A travel journal
to New York by Irishdancer
Quote: In my journal, "MOTHER/DAUGHTER GETAWAY", you get a flavor of downstate New York life. Now, we're going to explore the other New York - UPSTATE. Fasten your seat belts. A whole new world awaits you.
As you travel north from New York City on Interstate 287/87 and cross the Tappan Zee Bridge, the landscape changes immediately.
The lushness and greenery of The Catskill Mountain region will envelope you. Sites as varied as The West Point Military Academy and The Catskill Game Farm beckon to tourists and residents alike.
Continuing northward toward the Helderberg Mountain area, a more rugged, altered landscape presents itself. You've entered the Tri-State area which encompasses Albany (the state capital), Troy, and Schenectady. Thacher Park has some of the best overlooks of Albany's Empire State Plaza, as well as sprawling farmlands and acres of scenic, open spaces.
The altitude climbs as we make our way even further north into the rugged, high peaks area of the state, The Adirondack Mountains. Clear, clean lakes and waterways; vast forest lands; and, large wilderness areas unfold before you. FACT: The Adirondack Park itself has 6 million acres of land. It is bigger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined!
Albany has been undergoing reconstruction and beautification efforts and it shows. They just opened a River Walkway connecting the downtown with the Hudson River. Spend a day touring the city and picnicing/biking along the Hudson.
Take I87 all the way to Montreal. Stop along the way and get a taste of the Lake George region. Contact Lake George Steamboat Company for a list of cruises which run daily from the steel pier. Ever taken afireworks or pizza cruise? For the kids: Great Escape Splashwater Kingdom.
Western New York State has often taken a bad rap, especially Buffalo. The downtown area has been altered with much success and boasts several fine eateries, which offer outdoor options in the summer season. The Buffalo Zoo is outstanding. It's located right in the center of the city and surrounded by lovely parklands. If you're into antiques, there are many fine shops along Elmwood Avenue. However, Buffalo is still Buffalo weatherwise. They still measure a single snowfall in feet - not inches.
Heading north from Buffalo you're only a few minutes from Niagara Falls and an hour from there to Toronto.
The best thing about this "resort" is it's location. It's situated right on Lake George and is a very picturesque spot to vacation or do a long weekend.
HISTORY:The Martucci Family owns it. It's advertised as a 4 season resort. It was built in 1896 and called "Hotel Uncas". They've changed the name at least four times since then. Many structural changes have happened with the most recent addition in 1990 - Adirondack Lakeside Villas.
PRICES:The Villas cost $1,100/week in the summer to $750-900/week all other seasons. Lodge lakeview rooms are $550/week in the summer and $390/week all other seasons. Motel rooms cost $430/wk or $70/day during summer and $55/day fall/winter/spring.
ADVERTISED AMENITIES:All rooms have air conditioning and refrigerators. Lodge and motel rooms include full breakfast for two in summer. Free use of rowboats and canoes .
OUR EXPERIENCE:This resort fell short in many areas.Both days we stayed there no canoes were available mornings. The docks are in need of repair as several boards were lifting. There were two aluminum rowboats with damaged oars that would never have gotten us too far on this very large lake!We were in a motel room as nothing else was available within a 10 mile radius. The air conditioner didn't work and the heat was on during the first night. The outside temperature was 90-95 in the daytime and 70's at night. We complained to the owner. He was quite annoyed and informed us that he controlled the air conditioning and it was regulated correctly. He advised using the small, desk-type fan provided in each unit. The motel room was narrow with two, old single beds pushed together; a small TV on a tiny old table; paper thin walls, where you heard everything your neighbors were doing - not by choice; a miniscule bathroom with 1 bar of soap, 2 worn towels, and a paper bathmat.The full breakfast consisted of 4 choices, i.e., french toast w/bacon or sausage, coffee, and juice. You got 2 slices of thin french toast and 2 small links of sausage or thin bacon. The orange juice was yellow in color only - very diluted. Coffee was served in small, paper cups inside brown plastic holders. The price displayed was $5.50.
RECOMMENDATION: The frustrating check-in process should have given us a clue. There was no receptionist but rather an antiquated, speaker box which had typed instructions on it. You were to press the button so many times, speak right into the box, etc. There was no response from the Martucci family to our many attempts to check-in. Finally, we asked one of the waitresses if she could assist us. She had to run up to the 2nd floor of the lodge and about 5 minutes later someone checked us in. But, we are optimists and just knew that things could only get better, right? WRONG!
We enjoyed the lake views while staying at The Northern Lake George Resort. We DO NOT recommend it to anyone and will never stay there again.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 23, 2002
Northern Lake George Resort
8074 Lakeshore Drive
Silver Bay 12874
The View is advertised as "the oldest established restaurant on beautiful Lake George". We haven't been to every restaurant on the lake but can't imagine a more scenic overlook than The View incorporates.
THE HISTORY:It's said that the name "Indian Kettles" describes great holes in the rock ledge. They were hallowed out of the rock during the Ice Age and later put to use by Native Americans who used them for cooking and storage.
THE LAYOUT:You enter from a parking lot off Rt 9N. The receptionist greets you at the entrance to the huge dining room, which can seat up to 200 people banquet-style. An unusual antler chandelier, suspended over the dining area, immediately captures your attention(see photos below). The room is surrounded by large windows and a view of the lake can be had from any table.
We requested seating on the deck, which is just beyond the dining room. Several colorful umbrellas with matching chairs compliment the round tables scattered on this most attractive deck. Once again, the view of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George is phenomenal. Many diners arrive by boat and use the docks situated below The View. Attire ranges from bikini's to sport shirts and casual pants.
