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A Visit to “Tail O’ The Pup”
We have passed this restaurant many times over the years and thought it about time we stopped in to see how the food was. It’s been around since 1927 so we figured it must have something pretty good going for it.
The restaurant resembles a small theme park without the rides. It’s a cluster of small buildings surrounding an outdoor eating area with picnic tables under large red & white striped awnings. It does visually attract the curious passing by.
They have their liquor license and serve beer, margaritas and other drinks. The menu includes simple fare including BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs and the usual salads and sandwiches.
The platter selections on the menu come with 2 sides. Niki had the pulled pork sandwich with potato salad. She said the sandwich was nothing really special and the potato salad was tasteless and she ask to trade it for the cole slaw. I had the foot-long hot dog platter with cole slaw and “waffle fries”. The hot dog was grilled nicely and in a short but toasted roll. Not a Michigan but quite good with onions and a little BBQ sauce.
Overall impressions – not the best and not the worst. Perhaps the hamburgers or lobsters are to die for but not the selections we made. The tables weren’t the cleanest and you do need to avoid the bird droppings when you sit. The families around us and the motorcycle club seemed to be enjoying the outdoor setting. We didn’t visit the gift shop as we didn’t find the place memorable enough to require a souvenir. We decided to have dessert at the ice cream stand just a hundred yards down the road. A wise choice as it turned out!
The Pine Cone Ice Cream Parlor is definitely worth a visit when you travel between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The place is clean, bright and serves both hard ice cream and soft-serve. They did not skimp on the hot fudge on my sundae and Niki says her scoop of “White Lightning” (dark chocolate ice cream with marshmallow mint streaks) was to die for and is ready to go back anytime!
NY State’s Meadowbrook Public Campground and Day Use Area is adjacent to both The Pup and The Pine Cone. We drove through the Campground and found it fairly empty. Meadowbrook is the best bargain in town at $18/night for NYS residents and add $5 for out-of-state visitors who come to visit the nearby Lake Placid Olympic Training venues and the Village of Lake Placid. There are 62 campsites, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, a small day-use area, pavilion rental, firewood sales and hiking. The roads are kind of tight for RV’s but we did see a couple of pop-ups. More info on their website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24482.html.
Tail O’ The Pup (We give it 2 stars) is located at
1152 Sara-Placid Highway (Rte 86), Ray Brook, NY
You’ll find The Pine Cone (we rate it 4 stars) at
1179 NY-86, Lake Placid, NY 12946
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You have to watch closely for the signs along Route 8 just West of the small Adirondack Town of Chestertown.
The narrow, paved road twists and turns about 2 miles up into the mountains from the main road.
On a clear day you can see forever or at least to the Gore Mountain Ski Area some 14 road miles to the West.
You know you are getting close as you begin passing cars parked along one side of the road for at least a half mile out.
The much anticipated annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale draws a crowd of locals and Summer visitors from many miles around. The donated treasures are on display surrounding The Priory buildings and are huge in quantity and varied from dishes, collectibles, furniture, tools, and appliances to …
books, CD’s, movies, and collectibles by the hundreds!
The Priory of St Benedict advertises their happening to be “The World’s Largest (Private) Garage Sale”. It helps fund their mission.
“The Priory Retreat House and Conference Center welcomes all people, regardless of faith and religion. We have hosted individuals and groups since 1987. We invite you to come and find a peaceful place where you can find God, grow deeper in your spirituality, and enrich your life.”
The Priory of St Benedict is located at 135 Priory Dr, Chestertown, NY 12817
Adventurers and train buffs alike can climb aboard the Saratoga & North Creek Railway train in Saratoga Springs, New York for the two and a half hour train ride to North Creek, just as the wealthy did in a previous Century.
Back in the day, the sportsmen, the wealthy and their families, and others with medical problems sought relief from the sweltering city Summers and found comfort, sport, “The Cure”, and good times in the camps, lodges, and resorts in the Adirondack Mountains.
On this day trip adventure we were happy to have Brother Ken, and our good friends, Dick, Sue, and Gary along to join us and share the fun.
It should be mentioned that any trip will get off to a grand start, as ours did, by entering the Saratoga Depot and striking up a conversation with the bright, bubbly, and friendly soul that presides over the Cafe and Gift Shoppe! Lady Myah is a force that you cannot help but enjoy meeting and being around even briefly. Former First Lady in the Dominican Republic, before the unfortunate demise of her husband the Prime Minister, she is smart, witty, well traveled, and involved in many good causes, especially for less fortunate kids. We may be seeing her again in relation to some plans she has for some of the inner city youth of New York City.
