A Week On Lake George, New York – A Visit to Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Defiance, A Lake George Steamboat Company Cruise, Our Favorite Breweries, Bonfires and More!

First of all, thank you to everyone who read and commented and messaged and supported me on my previous post about my miscarriage. It felt so good to be able to share my experience and it was sort of what I needed to complete the journey of it all, if that makes sense. I am happy and proud that my story is out there and I hope I am able to help others who go through similar situations or at least help make someone feel a little less alone. By all the messages I got from so many of you, there are WAY too many of us in this club, who have experienced a loss in this way – so I hope we can keep the conversations going. I plan to do another post on “the aftermath” of it all soon – so stay tuned.

But back to Lake George!

While all this mess was happening in my life leading up to the 4th of July, we also had plans for a family vacation with my parents and brother + sister in law for the following week. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because I had something to be distracted with before the D&E – packing everything up for the trip before the procedure. And then after it was all over I had something to look forward to.

This was my first time in the Adirondacks – so it was a great distraction from everything.

Two years ago we did a similar family trip to Seneca Lake – full of hiking, bonfires, dips in the lake, wineries, breweries and more. It was an absolute blast that everyone enjoyed, so my parents planned a trip for this summer to celebrate my dad’s 70th.

Here’s a short recap of our Seneca Lake Trip:

Hiking Robert H. Treman State Park + Swimming the Lower Enfield Falls – Ithaca, NY

Hiking Buttermilk Falls State Park – Ithaca, NY

Hiking Taughannock Falls State Park, New York {It’s taller than Niagara Falls!}

Hiking Watkins Glen State Park

Our Favorite Spots Along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Our Favorite Breweries Along Seneca Lake, New York

After all of the fun we had in Seneca Lake – and with the boys being two years older, I knew Lake George was going to be special.

We stayed on Assembly Point, which is a little peninsula that sticks out into Lake George. We had water on two sides of the house we rented so it was a perfect location for us. Amazing water views, beautiful sunrises and sunsets – the works. And I couldn’t get over how crystal clear the water was, you can see straight to the bottom, even in this photo.

Being in the mountains and on the lake was seriously so good for my soul. It was the perfect refresh and reset that I didn’t know I needed but am so grateful that I was able to have it when I did.

All The Hiking

We went on some amazing hikes – which I think I am going to share in a more detailed post separately, but the boys were absolute champs up to 9 miles, and the views we got to enjoy were incredible.

We did 4 hikes in total the week we were there and I can’t wait to share them all with you – stay tuned for that post next.

Lake George Boat Ride

One day we went on a 2.5 hour boat ride all along Lake George – with the Lake George Steamboat Company. The tour we took was called The Islands of The Narrows Cruise and it was such a fabulous way to see the beautiful lake from a different viewpoint – a leisurely 14-mile afternoon trip through the many Islands of Lake George. The area called The Narrows, is easily the most scenic, peaceful, calming and beautiful spot on the entire lake. No roads line the water’s edge and it is easy to imagine life here hundreds of years ago.  The boys had a blast and it was a great way to spend an afternoon.

Fort Ticonderoga

Another day we made our way up to the top of Lake George to check out Fort Ticonderoga – which is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain, in northern New York. The fort was of strategic importance during the 18th-century colonial conflicts between Great Britain and France, and again played an important role during the American Revolutionary War.

The boys, of course – were pretty into the whole ‘fort thing’ and enjoyed all the people dressed up in character, the firing of the cannons and the massive grounds to run around in!

My favorite part of the for was a little less violent – the Kings Gardens. They were impeccably kept, so beautiful to enjoy and even had some shaded areas for kids to stop and paint! I loved our time there.

Mount Defiance

You can’t go to Fort Ticonderoga and NOT go up Mount Defiance. You can drive to the top of it, which is included with your ticket fee to the fort and when you get up top you are rewarded with incredible views.

See the fort below?

Definitely don’t miss this if you find your way up in Lake George/Lake Champlain !

Breweries + Wineries Galore!

Again, one of our favorite things to do on any trip like this is stop along the way after hikes or day trips to enjoy the local brews and wines in any new spot we find ourselves. Wineries and Breweries are always so family friendly, I’ve found that most have great activities and games and space for kids to run around enjoy themselves.

Here were our favorite stops {in no particular order}:

Bolton Landing Brewing Company

Battle Hill Brewing Company

Adirondack Brewery / Adirondack Winery + Lake George Distilling Company

Paradox Brewery / Common Roots Brewing Company / Northway Brewing

We did some work during our visit – and we all love to enjoy the local beverages! Everything was delicious and we loved being able to take home some of our favorites! I highly recommend Lake George for any craft beer lover especially, lots of amazing spots!

S’Mores, Bonfires + Fireworks!

Our rental had a great little fire pit that we used every single night. It was right along the water, we had a great dock that we used our entire trip and everyone very much enjoyed our nightly s’mores. If you are thinking about visiting Lake George, make sure you have lake access and a fire pit – the best!

On Lake George in the summer there are also fireworks every Thursday night, which was really nice for the kids to enjoy, since we missed out on the 4th of July fireworks since I wasn’t feeling great. We also brought our own because sparklers are awesome, duh.

I’ll be back sharing more of our trip – including our hikes, a day trip to Lake Placid and Brooks on a ropes course – with possibly a bonus video or two. I took lots of great footage, hopefully I can get it together to share with you! But it was an incredible trip and for anyone thinking of visiting the Lake George and/or the Adirondacks area, I highly recommend it – we had a fabulous time, especially with our kiddos – and I hope we can be back again for another trip soon!

And Happy 70th to my dad – Thanks for an amazing trip!

If you have any other questions for me about our trip, please send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

In the meantime I’d love to know – who has been to Lake George/Adirondacks before? What was your favorite part of the area? Please share!

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  • Reply Patty July 21, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Great recap – I couldn’t have had any more fun with my family! So glad it was a much needed distraction for you to0 sweetie!

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