Lake George Area.


Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

Celebrate winter this weekend at one of two local ice bars. Take the kids skiing at Gore, go on a winter hike in Bolton Landing.  Check out the latest exhibit at the Hyde Collection.  Learn a bit more about the region’s history.  There is so much going on this weekend in the Lake George Area, we dare you to fit it all in!

Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge

This Weekend and Next Weekend
The Sagamore Resort

It’s the Hottest and the Coolest!  18,000 pounds of crystal-clear ice transformed into a fully functional bar featuring exquisite ice carvings.  Come see this spectacular site – enjoy a cocktail and then warm up next to the lakeside bonfire or enjoy live music inside at Caldwell’s or Mr. Brown’s Pub.  Grab a bite at the Chili and Chowder Lounge or La Bella Vita where they will be serving hors d’ oeuvres and authentic Italian specialties.
Hours: Friday – 4-10pm, Saturday – 12-10pm, Sunday – 12-4pm.
An unforgettable experience!


Funky Ice Fest

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This Weekend and Next Weekend

Adirondack Pub & Brewery

This year’s theme is “Interactive Ice” so expect lots of surprises and wear gloves!  They’ve got Ice Bars, Ice Pianos, Interactive Ice Sculptures, Ice Tables & Chairs, a bonfire, music, local brews, food and more.  It’s the epitome of winter funk!
Hours: Friday at 4pm, Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 1pm
BYOV (Bring your own vinyl) for the DJ and he’ll make sure it takes a spin!


Winterfest at Erlowest

Saturday, January 21 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM
The Inn at Erlowest

Come out and experience Lake George from the Erlowest fire place patio, courtyard and terrace while enjoying fire bars, signature cocktails, s’more station and delicious food prepared by Executive Chef Adam Padilla.  Local restaurants will offer beverage and food samples in the Erlowest Ballroom while live music plays.  A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Lake George Region for Women in Need local charity. Come warm up at Erlowest this winter season while giving back to those in need.


 Exhibit Opening – Lorna Bieber:  Forces of Nature

Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature
Saturday, January 21

The Hyde Collection

Lorna Bieber’s photo murals and montages look like snatches of memories and elusive recollections of familiar images. Comprised of stock media photography manipulated in scale and medium, and then rephotographed, Bieber’s images reinterpret the natural world as an ethereal and poetic place.

Gallery Talk with Lorna Bieber at 2:00 PM


Take Your Kids to Gore Week

Take your Kids to Gore Week. Ages 19 and Under ski, ride free with a full paying parent
Saturday – Friday, January 21-27
Gore Mountain

All children ages 19 and under ski or ride FREE with full-paying parent all week!


Wine 101: Wine & Cheese Pairing


Friday, January 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Adirondack Winery

Fun for all – whether you are familiar with wines or just beginning to understand wines. Our staff will guide you through the basics of wine and cheese pairings and provide insights in how to make the perfect pairings for your next party. Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting. Take home your souvenir wine glass and cheese pairing wheel.


Guided Winter Tracking Hike

Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 PM
Up Yonda Farm

Travel the trails to look for signs of animal activity and learn some of the tracks left by Adirondack mammals. If there is adequate snow cover, we will use snowshoes. We have snowshoe rentals, please call for availability; additional fee applies.


The Battle of Lake George Talk

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Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 PM
Caldwell-Lake George Library

William Griffith, author of The Battle of Lake George, will speak about what took place on September 8, 1755 when a force of French Regulars, Canadians and Indians under the command of French General Jean-Armand, Baron de Dieskau ambushed British forces under the command of General William Johnson in a conflict for control of Lake George. Lake George, as a major water transportation route, was one of the most contested regions of the French and Indian War.


Dan Ladd Speaks About Adirondack Hunting Traditions

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Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 PM
Chapman Historical Museum

Dan Ladd will present an journey through the history of big game hunting in the Adirondack region.  An avid and versatile outdoorsman and deer hunter at heart, Dan hunts whitetails primarily in the Adirondacks, which served as the inspiration for his website, ADKHunter.com, and his first book, Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks.


Après-Ski

The Lake George Area is the perfect place for ski days, ski weekends and week-long ski vacations. Whether it’s the upgraded lifts and fabulous night skiing at West Mountain, the slopes of the legendary Hickory Ski Center or the unique four peaks at Gore Mountain boasting over 4,000 vertical feet, skiing in Warren County has something for every skier. Looking for après-ski activities or something to do while everyone else in your group is skiing? We’ve got you covered.

While friends and family are hopping moguls, grinding rails and enjoying some fresh powder, those that don’t ski have plenty of options to fill their day. Outdoor options  are abound with tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, and biking. If getting out in the snow on something other than downhill skis is your style, you’ll love the tubing option at West Mountain open both day and night. Tubby Tubes, located just five minutes from Lake George, offers fantastic tubing weekends and holiday weeks.  At Gore Mountain, you’ll find their extensive Nordic Center offers trails with snowmaking and grooming for all levels of cross-country skiers plus snowshoe trails. Ski rentals and snowshoe rentals are available for those who don’t own their own gear.

