Q&A: 10 Things You Need to Know About Fat Bikes

The Lake George Area has long been a destination for people who love to do things, whether it’s skiing (on water or snow) hiking, trail running, parasailing, zip lining, swimming, or even relaxing. We wanted to dig into the Fat bike craze. We decided to talk to a local cyclist who has long enjoyed the incredible views in this region via a road bike and a mountain bike and who has now begun to experiment with fat bikes.

We’ve been hearing a lot about fat bikes. We have to ask, what is a fat bike?

Fat bikes are basically a modified mountain bike. The term mostly refers to the obviously wider, oversized tires. The tires are about twice the width of normal mountain tires, and they excel in sand and snow because they act almost like balloons floating over terrain. The frames are modified to fit these specialized tires, but essentially, the frames look exactly like their mountain bike cousins.

What has made them become so popular?

They have opened up a whole new season of biking. Now, riding in the winter is so much easier and a lot more fun. Serious bikers can train longer. Fat bikes are actually cheaper because of simpler (more traditional style) construction and most leave out suspension. Fat bikes are a lot lighter than you’d think, but mostly they’re just a blast to ride.

Do you need different gear to enjoy a fat bike?

You don’t need anything different, unless you’re riding in the winter, then it’s a case of layering and dressing smart for the cold weather. Some added frame options for cold-weather riding include fenders for ice and mud and handlebar mitts to handle super cold air.

Where can you ride a fat bike?

Anywhere, particularly where there’s sand or snow–places where flotation is key.

Do I need to be a great cyclist to go fat biking?

Not at all. In fact, it might be a perfect introduction to off-road biking.

Do you say “I’m going fat biking” or do you just go biking and it happens to be on a fat bike?

It’s usually referred to as going fat biking–it just sounds fun, doesn’t it? It distinguishes where you’re going to ride: off-road, sandy or snowy trails.

What is the biggest difference in how it feels to ride a fat bike vs a mountain bike vs a road bike?

Fat bikes are a bit heavier than a typical mountain bike; a rider would feel the biggest difference when riding on the road because so much more rubber is in contact with the ground. Steering can be a bit harder because of tire width and gearing is simplified because speeds are generally on the slower side.

If you were to give advice to three types of people to get the most out of what the Lake George Area has in the way of fat biking, what would you say to:

For those who have never fat biked:

Rent a bike from Grey Ghost in downtown Glens Falls. Then ride on the XC trails in Crandall Park (beginner to intermediate) or Gurney Lane MTB Park (beginner to expert). Look for hard-pack, crusty or light powder conditions. Don’t try to tackle a ride just after a big snowstorm.

For those who are once-every-couple-of-years bikers:

If you plan on expanding your biking horizons, a fat bike is the perfect way, anytime of year.

And lastly, what would you say to the fat bike die hard:

Prepare to buy another bike.


Lake George Area Weekend To Do

Lake George Winter Carnival

Lake George Village

Saturday, February 11
9am:  4 x 4 Truck Races
9am:  Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm at Shepard Park
9am: ATV Scavenger Hunt/Poker Run at Duffy’s Tavern
11am: Human Foosball Tournament at Duffy’s Tavern
11am-6pm:  Love is in the Air!  Valentines Wine Tasting Weekend at Adirondack Winery
11am – 2pm:  ATV Wagon Rides in front of Duffy’s Deli
12 – 1pm:  Zumba Camp at King Neptune’s Pub
12 – 2pm: Open Mic at Shepard Park Amphitheater
12 – 3pm: Children’s Activities at King Neptune’s Pub and Courtyard Marriott
12 – 3pm:  Face Painting at King Neptune’s Restaurant
12 – 3pm: Pony Rides at Shepard Park
12:00pm: BBQ Cook-off at Shepard Park Amphitheater
2pm: Lake George Dog’s Got Talent Show at Shepard Park
3pm-5pm: Valentine’s Dog Photos at The Dog Cabin behind Gino & Tony’s Restaurant
3pm: Polar Plunge at Shepard Park Beach
4pm: Make S’mores at the Beach
4 – 6pm:  Hot Chocolate Bar at Shepard Park Beach
6:00pm: Fireworks

