Leaf Peepers Wanted in Bolton Landing

small_5167654205According to the Lake George Mirror, Lake George has been named one of the nation’s “Top Eight Waterways for Viewing Fall Foliage” by Discover Boating, an online guide for recreational boating. And Interstate 87 (I87 – the Northway) has long been listed as one of the most scenic highways in the United States – and even more so in the fall, when the leaves change color. There are so many evergreens that form a backdrop to the brilliant hues of the deciduous trees – it is simply a wonderful sight. Local weather forecasters begin about this time of year to give the percentage of change – and the change happens early in the small_4125080290-1Lake George area. Choose one of those glorious crisp, clear fall days, and take a ride in the ever-changing scenery. You are welcome in Bolton Landing! There are three exits for Bolton Landing from the Northway/Interstate 87: 22 at the north end of Lake George Village (take a left on Route 9N to get to Bolton); 23 by Warrensburg, follow the signs to get to Bolton Landing (over the hill); and Exit 24 at the north end of Bolton Landing. If you choose Exit 22 and come in on 9N/Lakeshore Drive from the south, you will be riding in a canopy of trees, beautiful at any time, and the ride only gets more colorful as the fall progresses. There are glimpses of the Lake George along the way, with the mountains on the east side framing the beautiful lake. Famiglia’s Italian Deli and the Pub on 9 mark your entrance to the south end of town, then comes  Sumptuous Settings for antiques. The Algonquin Restaurant on your right has indoor and outdoor seating right on the lake. Next is Chic’s Marina, busy through the fall with boat rentals. The landmark Episcopal Church on your left stands on a hill overlooking the lake, and then the Lake George Land Conservancy is on your left – stop here for hiking information and maps on many Conservancy trails. The Bolton Free Library is on your right, by the first entrance Rogers Memorial Park. The Bolton Garden Center is across the street, with pumpkins, Adirondack Chairs, fresh produce and snacks. Neuffer’s Deli is a place to stop for a sandwich to take across to Roger’s Memorial Park, and have a small picnic by the water – there are lots of picnic tables by the beach, and the rock formations are impressive. small_58893923The Bolton Historical Society and Museum are right in Rogers Memorial Park, as is the Bolton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center – stop here for a friendly welcome, information and maps. There are several excellent restaurants – Lakeside Lodge and Grille, Cate’s Italian Garden, Market Place Steakhouse and More, Iva and Audie’s Country Diner, Bolton Beans and Frederick’s Restaurant – Mrs. Whizzy Fizz Pop’s and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream are open  until Columbus Day Weekend. There are some unique stores for shopping: Black Bass Antiques, Lakeview Trading Company, Trees Adirondack Gifts and Books (with over 2,000 VERY interesting book titles) Serendipity Boutique, Next Summer,  and Adirondack Trails – across the street from the TD bank in case you want to recharge your cash! Further on are Indian Tepee Gift Shop – moccasins and boots are in the back, so you get to see all the interesting things on your way. Happy Jack’s and Happy Jack Kids is just a fun place to shop – you never know what you’ll find there! Parking is always free in Bolton Landing, and we have plenty of it. And if you decide this is just the place to stay for a few days – we have wonderful lodging available. Check out our website at: www.boltonchamber.comSONY DSC One of my favorite walks in Bolton Landing is along Edgecomb Pond – and I was delighted with the first leave changes – there is one part of the trail that has a stretch of stunning red leaves on the ground – it is like walking on a red carpet. Occasionally a gold leaf will float down, just to remind you that there are other colors. And one of the most beautiful sights is just at sunset – the west side of the pond is in shadow, but the sun skims the top of that hill and lights up the trees on the east side, which reflect perfectly in the surface of the pond – gorgeous! What are yousmall_2959046403r favorite things to do in the fall? Leaf Peeping from the car, or the scenic bubble-top train? Hiking, biking, or walking the trails? Visiting those places you meant to get to all summer?  Taking a last cruise on the lake? What a fantastic way to see the fall! Penelope Jewell]]>