Archive for July, 2010

Farm House at Top of the World

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Wifey and I went to a place the other night that we had been wanting to try out for quite some time, the Farm House at the Top of the World. We had heard some very good things about the food, and I have to tell you, we had the best meal we’ve ever had in this area. They were featuring what was billed as a Harvest Dinner, a 7 course meal served-up family style. We sat at a long table that was set for around 16 or so. There were also others who were not doing the Harvest meal, ordering off the menu, sitting separate from us. Top of the World is a resort property that was originally developed back in the 1920’s. There currently is an 18 hole golf course, condominiums, the restaurant and a B&B. The building that the restaurant is in is very retro, but comfortable with great views. That is one of the things about the Top of the World, besides the food, is the view. Absolutely the best view in the area, even better than the view from Prospect Mountain, in my humble opinion. It’s worth the trip just for the view, but if you appreciate tasty, inventive food, this is the place to check out while in the area.

The photo doesn't do the view justice, looking north at Lake George and the Adirondacks. There also are spectacular views east and south east toward the Green Mountains of VT.

The photo doesn't do the view justice, looking north at Lake George and the Adirondacks. There also are spectacular views east and south east toward the Green Mountains of VT.

The Farmhouse Restaurant

The Farmhouse Restaurant

Some of the folks enjoying their meal

Some of the folks enjoying their meal

Our group enjoying the Harvest Dinner

Our group enjoying the Harvest Dinner

7/27/PM Balloon Ride and Weather Update for the Weekend

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Tuesday was a pretty day for a flight. We had some area folks up, from Diamond Point and Albany. The forecast was for light winds out of the south at around 4 kts, but we found the trip to be a bit quicker as the winds were brisk, made for an entertaining flight and landing.

Art & Patti, Sara & Ken

Art & Patti, Sara & Ken

The forecast is looking pretty good for Friday and the weekend, plus the early coming week. We have a number of flights available for passengers, so give us a call if you would like to experience one of our hot air balloon flight adventures.

7/26 AM Balloon Ride and Flying Weather for the Week

Monday, July 26th, 2010

We flew the DeWalt family from Millerton PA this morning. It was a beautiful, clear morning, with calm conditions on the surface and a brisk wind aloft. We landed out on Mahaffy Rd, on Mary’s property where Rob and Mark launch some of their flights.

Bryan, Kurt and Kathy

Bryan, Kurt and Kathy

The forecast for this week, looks to offer some of the best flying conditions we have had this summer. Clear days with low humidity. It’s a great week to go flying if interested, so call!

July 23rd AM Balloon Ride

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

We had a nice flight this morning with a family that’s vacationing in the area from Fairfax, VA. Our weather held up nicely early this morning, before the rain moved-in around 9:30. That may be the last flight we do this weekend. The forecast for the weekend isn’t the best, with rain today into tonight, chances of T’storms plus HHH conditions for Saturday, before a frontal passage either late in the day or overnight on Saturday, w/continuing chances of rain Sunday morning, then the wind picks-up for the day. Oh well, it looks like the weather should be nice for the 1st 3 days of next week, with somewhat cool temps and low humidity. Just what the doctor ordered.

Jamie, Rob, Sandra & Kathleen

Jamie, Rob, Sandra & Kathleen

Recent Balloon Flights

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

I need to update my hot air balloon ride posts for some recent flights. The flying weather has been difficult as of late. While we haven’t gotten much rain, flying conditions for the last couple of weeks haven’t been ideal, somewhat reminiscent of last year’s weather-without last years rain thankfully.

