Local residents do not have to travel to far-away locations to enjoy some family-friendly activities this summer. With very little effort or expense, families can take advantage of all the Adirondack region has to offer, without ever leaving their backyards!
Those looking for a quick getaway or something to cure the summer doldrums should stop by any of the following local businesses - all of which are accessible within an hour's drive.
If local theater is your penchant, then check out The Hudson River Shakespeare Company, based in Hudson Falls, which draws talent and audience from Washington, Warren, and Saratoga counties.
The mission of The Hudson River Shakespeare Company is to make available to residents of the area works of classic literature with emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare. Residents participate as both actors and auditors.
For more information about being involved or for a schedule of upcoming performances, call 747-4418.
Looking for a great rainy day activity? Why not take the family to the Hyde Museum at 161 Warren St. in Glens Falls.
The museum offers a world class collection of objects that span the history of western art from the 4th century BC through the 20th century. The museum's founders, Louis and Charlotte Hyde, acquired the majority of objects during a 50-year period of avid and highly informed collecting. Many of these works are displayed in their home, known as Hyde House, as well as select galleries in the education wing.
The permanent collection consists of approximately 2,800 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, furniture, and decorative arts. When the Hydes began collecting, their focus was not unlike that of their contemporaries. They acquired Old Master paintings, drawings and sculptures by such artists as Botticelli, El Greco, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Rubens. In their most important decisions, notable scholars William R. Valentiner and R. Langton Douglas often guided them.
While the majority of the objects comprising the permanent collection were the result of the efforts of the Hydes, the collection continues to grow through donations and acquisitions.
For more information, directions or hours of operation, call 792-1761 or go to www.hydecollection.org.
Of course, it's easy to relax knowing your belongings are safe at home. Mahoney Alarms of Glens Falls offer security systems for all needs. For a free security consultation, call 523-1600 or go on-line at www.mahaoneyalarms.com
For the creative-minded who would rather spend an afternoon making a beautiful piece of jewelry than peddling or paddling, be sure and visit Bay Street Bead Works at 88 Bay St. in Queensbury.
Located at the foothills of the Adirondacks in Glens Falls, and minutes between Lake George and Saratoga Springs, Bay Street Bead Works is upstate New York's premier bead shop!
The shop specializes in bringing its customers the highest quality beads, including semi-precious gemstone beads, focal beads, genuine freshwater pearl beads and Czech glass beads at the best possible prices.
The shop is the region's largest direct buyer of beads and findings, including sterling silver and unique glass from the Czech Republic. They have a large selection of hard-to-find sterling and gemstone pendants, rings and jewelry at wholesale pricing.
For more information call 798-BEAD or go to www.baystreetbeadworks.com.
If you're looking for some entertainment of the two-wheeled variety, than check out Rick's Bike Shop at 368 Ridge Road in Queensbury.
Rick's Bike Shop is a full-service, owner-operated shop that features bikes by Trek, Specialized and Electra Bike, plus trainers, joggers, parts, tools, clothing and accessories from all the top brands.
Rick's is the greater Lake George area's most complete repair shop with three full-time mechanics with a total of more than 60 years of experience. They build wheels and even make studded tires for hard winter riding. They also buy and sell antique bikes.
The shop carries all sorts of bikes to meet the needs of all types of riders. They have everything from your child's first tricycle to your next triathlon bike. They sell road, mountain, hybrid, comfort, BMX, freestyle, cruisers and children's bikes.
For information or directions, call 793-8986 or visit ricksbikeshop.com.
If you would rather relax in your own backyard than head for a crowded beach, why not invest in a pool or spa from Adirondack Pools & Spas.
Located at 5 Boulevard in Queensbury, Adirondack Pools owns and operates all of its own excavating equipment, delivery equipment, service vehicles and retail store.
The company has built a strong reputation for quality service, custom design and for the superior products they provide to their customers.
