New at Gore Mountain!

img_2777Just when you thought Gore Mountain couldn’t get any better, they make another splash. This winter, Gore expanded the Nordic and snowshoeing terrain at the North Creek Ski Bowl to 4.24 kilometers of trail, 3.19 kilometers of which will feature lights and snowmaking.

The Nordic and snowshoeing community in the Lake George Area should be pleased, as these high quality trails will be open day and night as soon as the weather allows. In the meantime, Gore has already begun blowing snow at both the North Creek Ski Bowl and the mountain proper.

The trail system at the North Creek Ski Bowl consists of varied terrain ranging from easy to difficult to freestyle runs. Some trail highlights include difficult climbs, twisting descents, stadium-like areas, and quiet runs through the woods. The freestyle section includes dips, jumps, and slalom turns. Other additions include a testing loop to evaluate equipment and a mass start area. The 4.24 kilometer trail system features several loops, so that guests can create their own favorite routes based on the terrain they enjoy.

The mass start area is going to come in handy, because races are already slated for this winter. Several sprint courses and a 2.5 kilometer loop are being reviewed for certification by the International Ski Federation, which would allow the North Creek Ski Bowl to host sanctioned Nordic events.

The terrain will be open to all season pass holders, as well as anyone with a daily lift ticket. Nordic-only tickets are also available. Lessons are being offered for those new to Nordic skiing, and rental packages are available for those who don’t own their own Nordic equipment or snowshoes.

Gore Mountain is slated to open on Friday, November 25th. They’ve been blowing snow for a couple of weeks, and after this weekends snowfall, the lower mountain is starting to shape up. What better way to wake up from that post-Thanksgiving slumber than a couple of runs at Gore?!


Fun Fact – Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

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The Lake George Area is a goldmine of geological significance. One of the highlights of the area’s geology is Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, which is home to the eastern United States’ largest marble cave entrance.

This rare Adirondack feature measures about 180 feet wide, and up to 62 feet high. The caves were formed by the rushing waters of a glacier beginning about 14,000 years ago. The cave features two distinct types of rock, marble limestone and pink granite gneiss. The caves flood every spring, continuing the natural formation of caves.

The best part about these caves is that they can be explored! Head to Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville for a tour. After you explore, head to the rock shop to purchase beautiful rocks, go gemstone mining, or give the bouldering wall a go.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is open for most of the year, but closes for short periods in the spring and fall. Their winter hours are for guided or self-guided snowshoes through the grounds. Check their website for more details.

No matter what you choose to do, Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is a timeless Adirondack experience and a must do when you’re in the Lake George Area.


Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Before the family arrives and the baking begins, why not squeeze in a quick getaway to the Lake George Area?  Here’s a sampling of the many events scheduled for this weekend.

 

A Wine and Chocolate Tasting

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Queensbury Hotel

If gourmet chocolates, artisan cheeses, chocolate desserts and wine are your thing (let’s be honest, they’re everyone’s thing), then Friday night is for you!  Over 70 wines selected by Adirondack Wine Merchants will be paired with chocolate, baked goods and cheese made by local local chocolatiers and bakeries.  Musical entertainment and a wine-themed silent auction round out this event whose proceeds benefit the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls.  Click here for tickets!


NYSPHSAA Girls State Volleyball Championships

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Glens Falls Civic Center

This weekend the best high school girls volleyball teams compete for the state championship title at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  Cheer for your favorite team, walk the streets of charming downtown Glens Falls and sample fare from one of the many and varied restaurants all around the arena.


The Glens Follies presented by The Schadenfreude Circus

Delaney Silvernell and friendsFriday, November 18 at 8:00pm
Charles R. Wood Theater

Appropriate for those who are 18+ only. Come witness an exciting throwback show-a step back in time to the days of Vaudeville! Behold strange sideshow sights scarcely seen in decades! Ventriloquism! Comedy! Baudy burlesque for boys and girls! Assembling a stable of the most talented variety performers from all over NY, the Glens Follies will celebrate the restoration of the vaudevillian art form.  Get tickets here!


Magical Woodland Tea Party

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All Fairies and Gnomes are invited to the World Awareness Children’s Museum’s Magical Woodland Tea Party at 989 North on Saturday, November 19. Join us for tea sandwiches, desserts, entertainment, woodland games and activities, fairy guest appearances and raffle prizes. Space is limited, and reservations are required.


