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Insights: I Love NY - Lake George Region

The slogan "I LOVE NY" has more meaning now than ever before.

Summer 2020 has brought travelers a whole new set challenges. First, European vacations were cancelled and planes grounded. Now, interstate travel is limited due to quarantining rules and travel restrictions. A perfect substitute awaits - a visit to the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George.

The slogan "I LOVE NY" has more meaning now than ever before. With New York requiring mandated quarantines after travel to 34 states and counting, this is the perfect summer to explore within our own state. New York State covers over 54,000 miles of spectacular beauty. One of the most magnificent destinations lies within The Adirondack Park – the breathtaking Lake George.

Why is Lake Life is the Best Life?

In the Adirondack region the magnificent Lake George is really what draws visitors from far and wide. Nicknamed the “Queen of the American Lakes” there are over 45 square miles of water to enjoy. Renting a boat for the day (or two or three) is the best way to experience the true joy of lake life.

Chic’s Marina is located on Lake Shore drive in Bolton Landing and is a full-service marina. You can rent Pontoon Boats, Boston Whalers, Jetskis, or simply hire a local captain to take you out for the day. Beckley’s Marina & Boats on Lake Shore Drive in Diamond Point is another great option for boat rentals. The owner Ken Beckley even provides a water taxi service for those looking to get dropped off at an island for day or night camping. ADK Boat Tours is another option for those looking to be a passenger and not a captain for the day.

For a more leisurely boating pace, Lake George Kayak Company on Boathouse Lane in Bolton Landing offers rentals and lessons if you prefer to see the water via SUP or kayak. This is a wonderful way to take in the beauty of Lake George and the mountains that surround it.

Interested in a “day camping” adventure? Consider renting an island on the lake. Glen Island Rangers Station (518-644-9696) offers day use campground passes on a first come first serve basis. Pack the coolers, dock the boat, and spend the day on a beautiful island in the middle of Lake George.

When you get hungry, Dock and Dine is a great way to experience what lake life has to offer. One of the best options in the area is The Boathouse Restaurant. Reservations are needed to dine and to secure a slip to dock your boat. No matter how you choose to experience Lake George, memories are created on the water.

Favorite Adirondack Small Town Dining

Dining around the Lake George region is as varied as the destination itself. While Lake George Village has many options, Bolton Landing’s cuisine really takes center stage.

Make sure to reserve a patio table at long time favorite Cate’s Italian Garden Restaurant & Bar. Cate's has been around since 1995, is family-operated, and is featured on the food network show – Summer Rush.

The Huddle Kitchen + Bar is another Main Street staple that serves up a classic American Bistro fare with a twist, like The Hangover grilled cheese and the Crabby Benny version of Eggs Benedict. Don't miss their creative drinks, served in classic mason jars.

Lakeside Lodge and Grille is a great casual option for a delicious meal. The setting is classic Adirondack and they offer a number of gluten-free options.

Another Summer Rush featured restaurant is The Chateau on the Lake. The Chateau offers a refined dining experience and is tucked away from the crowds. This lakefront beauty serves up elegant fare with a killer view. You may want to leave the kids behind for this one!

After dinner hit up family favorite Ben & Jerry’s or head over to the local candy store Mrs. Whizzy Fizz Popp’s for some orange slices and taffy. Looking for an after-dinner drink instead? The Bolton Landing Brewery Co. is a family-owned microbrewery, serving up taps like Tight Squeeze IPA and Black Mountain Porter. Why not drink a local brew?

The little hamlet of Bolton Landing really provides an amazing array of culinary choices.

Where to Stay on Lake George

The historic Sagamore Resort is located on Lake George and was first established in 1883. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has 385 rooms and condo/lodge units

The Sagamore also has their own boat, The Morgan, which is the resort’s 72 foot replica of a 19th century ship.

More Adirondack and Lake George Area Activities

Adirondack Ropes Course –

Fort William Henry Museum-

Whitewater Rafting –

River Tubing –

Lake George Steamboat Company –

Contact your Elli Travel Advisor today or email to help plan your next get away.

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