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Coming to Lake George for the Winter? Make Glens Falls Your Home Base for a Weekend Getaway!

Stay In an Iconic Hotel & Enjoy On-Site Live Music, Igloo Dining & More

Explore the best of both Lake George and Glens Falls with the below winter weekend itinerary! Plan to stay in a historic hotel with on-site restaurants and igloo dining, live music in the lobby, cozy accommodations, and close proximity to walkable downtown Glens Falls. 

elegant lobby with fire in fireplace

As a bonus, you’ll be within 15 minutes of Lake George Village, along with whatever snow-tastic event or activity you’re looking to attend this 2021 to 2022 season: Holiday Festival of Lights, Winterfest, the 60th Winter Carnival, and the brand new Ice Castles. Keep reading for ideas on how to organize your visit this winter.

couple walks through ice castle
Ice Castles starts in January, with tickets going on sale in December.

Please note: Always double check hours with individual establishments as info can change, and make reservations if at all possible. Lodging, dining, and more is expected to book up fast this season!

Friday: Dine Under the Stars & Enjoy Live Music With a Cocktail

 split image of pork chop and wine meal, woman in igloo with wine, and outside of igloo
Dine indoors or out at the fabulous Queensbury Hotel.

Stay at the historic yet ultra modern Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls and you’ll have everything you need for the perfect visit: on-site restaurants Fenimore’s and Park 26, a warm place to relax and enjoy live jazz music in the lobby, close-by shopping opportunities (more on stores soon!), and of course, comfortable accommodations in your room.

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Cocktails and music in the lobby? Yes, please!

The Queensbury Hotel provides live jazz music in the lobby every Thursday through Saturday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm. Arrive in time to enjoy a cocktail before dining in a heated igloo - just be sure to make those reservations ahead of time! Or, if you prefer to stay indoors, order dinner at Fenimore’s inside the hotel. They specialize in upscale pub fare, and also occasionally have live music on weekends.

Saturday: A Hearty Breakfast Followed by Winter Fun in Lake George

pancake breakfast
Breakfast does not disappoint at Park 26. Photo credit: The Yellow Note.

Start your day with a superb and filling breakfast at Park 26, located inside the Queensbury Hotel. Buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, and more tempting options are on the menu, along with a slew of sides: applewood smoked bacon, biscuit and sausage gravy, housemade corn beef hash, and more.

After you’re fueled up, it’s time to enjoy all the winter festivities in Lake George! When you visit the Ice Castles, participate in Winterfest, and more, will depend largely on the reservations you’ll need to make ahead of time.

horse drawn carriage ride in the winter
Horse-drawn carriage rides are included in your Winterfest pass!

If you plan ahead you can sit on an ice throne at Ice Castles, ride in a horse-drawn carriage through a winter wonderland, or experience snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, perhaps for the first time. Plus, there will be fireworks on select Saturdays during Winterfest, which runs December 27, 2021 to March 12, 2022.

Ice Castles and Winterfest start in January and plan to continue through March. Plus, come February, there’s the Winter Carnival every weekend. And, 2022 is the Carnival’s 60th anniversary!

winter carnival scene
Mark your calendar for the return of the Winter Carnival!

While there's plenty to do in Lake George, Glens Falls also has a lot to offer. Check out the following to make plans in Queensbury or Glens Falls: snow tubing at West Mountain, an Adirondack Thunder hockey game at the Cool Insuring Arena, or cross-country skiing at Cole's Woods. (All of these options are in convenient close proximity to the Queensbury Hotel.)

Depending on how you spend your afternoon, dinner options could include grabbing a bite to eat in the Village or, try a restaurant in Glens Falls. For a fine-dining experience, Morgan and Company is conveniently across the street from the Queensbury Hotel. Mikado, which specializes in Japanese cuisine, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Or, for something more casual and also close by, check out Downtown City Tavern, Downtown Social, or Davidson Brothers.

Or, continue to take in the pleasant ambiance at Fenimore’s right at the hotel. Try something new off the menu and stay comfortable indoors, where you’re surrounded by that charming decor and cozy ambience.

Sunday: Go Shopping Downtown & Grab Lunch Before You Go

Glens Falls street during the holidays
Bundle up for a pleasant walk in decorated downtown!

On Sunday morning, wake up to one last fabulous breakfast from the Queensbury Hotel’s Park 26, and then take in the quaint atmosphere of downtown Glens Falls. Browse funky collectables and gifts at Rude Betty, pick up outdoor gear and apparel for your next adventure at Fountain Square Outfitters, or check out a robust collection of gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spices, condiments, and more food items at Lake George Olive Oil Company. 

inside of Rude Betty and outside
Getting gifts? Rude Betty is a great option to check out!

Rude Betty and Lake George Olive Oil open at 11am on Sundays, and Fountain Square Outfitters at 10am. There’s also 42 Degrees (open at 9am), Minky Mink (open at 10am), and Laura’s Vintage Clothing (open at 12pm). And, they’re all within walking distance of each other!

While you’re out and about strolling the festive streets of Glens Falls, you may as well pop into SPoT Coffee (open at 7am daily) for some coffee before you head back home. They also offer great paninis, wraps, pizzas, and salads, so you can lunch it up before you hit the road.

What winter activity will you try the next time you’re in town?

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