Art and Culture of the Adirondacks
Art lovers rejoice because downtown Glens Falls has recently introduced its new arts trail! Whether it’s a one day tour or an entire itinerary, the nine for-profit and non-profit organizations featured along the trail highlight the rich arts and entertainment opportunities throughout this charming city. Just some of the offerings include The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House, The Chapman Historical Museum, The Shirt Factory Art Center, World Awareness Children’s Museum, several community theatres with professional performances and more. Stroll through picturesque City Park as you peruse charming boutiques and restaurants of downtown. Choose from outdoor bistros, quaint cafes, the landmark Queensbury Hotel, or even a brewpub for a group dining experience like no other.
Delight with a second day of arts, entertainment and activities lakeside. No tour would be complete without a scenic cruise along “The Queen of American Lakes,” 32-mile long Lake George. Choose between five ships that navigate the pristine waters daily. The Lake George Steamboat’s Minne Ha-Ha sails hourly and lunch and dinner cruises are available aboard the Lac Du Saint Sacrement or Lake George Shoreline’s Adirondac and Horicon. Spend a portion of the day at The Sembrich Museum, the former teaching studio of Metropolitan Opera diva Marcella Sembrich. This museum not only contains memorabilia of a distinguished international operatic career but also offers concerts, lectures, films, and events featuring some of today’s finest performing artists. Relax as the bus travels back along the shoreline of “Millionaire’s Row” and learn the story of additional wealthy entrepreneurs and artists that came to the area and built wonderful mansions and ornate hotels at the turn of the century. One of the area’s informative step-on guides can make the tales of the era of Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Louise Holmer, and the distinguished families of Tuttle, Trask, and Pitcairn come to life.
Start the day with a picturesque 100-mile view from the summit of Prospect Mountain. The bus can travel the 5 1/2 mile highway to the 2,030-foot summit for a panoramic view of the lake, The White and Green Mountains, The Adirondack High Peaks and on a clear day, The Laurentian Mountains of Canada!
Depart the mountain for North Creek to learn of the history and heritage of this quaint ski resort town, ski trains and the story of the Adirondack Railroad's effect on the region.
As the coach travels main street, be sure to check out the intricate and impressive mosaic mural, one of the largest public art pieces in the North Country. A ten year collaboration of over 700 volunteers, the colorful, carefully placed tiles uniquely depict the ambiance,outdoor recreation and natural beauty that is abundant in this area. History buffs will love the historic North Creek Depot where Teddy Roosevelt took his famous ride after learning that he was to become the 26th President of the United States. Visit The North Creek Depot Museum to learn more about this fascinating piece of history.