Sunday, February 12
9am:  Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm at Shepard Park
11am: Human Foosball Tournament at Duffy’s Tavern
11am-12pm: Detox & Retox: Yoga in the Barrel Room at Adirondack Pub & Brewery
11am-5pm:  Love is in the Air!  Valentines Wine Tasting Weekend at Adirondack Winery
11am – 2pm:  ATV Wagon Rides in front of Duffy’s Deli
11:30am: Make Your Own Sundae with Stewart’s
12 – 3pm: Children’s Activities at King Neptune’s Pub and Courtyard Marriott
12 – 3pm:  Face Painting at King Neptune’s Restaurant
12 – 3pm: Pony Rides at Shepard Park
2pm: Lake George Dog’s Got Talent Show at Shepard Park
3pm: Polar Plunge at Shepard Park Beach
4pm: Make S’mores at the Beach


Harlem Globe Trotters 2017 World Tour

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Thursday, February 9 at 7:00pm

Glens Falls Civic Center

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters combine athleticism with showmanship entertaining audiences of all ages!  Over the years, the Trotters have performed more than 26,000 times in 122 countries!  Here’s your chance to see them in person.


Full Moon Party at the Ski Bowl

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Friday, February 10 from 3-9pm

Gore Mountain

A full moon party to celebrate winter and everything it has to offer!  Enjoy discounts on lift tickets, guided snowshoe treks, discounted ski lessons, games, crafts, live music and food.  For a complete list of activities click here!


Polar Ice Bar

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Friday, February 10 from 4-10pm & Saturday, February 11 from 2-10pm

Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center

Have a drink, warm up by  a bonfire, and enjoy winter.  Special hot chocolate drinks, chili, and homemade soups.  The Tankard Taverne restaurant will also be open serving a full dinner menu!


The Ice Lounge at King Neptune’s

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Friday – Monday, February 10 – 13 at 4:00pm

King Neptune’s Pub

Just in time for Winter Carnival, Neptune’s, in the middle of the Lake George Village, is opening their ice lounge.  Overlooking Lake George, the lounge is the perfect spot to stop for a drink and some live music.


Prismatic Explorations Gallery Opening

Friday, February 10 from 5-8pm
LARAC Gallery

A collection of works by regional artists that explores the relationships between colors with paint as the medium of choice.  Featuring the work of Jenny Hutchinson, Stephanie Serpick, Amanda Kralovic, William L. Doebele and Elisa Sheehan.


Lake George Beach Club Ice Bar

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Friday – Sunday, February 10-12 at 5:00pm
Lake George Beach Club

The newly opened Lake George Beach Club is joining in with the ice bar trend this weekend.  Located adjacent to Shepard Park, this ice bar will be easy to access from the heart of the Lake George Winter Carnival.


Wine 101: Wine Blending


Friday, February 10 from 7-9pm

Adirondack Winery

Join us for a fun night out at the Tasting Room this Valentine’s Day Weekend!  Whether you’re an experienced wine drinker or entering the world of wine for the first time, join us as we get down to the basics of wine blending!


Rising for the Ranch – Health & Yoga Expo

Saturday, February 11 from 7am – 8pm
Queensbury Hotel

All-Day Health and Yoga Expo.  Yoga classes throughout the day,  vendors, beginner yoga and health information.  $65 per person with free yoga mat and t-shirt.  Proceeds benefit the Double H Ranch in its work to provide specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.


Master the Mountain – Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding Clinics

Master the Mountain. Own the Slopes.
Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12 from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Gore Mountain

Welcoming intermediate and advanced skiers to participate in one or two day clinics to explore new terrain, overcome your fears and push your skiing/riding to the next level!  Clinics include instruction, video analysis, indoor discussions, breakfast, lunch, afternoon parties and plenty of time on the slopes!


Introduction to Chip Carving with Dennis Wilson

Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12 from 9am – 4pm
Adirondack Folk School

This course will introduce students to the traditional craft of chip carving – a type of woodcarving in which a small knife is used to incise decorative floral and geometric designs into basswood or butternut. Some previous carving experience is helpful, but not necessary.


Stone Bridge Caveman 6K Snowshoe Race

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Saturday, February 11 at 10:00am

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park joins the DION WMAC Snowshoe Series this year with a 6K race.  Runners will enjoy views of Trout Brook, the southern Adirondacks from the top of Catamount, dark hemlock forest groves, and even cartoons from Gary Larson on “The Far Side” trail.  Starting at 990 feet elevation, the race climbs up to 1445 just before the half way mark and then back down – with several flats.


