Ice Bars Stay Frozen Through February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

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

Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge

This Weekend and Next Weekend
The Sagamore Resort

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

Funky Ice Fest

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This Weekend and Next Weekend

Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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

Winterfest at Erlowest

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

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

 Exhibit Opening – Lorna Bieber:  Forces of Nature

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Saturday, January 21

The Hyde Collection

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

Gallery Talk with Lorna Bieber at 2:00 PM

Take Your Kids to Gore Week

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

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

Wine 101: Wine & Cheese Pairing

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

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

Guided Winter Tracking Hike

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

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

The Battle of Lake George Talk

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

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

Dan Ladd Speaks About Adirondack Hunting Traditions

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ice Fishing Basics

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

Safety is Number One!

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

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


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


When to Go?

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


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


Ice Fishing Spots & Fish Species

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



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

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

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



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


There’s an App for That!

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


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Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

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

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Spectacular

Sunday, January 15 at Dusk
Gore Mountain Ski Center

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

Winter Wine Tasting Weekend

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

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

Martin Luther King Holiday Camp for Kids

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

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

All-Star Classic Fan Fest with the Adirondack Thunder

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

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

USASA Boarder/Skiercross at the Ski Bowl

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

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

The Colgate Resolutions

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

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

Full Moon Ski & Snowshoe

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

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

Double H Ranch 25th Anniversary

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

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

Snowshoe / Winter Hike

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

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

Summer Campsites are Already Going Fast!

We’re loving winter this year – mild temps with enough snow for skiing and snowboarding.  More ice bars than ever before.  Winter carnival season is right around the corner.  Yet, we’re nostalgic for those summer evenings in front of a campfire, listening to the soft splashes of waves hitting the shore and chatting with friends.

There are hundreds of campsites in the Lake George Area, many right on the water.  Reservations for the 2017 season are already coming in especially for Island Camping.

Yes, you read that right.  Camp sites on islands.  Take it from us – they’re not to missed.  Swim, fish, take the boat out for some tubing, sunbathe and enjoy spectacular views from your island paradise in the Adirondacks.

Island camping is extremely popular, especially on the single site islands.  Sites go very fast so book your dates NOW!   Reservations can be made online here or you can call (518) 623-1200.   You’ll need a boat, kayak or you could take a water taxi – there are several on Lake George.

If you’d prefer to stay ashore, the Lake George Area offers all styles of camping from the most rustic to full service glamping!  Tent, RV, ranch, cabins – on the water, in the woods – close to everything, away from it all.  Whatever you’re looking for in a camping experience, you’ll be able to find it in the Lake George Area.

Camping season may be a few months away but its never too early to start imagining your perfect summer trip.  We recommend you make some hot tea (it’s still winter after all), sit back and start your search right here.  Just think, in a few months, you’ll be holding iced tea and sitting under the stars!


10 Lake George Area Favorites

We reached out on Instagram to ask for people’s favorite things about the Lake George Area are. The responses, and your inside scoop on the best places to see, things to do and areas to explore are in! Here are our top picks for Lake George Area favorites.

  1. The Lakes! And not just Lake George. The Lake George Area is full of beautiful lakes including the below Harrisburg Lake in Stony Creek that’s just beckoning us to break the glass-like surface with an energetic jump in the lake.

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  1. A summer day at Sandy Bay with boat rides and furry friends. Lake George is better with dogs and there are many lodging options that welcome them!

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  1. Romping in the snow! A fresh blanket of snow tends to bring out the kid in all of us. While snowshoes and skis are great, sometimes layering up and heading out with a few friends is the recipe for a really great snow day.
  1. Downtown Glens Falls. The restaurants, boutiques, breweries, and twinkling lights will have you heading downtown every weekend!

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  1. Docks. The perfect place to perch and enjoy the view, jump in or push off on a boat ride from. This beautiful dock is in Bolton Landing.

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  1. Prospect Mountain. If you’re not up for this challenging climb you can drive on up! Prospect Mountain offers beautiful views of Lake George and is easily accessible with its trailhead less than 1-mile south from Lake George Village.

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  1. Beach Road. As you stroll along Beach Road in Lake George you’ll find boats, beaches, ice cream, shopping, and so much more. By day enjoy the sun, at night keep your eyes peeled for shooting stars.

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  1. Crackling Campfires. After a long day on the lake or mountain, sitting around the campfire to wind down is an excellent end to a perfect day. At Hearthstone Point Campground you’ll be lakeside and only a few miles north of Lake George Village. You can find more camping options here.

  1. Million Dollar Beach. Large beach, lifeguards, volleyball nets, snack bar, and the quintessential Lake George view. Doesn’t get better than that. If you have your pup with you, head next door to Dog Beach where they can run and swim!