Cemetery: The Musical


Saturday, November 19 at 7:00pm
Charles R. Wood Theater

A reading of the new musical by local musician / writer / performers Catherine Reid, Laura Roth and Peg Meath. Based on the history of the area, this musical is inspired by the people buried in the Bay View Cemetery and the lives they led.  Purchase tickets here!


Holiday Expressions

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Chestertown Gallery

Opening Reception for the latest show from North Country Arts at their Chestertown Gallery.  Featuring works like “Burning Bush” by Janet Marie Yeats above.  Find that special one-of-a-kind gift the everyone on your list.


Build a Rustic Birdhouse

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Adirondack Folk School

Build a functional and decorative rustic birdhouse for your home or backyard. Choose from several designs for suitable houses for area birds. Personalize your birdhouse with objects from home such as old drawer pulls, door knobs, hardware and such. There will be a short discussion about nesting birds and feeding birds. A day for everyone, ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.  Register here!


North Creek

People tend to pick a favorite place in the Lake George Area, whether it’s a hotel or attraction, or a particular town that they just love to visit. North Creek often makes the favorites list.  Driving up and then down into North Creek makes a person truly feel as if they have arrived, either to their favorite getaway or to a place that feels remarkably like home.  The trees and landscape explode with riotous reds and golds in the autumn months, later the limbs carry a cloak of pristine snow, not to be outdone, by spring the trees are electric with bright new green buds, and through it all the sky overhead breaks in bluebird beauty.

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Not exclusively winter destinations, Gore Mountain and its trails are a beacon for skiers and snowboarders, strengthened even more by the additional trails available at the North Creek Ski Bowl. Families traveling in the winter have turned the Polar Express Train Ride into a tradition.

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Getting around to see the scenery can be done on foot, by bike, or even by gondola. There are more things to see than nature though,  Hudson River Trading Company has long been a destination for people seeking that special little something, from lamps and art, to lotions, mugs, teddy bears and, of course, a bit of Adirondack fashion. They close for the winter, but their online shop is open year-round. Live performances, including concerts and theatrical productions, and a great art gallery can be found at Tannery Pond Community Center and you can explore North Creek’s role in American History at the North Creek Depot Museum.

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North Creek also has plenty to eat and drink, for those famished after a day exerting themselves, or those looking to enjoy their adventure tableside. Café Sarah has you covered for breakfast and lunch, with delicious coffee and scones as well as piping hot soup and loaded sandwiches. Basil and Wick’s , an Adirondack Life Readers’ Choice award winner, offers Adirondack comfort food and a kids’ menu, making it an easy choice for families. They also have The Lodge at Basil and Wick’s for a more intimate experience. Marsha’s Family Restaurant, located right on Main Street in North Creek, lays it right out there, “We’re a fun restaurant, nothing fancy, but good solid food.”  Trappers Tavern, at the Copperfield Inn, is an Adirondack classic with a rustic feel and hearty sandwiches and burgers to feed the whole family, or watch a game while you enjoy apps and a cold pint. Also on property is Lorenzo’s, an unexpected destination for authentic Mediterranean and Italian in the beauty of the Adirondacks. Chocolate lovers should head to Barkeater Chocolates where you’ll find gourmet chocolates including truffles, bars, bark, cocoa, and more.

Which leads us to where a person can lay their head in North Creek. The Copperfield Inn is a lovely option, just minutes from Gore Mountain, with 31 luxurious rooms. They offer a fitness facility and spa services, and seasonal enjoyment of their pool. The rooms have places to store your skis for those visiting during the winter! The Adirondack Alpine Lodge is a place for families or couples, and offers motel style lodging, choose a room with a gas stove or a Jacuzzi if you’d like. The Summit at Gore Mountain gives guests the option to choose from a range of vacation rentals that offer an experience a little closer to owning a slice of the Adirondack than a hotel might.

The beauty of a trip to North Creek is that you can be as adventurous, as decadent, or as stay-in-pjs-all-day as you want. It’s a place to experience time in the Adirondacks your way. C’mon up!

 

 


Lake George Named One of the 17 Coziest American Mountain Towns!

Expedia just named Lake George one of the seventeen coziest mountain town in America, and we agree!

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Here’s what they wrote:

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Fun fact: Artist Georgia O’Keeffe spent many summers on the shores of Lake George, gathering inspiration for her famous paintings.