To find out more, call them at 798-5552 or visit them on-line at www.adirondackpools.com.
Drive a bit further north, and you will find Spa Solutions - a business that knows spas inside and out.
Spa Solutions has more than 25 years of experience servicing hot tubs and spas and they know a good hot tub when they see one. Not just from the side you normally see, but from the inside, out.
This first hand experience is one of the businesses key strengths - they sell units they feel they can stand behind.
Spa Solutions is located at 1776 Route 9, Lake George, just a mile north of the outlets.
Call 668-2686 for sales, or 361-0918 for service.
While enjoying all Lake George has to offer, be sure and catch dinner and a show at The Lake George Dinner Theatre.
Experience a truly unique combination of fine dining and professional theatre entertainment at a great price at The Lake George Dinner Theatre - the only professional dinner theatre from the Catskills to Canada.
Enjoy a delicious meal served by a courteous staff, followed by a delightful comedy presented in an intimate theatre setting where every seat is no more than 30 feet from the stage.
With dinner shows every Wednesday through Saturday and luncheon shows every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and select Saturdays, The Lake George Dinner Theatre is located at the Holiday Inn Resort, Lake George. Call the box office at 668-5762, ext. 411 or go on-line to www.lakegeorgedinnertheatre.com for more information.
In downtown Warrensburg, Ray's Liquors on Main Street has a wide variety of wines and other spirits, all offered by friendly personnel. The store offers mixed-case discounts, and welcomes special requests. It features convenient hours, as it's not only open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but also on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Across the street is Gino's Pizzeria & Restaurant, which offers not only pizza, but subs, salads, wraps, hamburgers, smothered hot dogs and quesadillas. They are renowned for their Italian specialties, including chicken and eggplant parmigiana, lasagna, manicotti and ravioli - eat in, or take out. Call 623-3000 to reach them.
The 18-hole "Cronins" course at the Cronins Golf Resort facility in Warrensburg features 6,121 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 68.6 and it has a slope rating of 120 on Blue grass. Designed by Patrick Cronin, the Cronins golf course opened in 1930. John Cronin manages the course as the owner.
Family owned and operated since 1945, the course unfolds along the picturesque Hudson River. It features multi-tiered greens, strategic bunkers and tree-lined fairways.
Three generations of Cronins have carefully maintained and upgraded the course.In 1967, nine holes were designed and added by Robert Joseph Cronin, father of the current owners, brothers John and James Cronin, who continue the family tradition today.
Cronins also offers Stay 'N Play packages with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages on-site. For additional information or a tee time, call 623-9336 or visit www.croninsgolfresort.com
Interested in taking a step back in time to an authentic dude ranch? Than visit 1,000 Acres Ranch Resort in nearby Stony Creek.
1,000 Acres is a historic dude ranch resort in the Adirondacks that offers the best in New York horseback riding vacations! Since 1942 the Arehart's 1,000 Acres ranch resort in the Adirondacks has been welcoming families from around the world to discover a unique and extraordinary vacation just 15 minutes from Lake George.
In addition to scenic Adirondack horseback trails, 1,000 Acres offers a wide variety of family activities. Whether you prefer to lounge around by one of three heated pools, read a book by the beach, play basketball, tennis or volleyball or play the resort's picturesque par 35, 9-hole golf course, 1,000 Acres has it all.
Call 696-2444 for reservations or visit www.1000acres.com.
Located in Bolton Landing, Up Yonda Farm offers 73 acres with a spectacular view overlooking Lake George. Public nature programs on a variety of topics are presented year-round.
Natural history exhibits featuring a diorama with native mammals and birds are housed in the museum. Residents can watch for wildlife outdoors as they hike along one of the woodland trails. There are perennial gardens, including a butterfly garden from June to September. Special programs for schools and groups are available by reservation. Up Yonda Farm is operated by the Warren County Parks, Recreation & Railroad. For more information, call 644-3824 or go to www.upyondafarm.com.
