These are a Few of My Favorite Things Instagram Contest

Favorite places and Lake George often go hand in hand. As we dive into the holidays and New Year we want to hear from you what your favorite things of this area are. We invite all our Instagram followers (follow us if you’re not already!) to share photos of your favorite things in Warren County between December 24th and 31st, 2016. Tag us in the photos (@LakeGeorgeArea) and hashtag #LGFaves to enter. Have a favorite pic from 10 years or ago or 10 weeks? No problem, as long as you tag us in your photo and add the hashtag within the contest dates the photo is eligible. How many photos can you enter? However many you want! We will pick 10 winners who will get their choice of a gift card to some of our favorite places.

Is it the steaming latte from your go-to coffee shop, the time you get to spend with family and friends here, or the exhilaration you get from parasailing on the lake? Whatever it is, we want to know!

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Official Rules for Lake George Area Instagram Contests 2016-2017

Sponsor/Administrator: 

The Contest is sponsored by the Warren County Department of Tourism, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845 (the “Sponsor”) and administered by Trampoline Design, 11 South Street, Suite 201, Glens Falls, NY 12801 (the “Administrator”).

How to Enter:

To enter the contest, tag a photo you’ve taken of the Lake George Area (Warren County, NY) with @LakeGeorgeArea and #LGFaves in the caption. Follow Lake George Area on Instagram. Entrant must be a member of Instagram. Membership is free. Entrants can enter as many photos as they would like during the Contest Period.

Entries will be considered ineligible if, at the sole discretion of the sponsor, they do not follow the directions described in these Official Rules, or if they contain language or images that are in any way threatening, abusive, offensive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, in breach of confidence, embarrassing to any person or likely to deceive any person, hateful, blasphemous, pornographic, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable or which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or otherwise contrary to any law or appear contrary to the spirit of the contest.

By submitting an Entry, Entrant warrants and represents that he or she consents to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest, and to the Sponsor possibly posting the Entry on their Internet sites and printed materials, in connection with the Contest, and grants the Sponsor permission to use the submission in any media for promotion of the county.

Entry Deadlines:

The contest runs from 12/24/2016 though 12/31/2016.

No purchase is necessary, but in order to enter the contest you must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law.

Winner Selection and Notification:

All entries received via the Lake George Area Instagram by Midnight on December 31st, 2016 will be considered valid entries for this contest. Ten winners will be chosen based on photographic content and representation of the Lake George Area, the contest theme and the creativity of the post. Winners will be announced January 6th, 2017. Warren County will attempt to inform the winners via Instagram. If we do not hear from winner via the email provided by Lake George Area within two weeks, participant will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. This process will be repeated until the prize is successfully awarded. Odds on winning depend upon number of entries received. Decisions of the judges are final. No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted. Prizes are nontransferable.

Prizes:

Winners can choose one of the following:

  1. Lake George Steamboat $50 Gift Certificate
  2. Adirondack Eagle Flyer Zip Line $50 Gift Certificate
  3. The Huddle $50 Gift Certificate
  4. Saratoga North Creek Railway $50 Gift Certificate

Eligibility Restrictions:

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The contest is open, excluding employees of Warren County Tourism and/or their affiliated companies, advertising or promotional agencies or members of their families.

Conditions of Entry:

By entering, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Warren County Department of Tourism and all of their respective affiliates, advertising agencies, and employees shall not be responsible for, (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, false, incomplete, stolen or illegible entries; (ii) failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or recipient; (iii) any injuries, losses or damages or any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, usage of or participation in any prize, or while preparing for, participating in and/or traveling to any prize related activity (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light); or (iv) typographical, printing, distribution or production errors. Sponsors are also not liable for any damage to participants’ computer system that may result from participating in the Contest. Return of a prize or prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and the forfeiture of all interest in the prize. Entry and/or acceptance of prize(s) constitutes permission for Warren County and their agents and licensees, to use the entrant’s name, voice, photograph, likeness and biographical material for broadcast and promotional purposes in connection with this contest for a period of up to one year. Any person attempting to defraud or in anyway tamper with this Contest will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Warren County reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if, in its sole discretion, it determines that for any reason (such as tampering or infection by computer virus) the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, or fraud, technical failures, printing or distribution errors, or any other causes of occurrences have compromised the fairness or integrity of the Contest.

