No Snow? No Worries! Here's How to Have Winter Fun in Lake George Without Snow
Get ready for warm fireplaces, non-snowy indoor and outdoor fun, and delicious comfort food in Lake George this winter. The following 48-hour itinerary takes you all the way to Monday morning because yes, you could use a three-day weekend getaway this season.
Friday Night or Saturday Morning: Check Into Your Lodging of Choice Complete With a Fireplace
Whether you're a snowsports junkie or you prefer indoor activities, once the temperature drops there's one thing most of us can agree on: coming back to your hotel room, suite, or cabin and resting by a roaring fire is an ideal way to end a winter day.
Pictured above is the Quarters at Lake George, who specialize in vacation rentals that sleep between two and six people. Go all out with your cozy fireplace, a bubbling Jacuzzi, and everything else you need. Not looking for a full vacation rental? The Best Western at Lake George offers fireplace suites.
Saturday Morning: Get Moving & Go for a Leisurely Winter Walk or a Challenging Mountain Hike
Skip the snowshoe rentals this trip and bring some waterproof hiking boots with you instead. Take a leisurely winter walk at a mostly-flat, easy-paced trail like the ones at Meadowbrook Preserve (pictured above) or Rush Pond Trail, both in Queensbury.
For those who are experienced at winter hiking and would prefer more of a vigorous Lake George getaway, we recommend Prospect Mountain or Sleeping Beauty Mountain. These hiking spots will be significantly less crowded during the winter months - just make sure you know your skill level and research any hike you do ahead of time.
Saturday Afternoon: Enjoy a Crowd-Free Village & Take Advantage of Year-Round Dining
You got up, got outside, and got moving even though you're on a mini vacation. Reward yourself with a hearty lunch in Lake George Village and beat the summer tourist crowds!
10 McGillis offers delicious dine-in or curbside pickup. Choose a mouthwatering lunch option like the surf and turf burger pictured above, which is made with prime rib, sliced cheddar, and a house-made shrimp and lobster patty. And, bonus: as of early December 2020 they've been offering brunch on weekends from 10am to 2pm.
Want more? If you click through to the link below you can filter the search by meal - select lunch (or brunch!) and browse your options.
Saturday Late Afternoon: Visit an Area Museum & Learn About Local History or See Renowned Art
Here's a local gem you might not know about that focuses on local history: The Chapman Museum in Glens Falls. Situated in a restored house, here you can see photos like the one above depicting life in the Glens Falls/Lake George area during the late 19th century.
The Chapman is open from 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays (and 10am to 12pm; they close for lunch) and admission is a $5 donation. They ask you to call ahead to visit.
Alternative Saturday Afternoon Suggestion: Take a Drive to Saratoga Springs & Check Out This Funky Bookstore
Don't forget about the fireplace back at your home base for Lake George fun. Wouldn't it be nice to curl up with a good book next to a roaring fire? Take the 30-minute drive south (you won't have to drive in the snow!) to Saratoga Springs and duck into this unassuming gem for bookworms.
Lyrical Ballad Bookstore looks small from the outside, but has room after room of books, including rare and antique editions. This one is well worth a visit! And, if you decide to go with this option, you might want to plan for lunch across the street at Harvey's Restaurant (we suggest the fish tacos). Lyrical Ballad Bookstore is open 11am to 6pm on Saturday, and Harvey's is open 11am to 10pm.
Saturday Night: Experience New York City-Style Pizza Right Here in Lake George
Whether you went to 10 McGillis or Harvey's, you likely had a full, wholesome lunch. Keep it simple - and stick with that comfort food we all love to embrace in the winter - and check out this highly rated pizza joint in Lake George for dinner.
If you read the reviews of Giuseppe's Pizzeria, you'll find that New York City pizza connoisseurs are more than satisfied at the city-style slices they serve up. If you consider yourself a person who knows their pizza, or if you can just appreciate a flavorful pie, make sure to put them on your must-try restaurant list. (They also have much more than pizza - guests love their meatballs and eggplant rollatini.)
Giuseppe's is open for dine-in, takeout, or delivery from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday.
Sunday Morning & Afternoon: Get Your Fill of a Snowy Activity - It Can Happen Thanks to Snowmaking!
And you thought there was no snow! If you were hoping to get in some skiing during your Lake George winter getaway, look no further than West Mountain in Queensbury. West wrapped up a seven-year project in 2019 to modernize the mountain, including the addition of permanent snowmaking guns to replace their portable snow guns. They open at 9am daily during their season.
Sunday Evening: Reset With a Hot Yoga Class & Fireside Meal
When you're ready to restore and rejuvenate for the upcoming week, make a reservation with Hot Yoga Queensbury, which offers a Weekend Reset hot yoga class from 5pm to 6pm on Sundays (Yes, you can attend without a membership, just reserve your spot ahead of time through their website).
After that wraps up, grab dinner at O'Toole's Restaurant, conveniently within walking distance of the yoga studio. O'Toole's has an extensive menu with pub burgers, sandwiches, and salads, but are especially known for their chicken wings and fajitas, the latter of which arrives sizzling at your table.
They're open from 11am to 9:15pm on Sundays, and if you get lucky you might just nab a table by their toasty fireplace in the middle of the restaurant.
Monday Morning: Fuel Up for the Trip Home With a Hot Cup of Coffee & a Solid Breakfast
Plan to stop at Caffe Vero on your way out of Lake George for some caffeine and a breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito, or one of their many made-fresh-daily baked goods for the road. They're open daily from 6:30am to 6pm for dine-in or takeout, and are a perfect last stop for your winter weekend getaway.
Still Need More No-Snow Ideas? You Got It!
Enjoy everything Lake George in the winter, with or without snow!