The kids are off from school and it’s the perfect time to get away! We’ve got plenty of activities for the whole family to choose from all week long! Camps, classes, parties and concerts – it’s a busy Holiday break in the Lake George Area!
Join in this local favorite holiday tradition started by retired Army National Guard Sergeant Arthur Coon, in 2004. Support our currently serving military personnel who won’t be home for Christmas and remember those military heroes who will never make it home. The march covers approximately 3.5 miles at a flat, slow pace. Unable to march? Show your support by lining up along the route from Glen Street to Garrison Road and Bay Street to the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The kids are on school break so more time for skiing! A 3-day Holiday Camp is a great way for children, ages 4-12, to spend their days on the slopes and meet new friends! Kids enjoy three consecutive days of fun skiing/riding with the same coaches. This camp is open to all abilities, and includes lift tickets, lunch, and supervision each day.
The local 4-H will be hosting a fun-filled half day of programs for kids covering topics of survival skills and sport fishing. Outdoor activities will include fire building and emergency shelter building. Indoor activities will include “The Top 10 essentials of survival planning” and sport fishing. Learn and practice such important skills as removing a hook, cleaning and scaling fish, and then, a few tantalizing ways to prepare and cook fish! Participants will even have a chance to sample the prepared fish.
Hillbilly Boogie music meant to make you get up and move! Work off those Christmas calories to the unique musical style of Woody Pines. It’s Roots Music mixed with Ragtime, Country Blues and Viperbilly Swing. Guaranteed to lift your spirits and get your toes a’tappin!
Join Basil & Wicks for a Christmas Eve dinner in the dining room! They will be serving specials such as Roasted Butternut Squash Ginger Soup, Grilled Ribeye with Cognac Sauce, Sea Bass with Saffron Sauce, and Chocolate Mousse. Please call (518) 251-3100, as reservations are strongly suggested.
The Inn at Erlowest will be serving a five-course meal from 5:00pm-10:30pm. Some items on the menu include House Made Pumpkin Tortellini, a Game Trio, Ora King Salmon, and Garlic & Herb Beef Tenderloin. Please call (518) 668-5928 for reservations.
A New Year’s Eve night of dinner and entertainment will be offered at La Bella Vita from 5:30pm-10:00pm. Dinner specials include Honey Drenched Australian Lamb, Balsamic Brined Freebird Chicken Breast, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, and more. Entertainment will be provided by the Ray Alexander Trio.
There will also be a Recovery Brunch on New Year’s Day in the Sagamore Ballroom from 10:00am-3:00pm. Breakfast and Brunch items to be offered include Shrimp Cocktail, Gourmet Pasta Station, Virginia Ham & Prime Rib Carving Stations, Eggs Benedict, and Stuffed French Toast.
New Year’s Eve at Sweet Basil is going to be hilarious this year. Join them beginning at 7:00pm for a night of knee-slapping jokes and exquisite cuisine. Entertainment will be provided by two nationally headlining comedians, Ray Harrington and Justin Smith. Dinner specials include Broiled Salmon, Chicken Parmigiana, and Chicken Francese. Click here to make a reservation today!
The town of Stony Creek is located in the Southwest corner of Warren County and is full of outdoor delights to be enjoyed by the whole family. Established in 1852, Stony Creek is fully located within the Adirondack Park along the Hudson River.
Whether you are looking to camp, swim, hike, horseback ride, or just enjoy the outdoors, Stony Creek has the place for you. Swing by the Stony Creek Recreation Field for a swim and a picnic. Also known as the John T. O’Neill Green Meadows Park, the park is host to the annual Mountain Festival and features a playground for the kids to enjoy as well as a swimming hole, basketball court and softball diamond. For more nature hit the abundance of trails running through the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, accessible to hikers, bikers and snowmobilers alike. These lovely trails connect many of the lakes and ponds throughout the forest, all perfect for the angler in the family. One of the wonderful things about this area is that anyone can access nature, regardless of age or mobility; check out the Dean Farm Heritage Trail, offering flat trails through .93 miles of fields, woods and wetlands with educational signage.
For the equestrian in the group mosey on over to Stony Creek Dude Ranch (also offering overnight resort accommodations) for a good old fashioned cattle drive. Participants will saddle up and help move the herd from the north pasture to the south pasture of the authentic ranch. Looking for a little more riding? Wolf Pond Stables offers an expansive package that includes boarding, lessons and 40 miles of trails through the Adirondacks.
