We’re very lucky in the state of New York. We have the city down state, beautiful beaches on Long Island, and vast wilderness upstate. Lake George is a large lake that’s 3 miles wide and 32 miles long. The water is pretty clear and clean too. We breathed some of the cleanest air we’ve ever smelled in NY.
Lake George is about a 30 minute drive from our airbnb in Saratoga. We stopped at the Lake George Baking Company for their chocolate chip, peanut butter, and fudge fancies cookies (known for this particular cookie), and a cinnamon cigar. Vic and I weren’t into the fudge fancies but our friend loved them, they were too sweet for us. I liked my cinnamon cigar and they liked their peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. From here it was 10 minutes to Diamond Point where our boat tour was.
We hired a private tour with Bolton Boat Tours. They are a family owned little company. Captain Tim is the son (our guide), Captain Ted is the dad. Captain Tim was in the marines and he and his dad are volunteer fire fighters so you’re in good hands with them. They also offer fishing trips out on the lake. There are no bathrooms on this boat (bowrider) so plan accordingly.
There are islands you can reserve with the state and camp on. These look so cool. My city diva butt doesn’t want to but this is something Vic and our friend would try. I don’t like life without air conditioning, private showers and private toilets. I am curious about glamping because my diva city butt may take to that better. I’m am perfectly ok with admitting I’m a city slicker that doesn’t like to rough it. Some do just not me.
Captain Tim cruised us north, showed us Bolton Landing where we had lunch at the Algonquin because when I saw the view on their website, we had to go. I found Bolton Boat tours, the bakery and lunch spot by doing google searches.
On this trip we learned the real border of “upstate New York”, is Saratoga Springs and north; not north of the Bronx or north of Westchester like a lot of us NYC folk say (I myself am guilty). Now that I know where the real upstate NY is, I’ll use it properly. Captain Tim, our local guide enlightened us. He even said, it depends who you’re speaking to where upstate is so we asked for the REAL border. This was our first venture into real upstate New York and I noticed some people have an accent. The way they said some words with O reminded me of maybe a slight Canadian accent.
After the tour we went to downtown Lake George and hit the Frankenstein Wax Museum because ’tis the season for spooks and scares…’ (posting this in Nov, a little late for Hallow’s Eve or if you’re a huge fan like me – everyday is Halloween!). It scared our friend and we enjoyed it. It’s cute. It’s not a wax museum where you take pics and pose with them, it’s more like a haunted house story set up. In the video you can hear our friend freaking out.
Captain Tim asked us what we had planned for the rest of the day. He looked like he might laugh when I said the Frankenstein Wax Museum and a pumpkin light drive through. Then ended it with, “We’re kids.” Just so you know 3 adults traveling and hold on to this thought, it’s relevant for something else.