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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, The Log Jam has created the ultimate Adirondack feel with stone fireplaces and wood floors. Come hungry and chow down on char-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 getaway is as cozy as possible.
If you’re looking for cozy lodging, look no further than historic Fort William Henry Resort and Conference Center. Built on the 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 is a great base camp for your stay in the mountains.
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
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. Skiing in the Lake George Area is always well worth the trip. 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.