Moon Shadow Lodge, Bear Country Lodge and Creek Bed Guest House all offer comfortable furnishings right in the beautiful wilderness of the Adirondack Park. Campers should try Stony Creek Family Campground which offers all types of sites from tent to RV as well as cabin and trailer rentals. Stony Creek Family Campground also offers a swimming pool, playground, rec room, camp store, and many other amenities and activities.
Looking for a little learning in your day? Stony Creek has two local museums full of regional history. Visit the Dean Family Homestead where the family home has been turned into a museum with artifacts and photos about both local history and the Dean family. Stony Creek District 4 Schoolhouse Museum is your summer resource for the history of school life and industry in Stony Creek through the years. Keep the history rolling by visiting The Methodist Episcopal Church which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. If you’re looking for a great place to find something for your reading pleasure check out the historic Stony Creek Free Library built in 1921.
All this adventure have you hungry? Head for the Lodge at Harrisburg Lake or Stony Creek Inn. The Lodge at Harrisburg Lake serves rustic comfort foods made with fresh local ingredients. Join them for the all you can eat breakfast buffet or their equally delicious dinner. The Stony Creek Inn, a staple of the community for more than 100 years, offers an expansive and inexpensive menu as well as a popular town bar and live music on the weekends. Stop by for a drink and stay for the tunes. Keep the drinks flowing and take a short walk down the way to Tavern 16. Tavern 16 offers all the charms of the small town bar, featuring a pool table, juke box, impressive handcrafted woodwork, and a collection of local art.
Don’t mistake this town of 750 for just another stop on the way through the Adirondacks. With countless outdoor activities and a variety of authentic, local run lodges, campsites and restaurants, Stony Creek has something for the whole family. Take a hike though this historic and charming little town in the vast expanse of the Adirondack Park.
Good food is part of the Lake George Area experience. Local restaurants offer creative, familiar and delicious menus to satisfy the appetites of foodies and non-foodies alike! Farming has been a way of life around here for generations and the farm to table movement has taken off with many restaurants offering healthy, organic, local options.
During the Holiday season, local meats, vegetables and beverages grace many a table. Here are some of our favorite recipes collected from local farms, restaurants and chefs in the Lake George Area.
If you’re looking for something a little less traditional and truly delicious, try this recipe from UpRiver Cafe in Lake Luzerne. Lamb is a rich, decadent meat and the curry, rosemary and vegetables in this dish add a depth of flavor and spice that will warm the palette and hearts of everyone at your table.
Thissubstantial salad is packed with Holiday flavors. Sweet, spicy, nutty and colorful ingredients are accented by two of Lake George Olive Oil’s specialty oils and their out-of-this-world Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Vinegar. With locations in Lake George Village and downtown Glens Falls, a stop at Lake George Olive Oil Co. is easy. We recommend picking up a few gifts while you’re there!
America’s favorite Holiday treat is undoubtedly the cookie. For a sweet spin on the traditional favorite, use this recipe from Hidden Hollow Maple Farm. The maple syrup replaces white sugar for a healthier and better tasting cookie. So get the kids together, grab your cookie cutters and spend a lazy afternoon in the kitchen making Holiday memories.
If you missed Adirondack Winery’s Wine 101 last Saturday night, you missed a great recipe for a winter Sangria. Fear not, a video featuring the recipe is still available on their website. As the title suggests, it’s simple to make, full of Holiday flavors and a delicious compliment to your Holiday meal!
Ok – this is not a recipe, but no Holiday table is complete without egg nog, and Battenkill Creamery in Salem makes the area’s best! Their nog is available in most local supermarkets and farmer’s markets throughout the Lake George Area. Treat your family and pick up a half liter. On second thought – better make that a quart!
We’ve all been there. It’s one week before Christmas and not only are the gifts not wrapped, you haven’t even started shopping yet. At this point, it’s too late for online retailers to guarantee arrival before the big day. You’re left with one option – go shopping. You don’t want this to be an all day outing and you definitely don’t want to empty your bank account. Ugh. What are you going to do?
Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Read on for our suggestions of affordable last minute shops right here in the Lake George Area. They’re open, stocked, and ready to make sure all the people on your gift list get something they really want this Holiday Season!
