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FI and I just booked a week at cabin on Glen Lake, which isn’t too far from Lake George and the Adirondacks and we are super excited!! We also want to do a little car camping and perhaps a backcountry overnight or two. So, I need some suggestions!! We’ve hiked in the ADKs before: the Brothers, Mt. Marcy and a couple of others and are looking for some good day hikes in the high peaks. We also need a good campground for tent camping and prefer the lot to be wooded or waterfront, with showers!! We also would love some restaurant suggestions (we are foodies) as well as some other “must-dos” for the area! We don’t mind driving to get to the good stuff!
Any help would be really appreciated, thanks bees!!
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no advice for me? come on upstate bees!!
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We just went there!!!
We stayed right in Lake George village which was insanely busy. I wasn’t too impressed with the restaurants there (we are foodies too!), but we drove about 10 minutes outside to Bolton Landing which was great. There is a place called Cates which is italian food and it smelled and looked amazingggg. We just had drinks at the bar though and they were super friendly.
Our last dinner there was at the Boathouse and it was the highlight of our trip! We had some drinks on the deck while we waited for a table, and we were luckly enough to get one of the best seats in the house! Request a table outside. Even if you have to wait…its worth it. There is a dock connected to the restaurant and you can watch all the boats pull up and dock for dinner. Its beautiful.
We also took a tour of Lake George. They have a couple options but we did the 3 hour one and we loved it. But get there early to get a good seat on the deck.
We didnt do any hiking (we were only there 2 days), but we did pay the $10 fee to drive up to Prospect Mt. What a great spot. I would recomend bringing lunch and having a picnic up there. You can see for miles and miles and tons of places to sit and enjoy the view 🙂
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@Bostongrl25: Thanks so much for the recommendations!! I think a boat tour would be a fantastic way to spend a day when we don’t feel like being too adventurous! I will definetly keep the Boathouse restaurant in mind too! Thanks again!
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@peaches1038: Lake Eaton is a great place to camp, as is Blue Mountain Lake (near Indian Lake).
We have taken lots of hikes in the greater area. Mount Jo in Lake Placid is a nice hike.
I don’t have a good food recommendations as we usually camp and bring all of our food. There are lots of great soft serve ice cream shops though (Custard’s Last Stand is my fave).
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Woohoo, Lake George!!
@Bostongrl25: If you travel to the Saratoga/Lake George region pretty much at any time during the summer it will be ridiculously busy. I’m a local and honestly, I haaaate tourist season. Where did you stay when you were here?
@peaches1038: I’m not a hiker so I can’t help much in that department but the best place I’ve ever camped was at Rogers Rock. Theres a huge rock (Rogers Rock) that you can jump off of into the water. However, this was like 10+ years ago so who knows what the place is like now.
As for restaurants, the Log Jam is pretty good but I suggest The Village Blacksmith. The Blacksmith is on the grounds of our wedding venue and the food is delish. Even has a Hells Kitchen contestant as the chef!
ETA: You’d probably get more replies if you repost this in the Upstate board.
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@CapeBoundBride: Thank you so much for the suggestions! We will definitely check out those campsites and the hikes you mentioned!
@UpstateCait: I looked up The Village Blacksmith and OMG YUM!!! Thanks for the ideas!!
Post # 9
Noonmark Mountain is a great day hike in Keene Valley. If you do make it to Keene, the Great Range is an excellent restaurant for dinner. I like the Noonmark diner for breakfast or a slice of pie. have fun!
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omg this is one of our fav places:-) im not sure about campsites but some of our fav things to do were white water rafting and we did like a lazy river tube float. we had a blast! I wish i could remember the names of things we did but i know theres a boat that does a little cruise on the lake. sorry i couldnt be more helpfull! youre going to have a blast:-)
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Yay!!! Lake George!!!
Glen Lake is very, very small. You’ll be just a few minutes away from the ‘highway’, I87 called the Northway though.
If you have time, definitely take the 15-20 minute drive north to Bolton Landing. I lived there for a few years, it’s a beautiful little town about midway up Lake George itself.
The Sagamore resort has a boat called the Morgan that goes out for lunch cruises. It’s much smaller thanthe bigger commercial boats in Lake George, so you get a much more personal trip. The crew knows all about the lake and can give you all sorts of info.
Have lunch at Frederick’s on the deck and stop in the shops in town.
For food, definitely the Log Jam or the Village Blacksmith, and if you love steak, head over to the East side of Lake George to George’s. It’s super old school, but awesome.
You could also go South into Glens Falls – go to the Black Watch. It’s AMAZING. Tell the co-owner, Ted hi 🙂 We were colleagues at The Sagamore for years. There’s lots of new, good spots in downtown Glens Falls to stop at.
Stop by the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, too – small but has an awesome collection. Tell Courtney the museum educator hiya from me.
PM me for more specific suggestions… I lived in Queensbury/Lake George for 7 years before college, then went back for 3 until just recently when I moved to VT. It’s an awesome area with lots to do 🙂