Chow-Options for Gore/Lake George Region Snow Trip.....?
My husband is interested in switching up our New Year's getaway from Vermont/Berkshires/New Hampshire and exploring the Lake George region instead. We're looking forward to lots of tubing (no one actually skiis so we don't require any hard core trails) with our toddler and of course some good meals. I haven't been to Lake George since I was nine and I'm 34 now, so that's awhile....How do you guys feel about this area for a food-centered Winter Wonderland respite? Any highlights? Any other towns you'd reccommend instead for some snow time with the family?
Thank you guys so much for taking the time to write such wonderfully detailed responses. After a few calls to hotels in the region, I've discovered that no one is too optimistic about any Winter Fun what with the unseasonably warm weather. It's too warm to even make snow that's decent enough for skiing/tubing :( We'll see what Mother Nature has in store for next week before we book anything.
If you are looking for some low key tubing, West Mountain in Glens Falls might have what you are looking for... I've skied there and it's a small mountain but enjoyable. I haven't tried tubing there though. http://www.skiwestmountain.com/index.asp
Gore Mountain also offers tubing at the North Creek Ski Bowl- again, I've skied there and enjoyed it, but I've never tubed there. http://goremountain.com/aroundtown/display2.cfm?id=244&search=attractions
Glens Falls is easily accessible from different areas around Lake George. Depending on what type of accommodations you are looking for, the Sagamore resort in Bolton Landing is beautiful and offers some winter recreation on their golf course, plus a shuttle to Gore Mountain. Their Mr. Brown's Pub is good and kid friendly (and open to the public if you don't stay there) but you should call to find out their hours during the winter. We've taken kids to their Club Grille before as well - depends on the kid. http://www.thesagamore.com/
For more basic accommodations, the Bolton Pines motel is nice and affordable and the owners are very kind. They also have a family friendly German restaurant (Pumpernickel's) onsite (again, check with them for hours since it is the "off-season") which is very tasty. http://www.boltonpinesmotel.com/index.htm
The Friends Lake Inn has amazing food and wine and is a nice place to stay, but not with a toddler. That said, their breakfast is excellent (and I believe open to the public with a reservation) and fine for kids. www.friendslake.com
In a totally different direction, there is always the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark - I haven't been there but it's impressive from the outside. (We go up to the Bolton area all during the summer.
And I definitely second the Oscar's and Gambles recommendations from above - I like Merrill Magee as well but haven't been in a few years. Apparently I'll have to try Davidson Brothers!
Hope this helps!
I must confess I know nothing about winter sports in Lake George. I have been to Gore several times, but it sounds like you aren't really looking for a ski center.
Here are my food suggestions for Lake George area:
Merrill Magee House Williamsburg, NY
Davidson Bros. Glens Falls (definitely family friendly
Oscars Smoke House (OK, not a restaurant - but you GOTTA stop there
Gambles Bakery (mmmm good - call for hours, they're a little screwy
)920 State Route 9
Queensbury, NY 12804
I could also suggest places closer to Gore if you decide to do that instead.
Have you looked at Garnet Hill Lodge? It's not fancy - but a real family place, lots of snow, and sledding etc.