Our bewhiskered conductor gives the call and 140 of his newest passengers have their tickets punched and board the train. Some have seating in the domed dining car while our group and many others are traveling in the refurbished coaches.
Our train reaches speeds of 30MPH and passes through small hamlets and past former depots of an earlier time. We cross over the 90′ high trestle bridge over the Sacandaga River, and through dense forest land, and along many miles of Hudson River shoreline. So much different than the same river that reaches New York City and the Atlantic Ocean many miles to the South.
We reach our Northernmost destination of North Creek, NY. A sleepy hamlet that comes to life more in the Winter months as it is a short distance from Gore Mountain Ski Area.
The original North Creek Depot is now a very fine museum of local history. Admission is $2 and docents are on hand to explain any and all exhibits. The highlight for me was the beautifully constructed diorama of the area in earlier times, complete with model train and the 4 Seasons.
A good portion also concerns Teddy Roosevelt as the station is also where he learned that he was President of the United States following the assassination of President McKinley.
There is a weekend celebration each September when “Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again!” We are told a superb actor from Tennessee comes to town and “is” Teddy for the weekend. They also crank up the old Leviathan #63 Steam Train for the festivities.
Main Street, North Creek is only 100 yards from the Depot with shops and restaurants to explore during the 3 hour layover before the return trip to Saratoga.
We chose to have lunch at Izzy’s Market and Deli after reading some good reviews on the Internet. It is a small place and we were happy to see that not all 140 of our fellow passengers had chosen to lunch here. They do have some interesting sandwich and soup combinations to choose from. On this particular day every sandwich our group chose was prepared with very hard, almost “unchewable”, rolls or baguettes. That said, we all agreed that the ingredients and fixin’s inside the sandwiches were excellent and the manager did apologize and make it right for us.
After some exploring and window shopping we all reboarded the train at 3:30 for the 2 1/2 hour trip back to Saratoga.
We all agreed that we had great weather for good friends to share a grand time on a day together and a trip on a train along the rails of history.
The sound of thunder rolled across the Adirondack Mountains this week as thousands of bikers gathered in Lake George, New York for 2014 AMERICADE June 2nd thru 7th. There are Trikes, bikes, and Spyders of all types with riders ranging from their teens to well into their “golden years”.
The 5 days were filled with benefit rides, tours and scavenger hunts, as well as great musical entertainment, comedy, stunt shows and more.
All of the big name vendors were on hand showing the latest and greatest, must-haves, riding gear, gadgets and the newest machines.
Lake George is a sleepy little town during the long Winter months but comes quickly to life with each new gathering during this first week of June each year.
This is a major Summer vacation and tourist destination but the many motels were filled to capacity and nearly all had their “No Vacancy” signs up for this week.
The weather has cooperated and has been nearly perfect in the 70’s and 80’s all week. The bikes cruised the main drag morning, noon, and night to the delight of the many visitors walking along the sidewalks and visiting the Village shops.
The greatest sight for Niki and me are the hundreds of bikes parked side-by-side the entire length of main street in the late afternoons and evenings. It is really something to see.
Everyone comes to enjoy the fun, the bikes, and the camaraderie. There is seldom any of the trouble that is sometimes found at other meets around the Country.
We hope everyone had a great time ’cause we sure enjoyed having you!
We’ve had a great Winter stay near Tampa in the Sunshine State and now it’s time to pack up and head back up North to begin our Summer Season of Workamping in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY State.
We have previously outlined on our website (snowbirdrvtrails.com) how we go about preparing a new route and what stops we have planned. This trip there will be stopovers at 10 campgrounds in 7 States (including Myrtle Beach and Mayberry) and we plan for about 22 days to reach our destination. We are retired and have entered the “no rush” mode of travel.
Each trip we try new routes, visit new campgrounds, find great local restaurants, interesting sights, and meet new people. Always looking for the best routes and discovering America along the way. We will post the facts, figures, photos, and findings right as we go. Just click “Follow” to hop aboard and travel with us
Have you ever wondered what Workamping is really like and whether you might enjoy it? We will be posting about it all Summer long with photos of the good, the bad, and yes, the ugly on occasion which really keeps our life interesting.
Stop by and pull up a lawn chair. We’ll have the campfire going and the coffee pot on. Your comments are always invited.