Road Trip: Bolton Landing

Summer on the lake…is there anything better? One of the things we love most about living in Glens Falls is our proximity to Lake George. Within 15 minutes, we can be cruising past the steamboats on Beach Road, taking in the view. And while we love the character of Lake George Village, there’s also something special about heading further north to the charm of Bolton Landing.

Read on for a couple of our favorite spots in town, and to learn a bit more about an organization that helps to ensure our Lake is protected for us to enjoy for years to come.

 
Bolton Landing NY
 

EAT + DRINK

Bear’s Cup: Newly opened this year, we couldn’t wait to try Bear’s Cup after seeing photos of their adorable space (and their coffee and bagels!). We can confirm that everything does indeed taste as amazing as it looks - and even better, it’s all made in house from scratch. We’re already planning our next ride up for more of their delicious coffee cakes - get the salted caramel…and the blueberry!

 
 

Bolton Landing Brewing Company: Another must while you’re in Bolton, we love stopping here for a cold drink after a good hike. Tom is a big fan of their IPAs (they’ve got five to choose from!) and I can never resist a glass of rosé on a summer day (and always love a brewery that also has a great selection of wines!). Bonus: their outdoor seating overlooking Lake Shore Drive is an awfully nice spot to take in the sunshine!

 
 

SEE + DO

Hike: We’re trying to get out for some more local hikes this summer and the Lake George Land Conservancy has a slew of great trails to choose from (and might we add, they’ve done an amazing job protecting and preserving the land around the lake to provide these hiking opportunities!). The Pinnacle is a favorite of ours - a short hike with a fantastic view - and we’re also big fans of Anthony’s Nose as well as Cat and Thomas Mountains. Find the trail info here.

 
 

Cruise: The main event for a trip to “the lake” is, well, the lake itself. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, right here in our backyard. Protecting our environment and the natural resources we all sometimes take for granted has always been important to us, so we were excited to be invited to an annual informational gathering held at The Sagamore and their beautiful 19th century replica touring vessel The Morgan for The Future Fund, a group formed by The Fund for Lake George for younger supporters (college students, young professionals and families, etc.) intended to inform and engage the next generation of protectors of Lake George. 

 
The Morgan Lake George, NY
 

It was a beautiful night of hearing directly from the world class scientists and leadership who are furthering the mission of The Fund to “stop the present decline of water quality and achieve sustained protection of Lake George for the next generation.” We were introduced to the amazing scientists, leadership, and high-tech tools and monitoring equipment that are actively furthering the long-term scientific research, advocacy, partnerships, and investment necessary to keep our great resource happy and healthy for generations to come. Simply put, without the efforts of this organization and its supporters, Lake George would not be the pristine destination we all know and love today. 

 
 

Partnering with technological powerhouses RPI and IBM, The Jefferson Project has not only made Lake George the most intelligent lake on the planet, but is serving as a world wide model for fresh water protection and preservation. That’s pretty special. To learn more about how you can invest in the future of Lake George and the future of preservation of fresh water lakes everywhere, you can find more information here.

 
Pictured: Brian Mattes of RPI; Harry Kolar, PhD, of IBM; and Rick Relyea, PhD, of RPI . Photo courtesy of Brian Mattes.

Pictured: Brian Mattes of RPI; Harry Kolar, PhD, of IBM; and Rick Relyea, PhD, of RPI. Photo courtesy of Brian Mattes.

 

By the way, did you know that you don’t have to stay at The Sagamore to head out for a cruise on The Morgan?! They have daily sightseeing cruises and they’re also doing a series of wine pairing cruises this summer. Sign us up!

SHOP

Black Bass Antiques and Lakeview Antiques: What’s a little road trip without a stop for a couple of treasures? We can’t resist a good antique shop, and Bolton has a couple of our favorites. We especially love peeking through the local nostalgia in both shops - from postcards, to old photos and pennants, you could easily spend the afternoon. And, we often do!

 
 

We’d love to know some of your Bolton favorites (leave them in the comments below!), and you can see more Glens Falls area road trips here.

 
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*This post was in partnership with The FUND for Lake George, an organization that protects the lake that is near and dear to our hearts. Thank you for supporting the businesses and organizations that support Glens Falls Living.

Road Trip: Open Studios Tour

Have you ever been on the Open Studios Tour in Washington County? It’s coming up July 19 - 21, and after the little sneak peek we had this past week, we couldn’t be more excited to venture out on the full tour. Cruising the back roads of the county past beautiful old farmhouses and barns, exploring historic and charming towns, and meeting the most creative, talented, and kind artists - each in their own studio - is an ideal day in our book. Read on for just a small sampling of what you can expect on the self-guided tour, and plan to experience it for yourself in just a couple of short weeks!