Book Sale

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Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 2pm

Caldwell-Lake George Library

Peruse the stacks of books for sale every Second Saturday at the Caldwell-Lake George library right in the heart of Lake George Village.


Guided Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, February 11 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, visitors will 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 do a hike.


Winterfest at Erlowest

Saturday, February 11 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.


My Funny Valentine

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Saturday, February 11 from 5 – 11pm

Dunham’s Bay Resort

Treat your sweetheart to dinner followed by an evening of comedy featuring Lauren Turczak and Improv Team Isaccs & Baker.  Overnight Packages with Dinner & Show Available.


Full Moon Snowshoe Hike – Restaurant Crawl

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Saturday, February 11 at 6:30pm

Up Yonda Farm

Get a workout at Up Yonda Farm with a guided snowshoe hike than head to Bolton Landing and crawl from restaurant to restaurant enjoying the specials at each!  Sponsored by the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce.


Cupid for a Cause: Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance

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Saturday, February 11 from 5-10pm

Sweet Basil Restaurant

Grab your date and head to Sweet Basil for the fifth annual Cupid for a Cause dance.  Photo booth, thousands of dollars in raffle and auction items and full dinner is included.  Only 18 and over please.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Proceeds benefit Lending Hearts & Hands, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and assisting local people diagnosed with cancer.


Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe

Saturday, February 11 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
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 and end back at the Lodge for sweet and savory fondues. It’s an evening of fun for everyone!


Introduction to Ink Loom Weaving with Caroline Dvorak

Sunday, February 12 from 9am – 12pm
Adirondack Folk School

Students will have a variety of patterns and colors to choose from. They will use the pattern to warp an inkle loom to create a colorful band that can be used for trim, a strap or a belt. No prior experience is necessary. Students as young as 10 years old are welcome to join in.


Hyde Collection Exhibit Opening
Marking the Moment:  The Art of Allen Blagden

Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden
Sunday, February 12 at 12:00pm

The Hyde Collection

Allen Blagden, a distinguished American contemporary realist painter, is renowned for his paintings of birds, animals, and people, as well as the landscapes of New England and the Adirondacks. Blagden’s exhibition includes approximately 50 works, mostly watercolors, which survey his distinguished career.


Mini-Shredders Jibfest


Sunday, February 12 at 12:00pm

Gore Mountain

It’s a family-oriented freestyle competition, especially for ages 10 & under!  Judged by the Gore Mountain terrain park crew on Jibland, with small boxes, rails, and jibs made for kids.  All prizes will be raffle-style following the fest, with some special awards for outstanding performance and honorable mentions.


Adirondack Thunder vs. Manchester Monarchs

Sunday, February 12 at 3:00pm
Glens Falls Civic Center

Catch the Adirondack Thunder as they face off against the Manchester Monarchs in a fast-paced, thrilling hockey game at the Glens Falls Civic Center!




The Most Romantic Dinners in Town!

Romance is the name of the game this time of year and for many – that means taking your special someone out for dinner.  Is this the year you splurge on the multi-course candlelit dinner?  Are you looking for something more casual?  Is your sweetheart more of burger and pint kind of person?  Maybe you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with the kids.

Well – we’re here to help you choose the perfect place and remind you to make your reservations early – aka TODAY!

The Splurge

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The Inn at Erlowest
Pictured above, The Inn at Erlowest’s 4-Diamond restaurant offers a 6 Course Tasting Menu available
Saturday, February 11 and on Valentine’s Day.  Wine pairings are also available throughout dinner.
Call (518) 668-5928 for reservations!

Chateau on the Lake
Overlooking Lake George, Chateau on the Lake is celebrating Valentine’s Day
with a Four Course dinner Saturday, February 11 and February 14.
Reservations can be made by calling (518) 644-7094 or by clicking here.