Nestled on the shore of Lake George in Bolton Landing is The Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum.
The museum is world renowned for its museum collection, honoring the legacy of Marcella Sembrich, as well as its educational and performance opportunities to promote the study of classical music
Madame Sembrich's profound love of nature brought her to a pristine woodland retreat on the shores of Lake George.
As a teacher, her deep commitment to the pursuit of excellence compelled her to have a lakeside studio built. Each summer, in the historic setting of Madame Sembrich's acoustically fine teaching room, museum officials strive to maintain her standard of excellence in a series of concerts and recitals featuring a roster of some of the nation's finest young performing artists.
The Sembrich Opera Museum is located in Bolton Landing on Route 9N, a half mile south of the traffic light, on the left.
The museum and grounds are open daily from June 15 through Sept. 15.
For any special need situations call the museum office at 644-2431.
With the region's strong history it's only natural there is a strong interest in antiques and collectibles.
Board 'N Batten Antiques is one of the region's best-established antiques dealers. Located at 1447 County Route 29 in Olmstedville, the Savarie family has operated Board 'N Batten for 30 years.
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m., Board 'N Batten Antiques can be reached by calling 251-2507.
Stagecoach Antiques & Home Decor is located at 5 Olmstedville Road in Pottersville.
On July 14 the shop will host an "Appraisal Day" 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. People can bring up to two items to the store for a free appraisal of their value. Refreshments will be served.
For more information call Stagecoach Antiques & Home Decor at 494-3192.
If camping is on your to-do list, look no further than Country Haven Campground located at 71 Dixon Road in Chestertown.
Country Haven is a family Campground located in the heart of the Adirondacks. Wooded and partially-wooded campsites accommodate seasonal and transient campers.
The facility is open from May 1 to Oct. 30. Full hook-up sites include water, sewer, electric and cable television. Pets are allowed with permission. Facilities include an 18-hole mini-golf course, basketball court, heated pool, arcade, bocci pits, horseshoe pits and large playground. Two bathhouses with hot shower and coin operated laundry room are also available.
For information or reservations, call 494-7391.
Those who like their excitement on land can check out Adirondack Ural, at 6384 Route 9 in Chestertown. It offers a full line of scooters, motorcycles, utility all-terrain vehicles and sport ATVs.
Adirondack Ural not only offers gas-sipping Kymco scooters for as low as $39.72 per month, but they also offer expert service, advice and support - from a staff of friendly motorcycle enthusiasts.
For information call Adirondack Ural at 494-5801 or go online at www.adirondackural.com
Residents of the quaint, lakeside community of Brant Lake know they can depend on the Tin Teepee Family Campground Store & Deli for meal fixings that are guaranteed family-pleasers. The store, located on Bean Road, offers Daby's renowned subs, plus homemade salads, cold cuts, baked goods and lunch specials. Call 494-5555 for directions or visit www.tinteepeecampground.com.
Nearby Loon Lake is a perfect setting for family fun, with boating, fishing, swimming and all kinds of water sports delighting visitors. There, Loon Lake Marina offers a full line of boats, motors and accessories, kayaks, and fishing gear, as well as high-technology docks and related equipment. Two highly trained technicians are on staff for repair and service.
Loon Lake Marina is also world headquarters for Inverted Wakeboard and Waterski School, one of the top watersport instruction schools in the Northeast. With top-notch instruction from serious skiers and boarders and a laid-back atmosphere, Inverted is a great place for beginners and aspiring trick riders to hone their skills on beautiful Loon Lake.
Call 494-3410 for more information.
The Seagle Colony in Schroon Lake is also available to entertain people this summer.
Four productions comprise Seagle Music Colony's mainstage season at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre, beginning with Jerry Herman's classic Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! which ran to July 2.