 
Washington County Open Studios Tour
 

The Artists

The Tour features 15 artists who work across a variety of mediums - painting, clay, sculpture, photography, and more! Below are just a few of the artists who will be featured on the tour, and you can find the full details here.

Gyula Varosy | Greenwich: We were delighted to meet Gyula and his wife Hannie (and their dogs!) at their studio - a restored barn in Greenwich. Trained as an architect, Gyula found himself pursuing art alongside his work in New York City, and moved north with his family in order to focus further on his art. He noted his inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere, but the focus is ultimately on form. Pulling from his background in architecture, his sculpture is a constructive and additive process. And, he joked, much like life - the process is not predictable or linear, and comes with many changes along the way. Don’t leave without taking a stroll on the trail around their property and enjoying the barn, the woods, and the stream!

 
 
 
Gyula Varosy Washington County Open Studio Tour
 

Jacob Houston | Greenwich: Having just missed Jacob’s show at The Hyde recently, we were doubly thrilled to meet him at his home to view his gorgeous acrylic paintings on display there. Jacob’s paintings are almost like a dream, with vivid colors and intricate details, and we found our eyes being pulled into each corner of the painting to discover more of the story within. His paintings take anywhere from 1.5 months to about 5 months (!) depending on the size, and with that time commitment, it was easy to understand why he has a few favorite originals that he just can’t part with (but you can buy prints here!). We were immediately drawn to the painting of Nubble Light (where Tom proposed!), and loved the whimsical and fun take on such an iconic landmark.

 
 
 
Jacob Houston Open Studio Tour Washington County NY
 

Rebecca Sparks | Shushan: With her studio steps from the Battenkill River (and her beautiful gardens!), it wasn’t hard to see where Rebecca gets her inspiration from. In fact, it was the crows getting together for their morning “coffee chats” on her lawn that inspired her to start creating her ceramic birds (which by the way, start as an “egg” of clay - how fitting!). She’s been working with clay for over 20 years, and it was fun to see the evolution of her creations in her studio - from the slip casting molds to the finished birds, and from the carving to the patterns on her tableware (especially loved her blue glazes!).

 
 
 
Rebecca Sparks Open Studio Tour Washington County
 

Leslie Peck | Greenwich: We’ve long admired Leslie’s gorgeous paintings of the farm animals of Washington County (those cows!), and we were excited to finally see them in person, along with her new series featuring taxidermy subjects. Like many other artists along the tour, Leslie has made her studio in a converted barn behind their home in the village of Greenwich - an area which provides an endless amount of inspiration in the way of farms, barns, and animals. We loved the bold colors in her paintings, along with the life and personality in her subjects. Yes, she does commissions, and we both left knowing we’d love to have her to paint our dogs some day.

 
 
 
Leslie Peck Open Studio Tour Washington County
 

Clarence King | Cambridge: As admirers of landscape paintings, we were instant fans of Clarence’s work. We were also instant fans of his 1700’s colonial that he and his wife are restoring room-by-room, but that’s a story for a different day :) Rather than working as a plein air painter, Clarence works from a drawing done on site, along with a photo, and adds paint back in studio - up to 4 thin coats - which helps to give his paintings that vibrance and luminosity that is so striking. The beautiful views and changing seasons of Washington County provide him inspiration, and we love the contrast in colors between his summer landscapes lush with green to the crisp whites of his winter scenes.

 
 
 
Clarence King Open Studio Tour Washington County
 

Where to Eat + Drink

It wouldn’t be a road trip without stopping for a bite to eat along the way. Even if half of our stops were just for cookies ;) Here’s a few of the many great places to grab a snack or sip…

Greenwich Village Cafe + Bakery | Greenwich: Tucked just off Main Street, we popped into the adorable Village Cafe to grab a few cookies (so good!) as a quick snack. They’ve got the perfect patio to enjoy breakfast or lunch (or cookies!) outside, but we opted to take ours to go as we were eager to get to our next stop. Can’t wait to visit here again to try their breakfast!

 
 

Round House Bakery Cafe | Cambridge: Always a favorite stop in Cambridge, this was the perfect spot to grab lunch between artist visits. Reminiscent of an old general store, we love the ambience inside and always gravitate toward the counter to enjoy our sandwiches (our go-to: the Mediterranean). And don’t leave without a cookie - or two! We love the Ginger Spice, and you can never go wrong with their traditional chocolate chip.

