The Call of the Outer Banks

We wake up slowly to the smell of fresh coffee and the gentle sound of surf just outside the window. Slowly, we pour the elixir of life into our mugs and wander to the deck to watch the sea birds fishing and the dolphins playing in the gentle waves. I wish every morning could be this idyllic. Vacations, for many of us, didn’t happen this year. It caused (and continue to cause) a desperate need to escape to a different scene, preferably with friends. Our besties from Virginia Beach were stymied in their annual trip to Big Moose Lake in …

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Mario’s in Lake George Village

It was a Friday night, June 1992. My friend Rob and I were just down from the top of Prospect Mountain where we had seen the fireworks and laser light show, the highlight of the Americade motorcycle rally. It was about 45 degrees, raining and we were soaked, cold, nearly drowned rats, disheveled and shivering. Rob rode us up to the back door of the restaurant – I hadn’t caught the name of it, but it looked warm, and that’s all I cared about. Hobbling in wearing a rain suit that was every bit as wet inside as out, I …

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Americana Vineyards

A few years ago, my lovely wife and I had the pleasure of doing the Halloween Party at Americana. We sat and chatted with a number of people, enjoyed coffee in the attached Crystal Lake Café, showed off our costumes and admired everyone else’s. In all, a delightful time. But for some reason, I never got to fully taste and appreciate their wines. That major oversight has now been corrected. Why did I take so long? Why am I asking you?   …never mind. The staff are uniformly enthusiastic about working at Americana. Our server J.D. introduced each sample with not …

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