Allison and her bro Ben on the 15th

Allison and her bro Ben on the 15th

Nicole and Andy celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary on the 16th

Nicole and Andy celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary on the 16th

Aviya and Nancy, and Bob on the morning of the 18th

Aviya and Nancy, and Bob on the morning of the 18th

So far this week, we’ve been skunked by the flying weather. We’re hoping maybe Thursday or early Friday will work. The weekend doesn’t look that promising, again. Hope springs eternal tho, as next week, a large and rather cool Canadian high pressure is forecast to head our way. I’ve been waiting for a nice, dominant high to give us some good summer flying conditions.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for the Week of 7/19

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The forecast for the week has rain about every other day. We start out with a series of fronts moving through on Monday with periods of rain and storms. Tuesday looks to be mostly rain free, before another system moves though for the overnight into part of Wednesday. Thursday, and early Friday, currently look good before another system approaches for late in the day on Friday, or the overnight into Saturday, which may be stormy. Sunday currently is advertised to be the better day of the coming weekend. The weather bureau is issuing forecasts for the week with what they call low confidence, because the computer models that are used for forecasting the weather are not in agreement on the timing, or the amount of rain, with the fast flow systems. What this all means is, the weather forecast will change daily through the week as the weather pattern sorts itself out.

Weekend Flying Weather Update

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Well, no flights on Friday afternoon. The weather might be ok for flying on Saturday morning – we have space so if interested, call – but Saturday afternoon will not be flyable. Sunday looks good for both flights and we have space on both the morning and afternoon flight, so again, call if interested in flying on Sunday.

Weather Update for Weekend and into Early Next Week

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The flying weather forecast is good for today, Thursday, and hopefully for our Friday morning flight. After that, the balance of Friday and probably Saturday looks like the flying weather won’t be good due to possible strong storms on Friday into the evening, and wind and potential instability showers on Saturday. The flying weather looks good for Sunday before the weather turns again for Monday. The flying weather may improve for Tuesday and should be good for Wednesday. We have space available on our Sunday flights as well as our flights next week. Call or email us if interested in taking a hot air balloon ride.

Bistro LeRoux

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The other day, wifey and I visited a newly opened eating establishment on the corner of Rt 149 and Bay Rd, Bistro LeRoux. We had seen an article in a local paper on it and checked-out their web site, and we found the menu interesting. While we fully enjoyed our meal and sampled from soup to dessert (they offer small plate options so you can do this without over-stuffing yourself), we both agreed that we prefer Bistro Tallulah in downtown Glens Falls and Maestro‘s down in Saratoga Springs, and Steiningers (especially for dessert)¬† for our Bistro style dining.

Bistro LeRoux

Bistro LeRoux

The kitchen is open and on your left as you come in.

The kitchen is open and on your left as you come in.

The bar is to the right of the open kitchen. While there is limited dining in the bar & kitchen area, the main dining area is to the rear.

The bar is to the right of the open kitchen. While there is limited dining in the bar & kitchen area, the main dining area is to the rear.

The booth we sat in was comfortable. Dining area was as attractive Bistro style

The booth we sat in was comfortable. Dining area was an attractive Bistro style atmosphere.

Salads - wifey had poached pear and I had curley beet. We had started with a tomatoe & cognac bisque and french onion soups. The bisque and curley beet were best of 4.

Salads - wifey had poached pear and I had curley beet. We had started with tomato & cognac bisque and french onion soups. The bisque and curley beet were best of 4.

Wifey had crab stuffed shrimp and I had grilled salmon. Salmon was the better choice. We finished off with a chocolote lava cake. The cake took us over the top.

Wifey had crab stuffed shrimp and I had grilled salmon in 1/2 portions. Salmon was the better choice. We finished off dinner spliting a chocolote lava cake. The cake took us over the top.