Morgan & Co. Restaurant
New American Fare in an historic mansion located in downtown Glens Falls.  Morgan & Co. combines
the best of all worlds – comfort food with a Mediterranenan-Bohemian flare.
Reserve online of call (518) 409-8060

 


Something Different

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Dunham’s Bay
This Saturday, February 11, Dunham’s Bay is offering a three course dinner and a comedy show.
You might also want to consider making it a package and staying the night!
Reservations are required.  (518) 656-9242

190 Grille
Here’s a fresh spin on Dinner and a Movie.  190 Grille (pictured above) is all about dinner while you
watch a movie.  With tables right in the theater, there’s no need to rush through dinner to make a movie on time!
Reservations are strongly encouraged.  (518) 743-9622

Bistro Tallulah
The heart of New Orleans in downtown Glens Falls.  Chef Whalen dishes up eclectic and creative dishes inspired by
French, Spanish and New Orleans traditions.  Where else will you find sweetbreads on the menu?
Reservations go fast.  Make yours right away.  (518) 793-2004

Siam Thai Sushi
Casual Thai food, a full sushi bar, creative cocktails and excellent service await at Siam Thai Sushi in
Glens Falls.  Ask for the high top by the bar for a little extra privacy and a window seat!
Reservations: (518) 792-6111

 


Classy

Adirondack fine dining

barVino
Located in North Creek, barVino, as the name suggests, has an excellent selection of wines.  The menu
specializes in creative spins on favorite dishes and all food is served family style for sharing!
Dining is first come, first served.

Jack’s American Bistro
Fine dining at prices you can afford.  Guests are treated to candlelit tables set with white linen tablecloths, pate with the bread, an excellent wine list, food that melts in your mouth and professional service.  All this in a comfortable ambiance, centrally located in Queensbury.
Reservations: (518) 798-1797

Caldwell House Restaurant
Under new ownership since September, the Caldwell House Restaurant, has garnered top reviews.
There is nothing better than eating a fine meal in a log cabin with a wood fireplace warming the room.
Reservations: (518) 668-2211

The Log House Restaurant at Garnet Hill Lodge
Adirondack dining by the fire, The Log House Restaurant (pictured above) is offering a special Valentine’s Menu on February 14 featuring restaurant favorites and love inspired dishes.  Ask for a table by the fire and consider staying the night in one of the lodge rooms!
Reservations: (518) 251-2444

Mario’s
Celebrating more than 60 years in business, Mario’s is a Lake George tradition!  Offering authentic
Italian cuisine and traditional American dishes complemented by an extensive wine list.
Reservations: (518) 668-2665

Lorenzo’s at The Copperfield Inn
Typically closed to the public, Lorenzo’s is opening its doors on Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14 in honor of Valentine’s Day.
A three course Prix Fixe menu will be served at $35.95 per person and includes one glass of prosecco.
Reservations are suggested.  (518) 251-2200


Keep it Casual

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Merrill Magee Bistro
This Farm to Table Adirondack Bistro offers dishes to fit everyone’s price point!  Enjoy the nightly special and go early to take advantage of happy hour from 4pm-6pm.  Feel like making a night of it?  Anyone who dines at Merrill Magee is invited to stay the night for only $99!
Reservations: (518) 623-2030 or online here

Park 26 at The Queensbury Hotel
The newly opened Park 26 offers refined dining in a comfortable but elegant setting.
Unique creative dishes and daily specials inspired by American cuisine.
Reservations are recommended: (518) 792-1121

The Docksider
As the name suggests, this restaurant overlooks Glen Lake.  On February 10, 11, 12 and 14, they are
running a Valentine’s Dinner for 2 special.  $35 for 2 people to enjoy a three course meal!
Reservations: (518) 792-3534

Farmstead Flatbread
Newly opened in October of 2016, Farmstead Flatbread (pictured) features a dome-shaped oven in the
center of the dining room.  Flatbread pizzas are the specialty but guests can also choose from other
traditional pub fare and an extensive beer list!
Reservations: (518) 798-1188

The Heidelberg
A local tradition, The Heidelberg has been serving German and American fare at an
approachable price since 1972.  A quaint atmosphere and eclectic selection of
German and American beer rounds out the dining experience.
Reservations: (518) 792-5556

 


Head to the Pub

Adirondack Pub & Brewery
Everything a pub should be.  They brew the beer on site in Lake George Village and have an
extensive menu featuring traditional pub fare, creative dinner salads and entrees.
Try the signature Bear Naked Ale!
Seating is First Come, First Served