Warren County is not responsible for Internet connections, unavailability of servers or any other technical malfunctions that may impede your entering this contest via the Internet. Contest sponsors are not responsible for computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, failures or delays in computer transmissions or network connections. Contest sponsors are likewise, not liable for damage to participants’ computer system that may result from participating in the contest.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to the Warren County Department of Tourism (Lake George Area) and not to Instagram. 

 


Lake George Area Weekend & Holiday Break To Do List

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!

Wood Theater Family Christmas Party

Friday, December 23 from 12:30PM – 4:30PM
Charles R. Wood Theater

Bring the kids to a family Christmas party with food, live music and a special appearance by Santa!  The party wraps up with a showing of the classic Christmas film, The Muppet Christmas Carol!


Christmas Eve Road March

Saturday, December 24 at 9:00 am
Glens Falls Civic Center

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.


Three Day Holiday Camp for Kids

Tuesday, December 27 – Thursday, December 29
Gore Mountain

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.


Fishing, Fires, Fun

Wednesday, December 28 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warrensburg

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.


Woody Pines Concert

Wednesday, December 28 at 7:30PM
Tannery Pond Center

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!


Christmas and New Years Dinner in the Lake George Area

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner

Sometimes the holiday season is best spent in someone else’s kitchen. Here are a couple of Lake George Area restaurants holding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve dinners:

Basil & Wicks:

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.

Morgan and Co. Restaurant:

Morgan and Co. Restaurant will be hosting a Christmas Eve dinner to remember featuring the unique and subtle flavors Chefs Steve and Rebecca Butters. Call them at (518) 409-8060 for reservations, or reserve a table online.

The Sagamore:

The Sagamore is your home away from home this Christmas. They will be offering Christmas dinner in two of their beautiful restaurants, La Bella Vita from 1:00pm-9:00pm, and Mr. Brown’s Pub from 12:00pm-10:00pm. Specials at La Bella Vita include Maple Brined Turkey, Shrimp and Scallops, Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin, and Grilled Australian Lamb Chops. Mr. Brown’s Pub will be featuring Maple Brined Turkey, Herb Crusted Prime Rib, and Apricot Mustard Glazed Ham. Reservations are required, please call (518) 743-6101.

New Year’s Eve and New Years Day Dinner

The Docksider:

Pull up to the Docksider on New Year’s Eve for a meal on Glen Lake. The Docksider is offering their full menu, plus specials like Prime Rib, Broiled Sea Scallops, Chicken Parm, and Seafood au Gratin. They’re open all day, and reservations beginning at 5:00pm will be accepted. Call (518) 792-3534 for more details. They’re open on New Year’s Day as well!

Inn at Erlowest:

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.

The Sagamore:

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.

Sweet Basil:

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!


Stony Creek

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Lake George Area Holiday Recipes

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.

Turkey 11 Ways
from Chateau on the Lake in Bolton Landing

Turkey is a standard at Holiday time, but the way you prepare it doesn’t have to be.  The team at Chateau on the Lake shares a list of 11 tried and true ways to spice up how you prepare and present your bird.  From traditional roasted turkey to stewed and even a turkey jerky, this comprehensive list will inspire you to try new recipes and give you a few ideas for how to use up all those leftovers!

 

 

Curried Lamb Shanks
from chef Andy Van Bourgondien of UpRiver Cafe in Lake Luzerne

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.

 

 

 

Butternut and Apple Galette
from Lake George native, Rachael Ray – made with Smoked Blue Cheese from Oscar’s Smokehouse in Warrensburg

Rachael Ray is Lake George’s local gal who made it big and she loves hometown favorite, Oscar’s Smokehouse.  Oscar’s is frequently featured on Ray’s TV show as with this beautiful butternut squash, onion and apple side dish.  As Rachael would say – “Yum-o!”

 

 

 

Roasted Beets & Quinoa Cinnamon-Pear Salad
from Lake George Olive Oil Co.

This substantial 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!

 

 

Maple Sugar Cookies
from Hidden Hollow Maple Farm

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.

 

 

 

Simple Winter Sangria
from Adirondack Winery

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!

 

 

 

Egg Nog
from Battenkill Creamery

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Last Minute Holiday Shopping Guide

 

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!