Downtown Glens Falls – Park the car and walk a two block radius to a dozen local shops and boutiques offering a huge variety of handcrafted, locally produced and brand name gifts. One stop you don’t want to miss is Scoville Jewelers. The owners are retiring after 60 years in business. Their going out of business sale is a once in a lifetime chance to buy something exquisite for someone special in your life – or maybe splurge on yourself a little!
Tip: For the best experience, we recommend going on a Saturday between 12 and 5pm.
Visit an Adirondack Country Shop
You’re in the Adirondacks! Why not visit some of our great country stores, offering Adirondack ambiance and gifts? From gourmet delicacies to clothing, home goods and toys, you’ve hit the shopping jackpot in the Lake George Area. Here are our top four country stores, all well stocked with great gifts!
If you’re looking for the big box stores, head to Aviation Mall in Queensbury. You’ll find Target, J.C. Penney, Sephora, Sears, Bon-Ton and many other department and specialty stores offering sales and special deals during this last week of Holiday Shopping!
The day has arrived! West Mountain is open for the season and they’re starting it out in style. Live Music, discounted lift tickets, food and drink specials, merchandise sales, bonfires, raffles and FIREWORKS at 8pm. We can’t wait!
Join citizens nation-wide for the annual Christmas Bird Count. This scientific effort encourages us to get out and survey the local bird populations in Bolton, Diamond Point, Cleverdale and the East Shore of Lake George from Pilot Knob to Black Mountain. Count, take photos, identify species and record what you see. Observe by car, foot, boat or in your own back yard. Meet up at the LGLC offices in Bolton Landing at 4:00 PM to enjoy some refreshments and share your birding story!
Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic performed with guest artist Cassidy Prince of the SLK Ballet School in New York City and local students of ballet. Relive the traditional holiday story about Clara and her magical Christmas Eve adventures in Candy Land with her Nutcracker prince.
Siena, predicted to finish second in the MAAC preseason poll faces Bucknell University, NCAA Division 1 Patriot League. Jimmy Patsos leads the Saints while the Bison are led by Nathan Davis. Siena College is located in Loudonville, New York; Bucknell University is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Fun for all – whether you are familiar with wines or just beginning to understand wines. Our staff will guide you through the basics of making 5 wine cocktails to impress everyone at the party this holiday season and enjoy this winter. Enjoy wine cocktail sample and light foods. Take home your souvenir wine glass and mini wine bottle and cocktail recipe booklet.
Come, join the chorus and sing choruses of the Christmas portion of Handel’s immortal masterpiece! Professional soloists will sing the arias and we, the audience form the chorus of more than 100 voices and we will also sing a few carols. Family fun, and always a community holiday favorite! Conducted by Penny Schiek with organ accompaniments by Bryan Kirk.
Once upon a time there was a little girl – ok, she was 22 years old, shhh. Her name was Georgia and she had just found out that her parents had sold their house and moved into a one-bedroom apartment. She was devastated. Instead of going home for the Holidays this year, her parents were taking the whole family to some place in the Adirondacks she had never heard of before. What was it called again? Sacajawea, Sacka-boring, no The Sagamore – that was it. What kind of name was that anyway?
Fine but she wasn’t going to like it. They had sold her childhood.
The next week, she climbed into the back of her parents car, barely able to keep herself from crying. This was it – the new Holiday tradition.
She fell asleep on the ride and woke up to her mother’s arm on her hand.
“We’re here honey.”
The server at dinner that night told her all about Lake George; that it was more than 32 miles long and that her hotel was on the biggest island on the lake. The more she learned about this lake, the more fascinated she became with it. She even stopped at the library in town and grabbed a book about its history.
Funny, reading about the history of Lake George while sitting on a porch overlooking Lake George.
Her parents exchanged a smile.
“Well, we were looking for a place in the Adirondacks that was close to everything but still secluded.” her father answered. “When we came across Lake George, we felt like we had to come here for you.”
“For me?” Georgia asked.
“It may seem silly but it’s like the lake is named after you Georgia.” her mother added. “It certainly seems like we made the right decision.”
Georgia was stunned.
“You made a decision based on my name? You guys are crazy. You’re right about one thing, though. This has been a great trip.”