Where to play: When the temperatures drop in Lake George, bundle up and head outdoors for some winter fun. Cast a line on the frozen lake for an afternoon of ice fishing, sled down the hills at Battlefield Park, or freestyle on the outdoor ice rink next to Lake George High School.

Where to eat: Designed to look like a vintage logging camp, Log Jam has created the ultimate Adirondacks feel with stone fireplaces and wood floors. Come hungry and chow down on chair-broiled porterhouse or some maple Dijon salmon, while enjoying the authentic lumber setting.

Where to stay: The enchanting Inn at Erlowest is calling your name. Perched on the edge of Lake George, this 1898 stone castle is reminiscent of a bygone era. The roaring fireplace and cocktail list at the Library Bar are far too tempting to ignore.

 

We at the Lake George Area came up with a few more ideas to make sure your get away is as cozy as possible.

Lodging

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If you’re looking for cozy lodging, look no further than historic Fort William Henry Hotel. Built on southern edge of Lake George, the Fort William Henry Hotel boasts beautiful views of the water and the accommodations to make any stay comfortable. Relax in the Jacuzzi after a day on the slopes or have a cocktail in front of the fireplace at the Tankard Taverne. No matter what is on your agenda, the Fort William Henry Hotel is a great base camp for your stay in the mountains.

Dining

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For some of the coziest dining in the North Country, check out the Grist Mill in Warrensburg. Built on the Schroon River in 1824, the historic building was first turned into a restaurant in 1976. The food is unique and high-end, and the décor celebrates the building’s Adirondack history. For one of the coziest experiences in the Lake George Area, head to the downstairs bar for a drink. The cold beers on tap, old mill machinery overhead, and roaring fireplace combine to create a warm ambiance that is hard to forget.

Things To Do

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A stay in the Lake George Area isn’t complete without a visit to Gore Mountain. One of the most expansive mountains in the east, Gore Mountain features 115 trails ranging from easy to difficult. If only half of the family skis, don’t worry! The always warm base lodge offers plenty of seating and several dining options. Head to the Tannery Pub & Restaurant and grab a seat in one of the booths fashioned from Gore’s historic red gondola cabins. Don’t forget to head to North Creek after your day on the mountain. Relax at barVino with a glass of wine or head to Basil & Wick’s and have a beer in their Adirondack atmosphere.

People have been bringing their family to the Lake George Area to experience the mountain air since the 1800s. With endless family friendly activities, historic and distinctive dining options, and lodging properties with all of the best amenities, your visit to the Lake George Area is sure to be one of cozy relaxation.


Holiday Favorite – The Polar Express Train Ride

All Aboard!  The Polar Express Comes to Life This Weekend!

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It’s everything you could want a family tradition to be.  Magic, Morals, Music and Mugs of hot cocoa await your family aboard The Polar Express Train Ride opening this weekend for the Holiday Season.

Inspired by the 1985 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and the 2004 animated feature, The Polar Express Train Ride brings you into the story aboard vintage train cars decorated for the season.

polarexpress-1019-e1429731978853Children are encouraged to wear their PJs like the kids in the story (adults are invited to join in the fun too).  After boarding in Saratoga Springs, families are carried away for a 30 minute ride to the North Pole.  As they travel, the conductor punches each ticket, elves deliver hot cocoa and cookies, and the story is read aloud.

Once the train arrives in the North Pole, Santa and his elf climb aboard and greet each child on the return trip, giving a bell to all the true believers.  Join in the caroling led by the conductor and chef as the train returns to the Saratoga Springs station.

The Polar Express Train Ride runs through December 23, with two trips each day at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.  Advanced reservations are recommended.  Visit the Saratoga and North Creek Railway website to purchase tickets!

 

 


Four Reasons We Ski and Ride the Lake George Area

With another Adirondack winter fast approaching, it’s time to get excited for skiing and shredding in the Lake George Area. After a warm and largely snowless winter last year, we’re predicting an avalanche of snow this season. The area ski centers are cleaning up trails and blowing snow like crazy, so here are four great reasons to ski and ride the Lake George Area.