Cooper’s Cave Ale Company
Enter through a cave door into a wood trimmed restaurant with plenty of seating and a
huge selection of pub fare featuring creative sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees.  Make sure to try
one of the brews or sodas made on site and save room for some of the homemade ice cream!
Reservations: (518) 792-0007

Davidson Brothers Brewpub
With seasonal beers, house made sodas and pub sandwich and burger specials daily, you can’t beat the
ambiance of the two story Davidson Brothers Brewery (pictured above) in downtown Glens Falls.
Reservations: (518) 743-9026

Downtown City Tavern
With nine signature burgers plus a build-your-own option, DTCT (as the locals call it) is the place to go
for burgers.  If burgers aren’t your thing, try the wings or wood-fired pizza!  With local brews on draft
and adult milkshakes, there’s not a more fun spot in town to take your sweetheart!
Seating is First Come, First Served


Bring the Kids

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Johnny Rockets
Designed to recreate the look and feel of a timeless burger and malt shop, this family friendly restaurant
(pictured above) offers family favorites including milkshakes, sandwiches, and all you can eat fries.
Plus the servers sing and dance!
Reservations are not required

The Log Jam
This is what they mean by taking the family out to a nice dinner.  The food is excellent and the salad bar
is famous.  Service is quick and kids meals are more than just a hot dog or macaroni and cheese.  Make
sure you save room for dessert – the Adirondack Log is big enough for the whole family to share!
Reservations: (518) 798-1155 

Cate’s Italian Garden
A full bar and wine list compliment an extensive menu bursting with fresh ingredients and classic Italian dishes made from scratch.
Located in beautiful Bolton Landing, Cate’s offers a fun kid’s menu and has welcomed families for more than 20 years!
Reservations: (518) 644-2041

 

 

 

 


Valentine’s Day Deals

Valentine’s Day is next week.  What are you doing with that special someone?

If you’re still on the fence, check out some of these great deals on trips to the Lake George Area.  Luxury hotels, spa days, chocolate covered strawberries and nights spent curled up in front of the fire await!

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Fern Lodge

Located on Friends Lake in Chestertown, NY, this ultra luxurious hotel in an Adirondack lodge features stone fireplaces, a wine cellar, games area, sauna and movie theater.  The Adirondack Winter Escape Package oozes romance and is available all winter long!

  • 2 nights Adirondack style lodging with king-size bed, fireplace, Jacuzzi, steam shower and view of Friends Lake
  • Full multi-course breakfast each morning
  • Welcome seasonal bouquet of flowers
  • Choice of wine waiting for you in the room
  • Late afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine fireside in the Great Room
  • Turn down with chocolate truffles
  • S’mores in front of the evening fire
  • Optional: Discounted tickets to nearby Gore Mountain for downhill skiing
  • Snowshoes provided

Rates start at $849 per couple


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Adirondack Alpine Lodge

This is the outdoorsman’s dream!  Nestled in North Creek, this Adirondack lodge is minutes away from the world class Gore Mountain Ski Area and dozens of hikes and walks.  Relax by the fireplace, warm up in your private hot tub and enjoy the quiet of this luxurious mountain getaway with the Romance Package available any night this winter!

  • Two nights lodging
  • $50 gift card for dinner at any local restaurant
  • $15 gift certificate to barVino to purchase your choice of wine
  • Choice of fruit & cheese platter or chocolate covered strawberries
  • A dozen roses
  • Breakfast each morning

Rates start at $465 per couple


Friends Lake Inn

Recipient of the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this charming and intimate inn overlooking Friends Lake, is the perfect place for your romantic getaway.  With 17 luxuriously appointed guest rooms to choose from and exquisite dining in two on-site restaurants, Friends Lake Inn was built for romance.  Choose from two packages this Valentine’s Day.

Sleigh Ride with Bells Package – Any night in February

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Romantic sleigh ride for two with house made hot chocolate and homemade cookies
  • Three course candlelit dinner for two in award winning restaurant
  • Signature turndown service
  • Full country breakfast for two in the morning

Packages start at $580 per couple per night

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Adirondacks Romance Package – Available all winter long

  • Two night stay in romantic guest room
  • Rose petals strewn in your room
  • Three course candlelit dinner for two in award winning restaurant
  • Full country breakfast for two each morning
  • Turndown the first evening includes chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of wine
  • Romantic picnic lunch for two
  • Turndown the second evening includes Friends Lake Inn luxurious bathrobes to take home

Rates start at $1,513 per package


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Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast

Nestled in the quiet town of Lake Luzerne is one of the most delightful Bed & Breakfasts in the Lake George Area.  The Lamplight Inn features hot tubs and fireplaces in each room.  Add the Romance Package INNdulgence to your reservation this weekend and enjoy plenty of surprise extras during your stay.

