Archive for June, 2012

Flying Weather for Hot Air Balloon Rides 4th of July Holiday Week

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The weather forecast for the 4th of July Holiday Week looks favorable for doing Hot Air Balloon Rides. And, it looks great for those vacationing in the area the end of June and the first week of July. I have space available for folks who want to experience a hot air balloon flight in the beautiful Adirondacks/Lake George/Saratoga Springs area, so either call 518-792-6342 or send me an email thru my web site,

Our Peacock Hot Air Balloon

Interior view of balloon during cold air inflation.


Cheers, enjoy the beautiful weather this 4th of July holiday week!


Recent Balloon Rides and Flying Weather for the Week

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We had a 50/50 weekend for flying our hot air balloon ride commitments. Both weekend morning’s were good for flying, while the afternoons saw unfavorable weather conditions for doing our hot air balloon rides.

Al and Terry on our Saturday morning flight, celebrating their 81st and 80th birthdays.


On Sunday morning, I had Sally, David and Louise on the balloon flight. Louise, who is Sally's sister, was visiting Sally and David from England.

The weather forecast for the Lake George/Saratoga Springs area for the first half of the week isn’t the best for doing hot air balloon rides. An upper level low will settle over the area bringing wet, windy and cooler than normal conditions, until later in the week, when it will finally move off to the east and is replaced by more summer-like conditions. There is a possibility of some rain again toward the end of the week on Friday/Saturday, but the forecast models are not currently in agreement on how the various weather scenarios will play-out next weekend. The Climate Prediction Center is currently forecasting, above normal temps and below normal precipitation for the 1st week of July, just in time for the 4th of July holiday vacation week.

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Thought it was time to update recent flights we’ve shared with customers who were either visiting the Lake George/Saratoga Springs area, or local to the Capital District/Albany region.

Johnnie and Bill from Edgewater NJ, treated granddaughter Kendall to a hot air balloon ride last Friday evening.


Kristen and Andrew from Brooklyn, on their private gift flight with us on Saturday morning.


We wrapped our weekend flights on Saturday evening with Ian and Katie from Clifton Park

The Summer Solstice is here now with it’s long days and summer weather. Looking forward to summer flights.

Flying Weather for Hot Air Balloon Rides and the Summer Solstice

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The Summer Solstice arrives tomorrow with triple H weather (hazy, hot humid) and not very comfortable flying conditions for going on a balloon ride. The weather forecast for the Lake George/Saratoga Springs region looks great for visitors who want to experience summer-like conditions while on vacation for the next 2-3 days, with a slight cool down over the coming weekend, and with much better conditions for experiencing a hot air balloon ride with us, Adirondack Balloon Flights.

Here’s a List of Favorite Places to Eat in the Area

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

I wanted to post a list of our favorite places to eat, to help the visitor who reads my blog and would like to get a local perspective on where to eat from what is a huge selection of places in the area. Where I have pics, I’ll post them along w/a web site link (click on the highlighted hot link), if they have one (many don’t). I’ve posted detailed blogs on most of these places before, which you can find by clicking on the “Good Eats” Category link along the bottom right side of my blog and scroll through the postings.
Lets start with the first meal of the day, breakfast. I’m not going to be a lot of help here as my wifey generally doesn’t care to go out for breakfast. I’m certain there are other interesting places that you will have to seek-out on your own, but anyway, here are my 3 breakfast recommendations –

Bolton Beans in Bolton Landing, an old fashioned diner.

We visited Bolton Beans this last February/March when Bolton is basically deserted, as you can see by how slow they were on a Sunday early afternoon. Their menu offers some variety to the typical breakfast offerings and good coffee.
The Silo, at Exit 19 in Queensbury, is where I meet my passengers for my flights, and is a local fav for breakfast and lunch. They offer a typical hearty American style breakfast, that is good quality and quantity.
In downtown Glens Falls, The Chocolate Mill Cafe is a quality offering for breakfast, or just a cup of good coffee and a sweet treat anytime they are open.

