Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake George

Where do I begin this post?

When I was little we *always* went here for breakfast while visiting my great-grandparents. In fact, it was one of the very few places we did go, because we usually just always ate at home.

I remember the big breakfast buffet and always wanting to sit by the window so I could look out at all the cars going by and Water Slide World. When they closed the restaurant I was so sad.

Before Christmas, my Dad was visiting and we went to breakfast. He had been there one of the times he was here watching my dogs, but this was my first time I stepped back in here in I can’t even remember how long.

While it did look the same, I was a little sad. It brought back so many memories, and I was afraid if it wasn’t good, it would ruin all my good thoughts from there.

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Best Waterfront Breakfast on Lake George

So, where is the best waterfront breakfast on Lake George in the Adirondacks? Blue Water Manor. No doubt about it.


You seriously cannot beat these views. My aunt from Staten Island was visitng and I had heard about this place, but had never been there. I was worried about the food, but I shouldn’t have.

The breakfast was just as good as the view!


The inside is gorgeous as well. The stone work is just beautiful.

My aunt was very impressed with both the views and food, and made for a perfect family breakfast!

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Glens Falls Duck Race

The Glens Falls Duck Race, hosted by the local Kiwanis Club, is such a cute event. 

Not as famous as the Chicago Rubber Duck Race, but still a great time. Not only do they race ducks down the feeder canal, but they also have a bunch of family friendly activities, which is especially nice if you have kids. 

Oh, and have I mentioned it is dog friendly?! I mean how cute is this photo? 

For $5 each you can buy a duck to race down the canal. You fill out the paperwork, including naming your duck, and then pick one. Then they write the number on your duck and it gets put in with the rest of the ducks to prepare for the race. 

 Then, everyone lines up song the canal to watch them “race” down the river. They plop them all in the river and off they go. The winner this year reacieved $2,500 and then there were a bunch of other smaller prizes. 

It’s really a fun, family friendly, dog friendly event. 

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Horses, Reindeer & Fun at Saratoga County Fair 

The Saratoga County Fair kicked off yesterday at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds and included tons of fair food, beautiful horses, rides, 4-H exhibits and reindeer. 

It was my first time to the event, and my first time at a fair outside of New Jersey. Little bit different, but still tons of fun. 

Some people might have gone straight to the food area, which had everything from deep-fried bacon-wrapped snickers to hand rolled hot pretzels, but I opted for the animal tents. 

Look at these two! A reindeer and a beautiful Belgian. I was trying to figure out how I could leave with them without anyone seeing them. 

Seriously though, I feel in love with both of them, and after this horse got hosed off, the trainer let me give him some nose kisses and nuzzle with him. 

Totally made my night. So, did these guys. How beautiful are they? Someday I will own one.  

On to the food! 

I wanted typical “fair food” so I went straight to the funnel cakes. I can’t remember the last time I had one of these. They were good, but luckily not as good as I remember them so I had a few bites and was done. 

I debated a strawberry taco, but all the extras on top weren’t my style, so later in the night I opted for a fresh-from the oven hand-rolled hot pretzel. With a little spicy mustard, it was pretty good. 

Growing up, one of the things I always looked forward to was attending the Flemington Fair with my aunt and uncle. It was huge and so much fun. Before that she would take me to the Meadowlands Fair (both in New Jersey), so I have a soft spot for fairs.  

The Saratoga County Fair runs through Sunday. 

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Glens Falls Monday Night Farmers Market 

Fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers are my favorite. They are not only healthy, but make me a very happy girl.

It’s hard to get to the Farmers Market on weekends sometimes, which is why I love the idea of the Glens Falls Monday night market. Plus, it’s a great way to start the week. I look forward to finishing work and heading over to pick up some fresh items. It makes Monday a little less daunting. 

Considerably smaller than the Saturday market, there is still plenty to pick from. This past week I picked up non-GMO corn, apples, onions, beets, peppers and huge sunflowers. 