  • Fresh Rose in your room
  • Champagne and two champagne flutes to take home
  • Fruit and cheese platter
  • Chocolates on the bed
  • Cupid’s Kiss at breakfast
  • Cookies
  • More surprises throughout the weekend

Rates start at $243 per night


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The Sagamore Resort

The historic Sagamore Resort has all the amenties you could wish for.  Book spa treatments, enjoy a movie in the on-site movie theater, indulge in s’mores by the fire, or spend some time in the indoor Rec Area featuring a mini golf course, basketball court, table games, a wiffle ball field and more!
The Valentine’s Weekend Getaway is available any weekend in February.

  • Overnight accommodations in The Historic Hotel
  • Dinner for two in La Bella Vita
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Sparkling wine & chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival
  • Complementary late check-out at 1pm

Rates start at $324 per night and go up based on accommodation selection.


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The Inn at Erlowest

If you’ve every dreamed about staying in a castle, here’s your chance.  The Inn at Erlowest is a stone castle featuring exquisite guest rooms, most with jacuzzi tubs, lake views and fireplaces.  The Dine & Stay Package available all winter long, adds the perfect romantic touch to make your weekend one to remember.

  • Overnight accommodations in a suite inside a stone castle overlooking Lake George
  • 3 course meal at the 4-Diamond Erlowest restaurant
  • Welcome amenity
  • Breakfast for two

Rate is $299 per couple per night


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Dunham’s Bay Resort

Here’s something really special.  Take advantage of the Valentine’s Day Weekend Special on February 11 to enjoy accommodations overlooking beautiful Dunham’s Bay on Lake George and an evening of comedy in the on-site comedy club!

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Champagne & chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Three Course Dinner for Two
  • “My Funny Valentine” stand-up comedy and improv show
  • Breakfast for two

Rate is $269 per couple for one night

 


Lake George Area Weekend To Do

It’s a HUGE weekend in the Lake George Area.  The Lake George Winter Carnival is opening with a packed weekend of events!  Plus three ice bars, a fire bar, skiing and snowboarding, a giant booksale, polar run and even an Olympic themed fundraiser.  We dare you to be bored this weekend!

Lake George Winter Carnival

Lake George Village

Saturday, February 4
11am – 3pm:  Ice “Love” Bench in Shepard Park
11am: Human Foosball Tournament at Duffy’s Tavern
11am:  Wine & Games at Adirondack Winery
11am – 2pm:  ATV Wagon Rides in front of Duffy’s Deli
12pm: Opening Ceremony at Shepard Park Beach
12 – 1pm:  Zumba Camp at King Neptune’s Pub
12 – 2pm: Open Mic at Shepard Park Amphitheater
12 – 3pm: Children’s Activities at King Neptune’s Pub and Courtyard Marriott
12 – 3pm:  Face Painting at King Neptune’s Restaurant
12 – 3pm: Pony Rides at Shepard Park
12:30pm: Outhouse Races at Duffy’s Tavern
12:30pm: Chili Cook-off at Shepard Park Amphitheater
2pm: Lake George Dog’s Got Talent Show at Shepard Park
2:15 – 8pm or later:  Bear Crawl – $10 – board the bus at Adirondack Pub & Brewery and sample beers at 5 different locations
3pm: Polar Plunge at Shepard Park Beach
4:00pm: Parade
4pm: Make s’mores at the Beach
4 – 6pm:  Hot Chocolate Bar at Shepard Park Beach
6:00pm: Fireworks