1 – Gore Mountain is a First-Rate Ski Center

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Gore Mountain, a four peak ski center in North Creek, is the king of Lake George Area skiing. With 115 unique and varied trails to explore, 14 modern lifts to keep you on the snow, and the amenities to make sure you stay warm and comfortable, Gore Mountain is the finest ski destination in New York State. Gore has it all, including more vertical than most of the ski mountains in Vermont, more trails than any other ski resort in the state, and plenty of blue squares and black diamonds. Want a long, open glade run? Take the Adirondack Express triple chair and head for the Twister Glades. Craving some quiet, effortless turns? Ride the North Quad for a couple of hours. Looking to get your adrenaline pumping? Head to the top of Gore Mountain and use the High Peaks Chair to do laps on Lies. Do the kids need lessons? Gore has great learn-to-ski programs for kids of all ages. Is Nordic skiing or snowshoeing more your style?  Head over to the nearby North Creek Ski Bowl and check out lighted cross-country trails, now with snow-making capabilities to add to the ground cover that Mother Nature provides. No matter what type of terrain you like to ski or ride, Gore Mountain has the trail for you.

 

 

2 – West Mountain is the Ultimate Family Ski Center

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At the heart of the Original Vacation is family, and West Mountain is a first-rate family ski center. Offering 30 trails of easy to expert terrain, there is no better place to get your family acquainted to skiing or riding. West Mountain has plenty of fun and adventure to offer. Let the kids take runs in the terrain park, or brush up on their fundamentals with West Mountain’s expert instruction program, while you head to the top and enjoy the sun and snow without worry. Don’t let West fool you, this is the ultimate family mountain, professionally groomed with snowmaking to rival all of the big boys. West Mountain provides that hometown ambiance without sacrificing any of the quality of a blue chip mountain.

 

 

 

 3 – Awesome Après Ski

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What’s a day of skiing or riding without a little après ski when the lifts stop spinning? Add the mountain bars, restaurants, and lodges to the growing list of why the Lake George Area is the place to ski. Gore Mountain’s Tannery Pub & Restaurant is serving up delicious bar favorites, such as cheesy fries and Gore-met brisket chili. West Mountain’s East Slope Bar & Eatery is a great place to watch the 4 o’clock game with your family, or pass the time with a sandwich while the kids are at their snowboarding lesson. They offer a full bar and menu, enough TVs to ensure that you’ve got a view of the game, and floor to ceiling windows to remind you that you’re in the mountains.

4 – Way More Than Skiing

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With skiing like this, you can’t go for just one day. Make a ski weekend of it, because there’s plenty to do in North Creek, Queensbury, and Warrensburg to keep the whole family entertained. In the mood for some live music? Check out barVino in North Creek and their eclectic menu of locally produced foods and hard to find craft beers. Izzy’s Deli and Marketplace is famous for its homemade bagels, so be sure to stop in for breakfast before heading to the hill. After a day at West Mountain, drive over to nearby Glens Falls and enjoy a pint or a soda at Cooper’s Cave Ale Company. If you finish dinner early enough, you might be able to catch the Adirondack Thunder in some East Coast Hockey League action at the Glens Fall Civic Center!

When you add the growing list of Adirondack restaurants and amenities to the already excellent beginner trails, steep downhill runs, and powder filled glades of the region’s ski centers, it’s easy to see why the Lake George Area is the mecca of New York skiing. The days are getting shorter and winter is on our doorstep, so why not plan your weekend away?


Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

This weekend is the epitome of Fall in the Lake George Area with options to get outside or stay in.  Either way, there are plenty of activities to choose from.  Here are our Top Five!

 

Free Fishing Day

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Friday, November 11 – All Day

This Veteran’s Day, take the family out for what looks to be one of the last mild weekends of the year.  The New York Department of Environmental Conservation offers free fishing days / weekends in June, November and February. No license or registration is required, giving you the perfect opportunity to try fishing for the first time, teach the kids to fish or make a day of it with some friends.  The map above lists a few favorite family-friendly fishing holes (say that 5 times fast).  Some may require a boat but many are easily accessible by car or foot!


Salute to Veterans Concert – Lake George Community Band

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Sunday, November 13 at 3:00PM

This annual concert has become a local tradition, featuring patriotic music performed in tribute to all members of our Armed Forces.  Veterans and Active Duty military are invited to attend free of charge.  Regularly priced tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased at the door.  Children under 12 are free.