 

You Can’t Go Wrong at The Factory Outlets of Lake George

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With more than 50 brand name stores in one great location,  The Factory Outlets of Lake George have everything you need.  From kitchenware to outdoor apparel to designer clothing, shoes and accessories to chocolate and candles, there’s plenty to choose from at deeply discounted prices.  Check out the website to see a long list of Holiday shopping specials and coupons!

 


Downtown Shopping

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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!


Local Art at The Shirt Factory Studios

Tea, art, jewelry, textiles, clothing, food, candles, pottery, furniture – there is so much to choose from in the four floor Shirt Factory.  The old Troy Shirt Factory building, renovated into artist studios and shoppes, offers a wide variety of unique items.  Wander the halls, meet the artists and have fun!

Tip:  For the best experience, we recommend going on a Saturday between 12 and 5pm.


Visit an Adirondack Country Shop

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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!

 

 

 


Antique Shops

Antique stores are magical this time of year, recalling the true spirit of Christmases past.  Around the Lake George Area, they are decorated for the season and offer some real finds for people of all ages.  Toys, vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry and collectibles can be found in the many affordable antique stores in the area.  Here are a few good options:

One Stop Shopping at Aviation Mall

 

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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!

 

 

 

 


Lake George Area Weekend To Do List


From dance to basketball to birding, this Lake George Area weekend is jam packed!  Here are our top picks.


Opening Day at West Mountain Ski Area

Friday, December 19 at 10:00 AM

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!


Christmas Bird Count 2016

Saturday, December 17
Organized by the Lake George Land Conservancy

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!


The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18
Presented by Reality Dance Studio
at The Charles R. Wood Theater

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 Men’s Basketball vs Bucknell

Saturday, December 17 at Noon
Glens Falls Civic Center

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.


Wine 101: Wine Cocktails

Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 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 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.


Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls

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.


A Lake George Area Holiday

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.”

holidayShe looked out the window and saw a gorgeous tree, lit up with lights.  Behind it was a stunning hotel with a bell tower.  It looked like something out of a movie.  When they got inside, the lobby was incredible; decorated with lights and overlooking a lake dotted with islands.  Their suite was bigger than her apartment and had a porch with a lake view.  She’d never seen anything like it.

She had expected it to be freezing up in the mountains but had to admit it wasn’t bad.  She had no idea what they would do way out here but at least the hotel was nice.sagamore-suite

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.

gore-kelley-10Over the next few days, she and her parents went ice skating, hiking, skiing, spent a day at the spa, drove to a nearby town to catch a show, saw some fireworks and even planned a boat cruise on the lake for New Year’s Day.

Despite her initial reluctance, she was having fun.  It was kind of cool to see her parents outside of their old house.  They were different.  Happy and relaxed.  The three of them talked like equals, not like parents and kids.

On the last day of their trip, Georgia and her parents walked to the library so she could return the book she had borrowed.  It was a clear day so they stopped at the town beach to take a last look at the majestic lake.

“Mom, Dad, how did you ever find this place?”fireworks-on-ice

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.”

lakeboltonGeorgia 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.

 

 


Save Your Holiday Spirit… before it’s too late!

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!

Step One:

Just breathe….

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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.

 

Step Two:

santa-bell-ringing-editRecognize the signs.
Has Holiday Music begun to sound like screeching cats?
Are you averting your eyes when The Salvation Army Santas smile and say Happy Holidays?
Have you been mumbling insults under your breath whenever you see a twinkling light?
Is your patience for excited children wearing thin?
Are you ready to scream every time someone asks what to get you this year?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the danger zone.  You have to act fast to save your Holiday Spirit!

 

Step Three:

Get yourself to the Lake George Area!!! 

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!

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Step Four:

Go outside!
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?

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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!

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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 wink-emoji   All you have to do is get here (ahem – Step Three)!

 

Step Five:

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 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!

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Happy Holidays!


Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

Here we are, right in the middle of the Holiday Season.  Things are hopping!

Here’s our top four happenings for this weekend:

Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting

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Friday, December 9 at 6:00pm
Queensbury Town Offices

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.


The Nutcracker

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Presented by Adirondack Ballet Theater
December 9, 10 & 11
Charles R. Wood Theater

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!


Never Summer & Sims Snowboard Demo Day

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December 11
Gore Mountain

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.


Pinecone Feeders & Winter Decorations

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December 10 at 1:00PM
Up Yonda Farm

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.