Discussing plans for their upcoming book release party, sisters Kim and Pam Ladd (center and right) share cocktails and conversation June 12 at T.R.’s Lounge at the Holiday Inn in Lake George. Bartender Agnes Bakonyi (left) greets the duo.
While most people think of hiking and canoeing as recreation in the Adirondacks, there’s another aspect that a local duo has explored.
Sisters Kim and Pam Ladd have spent years visiting and evaluating taverns in the Adirondack Park, and they’ve published an account of their adventures in the book “Happy Hour in the High Peaks.”
The volume is to debut Wednesday, June 26 at Basil & Wicks Restaurant & Bar with a Meet the Authors party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and all are invited. The tavern is located at 3195 state Rte. 28 just south of North Creek.
The Ladds launched the idea for the book while the two were on a vacation several years ago, then refined the concept while sharing drinks and conversation on Pam Ladd’s deck at her house in Warrensburg, Thurman resident Kim Ladd said.
Their enterprise grew into a blog and a regular column on the Adirondack Almanack website — writings that reveal the Ladds’ observations, laced with humor, of the social side of the Adirondacks.
The Ladds toured about 120 taverns over two and a half years, and they’ve chosen 46 of the bars — a sly nod to the famed 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks — to profile in their book.
Their choice of their top hotspots was based primarily on the friendliness of the staff and customers, Pam Ladd said.
“We asked ourselves the question, ‘Is this someplace people could come into and feel comfortable,’” she said.
The volume also includes 46 recipes for drinks that either the two have concocted, or they are the signature drinks of venues they visited.
The book is accompanied by a “Happy Hour Passport” — available on the Ladds’ companion website — which readers can present to the bartenders at the 46 chosen venues for drink discounts, Kim Ladd said.
“Our readers can get a stamped validation of their Passport at each of the 46 taverns, and it serves as a great conversation starter,” she said.
The Happy Hour in the High Peaks website also features an array of High Peaks Happy Hour accessories, including hats and T-shirts, she added.
One of their favorite taverns was T.R.’s Lounge at the Holiday Inn at Lake George, Kim Ladd said.
“The bartenders here introduce the hotel guests to local people, so everyone feels comfortable,” she said.
Kim Ladd added that their research for the book yielded a lot of memorable experiences, ranging from an impromptu marriage proposal to discovering remote towns.
“Our experiences made us really appreciate the whole Adirondack Park — we went to places we wouldn’t have otherwise visited,” she said.
Pam Ladd shared the enthusiasm.
“We’ve made some real solid friends through this,” she added.