Monty Python’s Spamalot – Glens Falls Community Theatre

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Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12 at 7:30PM
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13 at 1:30PM
at the Charles R. Wood Theater

Monty Python’s 1975 musical film, Spamalot, parodied the King Arthur legend so well that it was adapted into a Tony Award winning Broadway Musical.  Featuring an irreverent and wildly comic cast of knights, showgirls, killer rabbits, French people and, of course, the king himself, this musical from Glens Falls Community Theatre will have you doubled over with laughter!  Tickets are available online.  Tip:  If you purchase tickets to Spamalot, bring your stub to the SUNY Adirondack Theatre for half-price admission to Brighton Beach Memoirs (see below) also playing this weekend.


Flannels & Handles Hoedown

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Saturday, November 12 at 7:00PM
at West Mountain Ski Area

Swing your partner round and round at West Mountain School’s First Annual Flannels & Handles Hoedown! The event benefits the West Mountain School, West Mountain’s non-profit organization, which supports education through ski racing for children. Matching Flannels are highly encouraged and Handles (Mustaches) on a stick will be provided at the event. Enjoy live music from Stones Mountain Band, line dancing demonstrations, silent auction items and more!


Brighton Beach Memoirs – SUNY Adirondack Theatre Department

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Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 13 at 2:30PM
at SUNY Adirondack Theatre

Neil Simon’s classic Broadway comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs is about Eugene Jerome, an almost 15-year-old young man who dreams of writing, baseball and girls.  He lives in 1937 Brooklyn in a house with his parents, brother, widowed aunt and two cousins.  The award winning play is the first part of Simon’s autobiographical trilogy and portrays the daily struggles of a multi generational Jewish household in 1937 from the comedic perspective of a pubescent teenage boy.  Tip:  Bring your ticket stub from Monty Python’s Spamalot (see above) for half price admission!


Look for the Super Moon!

moon1One of the foremost reasons for spending time in the Lake George Area is the natural beauty of the region. This month, that beauty will be the backdrop of a so-called super moon. Beautiful full moons, and even super moons, are common sights in the Adirondacks, but this one is special.

First, some space talk. November’s full moon will be a super moon because it is occurring within 90% of the moon’s perigee. In other words, November’s full moon is occurring when the moon is closest to the earth. This November, the moon will be the closest it has been to earth since 1948.

November’s super moon will peak at 8:52am on Monday, the 14th, so we’d suggest a Sunday night viewing.

Sky gazing is best done far away from the lights of homes and cities. If your backyard doesn’t provide a great view of the super moon, try some of the peaks or beaches around the Lake George Area – just make sure they’re open to the public.

You don’t want to miss this one. Next month will have a beautiful full moon as well, but the moon won’t be as close to the earth as it is now until 2034.

Hope for clear skies, bundle up, and go check it out! Also, if you capture a beautiful picture of the super moon, share it with us at LakeGeorgeArea on Facebook or Instagram, or use the hashtag #lakegeorgesupermoon, and maybe we’ll share your photo!


It’s Always Shopping Season in the Lake George Area!

What’s a vacation without a little retail therapy?  Whether you’re looking for him, her or the kids, you’ll find what you need at The Factory Outlets of Lake George, where over 60 name brand stores are open year-round offering the latest apparel and gifts.

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Located just four miles away from Lake George Village and easily accessible from I-87’s Exit 20, The Factory Outlets of Lake George offer convenient shopping for any traveler.

If you’re looking for athletic wear, shoes, casual or formal attire, brands like UnderArmour, J. Crew, Kenneth Cole,Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Loren, Skechers, Levi’s, Carter’s, Timberland and Gap have you covered at discounted prices to make your wallet happy.

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Looking for home goods or maybe you need a gift for someone special?  No problem.  The Factory Outlets of Lake George have just what you need.  Stop in to Corningware, Yankee Candle, Perfumania, Harry & David or Sunglass Hut for the perfect gift.

Do you love the outdoors?  Good news!  You’re in the Adirondacks so there’s no better time to gear up and hit the trail, water or beach!  LL Bean, Coleman and Eddie Bauer carry the gear and clothing every adventurer needs.

Working up an appetite from all that shopping?  The Moose on the Loose Deli has creative sandwiches and Sammy D’s is a local favorite.  Want to take a longer break and enjoy a glass of wine?  Stop at The Log Jam for an exquisite meal served in Adirondack ambiance.

Whether you visit for a few hours or the whole day, it’s nearly impossible to leave without picking up a little (or a lot of) something.

Travel Tip:  Visit The Factory Outlets of Lake George website before you go for the latest coupons and discounts.