The world’s largest Uncle Sam statue outside Magic Forest amusement park at 1912 U.S. Route 9 in Lake George, New York. This Uncle Sam was erected in front of Magic Forest in 1982. He stands 38 feet tall and weighs 4,500 pounds.
Martha’s Dandee Creme at 1133 U.S. Route 9 in Queensbury, New York (south of Lake George). Currently owned by Dennis and Beth Lafontaine, Martha’s began as a chicken farm in 1946. The rooster on this sign celebrates “Charlie,” a rooster who wandered outside the restaurant in the late 1950s. The sign used to read “Martha’s Motel Breakfast Restaurant.”
Beach Road in Lake George, New York, looking toward Prospect Mountain.
Fort William Henry Museum, 48 Canada St. Lake George, New York 12845. (518) 668-5471.
Monument to Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Saint-Veran at Carillon Battlefield, Fort Ticonderoga, 102 Fort Ti Rd. Ticonderoga, New York 12883.
Located along US Route 9 just west of Lake George Battleground State Campground, Prospect Mountain Diner is a typical 1950s or rock ‘n’ roll-themed diner in Lake George, New York, complete with tableside jukeboxes.
There is so much to see and do in Lake George, and the Prospect Mountain Diner is at the heart of it all. After a bad experience at a different local restaurant the previous morning, I welcomed Prospect Mountain’s casual atmosphere and reasonable prices. Unlike the other place, which charged $2.50 for every soda refill (more than a gallon of gas!), refills here were free. I ordered a Belgian waffle topped with apples and whipped cream.
The original Prospect Mountain, called Point Diner and located at the junction of Routes 9 and 9L, was a classic Silk City Diner. The Paterson Wagon Company produced approximately 1,500 Silk City Diners from 1926 to 1966 in Paterson, New Jersey. In 1967, the Point Diner’s owner, Phillip Patenaude, moved it to its current location and renamed it the Prospect Mountain Diner. It burnt down in 2007 and a replica was built in its place.
Lake George, in east-central New York, is a wonderful place to get away. Here you can experience boat rides, swimming, parasailing, history, hiking, drinking, dining, arcades, mini golf, and so much more. In the spring through fall, visitors flock to this area, and it isn’t hard to see why. I’ve spent two weekends there, and still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. It reminds me of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, or Wisconsin Dells, which is where my family vacationed when I was a kid.
Fall is a good time to visit because the leaves change color, but things start shutting down for the season. I happened to be there Oktoberfest weekend, and the main street was partially blocked off. They had rides for the kids and a beer tent. I did a wine tasting at Adirondack Winery and ended up with a bottle of their Amethyst Sunset (I like sweet reds).
There are so many little tourist shops, ice cream parlors, and places to eat. Exiting off Interstate 87 onto Route 9, you can follow Route 9 into town or explore south for a few miles. There are things to do all along that main street. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Magic Forest, outlet stores, and Six Flags Great Escape are all south of Lake George. Magic Forest has the world’s largest Uncle Sam statue (not sure if that’s actually true…).