OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The Oxbow Inn, Piseco
Like so many of the roadhouses tucked away in the Adirondacks, the Oxbow Inn is genuine and unapologetic, the interior pieced together with no particular theme in mind, spanning decades of decorative tastes. The veneer-topped bar is built on a glass block base, the floor is linoleum tile, and the walls are pine. A variety of memorabilia, humorous signs and beer advertising fill the walls and area behind the bar. A hand-painted saw blade depicts the old country inn in its serene lakeside setting.
Owned by Heather Sboto, the Oxbow Inn is one of the oldest establishments still in operation in Piseco (and Hamilton County), easily surpassing 100 years. Heather, as her youth will attest, has only been operating the bar and restaurant for four years, but seems comfortable in filling the shoes of Oxbow keepers past. With at least 14 seats at the bar, pub tables barside, plenty of dining in the back room in winter and on the deck in fair weather, the Oxbow is ready for any number of guests. As twilight fell on this warm March Saturday, there were perhaps 25 patrons refreshing themselves at the bar and several more in the dining room, though we're told the number would ordinarily be double that were the snow conditions closer to normal.
Though a trendy stop on the snowmobile trail, the Oxbow Inn offers gorgeous deck views of Oxbow Lake that should not be overlooked. A game room featuring a wide variety of action can offer entertainment and shade in the summer or warmth in the winter. A jukebox played continuously and seemed willing and able to transition from rock to country music and back again. Cell service is sporadic, with Verizon reputedly outperforming AT&T.
The Oxbow Inn is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a later closing on Friday and Saturday as business demands. The Inn closes for two weeks around both Easter and Thanksgiving. The best time to visit the Oxbow Inn is any time of year. With direct access to snowmobile trails, it's winter headquarters for snowmobilers. Though we have only seen it in winter, the deck and lake views promise equal splendor in all seasons.