If you did bring your own gear, snowshoes, sleds, hiking boots, or cross country skis Crandall Park in Glens Falls will keep you busy all day. Nicely groomed ski trails, hiking paths and parking for snowshoeing plus the best saucer sledding in the County makes for an action-packed day.  For the more adventurous in your group pick up a fat bike rental at Grey Ghost Bicycles in downtown Glens Falls and head to Gurney Lane Recreation Park where you’ll find nicely groomed trails for bikers and hikers alike.

A little farther north is Natural Stone Bridges and Caves offering snowshoe tours with views of the stone bridge cave entrance, glacial boulder, ledges, and waterfalls.  For those who enjoy motorized winter sports there are many spots to enjoy some tremendous sledding. For more than 200 miles of trails winding through the region check out the Thurman Trail System which offers a great way to explore the wild Adirondack Mountain foothills.

Have someone in your group who would rather enjoy their time indoors? The indoor water park at the Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park will keep you busy and warm for hours. You can get your adrenaline pumping at Adventure Family Fun Park’s indoor go-kart racing or bowl a few games at Lake George Lanes & Games.  Cultural (and warm) destinations include The Hyde Collection, The Chapman Historical Museum, and the World Awareness Children’s Museum.

When the day starts to wind down and everyone is ready to meet back up for some après-ski the possibilities are extensive. West Mountain offers an outdoor fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and the East Slope Eatery full service bar & restaurant. For more dining and nightlight options head to nearby downtown Glens Falls. Gore Mountain’s Tannery Pub & Restaurant has a large outdoor deck with an Adirondack view, indoor booths constructed from gondola cabins and a full-service menu with unique cocktail and beer selections. Off-mountain options that are worth the short drive include Bar Vino and Basil & Wick’s both located five minutes from Gore Mountain in North Creek. If Hickory was the mountain of choice head to George Henry’s or the Grist Mill in Warrensburg for warmth and great food and drink.

Ultimately visitors to the area will not be disappointed with all that there is to do. From ski mountains to sledding, swimming to bowling, museums to food, and everything in between you’ll find something for everyone to do and a place for everyone to meet afterwards. Cheers.

 


Ice Fishing Basics

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We’re still waiting for the deep freeze that will make it safe to ice fish the lakes and ponds in the Lake George Area.  Until then, we’d like to bring you up to speed on one of the most relaxing outdoor winter pastimes we’ve ever tried.  Whether you’re an avid ice fisherman or just looking for more information on the sport, there are a few things you need to know so when the water freezes, you’re ready to get out there!

Safety is Number One!

Look for waters where the ice thickness is at least 4 inches, five is better.  Any less and you’re asking for your fishing trip to turn into a polar plunge.  Be especially careful near shore where ice tends to be thinner and around docks where homeowners may have bubblers in the water to protect docks from ice damage.  Areas with moving water such as streams that feed lakes and ponds should be avoided unless you are an experienced ice fisherman.

Our best safety advice:  Bring a friend!  Someone needs to take a picture of you with your catch!

 

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It’s going to be cold and once you’re set up, you probably won’t move around much so dress appropriately.  It’s usually windier on the water absent the tree cover of the shore.  Wear layers of warm, water resistant clothing and pay special attention to your hands, feet and head.  Extra pairs of gloves or mittens are a good idea.  You may also want a pair of knee pads.

 

When to Go?

We suggest mid-February and early March.  Depending on winter temperatures, most bodies of water should be frozen by then and the strong gusts of wind common in early winter will have subsided into relatively mild conditions on the water.  Just keep in mind that smaller ponds will freeze before larger bodies of water.  Always check the ice depth.

 

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Yes, you need one.  They’re affordable – $5 for a day, $12 for a week and $25 for a year if you’re a NYS resident.  Double that if you’re from out of state.  Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19 are free fishing days.  Anyone is able to try out ice fishing that weekend!  To fish in the Lake George Area, you’ll need a DEC Region 5 license.  These can be obtained at most fish supply stores and town offices throughout the area.  For a complete list in Warren County, click here.

 

Ice Fishing Spots & Fish Species

There is a complete list of ice fishing spots here.  Again, the smaller the lake or pond, the sooner it will freeze.  Species vary depending on where you decide to fish and its depth.  You’ll be able to find Yellow Perch and Pumpkinseeds in most spots.  Trout, bass and pickerel are also common in the Lake George Area.  Ask what’s biting when you stop to grab your bait.

