Lake George-area businesses drawing winter guests with fire and ice

January 20, 2017 06:28 PM

LAKE GEORGE - They took the wraps off what has quickly become a tourist attraction.

The Sagamore unveiled its ice bar this weekend and people will come in droves.

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There'll be sculptures to take your picture in and on. Things like a dog sled, a bear, a snow flake and an Eskimo.

And the resort says as in past years, visitors are coming for the ice and staying for the night.

The Sagamore is a little surprised at just how popular it's been.

"Yes we are. We're excited about it. We're thrilled with it. And we try every year to make it a little bit different and more exciting for our guests," said Bob McElhenny, the Sagamore's food and beverage director.

Four years ago the Sagamore was the first in the area to find that thousands of pounds of carved ice will bring thousands of people looking for unique winter-time fun.

Other businesses are eager to jump in.

The Inn at Erlowest is countering the ice bar with fire bars.

Guests will cozy up to fireplaces as they look out over the chilly water.

The winter-time attractions are part of an initiative the Lake George Chamber of Commerce is calling "Lake George 365."

"It's really just making sure people understand and are aware and that we broaden the scope and the experience for guests that want to come up and visit with us," said Frank Dittrich, general manager of The Inn at Erlowest.

There's no rooms available at Erlowest for the next five Saturdays, but they're still expecting a lot of guests to visit for cold beverages and a warm seats.

The popularity of The Sagamore offerings, where they're nearing a hotel sell-out for both weekends, and the success of the Erlowest promotion has businesses fired up about the prospect of making Lake George a year-round destination.

"The restaurants and businesses are coming to us and saying, 'Oh my god. It's amazing how busy we were for those weekends,' said Tom Guay, the resort's general manager. "Never before have we seen these numbers in the middle of January."


Mark Mulholland

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