Despite pandemic, Lake George-area businesses enjoying banner June

Mark Mulholland
Updated: June 23, 2020 07:14 PM
Created: June 23, 2020 05:25 PM

LAKE GEORGE - Despite a pandemic, business is good.


Business owners say a combination of attractive rates and pent-up demand has made for a banner June.

A cruise up the lake was a great way to beat the heat Tuesday afternoon.

Demand has been high at Lake George Steamboat Company.

"I'm thankful and I am surprised," said Patricia Dow, vice president at cruise company.

Dow says they're going to great lengths to keep guests and crew safe and healthy - operating at 50 percent capacity, running fewer cruises to leave time for disinfecting, and requiring masks.

However, she says all those steps are better than what could have been.

"At the very beginning, we were considering what would happen if we didn't open at all."

Hotel business has also exceeded expectations.

Fort William Henry Hotel President Sam Luciano says June 2020 reservations are double 2019's.

Luciano expects it to carry over to the Fourth of July even though the public fireworks won't happen, saying lower rates are attracting more families.

"The rate adjustments the whole area has been making has opened up our spectrum for many more travelers."

Restaurants have also been busier than expected and Chic's Marina can't keep its rental boats in stock.

"We have reservations coming in by the minute right now," said Kristen DePace, general manager of the marina. "We are almost sold out for Fourth of July weekend already, so I think it's going to be another strong weekend."

Even though the village had to cancel its public fireworks show, there will be some large private fireworks displays on the lake this Fourth of July, including a display launched from a barge near Cramer Point.

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