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  1. Cat & Thomas Mountains. This hike in Bolton is great for beginners and families but the panoramic view at the top has even experts hiking these mountains. If you enjoy this hike, definitely check out the rest of the Lake George Land Conservancy hikes!

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Lake George Area Weekend To Do

Welcome to 2017!  Many of us are still recovering from the last few weeks of 2016.
Whether you’re looking to relax, shop, learn or get out there, the Lake George Area
has something to get your 2017 off to the right start!

Guided Snowshoe Winter Hike

Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 PM
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.

Winter Wedding Show

Saturday & Sunday, January 7&8
Dunham’s Bay Resort

Are you planning a Lake George wedding?  Well, here’s your chance to talk with the best vendors in the area.  Still up in the air about your florist, photographer, caterer or the venue?  Head to Dunham’s Bay Lodge this weekend to have all your questions answered.  You may even be lucky enough to win some gifts, cash or free services!

Free Admission Sunday

Sunday, January 8, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
World Awareness Children’s Museum

Gather your little ones and head to Glens Falls this Sunday.  All afternoon, admission fees are waived.  Enjoy interactive exhibits where children can explore world cultures through play and music!  Special thanks to Kiwanis Club of Glens Falls and Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & Greener Environment (CHANGE) for sponsoring this event.

Fort Fever Series – President Taft Comes to Ticonderoga

Sunday, January 8 at 2:00 PM
Fort Ticonderoga

In the early months of his term as President of the United States, William Howard Taft came to Fort Ticonderoga on July 6, 1909, as part of the Champlain Tercentenary Celebrations. Rich Strum, Director of Education, explores this only visit to Fort Ticonderoga by a sitting U.S. President.

The Coolest Bars in Town

Winter and ice go hand-in-hand, and it wouldn’t be winter in the Lake George Area without the local Ice Bars. These beautiful and completely functional bars are cut and carved out of massive blocks of the ice. They draw huge crowds, because ice cold drinks served up on a bone-chilling bar is as cool as it gets. The Ice Bar phenomenon has taken off in the Lake George Area in recent years. There are several major Ice Bars every season, and each one is a unique night out on the town.

The scene is swanky and elegant at the Sagamore Resort. Men hold their cocktails in winter gloves, and women are keeping warm in their finest coats and scarves. Everyone is holding an ice cold signature cocktail. It’s called the Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge for a reason: it’s all about ice. The sides of the Sagamore’s outdoor Veranda are lined with love-seats, penguin porters, and cocktail tables, all carved out of ice and back lit. Small groups of couples gather on the love-seats and around cocktail tables, bundled up and enjoying the conversation and brisk air.

The Sagamore’s Ice Bar and Lounge begins as 18,000 pounds of solid ice. Then master ice carver Tim Pierce goes to work. Through the use of chisel, hammer, and chainsaw, these massive blocks of ice are turned into an exquisite Ice Bar.

The physical Ice Bar is a thing to behold. It’s the size of the bar at your usual watering hole, standing four feet tall, with stools of covered ice to keep your behind from freezing. The detail of the bar is what amazes me. The backboard of the bar, where there is typically a mirror, is an ice silhouette of the Sagamore’s iconic bell tower. The foot boards are dotted with grape sized indentations. Rivets in the splash guards recall an actual bar. Bottles of vodka and other alcohols are placed with care behind the bar, lit from underneath and glimmering. A chunk of ice carved into an “ice luge” is poised on the side of the bar, ready for someone to step up for a shot.

The Sagamore’s Ice Bar does exactly what you would expect: creates a winter wonderland of ice for hundreds to enjoy. The Sagamore Ice Bar will be serving drinks for the weekends of January 20th-22nd, and January 27th-29th.

The Funky Ice Fest at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery is significantly different affair. While the focus of the Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge is solely on the ice bar, the focus of Funky Ice Fest is spread among several different icy creations. It is a festival based around all of the strange and unique things that humans can do with ice.

This year’s Funky Ice Fest theme is Interactive Ice. The awesome ice sculptures, an Ice Bar for the ages, and even a functioning Ice Piano, create a merry atmosphere that is not unlike other events at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery. And when those delicious, Adirondack inspired beers start to flow, you’re not going to want to leave.

And that’s before mentioning the funk. Funky Ice Fest stars DJ Derek, who will be keeping the party lively with all of those funky hits that you haven’t heard in years. If you have a favorite deep-track buried deep in your basement that is sure to get the whole festival dancing, make sure you bring your dusty old vinyl. Funky Ice Fest’s BYOV (bring your own vinyl) policy makes sure that no underground funk superstar will be missed.