Sunday, February 4
11am: Human Foosball Tournament at Duffy’s Tavern
11am:  Wine & Games at Adirondack Winery
11am – 2pm:  ATV Wagon Rides in front of Duffy’s Deli
11:30am: Make Your Own Sundae with Stewart’s
12 – 3pm: Children’s Activities at King Neptune’s Pub and Courtyard Marriott
12 – 3pm:  Face Painting at King Neptune’s Restaurant
12 – 3pm: Pony Rides at Shepard Park
2 – 3pm: Superbowl Sunday Pre-Game Keg Toss at Shepard Park
2pm: Lake George Dog’s Got Talent Show at Shepard Park
3pm: Polar Plunge at Shepard Park Beach
4pm: Make s’mores at the Beach


Dunham’s Bay Resort’s Ice Bar & S’mores

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Thursday – Saturday, February 2- 4 from 4:00 – 8:00pm
Dunham’s Bay Resort

Head to Dunham’s Bay Resort for the 3rd Annual Ice Bar & S’mores overlooking Lake George.  Enjoy dinner and drink specials nightly featuring wines from Adirondack Winery, Cold Spell Whiskey and more!


The Ice Lounge at King Neptune’s

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Friday – Monday, February 3 – 13 at 4:00pm

King Neptune’s Pub

Just in time for Winter Carnival, Neptune’s, in the middle of the Lake George Village, is opening their ice lounge.  Overlooking Lake George, the lounge is the perfect spot to stop for a drink and some live music.


Lake George Beach Club Ice Bar

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Friday – Sunday, February 3-5 at 5:00pm
Lake George Beach Club

The newly opened Lake George Beach Club is joining in with the ice bar trend this weekend.  Located adjacent to Shepard Park, this ice bar will be easy to access from the heart of the Lake George Winter Carnival.


Uncork & Craft: Arm Knit Scarf


Friday, February 3 from 6:30 – 9:00pm

Adirondack Winery

Join the Sketch Design team in the Adirondack Winery Tasting Room for a night with wine and yarn!  Sip on a wine tasting flight and snack on a light food spread as you make your very own Knit Infinity Scarf to take home with you.  Reservations required.


Glades & Glory – Skiing and Snowboarding Clinics

Glades and Glory Rip through the trees.
Saturday-Sunday, February 4 & 5 from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Gore Mountain

For advanced skiers and riders, age 18+.  This clinic pushes the limits of even the most experienced downhill pros.  Learn to ride through the trees and discover the 27 glades Gore has to offer.  Price includes lift tickets, video analysis, personal feedback, discussions, breakfast, lunch and a Saturday afternoon party!


Friends of Crandall Public Library Book Sale

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Friday – Sunday, February 3 – 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Crandall Public Library

This popular event only comes around three times per yearRooms of books are for sale at rock bottom prices – most donated by members of the community.  All genres and reading levels are represented.  Grab a bag and head to Glens Falls!


Winterfest at Erlowest

Saturday, February 4 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.


Planetarium Show at Up Yonda Farm

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Saturday, February 4 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!


Polar Cap Run


Saturday, February 4 at 10:00am
Westbrook Road in Lake George Village

Run four miles through streets of Lake George Village. Come have some winter fun and run for Northern Haiti Sustainability Initiative and Sacred Heart Food Pantry of Lake George. Please bring non-perishable food items for the Sacred Heart Food Pantry of Lake George.


Let the Games Begin – Adirondack Theatre Festival Winter Gala

ltgb_web_slider-01Saturday, February 4 at 6:30pm
Charles R. Wood Theater

Join ATF for a fun evening of food, fun, herculean feats, special treats, silent and live auction, and prizes. The evening features a performance by ATF alum Brian Charles Rooney, star of The UnCivil War (Mary Todd Lincoln). Entrants to the arena will also be the first to learn about the ATF 2017 Season. This is ALWAYS a fun evening and should not be missed.


Pink in the Rink Night with Adirondack Thunder Hockey vs. Reading Royals


Saturday, February 4 at 7:00pm

Glens Falls Civic Center

Hockey fun for a great cause. The Adirondack Thunder players will be wearing special themed jerseys and these will be auctioned after the game to benefit the Charles R Wood Cancer Center. Hometown Hockey team the Adirondack Thunder are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL Calgary Flames.


Soup-er Bowl Weekend


Saturday, February 4 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, February 5 from 12-5pm

Glenwood Manor Antiques & More

Come indoors, warm-up and enjoy great soups while browsing over thirty rooms filled with antiques and vintage gift selections. Football fans are welcome too!


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.
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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!

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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!