Downtown Glens Falls

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Downtown Glens Falls has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance as of late. Toward the end of the recent boom, some of the Saratoga development money moved north to where they figured the next “it” place would be, Glens Falls. A couple of condo projects opened with much fanfare, but did about as well as most condo projects did at the end of the boom, and went back to the bank. No matter, there are many other positive things happening for downtown. Many of the old store fronts have recently been purchased and the buildings refurbished. A number of new shops and fantastic restaurants have opened in the last couple of years, and are doing well despite the condo bust. I will take you on a tour of my hometown, show you some of what’s happened, and highlight some of my favorites.
On a recent rainy Saturday, our friends, Rick and Roseann Pollock from Burlington VT, came down for a visit. Tani and I took them to downtown Glens Falls for lunch. We ended up at The Chocolate Mill on Glen Street. The Chocolate Mill’s pastry chef, Jessica Vollkommer, was recently named one of the top ten pastry chefs in America by Dessert Professional magazine. If you visit the shop and check-out the pastry counter, you will see why. But frankly, while the food is good and the pastry is beautiful to look at, I prefer the place we go to over in Salem, Steininger’s. Afterward, the ladies went shopping, there are some nice boutique type shops that have been opening in downtown, and, Rick and I went to Davidson Brother’s Brew Pub to enjoy a fine craft brew, or two. We decided that on their next visit, we’ll eat lunch at Davidson’s, more our speed-so to speak! Later we walked around a bit to show them all that’s happening downtown. We took them by our favorite place in downtown for dinner, Bistro Tallulah. I have never been disappointed with a meal at Tallulah’s. Right across the street is downtown’s newest restaurant, The Blackwatch. I haven’t eaten there yet, but the chef is well thought of. The chef, Jason Baker, features a local farm-to-table approach to the menu as well as a chef’s tasting menu. I do plan on checking them out soon and will add a bog on our experience. One of the better things to come to downtown, is the Adirondack Theatre¬† Festival. ATF runs a six week season from late June through end of July and is the only professional summer theatre in the Capital District, Saratoga and Adirondack region of upstate New York. They typically feature 3 mainstage productions, including a late night cabaret. It’s worth checking it out if you like the theatre. Another good place to eat is The 132 Glen Street Bistro. Chef Kevin Bethel opened his doors early, before much of the recent development happened in downtown. Kevin features good food in a casual atmosphere at a reasonable price. It’s been a favorite of our’s for a long time. There are many other things happening downtown such as museums like The Hyde. The Hyde currently is featuring a show of Andrew Wyeth works, has in it’s permanent collection such famous artists like Renoir, Rubens, Seurat, Picasso and Rembrandt, to name a few. There also is a children’s museum, The World Awareness Museum, and a local history museum, The Chapman. There is also Coopers Cave, that was memorialized in James Fennimor Cooper’s classic American novel, Last of the Mohican’s. There is a viewing platform of the “cave” under the bridge that spans the Hudson River between Glens Falls and South Glens Falls, on the SGF side of the river. As a kid, we used to play on the rocks, dive into pools and crawl through the cave. You can’t get there anymore, sorry. That’s all for now on this trip.

Outside the Chocolate Mill Cafe and Raul's Mexican next door. Raul's has good Mexican according to the chef/owner of Bistro Tallulah.

Outside the Chocolate Mill Cafe and Raul's Mexican next door. Raul's has good Mexican according to the chef/owner of Bistro Tallulah.

Inside The Chocolate Mill Cafe

Inside The Chocolate Mill Cafe

Rick & Roseann waiting on lunch

Rick & Roseann waiting on lunch

A wet view north on Glen St/Route 9.

A wet view north on Glen St/Route 9.

Looking west on Hudson Ave and the Round-a-bout. Hey, it was a big decission whether to have a round-a -bout. Also you are looking toward The Mill Condominiums, you can rent an apartment from the bank if you want?

Looking west on Hudson Ave and the Round-a-bout. Hey, it was a big decission whether to have a round-a -bout or not. Also you are looking toward The Mill Condominiums, where you can rent an apartment from the bank if you want?

Looking north on Ridge St or 9L

Looking north on Ridge St or 9L

Our fav downtown eating establishment

Our fav downtown eating establishment

The Wood Theatre on Glen St, where ATF holds it's shows

The Wood Theatre on Glen St, where ATF holds it's shows