Wednesday, June 26, 2013


They say that if you throw a stone into Montreal, you are sure to break a church window.  Throw one into the Adirondacks and it will drop into a lake.

It was the morning of June 7th, a rainy day…to be followed by several rainy days.  That did not stop me and Laurie Katz from doing a road trip to the Adirondacks in upstate New York where the first destination was Glens Falls and lunch at Celia’s Table at 18 Exchange Place.

This is a restaurant that epitomizes the word, “charming”.   There are two entrances, one of which is from their patio in the back.  Maureen Chase and Pam Bricoccoli are the owners and chefs.  I had heard about their famously delicious Chicken Pot Pie until I spooned into the Chicken Pot Pie Soup!  Same ingredients without the crust.  Sweet potatoes vs white and served Thanksgiving style, they add stuffing and cranberry compote atop.   I didn’t realize how filling the soup would be when I ordered a chicken salad with craisin sandwich and a side of broccoli with bacon as well as the bestest…yeah…bestest lemon bar I’ve tasted.  Like the part of the crumb cake you really want with a not as sugary-acidic lemon curd that I usually find.  Just right! 

Not too far away is the Hyde Collection an art museum and historic house located at 16 Warren Street.  Collection is of over 3,300 objects that span the history of Western art with photos, paintings and sculptures.  There is an outdoor garden and downstairs area used for their short movies as well as events such as a string quartet.  A few days later and we would have gotten to see their now present exhibit of Modern Nature Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George.


The trip itinerary will be sending us to various cities and different stay-overs, the first of which is the luxurious The Copperfield Inn Resort, located on Main Street in the village of North Creek within this Adirondack Park.  We were greeted by one of the owners Michael Ellis and brought to our rooms.  My room was a King Suite.  Bedroom, living room-dining room with a wet bar, refrigerator and microwave.  Huge bathroom had a Jacuzzi.  Thank goodness there was also a walk-in shower.  Would have never been able to get in and out of the tub.  All of the rooms have down duvets, a pull-out sofa bed and high speed internet access. View was Main Street specifically where the North Creek railroad stop and Railroad Museum is located.

Copperfield sitting room is located just across from a small room that houses the continental breakfast of a few cake-like breads or danish, coffee and juice.  You can always get coffee and juice any time of the day.

There are two restaurants of which Lorenzo’s, the more formal one, is open in the summer.  Not being quite summer, we dined at their more pub-like venue, Trappers Tavern, home to a large moose head over the fireplace said to be shot by Teddy Roosevelt. 


My dinner commenced with a small order of mild chicken wings followed by a beet with goat cheese (local farm) salad.  I requested some EVOO.  It was from Chile and had a sell by date of 2015…looked at the bottle.  That was followed by a Rack of Lamb with mashed potatoes and a vegetable ragu.  It must have gotten out that it was my birthday as our waitperson Lindsey came out with a candle topped strawberry short cake dessert and singing waitstaff.   

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