As they drove away the next day, Georgia felt sad to leave her lake. But really happy at the same time. She missed her house but knowing she had Lake George to look forward to every year was pretty darn special.
The Holiday Season comes with the expectation of heavy weekend traffic, a depleted bank account and a few extra pounds to start the New Year. For some, these annual rituals can lead to seasonal stress. If you’re one of many who find themselves just a little (ok – sometimes more than a little) overwhelmed by the Holiday fervor, we’re here to help turn that stress on its head!
When you feel a tightening moving up your back because you’ve just realized there’s only two more weeks until Christmas. Or anger starts growing in the pit of your stomach while the lady in front of you in the check out line makes the cashier price check every other item and you’re late for dinner with your best friend and it’s been all day shopping already and you have to pee and… Ok – so that’s maybe TMI from my last trip to the mall – but you get the idea.
You’ve heard this before but now is the time to close your eyes, tune out the crying children and honking horns, and take a deep breath. You’ve just reached the point we here at the Lake George Area Tourism Department are calling HOLIDAY CULTURE OVERLOAD!!!Duhn, duhn, duhnnnnn
You’ve got to turn things around before it’s too late – before you (gasp) lose your Holiday Spirit.
Too busy to get away? No extra cash? Worried you’ll be too cold?
NO EXCUSES! Your Holiday Spirit depends on it!
Can’t make it for a week or weekend? Consider a day trip! We’re really accessible via New York State I-87 (referred to as “The Northway” by us locals) which connects New York City and Montreal. Or take the Amtrak Adirondack Train!
Put on a coat, a second pair of socks, some gloves and a hat. Pick one of the gorgeous walks or hikes in the Lake George Area and go.
It’s free, it’s easy, it’s beautiful.
Why do you want to do this? To slap a little perspective into your season, of course! How about this for perspective?
You’ll be feeling the calm within minutes. It’s (dare we say) magical. And then, when you return from your walk, you’ll notice the calm spreading. The magic of mountains carrying over and blending with the magic of the season.
Oh! It’s such a nice time of year!
Step Four and a Half:
Keep it going!
So you went on the walk. You felt nice but you’re still answering yes to some of the questions in Step Two. Now you’re thinking that it’s too late for you. Your Holiday Spirit has been lost. It’ll never be found. The year is ruined. You’re spoiled!
STOP THAT RIGHT NOW!
You tried one thing – went on one walk. Jeez, give yourself a second chance. And maybe a third, fourth or fifth. Walk, ice skate, check out some local shops. Grab a great cup of coffee. Catch the ballet. Treat yourself to an exquisite dinner. Let the Lake George Area do its thing. Let it share with you the generations of Holiday Spirit that live in the Adirondacks – the quintessential Holiday locale.
You’ll get there. Promise All you have to do is get here (ahem – Step Three)!
Call all your friends and family and tell them if they want to see you for the Holidays, they have to come to the Lake George Area because you’re never leaving!
You’ve come, you’ve conquered, you’ve found your Holiday Spirit – it was inside all along. Tear
Now all you have to do is hold on and share your experience with everyone you know because – well – ’tis the season for giving!
Santa will be hearing all children’s wishes. Special Guest appearances by Elsa and Olaf, and Mr. Twisty. Carriage rides, holiday food, beverages, and entertainment. Coloring contest winners will be announced at 7pm. Visit the website to print your OLAF coloring sheet. Coloring sheets can be dropped off at the Town offices or faxed to 518-745-4474.
Tchaikovsky’s classic Holiday ballet comes to life this weekend! Adirondack Ballet Theater celebrates their 25th Anniversary sharing the magical story of Clara and her treasured Nutcracker with audiences. Original choreography and spectacular costumes deliver this timeless tradition in elegant style!
Demo the latest boards FREE! Bring your bindings to the demo or get them from the Gore Mountain rental shop. Please bring a card for the demo to put on file as a security precaution, you will not be charged to take the board out. Demo as many boards as you would like, last demos go out around 2pm.
Feeding the birds is a fun nature thing to do year round. This winter bring birds to your yard and watch them enjoy the pine cone feeder. While you’re at Up Yonda, take a walk and check out the feeders.