The show will be followed by two classic operas, The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, which plays July 14-17, at 8 p.m. and Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod, which plays July 28-31, at 8 p.m. Figaro will be sung in Italian and Romeo & Juliet in French, both with projected English supertitles above the stage. Rounding out the mainstage season is the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel, which will perform Aug. 11-14, at 8 p.m.
Single and season tickets for all Schroon Lake performances are on sale via the Seagle Music Colony box office and Web site. Ticket prices range from $25-30 for adults and $15-20 for children 12 and younger. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 532-7875 or visit www.seaglecolony.com
Seagle Music Colony will again present a children's opera in Schroon Lake as well as locations across the North Country this summer. This year's selection is a hilarious adaptation of the fairy-tale Jack and the Beanstalk that combines the familiar story with music from Gounod's opera Faust.
Jack and the Beanstalk first performs at the Schroon Lake Boathouse Theatre July 10, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Admission to the Boathouse performances is free.
The show then hits the road with performances in Bolton Landing, July 16; Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, July 20; the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, July 21; and Chestertown, July 24.
The Adirondack Buffalo Company, owned and operated by Dorreen and Steve Ossenkop, nestled in the heart of the Adirondack mountains in North Hudson, is home to a herd of about 40 American Bison or buffalo as they are commonly called.
Visitors can see the buffalo and shop for bison products, fresh produce, baked goods and souvenirs. A line of rustic furniture has been added to the gift shop.
For information call 532-9466 or go on-line at www.AdirondackBuffaloCompany.com
The rich history of the area attracts thousands of visitors from around the world each year, yet many local residents rarely take advantage of nearby venues.
Fort Ticonderoga, known as "America's Fort," has been welcoming visitors more than a century.
The fort played an important part in the founding of America. Built in 1755 by the French, the fort was captured by the British and Provincial forces in 1759 during the French & Indian War.
It was here in 1775 that Ethan Allen captured it from the British; the first victory of the American Revolution. It was a cannon from Fort Ticonderoga that Colonel Knox hauled to Boston for George Washington's Army. The British evacuated Boston as a result.
Costumed interpreters demonstrate artillery and other skills. The Fort Ti Fife & Drum Corps plays daily in July and August.
The fort is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call 585-2821.
A full calendar of events, including re-enactments, can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org
Snug Harbor Marina is the place to go for those looking to get on Lake George in a boat.
Located at 92 Black Point Road in Ticonderoga, Snug Marina is located on the quietest end of Lake George, which is great for boat renters because there is a lot less boat traffic than at the southern end of the lake.
The marina offers a full array of marine services, which include boat sales, boat rentals, boat winterizing, storage, fiberglass and gel coat repairs, local boat hauling and mechanical repairs. It is a five-star Yamaha dealer, Volvo Penta dealer and a Premier dealer for Mercruiser and Mercury outboards as well as being the only Regional Re-Power Center for Mercruiser in the local area. It sells boats by Godfrey Marine and Stingray Boats.
Snug Harbor offers two rental locations on Lake George to serve customers better. One is at Snug Harbor Marina in Ticonderoga, the other is Snug Harbor South boat rentals in Silver Bay, the former location of Werner's Boat Rentals.
For information on Snug Harbor Marina, call 585-2628 or go on-line at www.snugharbormarinainc.com
Those just looking to relax can find a unique opportunity at The Woodland Coffee & Tea Room. It's located at 204 Hog Back Road in Crown Point - a remote, yet spectacularly-beautiful spot in the Adirondack woods.
The Woodland Coffee & Tea Room emphasizes the pleasure found in beautiful everyday treasures such as linen and dishes and the joy of using gifts with sentimental importance.
Margot Anello had always enjoyed baking, but even more so, watching the enjoyment others found in tasting her creations. The combination of her upbringing, multicultural background, and worldly adventures helped shape The Woodland's cuisine into a blend of cultural tastes, with influences from all across the world.
The Woodland Coffee & Tea Room is open by appointment only and can be reached by calling 597-3970 or on-line at www.thewoodlandroom.net