A SAMPLE MENU:Appetizers include "loaded" nachos @$7.95 to a seasoned crab cake @$8.95.Soups include a soup of the day @$3.95 and french onion soup @$4.50. Salads range from $3.50 for a garden salad to $9.95 for a cobb salad. Lunch Fare includes the usual variety of burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and an excellent "other offering" - Fish and Chips. Prices range from $6.95 to $8.95.Dinner Menu includes cajun blackened 14oz NY Strip Steak @$22.95 and Orange Horseradish Crusted Catfish @$17.95(I didn't leave a crumb of horseradish crust on my plate - delicious!).Now for the best part - Desserts. Try a chocolate decadence with chocolate mousse filled with Grand Marnier chocolate mousse, covered with chocolate ganache @$5.95. Or, for the weight conscious, key lime pie @$4.95.Kids Menu has 7 offerings including mozzarella sticks @$4.95 and spaghetti @$5.95.
MORE INFO: We were introduced to the owner, Brad Whisher, who patiently answered my many questions. He was "off duty" that Sunday and having a bite to eat with his family on the deck. He was enjoying listening to an excellent troupe of musicians, THE STRINGDUSTERS, whom he had hired for the diners pleasure. They played a wide range of selections and were welcoming and open to any requests. WEBSITE: Questions re: weddings, entertainment calendar, etc., just go to The View At Indian Kettles.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2002
FIRST IMPRESSION:If you drive there at night, you would see a simple, one-story, windowed, roadhouse type building outlined in colored lights. Luckily, our friends had been to The Carillon" before and invited us to join them. Otherwise, we might have driven right past it - and that would have been our loss!
ATMOSPHERE: Warm, cozy, and inviting. You enter through the front door from the very ample parking lot into a small entranceway. If you take a quick right by the fish tank(see photos), you'll step into the bar. An immediate left brings you into the main dining room. Our friends had requested the table by the fireplace when they made their reservations. It was a comfortable corner arrangement which gave us all a little more privacy to enjoy one another's company. Wood and suspended baskets frame the restaurant's interior from beamed ceilings to hardwood floors.
HISTORY: The Carillon has called historic Ticonderoga home since 1988 when Russ Slater, owner/chef, established it as a full-service restaurant. Specialities range from steaks to pasta to seafood. It is located on a former, well-travelled Native American byway and got its name from Fort Ticonderoga(originally named Fort Carillon).
MENU SAMPLER:Appetizers: Crab-stuffed mushrooms and escargot in puff pastry. Range in price from $2.95 to $6.95.Entrees: Broiled catch of the day (that night was cajun salmon), and grilled marinated Adirondack chicken. Priced from $15.95 to $29.95(Surf and Turf). Different homemade desserts are offered every night so prices can vary. My husband was very pleased they had his favorite pie - fresh red raspberry - just loaded with berries!
OTHER INFO:Opens @ 4PM for dinner only. Closed on Wednesdays.Family-friendly dining.Beverages include soft drinks, juice, coffee, tea, and cappuccino. Full service bar with a nice selection of beers and wine(by the bottle or glass). All major credit cards accepted.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2002
Friends of ours rent a boat slip at the SNUG HARBOR MARINA. It is located in historic Ticonderoga, New York, at the Northern end of Lake George.
My husband and I have learned a great deal over the last couple of years about "boat people"and the cohesive communities they form. The Snug Harbor community is both welcoming and fun. Family activities play a prominent role in these boaters' lives.
WHO USES THE MARINA?A very diverse group of people, who are either boat owners (or visitors, like ourselves), or boat renters. The majority of this population come from places outside Ticonderoga and are representative of many states. They all come together to share and enjoy the beauty that Lake George and its close to 200 islands have to offer.
SNUG HARBOR SERVICES:Boat RentalsBoat SalesBoat Slip RentalsWinter StorageShips StoreRefinishing ShopMarine RepairsBoat Lifts and DocksCanvas Shop
NEARBY HISTORIC SITES:Fort TiconderogaPrisoners IslandRogers RockFort William Henry
PERTINENT INFO:Location: Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883For directions and pricing info: Go toSnug Harbor Marina.Phone:(518)585-2628 or (518)585-6685Fax:(518)585-2628Mailing Address: 445 Lake George Avenue, Ticonderoga, NY 12883Credit Cards: Master Card and Visa accepted. Owners: Jim Majors and Bob Polandrani, Jr. If you have any questions, call Bob or Pam. OVERALL RATING OF FACILITY:The docks and walkways are in good repair. Parking, however, is always a little difficult on weekends but there are spots - you just have to be creative! The store is always well stocked with boaters' needs including, but not limited to, vests, water skiis, coolers, ice, ice cream, etc. They recently added a recreation room on the 2nd floor above the store. It offers good space to play cards and board games, listen to music, watch TV, etc. BEFORE YOU VISIT THE ADIRONDACKS AND LAKE GEORGE REGION...I would suggest getting a copy of the ADIRONDACK LIFEmagazine. It contains interesting articles on the areas' wildlife, history, special places to see, environmental issues, etc. If you can't locate a copy or want to preview it for yourself, accessAdirondack Life.
OVERALL RATING OF FACILITY:The docks and walkways are in good repair. Parking, however, is always a little difficult on weekends but there are spots - you just have to be creative! The store is always well stocked with boaters' needs including, but not limited to, vests, water skiis, coolers, ice, ice cream, etc. They recently added a recreation room on the 2nd floor above the store. It offers good space to play cards and board games, listen to music, watch TV, etc.
BEFORE YOU VISIT THE ADIRONDACKS AND LAKE GEORGE REGION...I would suggest getting a copy of the ADIRONDACK LIFEmagazine. It contains interesting articles on the areas' wildlife, history, special places to see, environmental issues, etc. If you can't locate a copy or want to preview it for yourself, accessAdirondack Life.
New York, United States