 

Gear

There are a ton of options and high tech updates are coming out all the time to make ice fishing easier Image result for ice fishing gearand more fun!  Here are the basics:

  • Auger – This is what you’ll use to drill a hole in the ice – there are manual and powered options.
  • Rod and Reel – We suggest having a rod and reel made for ice fishing.
  • Bait or lures – This will depend on where you fish and which species are in the water there.  Ask at a local fish shop when you stop to purchase your bait.
  • Bucket or chair – You’ll want to sit on something.  You can also use the bucket to bring in your catch.
  • Sled – Load it up to easily transport your gear onto the ice!
  • Shanty (optional) – These are nice for keeping the wind at bay and are available at many price points.  Avid ice fisherman build shanties on a body of water and fish the spot all winter!

We suggest visiting a local pro shop to gear up, get some tips and get the inside scoop on the best spots for the day!  One of our favorites is Fish307 in Lake George.

 

Regulations

Make sure you review the state ice fishing regulations so you are aware of where you can fish, which gear is allowed, what fish you can take home and how many lines you can put in the water at once!  Complete information is available through the NYS DEC website.

 

There’s an App for That!

No kidding!  The Official NY Fish & Wildlife App makes it easy to locate fishing spots and follow regulations.

 

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Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

As we take some time this weekend to remember the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. had on civil rights in this country, many of us will be enjoying a three day weekend.  It’s a busy one in the Lake George Area with activities to suit every taste, from fun in the snow to wine tastings to live performances and even a parade.  This is your chance to take advantage of some unseasonably mild temperatures and enjoy one or maybe even two or three of these great happenings!

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Spectacular

Sunday, January 15 at Dusk
Gore Mountain Ski Center

Head to the sundeck at Gore Mountain for an amazing fireworks display and torch run, illuminating the base area in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Gore Mountain! Snacks and drinks available from the Open Pit Grille and live music from the
ultimate rock power trio,
Radio Junkies, in the Tannery Pub from 3-7pm.


Winter Wine Tasting Weekend

Friday, January 13 – Monday, January 16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Adirondack Winery

Beat those winter blues and visit the Tasting Room at Adirondack Winery in Lake George Village!  Stop in anytime for a wine tasting, a free spiced wine sample and fun winter upgrades available all weekend long.  A great way to warm up your winter!  No reservations required, but you can
plan ahead and purchase your tasting package in advance!


Martin Luther King Holiday Camp for Kids


Saturday, January 15 & Sunday, January 16 from 8:30am – 3:30pm
Gore Mountain Ski Center

A 2-day MLK Weekend Holiday Camp is a great way for your children, ages 4-12, to spend their holiday vacation on the slopes and meeting new friends! Kids enjoy two consecutive days of fun skiing/riding with the same coaches. This camp is open to all abilities, and
includes lift ticket, lunch, and supervision each day.


All-Star Classic Fan Fest with the Adirondack Thunder

Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00pm
Towers Hall at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George

Meet the Adirondack Thunder and All-Star players, coaches, VIP’s and dignitaries! Check out the Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit featuring some of Hockey’s most treasured trophies and cups, the 1980 Miracle on Ice Team, NHL superstars past and present, origins of hockey, historic pieces from hockey in New York and ECHL artifacts. Enjoy interactive games including hockey, a goaltender challenge, radar gun, mini rink and 2 bubble hockey tables for fans of all ages. Live music from the Jonathan Newell Band, food, drink and fireworks over Lake George!


USASA Boarder/Skiercross at the Ski Bowl

Monday, January 16 at 11:00am
North Creek Ski Bowl

Bring some friends and give boarder skiercross a try – the more we have, the better the racing!  Day-of registration starts at 10:00am, practice at 11:00am, time trials at 12:30pm and finals at 2:00pm.


The Colgate Resolutions

Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm
Crandall Public Library

Catch collegiate acapella group, The Colgate Resolutions on their 25th Anniversary Tour!  With a repertoire that includes everything from pop to electronic to indie to classic rock, you’ll bee boogieing in no time.  Original arrangements by group members add just the right amount of surprise to old and new favorites!


Full Moon Ski & Snowshoe

Thursday, January 12 at 6:00pm
Garnet Hill Lodge

Grab your gear (don’t forget your headlamp!) and head to North River for an Adirondack winter experience you won’t want to miss.  With a crisp bite to the air, you’ll hike along the wooded moonlit trails of the Old Faithful loop followed by hors d’ oeuvres and a wine tasting. It’s an evening of fun for everyone!


Double H Ranch 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, January 17 at 5:30pm
Charles R. Wood Theater

Join the Double H Ranch, founded by Paul Newman and local philanthropist Charles R. Wood, in celebrating 25 years of service to more than 20,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses.  This free event features light refreshments, musical performances from campers, counselors and alumni plus a screening of the public television documentary about the life of Charles R. Wood!


Snowshoe / Winter Hike

Saturday, January 7 at 1:00pm
Up Yonda Farm

Experience snowshoeing at Up Yonda Farm during a guided hike.  After a brief look at the techniques of the sport, we’ll hit the trails.  The property is home to many species of animals so expect to see a variety of tracks.  The fee includes a snowshoe rental.
If snow cover is inadequate for snowshoeing, we’ll hike instead.