Eveready Diner in Hyde Park, New York

Eveready Diner, at 4184 U.S. Route 9 North (Albany Post Road), in Hyde Park, New York. According to nydiners.com, the Eveready is a 1995 Paramount model, #174. Paramount is a New Jersey company known for pioneering stainless steel exteriors. I love this retro design incorporating populux and doo wop elements.

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Martha’s Dandee Creme

Martha’s Dandee Creme
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.”

Mr. Bill’s Car Hop

Mr. Bill’s Car Hop
Mr Bill’s Car Hop Restaurant at 1720 U.S. Route 9 in South Glens Falls, New York. In 2012, a vandal went on a rampage through Mr Bill’s, causing $20,000 in damage. Incredibly, the community rallied around the restaurant and helped clean it up. William (Bill) Smith argued against jail time for the perpetrator, instead wanting the young man to get help for his drug problem. What a guy!

Lake George, New York

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.

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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).

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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…).

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