Winter transforms the mountains, valleys and lakes into a glittering wonderland of powdery snow, brisk air and bright blue skies. The area becomes a play land for winter sports enthusiasts. With top-rated centers for alpine and Nordic skiing, an extensive network of snowmobile trails and a season of winter carnivals, you’ll find your perfect winter break in the Lake George Area. After a day of romping in the snow, you can relax by an open fire at one of the many fine lodges, or step out to enjoy the area’s vibrant nightlife.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
What is your ideal ski hill? Big mountain, little mountain, or how about steep natural terrain and tree skiing? You’ll find them all here.
The Lake George Area is home to one of New York’s premier ski areas, Gore Mountain. Ski Magazine’s Best in the East 2017 Ski Resort Guide describes Gore’s terrain, as “unusually charismatic — long, rolling cruisers; accessible, roomy glades— and the scenery is exceptional.” With 109 trails and more than 2,500 vertical feet over four peaks, skiers and riders will find trails to suit all ability levels.
Family-run and family-orientated, West Mountain in Glens Falls is a smaller mountain that is big on value. With 30 trails for beginner and intermediate skiers, lift-assisted snow tubing and terrain parks everyone can enjoy a day on the slopes. After dark, the new LED lights come on for night skiing.
With miles of groomed and back country cross-country ski trails, the Lake George Area offers terrain for classic and skate skiers of all ability levels. Explore snowy trails that wind through stands of hemlock and birch, or paths that hug the bank of the Hudson River. Spend a winter day gliding over frozen ponds and lakes or perfect your technique at night along the lit trails of a city park.
Opening for winter 2016-2017 is a new Nordic ski area at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The facility, which is adjacent to Gore Mountain, boasts a 4.24-kilometer network of trails with grooming, snow making and lights.
In an average winter, the snowpack in the Lake George Area can exceed five feet. Combine this with a snowmobile trail system that connects the communities of Warren County and you are in prime snow machine country. Four local snowmobile clubs maintain more than 200 miles of connected trails across public and private lands through forests, up mountainsides and along riverbanks with breathtaking scenery.
Snow sculptures, ice castles and bonfires on the beach — winter carnival season is the time to celebrate nature’s dazzling winter transformation. When the temperature drops, the area’s tranquil lakes freeze solid providing wide-open spaces for fun and sport. Cars, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobile and even outhouses race over the ice and snow encouraged by cheering crowds. Helicopters lift off lake surfaces to fly passengers over the frosted mountains; a team of huskies pulls riders across the snow.
On shore, musicians perform by a crackling bonfire, festival-goers roast marshmallows for s’mores and taste samples of chili, chicken wings, chowder and barbecue in cook-off competitions. Dog owners show off their pets in doggie talent shows and children slide down a toboggan run. A few hearty souls strip down to their swimwear and plunge into the chilly lake. At dusk, wish lanterns are released into the sky and spectacular fireworks light up the winter sky.
These are just some of the carnival sights you’ll see when visiting the Lake George Area in the winter. Find winter carnivals in February in Lake George Village, Hague and Brant Lake.
When the gentle lapping waters of the Lake George Area’s lakes and ponds freeze over, communities of ice shanties rise on their surface. The region is known for its excellent fishing and ice fishing brings a different vibe to the sport. Unlike the solitude of casting into the open water of a secret fishing hole, jigging through a six-inch hole in the ice for perch, walleye and pike, setting tip-ups and waiting for flags to pop is a social affair. It’s a neighborhood party where young and old work together to make that record-breaking catch or fill a skittle with panfish for dinner.
There are more than three dozen lakes and ponds in the Lake George Area. The smaller bodies of water freeze earlier in the season for those eager to get out there. Lake George is a prime ice fishing destination that attracts anglers from across the Northeast. Its large size means it generally needs until mid-January to build up a solid layer of ice, although some of the bays will freeze up earlier.
The hiking season doesn’t end with the first snowfall. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and experience the brisk mountain air and snow-muffled beauty of the Adirondacks with this traditional method of moving through the snow. It is an accessible sport requiring little technical skill (if you can walk, you can snowshoe) and minimal equipment, just snowshoes with bindings, sturdy boots and warm clothing. Poles are optional.
Most of the area’s Nordic ski trails allow snowshoeing alongside the groomed XC trails. Some have trails dedicated to snowshoeing. If you are new to snowshoeing, Up Yonda Farm in Bolton Landing offers low-cost guided snowshoeing tours with equipment rentals to give newcomers a feel for this popular winter sport.