The Loft

January 7, 2017

The Loft, Queensbury NY

Open all year

Going to Lake George for the weekend seemed like a good idea- we were not busy and the skies was supposed to be clear. But IMG_1057.JPGvisiting came with two minor disappointments:  (1) there was not enough snow for snow showing and (2) all the ice cream shops in Lake George Village were closed for the season (since when does ice cream have a ‘season’?)  We therefore settled for (1) hiking and (2) ice cream outside of Lake George Village.

The Loft was a small place with character at the intersection of two major roads (major in Adirondack terms).  It is popular for burgers and ice cream, with a full grill menu and both hard and soft ice cream. I went with a butterscotch sundae with soft vanilla ice cream and  Don had a peanut-butter caramel sundae – we both were happy with our selections.  The patrons before us got burgers – they appeared to be regulars.  The patron after us ordered 4 hot fudge sundaes – I guess ice cream is hard to find in this area at this time of year!  The owner served us – he was quite friendly and we had a really nice chat with him.

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Insomnia Cookies

IMG_1047.JPGJanuary 1, 2017

Insomnia Cookies, Hoboken, New Jersey

Open all year

Hoboken, New Jersey has an amazing water-front park with  grassy fields, a skateboard park, playgrounds, vistas of NYC  and a beautiful walkway along the Hudson River,- a delightful place anytime of year, and great for a New Year’s Day stroll.   My favorite spot in the park was a playground designed for older kids that could be navigated by a larger person such as myself (I am just shy of six feet tall) – why are playgrounds always designed for kids anyway??  I was amazed that the kids on the playground were not phased with a 50-something and a 20-something year old woman climbing on  the rope structures – they were incredibly friendly – an atmosphere that prevailed throughout the park.  Our delightful afternoon in the park became even more delightful when we happened upon a new ice cream shop.

One step into Insomnia Cookies and you know that they have great cookies – the aroma is wonderful.  In fact this place specializes in cookies and more importantly ice cream-cookie sandwiches.  The small shop was cute with a counter along the window with bar stool seating.  As the name implies, they are open late – free delivery until 3:00 am – I guess that they are appealing to the young professionals and students that live in Hoboken – I would be more apt to look for free delivery at 6:00 AM.   The help was very friendly and proud of their new shop –  they told us that they had been open about two months and today was the first day someone got a free something through their loyal buyer program.  It probably took two months because I do not live there.   They feature Perry’s Ice Cream which was fresh, creamy and really good.  I had Banana Cream Pie and Cookies and Cream ice cream.  Don opted for a cookie which he said was great.  We plan to return here with larger appetites to try ice-cream cookie sandwiches.  This place is worth a visit.