Consider yourself forewarned....this post is going to be chock full of gorgeous photos!
Grab yourself a cup of tea....or a cocktail....and settle in for a picturesque journey along incredible Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY.
Sweetie and I have made a tradition of heading up to the lake for his birthday every year. His birthday is a bittersweet time for him, as he suffered the most tragic loss imaginable 20 years ago, on the day before his birthday.
It's an incredibly difficult time for my sweetie, and my heart truly breaks for his sadness. He's such a good man, and nobody deserves that kind of grief.
All I can do is be there by his side, loving him and comforting him.
Fortunately, it brings him peace to spend the time in a gorgeous place that helps take his mind off his heartbreak.
Lake George is a boater's paradise, over 32 miles long and nestled among the Adirondack Mountains.
My sweetie books us into a fabulous resort each year, with panoramic views all around, and every luxury imaginable available to us.
After checking in and having a quick lunch on the promenade, we headed out to the lakeside cafe to start the vacation on a sweet note.
The resort boasts multiple restaurants, cafes, and pubs, all with killer lake views. I don't think there was one we didn't visit during our stay!
We sat for a while, sipping on a cocktail and getting into vacation mode, while watching a summer storm move in over the lake.
Fortunately, it didn't amount to much, and the rest of our time at the resort was just glorious. We couldn't have asked for better weather!
It's amazing how just being away from home is such a treat at times, despite the fact that I truly love my home.
When I go away, I don't see dust-bunnies or cobwebs or dog hair....they may be there, but they're not MY problem!
No dishes to wash, no meals to cook, no gardens to weed. Nothing to do but relax.
Water, sunshine, relaxation....heaven. I could easily get used to a lifestyle like this!
The promenade has seating areas all the way down to the lake, with waiter service for snacks and beverages, day and night.
The resort is just as glamorous in the evenings, with fairy lights on all the River Birch trees lining the promenade.
We spent some time the next morning relaxing on the lounge chairs on the dock, right by the lake.
We were well and truly in vacation mode by this time!
After a while, the clouds parted and the sun shone through. Time for this Irish girl to find some shade....
....and I found it in the form of an amazing boat that friends of ours keep docked at the marina next door. They were kind enough to take us all around the lake, for hours.
I was so completely contented, scooting around Lake George in their gorgeous boat.
Looking back at our resort from the lake - just stunning!
The day couldn't have been more perfect! Blue skies, white clouds, sunshine, mid 70's - gorgeous, a picture-perfect bluebird day!
We passed some incredible homes on the shores of the lake - this one reminded me of a sandcastle.
I'd move right into this one in a heartbeat!
A gorgeous little church on the lake shore - I can just imagine the wedding bells ringing.
A campground you need to take a boat to get to - some people really know how to live!
There wouldn't be any bears on that island, no need to worry when camping. That's my kind of camping, for sure. Add an air mattress and a bottle of Prosecco and I'm there!
Can you see that tent nestled among the trees in the center of the photo? What an amazing experience that must have been for those folks, to drift off to sleep to the sound of the waves, and wake up to the sound of the gulls.
I'll bet that captain wasn't one bit worried about making it through the narrow channel between the trees - these big tourist boats go up and down the lake all day long.
Truly a boater's paradise. I seriously toyed with the idea of buying a cabin cruiser some day, in lieu of my dream of a vintage RV.
After I win the lottery, I suppose I could have both!
Heading back to our resort to shower and dress for dinner.
I was so sad to say goodbye to this glorious place, but it was time to go home.
See you next year!