Lake Effect: An Upstate Winter


When confronting the winters of Upstate New York, lake effect snow can be a very unpredictable beast to tame. The combination of rapid snowfall and the potential for high winds and low visibility make driving in these storms especially difficult. So even though we received over 90 inches of snow in a 72 hour period several times throughout the month of January, we still wanted to capture the essence of this snowy beginning to the new year.

For more about our adventure through the lake effect snow storm, check out the latest episode of the I Love Upstate New York Podcast or find us on iTunes (Search I Love Upstate New York). Also, see the snow reach to the tops of the telephone polls in Oswego and Buffalo!

Sackets Harbor Brew Pub

The Snowy Ride



Old Snow Pics

Pictures from a 2007 lake effect snow storm on the Tug Hill Plateau.

Social Media Road Trip

I Love Upstate NY Social Media Road Trip
As I Love Upstate NY has evolved over the years to include social media feeds like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, we have felt the love from our local community. We took to the road to visit some of the businesses and organizations that follow us to say we like you too. We chose several locations based on social media followers we were excited to learn more about. Along the way, we stopped at glamorous places and met some really great folks. You can listen to some highlights from our road trip on our new podcast!

Stop 1: Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville
This stop was a last minute add-on as we left on our trip. We have always wanted to visit this park which was on the way to our first location. We weren’t disappointed.
Green Lakes State ParkSnow Falling at Green Lakes State ParkGreen Lakes State Park trail and lake split photoFor more information about Green Lakes State Park click here

Stop 2: Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs was our first chosen destination because of followers on Instagram like ExploreSaratogaMrsLondons, TogaPaintSip, HealthyLivingNY, and TheSaratogaWinery.

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park

Mrs London's Bakery

Mrs London’s Bakery

Saratoga Spring Water

Saratoga Spring Water as seen from the shelves of the Healthy Living Market and Café.

While in Saratoga Springs, we grabbed a ride with Saratoga Town Car and received a unique perspective of the area from our driver Mike who recommended some great local places that made for a magnificent evening. We also didn’t have to worry about finding parking in the busy downtown area – double bonus! Thanks Mike!

Stop 3: Phoenicia
Up next was Phoenicia because of followers on Instagram like PhoeniciaDiner and MamaBoyMarket
Phoenicia Diner Logo

Phoenicia Diner

Chicken Tortilla Soup at the Phoenicia Diner

Stop 4: Lake George
On to Lake George to visit AdirondakWinery

The Adirondack Winery
Stop 5: Gore Mountain, North Creek
This was another improvised addition and our last stop on the road trip. We rode the gondola to the top of the mountain just to see the view.
Adirondack ViewAt The TopSnow MakingFor more information about Gore Mountain Ski Resort click here.

Check out the I Love Upstate NY podcast for clips from this adventure and to discover what we think makes a great road trip.