Next up will be lunch offerings, and our absolute favorite is near the Vermont border in Salem, NY, Steininger’s. Steininger’s only does lunch Tuesday thru Saturday.They have fabulous soups, sandwiches, lite entrees, wonderful desserts and fine hand-made chocolates, all done with a European flare by the owners.

Steininger's is worth the drive from anywhere.

On the water lunch spots worth visiting are The Algonquin  on Lake George in Bolton Landing, and The Docksider on Glen Lake in Queensbury. Another favorite spot of ours is up in Chestertown, the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor.

The retro ice cream parlor in Chestertown is worth the drive for good grub and old fashioned ice cream desserts.

Two brew pubs in Glens Falls that make for good lunch and dinner offerings are, Davidson’s in downtown, and Coopers Cave, which is a little out of the way but easy to get to.

Now for the main meal of the day, dinner. Our absolute favorite place to eat is Bistro Leroux on Rt 149 in Queensbury. Right behind that would be Bistro Tallulah in downtown Glens Falls. Saratoga Springs has a large selection of very good restaurants. Our current favorites in Saratoga would be Maestro’s and Capriccio Saratoga. A good place for a drink in Saratoga would be The Wine Bar, and the Adelphi Hotel in their outdoor courtyard. Also, the Parting Glass is a good Irish pub worth the visit while in Saratoga.
Other good offerings that I can personally recommend are Rene’s on Elm St in Glens Falls, the Farmhouse at Top of the World, which offers interesting farm-to-table style meals, that for us, have been some of the best food we’ve had in the area, to just so-so. And, the view from the top of the mountain is spectacular. 132 Glen Street Bistro in downtown Glens Falls offers good food at moderate prices, Raul’s Mexican Grill in Glens Falls offers an upscale version of Mexican without high prices.
I know that there are other great places to eat in the area that I just haven’t been to recently like The Gristmill in Warrensburg, the Ridge Terrace on 9L Lake George, I’d like to try Max London’s down in Saratoga, Sperry’s in Saratoga was great the one time we went under the new ownership. One Caroline has been ok, plus offers live jazz in the main dining room, Hattie’s is a Saratoga institution, and frankly, there are more but I’m running out of patience with the length of this post. I’m done!

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather into coming Weekend

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, and Saratoga Springs region looks great for the next 7 days. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a forecast like this, with dry weather for an extended period. Folks that are thinking of coming to the area will find favorable conditions to enjoy all the area has to offer. I have a local resources page on my web site for you to check-out for things to do, places to stay, and what’s happening in the area. It will be a great time to visit our area before the crowds of the summer season. Later I’ll post-up some suggested side trips and places to eat for visitors reading my blog. So, if you’re coming to the area, enjoy!

A quiet time early in the morning on Lake George after a storm. Expect sunny and mild conditions for the next 7 days.

Balloon Ride Flying-Weather Update for the Week

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George and Saratoga Springs region, for doing hot air balloon rides, improves each day toward the coming weekend. The best opportunity to fly will be in the morning’s until the upper level low finally moves off the coast of Maine and heads out to sea. High pressure is forecast to approach for part of the weekend, with temperatures increasing to summer-like, especially next week and into the following week. According to the CPC (Climate Prediction Center) outlook discussions, we should be under the influence of a ridge of high pressure, with above average temps and average precip thru the 20th of the month of June. So, hopefully that means no more cut-off lows parking over the NE, like this past week giving us unsettled conditions, with summer-like conditions and good flying conditions. We could use it!! Oh, and I have no flights to update since it’s mainly rained almost every day since Memorial Weekend.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for 1st Weekend in June

Friday, June 1st, 2012

There is just no getting around it, the weather forecast for the Lake George area is just miserable for this weekend, and next week. I know that at this time last week, I passed along a NWS (National Weather Service) forecast that was pretty wet for 2/3rds of the Memorial Weekend, that actually turned out beautiful right through Monday of the holiday weekend. But, I don’t think we’re gonna see the same this time, it looks rather damp for a good deal of the next 7 days. The details can be found in the forecast discussion from the Albany NWS office, a blocking pattern is going to set-up with a cut off low parked near-by with waves of energy (rain) rotating around the cut off low. Whenever it finally moves off, our weather will improve with an area of high pressure that will dry us out.