There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about visiting a tourist town during the off-season. Roaming the empty streets, it feels as if the place is yours for the taking. Today, my grandma and I wandered around the village of Lake George for a few hours and it was wonderful.
I’ve been coming to LG year round my entire life, but today I asked my grandma about this building (below) in particular. Had she ever been inside? I’d always admired it but never ventured in. She said, yeah! Let’s go!
Turns out it’s the old Warren County Court House; now home to a few historical displays. Though not open for the season, there was a woman inside fixing the place up and she invited us to look around.
Such a fun adventure! I learned a bunch about the village I’ve been visiting for 20+ years thanks to my grandma’s adventurous spirit! Like… LG used to be called the Town of Caldwell up until 1962. And Georgia O’Keeffe retreated annually to LG; many of her paintings were even inspired by the lake and Adirondack region!
“Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves… down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony.”
— Thomas Jefferson, May 31, 1791
I often think about how most folks will live their entire lives without ever hearing about Lake George, let alone visiting. People are familiar with big cities and countries – bucket lists are filled with lands from Greece and Italy to NYC and Sydney.
My aim is to add more small towns to my must-see list. Let me know your favorites in the comments!
Let’s toast to all the charming small towns we love and cherish!
Spread kindness and cheer, xo