Judging from the number of photos streaming through the Facebook newsfeeds the past couple of weeks (and, to be honest, my friends and I were some of the worst offenders of excessive FB posts), it would appear that just about everyone spent at least some time at the Glacier Ice Bar. And, if you didn’t manage to make it over there the weekends of Jan. 22-24 and 29-31, I just happen to have a few pics to share with you.
I spent this past weekend at the Sagamore with a group of girlfriends. We had a suite for two nights, although I only came up for Saturday night as I had volunteer commitments with the Saratoga Adaptive Ice Skating Stars (check it out at https://www.facebook.com/Saratoga-Adaptive-Ice-Skating-Stars-Saratoga-Lions-121491481210624/) on Saturday morning that I didn’t want to miss.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any really great shots of the actual Ice Bar for several reasons: 1) it was really crowded and I couldn’t get close enough to get a shot, 2) I was there to have fun and didn’t focus on getting the shots, 3) there was a LOT of vodka in the drinks they were serving and I am using that as my excuse for the fact that I had my camera settings all messed up.
The weather was exceptionally beautiful. It was a little odd to see Lake George without a trace of ice, but it was gorgeous. Warm temps, a great crowd, fantastic drinks and the spectacular ice bar. A recipe for a successful weekend, to be sure.
As the day went on, the crowds, obviously, became thicker and thicker. Everyone was having such a good time, and, in addition to bumping into friends at every turn, we met some really nice people. We headed back to the suite at dinnertime to get a bite to eat, rest, and regroup before going out again after dark. But not before we partook of some of the excellent cocktails. Our favorite seemed to be the Snowball Martini, although the Chocolate Martini is pictured below…delicious!
Before heading back to the room, a few of us decided to check out the balcony/landing on the third floor of the hotel. When we got up there, we were blown away by the beautiful views, and quite literally practically blown away by the intense wind! We stayed long enough to take a bunch of photos of the views, and to try to get some shots of each other with the beautiful Adirondacks as a backdrop. It took a lot of tries to get any photos without our hair blowing all over and covering our faces.
We came back out to the Ice Bar after dark and the crowds were everywhere, both indoors and out!! What a great turnout. The scene took on a totally different perspective with all the tiny white lights everywhere and the bar itself glowing with lights, as were the icy tables, benches, and sculptures.
I apologize for not doing a better job with these shots but, this time, I was out having fun with my friends and the photos were actually secondary. I wasn’t really worried. Hopefully, you can still see how special this magical experience was and how thoroughly everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves!
And, finally, here’s one of the photos my friends took of me from that third floor balcony that I actually really like (so much so that I made it my new profile pic). If you didn’t make it to the Glacier Ice Bar at the Sagamore this year, I highly suggest you check it out next year. We will be back for sure.