This year, they’ve spread the funky goodness over two weekends, to ensure everyone has their fill of funk. The Adirondack Pub & Brewery’s Funky Ice Fest will be held on January 20th-22nd and January 27th-29th. Along with two separate ice bars this year, they’ll also feature drinks from local establishments, including Adirondack Winery, Lake George Distilling Company, Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery, Champlain Orchards, and the Saratoga Courage Distillery.

As the Ice Bar phenomenon continues to grow in the Lake George Area, more local businesses are carving out their own take on the ice bar. The Inn at Erlowest will be holding their inaugural Winterfest at Erlowest this year, and the main event is a fire bar.

If you’ve never been to the Inn at Erlowest, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. This former private residence, built in 1898 as a part of Millionaire’s Row, has been restored to its former glory. It is a mostly stone structure, resembling a medieval castle, featuring ten luxurious guest rooms, snow covered lawns leading down to the lake, and views of Lake George that rank up with the best of them.

The Inn at Erlowest’s gorgeous back patio will be the center of the winter festivities. While Winterfest at Erlowest will have a fire bar instead of the typical ice bar, they will still be serving the signature cocktails that make these events a must-attend. Coupled with the fantastic views of Lake George and the distant mountains, the patio also has a blazing stone fireplace for when that cocktail gets a little bit too chilly.

After you’ve downed a cocktail or two, head inside to the ballroom for appetizing offerings from Lake George Area businesses. Executive Chef Adam Padilla will be serving up samples of the Inn at Erlowest’s fine cuisine. Local mainstays such as the Adirondack Pub & Brewery and the Lake George Olive Oil Company will be giving out food and drink as well. If you need a quick warm-me-up, a s’more and hot chocolate station will be there to help. Live entertainment will be enhancing the atmosphere every Saturday of the Winterfest.

Beginning on Saturday, January 21st, Winterfest at Erlowest will span five Saturdays. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Lake George Region for Women in Need.

Winter can be a cold and quiet season, but it doesn’t have to be in the Lake George Area. With remarkable events like these three Ice Bars, there’s no reason not to check out the Lake George Area. So bundle up, grab your warmest hat and your thickest coat, and give your friends a call. Eventually these bars are going to melt.


You can get lost in Thurman, and we mean that literally. Your phone GPS won’t work there. But getting lost in Thurman is certainly not a bad thing, especially if you’re not on a schedule and want to explore. See what’s around the next bend and stumble upon a hidden gem. Only a 20-minute drive from Lake George, Thurman is known for its farms, maple syrup, rolling hills, and beautiful views.

Don’t miss out on Thurman’s yearly events. Every fall you can take part in the Thurman Fall Farm Tour and visit six of the area’s farms. Start your day with a pancake breakfast and then venture onto maple farms, cheese farms, a llama farm, and more! In the spring, it’s all about celebrating the season, one sweet drop at a time, with Thurman Maple Days. For three weekends in March you can visit the area’s maple farms and see how the maple process goes from tree to table. Be sure to stock up on your maple syrup, maple butter, jackwax, and maple candy while you’re there! Bargain hunters should head to Thurman in May for their Townwide Sale where 60+ old fashioned yard sales pop up all over town. During the summer, you can find free live music in the great outdoors at Concerts at the Park. Everything from bluegrass to rock and roll every Monday at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Thurman is best known for its maple farms that churn out pure gold every spring. While each farm is just a short ride from the other they each offer a unique twist that makes visiting them a special treat. At Valley Road Maple Farm they have a state-of-the-art sugarhouse and make maple products that range from maple peanut brittle to maple-garlic pepper. Adirondack Gold Maple Farm is one of the oldest sugarhouses in Thurman and operated by a third-generation maple producer, they certainly know what they’re doing! Around the corner is the beautiful Toad Hill Maple Farm barn sitting on top of a hill. They are the largest maple producer in the region. You’ll find Hidden Hollow Maple Farm nestled along a hill with steam pouring out from their traditional woodfired evaporator.

It’s not just maple farms in Thurman. At the Nettle Meadow farm you’ll find happy goats and good cheese. Actually, make that great cheese. Nettle Meadow won two gold medals at the World Cheese Championship for their Kunik and Apple Cider Fromage Frais cheeses. The farm is home to over 300 goats and dozens of sheep as well as a number of retired and rescued farm animals. You can visit their cheese shop from 11am-3pm and get a tour Saturdays at noon.

If you’re up for some adventure and exercise, head to Crane Mountain. The Crane Mountain loop is 3.2 miles and features a beautiful lake along the way and stunning views for miles on the top. You can find the trailhead at Ski Hi Road. Expect to clamber up rocks and ladders to get to the top!

Need a place to stay and eat while visiting Thurman? Warrensburg is only a couple miles away and full of lodging options and great grub. On your way into Thurman you’ll drive by their Town Hall, don’t forget to stop by and grab a map!