Blue Canoe opened in July 2010 in Blue Mountain Lake. We're on Route 30 just south of the gas station, on the east side of the road. Look for our ice cream window off the spacious deck. The main building is flanked by three cabins.
We're open weekends through late June and daily in July and August from noon until 8 p.m. Check our Facebook page for special events like live music or activities for kids.
The place was built just after World War II by Norris LaPrairie as a diner with cabins. For many years folks enjoyed the food at the Lumberjack, especially when Peggy Morrill presided over the kitchen, creating wonderful soups, breads and memorable sticky buns. The property was sold to potter Bill Knoble in the 1990s and was a popular outpost for his wood-fired Red Truck Clayworks based in Chestertown. A few years back Willie's barbecue wagon operated here, introducing the central Adirondacks to Carolina-style pulled pork, ribs and hush puppies.
Now this classic roadside destination is back in business, dishing out great ice cream and other treats for the summer. While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop at the lively Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (518-352-7715), next to the post office, as well as the nationally acclaimed Adirondack Museum (518-352-7311), a mile up the hill from Blue Canoe. If you head west, to Raquette Lake, you'll find Great Camp Sagamore and the William West Durant cruise and dine boat. In Old Forge is Enchanted Forest and Old Forge Hardware; in Tupper Lake the Wild Center has numerous programs for families plus wild ducks, native fish and otters. The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb has easy, marked nature trails, and close by is the carriage road to Santanoni Great Camp, an architectural marvel in the midst of deep wilderness. Just 33 miles away is North Creek, home to the Upper Hudson Scenic Railroad plus lots of great dining, from Cafe Sarah and Barvino to Lorenzo's at the Copperfield Inn.
There's plenty to do in the neighborhood, and the best way to start--or end--your Adirondack adventure is with a scrumptious cone from Blue Canoe.