 
 

Argyle Brewing Co. | Cambridge: Our first time here (and definitely not our last!). We couldn’t get over the uniqueness of the space (an old train depot!), and it was fun to imagine it bustling back in the day - and to see it bustling again as a tasting room! Tom was a big fan of the Hop to It IPA (which came highly recommended from a gentleman at the bar who proclaimed himself the president of the Hop to It fan club! :), and as a big cider fan, I was thrilled to see a couple of local options - Slyboro and Saratoga Apple. The perfect stop for a cold beverage on a hot day.

 
 

Gardenworks Cheese + Cafe | Salem: Another favorite of ours, we find our way out to Gardenworks whenever we can - especially in the summer for their Cheese + Cafe! Situated amongst the flowers in front of their gorgeous barn, this was the ideal spot to end the day. We opted for a panini and a slice of quiche (both amazing!), and went with local favorites to sip on - a can of beer from R.S. Taylor and a glass of wine from Victory View Vineyard. Don’t leave before perusing the shop, taking a peek in the barn gallery, and picking some blueberries (they should be ready next week!).

 
 

See you on the Tour! Grab all of the details on artists and locations here.

P.S. We just heard about an amazing Farm to Table dinner happening at Lakota’s Farm in Cambridge on Friday, July 19th! Gorgeous setting, local craft beer and cider, and a delicious menu - grab your tickets here before they sell out!

 
 
 
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*This post was in partnership with our friends at Washington County NY Tourism. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of our favorite places in the county with you. Thank you for supporting the businesses and organizations that support Glens Falls Living.

Road Trip: Granville, NY

Have you taken a ride out to Granville lately? We went on a little day trip this weekend, and we can’t sing it’s praises enough. From the farms to the food to the friendly people, it’ll definitely be in heavy rotation for our Sunday drives this summer (especially since it’s only about 30 minutes from Glens Falls!). Read on for some favorites from our trip:

 
Dancing Ewe Farm

Dancing Ewe Farm

 

EAT + DRINK


Rathbun’s Maple Sugar House: We’ve been to Rathbun’s a few times during Maple Weekend, but we were never lucky enough to snag a table for breakfast during that busy season. Lucky for all of us, they’re open year round (!!) and we were so happy to cozy up in a booth for pancakes and french toast (…and eggs…and home fries…). It’s comfort food at it’s best, and you just can’t beat their maple syrup.

 
 

Edwards Market: I’m all about having a “second breakfast” on the weekend, but since we were pretty full from Rathbun’s, we settled on grabbing some sweets for the ride home. We spotted Edwards Market as we rolled through town, and loved the vintage inspired signage and of course, the mural on the side of the building. The charm continued inside, where we grabbed a few cookies for the road, and even got to try a sample of the danish - still warm and so good! Looking forward to trying the rest of the menu next trip, as well as their restaurant next door - West Main Grille!

 
 

Slate Town Brewing Company: We’ve heard such great things about Slate Town, and we couldn’t wait to check it out. The space has a super cool, casual vibe (we always love a great vintage rug and furniture), and of course, fantastic beer (two thumbs up from Tom for their Equinox IPA!). For those of us non-beer drinkers, they’ve got a great menu of local wines and hard ciders as well. And bonus - regular live music and food trucks, too!

 
 

SEE + DO

Dancing Ewe Farm: We lucked out with it being Fiber Tour weekend, and we loved visiting the sweet sheep (the adorable little lambs had us dreaming about buying our own farm!). They host lunch and dinner events throughout the year in the main barn, and we’re excited to make reservations for a dinner this summer - it looks like a dream!

 
 

Hicks Orchard + Slyboro Ciderhouse: Hicks is always a favorite for us in the fall, but we’ve been thrilled to see that they’ve been open here and there through the winter and spring! The Maple Glazed Cider Donuts that they’ve been serving up this season are to die for (we took half a dozen home!), and it’s always a must to visit (and feed!) the goats. Don’t leave without a cider tasting at Slyboro - or grabbing some to take home!

 
 

SHOP

Second Chance Barn: One of our favorites for vintage decor, we always love heading out to the barn to see what’s new. They’ve got a great (and always rotating!) selection of antiques, vintage furniture, old windows and doors, and basically everything you didn’t know you needed, but now you do. From vintage baskets in the summer to old sleds in the winter, we always seem to find something to bring home and give a “second chance”.

 
 

On our list for next trip: Shopping at The Gold Trout, and visits to the Slate Valley Museum and the Pember Library.

Until next time, Granville! We’d love to hear your Granville area favorites below!

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