Some have argued with me that buying produce at the farmers market is more expensive than in the store. Sometimes, I agree that is true, however several things to remember – you see exactly where your money is going, the produce is typically a lot fresher, sometimes even picked the same day, which means it usually lasts longer and the taste is just so much richer. 

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Wild Walk at The Wild Center in the Adirondacks

The Wild Walk at The Wild Center in the Adirondacks is stunning. A tree-top look of  the Adirondacks with breathtaking views, and unique features that bring you right into nature.

Visitors don’t even realize they are walking above the trees until at one point you turn to your right and left and realize many of the trees are below you.

Dubbed, “a trail across the tree tops,” the structure is really amazing. Everything from the design, to how you walk into the trees without realizing how high you really are, it is pretty impressive.

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Breakfast at Bolton Beans 

Bolton Beans in Bolton Landing is one of my favorite breakfast places in the Lake George region. 

It’s small, cute and good. Plus, it’s next to one of my favorite stores, Happy Jacks.

A friend and I went for breakfast before the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. They have a good selection of items, including breakfast wraps which were super easy to make dairy, meat and egg free. 

It has jalepeanos, hashbrowns, veggies and black beans. Oh, and the salsa? Really delicious. 


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163 Tap Room Lake George

Formerly known as Judd’s (technically, I believe it was Judd’s Tavern) in Lake George Village, 163 Tap Room has great beers and atmosphere. 


I have to be honest, I was a little worried when I found out they were going to remodel. I did think it was an awesome business move, especially the name, but I was a little nervous the atmosphere would change. 

So far, I think it’s better. 

Love the custom wooden bar, the outdoor patio, and the seats against the wall instead of the pool table. 


It really takes it up a notch class-wise, but also keeps the local feel. 

They do still have a great beer list, including more than a dozen on tap.  


Overall, I think 163 Tap Room is a welcome addition to the village. 
Plus, the chef and bartender … They were super nice. Totally understood my dietary issues and made me a kale, onion and mushroom quesadilla with a side of salsa. 

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Early Father’s Day at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery 

My dad was very upset it was the middle of June and he wasn’t to the brewery yet this season. So, we did an early Father’s Day dinner there the other night. 

First off, the new patio? Love it! There is a lot more room and it just overall looks nice. The various fire pits add a nice touch. 

I finally got to try the new tangerine summer dream. I really liked it. It tastes like what you think a Blue Moon should when you see the orange slice on it, in the commercial, but doesn’t come close when you sip it. 

Minus the fact that they took his favorite sandwich off the menu, he was a happy dad on an early Father’s Day. 

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Dear Grandma: Flowers in a Vase 


It wasn’t until a very long time after you passed away that someone in the family told me you didn’t like flowers.

Did you really not like them? Is that true?

I guess I will never really know if it’s true or not, but in my head, I refuse to believe it. We used to go walking in the grass and woods behind your house all the time and I would pick various flowers, usually these little purple wild ones, put them in a special vase you always kept in the China closet, and then set them on the table.

You always made a big deal about it, and said how much you loved them.

That vase I used to put the flowers in? It has been sitting on my dresser for longer than I can remember. I’ve always been afraid to use it, because “what if it breaks?”

But, the other day a group of snap dragons, one of my favorite flowers, broke off from the plants while I was planting them. Because I’ve decided to listen to Aunt Dee and  “use the good stuff,” I pulled it out and put the flowers in there.

The vase now sits on  my windowsill instead of my dresser even when there are no flowers in it. I’ve come realize that Aunt Dee is right, why am I saving all these items? Use them and enjoy them.

Dear Grandma is a tribute to Michelle’s great-grandmother, who inspired her love of the Adirondacks while visiting here since she was a baby. Her great-grandmother, now an eternal resident of Lake George, would always write her letters. These are the letters Michelle would be writing to her great grandmother about her life in the Adirondacks now. 

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