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August 1997

The Georgian
384 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845
1-800-LAKEGEO

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Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The Georgian, Lake George, New York.


Accommodations Amenities Food Bar/Lounge Service Attractions Dining Nightlife Weather Tips



Accommodations

The Georgian bills itself as "the affordable luxury resort on beautiful Lake George." (In all honesty, we chose it because it was lakefront and had an outdoor bar by the pool.) We compared prices, and it is the priciest hotel right in town. It is at a good location. We did not feel the rooms qualified as "luxury;" they were basic hotel rooms.

Resort Amenities

The Georgian has a nice pool that overlooks the lake. Unfortunately, it seems like the parents with the brattiest children all bring them to the Georgian.

Resort Food

We really only had some appetizers and sandwiches at the pool bar & grill, but they were fine.

Resort Bar/Lounge

We liked the pool bar, which overlooked the lake. Of course, the selection of drinks outside was somewhat slim. Indoors, the Georgian Supper Club has a lounge that offers entertainment. Unless they've drastically redecorated since summer 1997, the lounge was straight out of the 1970s. The act at the resort the week we were there was a singer who billed himself as "The Fourth Tenor" and his band, which consisted of his wife and a younger woman in gold lame outfits. It was like stepping back into a Catskills resort in the early 1960s (a la "Dirty Dancing"), especially when The Fourth Tenor belted out Volare. We nicknamed the group Josie & the Pussycats, and found them most entertaining, although more from a comic standpoint.

Resort People/Service

We found the service to be lacking for a place that billed itself as a "luxury resort" - with one notable exception: Lori, the bartender at the pool bar, whom we understand had been there for years and came back every summer (she is likely still there). The front desk managed to confuse the dates of our reservation several times. In addition, we had requested a small refrigerator be placed in our room (at an additional cost of $5 per day), which was not in the room when we arrived. We had wanted the refrigerator to chill some Hudson River Valley wine and champagne we had purchased on the way. We had to wait for the refrigerator. The first one did not work, and the second beaten-up model finally did - grudgingly. The parking was not a good situation, as there were not assigned spots for hotel guests. The banquet room is rented out frequently for receptions and private parties, and guests are on their own to find parking. We returned from dinner at 9 p.m. on a Saturday to find no parking spaces. The parking attendant told us we could leave the keys with him "overnight." We chose to demand a parking space, as we were paying a "luxury" price for our room.

Area/Attractions

Lake George is a beautiful little town in the southern Adirondacks, about one hour north of Albany, NY. I had been there as a child and was amazed to find not much had changed. This is a great alternative to the ocean in the summer. Many of the restaurants and bars have decks that overlook the lake. The main street is their "boardwalk." There are many quaint shops as well. Be sure to take at least one lake cruise - we took a sunset happy hour cruise (take a sweater). We loved Lake George and plan to go back soon - but we will stay at one of the more affordable resorts (several have a pool overlooking the lake). The lake itself is sparkling and clean and is actually used for drinking water! Because of its cleanliness, it is possible to swim in the lake. Lake George maintains a very nice white sandy beach at the southern end of the lake. The lake is surprisingly warm in the summer and the bottom was soft sand and silt.

Dining

We didn't have a bad meal while we were in Lake George. We didn't make a reservation anywhere we went and never had to wait. We highly recommend:

Mario's Restaurant - 429 Canada Street, Lake George, NY, 518-668-2665
This Italian restaurant was recommended by Lori, the bartender at the Georgian. We had a wonderful, relaxing dinner there accompanied by some fine wine. Don't forget dessert!

Nightlife

There are quite a few bars in Lake George, and several have live music. We found several places to play pool.

Weather

Early August was high summer season in Lake George, and the weather was nearly perfect - sunny (sprinkles one day), average temperature from 65-85F.

Tips/Suggestions

We spent 4 nights in Lake George, and pretty much saw everything. If you have children, there are recreation areas nearby, including a Water World and amusement park. If you do not have children, it may be nice to combine a trip up the Hudson River valley with a visit to Lake George.