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Nov 29, 2006 01:16 AM

Adirondacks Area Dining

Heading to Gore Mountain ski area soon. Any suggests for a nice meal near the area, or in North River? Looking for a great restaurant, not family but nicer ambience.

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  1. Friends Lake Inn is excellent and near Gore. You will likely need a reservation but it is a great spot with an incredible wine list (ask for a tour of the 20,000 bottle cellar). Their website is

      1. re: TryThis

        Have you been since they changed ownership? We have heard mixed reviews and so are leery of spending the $ to try it ourselves.

      2. The best meal (gourmet - but a really small, unique place) by far in the area will be at:
        The Owl at Twilight
        Route 29
        Olmstedville, NY 12857
        (518) 251-4696

        I found one review at this web site (scroll down) - they don't seem to have their own site:
        If you google it you'll see a few other glimpses. Need reservations for sure. Don't blink or you'll miss the town. Really - try it. It's exquisite. You will not believe you're in the Adirondacks (well, until you look at the town, ha).


        Another great place, but a little farther, is Melody Lodge in Speculator. Melody is our favorite restaurant in the whole Adirondacks. IT's in a true Adirondack lodge (complete with excessive numbers of snowmobilers...) perched on top of a hill. The dining room has a fire place and linen table cloths. It's very nice. Also need reserves.


        In North Creek, the Copperfield Inn has two dining areas - a bar and a dining room. Both are hit or miss. The chefs change often and so it's risky. Nice atmosphere though.

        Also in North Creek is Casey's. Nothing fabulous, but it's a nice building (a log place and it's a sports bar). The menu is hamburgers, chicken fingers, that sort of stuff. Good with kids.

        Have fun! I love Gore...but I love that region in the summer even more. We've been going up there for well over 20 years.

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        1. re: CindyK

          Second the Owl at Twilight. Wonderful food and extremely nice, warm and gracious hosts. Well worth a meal. I have been going there for years as my kids went to camp nearby.

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          1. We have only been to Friends Lake Inn once under the new ownership. Most of the staff appeared to stll be intact and we had a good experience. However, I have noticed the lodging rates are moving up on a regular basis.